Here’s a bit of background on the More Tea EP and how it evolved:


(More on the evolution of the More Tea EP through interviews w/ ill.Gates:)

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More Tea EP

Years in the making, the More Tea EP is finally ready to drop on Muti Music next month on April 8th

Pre-order on Boomkat here:



Featuring field recordings from remote villages in China, More Tea delivers a tight melody, a great hook and awesome levels of funk and bass driven goodness. Top notch remixes are featured from established talent that is known for creating some of the best mayhem on dancefloors, namely Liquid Stranger, David Starfire and Mr. Bill and then also introduces emerging artists Sonia Calico from Taipei and Jason Hou from Beijing who each deliver some of the most tasteful remixes we could have expected.

Curated and instigated by Nathan Davis and his creative work as The Tea Syndicate, the project seeks to re-consider the culture of Gong Fu Cha (traditional Chinese tea) that’s sweeping the Western world at the moment. The samples are part of a much bigger sound library — The Taichung Archives — that was recorded in China over three decades ago by now-retired Taiwanese producer Alex Peng, and includes both studio sessions and field recordings in remote villages. More info @

ill.GATES is a bass droppin’, educatin’ oscillator modulatin’ space genius from the future. High Priest of the Church of Bass, this intrepid vagabond can be found plundering inspiration and sharing his creations all over the planet. ill.Gates is best known for his epic collaborations with artists like Bassnectar, Datsik, and Beats Antique as well as full length albums Autopirate (2008) and The ill.Methodology (2011). ill.Gates also teaches groundbreaking music workshops at his website .

The More Tea EP is a teaser for the new ill.Gates album Terminally Ill, also dropping soon on Muti Music.

The Friday Afternoon Tea Sessions @ Pho Thaison


The Friday Afternoon Tea Sessions @ Pho Thaison

After many different endeavors in the “urban tea” world after returning from Asia, we are finally getting involved with something that has great potential to become a new cornerstone in perpetuating Austin’s “urban tea scene.”

My good friend Quang @ Pho Thaison {W.Anderson//Burnet} has graciously extended an opportunity to create a trial-run of tea happy hours–or “afternoon tea sessions” as I like to call them–in a greater effort to get an urban tea bar up and running in his restaurant.

In that this is a test phase//trial run we need can use all of the feedback that we can get, so we look forward to you all coming out to show your luv//support this Friday May 3        {& every Friday in May}

Help spread the wurd//luv & pass this link along!

Hope to see you there.

Nate D~ The Tea Aficionado

Friday Afternoon Tea Sessions
@ The Pho Thaison Tea Bar
(2438 W.Anderson)

Fridays in May

rare teas//select sounds//gong-fu tea ceremony

Limited seating//RSVP available:
@ Pho Thaison & The Tea Syndicate on Facebook

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The Tea Syndicate, A Concise History

 Cali Bock of Micro Austin has managed to capture the entire background story of The Tea Syndicate in one go–or the man w/ the master plan behind it all I should say!

“The Austin Tea Syndicate: If you dig through all the tealeaves, local Nathan Davis is inspired by and promotes Taiwan’s independent art scene.”

“After eight years of traversing Asia, Davis brought back tea knowledge, the first Taiwanese band to perform at SXSW and a passion to keep the region’s art and music culture alive.”

get the entire scoop here:

What’s an Urban Tea Session?? The Scoop by MicroAustin

Cali Bock of MicroAusin has the got the lowdown on how it all went down @ our Daily Juice Tea Sessions!!

“I realized that that in a time where there are so many electronic subgenres of ‘global’ music, there has yet to arise any true ventures into electronic resampling of East Asian music, and I don’t mean ‘electronic sounding’ music, but utilizing modern digital tools for sampling & reinterpreting traditional East Asian sounds, while remaining true to the essential aspects of its roots–the melodies, rhythms, etc.”


—Nathan Davis, of The ’Urban Tearoom’, on his Urban Teahouse Remix Project, Davis’ endeavor to unite Eastern and Western cultures through the remixing of archival, resampled East Asian music.


get the whole story here: