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1997 – present (19 years)
Snellville, Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States
STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) are:
Hunter Brown(guitar/laptop/midi keyboard)
Jeffree Lerner (percussion/laptop/handsonic)
David Murphy (bass/laptop/midi keyboard)
David Phipps (keyboards/laptop)
Zach Velmer (drums)
Since forming in Atlanta, GA in 1998, instrumental electronic rock band STS9 has experienced a meteoric rise to the forefront of the electronic-rock music scene. Recently ranked #25 among Pollstar’s list of top-grossing touring acts for Summer 2010, STS9 averaged more than 4,200 tickets sold per city on a 25 city tour that boasted opening acts such as Snoop Dogg,Ghostland Observatory, Thievery Corporation and Big Boi of Outkast. The band’s tour culminated with two sold out performances at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, with 18,000 fans on-hand to experience the audio-visual force that is STS9.
STS9 truly does it all; from headlining stages at festivals such as Austin City Limits Festival, Lollapalooza and Electric Daisy Carnival, to selling out shows around the country in opera houses and amphitheatres alike, to performing with Jay-Z in arenas, to running their own record label, 1320 Records, to using their voice as a platform for change and raising significant amounts of money towards funding for their activism efforts (including $150,000 this past year to The Make it Right Foundation, paving the way to rebuild a house in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans). Pushing boundaries is all in a day’s work for STS9.
June 2011 brought the release of the bands latest studio EP, When the Dust Settles (the eleventh album in their full discography), keeping with XLR8R Magazine’s exclamation that STS9 is "one of the country's most intriguing, innovative outfits around.” The EP debuted at #1 on the iTunes Electronic Charts and landed in Billboard’s Top 25, while the first single “Scheme” was downloaded over 100,000 times in its first week alone.
STS9’s self-owned record label, 1320 Records, was founded on the principles of collaboration, cooperation, and community. The goal is clear: bring the music to the people in the most conscious, unique innovative and savvy ways possible. By doing so, the distance lessens between artists and fans, putting the power back in the hands of those that make music and those that live for it.
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