AbdeCaf -- whose moniker is reminiscent of a Scantron -- is the stage name of 21-year-old, Ukrainian-born, Miami-raised producer Rostislav "Steve" Vaynshtok. The beatmaker dishes out ethereal electro. He's a sweeping one-man digital act that, like the name itself, challenges listeners' receptors. Conscious chillwave, if you will.
AbdeCaf is prolific, yielding two solo EPs, Unravel Rebuild
in just the past year. His squiggly masterpiece "Feed Your Brain" found a kind ear in mega DJ Diplo, who follows AbdeCaf on Soundcloud. If that's not enough of an indicator that this kid is on the right track, talent agency William Morris took on AbdeCaf, booking rights for his shows.
A blog darling from the get-go, Vaynshtok is getting pretty big-time in the indietronica scene. And thanks to the tastemakers at Subculture and 3J Hospitality, AbdeCaf's sweet, serene EDM will be filling the room at the Revolution Live compound during the first Block x Blog Festival.
As one of the few Ukrainians in the South Florida scene, AbdeCaf is a thing of cultural mystery. We admit, our knowledge of Vaynshtok's birth country is limited. It was part of the USSR at one point, and it's pretty damned cold up there, but beyond that, we're at a loss. We asked Vaynshtok to discuss common misconceptions of his native land. More »