Balkstar

Balkstar Bass Music Producer (Balkstar) Game Audio Director (Six Foot Three) Recording Studio (APE Productions) http://soundcloud.com/balkstar

Phat beats, percussion grooves, future bass & maahahaaad synths. Raised in Aotearoa, percolated in Amsterdam & recording in New York. Bounce It Out release June 2014. Passive Aggressive release June 2012. Thanks to Tomasian. Check out iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, Amazon & Beatport for access. Thanks for listening! For performance bookings head here: https://www.sidestage.com/artists/balkstar For co-production, collaboration, sound design and remix inquiries email me [email protected]

Phat beats, percussion grooves, future bass and mad synths. Balkstar will be bouncing it out from coast to coast in the Fake Love Tour of the America's in 2014. Balkstar is an artist/producer/DJ influenced by Dance Music, Bass Music, Dub Music & Electro Beats. He is an independent artist who's productions feature his signature sound, phat beats, percussion grooves, future bass and mad synths - aka Balkacore. He was raised in Aotearoa in New Zealand, educated at Dubspot in New York City, and currently lives in Amsterdam.Balkstar’s debut album Passive Aggressive was signed to US label/publisher Tomasian Entertainment LLC and released in September 2012 through the company's T Dance Digital music label imprint. The release spawned two maxi-single releases, title track "Passive Aggressive" and "What You Hold Today". The remixes on each maxi single featured winners of the T Dance Digital Balkstar Remix Contest hosted through Soundcloud. "Passive Aggressive" the full length release, as well as "Passive Aggressive" and "What You Hold Today" the singles, were official entries for nomination consideration in the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.When not producing music for release, Balkstar is working on sound design projects and developing music for video games through his own APE Productions. A highly creative artist, having produced a song using only the sounds created when opening a can of Red Bull, Balkstar continues to be one of the freshest new voices in the world of EDM while refining his Balkacore style.

Balkstar's cover photo
05/09/2019

Balkstar's cover photo

03/08/2019

You mean to tell me I can connect to SoundCloud from my DJ808 Serato app and play my tracks direct?!?! Mind blown.

The Warper Party is hosted by Moon Bar on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Warper Party is a free platform for controller...
02/14/2019

The Warper Party is hosted by Moon Bar on the 2nd Thursday of each month.
Warper Party is a free platform for controllerists to perform in the heart of Newtown. Warper Party and Moon Bar provide the space, the visuals, the support, and you deliver the sounds.
Use the registration process to book your slot or be a volunteer on the night. Warper Party for the people.
https://warperparty.arlo.co/w/

11/12/2018

Shout out to my Kiwi Controller Artists!! Sign up to perform at Warper Party NZ in Wellington on the 22nd. Wellington's showcase of electronic music and art. We have 30 minute performance gigs still available to perform alongside fellow VJ's, modular artists and midi controllerists. Volunteers welcome to sign up too; learn how to setup rigs and manage events. Sign up today .. http://nz.warperparty.com/events/warper-party-moon-22nd-november-2018/

Warper Party NZ
09/10/2018

Warper Party NZ

Attention Electronic Music Producers and Visual Artists ~ Warper Party is coming to Wellington, New Zealand!

Artists and Volunteers - Sign up via the links below!

WARPER PARTY AT MOON BAR

*NZ's largest showcase of live electronic art and music*

Starting from 7pm and running thru till Midnight.

Free Entry - 18+
THURSDAY Nov 22nd, 2018
167 Riddiford Street, Newtown

WARPER VOLUNTEERS SIGNUP!
http://nz.warperparty.com/volunteer-signup/

WARPER AUDIO PERFORMERS SIGNUP!
http://nz.warperparty.com/audio-signup/

WARPER VIDEO JOCKEYS SIGNUP!
http://nz.warperparty.com/visuals-signup/

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Sun Shadows

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08/12/2018
Sun Shadows

Sun Shadows on #soundcloud #techno #gadgetdub #substance #wellington

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Sound Design for Video, Games and Nightclubs. Independent music producer percolated in Amsterdam, educated in NYC and recording in New Zealand. Phat beats, percussion grooves, future bass and mad synt

New music from Balkstar - Gadget Dub Mixtape - Side A #techno
05/17/2018
Gadget Dub Mixtape - Side A

New music from Balkstar - Gadget Dub Mixtape - Side A #techno

Phat beats, percussion grooves, future bass and mad synths. Live mix recorded at IMA Studios. All tracks produced mixed and mastered by Balkstar and performed live at Substance, Valhalla, Wellington NZ in April 2018.

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11/18/2016
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11/17/2016
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Co-working is a growing trend...it allows independent contractors, consultants and freelancers to share a working space without being tied to one organization.

Interesting survey findings from @BeyondJobs on the rise of the gig economy  #freelancing
11/16/2016
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11/15/2016
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“Two peoples divided by a common language.” George Bernard Shaw said this about the British and the Americans, but the same can be said of anoraks and suits. I have been on both sides of the fence:...

So you want to manage a product? by @rohinivibha on @Medium ➼  | #ProductDesign #startup
11/14/2016
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11/12/2016
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Phat beats, percussion grooves, future bass and mad synths.

Bass music and game audio producer Mike Balk attended the NYC’s worldclass Dubspot in 2010. Since then, he has produced two EDM albums released on New York label T Dance Digital. Two tracks from Balkstar’s Passive Aggressive album were in consideration for nomination to the 56th Grammy Awards. As well as producing and licensing music, Mike contracts to indie game developers for sound design, music composition, and music publishing services. Mike has been learning the art of Music Production, Sound Design and Mixing for over 7 years and is globally recognised in the Electronic Music scene.