LLAMA LIVE: ANA SIA PERFORMS SATURDAY

It’s time to break out the glowsticks.

Ana Sia, aka “Princess Slay-ah,” one of the most renowned modern DJs on the West Coast, is heading our way. She is scheduled to perform in town at The Llama on Saturday, February 4. With her unique hip-hop-infused blend of electronica and dubstep, Ana brings a novel energy to the DJ scene. She recently completed a 17-track debut compilation, Surreal Estate, universally praised in a wide variety of publications including Sonic Router, Resident Advisor, and Pitchfork for its complexity and flowing beats.

A San Francisco native, Ana has performed across the globe at renowned venues such as Coachella and Lollapalooza, alongside artists such as Deadmau5, Daedelus, and The Glitch Mob (who gave her the nickname “Princess Slay-ah”). Writing about a Birmingham show, critic Afro Monk said online there were “moments when I physically couldn’t stand still. Ana Sia has the ability to create sounds that consume the listener and build palpable tension leading to brilliant climax.”

Watching the woman onstage, it’s hard to disagree. Check out this video.

Ana Sia describes her own music as “deep, grimy dubstep, big and beautiful wonky whomp, and glitch-infused global-slut psy-hop.” Translation: kind of hard to pin down.

Ana grew up playing classical music, but says her own website: “It’s less about traditional structured theory and more about finding the non-conformist, uber-wonky beats that confuse the brain… [and please] the body.” The music is as complex and wide-ranging as she is: Spinning records just doesn’t get it. Ana is an explorer of soundscapes, always looking to find new ways to make us shake our feet.

Watching Ana Sia is like watching a primal force in action: She’s constantly in motion, masterfully flowing between computers and soundboards. The energy is off the charts.

Make no mistake: the lady is someone who knows how to bring down a house. And when she does it, you want to be under the roof.

Tickets can be purchased for $12 at Wizard Entertainment (970 728 4924) or for $15 at the door.

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Eliot Muckerman

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