JDub is the soul set on fire by Astrotheque, leading the band on electric guitar and lead vox. As a self-described author of "songs of love and social-consciousness," his prolific songwriting has resulted in 8 full-length studio releases and over 50 album credits producing other artists. Also a seasoned band-leader, JDub is known throughout Austin as a soulful and risk-taking performer who engages the crowd and spreads love easily through his heartfelt melodies and words each lovely evening that he spends onstage.
John Looke (pronounced Luke) is a phenomenal downtempo EDM producer and synth player discovered and followed by JDub. He was specifically sought after by JDub to fill the shoes of founding member Claudio Ramirez who elected to step down into a "producer only" role. After masterfully learning, with his own creative twist, each of the synth basslines and keys parts in the Astrotheque catalog, John Looke took over greater responsibilities of arranging new songs with JDub. His contributions on bass synth, keys, mod tweaking of tracks, and vocal effects are unmistakably the backbone of Astrotheque's sound.
No Astrotheque show would be complete without Dave's gorgeous tones and thoughtful songwriter's touch. Charged with the duty of lending "sloshy, sometimes sloppy, often atomic" human performances over ATQ's drum machines, Dave always holds the groove down and makes it slippery. A musical director for Austin Oaks Church as well as session player and hired gun in the singer/songwriter scene, JDub's personal demand for Astrotheque was, "When we play live, I want Dave Terry."
Origins of the "Library of Cosmos"
Astrotheque is the brainchild of two vibrant producers: charismatic lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist JDub, and Venezuelan-born arranger, programmer, and multi-instrumentalist Claudio Ramirez.
As JDub, a lifelong electronic composer, predicted the swan song of his riff-based rock band JDub and the Tease, he knew that it was time for the two worlds of his very different genres to merge. Arranging some previously written material and writing several new songs, he began programming many of the electronic landscapes that would become backing tracks for Astrotheque songs.
Enter Claudio Ramirez.
As the very necessary and long-overdue left-brain of the project, Clau streamlined the multi-tracks, writing synth bass parts, replacing drums, and sculpting the textures. He also contributed the name Astrotheque(literal meaning: Library of Cosmos) which reportedly came to him in a dream. The two fell easily into a natural, albeit nerdy workflow that allowed them both creative freedom and the ability to geek out on sonic and musical itches left unexplored in previous projects. Clau also contributed two instrumental sonic landscapes of his own, Sweet the Sound and Return to Form, which are of a decidedly different flavor aesthetically. JDub cites the ease with which guitar parts, lyrics, and vocal melodies came on these songs as another omen of their musical bond.
The duo added the jazzy and hard-hitting Dave Terry on trapset as part of the live team, and played 7 shows in four days at SXSW 2016. They then headed promptly into the studio to record their first full-length, Return to Form, now out on Spyjet Zero Records and available at all major online retailers.