Brandon Standal, known on stage as thegimp! (exclamation mark required), started DJing and promoting electronic music events in Wisconsin in 2009. Brandon was influenced by the trance scene in Honolulu from 2005 - 2009 and was one of the few people pushing trance after he moved to Wisconsin. After a series of successful private events in 2010, in 2011 he was introduced to psychedelic trance culture and made a conscious shift to mixing and promoting psytrance. That summer he was invited to play his first open-air festival, Sacred Earth hosted by the Chilluminati.
Brandon moved to Milwaukee in 2011 and began setting up one of the area’s only recurring underground events, Plush. After two successful underground events unlike any the area had seen, he began hosting an aboveground event called TRIBE that ran weekly for a total of nearly 9 months at three different venues across Milwaukee. The intent of Plush events started shifting toward building collective consciousness, a concept learned through the psytrance scene. With music and art, Plush built a community of positive people who were ever evolving as a family, a TRIBE. In 2013 Plush began hosting events at a beautiful venue, the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, a country club and golf course that had been turned into a nature preserve. Plush is now well known for its safe, beautiful, comfortable events that welcome newcomers like family and providing a space for growth for individuals and as a collective.
Brandon left for India after hosting six Plush events, the last one a trial run for the Plush crew. All were successful and now a seventh is in the works. He hopes to bring the same vibe to Shillong and to bring the community together through music and art.
Returning from his journey to India, Brandon gained experience playing with the Goa Underground Tribe at Cirrus, working with Northeastern Psychedelia, and the Mountain Life collective on Koh Phangnan in Thailand. He now resumes his worth with Milwaukee's Plush Industries.
Brandon has played many stages, from beaches to basements to cornfields to clubs in Wisconsin, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Thailand, and India. His largest accomplishments are Plush events, which reshaped and is still shaping the midwestern United States, as well as playing the psytrance stages hosted during the summer festivals for three years in a row by the Chilluminati and Spacecamp Psyfari.
thegimp! is upbeat and energetic on stage. He spins many styles: Chicago house, pre-2011 trance, pre 2011 electro, full on psychedelic, tech house, psytech, electro swing, downtempo, old school and underground hip-hop, ambient, glitch, breakbeat, 90’s, 2000’s - what ties his sound together is funk. No matter what genre Brandon is mixing he’ll make you want to groove. Mostly you can catch Brandon spinning psytech and dark progressive between 120 and 140 bpm, but he will gladly adapt to what the situation calls for. Brandon is also known for incorporating live work into his sets: vocal resampling, sampling video audio off a movie playing on a TV, cutting in a radio - if it plugs into his mixer he will try to make it fit. In addition to being an event producer, Brandon also is a sound engineer. Coordinating quality audio setups is a hallmark of each of his events. Brandon is no stranger to setting up and mixing live shows on a soundboard.
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