Electronic musician Eliot Lipp has done plenty of solo gigs, alone onstage, hunched over turntables, synthesizers and a laptop. That was the setup the first time he performed at Camp Bisco, in 2008.
He has also performed in full bands, such as his collaboration with Pnuma Trio bassist Alex Botwin and drummer Lane Shaw. And he’s combined the two worlds, sometimes having a live drummer playing over his pre-programmed beats during electronica sets.
At this year’s Camp Bisco 11, running today through Saturday, Lipp will go even further with a full band. For his set at 3:30 p.m. Friday on the second main stage, he will perform his solo material entirely live with a four-piece band, featuring drums, guitar, synthesizers and sample triggers — no drummers playing over back beats, and no looping.
Camp Bisco 11
When: Thursday through Saturday
Where: Indian Lookout Country Club, 1142 Batter St., Mariaville
How Much: $190 for full festival; $85 for Saturday only
More Info: www.campbisco.net
“We’ve been rehearsing — it’s kind of backwards,” he said recently from a studio in New York City (a native of Tacoma, Wash., he has lived in Brooklyn since 2006).
“We’re taking songs that were made in the studio and we’re trying to turn them inside out. I’m erasing all the drums, and the drummer is performing the drum parts, and someone’s playing synth parts; there’s a guitar player. . . . We’re trying to take these songs and turn them into sort of — basically, we’re doing a cover of my own songs in a way. It’s fun; there’s a lot more improvisation stuff you can do with it live, versus when you’re DJ-ing a song, it’s kind of stuck the way it is.”
For most of this year he has focused on shows with this new band, which has been supporting his latest album “Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake,” released in May for free download from Pretty Lights Music (www.prettylightsmusic.com) or his own site eliotlippmusic.net. The setup is unusual in the electronic music world, but that’s part of the reason he wanted to do it in the first place.
“I had a band before . . . and I think it started back then, just the collaboration part of it, having people up there feeding off of each other,” he said. “I think that also, sometimes when I’m at festivals or shows and there’s one dude after another with a laptop, and sometimes they’re playing the same songs in a different order — it feels really played out, systematic. I mean, everybody brings their own unique element to their own set, but for me this is just a way out of something that can potentially be kind of generic.”
He will be in like-minded company at his second Camp Bisco. Over the years, the festival curated by electro-jam band Disco Biscuits has showcased acts that blur the lines between rock, electronica and hip-hop, and this year is no exception.
Camp Bisco 11 will be the sixth Bisco to be held at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville, since the spot became the festival’s permanent home in 2007. The more than 80 artists performing this year will be spread across two main stages, a showcase stage and various label-curated tents.
As always, Disco Biscuits will headline all three days, playing a total of six sets. At last year’s Bisco, the band dropped a new studio album, “Otherwise Law Abiding Citizens,” on the unsuspecting crowd.
The other groups in the top-billed slots should be familiar to Bisco devotees. Bassnectar, performing Saturday, has played at four previous Camp Biscos, while Skrillex, performing Thursday, is a returnee from last year who has moved up on the bill. Festival newcomer Amon Tobin plays Friday, focusing on his 2011 solo album “ISAM.”
In the live band realm, Big Boi, one-half of rap duo OutKast, will support his upcoming sophomore record “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors” with a set on Friday. Groups such as the experimental electronic-fusion Lotus and the horn-driven Rubblebucket will be on hand to represent the live rock band setup. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Simian Mobile Disco and Bonobo will perform DJ sets.
Also returning this year is the late-night Silent Disco, curated by San Francisco noise outfit Silent Frisco on all three days of the festival, and featuring Khadafi Dub, Mountblood and others. Label showcases include the Fool’s Gold Clubhouse, curated by and featuring A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs; OWSLA; and Ninja Tune.
Lipp is looking forward to his second appearance at the festival, even if the crowds can sometimes be a bit much for him.
“Some of the Biscuits fans are a little crazy for me — there’s so many . . . weirdos you’re gonna run into out there,” he said. “But it’s part of the fun. I don’t get bummed, I get excited about it. It’s different from other places you go to, you know.”
His own sound
Since his first album, “S/T,” in 2004, he has worked to create his own sound, blending elements of jazz, rock and especially hip-hop into his sample-heavy, yet melodic productions. Over the years he’s been based out of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and now Brooklyn, putting him in touch with some of the country’s biggest electronic music scenes.
“Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake,” his eighth album, showcases his more aggressive side, while maintaining his genre-hopping sensibilities.
“It’s not like just club music, where people think, ‘That’s a great track; I love hearing it in the club,’ ” he said. “I think people are getting the album and actually listening on their headphones, in the car, just while walking around. That’s what I want out of my music. I tried to make it like an album; I tried to make it kind of cinematic, make the songs kind of go off on a journey.”
Acts to play
Here’s all of the artists and label showcases featured at Camp Bisco 11, listed alphabetically by day. More complete schedules can be found at www.campbisco.net.
Thursday: Alex English, Altered Ego Collective, Alvin Risk, Archnemesis, Bird of Prey, Business Casual Disco, Captain Midnight Band, Crystal Castles, Dillon Francis, Fikus, Futexture, HOTTUB, Illy Walsh, Inspired Flight, Kill the Noise, Kung Fu, Mad Panda, Mansions on the Moon, Michetti, Orchard Lounge, OWSLA curated tent, PH Factor, Porter Robinson, Roots Collider, Rubblebucket, Silent Frisco, Sir Charles, Skrillex, Star Eyes, The Disco Biscuits, The M Machine, Thump, Virtual Boy, Wyllys, Zedd, Zeds Dead
Friday: 3LAU, Abakus, Amon Tobin ISAM, Beard o Bees, Big Boi, Blockhead, Bonobo, Break Science with Chali 2na, Capital Zen, ConnetiCON, Dada Life, DAMN RIGHT!, Don Stone, DrFameus, Eliot Lipp, FattyDL, Former Champions, Future Rock, Greg D., Ill-Esha, KDSML, Khadafi Dub, Killabits, Lotus, Mimosa, Mindelixir, Mountblood, Mux Mool, Nadis Warriors, Ninja Tune curated tent, Nit Grit, Nobody Beats the Drum, Orchard Lounge, Portugal. The Man, Rich Aucoin, Shpongle, Silent Frisco, Silo Effect, Sonmi, Spankalicious, Spiritual Rez, Starkey, The Disco Biscuits, The Knocks, The Nadis Warriors, This is Art, Tycho, Wobblesauce, Xylos
Saturday: A-Trak, Alpha Data, Atmosphere, Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Brothers Past, Chameleon Project, Bitch Please, Codes, Craze, Daedelus, Dave Gee, Dopapod, Derek VanScoten, El Ten Eleven, Eyes of the Elders, Fools Gold CLubhouse, Freekbot, Gramatik, Holy F***, Horizon Wireless, Ink Line, J. Demonic, JWLS, Lance Herbstrong, Manhattan Project, Minnesota, Mord Fustang, Mr. MFN eXquire, Nick Catchdubs, OLIVER, Outlet, Paper Tiger, Paul Chambers, Revolvr, Shigeto, Silent Frisco, Simian Mobile Disco, Skeetones, Space Jesus, Starslinger, The Disco Biscuits, The Hi Yahs, The Nadis Warriors, Yacht, Zoogma