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Tycho adds local zest to music festival

San Francisco electronic music artist Tycho brings his sleek, summery, nature vibes to the fifth annual Treasure Island Music Festival on Saturday, and it’s a homecoming of sorts for Mission district resident Scott Hansen, who has been on tour promoting his 2011 Ghostly records release “Dive” for most of the year.

Inspired by life in the Bay Area — with its easy access to the Pacific, as well as ancient redwood forests and verdant valleys — “Dive” is a sunny, ambient record of steady beats and mellow, guitar-based melodies. It’s also the perfect soundtrack accompanying breezy, jaw-dropping sunset views of The City from Treasure Island.

In an interview in May, Hansen said he is touring all new visuals for the record, which made it to No. 22 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic chart. He’s also amped up the album a bit with a live band. He plays guitar and keyboards, alongside a drummer and bassist.

“The album came out at the wrong time. It was supposed to be a summer album,” Hansen said, sitting with laptop and dog in the back of a furnished tour van parked above Dolores Park.

“Obviously we’re supporting ‘Dive,’ but the main goal behind this is to treat the live show as its own work — as another album. It’s not like churning through the same songs. It’s going to be different, even if you have heard the album 400 times.

“The music is really dense, so we play as much as we can. The rest of the stuff, I trigger samples or the drummer triggers it on a pad,” he said. “It’s a good setup. I’d say we’re pretty tight now.”

The six-year resident of San Francisco doubles as graphic designer ISO50, which contributes to his strong local fan base. “There’s a lot of people interested in design and technology here who are aware of that side of things. It’s easy for us to get the word out here,” he said.

Raised in Sacramento, Hansen has no intention of moving to a bigger music market as his tide comes in.

“It’s a beautiful city, I love it out here, and it’s close to home,” he said. “I’m just trying to, hopefully, support myself off this, and I’m pretty sure you can do that from the confines of The City.”

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