RBTS WIN is Javier Bolea and Cliff B. Worsham – a sample-based/psych-pop production duo heavily influenced by the sounds of soul and R&B. With the addition of guitarist Josh Chassner the band has become known for their emotionally charged live performances using a feast of analog synthesizers, drum machines, guitars and vocals. The music they create has also been described as dark wave or chill-hop.
The group formed in 2008 shortly after Javier moved from his hometown of sun-drenched Miami, FL to the mountain oasis of Cliff’s origins in Asheville, NC. After meeting through mutual friends the two quickly began exchanging song ideas and found that they had a special musical relationship. Javier speaks on their chemistry: “I feel like the juxtaposition of our worlds has everything to do with our sound and the energy we put out. The tropical beaches and these mystical mountains have truly met halfway within these creations.”
As much as their new album Palm Sunday eschews formula or convention, there are themes (love, spirit, connection, nature) throughout, along with musical references to the natural world — as filtered through electronic instruments. The album is the band’s most fully-realized effort to date, a culmination of years of experimentation, personal growth, deepening friendship and an unrelenting exploration of melody, beats and words. Palm Sunday was recorded in Asheville, NC at Tidal Prism Studio and the converted cathedral, Echo Mountain. The cover was designed by long-time RBTS collaborator Kent Hernandez.
North Carolina trio RBTS Win are prepping their next full-length offering now, but in the meantime, King Summer EP (released 10.21.2016) offers a segue into their new sound.
The band has played with the likes of Toro y Moi, RJD2, Slow Magic, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Prefuse 73, Nite Jewel, Lazer Sword, Mount Kimbie, Blue Sky Black Death, Tanlines, MillionYoung, The Sounds, Marley Carroll, Foreign Exchange, Otto Von Schirach, Polyphonic & Serengeti and Foxy Shazam. They have also performed at Miami’s Winter Music Conference, Hopscotch Festival and Moogfest 2010, 2012 & 2014.
“Davaion “Spaceman Jones” Bristol was born in the late 70’s and grew up listening to the classic sounds of that time. Throughout his youth Spaceman was exposed to the streets, but at the same time he had a huge appetite for learning and reading. That drive took him into the worlds of sci-fi authors such as Ray Bradbury, Issac Asimov, and J.R.R. Tolkien. After graduating from the School of Hard Knocks, Spaceman’s path brought him to a unique world view that is sure to lend wisdom, light, and dopeness to the forefront.
Continually motivated to release great music, Spaceman Jones is relentless with his pad and pen and time in the studio. Two projects already released in the 2014 calendar year include his latest solo effort, Hope Fiend, as well as The Black Cheech and Chong, a collaboration album with fellow Out Tha Gutta artist, Hard Knox. After taking some time to learn the art of beatmaking, Spaceman embarked on a new journey. Producing for the likes of The Last Wordbenders, B Double OG, SK The Novelist. 2017 saw Spaceman Jones return to the mic with a renewed passion. ReleasingThe Grateful Meds collaboration with fellow North Carolina MC Chachillie. The duo set the standard early for great music. He then teamed up with RBTS WIN for the upcoming Spaceman Jones and The Motherships release, due in late may.
Spaceman Jones sets himself apart with witty, informative, heartfelt lyrics that still remain hardedge. His high energy, on-stage performance clearly brings his music to life. Spaceman Jones’ musical influences are wide and varied including artists such as 2pac, Q-Tip, Led Zeppelin, Curren$y, Robert Johnson, Scarface and many more.
Spaceman also shares his industry knowledge and insights by hosting a weekly radio broadcast, The Open Door Radio Show, on www.ashevillefm.org. His video, Spaceman Jones, was nominated for a Music Video Asheville award in 2015 The local media are also paying attention to his grind as Spaceman Jones earned several recent write-ups in the Mountain Xpress publication.
When asked about his goals for the future, Spaceman Jones clearly defines them, in his own words, to become a better human, continue to grow his brand through his company Out Tha Gutta Entertainment, and to become visible and viable on the national music scene.”
Collaborative Project by Victor DiMotsis and Zach Cooper