Sol Rising’s original soundscapes evoke feelings of inspiration and bliss through an eclectic mix of electronic music, mid-tempo, downtempo, chill-trap, ambient and lo-fi.
Born in Vancouver BC, raised in Fairfield Iowa, Sol Rising began meditating at age four with a walking mantra technique. His mother took him to visit numerous spiritual teachers, who inspired him on the spiritual path he walks today. As a teenager, he became a hip hop fanatic. His rooted interest in hip hop led him to learning the art of scratching — using turntables as musical instruments. Sol Rising soon became one of America’s top scratch DJs, winning second place at the DMC, the world’s most prestigious DJ competition and first place at Scribble Jam, the same competition that Eminem competed in along with other notable underground artists.
After graduating in the top 5% of his accounting class at University of Iowa, he realized accounting was not his path. A journey to India illuminated his true calling — to light up people’s awareness of their true nature through music. This led him to study audio engineering and production at Pyramind Studios in San Francisco, CA.
Now a successful Producer with 16 albums released, Sol Rising has been streamed over 42 million times on Spotify and Apple music. He has licensed music for brands such as Apple, Clarks Shoes, Hotels.com, Snapchat, Airbnb and US Polo as well as a placement in Academy Award winning director Paolo Sorrentino’s latest film “Loro.” Sol Rising has been featured in major media outlets including The Washington Post and Yoga Journal. Sol Rising is an international touring DJ playing festivals in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia at festivals such as Wanderlust, Burning Man and Lightning in a Bottle.
DJ Competition Highlights:
2002 Scribble Jam Champion
2003 Washington DC DMC Champion
2003 DMC Battle for US Supremacy Runner-up
2004 Kansas DMC Champion
2004 Vinyl Kombat Boulder Champion
2003 DMC US Finals 4th Place
2004 DMC US Finalist
2004 Vinyl Kombat US Finalist
2012 DMC SF Champion
2012 DMC US Finals 4th Place
Steel Pulse, Matisyahu, Slick Rick, KRS-One, Rahzel, Ja Rule, Zion I, Chali Tuna, Collie Buddz, Arrested Development, Dead Prez, Lyrics Born, Brass Bows and Beats, Mountain Brothers, Beatjunkies, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Eydea and Abilities, Cannibol Ox, Murs, DJ Vadim, Abstract Rude, Beats Antique, The Polish Ambassador
Event Highlights and Venues:
Wanderlust Festival, Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, Techno Tribal (Harmony Festival); 4500 People, Earthdance Main Stage DJ, Oregon Country Fair, Northwest Reggae Festival, Summer Meltdown, Mystic Garden Party, Benbow Music Festival, Slims, Temple SF, Supper Club, 1015 SF, Shattuck Downlow, House of Blues Chicago, House of Blues Las Vegas, Nation Washington D.C., Dalai Lama San Jose Event.