Emancipator is Douglas Appling, who is joined in the live setting by Violinist Ilya Goldberg.

2012 was a pivotal year for Emancipator with coast-to-coast touring seeing epic sets at some of the hottest underground festivals in the country; Symbiosos & Sonic Bloom saw gigs that might go down in this scene’s history as some of the hottest beat driven ambient jams ever witnessed live.

To some, it must seem like this young electronic producer came out of nowhere in the last year, but those in the know have been following Emancipator since he self-released his first album, ‘Soon It Will Be Cold Enough’, at the age of 19 in 2006.

Since then Emancipator’s klout has been growing exponentially and has culminated into the announcement of a 2013 Winter Tour (see dates below) and the launch of Loci Records- a new label curated personally by Emancipator.

Appling says that “Loci Records is a meeting place, a point of convergence for myself and others who share a similar musical vision. Its focus is on the crossroads of melodic downtempo, instrumental hip hop, and electronica.”

Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday November 16th

01/16 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
01/17 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagle’s Ballroom
01/18 – Madison, WI – Majestic Live
01/19 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
01/20 – Kalamazoo, MI – Papa Pete’s
01/23 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
01/24 – Detroit, MI – Majestic
01/25 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
01/26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
01/27 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater
01/29 – Norwalk, CT – Rhythm Nightclub
01/30 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
01/31 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero Theatre
02/01 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza Fillmore
02/02 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
02/05 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
02/07 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
02/08 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
02/09 – Chattanooga, TN – Rhythm & Brews
02/10 – Tallahassee, FL – Sidebar
02/14 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
02/15 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
02/16 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note
02/17 – TBA – TBA (we are predicting this to be a Lawrence, KS gig)

We recently caught Emancipator live in Denver.
Preview the photos below and click here to checkout the full set.