The man behind dev79 is Gair Marking. He has been making music for 16 years and electronic based music for 10 of those years. dev79's musical influences and interests include a wide array of scenes, such as Illbient, Indie Hip Hop, Breakcore, IDM, Dancehall, and many more. This diverse range of reference points is showcased on Distinct Stance, with each of the 6 songs on the EP providing a unique personality while still maintaining a cohesive vibe. Gair has always been involved in collaborative efforts and has had many guests contribute to dev79 material both live and in the studio. Distinct Stance is no exception! Local Philadelphia MC Random (of the group The Slug Crumbs) lends his rhyming skills to the album's second track, Plasticity, to create a defiantly independent and thought provoking look at left field hip hop.
Since 1999, dev79 has been banging around the underground music scene making a name for himself with a number of cdr releases and a 7 inch single on Sonicterror Records; all the while maintaining a grueling schedule of live performances, dj gigs, and radio appearances. Live performances are very important to the ethics of dev79 and he has spent a great deal of time and energy keeping his live profile in high gear. Whether he is doing live electronic sets, dj'ing, or some combination of both, he can be found in a club or on the radio somewhere banging it out multiple times per month. With a home base in Philadelphia, PA, he is a resident at the monthly 'Current' party, held at the near legendary Silk City lounge.
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