In 2004 Michael Folk and Daniel Merrill formed the electronic music project Aligning Minds as an outlet for their musical expressions. Over the past 8 years they’ve worked together to develop a unique and signature sound. Through the mastery of studio skills and live improvisation, they’ve solidified an encompassing and signature style. Reaching audiences worldwide, and marked with an undeniable sense of originality, the Aligning Minds sound breaks through the barriers of rigid genre classification.
Intent on reaching a musical standpoint of balanced harmony between stylistic ideas, Aligning Minds is moving forward as a driving force in the global electronic music community. Some highlights over the past few years include consistent North American tours and sold out shows, features on countless radio programs including BBC Radio 1’s ‘The Mary Ann Hobbs Show’, full length albums on both Gravitas Recordings and Aleph Zero sub-label Beats & Pieces, followed by a remix album featuring 16 remixes from top tier producers around the world, topped off with a handful of remix and compilation releases on labels such as Muti Records, Invisible Allies debut album and Emancipators ‘Remixes’ album.
Aligning Minds has had the pleasure of sharing collaboration and peformance/tour opportunities with artists such as Tipper, Emancipator, ESKMO, Amon Tobin, Papadosio, Prefuse 73, Alvin Risk, Beats Antique, Bluetech, Robert Manos, Shpongle, Alex Grey, Kalya Scintilla, Daedelus, Blockhead, Richie Hawtin, John Tejada, Nosaj Thing, Benga, edIT, Machinedrum, Jimmy Edgar, DJ Qbert, Kilowatts, Untold, OTT, Juno Reactor, Random Rab, Milosh, and many more.
Moving forward in 2015, they are focusing on a new full length album and multiple single releases culminating with the launch of their new platform “Aligning Minds Recordings”. For their live shows, you can expect explosive energy and synergistic visual accompaniment with the addition of Matthias Sayour on live drums, dance by Kristi Wrolstad and projection mapped stages.
The current aim of the Aligning Minds vision is further expansion on a global level, while crossing stylistic and creative boundaries. This is music from the imaginations, hearts and souls of two producers who want to unite people and assist in positive growth and change.