This Tuesday, Mr. Smalls Presents will be bringing Perturbator to Spirit Hall. Formerly a metal guitarist, James Kent found a unique market in the cross between electronic music and metal. With five studio albums and multiple EPs released since 2012, Perturbator has gained great success in this niche genre, as well as a loyal following from metalheads.

Having grown up in a musical household, some of Kent’s earliest memories are of him playing with his parents’ synthesizers. Kent told Diabolique Magazine that being raised by musicians who also doubled as music critics helped introduce him to a bulk of musicians while also teaching him that all music can be appreciated and enjoyed. His other early music experiences include picking up guitar at age 11 and proceeding to play in a variety of metal bands up until pursuing what is now Perturbator.

“The thing that drew me to electronic music is the fact that you can make electronic music and you can make something sound complete all by yourself,” said Kent to Noisey. Perturbator is a solo electronic project lead by Kent that has allowed him to compose entirely on his own, using synthesizers and drum machines, but still enables him to live within the realm of metal. He describes his sound as, “80’s inspired, Dark and Retrofuturistic.” Perturbators’ latest release, New Model, was a surprise EP that he says, “puts the listener in the point-of-view of an omnipotent AI — the New Model — a piece of human technology so advanced that it transcends concepts such as life, death, time, space, sense or language.”

Catch Perturbator as he takes over Spirit Hall this Tuesday at 9 PM. Doors will be at 8 PM with tickets available the night of. To purchase tickets in advance, head to