Portland, United States
In 1995, building a dubwise mix not only required a studio full of outboard gear, but also a deep understanding of how to use it like a musical instrument. Modi Bardo’s legacy began in Detroit in the early 90’s as half of the electronic, fully analog performing duo, Spacelings and Bassheads. Wrecking dance halls with a truck full of gear, and releasing techno / hip hop influenced dubwise electronic music, was life and religion to Modi B. and partner John Ryan. Around 99, Modi Bardo, aka Doug Surreal went on to go deep into hip-hop, producing visual artist, Aaron Horkey’s diabolical hip hop LP, “Jack Spaar”, and releasing classic vinyl Jeep Beat tapestries with legendary, Mike the 2600 King, in St. Louis, mo. Fast forward to 2008, when dubstep was popping off in the UK, Modi began dropping bombs in San Francisco, CA as “Skulltrane”, teaming up with the Detroit big homie, Carolyn Smith. After a few years of massive shows and Cali festivals, Modi worked with Badman, DZ, at Badman Press Records, curating and releasing his own bombs with DZ and solo projects. Through this evolution, Modi Bardo has worked with many instrumentalist and has fused digital music methods with analog / performance based dub mixing. This blend has brought the original art form back but with deep clarity and character, never missing the feel.
In 2015, Modi Bardo runs roots / dub / dubstep label Foundation Channel Records, with Detroit Dub Kingpin, Satta Don Dada and releases also on Dubs Alive Records. Collaborations and remixes include, the legendary Carlton Livingston, Matty G, Alter Echo, 6 Blocc, Roommate, Taso, Drew’s Theory, Dubsworth, Tapa, Dr. Israel, DZ and many others.