Outlet Live is a collaborative effort from electronic music producer Jon Belfontaine (aka Outlet), and world class saxophonist Tommy Weeks. The two joined forces in September of 2016 and will be making their live debut at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans on New Years Eve with Pretty Lights.
Jon Belfontaine (Outlet) is a self taught glitch hop producer and multi instrumentalist from NH. Outlet released its first full length album “Borrowed Voices” on December 21 2013 to celebrate the one year anniversary of the end of the World. He began playing the guitar at age 13. Like many guitarists his main influence was rock music, and after being gifted his first guitar he taught himself how to assemble and repair a broken guitar amp. Ever since then he has been unstoppable. Once he became aware of electronic music, the concept fascinated him. The idea of blending so many of his favorite musical genres and the unlimited possibilities that can come from a pair of headphones and a synthesizer set off an electric spark, something like you would see come from an Outlet. From that moment on he began experimenting with making original electronic music with psychedelic melodies, and hypnotic tones empowered with heavy bass lines.
Outlet has collaborated with Pretty Lights Music (PLM) artist Michal Menert on his 2014 release “Even If It Isn’t Right” on the track “Drift By”. He placed second in Pretty Lights’ online remix contest for the track “Around The Block” in 2014, remixed PLM artist Eliot Lipp’s track “SeaTac Arrival” in 2015 and has opened on the Pretty Lights Episodic Music Festival tour in NH in August 2016.
From 2009-2015 you could find Outlet at music festivals such as Camp Bisco, Uphoria, Camp Coldbrook, Wild Woods, Lespectacle, Harvest Fest and Ballers Balls all over the North East.
Tommy Weeks on saxophone hails from hip hop funksters Sophistafunk as well as the northeasts' premier brass band the Funky Dawgz. Having played on stages all over the world from Spain to Madison Square Garden he brings the special sauce to the electro dance -funk powerhouse that is OutletLive.
He has been playing saxophone since he was 11 years old and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. While his roots are in Connecticut, he has an unmatched admiration for the city of New Orleans. He has collaborated and performed with countless artists such as Dispatch, Trombone Shorty, the Regiment Horns, Lettuce, Kung Fu, Chadwick Stokes, Pete Francis, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, the Grammy award winning Rebirth Brass Band, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, and Big Sams Funky Nation, just to name a few. Tommy is a big music education ambassador; he frequently visits schools to work with their jazz bands, and with students individually in private lessons.