Sol Rising’s original soundscapes evoke feelings of bliss throughout an eclectic mix of electronic dance music, hip-hop, funk, soul and reggae. Born in Vancouver BC, Brandon Au (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. 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 lead him to study audio engineering and production at Pyramind Studios in San Francisco and produce his first album, “I AM Soul.”
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 DMC, the world’s most prestigious DJ competition and placing first at Scribble Jam, a competition that drew competitors such as Eminem. His success led him to be featured in major media outlets including the Washington Post, and a viral YouTube video with over one million views.
Now a successful Producer/DJ, with 3 albums released and over 600,000 AoundCloud plays, Sol Rising plays major events across the United States, including Wanderlust, Burning Man, Symbiosis and Lightning in a Bottle. He has opened for major acts such as Beats Antique, and produced official remixes for artists including MC Yogi, Jai Uttal, Mochipet, David Starfire, Delhi 2 Dublin, Kirtaniyas, and more. He has also joined forces with Yoga powerhouse MC Yogi and has a fervent following in the ecstatic dance scene.