Small Million / Natasha Kmeto – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – October 10th, 2018

Small Million / Natasha Kmeto

A PDX double-header with the EDM / Pop / R&B queen and the melodic synth-pop duo releasing a new EP

Small Million / Natasha Kmeto

Cristina Cano (Siren and the Sea)

Wed, October 10, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10 ADV / $12 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

Small Million
Small Million
"Small Million is a Portland-based synth pop duo writing richly textured songs with impassioned lyrics and dark melodic hooks. LA-transplant Ryan Linder was new to Portland and seeking a musical collaborator, but struck out in the wilds of Craigslist. A chance meeting at a dance club with Portland native Malachi Graham, a songwriter and vocalist, led to the formation of Small Million. They continually drive each other forward— Ryan, a perfectionist producer and composer, regularly stays up until 4 AM tweaking the tone on his analog synths and meticulously layering samples. He’s long been drawn to both richly emotional indie pop (Arcade Fire, Champs, First Aid Kit, Fleet Foxes) and creatively textured electronic music. Meanwhile Malachi takes bold charge of the vocals and lyrics for the project; with her background as a solo songwriter and Americana musician, she concentrates on lyrics that make you want to pay attention, compelling melodic hooks, and powerful vocal performances as influenced by her love of Neko Case, Kate Bush, and traditional country and Appalachian folk music.

Appropriately for a duo that met on the dance floor, Ryan and Malachi continually improve their collaborative waltz. They wrote their earliest songs by emailing voice memos back and forth, successfully striking on their collective voice with their first single Six Feet. Six Feet quickly drew attention when it was selected for the PDX Pop Now! Compilation in 2014, propelling the fledgling duo into live performances and immersing them in Portland's rich independent music scene. The two continued to ping-pong ideas back and forth until they had composed rest of their debut EP, Before the Fall (June 2016), developing a trust and a shared language that continues to deepen. Their new follow-up, Young Fools EP, was written at weekend retreats to the wild and grey Oregon coast. Like the dramatic Pacific seascapes framed in the window of a beach house, both the sonic textures and lyrics on the EP play the epic off the intimate. Young Fools was recorded in Linder’s home studio, mixed by Brock Grenfell (Gold Casio), and mastered at Elysian Masters in LA by Dave Cooley (M83, Animal Collective, Blood Orange).

Small Million were called "Portland artists to watch" by Vortex Music Magazine and "rising dream pop stars" by Willamette Week. In 2017 they performed at PDX Pop Now!, Volume Fest, and toured the west coast with pop crooner DoublePlusGood to support their joint single. Small Million's tracks have been featured on compilations by Tender Loving Empire, PDX Pop Now!, and Vortex Music Magazine. Willamette Week writes, "In the sparse synths and deeply emotive vocals, the duo found a universal language in their shared love of melody and emotion.”
Natasha Kmeto
Natasha Kmeto
Natasha Kmeto is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and producer from Portland, OR. Kmeto weaves dreamy dancefloor hits with influences from soul, R&B, electronic music, and pop. Her songs are emotional, honest, and open in their sharp lyricism, over fierce, dynamic rhythms and beats that keep dancefloors pulsing. Natasha Kmeto controls the dancehall from the stage, utilizing an electronic toolkit she has developed over the years.

Natasha Kmeto’s music deals with the timely message of living in today’s world as a queer woman. Over the years, Kmeto has embraced her identity wholly, interweaving the struggles but also the pleasures of her life into her songs. By telling her personal story, Kmeto brings listeners into her world and elevates the important voices of the LGBTQ community.

It is because of her honesty and incredible talent that Kmeto’s music has received critical acclaim over the years. Natasha Kmeto has toured internationally, playing stages across the US, Europe and Canada. She has been the supporting act on national tours with TV on the Radio and Ghostly International artists, Beacon. Performances at major festivals include Coachella, Bumbershoot, MusicfestNW, Treefort Festival, SXSW, Symbiosis, Low End Theory, Le Guess Who, and Decibel Festival. Other notable performances also include sharing the stage with Four Tet, Squarepusher, Flying Lotus, Emancipator, Shabazz Palaces, Roisin Murphy, Jimmy Edgar, Machinedrum, and Shlomo. Kmeto’s music has been featured by NPR, Pitchfork, Spin, Fader, Resident Advisor and Rookie. She has played live performances over the air on Boiler Room and KEXP, and her tracks have been played by numerous DJs including the legendary tastemaker, Mary Ann Hobbes.

Praise for Natasha:
"As queer identity gets shoved aside with the mainstreaming of electronic music, as if the queer community didn't fuel the genre's formation, it's more vital than ever to have voices like Kmeto's bringing it to the forefront. This, without question, is a record of discovery and confusion as much as it is about the power of confidence in understanding and loving oneself. Inevitable is a collection of slowly ripping cords, the underlying tension manifesting on tracks as if Kmeto must manage simmering emotions and can’t, or maybe won’t." -Pitchfork

"We can’t recommend the album highly enough: lady sings the electro-blues." -Guardian

“Kmeto's power comes down to the way she displays her personal life—sexual energy, anger, pride and sadness all burn a hole right through the club-informed music. The formula makes Inevitable feel as fiery as it is intimate.” -Resident Advisor
Cristina Cano (Siren and the Sea)
Cristina Cano (Siren and the Sea)
Cristina Cano is a writer, vocalist, and performer dedicated to crafting rich melodic soundscapes, as well as engaging intimate and vulnerable experiences. Siren and the Sea embodies a world of seemingly underwater and other worldly symphonies highlighted by lush vocals, layers of rich synthesizers, bass, electronic drums, and pedal steel and baritone/ guitar.