Vanese Smith, aka Pursuit Grooves, is an electronic music producer, vocalist and live performance artist living in Brooklyn, New York. Raised in the area, Vanese attended a performing arts school where she excelled in film and theatre, all the while taking an extreme interest in music production. Armed with an analogue four-track cassette recorder, drum machine and years of studying her grandmother and aunt on the piano, she began her first productions at the age of sixteen and never looked back. Though she majored in film at Vassar College, after earning her degree she moved to New York City to work at a number of recording studios and record labels. A demo in the right hands landed her track ‘Push Up’ on the ‘Beat Dimensions’ compilation on Dutch label Rush Hour alongside some of the brightest up and coming electronic artists around the world. That was later followed by three mostly instrumental albums on her own What Rules label; ‘Fun Like Passion’, ‘Wild Art Forestry’, and ‘Sustainable Movements For A New Age’, the later available as a free download with titles focused on responsible consumer, health and agricultural practices. ‘Foxtrot Mannerisms’, her first release on Tectonic, is a mix of hip hop, house and dubstep rhythms, and the title comes from Vanese’s obsession with dance competition TV shows. Vanese’s enjoyment of dance shines through in the trippy drum patterns and deep bass lines, in an album that reflects her personality of having fun, making the most of life and following your passions.