Mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk. How could you read it and not want to hear it? But Com Truise does you one better -- he offers up a visual accompaniment with just about everything he releases. To announce a trio of shows -- first trip overseas to Sweden, his two-hour show at Movement 2011 and a set in Toronto -- Com pumped out a slick graphic to let you know. He designed the artwork for his Ghostly International debut, “Galactic Melt,” due July 5. He rocks a t-shirt he designed to coincide with said release.
These, ladies and gentlemen, are the perks of being the digital art director for a global pharmaceutical firm and a budding New Jersey-based DJ whiz.
The One-Two Punch
“Who knows better what the sound looks like than me?” says Com (born Seth Haley), sipping on a Red Bull and vodka after his afternoon set on the Red Bull Music Academy stage. “A lot of artists don’t have that one-two punch, so I definitely got lucky. Working in the advertising industry really pushes me towards branding -- creating it and managing it. That all comes into play when it comes to the look of my music.”
There is no doubt that Com is aesthetic-minded, but don’t think for the skip of a heartbeat that such attention to design details has kept him from the mixing board. His two-hour set started out slow, but by halfway through, Com had found his rhythm and word had spread.
The crowd tripled in size. Even the photographers and beat writers couldn’t stop buzzing about his set. With one foot in the world of analog and another firmly planted in modern electronics, Com cruised his way through what seemed like a smooth-synth ear massage (an exercise in editorial expression that he couldn’t agree with more), drawing easy comparisons to instrumentals that groups like Passion Pit and CCS would easily lay their vocals over. But can you really describe it as well as the man himself can display it?
“Lately, I’ve been describing my stuff as melty,” laughs Com.
Com won’t be melting away with the icecaps anytime soon. Before he heads off for tour this summer with Glitch Mob and Phantogram, he’ll be balancing the day job and slaving away on a handful of remixes for some heavy hitters (soon to be announced!).
Upcoming Tour Dates
Com Truise w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 12 : Ft. Lauderdale, FL : Revolution w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 13 : Tampa, FL : Czar w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 14 : Orlando, FL : The Beacham Theater w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 15 : Atlanta, GA : King Plow w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 16 : Nashville, TN : Exit In w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 17 : Asheville, NC : The Orange Peel w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 19 : Charlottesville, VA : Jefferson Theater w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 20 : Washington D.C. : 9:30 Club w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 21 : Philadelphia, PA : Theatre of Living Arts w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 22 : New York, NY : Terminal 5 w/ Phantogram & RJD2 & Glitch Mob
July 23 : Boston, MA : Paradise Rock Club w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 24 : Northampton, MA : Pearl Street w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 25 : Burlington, VT : Higher Ground w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 27 : Montreal, QC : SAT w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 28 : Toronto, ON : 69 Bathurst w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 29 : Buffalo, NY : Town Ballroom w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 30 : Pittsburgh, PA : Rex Theater w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
July 31 : Cleveland, OH : Grog Shop w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
Aug 01 : Cincinnati, OH : 20th Century Theatre w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
Aug 03 : Detroit, MI : Magic Stick w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
Aug 04 : Grand Rapids, MI : Intersection w/ Phantogram & Glitch Mob
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