Tycho at The Independent, by Ian Young

Northern California native Tycho has been making waves in electronic music for a decade and a half, earning recognition early from the underground for his carefully-composed compositions and most recently being nominated for his first Grammy.

Epoch is Tycho’s fifth album, and it was released only two months earlier on October 14, 2016, just ahead of Tycho’s full-band performance of new songs at the this year’s rain-soaked Treasure Island Music Festival and surprise performance at The Independent ahead of the festival. The album marks the end of a trilogy for Tycho, beginning with 2011’s Dive and including 2014’s Awake. Epoch’s Billboard debut at the #1 spot in “Top Dance/Electronic Albums” was also a first.

To celebrate, he kicks off his 2017 world tour with a single US date: Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Most recently on Wednesday December 14, Tycho performed a brief, 20-minute DJ set at The Fox as part of Oakland United, a benefit concert for victims and survivors affected by the tragic fire on December 2 in the artist’s collective known as Ghost Ship. The set, wholly reflective of the tragedy, was dark and brooding, and featured a heavy industrial dance influence — atypical of Tycho’s recent direction, but firmly rooted in his genesis as an electronic artist.

“Absolutely surreal to hear the news this morning that Epoch has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album. The first Tycho release was 14 years ago and since that time I’ve had the good fortune of working with some incredibly talented and passionate people to help realize this vision,” said Scott Hansen on Tycho’s Facebook page. “For me Epoch felt like the culmination of that journey so to have it recognized in this way is something truly special. This is an extraordinary honor and we’re immensely grateful to have fans who have supported us for so long and enabled us to make the music we want without compromise.”

Following the tour’s commencement at The Fox Theater, Tycho then heads east for dates in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan as well a major role on the annual Laneway Festival tour, traveling Australia and Singapore from mid-January to early February. A European headline tour will follow, highlighted by already sold-out shows in Copenhagen, Stockholm, and London.

Tycho, Nitemoves
Fox Theater
January 7, 2017