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Beats Antique dancer, Zoe Jakes, began belly dancing in 2000, but is a lifelong dancer, having 10 years of jazz and ballet dance experience under her belt. Her belly dancing is a blend of traditional belly dance with tango, popping, and Indian dance.
Beats Antique was formed in San Francisco, California in 2007 when Zoe Jakes approached her manager, Miles Copeland (brother of drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police) about creating an album. Copeland green lit the project, and their debut album Tribal Derivations was conceived on Copeland’s CIA record label. Tribal Derivations was a concept album, created to complement the dance styles of producer/arranger Zoe Jakes. The group’s second album, Collide, reached the top 10 of most downloaded artists under the Middle East and World Dance and the top 20 most downloaded electronic albums on Amazon. For their third album, Contraption Vol. 1, Beats Antique brought in collaborators such as hammered dulcimer player Jamie Janover, and beat boxer and hip hop vocalist LYNX. Their 2010 release Blind Threshold featured harmonica player John Popper of Blues Traveler. The 10-track Elektraphone was released October 4, 2011 supported by a 26-city tour running from October to December 2011
2007: Tribal Derivations (Cia - Copeland International)
2008: Collide (Cia - Copeland International)
2009: Contraption Vol. 1 (Antique Records)
2010: The Trunk Archives EP (Antique Records)
2010: Blind Threshold (Antique Records)
2011: Elektrafone (Antique Records)
2012: Contraption Vol. 2 (Antique Records)
2013: A Thousand Faces: Act 1 (10 Spot)
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