BioDiesel lies in razor-thin space between band and DJ, synthetic and human, man and machine. The duo is an inventive collaboration between Johnny Rabb and Clay Parnell. Modern electronic dance music has always been primarily about beats and basslines—and that fact is ever more present today. Naturally, when you take a world-class drummer and a celebrated bassist who are also passionate producers, the elements are there for a super-charged ensemble that shatters boundaries and dares to take the musical genres they explore to thrilling new places.
BioDiesel is coming on strong in 2011 and beyond. The first half of the year has seen performances in every time zone in North America, the release of the EPCarbon Confidential, which garnered favorable attention from Urb.com and other media, as well as some exciting collaborations with top artists in the scene. Before the year is out, they will have released a live album and toured as far away from home base as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia.
Drumming legend Johnny Rabb—pioneer of the freehand technique—has performed and given clinics the world over. Recognized as an inventor, author, educator and the Original World’s Fastest Drummer, he is able to execute his passion for live electronic music in ways that few (if any) others are able to effectively emulate.
Clay Parnell is known for his work with Brothers Past, the Join (featuring members of the New Deal) and Philabuster (featuring Korey Riker of the Roots), as well as holding down his own Philadelphia residency as Lo Life. Recently tapped as a consultant for The Bass Players Bible in the styles of Drum n Bass, House and Hip Hop, he is considered the go-to bassist in the Live Electronic genre.
Whether shaking a dance club to its foundation, blowing the doors off a theater or working a festival audience into a frenzy … BioDiesel is the cutting edge of tangible electronic music.