ASCENDANTS
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Bio
Vijaya and Shaan make up the duo Ascendants, with both members having roots in Florida's dance music scene. Distinguished by its lack of prejudice and the prevalence of a love for music, the duo curated Neon Liger, one of the only long-running and all-inclusive dance parties in the state during its time. Through their work with Neon Liger, Vijaya and Shaan grew a burgeoning, tight knit community in Gainesville, Florida, which attracted not only the local DJs but many world renowned artists. They emphasized authentic, well-crafted music in their selection of acts to play at their parties. Over the years, they accumulated names both famed and novel. Skrillex, MSTRKRFT, Steve Aoki, Odesza, Alvin Risk, Datsik, Clockwork (pre-RL Grime), and Amtrac are some of the artists that played Neon Liger, most of them making their mark before the rise of their careers. Over time, Neon Liger contributed to the rise of careers and was a place many called home. From Blaise James (label manager at OWSLA) and Jaime Sloane (publicist at Rephlektor) to Kat Bein (writer at Billboard) and producer Durante, Vijaya and Shaan created something truly special for the dance music community. But there came a time that Vijaya and Shaan sensed a conclusion for Neon Liger and made the choice to switch their focus to their own music project. With many more originals on the way and parties to start, Ascendants aim to make an even greater impact on dance music than the two have already contributed.