Ettie Street Project fuses the worlds of funk, jazz, and electronica into a sound that is expansive and multilayered. Guitar, vocals, bass, drums, horns, and synths make up the raw live elements, while live looping creates atmospheric textures and melodies over a deep groove. Their audiences are moved by danceable beats, eclectic sounds, and solid musicianship fueling the high energy shows.

The musical collaboration between guitarist/producer Tom Lattanand and bassist Rob Gwin began with sonic experiments in an Oakland warehouse. Having their own venue to test new ideas and gadgets, Tom and Rob used live instruments with loopers and synths to improvise compositions on the spot. At first, these performances utilized electronic beats as a foundation of the groove, but it did not take long to incorporate live drummers and other musicians.

The music evolved from layers of sound over loose forms to more tightly arranged compositions and songs. Drawing from their wide mix of influences, Ettie Street Project started producing sounds that were more melody and vocal based while pushing the envelope with the new tools available to them. The meeting of music and technology pushed the group in new directions, yet they continued to bring it back to its organic roots.

The 2013 album release "The Simplest Possible Setup" features a long list of musicians and collaborators who contribute to an expanding sound. A significant portion of the album is written and produced for the powerful and soaring vocals of the singers Audio Angel, Artemis, and Emily Rich. Horns, thick percussion, and electronic elements round out the sound while intricately composed parts and virtuosic moments shine throughout the tracks. Two of the tracks feature their late friend and drummer Jorgen Stensson who passed away in 2012. "The Simplest Possible Setup" is a well loved quote of his, and as a tribute, is the title of the album.

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