ill.Gates is a Toronto-based composer, performer and educator. Over the past 15 years, he has established a global fanbase and a reputation as one of the most dynamic electronic music artists around. He regularly tours across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Gates has headlined at such festivals as Burning Man, Shambala, the World Electronic Music Festival and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. His first full-length release, Autopirate (Muti Music, 2008), reached #1 on many esteemed charts; and continues to sell strongly.
Many of his contemporaries cite Gates (aka The Phat Conductor) as a key artistic influence and inspiration in their music. While on tour, Gates frequently teaches workshops to grateful and attentive audiences, in which he shares his highly effective approach to producing quality finished music as well as insights into the mentality and strategies necessary to succeed in the music business.
Recent highlights from his travels & adventures include:
> Having drinks with his namesake, Bill Gates; while playing a private party for Microsoft at the Sundance Film Festival (2010)
> A thriving creative partnership with the San Francisco-based bass music icon Bassnectar, including a chart-topping remix of 'Maximum' by DJ Vadim that sold so fast the duo were accused of chart hacking (2010)
> Recording a free album live in Vienna to be released in the Summer of 2010 > Developing Ableton Live production packs and tutorials for Eskamon, the new collaboration between Eskmo & Amon Tobin (2010) > Headlining the world's first concert for the deaf, using Emoti-Chairs developed by the Alternate Sensory Input Devices (ASID) Lab at Ryerson University (2009)
> Dance accompaniment by world-famous Chinese dancer Dino to his song 'Eggplantation' in front of a massive live audience in Singapore, which led to licensing of Autopirate in Korea (2009)
> A collaboration with the A/V & performance art collective Advanced Peace Technologies (APT) in San Francisco, resulting in an acclaimed short film (2008/09)
> Composing 'Adagio for Disney Hall and Coffee Grinder' for an upcoming DVD by architect Frank Gehry which explores the relationship between architecture and music (2008)