To sit at a table set with the sounds of 214 is to be served Hungry-man portions of honey-buttered electro beats, side dishes of synth-line treats, and dollops of IDM-get-down.Like most musicians, Chris Roman's path is rooted in a veritable melting pot of sounds. Some of the influences are obvious. Others not so much so.
His Puerto Rican birthright and Miami upbringing ring apparent when he's pumping out sci-fi roller disco sounds, but when his vibe turns to the cold dark comfort of Detroit-esque minimal mind funk, it would seem this man forgets from whence he came. It's a memory lapse that sounds like a lapdance in the side room of a space ship. More importantly, it's a memory lapse that works. It's not so much a lapse then as a love of diversity, a creative finesse with a variety of good tastes.
214 effortlessly blends lush Latin roots with robo-transformer trips, always maintaining a skillful balance between the nasty, the not-right, the cold, hard, and just-right -- all at the same time. He's got plenty of tricks up his proverbial record sleeve. And he's been pulling them out for years now.
Wherever you can find it, count on 214 for premium blend electro and assorted savory flavors from the future.
Discography : www.discogs.com/artist/214
Seattle resident by way of Miami, audio mulcher of the electro sound. Chris Roman aka. 214 has been pushing his own melodic, polished take on electro for near on a decade, via labels such as Mikrolux, Ai records, Digital Distortions, Outside Recordings, Touchin’ Bass, Car Crash Set, Harbour City Sorrow/Clone Records, and more recently Frustrated Funk/Clone Records, Hypercolour and Fortified Audio. Having met up with Stormfield in Miami 2003, contact has been maintained ever since as both developed their own projects over the years. Predominantly performing in the US, 214 has brought his sound to the UK via performances at the Bloc Festival and releases on Andrea Parker’s Touchin’ Bass label.