Emancipator (musician)

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Emancipator in Istanbul. (October 26, 2013)
Background information
Birth name Doug Appling
Also known as Emancipator
Born (1987-05-27) May 27, 1987 (age 27)
New York City, United States
Origin Portland, Oregon
Genres Trip hop, downtempo, Ambient
Occupation(s) Producer, DJ
Years active 2006-Present
Labels Loci Records, Emancipator Music, Hydeout Productions, 1320 Records
Website emancipatormusic.com , emancipator.bandcamp.com
Notable instruments
Violin, Piano, Guitar

Douglas Appling, (born 1987, New York City) better known by his stage name Emancipator, is an American electronic producer based in Portland, Oregon. His debut album, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough, was released in 2006.[1]

Appling's song Wolf Drawn was featured in the trailer for Toby Dawson - Lost and Found, an upcoming documentary on the Olympic medal winning mogul skier Toby Dawson.[2]


Doug Appling spent his youth in the U.S. state of Virginia before moving to his current home of Portland, OR. He attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, completing an undergraduate degree in psychology. While there, he took a number of classes in music. He released his first solo album, "Soon It Will Be Cold Enough," under the name of Emancipator in 2006. He played his first live show in 2009 as the opening act for Bonobo, who Appling admits is "one of [his] favourite producers." This, together with a tour of Japan in the same year, helped to provide exposure to larger audiences both at home and abroad. His next album, "Safe in the Steep Cliffs," was released in January 2010, which was followed closely by the launch of his own label, Loci Records.[3]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details
2013 Dusk to Dawn
  • Released: 29 January 2013
2011 Remixes
  • Released: 21 June 2011
2009 Safe In the Steep Cliffs
  • Released: 8 September 2009
2006 Soon it will be Cold Enough
  • Released: 19 January 2006


Year Song details
2011 Elephant Survival
  • Released: 15 December 2011

Free Download


  1. ^ "Emancipator Discography at Discogs". Discogs. Discogs. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Toby Dawson: Lost and Found // Official Trailer". Vimeo. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Emancipator Website". 

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