Lowlight is the monicker under which songwriter Nick Foltz performs. Foltz, a product of Kentucky, spent most of his life in the south, the region where so much of what is American music was born. While living in New York City in his early 20s and trying to figure out what to do with himself he started writing songs and busking in the NYC subways to make rent. After several months deciding to head to North Carolina to put together a band and see the country. This first band, The Delta Drift, was "where I learned what it really was to be in a band. How to perform live, how to really play with other musicians in a way that excited me. And how to travel with a band, like a van full of sleep-deprived pirates."
His travels eventually led him to Portland,OR and its fruitful music scene. In 2013 he began work on a new project, Lowlight. Lowlight started as a recording project.
"I had always wanted to go into the studio and make an album playing as many of the instruments as I could. It's probably hubris but also it's a way to stay mentally involved through the recording process and a way to develop songs and just have fun trying things. A way to keep things fresh. It can also be a humbling experience, like when I heard myself drumming. So I brought in a drummer, James Pearson, for a good chunk of the record."
Now preparing to release the record, After Sundown, Foltz has put together a band consisting of Pearson, guitarist Chris Viola and other Portland aces to bring his songs to life. Look for them debuting the live show this fall.
dKOTA is music from Portland, Oregon that explores expansiveness, dynamics, the unexpected, articulate songwriting, and heartfelt lyrical expression. The project is lead by songwriter and vocalist, Dustin Johnsen. Dustin’s songwriting utilizes American roots music as a foundation to layer an amalgam of sonic textures, dissonance and resolve, and intentional rough edges.
dKOTA has played nearly every small and mid-sized Portland venue, including Mississippi Studios, Doug Fir, Star Theatre, White Eagle Saloon, among others. The sophomore album, our analog technology, was released in late 2014 and is a split double-EP, one part with a full band, the other a solo acoustic work. The debut album, the self-dyssimilar, was released in 2012. All music can be found on their website and iTunes, Amazon, and all your favorite digital download dot coms.com.