Simon Posford and Raja Ram are the musical minds behind Shpongle. The project has been captivating listeners since 1996 with an undeniably unique blend of eastern ethnic samples masterfully fused with western synth based psychedelic music. Their unique sound is perhaps best described in Shpongle’s own words:
“A strange hybrid of electronic manipulation and shamanic midgets with frozen digits squeezing the envelope and crawling through the doors of perception”
1998 marked the release of their first album “Are you Shpongled” which justly landed the duo at the forefront of the psychedelic trance movement. Posford’s wizard like studio production provides synthesizers, and live instrumentation while Raja provides musical concepts, art, and the notable flute arrangements found in their work. Both Simon and Raja coordinate their talents when composing their sounds, stating, they often visualize the music together in its entirety before they even begin to compose a track. Rich with psychedelic hallucinatory references, conscious vocal samples and captivating sonic textures, it would be hard to imagine a live performance that could translate the complex layers of Shpongle’s music into a live performance… think again.
Shpongle has taken its live show from Tokyo to LA and everywhere in between, captivating audiences with sold out shows and an incomprehensibly elaborate musical and visual experience. The Shpongletron Experience Tour, as seen above, was a truly unique musical, and visual experience. Posford performs in a DJ booth surrounded by multiple custom-made, video-mapped projection surfaces, dancers and lights, while the audience, adorned in psychedelic T-Shirts and Light Necklaces, are enchanted by the rhythm of Moroccan drums and diverse sound production. It suffices to say, seeing Shpongle live is much more than a concert, it is truly an experience, which is why the announcement of a fall tour, entitle Shpongle Presents The Masquerade has fans so excited to get Shpongled! Click HERE to see the tour dates. Click HERE to see their merch!