After a long night of dancing, many night club patrons leave the venue with a
certain track stuck in their heads. But for Âme, the DJ/production duo of
Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann, the tunes lodged in their brains are the
ones they didn't hear, ones not yet written that would fit perfectly in their sets.
Since 2003, Beyer and Wiedemann have penned songs that once existed just
outside club- goers' imagination, songs that boldly combined floor-filling
elements with conceptual conceits while maintaining their visceral appeal. As
part of Innervisions, the collective/label they run with Dixon, Âme (pronounced
"AHM") offer glimpses of the future of electronic music through their live
project, genre-melding compilations, and an independently run shop that
completes the connection between artist and admirer. In a genre obsessed
with reliving the past, Ame are focused on what's still to come.
The partnership was formed in their hometown of Karlsruhe where
Wiedemann first crossed paths with Beyer in 2001 at the latter's record shop,
Plattentasche. Bonding over Chicago house, Detroit techno and much else
besides, the duo joined forces in 2003 to produce seminal deep house
platters for Sonar Kollektiv, many of which were collected on the duo's selftitled
debut album. Intent on not repeating themselves, Ame splintered their
established sound and found a more nimble, compositional approach that
yielded their scene-conquering single, "Rej." Not content to rest on their
laurels as the tune made the rounds on Defected Records and many others,
the pair teamed up with Dixon and Henrik Schwarz in 2006 for another instant
classic, "Where We At," featuring Derrick Carter's stirring vocals.
It would've been understandable if Beyer and Wiedemann had further
pursued the sound which brought them such acclaim, but for Ame the appeal
is in breaking down influences and songwriting habits in order to craft
something new. Without attachments to particular methods and patterns, the
duo was free to develop an overarching view of what dance music could be
and pursue it through various moods, timbres and even genres. But if one
stylistic point shines through it's the group's penchant for orchestral
instrumentation and composition, albeit deconstructed and enmeshed in
vintage synth tones and spectral vocal samples. From the waltzing prototechno
of "Fiori," a key movement in Ostgut Ton's ballet score, Shut Up and
Dance! Updated, to the gargantuan brass tearing through the wildpitch strings
of "Enoi," their work simultaneously evokes the conceptual ardor of John
Cage or Tony Conrad and the dance floor thrust of DJ Pierre or Underground
Âme 's ability to fuse together seemingly disparate influences is greatly
informed by their talents as DJs. Not given to fulfilling trends, their sets draw
upon the whole of dance music's history and keep them in great demand
around the world. Their regular nights at such establishments as Robert
Johnson (Frankfurt), Fabric (London), Trouw (Amsterdam), Lux (Lisbon), and
Air (Tokyo) are exceeded only by their marathon sets during Innervisions
nights at their beloved Panorama Bar (Berlin). Those awaiting the opportunity
to experience an A?me DJ or live set have been well cared for as well, as the
pair have captured their curating skills on mix CDs for Sonar Kollektiv, NRK
Sound Division and Fabric, as well as the landmark survey of historical
minimalism, The Grandfather Paradox compilation done in collaboration with
Dixon and Schwarz. Ame are set to follow this achievement with a periodspanning
mix all their own, Primary Structures.
As core members of what they refer to as the Innervisions family, the duo are
deeply involved in the group's operations. The imprint is renowned for
exacting quality control, releasing only five or six titles a year encased in
lavish artwork, many of which are widely tipped. With input from Wiedemann,
Beyer and Dixon drive the label's A&R direction, selecting a few artists – who
have included Laurent Garnier, Chateau Flight, Stefan Goldmann and Culoe
De Song – to accompany the main cohort of Henrik Schwarz, Tokyo Black
Star, and themselves. Fully prepared for the 21st century, Innervisions
connects to its fanbase through a thoughtfully stocked web store which sells
records, fashionable clothing and books like Tobias Rapp's Lost And Sound
(which they translated into English) and its release subscription service. Ame
are also crucial components of A Critical Mass, a live project that finds the
pair, alongside Dixon and Schwarz, reworking the creative DNA of each
other's songs in real- time. It's just one more facet of Âme’s artistry, further
evidence of the duo's position at the forefront of electronic music.
- Smalltown Supersound
Famous for their trademark disco and funk inspired sets as well as their renowned mix of the best in electro and house, the Idjut Boys have earned themselves legendary status as DJs all over the world.
Most DJs like to work alone, but some prefer the camaraderie of working in pairs. The London-based pair of Dan Tyler and Conrad McDonnell have been perfecting the tag-team approach to turntablism since meeting in Cambridge in the 80’s. Once they moved to London in 1994 they started U-Star Records and began their own very special U-Star parties....inviting their favourite DJs like Harvey & Hector Romero to play famous 12 hour sets. Since then, the Idjut Boys have remixed just about everybody from Dido to Japanese techno freaks, in addition to releasing their own productions starting with their debut album, 1999’s Life—The Shoeing You Deserve and more recently with their latest track 'Laisn' on Bearfunk Records. They’ve released many treasured volumes of their DJ mixes such as ‘Saturday Nite Live’ for Nuphonic, and 'Press Play' for Tirk, receiving critical acclaim from all corners of the music press and a new generation of clubbers who find that the best music is made in the margins.
Currently they own and run Cottage Records, purveying new work from themselves, and producing new sounds for their friends.
Ivan Smagghe stands at the crossroads between trendy scene hype and unflinching musical integrity. Since his earliest days on the Parisian electronic underground - working in record shops, as a music journalist, playing parties - he's shunned the obvious trends and embraced his own ideas choosing to work with a wide variety of close collarators. Spawning projects like BlackStrobe, they're currently finishing their album, and Volga Select, which he has released on 20:20 Vision and his own Set Recordings. Long associated with the electro house sound, there's much more to his DJing and production than this particular niche. His daily leftfield eclectic show on Radio Nova allowed him to indulge his wide tastes, and spawned his Kill The DJ parties, label and compilations. Over the years he's recorded standout compilations for the Source Lab series, Suck My Deck for Bugged Out, and most recently Death Disco for Eskimo. He can currently be found touring the globe as a DJ, releasing new material on Kill The DJ and appearing at festivals with the live presentation of Blackstrobe.
"EVIL" EDDIE RICHARDS
There are countless versions of house music's beginning, and most of them involve Eddie Richards. In his twenty plus years in the business, he's charted a course to Fabric that's included stops at the Camden Palace, Clink St., Top Of The Pops, and his very own, portable Ministry of Sound (read his Biography for more). Yet despite the historical significance of his many residencies, events and appearances (and in an industry where the past is celebrated ad nauseam), he continues to look forwards and refuses to become nostalgic. He's currently fixtured in tech house, a productive and fraternal scene littered with white label 12"s and AirMiles vouchers. He's as likely to be found playing for an emerging dance community in eastern Europe as at his home in Milton Keynes, and is often the first DJ to visit unheralded locations (others soon follow, normally on his recommendation).
Two Friends, machines, psychedelia, potions, and an unconditional passion for music, sound and motion.
Re-defining the sound of a city, gluing together influences, opening new spectrums and introducing the world to a new wave of slow burning down beats and electric garage.
A Deep organic build up which started in 2010, in the basements of Amsterdam and the streets of Tel Aviv.
Originated in a post-punk band called "Red Cotton" that metamorphosed later into Red Axes.
There are many ways of seeing things, Performing Live as a duo or with different guests on stage, or their infamous Dj sets, a trip that will take you very far and as exotic as possible.
If you want to know more about the internal side of RA, check out their own label "Garzen Records", a place for their special deviations.
Labels: Garzen / Hivern / Permanent Vacation / Crosstown Rebels / Multi Culti / Correspondent / Im a cliche
Nope, Marcus Worgull’s parents didn’t have a record collection full of miraculous funk, soul and jazz records. Believe us, they didn’t. Consequentially, six-year-old Marcus didn’t place himself on a soapbox to play those non-existing ones to his relatives during family celebrations. I bet you are glad that we clarified that. Instead, Marcus had to go the really hard way. It were the late 80ies and growing up in cosy Wuppertal near Cologne, Germany that meant lots of learning, digging, searching and no perching at all.
So the boy was on his travel through the world of merry music. Hip hop,
reggae, funk, soul all purchased with his lunch and pocket money at a smalls tore named Groove Attack. Worgull got his fingers dusty there and as fate would have it, the store moved to Cologne mutated into a distributor along the way and is now run by Marcus himself. At around the same time, MW snuck into club’s like the Beat Box to hear DJs like Norman Jay or Gilles Peterson selecting, before he cut his teeth as a DJ at the infamous U-Club, where he took over the fortunes of the “house room” and played from start to finish. Learning the art of programming and all the other important disc jockey techniques from scratch. Thrilled by all the amazing platters of majestic deep house that were a plenty these days, Marcus’ soft spot for profound yet moving house music turned into a real obsession.
As it goes with most passions, you cannot get rid of them that easy. So instead of making an occupational decision in getting an academic degree, Marcus choose the doomed path of music. A full-grown man by now with a mature record collection, he got deeper and deeper into the production side of it, recorded his first 12” for Spectrum Works, followed by the Texel EP including the still ueber-massive “Dragon Loop” for Berlin’s Innervisions imprint. Bound to the label of Dixon and Âme on a professional level and even more so on a personal one (friendship is way more important than fame and money a wise man once said, you know?), he is considered part of their inner
circle and in-house producers. When he is not working on tracks for IV, you can catch him almost certainly on remix duties for people and labels like The Juan MacLean and DFA, Gerald Mitchell from Underground Resistance fame,
Permanent Vacation and Running Back.
But most of all, Marcus is still adoring the art of moving butts, spending his weekends on planes and trains (he actually prefers driving a car) to carry a bag of records to prized clubs like Robert Johnson, Fabric, Plastic People,
Trouw or Sub Club on the regular. His very own selection of well-made and often newly laid house music that knows its roots as well as it is yearning for the future or explores the leftfield, is what you can expect from him. You can also reappraise his methods (and love for other music) on each of his specifically created and applauded mix shows that float the net. All of this is presented and custom-made for your pleasure with the loving hands of a working DJ. Pure Worgold!
- Wolf + Lamb
PillowTalk is Sammy D, Ryan Williams and Michael Tello. Based out of the famous Lower Haight District in San Francisco, PillowTalk's music fuses classic R&B, boogie and disco with underground house and techno with an original feel. With releases out on Visionquest, Life & Death and Wolf + Lamb, 2012 is shaping up to be a huge year as they hit the road with the live band.
It all started when they found themselves up late, gathered around the baby grand piano in Ryan's kitchen. Tello would be strumming on guitar and Sammy would be fiddling around on the Wurlitzer. It all just came together organically without knowing it, melodies would form, songs would appear and before anyone realised, Sammy would be singing some off-hand hook and, hey presto, you had what Arthur Russell would call; first thought, best thought compositions.
Soon, these impromptu and improvised jam sessions were recorded on iPhone apps before being taken to the lab (a space about two blocks away) and from there they were transformed into alluring, charming, dance-pop songs.
With experience of, and backgrounds in, so many genres, Pillow Talk are making some seriously inspiring and beautifully original music. If youre trying to pin down their exact sound you may have to refer to their motto of D.A.G (destroy all genres - a term borrowed from a famed underground San Fran DJ). With influences ranging from the Beach Boys to Sam Cooke, from Freddie Hubbard to Harry Nilsson, and from Larry Heard to Theo Parrish, you can tell these guys are ruled from the right side of their brains. Having just started composing, this trio are still finding their own true groove, with their full potential yet to be explored
A delightful debut single (Love Makes Parks on the revered Visionquest imprint) is soon to be followed by a beautiful full length on Life and Death, before following that up with another finely crafted EP for NYC house darlings, Wolf + Lamb. As well as that, a live show is in the works, soon to be debuted later this year. We look forward to following this fresh and exciting new sound and realize some of your deepest secrets are revealed Pillow Talking, so we are just lucky to listen in.
- DFA Records
Hailing from Lisbon where he is a weekly resident at Club Lux, Tiago has a laid back intensity that is reflected in the expansive and inquisitive nature of his sets. Raised on good music in his home, turned on to drumming by his older brother, he came to Dj'ing via live music. He has been at it for close to twenty years, and in the last decade added production work to his resume.
- Sandwell District
A life-long devotee of electronic and experimental music, Karl P.
Meier discovered Chicago House and Detroit Techno in the early
nineties, and the rest, as they say, is boring. Determined to prove
that dance music could be serious artform, and more than just escapist
fare, he developed a DJing style (opening for artists such as
Surgeon, Monolake, and Jeff Mills) that looks to the future while
being influenced by the music of the past, exploring the grey area
between the physical and the cerebral and focusing on dynamism,
subversion, and recontextualization. Karl's current project, a
collaboration with Jonathan "Stave" Krohn under the name Talker,
appears on the esteemed Downwards imprint - in addition to 2 releases for that label, remixes have appeared on labels such as Eye Teeth, Horizontal Ground, and Kathexis.
- Endless Flight
Kza is Japanese artist Yotsukaido Nature. Releases solo material on Mule Musik, as well as making up one half of Force Of Nature, alongside DJ Kent. KZA's debut solo album Dig and Edit was released in October 2009.
Co-owner of Red Light Records record store in Amsterdam.
The debut release from Pattern Drama on Touch Of Class Records got rave reviews from major publishings throughout the underground dance music world.
The project, which was born from the minds of Corey Baker and Rami Deejay has only just begun however while Rami has been busy focusing his energy on his other project Bedouin, Corey has taken the reigns.
Corey is no stranger to the spotlight when it comes to underground dance music. in 2011 he established and produced for the UK collective Wildkats which had international success on Labels like Hot Creations, Get Physical and Off Recordings amongst others. Corey got the chance to tour the world and play at some of the hottest festivals and top venues through out the UK, Europe, Mexico and North & South America. Fabric (UK), Fusion Festival (Germany), Space (Ibiza), Sankeys (Manchester and Ibiza, BPM (Mexico), Robot Heart (Burning Man) are just a handful of the elite bookings where Baker has graced the decks.
New original music and remixes are scheduled for 2015 and 16 on Touch Of Class, Cityfox, Om Records, Faceless, Superfreq and boutique Berlin label Underyourskin Recordings.
WOOLFY VS PROJECTIONS
- Permanent Vacation
Los Angeles , circa 1999 Simon "Woolfy" James & D-Hastie meet in a special wee dive , called The Scotland Yard ..a pint ? aayy a pint will do fine .. you make music , I make music , let's make music .. The two embarked on what's become an eight year adventure .. Their first release on Chicago's Guidance Recordings was Kingsburg , a track that's appeared on many compilations , including house legend Tony Humphries at Fabric .. From there, the full length , Between Here & Now was released , which made serious waves on the electronic scene and put Projections on the map .. The lads have become well known in Los Angeles for their knock down drag 'em out parties.. Dropping a concoction of spaced-out house , dubbed disco , funk & beard rock .. the dancefloors last forever .. As well as Dj'ing , Projections keeps busy in many other projects such as the disco-rocker outfit Woolfy on Rong Records (NY) , and the supa heavy funk band Orgone on Ubiquity / Nuff Rope Records (CA/UK) .. Projections has recently released a 12" on Rong , which receives heavy rotation by DFA frontman James Murphy and other bearded warriors .A new release on the laidback Permanent Vacation label called Return Of Starlight , and a cheeky edit on the Nuff Rope label out of London .. What's in the future ?? A hell of a lot more .
No matter how you look at it, DJ Lil' Tony, born Toni Rantanen, is the central character in Helsinki club scene. A member of the prestigious Nuspirit Helsinki collective and his new electronic music project called Future Beat Investigatigators. 2007 he started his own Lil Tony production on top labels like Versatile, Innervision, Mood Music.
Alexandre Mouracade's roots in the Los Angeles music scene span the better part of two decades not only as a musician and DJ, but also as the founder of the globally hyped party, "Making Shapes" and more recently as a charting producer under the moniker, Sonns and Split Secs with Travis Kirschbaum. Mouracade's roots reach as far back as the Southern California punk scene that gave rise to an equally as rich underground club world in the 90s. He studied jazz improvisation and music theory in college, in the process he found a new adoration for early electronic music and the New York disco sound. As a record selector, he's shared space with talent reaching as far back as his days holding a residency with his eclectic opening & closing sets for the World Famous Beat Junkies. In more recent years, Mouracade has traversed the techno, house, disco and left-field landscapes with the likes of Simian Mobile Disco, DJ Harvey and Derrick May.
In 2012, Split Secs landed on various charts and track listings when the duo’s first EP “I’m Not Losin’” (Jolly Jams) earned heavy rotation worldwide. The warm and relatable analog feel carried over to Mouracade's solo effort, SONNS with his debut track, 'On My Mind' moving feet and played globally by heavyweights, Kenny Dope, Tony Humphries, Ivan Smagghe, Optimo DJs, Soul Clap and many more.
As Mouracade's reputation continues to earn attention, label owners like James Friedman of Throne of Blood have tapped him for incendiary, genre-bending remix work for Waze and Odyssey. In addition to owning and operating the Machine Limited label with Kirschbaum, Mouracade is not only staking claim for himself as one to watch but giving Los Angeles the attention it deserves as a bastion for dance music.
Robert Yang is one of the original members of Honey Soundsystem and has released various records on Josh Cheon's Dark Entries label and Honey Soundsystem's flagship label. Over the course of the last few years he has been perfecting a live music performance that he has taken across various parts of the US and Europe.
A multi-instrumentalist, Robert was trained in saxophone starting at age 10, before moving onto a Fender Telecaster after high school. After being exposed to Southern California rave culture in the late 90s, he moved onto DJing and collecting records. By the time he planted his roots in San Francisco in 2005, Robert had built an impressive analog synth-based studio, which also serves as the creative hub for his riveting live performances.
Producer and live performer currently residing in San Francisco via Boston, originally from the Midwest. Quarterly resident for San Francisco-based event promoters As You Like It.
I play music on dublab.com in discos, deserts and darkened warehouses.
Some people are recognized for having good taste, but it’s those who make taste that are most commonly remem- bered. There’s a fine line between being a music fan and being a true enthusiast. The latter is constantly learning and sharing for sincere and earnest reasons. While popularity-chasing fans are widespread—especially in this era, marked by an obsession with “the DJ”—the few rulers of the taste-making craft outlast the hype and sit respectfully amongst their crate-digging peers.
Andrew Hogge—whom you might know better as Lovefingers—is a member of this rare breed. Most DJs within (and beyond) the this unique and compelling scene—where disco, house, techno and an “anything goes” mentality cozily cohabitate—owe Lovefingers a lot. And one thing’s for sure: if it wasn’t for his countless hours of relentless posting on his Lovefingers website (lovefingers.org), which was the first and what some audiophiles consider to be the finest thread to ever grace the Web, aspiring DJs might not be nearly as interested in record-collecting today. Andrew is much more than a man with an eclectic library however; he’s a DJ, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and the ear and face of his record label ESP Institute. The LA native has released widely sought after records from a range of esoteric producers such as Tornado Wallace, Soft Rocks, Cos/Mes, Young Marco and Tambien all while maintaining his trademark future forward sound and aestheitc. From day one, ESP Institute releases have found their way into the bags of dance-floor icons from DJ Harvey to Andrew Weatherall, Erol Alkan to Dixon and James Murphy to Todd Terje. While juggling all of the above and being a full time father, Lovefingers can be found traveling the world to DJ at countless of the worlds best club nights, festivals and events such as MoMA PS1 Warm Up, the Whitney Biennial, Mayan Warrior at Burning Man, and collaborate with his friends (notably with Lee Douglas as The Stallions), as well as making regular appearances on cult radio shows like Beats In Space.
- Rong Music
If busy means happy, then DJ Spun should be delirious. A key player in various U.S. music scenes since the early 80’s, he got his start playing in San Francisco bands and has shared the stage with such punk luminaries as the Dead Kennedy’s, Black Flag and Social Distortion.
In 1987, he got his first DJ gig, an opening slot for Kurtis Blow in San Jose. From there he went on to his now legendary club nights. He held residencies at such seminal West Coast parties as A Rave Called Sharon, Funky Techno Tribe and The Gathering. Manning the decks in countless guest spots Spun has racked up the frequent flyer miles playing at many world-renowned parties and clubs, among them San Francisco’s Wicked, Organic, Spundae, and End Up. LA’s Unlock the House, New York’s Centro Fly, APT. Passerby and 205, Frankfurt’s the Omen, Rio, Cookies and White Trash Fast Food in Berlin, BED in Bangkok, Liquid Room and Unit in Tokyo, and Lick and Organic in Sydney. Frequently playing with people like Harvey, the Idjut Boys, Rub n Tug.
In 1994 Spun went back in the studio and start writing and producing his own music, since then he has produced 35 records and 5 cd’s for numerous labels including NOID, Editions Disco, Big Bear, and his own Rong Music. Most recently he’s remixed James Chance and the Contortions, Tussle, Mudd and Tim Love Lee and collaborated with Stranger, Olivier Spencer, Eric Duncan, Daniel Wang and Stephen Hall of Arthur Russell and Loose Joints fame.
Spun, along with partner Ben Cook, founded the trailblazing Rong Music in 2003 as a means of releasing their own style-bending, genre-blending music as well as the output of likeminded friends and peers. They have enjoyed heavy airplay and chart action from some of the best loved and most forward thinking underground DJ’s everywhere. With a spate of releases from such far afield artists as jazz great Chico Hamilton, Mudd, Chicken Lips, Woolfy, and Freeblood
Currently residing in New York City, Spun is also the curator and organizer of P.S.1/MoMA’s prestigious Warm Up Music Series. Acknowledged as NYC’s best Summertime Party, “Warm Up” averages 4000 attendees each Saturday. He’s also resident at APT. and 205 club with Eric Duncan of Rub n Tug. Busy guy, that DJ Spun…
Dirty Dave has called Los Angeles home for the last 7 years after having spent a decade in Arizona playing desert raves and night clubs while acting as a buyer at Shades of Sound and London West Records. His weekly disco-centric party Love Thang on Wednesdays celebrates it's one year anniversary this month and has played host to guests like Terry Farley, Tiago, Lovefingers, The Beat Broker, Hugh Herrera, Juan Nunez, Dewey Chan, JDisko, Daddy Differently, Suzanne Kraft, Heidi Lawden, Hugo Capablanca, Chris Kontos, Paramida, Willie Burns, and Moullinex. This is his first time at the campout...look out!
Della, the new solo project to Kristina Dunn, formally of the duo No Dial Tone. With releases on Classic Music Company, Letftroom, Twirl, Faceless, Cimelde and press in both Mixmag and DjMag, she is already known internationally in the dance music industry. With 20 years experience in the scene, she has an eclectic ear for quality dance music, but her true love remains faithful to House. As an Oslo resident, she was behind the infamous Lipstick parties and held a residency at The Villa. Della not only finds happiness behind the turntables, she is also a vocalist who performs during her dj sets, taking it to another level. New beginnings are developing quickly for this dancing queen and her new solo project. Keep your eyes and ears open for more to come from her. She has extreme gratitude and appreciation for the importance of dance music and there is only one word that she uses to describe this music: love. So, join her on the dance floor and feel the vibrations of love, synchronized straight from her heart to yours.
- Sunset Sound System
When Solar began Djing in the early 90's, San Francisco's Clubs and Raves were places where musically, anything could happen. To be a DJ in this time and place meant having a fierce dedication to the craft of creating electrifying music for people to dance all night. A deep record collection and bold creativity were what people valued in the Djs they would go hear every weekend.
In 1994, Solar and a couple other Djs began bringing a sound system and a generator to the Berkeley Marina for free gatherings to dance and watch the sun set behind the San Francisco skyline. As these Sunset parties grew from dozens to hundreds, and now thousands of attendees, Solar become one San Francisco's best loved DJs. Known for his eclectic sets, blending Techno, Disco, House, Electro and electronic music with the energy of Punk and Psychedelic Rock, Solar has built a loyal following among a discerning crowd of dancers and party goers used to hearing every touring DJ you've ever heard of. Nearly twenty years of playing music for crowds large and small has evolved a style of Djing that seamlessly fuses the best of classic and modern dance music. More recently as resident and co-creator of the No Way Back parties, Solar has earned the reputation of a DJ devoted to the art of mixing and selecting music without regard to ephemeral fashion, trends or fads.
- Sunset Sound System
- dirtybird Records
Galen founded Sunset Sound System by setting up a generator and speakers at a park in Berkeley, California every sunday to spin records he didn’t get a chance to play anywhere else. Word spread and soon many hundreds of people we’re dancing and picnicking while watching the sun set behind the San Francisco skyline. Today, Sunset Sound System is on the move with incredible boat and outdoor parties as well as the annual Sunset Campout Festival.
Galen developed his signature sound through these weekly jams and as well as his technically proficient yet fluid dj style. The psychedelic music scene of 90s San Francisco provided a launching point to his extensive vinyl collection the spans many genres from classic disco to post-punk to roots reggae and modern house music. His sets can travel a diverse range yet maintain a conscious groove of cohesiveness, always appropriate to the time and place. They are thoughtful, yet never pre-planned, with artfully-timed track selections that spark any dance floor, appealing to the old school just as much as the new.
Music productions have become a more frequent mode of expression for Galen. Release collaborations with Claude Von Stroke, Justin Martin, Lopazz, and Shiny Objects having laid the foundation to new solo endeavors. A handful exist now and are becoming more frequent as his bass & groove laden production style becomes more defined.
- Sunset Sound System
- Soul Clap Records
With a residency at one of San Francisco's longest running house nights, eight successful years of dj'ing behind him, and numerous side projects such as Lark After Dark (in collaboration with Chaz Sugarfoot) and a 50's lounge act, Sammy D.'s middle name is versatility. His prodigal talent as a musican and dj, combined with a 6th sense for whipping any crowd into a funk, has taken San Francisco by storm, or at least a light shower...
Sammy brings a bumpy, dirty deep sound to what has become the most innovative house and techno in years. Sammy is also a resident and promoter of America's best minimal techno night, [KONTROL]
Since 2011 she has been throwing one of SF's most musically diverse dance events, We Are Monsters, where she is a Resident DJ. Combining elements of Cosmic Disco, Cold Wave, Minimal Synth, Post Punk, Rock, Industrial, and EBM with House and Techno, the monthly event has brought together forward thinking DJs and crowds in an intimate setting.
Mozhgan is a DJ based in San Francisco, California. Since 2011 she has been throwing one of SF's most musically diverse dance events, We Are Monsters, where she is a Resident DJ. Combining elements of Cosmic Disco, Cold Wave, Minimal Synth, Post Punk, Rock, Industrial, and EBM with House and Techno, the monthly event has brought together forward thinking DJs and crowds in an intimate setting. She has also brought her instantly recognizable style and sounds to the annual Sunset Campout and Burning Man, as well as a recurring weekly set at Monarch in SF. Mozhgan has developed her distinctive approach to selecting and mixing music that has distinguished her as one of the outstanding new DJs in San Francisco.
- Green Gorilla Lounge
Anthony Mansfield got his first taste of house music in the early underground house scene of Northern California circa 1992. A heady mix of full-moon parties, beach parties, dirty warehouses, laid-back clubs, and crazy house-parties coupled with psychedelic, funky, deep house and organic breaks. In 1993 Anthony met Manny (DJ M3) and began promoting both club and underground events, including Deep Space and Get Down, Get Down.
By 1994, Anthony went back home for college in Upstate NY at Skidmore. While there he threw his own monthly club events, countless basement house parties and an annual band/dj fundraiser for Students For A Free Tibet. Anthony also hosted a popular radio show for four years showcasing house, dub, disco, hip hop, funk and soul all mixed.
In 1998, Anthony moved back to his home town of Ithaca, New York and began promoting club and underground events via Hector Works. He started Beat-Down, Upstates longest running house weekly, which continues to this day. Anthony's biggest contribution to Ithaca was Odyssey Night Club where he was the first employee, resident DJ, general manager and booking agent. Located downtown in a historic Masonic temple, this 20,000 square foot mega-club hosted such luminaries as Maceo Parker, Soulive, Black Eyed Peas, The English Beat, New Deal, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Derrick Trucks, John Browns Body as well as DJ Mark Farina, Soulstice, Markie & Jeno from Wicked, Vitamin D, DJ Who, and many others.
Anthonys latest chapter is relaunching his company Hector Works as an independent music label and, as of January 2006 Anthony is one of the new owners of world reknown Tweekin Records (http://www.tweekin.com).
West coast producer and Clone affiliate Vin Sol has been steadily banging the box creating his twisted takes on house, techno and whatever weird ass grey area that exists between the two. His sound is uncompromising; carefully crafted trax for the dance floor hinging on raw and stripped back grooves with relentless movement. This sentiment is also expertly conveyed in his DJ sets and mixes.
Whether it’s releasing house 12″s with Tyree Cooper on vocals, sultry edits of the high priestess of Baleric Soul Sade with longtime collaborator and partner in Soo Wavey records Matrixxman, or creating straight up jacking mayhem for Clone Jack For Daze, Vin is paving his own distinct path of musical expression. His production has garnered support from both techno and house heavy hitters like Dubfire, Loco Dice, Richie Hawtin, Scuba, Marcel Dettmann, Larry Heard, Seth Troxler, Len Faki, Joey Anderson and Boddika, to name a few. Look for his Ultramajic debut later this Spring 2016 and the launch of his Club Lonely 12” series.
- SS Records
Bai-ee and Tyrel Williams have been inspiring each other musically as djs for over a decade. Both with Chicago roots they came up on the diverse sounds of the area before transplanting themselves in San Francisco. Under the Secret Studio moniker they are beginning to release tracks. Starting with Acid Bath and Home Bass (featuring D'Marc Cantu). These two hard hitting acid cuts represent the overall aesthetic and future direction of their label http://www.SSRecords.info
Originating out of room 147 at the Secret Studios Annex in San Francisco, Secret Studio is the launching pad for the collaborative Dj and production efforts of Tyrel Williams & Bai-ee.
Long time residents at http://www.HousepitalitySF.com, they moved into the Secret Studios Annex where they combined gear and began recording music. Soon their studio became a go-to environment for hosting acts before and after shows at Housepitality and Acid Test SF.
The result has been countless sessions, with premier artists and numerous upcoming EP's.
- 40 Thieves
- Roam Recordings
San Francisco dj, producer, and label boss at Roam Recordings. Also, part time lover with the 40 Thieves.
Jason Peters aka JP Soul started djing when he was a young lad in the 80s. The gear he used was primitive - tape decks, cd players, and an old record player with no pitch control - but early on he developed a knack for working a dancefloor.
In the early 90s JP got into the rave scene and became heavily influenced by the sound and energy of this movement. Soon after he picked up a pair of Technic 1200s, practiced, and released Soulful Journey - a mix tape that gained notoriety and led him to get booked regularly at raves around the East Coast, Mid-West, and Canada. During this time JP Soul along with friend and dj partner Chad Mitchell also started hosting underground parties and a weekly club event in Buffalo that brought in artists such as Robbie Hardkiss, Dubtribe, Corey Black (from 40 Thieves), Onionz, and many other out-of-town and local acts.
In 1998 JP Soul moved to San Francisco to rejoin Chad Mitchell for a weekly residency at a popular dj bar in the Mission district called Liquid. In the early 2000s, JP Soul and Chad Mitchell also started the Roam Recordings label and released their own music along with now familiar names like Justin Martin, Joshua/DJ IZ, Sammy D (from Pillow Talk), Demarkus Lewis, Lance DeSardi, Hesohi, and Rhythm Plate. The label ran eleven releases before taking a break in the mid 2000s. JP also took a little break at this time to work, travel, and do some soul searching. Realizing that life was missing something, JP started djing again. Djing lead back to the studio and life is complete again.
Check for 2014 releases on Roam Recordings and Leng with collaborations and remixes with the 40 Theives, Space Coast/Sleazy McQueen, Wolf + Lamb, and Anthony Mansfield.
I've been a pro DJ for 20+ years. Former music journalist (XLR8R, Urb, SF Bay Guardian), club promoter (La Belle Epoque, Bottom Heavy, Safe, Future Shock - all SF), label owner (True Intent) and buyer for Amoeba SF's electronic music section for 6 years (13 at Amoeba total). I now operate Vinyl Dreams records in San Francisco.(vinyldreams.storenvy.com). Looking for jams but sick of shipping from Juno? Look no further - check us out!
Born and raised in the bay area, Papa Lu absorbed all of the underground music around him from Hip Hop to house. His first passion was with Hip Hop and as soon as he graduated from High School he dove right into the business of throwing parties. He worked with classic artists of the true school era like Digable Planets, Digital Underground, Gang Starr, Kool Keith, and many more. During that time several house music pioneers like Mark Farina, Derrick Carter, Dj Sneak, Heather, Colette, etc were making waves at that same venues he was throwing hip hop parites. From that exposure he made a quick transition into producing house music events like his Night Moves party at Monarch SF. In the process he became obsesed with finding exciting new artists and emerging sounds to book at his parties. After completely immersing himself in dance music it was only natural for Papa Lu to start his carear as a DJ opening and closing for cutting edge and legendary artists and gaining new fans at every gig.
- dirtybird Records
.Specializing in tantalizing tunes.
"raised by angels and devils in the land of chrysalis and crystal. hugged by the guru and shuffled in the dark corners. a collector of wild cards- the most prized possession being herself and herself possessed. informed by the luminous wisdom of dolly parton and disco, the piss-filled stairwells of shady late night clubs, and the unfiltered spring water of california's vortex mountains. our heroine has known both holy and horrendous. a practiced body worker able to meet just about any beat. tireless, fearless, and fancy in the most pleasantly strange ways. a finger for each button. a bringer of wings. a little something for everything. always to be continued..." -sidereal
- Black Magic Disko
bob five's roots run deep within the san francisco bay area underground house/techno world. A constant presence in the scene since the mid 90s, bob's performed both near and far, from the rough desert of Black Rock City to the post futuristic landscape of Detroit and down into the belly of Central America. His sound can range from heady dreamy deep house to the darker edges of techno blending disco, balaeric, acid, funky rhythms, airy ambiance and syncopated beats . from rare grooves to the latest heat, his style of mixing takes you on a voyage, blending genres, tempos and eras into one seamless aural experience. listen closely to the story he tells and maybe you can also find the deeper meaning he hides within.
currently mr. five pushes records at vinyl dreams in san francisco. this is the second vinyl boutique bob has worked at, previously running daddy's records in berkeley, CA.
- Green Gorilla Lounge
Sharon Buck is a Bay Area Old School House Head born and raised in the city that some call the mecca of Underground House. She was once a Track Star turned professional Break Dancer till...one night a DJ stole her bike and it was ON!. The MUSIC became Life and she'll like to keep it that way. Some people call her the Social Taste-maker or Bay Area Legend, whatever you think, she's doing her best to keep San Francisco's UNDERGROUND House Music/Club Scene ALIVE. Mixing her lovely music that spans all genres of House to Techno. It's a party on the dance floor..."BLOW IT UP!!".. If you like it? then let her know...she'll keep it groovin..enjoy the music.