Dirtwire stands poised between ancient Mother Earth and modern technology, a blend of ethnomusicology and the psychedelic trance state, gut-bucket delta blues and what the band variously dubs “back porch space cowboy blues, swamptronica, and electro-twang.” It’s a sound informed by Dirtwire’s travels and performances around the globe, where East meets West and North joins South. From the favelas in Brazil, Femi Kuti’s Shrine in Lagos, Tokyo’s bluegrass clubs, Ayahuasca ceremonies in Central America, Gamelan performances in Bali, desert festivals in the Australian Outback, and the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s modernized new capital Astana, the band spreads its message by building bridges across musical cultures in their own unique way. Dirtwire plays an array of instruments both ancient and modern, including West African kamale ngonis, jaw harps, space fiddles, whamola basses, Rickenbacher electric 12 string guitars, bowed Banjos and mouth harps from around the globe, all interwoven into modern laptop beat creation. Hailing from the underground west coast electronic bass music scene Dirtwire finds itself at the forefront of experimental electronic music production mixing in their wide array of world instruments with sampled beats and 808’s. Dirtwire’s live shows are a communal psychedelic journey, ranging from down home bootstomping get downs, to bass and blues electronic mashups, to ethereal cinematic beat driven soundscapes. Woven into each is the exploration of where live instruments meet computer production, and where tradition meets experimentation.


Journey to La Selva

Journey to La Selva is a musical interpretation of the subtle and powerful energies that flow through the deep Costa Rican jungle. Much of it recorded and written in the jungle itself, we have endeavored to channel its spirits into sound. Featuring a spoken introduction by Emma Lucia.


Free Notes for All

Come with us on a psychedelic journey into the wild west with mushroom fairies dancing and playing through the night. We recorded this hour of music at our friend, Richard Cooke’s musical sculpture garden outside Durango, Colorado. Along with our allies the magical fungi, we explored his amazing unique instrument creations.



An exploration into sonic liminal spaces. “Ascension” is a mix of original Dirtwire tracks that represent our more introspective and meditative side.



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