Buku & Esseks

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 8:00pm
Event Time: 
$18 Advance, $23 Day of Show

            On Thursday, November 14, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome Buku’s Crusin’ USA Tour to the WOW Hall with special guests Esseks and Secret Recipe.

From the track record of Robert Balotsky's work as Buku, it’s clear that the Pittsburgh native and graduate of Music Technology is a well-equipped architect of twisted, layered soundscapes. With a menacing grasp on sound design and music theory, Buku combines deceptively simple and emotive melodies, laden with resounding low-end and intricate drum patterns. With a love of drums rooted early in his childhood, his work reflects his passion for percussion laced with elements only a trained ear could produce.

Buku’s debut release, the Janky EP, sent a shotgun blast into the scene -- quickly gaining support and full rotation by Diplo, who described Balotsky’s production style as “where dubstep is going” at the brink of 2013. Following his break into the global perspective, the producer has been championed by a variety of noteworthy curators, including Pete Tong, Anna Lunoe and Zane Lowe via worldwide broadcasts on BBC Radio 1, Beats 1 Radio, as well as garnering the support of his peers for collaborations with the likes of Paper Diamond, G. Jones, Minnesota, Griz, Nick Catchdubs, Brillz, Tropkillaz and most recently, The Knocks.

With strong support from the industry, Buku has seen releases on Spinnin’ Records, OWSLA’s NEST HQ, UKF’s Pilot Records, as well as features on Atlantic Records, Mad Decent, Fool’s Gold, Main Course, and inclusion in EA Sports’ Madden ’18. The producer’s powerhouse single, “Front To Back”, further solidified his pole position in the scene – going viral in only a few weeks upon release, quickly climbing Spotify charts and garnering the attention of industry heavyweight Bassnectar, who put his own touches on the tune for an official remix in early 2017.

Not only a talented studio rat, Buku brings the same energy and clinical precision of his productions to his live sets.  Paired with his boundless touring schedule, the producer has won over crowds worldwide from sold out headlining shows to massive festival sets at Lucky, Suwannee Hulaween, Lost Lands, Something Wonderful, Something Wicked, Imagine and Sunset Music Festival. As a result of his workhorse mentality and penchant for meticulously crafted sound design, Buku has justifiably set the pace for producers rewriting the definition of modern dance music.




Esseks (Sam Eckstein) is a Brooklyn based producer and visual artist. His music ranges all the bass-centric genres with a focus on the off-kilter. The diverse elements of his music are tied together with Esseks’ subtle but instantly recognizable sound. It is dark but in a playful sense. He has built up a large catalog of music since his first release in 2012 with releases on Wakaan, Deadbeats, Subcarbon, Saturate, Sleeveless Records, Gravitas Recordings, Foundations Recordings, and Smokers Cough along with a number of self-releases.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $23 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.