Deltron 3030

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Deltron 3030
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1999–present
Labels 75 Ark Records
Members Dan the Automator
Del the Funky Homosapien
Kid Koala

Deltron 3030 is an alternative hip hop supergroup composed of producer Dan the Automator, rapper Del the Funky Homosapien (known as Deltron Osiris/Deltron Zero for the album), and Kid Koala. They also collaborate with a variety of other musicians under many futuristic pseudonyms.

History[edit]

Deltron 3030[edit]

Main article: Deltron 3030 (album)

The group's debut album Deltron 3030, released on May 23, 2000, is a concept album set in the year 3030 that tells of the fight by Deltron Zero (Del's alter ego) against huge corporations that rule the universe. The lyrics were written in less than two weeks and are characterized by extravagant allusions to futuristic outer-space themes in the tradition of Afrofuturist works by Sun Ra and George Clinton. Many samples originated with the contemporary French classical composer William Sheller.

Event 2[edit]

Main article: Event 2

Deltron 3030's second album, titled Event 2, was released in September, 2013.[1]

Production began as far back as 2004,[2] and in November 2006 Del told IGN that four songs were already written and that "the album's lyrical theme has been basically mapped out."[3] Dan the Automator stated that the recording of the new album would probably be completed by December 2006, and that it would be released in 2007.[4] Due to a series of delays, group members issued a number of statements predicting imminent completion in 2008,[5][4] 2010,[6] 2011, [7][8][9] and 2012.[10]

On June 11, 2012, Deltron 3030 performed at the Luminato festival in Toronto, Ontario, a show that Kid Koala dubbed the Deltron Event 2 World Premiere.[11] The group played with a full horn, strings, and rhythm section conducted by Dan the Automator, premiered ten songs from Event 2, and revealed the visual style of the new album. In accordance with Del's statement that "3030 actually was one event, but these events can span centuries,"[12]

The first single from the album was "City Rising From the Ashes," a song influenced by the story of Osiris.[citation needed]

On September 23, 2013, Event 2 was put on Pitchfork's Advance Streaming service in its entirety, one week before its official release.[13]

Event 2 features many artist and celebrities including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aaron Bruno, David Cross, Amber Tamblyn, Zack De La Rocha, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, The Lonely Island, Black Rob, David Chang, Damon Albarn, Casual, Emily Wells, Mike Patton, and Jamie Cullum.

Discography[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[14]
US R&B
[15]
US Indie
[16]
2000 Deltron 3030
  • Release date: May 23, 2000
  • Label: 75 Ark
194 90 18
2013 Event 2
  • Release date: September 30, 2013
  • Label: Deltron Partners, Bulk Recordings
41 13 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haering, Bradley (March 12, 2008 (updated October 12, 2008)). "FOR YOUR EARS ONLY: The funky homosapien returns, but worth it?". The Daily Aztek. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "Automator Enjoys 'Omakase,' Remixes Beck". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  3. ^ Jim Durig and Will Fry. "Del Q&A". Music.ign.com. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  4. ^ a b "Dan the Automator Remixes the Blue Angels". 10 Zen Monkeys. 2006-10-12. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  5. ^ Even more drama than SoapNet[dead link]
  6. ^ R. Manda (2010-08-11). "The Melancholy Native: My Interview With: Del The Funky Homosapien". Triassicsquints.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  7. ^ Del the Funky Homosapien on the things lacking in hip-hop today, Gorillaz and cassette tapes[dead link]
  8. ^ Del the Funky Homosapien. "Del the Funky Homosapien". Rasputin Music. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  9. ^ ANDY DOWNING (2011-06-15). "Del the Funky Homosapien evolves past negative influences". Host.madison.com. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  10. ^ Del the Funky Homosapien - 1/18/2012 Update (Life, Deltron II, New Projects, Pet Peeves, Etc.) YouTube
  11. ^ "http://kidkoala.com/tour/deltron-3030-luminato-festival". Kidkoala.com. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  12. ^ "http://music.ign.com/articles/747/747645p4.html". Music.ign.com. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  13. ^ Pitchfork Advance Album Strea, Event 2
  14. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/300736/deltron+3030/chart
  15. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/300736/deltron+3030/chart?f=333
  16. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/300736/deltron+3030/chart?f=326

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