Sub-ID is the soundtrack to the modern world. Their music bridges the gap between DJ culture and the improvisational elements of jazz. sub-ID’s sound represents the juxtaposition of their musical influences: organic and electronic, improvised and composed, traditional and contemporary. Live, sub-ID combines relentless dance grooves and psychedelic imagery and lights, with unforgettable melodies and soaring solos creating a concert experience that is completely unique. This is creativity that knows no boundaries in terms of origin and destination. sub-ID's sound design and production skills have been used in virtual instruments, music software, commercials, and commissioned pieces, in addition to working with other artists on albums, remixes, and various collaborations. One fans recent blog says it all, “sub-ID is not just a band...it's theater. Theater of sound...sound that takes over the bones and sinew till they have a mind of their own and they jig me on the dance floor like a marionette.”
After meeting in music school, Brad Bowden and Alana Rocklin began playing music together in 1999. While living in Chicago, they started their first digital studio creating an atmosphere that would lead to the beginnings of sub-ID and newpolyphony productions. During this time they performed regularly with fusion/electronica group The All Rectangle, which included artists such as AACM saxophonist/pianist Ari Brown, and Garaj Mahal guitarist Fareed Haque. Brad and Alana produced The All Rectangle’s debut CD “Ke Ala Mano (The Way of the Shark),” which was distributed by Thrill Jockey Records and received rave reviews from Jazz Times, Billboard Magazine, and The Wire. They performed regularly in Chicago sharing bills with STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9), The Chicago Underground, and The Slip. Since moving to Nashville, TN in 2001, the duo has worked with a variety of different artists both together and separately. Alana is one of the most in-demand touring and session bassists in music city, and Brad’s production skills have been tapped for a variety of sessions in Nashville’s premier studios. Artists and projects they have recently worked with include: Nanci Griffith, Toontrack Music, Clyde Stubblefield, Jabo Starks, Willie Weeks, Victor Wooten, Futureman, Jeff Coffin, Bela Fleck, Kirk Whalum, Suzy Bogguss, Kofi Burbridge, Greg Osby, Steve Smith, Chester Thompson, Count Bass D, Chuck Ainlay, The Grand Ole Opry, BET, CMT, TN Lottery and many others.
Since forming in 2005, sub-ID has quickly become a favorite amongst underground electronic/new music fans and musicians. Their remix of “Better Day” was the first single on STS9’s critically acclaimed remix record “Artifact: Perspectives”, appearing alongside artists such as Bill Laswell, Ming & FS, Richard Devine and Slicker just to name a few. It was their remix that attracted STS9’s 1320 Records and led to sub-ID being the first artists to sign with the bands label. Since signing with 1320, sub-ID joined STS9 on their fall 2006 national tour playing to thousands across the country. The tour included 22 cities in all the major markets and venues throughout the country, including a sold out crowd at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. In addition, sub-ID has shared bills with Jurassic 5, Prefuse 73, Tortoise, Digable Planets, RJD2, Richard Devine, Telefon Tel Aviv, Edit, and more. The group recently concluded their 2007 fall tour, sharing dates with the Pnuma Trio and STS9. This included sold out concerts throughout this beautiful country in the midwest, south, and east coast.