Good gosh, people. Thank you all so much for the amazing energy and sportsmanship you demonstrated at Neiliyo’s Game Night last night. We are awestruck by your enthusiasm and the fun you brought.
We want to take time to thank all the people that made it happen. The staff of Club Deville was so accommodating in letting us turn their bar into a playground….a playground with free-flowing whiskey. Fizzy Dino Pop got us going with wild projections and funky sound. Team Fabrication proved they are some of the hardest working djs out there by keeping us dancing and smiling all night. Our new friends over at 512 Unscripted provided great coverage for the event. And we wouldn’t dream of throwing a shindig like this without our friend Leah Ross there to document it all. We also are excited that Jen fromPeen Scene turned out to photograph the shenanigans. Stay tuned…as photos and footage start rolling in, we’ll keep you posted!
Of course, we can’t forget the man of the hour. Neiliyo brought the freaking house down. There was never a doubt that Neiliyo was the man to pull an event like this off, and he did not disappoint. People danced (and hop scotched!) their asses off, sweat poured, bottles were spun, and an evening of memories was made. We wish we could accurately describe the heart and sincerity of last night’s performance, but words wouldn’t do it justice. Neiliyo, we salute you!
The biggest thanks of all goes out to all of you that came out and got your game on. Remember to download your EP (using your secret slap-bracelet link) ASAP- the link will not work forever!
It was magical to see this idea come to life. Thank you all for your continued support.
You’ve got plans tonight. Big plans. It’s Neiliyo’s Game Night! There should be just enough time to stretch and start practicing for tonight’s contests, and we have just the link to help you do it.
Republic of Austin has a great write up about the release, plus an instructional hopscotch video for those of us that are a little rusty. Here’s what they had to say about the sound:
“Combining grinding electro with house and funk synth lines and 90’s Miami booty bass beats, this album is straight up future. Neiliyo’s flow on the album puts Prince to shame. And there’s an underlying dirty, slow jam feel to it. It’s kinda like Underworld, Salt-N-Peppa (from the “Push It” years), Jodeci, Jimmy Jam and Tom Jones got together to make a relief album to bail out Parker Brothers.”
Read the whole thing HERE. If that hopscotch video doesn’t get you pumped about tonight, I’m not sure what will.
Tonight, show off what you’ve learned at Club Deville. Doors at 9, action at 10!
Internets! Tomorrow is the big day! The slap bracelets are in, the sidewalk chalk is sharpened, and we are ready for Neiliyo’s EP release Game Night. If you’re not in on this already, you can check out the details HERE.
In anticipation for tomorrow’s event, Austin is Burning interviewed Neiliyo about the new EP. As an added bonus, you can hear “Springtime,” a sweet new song recorded exclusively for Austin is Burning.
The good folks over at Republic of Austin created The Roaries Awards so Austinites could nominate and recognize their favorite local artists. This will come as no shock, but Austinites have seriously good taste! We are so proud that not one but TWO Artifact Workshop artists have been nominated for the Roaries . Neiliyo is up for Best Male Musician, and DJ Car Stereo (Wars) is up for Best DJ. Please cast your votes HERE before February 25th and help these AW guys walk away with the (internet) gold! Congratulations to these hard working musicians. We always knew you were the best; now we have proof.
Where were you the first time you saw Neiliyo? Was it on a boat? Or maybe at a sweaty house party. Did you catch his set with DJ Car Stereo (Wars) at Lollapolooza? Or did you see their follow up performance at the muddiest Fun Fun Fun Fest in history?
We are so very excited to be partnering with one of the funnest, hardest-working, most memorable musicians in today’s Austin music scene. On Saturday, February 27th at Club DeVille, Neiliyo will release Game Night, his follow-up EP to the 2008 People Skills LP. Like everything we do here at Artifact Workshop, this release will be experiential rather than a standard jewel case. For the $8 entry fee, attendees will receive a slap bracelet designed by Austin artist Erin Hanson with a time sensitive link to download the album. Neiliyo will perform the entire EP by leading the audience in each game that the songs are based on. Austin duo Fizzy Dino Popwill start the night off, along with dj sets by the lovely Team Fabrication ladies. For Neiliyo fans old and new, this event is not to be missed.
Here is a teaser track for downloading and sharing pleasure…
Check out what the Austin Onion has to say about the big DJ Car Stereo (Wars) Valentine’s Day show this Saturday with SWISS (!!!!) and Til Were Blue or Destroy:
“Relationships are just so much extra baggage when you’re a pretty young thing. Better to spend Valentine’s Day with your true loves: swilling cheap booze and rubbing bony shoulders with fellow bo-hoes under the Beauty Bar disco ball. This Valentine’s, local supergroup Swiss seeks to reunite you with some old flames—specifically anoraks, Billy Corgan-fed angst, and other not-quite-forgotten gems from the ’90s like Semisonic’s “Closing Time.” Its covers could crash this hearts-and-chocolates shindig into wedding-band territory were it not for the combined talents of the musicians involved—past lineups have included members of Hum, The Poster Children, Mineral, and National Skyline. Mash-up cupid Car Stereo (Wars) trains his arrows on those and other bands that peaked before the dot-com bubble burst, while ‘Til We’re Blue Or Destroy wraps its broken heart in bright melodies and glittering synths.”