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Photay

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Photay is the musical endeavor of composer/drummer/DJ/producer, Evan Shornstein.
After studying abroad in Guinea, West Africa, Photay was born. Combining his newly acquired knowledge of poly-rhythmic percussion and years of experimenting with sampling and field recordings, he went on to create and self-release his first project under the alias. Using a variety of audio sources and techniques, Photay's sound is a balancing act of analog and digital, of natural and synthetic.
In 2014, Photay's self-titled debut EP caught the ears of indie-electronic label, Astro Nautico, who signed him to his first record deal. His music also caught the attention of music supervisor Matt FX who licensed his song RECONSTRUCT as the opening theme to the TV show, "Man Seeking Woman."
His second EP, "Sadie," drew attention from taste-maker and Worldwide FM/BBC DJ, Gilles Peterson who has featured Photay on his numerous shows.
Photay's debut full-length, "Onism," was released on August 11, 2017 and met with critical acclaim, including a glowing review and a 7.9 rating from Pitchfork. The final track of the album, BOMBOGENESIS was licensed by Apple.
In the summer of 2017, he supported Odesza on a few dates including a notable sold-out show at Red Rocks and he supported Bonobo on their Northeast, N. American leg of their worldwide tour.
Originally from Woodstock, NY, Photay is currently based in Brooklyn.

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