UNION NYE (4 rooms / 20+ artists) feat. Dubfire, DJ Pierre, Marques Wyatt, Julia Govor & much more
Sunday, December 31 2017 @ Union (Los Angeles)
NYE 2017, UNION is proud to present four rooms/two floors of quality Techno and House featuring five hosts, each bringing their own unique sound and vision to the legendary nightclub formerly known as Jewel’s Catch One. Attendees will be treated to Funktion-One and Void Acoustics sound, eight separate bars, gourmet food, vendors, immersive visual art and air conditioning throughout. This will also be an all-night affair (8PM to 8AM) with the bar reopening at 6AM.
.: ROOM 1 :. SCI+TEC 10 Year Anniversary
SCI+TEC – Washington, DC
Phuture / AFRO ACID – Chicago
SCI+TEC / Turbo Recordings
Cocoon Recordings – NYC
.: ROOM 2 :. DEEP LA Takeover
The Do Lab / The Space in Between
DJ BIG CEE
.: ROOM 3 :. CYCLONE x DECIBEL Present
JOHN TEJADA (live)
Kompakt Records / Palette
Comunite – Monterrey, MX
Creatures of Habit – Montreal, CA
.: ROOM 4 :. UNDERSTATED
Daft Punk Collaborator
Relief / Turbo Recordings
Boysnoize Records / Turbo Recordings
Perfect Driver Music
8PM to 8AM (bar reopens at 6AM) / 21+
Discounted tickets available now at: http://bit.ly/UnionNYE
UNION (full venue – four rooms of music)
4067 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
From global success in the commercial domain, to equal accomplishments within the underground scene, Dubfire (aka Ali Shirazinia) is an artist whose drive, talent and intuition have placed him in the top tier of electronic music artists in the world. He maintains this position within the industry with an unrelenting work ethic and a determination to innovate, evolve, and entertain. Whether it’s his involvement with Deep Dish, his solo performances at an extensive list of the world’s most influential clubs and festivals, his dubfire:live HYBRID show, running his label SCI+TEC, or simply his exploration of audio and visual technology, Dubfire is in a class of his own.
ABOUT DJ PIERRE
DJ Pierre is one of the hardest working men in the music business. After more than a decade of producing innovative and cutting edge underground house music, the master creator is at the height of his burgeoning career, and shows no signs of slowing down.
DJ Pierre is the quintessential dance producer. With his finger on the pulse of today’s underground house scene, he is shaping the present and laying the ground work for the future. Pierre is currently laying down tracks for his forthcoming full-length opus and in the midst of starting his own underground dance label.
My music is the center of my world says the beat master “Once I get the vibe going, I can’t stop. It’s an intense feeling, fusing the rhythm and beats in an underground groove that makes the dance floor shake and people move. It’s a very spiritual evolution for me — one that I take very seriously.”
More than just a producers’ producer, Pierre is the unconventional king of the hard-core house mixers and a visionary. One of the original producers of the 80’s Chicago scene. Pierre fuses together scorching acid grooves with pulsating beats, laden with the sultry vocal samples “I’m more or less a minority type producer,” he says “I make music for a very select group of people. It’s not for the masses. It’s for people who really know their music. If you just get into dance music, you probably won’t be into my tracks. Someone has to be deeper into house to get my music.”
Over the past 10 years, DJ Pierre has created a niche for himself in a genre that sees its players change continually, most being forgotten more than remembered. Moreover, his name has become synonymous with some very provocative and influential sounds. Pierre has produced more than 50 house anthems ranging from Phuture’s “Acid Trax”, “The Creator” and “Your Old Friend” to Photon Inc.’s “Generate Power” and “Give A Little Love”. He also scored well with Joint Venture’s “Masterblaster” and his own “Muzik Set You Free.” As a remixer, he’s hit gold by reinventing more than two dozen infectious grooves including, Phuture’s “Spirit,” RuPaul’s “A Shade Shady,” The Pet Shop Boys “I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind Of Thing” and Urban Soul’s “Sex On My Mind.” He hit number one on the Billboard Dance chart with Midi Rain’s “Shine.”
His talent doesn’t stop there either. Pierre has also co-written some club classics including Juliet Robert’s international romp. “I Want You” and “Shout,” with the dynamite vocal power of Sabrina Pope. With “Jesus On My Mind” released on Twisted America Records, Pierre managed to mix his two favorite passions- hard-edged house sounds and religion, and along the way he stirred up a little controversy. “I’m definitely not afraid to speak my mind. I believe in God and I’m not ashamed. Jesus is on a lot of people’s mind. But in dance, no one expresses that. I’m the type to write what I think about” he says. “A couple of labels didn’t want to touch it because of the religious aspect. They were afraid to have a song that expresses religion so bluntly, which is silly. But Twisted loved it and embraced it.”
Growing up in a suburb of Chicago, DJ Pierre was a master whiz at fixings things, be it transistor radios, televisions or the Christmas lights on a family tree “I always thought I’d be into electronics. I was seven years old and really good with doing stuff like that–fixing people’s watches, putting lights in people’s radios. I had no training, just a lot of curiosity”, he says. “I’ve always been able to figure out on my own and learn by the experiences of doing things myself.”
It was that curiosity that led to his fascination with electronic instruments-keyboards, drum machines and programming. In 1986, influenced by his father and uncle, both of whom were musicians (his uncle played with Duke Ellington), DJ Pierre started getting into the music vibe. Practicing in his parents’ basement, he started playing tracks. “The thing was, I was into this Italian House and Spanky, who I hung with, said, ‘they don’t listen to that anymore'”, he recalls. “I was from the suburbs and he’d be going into Chicago, then coming back and telling me what people were listening to. He’s been telling me that the stuff I was listening to was about to die out. I didn’t really know about what was going on. But I caught on pretty quick… and Spanky then put together this group Phuture and we began to create this totally new sound that everyone else soon caught on to.”
Pierre became immersed in the underground world, learning the ins and outs of the Chicago House scene. Soon he was spinning at parties and Chicago clubs. By the late 1980’s, Pierre was considered to be one of the best DJ’s in the area and he was being lauded for his on-the-cusp acid house sounds and his def remixes.
“I just started messon’ around and the next thing I knew, I was pumping out these killer acid tracks,” he says “Spanky had already made up the drum beat. I just started turning the knobs and improvising. It was some of the best work I’d ever done.”
After a brief stint with Jive Records in Chicago, Pierre headed to New York in 1990. He hooked up with Strictly Rhythm Records in 1991 and burned up the dance floors with Photon Inc.’s “Generate Power,” a project he calls his “second coming.”
Since then he has become one of the most in-demand producers and DJ’s. He’s constantly sought after Europe, playing regularly in Germany, the UK, Italy and France. And he’s a staple at the clubs in New York City. In the next few months, Pierre plans to launch his own house music label, along with an R&B one. He’ll also continue his successful work with Twisted America Records, Strictly Rhythm and the other handful of labels with whom he has become synonymous. And he only expects the pace to continue getting faster, both in his work. With LaVette, who co-writes most of his material, he hopes to focus more on vocal tracks, as well as the house sound for which he has become famous.
“House is always going to be here. There is always going to be some form of underground dance music. It’s not going to snuff out. People will always have a need to express themselves,” he says “I get a really spiritual vibe from what I do. With the right beat, the right flow, I get a hypnotic feeling from the music I produce. I could be doing something more commercial, but then it wouldn’t be true.”
ABOUT JOHN TEJADA
Normally associated with his peers in techno from Detroit, Europe and elsewhere, John Tejada has embraced electronic music as a personal frontier, expanding on his resume as a techno recording artist as producer, remixer, DJ, and label owner. Known for crafting a brand of subtle, musical techno, his recorded output ranges across tempo and genre lines, from chilled out affairs with spacious arrangements to pulsating, densely layered, deeply energetic tracks that work magnificently in the hands of DJs as well as on the home stereo.
John Tejada was born in Vienna, Austria on April 21, 1974. His parents, both professional classical musicians (his mother an opera singer and father a conductor) began his early piano training at the age of 4. In the summer of 1982, John would move with his mother to her place of birth, Los Angeles. It was that summer at the age of 8 another instrument would catch his eye, the drums. Teaching himself to play along to classic rock music, John quickly learned his way around the drum set (an instrument he still plays to this day in his I’m Not A Gun project). Everything changed however when he got his first taste of early 80’s hip hop music. The impact of those early productions and electronic experimentation was very strong. Soon after, at the age of 12 John was given his first set of turntables and a mixer. He wanted to figure out everything he was hearing DJs do at that time. His first gigs came at the age of 12 for his own school, DJing his school dances. Soon after his fascination with DJing began his fascination with production began. Just as he was completely determined to learn the tricks of local DJs, he now wanted to know how the music was made. His introduction came around the age of 15, when he acquired his first looping delay. Soon after came his first workstation, an Ensoniq EPS sampler. This opened up a whole new world of possibilities. John spent every part of his day honing his craft.
In 1991, while still in high school, John was already recording his first productions. He was also involved in college radio, even though he was just a junior in high school. John had a spot on “The Fly ID Show” with DJ Rob One. John produced the show’s first record for Rob and also went on to do some hip hop production on Ruthless Records. It was during this time that he met his long time collaborator and best friend Arian Leviste. The two met at a hip hop recording session in ‘91. John, already tired of the hip hop scene and where it was going, spent hours talking to Arian about acid house, techno, ambient house and everything they seemed to have in common. The two agreed they would meet weekly to compose material. It took some time before they would release any music, but in 1994 they pressed up their own single and that started a chain reaction of releases. John and Arian during this time also were accepted into Cal Arts’ (California Institute for the Arts) electronic music program, but both decided not to attend to hone their craft on their own.
Soon after, John enjoyed a series of releases on European labels like A13, Multiplex, and Generations R&S. In the fall of 1996 he started his own label, Palette Recordings as an outlet to release his own productions without having anyone tell him how to do it. The demand for his music continued to grow and labels such as Ferox, Sino, Mosaic, Immigrant, Plug Research, Pokerflat and 7th City all released Tejada 12”s.
John began traveling internationally in ‘97 to showcase his DJ skills around the globe, traveling to more than 25 countries and playing various clubs and festivals around the world. Festivals included Movement (formerly The Detroit Electronic Music Festival), Sonar Festival (in Spain and Tokyo), Dance Valley (Netherlands), Sync Festival (Greece), Mutek Mexico, as well as internationally known spaces such as Fabric (London), Yellow (Tokyo), Rex Club (Paris), The Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles) and many more.
In 1999, John met classical jazz guitarist Takeshi Nishimoto, which was the beginning of another musical frontier. The two had a similar meeting as John and Arian had years before and began talking about making music. The project I’m Not A Gun was born and signed soon after to Berlin-based City Centre Offices. This project would bring back John’s own training as a drummer while also trying his hand at the guitar. The project became a mix of John’s own electronic productions along with Takeshi’s professional guitar playing and John’s drumming. The project has enjoyed great reviews and success the world over and the duo has performed live in LA, Japan and Germany.
In the summer of 2004, John would – in one week – create the two songs that would catapult his techno career. The classic “Sweat On The Walls,” and “Mono On Mono” were released almost at the same time on two different labels. “Sweat” was released on Pokerflat and “Mono On Mono” on Palette. Together the two records sold over 23,000 copies on vinyl. This lead to the equally successful follow up singles “Paranoia,” “Mind Bend” (with more recent collaborator and Palette-signing, Justin Maxwell) “Voyager,” and “The End Of It All.”
With dozens of singles and remixes to his credit, he has also produced full-length albums for Playhouse, Palette, Plug Research, deFocus, Moods and Grooves, Immigrant and A13. For a complete discography please visit http://www.discogs.com/artist/John+Tejada.
ABOUT JULIA GOVOR
Julia Govor was born to move people. She made her debut performing in a small military town in Abkhazia, which led to her becoming the cassette-DJ at the town’s nightclub. Every Saturday, the ever-diligent Julia was on stage performing new songs by Russian singers or songs written by her oldest sister, Galina.
Soon thereafter, she became the lead singer in the locally-famous military band called Moryachka. Still sharpening her mixing skills, she began using Paul White’s elegant silver Tascam to play pop songs by Sandra, Mr. President, 20 Fingers and other 90’s pop divas.The big payback: In 2000 she moved to Temruk in South Russia where she became a bona fide DJ, playing CDs and mixing on a Vestax PMC01A.
Then the big city came calling. In 2004, she eventually moved to Moscow to study film and TV Production. This is when her vocational arc as an all-round entertainment maven began to fully take flight. She became an on-air personality for Miller TV and MTV and went on to interview some of the industry’s most prolific players such as Ricardo Villalobos and Richie Hawtin.
In 2010, the petite and vivacious Russian lady with a knack for telling hypnotic stories got back to what she does best: DJing. She lent her talents to the legendary Moscow underground club Arma17 for several years. During this period Julia could also be found making impactive appearances at Movement in Detroit, Kazantip in Ukraine, WMC in Miami, ADE in Amsterdam and Sonar Off in Barcelona.
Fast forward a few years, Julia has clearly been deeply inspired by the techno artists she’s been playing with and begins to produce herself. She honed a sound which boasts distinctly resonant frequencies alongside uncommon melodies and subsequently had tracks snapped up by Visionquest, Get Physical, Highway Records, Hypertone and Superfreq.
A relocation to New York has seen Julia perform alongside the likes of Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin and Sven Vath at Output, Verboten, Space, Time Warp, Awakenings and Electric Zoo. 2016 has seen her gain the support of Pete Tong with releases coming on Cocoon and Russian vinyl only imprint Body Parts / Mind Series.
At the core of Julia’s music and live shows is an ever-present element of emotional truth and a quest to redefine her audience’s relationship with beat. Simply put, she firmly believes in churning out sexy techno grooves with dramatic expressions and select layers of sound. Not to forget the boundless charm and ambrosial melodies. That is, in a nutshell Julia Govor.
ABOUT TODD EDWARDS
House legend, Daft Punk collaborator, and Grammy Award winner Todd Edwards is known for his hypnotic collage of cut-up samples over swung beats and lively disco-flavored baselines.
Credited as one of the godfathers of UK garage, his four-to-the-floor beats have earned him a passionate following. In addition to his own legendary productions, Edwards has remixed dozens of artists, including Daft Punk, Beyoncé, Sam Smith, Talking Heads, Phoenix, Justice, Hot Chip, Jamiroquai, Frankie Knuckles, Matthew Dear, Robin S, St Germain, Spank Rock, Boris, Surkin and Dimitri From Paris to name a few.
Edwards is the only artist Daft Punk has collaborated with twice: he sang, co-wrote, and co-produced “Face to Face” from Daft’s 2001 album ‘Discovery’ and “Fragments of Time” from Daft’s 2013 album ‘Random Access Memories,’ for which he received a Grammy.
“I like that fine line between precision and raw emotion. That place in space that is new and fresh, yet finely tuned for your listening pleasure. When those two elements come together and click, magic happens in the music, and that is what I strive for. So keep you ear lobes lubed and your eyes peeled because its time to get SHADED and faded’’
Creating a completely unique and different style of music today, SHADED has a signature sound – a weaving combination of funky, psychedelic vibes and textures, making his sets something to remember. His sound is undeniable in character and is breathing new life into the techno house world.
Growing up in Newport Beach, California, he secluded himself in skating, surfing and music since a young age. His father, a musician and producer of classic rock, provided a pivotal role in creating his passion and drive for the raw and electric sound he loves to play today. Since 2006, his production style has constantly evolved whilst trying to stay true to his roots of groove laden, rock inspired minimal ‘’surf ‘’techno.
2012 was a big year for Skyler, it provided him the opportunity to develop and create his new solo career and moniker, SHADED. His previous success was as the duo SHDWPLAY, but his decision to go solo ultimately came from his desire for more creative and individual freedom.
As SHDWPLAY, the duo released four EPs on Dubfire’s SCI+TEC Digital Audio Imprint, quickly becoming well-regarded staples in techno ranks around the world. Their unique sound, exemplified in cuts like ‘Time Drip’ and ‘Drug of Choice,’ were heard in DJ sets from Richie Hawtin to Dubfire himself, solidifying their presence in the electronic dance world and as official members of the SCI+TEC family.
This newfound recognition, coupled with the desire for creative individuality, prompted his decision to leave and to pursue his solo career. Since the creation of SHADED in 2012, he has been playing his LIVE sets worldwide from festivals in Mexico and Croatia to clubs in London, Berlin, and Brazil. From touring with the SCI + TEC family and playing along side Dubfire and Carlo Lio he has gained recognition throughout the industry as one of the top LIVE acts, exciting crowds with his brand of ‘’funkadelic’’ techno. Through touring with SCI + TEC, fans and admiration for his style of music have grown considerably, leading to increased demand for his solo performances.
On SCI + TEC he has had multiple EP’s in both the techno and minimal charts in 2012 and 2013 including the hit tracks ‘’Be My Binge’’, ‘’Love Bug’’ and ‘’This Is This’’. His musical output has gained much respect from industry heavy weights including Dubfire, Richie Hawtin, Joseph Capriati, Tiga, Slam and Sasha.
This year his major noted release on SCI +TEC was the EP ‘‘Dwell’’ that reached #1 on the Top 100 Minimal Release charts via Beatport. After the success of ‘’Dwell’’ he followed up with his most recent EP – ‘’SHE SHE’’, his debut release on Tiga’s Turbo Recordings in June 2014, solidifying his production versatility.
ABOUT HARVARD BASS
Mexican-American bad-boy Victor ‘Harvard Bass’ has always brought together the raw appeal of American booty with the style and function of European Ass. His sound has earned him in-crew-sion in Seth Troxler’s Tuskegee posse, Green Velvet’s Relief Records, and of course Tiga’s Turbo. With years of releases under his belt, he’s maintained an impressively consistent voice.
It all comes down to the fact that he is a bonafide sex addict who managed to turn a problem into a career by combining his obsession with thickness and his prowess for production. His Releases can be heard as Harvard Bass’ confession, his plea of insanity set to the sound of a perfectly functioning Ibiza super-club, complete with sexy paid dancers, industrial smoke cannons, and the kind of mass communal ego death that comes from 10+ straight hours of tech-house.
With the Launch of his very own Bump City Records, Harvard has vowed to put his famous raw ghetto sexiness on the map. Boom-time, ladies and gentlemen.
ABOUT MARQUES WYATT
Sonic love travels in many dimensions and as it relates to music, Marques Wyatt is a seminal pioneer and is undoubtedly one of the most respected DJ’s in the United States and a West Coast legend. In addition to producing some of LA’s most legendary clubs/events, many associate him with “DEEP,” the illustrious event that he nurtured in his hometown of Los Angeles – thriving and continuing today for well over 18 years. He is one of the few DJ’s that have managed to cross pollinate audiences and merge at least two generations of music fans on his dance floors. Thus, he is in demand at clubs, as well as on the festival circuit alike, stateside and abroad. Marques’ unerring, knowledgeable selections are sure to stir up some emotions and known to turn huge dance floors into intimate rituals.
ABOUT LUPE FUENTES
House music icon, Junior Sanchez said it best, when he declared “Lupe was born to make music and be a DJ. She’s fire!”
Having grown up in Columbia, a country rich with musical styles and sound, Lupe Fuentes has been living and breathing music for most of her life. While her humble beginnings may have implied a life less glamorous, Lupe’s unyielding commitment to her craft has resulted in a breakthrough to the underground scene that is nothing short of remarkable.
Drawing from her cultural roots, Lupe has created a musical identity for herself that’s both timeless and refreshing. Her blend of stripped back tech-house with subtle hints of Latin rhythms and tribal percussion transform into dance floor anthems, casting the eyes and ears of industry leaders upon her.
It was just a year and a half ago that Lupe Fuentes exploded into the scene with her debut record “So High”. The hypnotic, tribal roller quickly found an impressive home on Junior Sanchez’s Brobot Records, while the low-slung rhythmic funk and driving bass of follow-up “Don’t Hold Back” hit Traxsource’s Tech House Chart Top 5. It’s plain to see: Lupe Fuentes is part of a new breed of producers to watch out for.
Now residing in Los Angeles, Lupe remains a fixture on the US club circuit. Commanding the dance floors of the country’s top nightclubs including Sound Nightclub, Exchange, Pacha NYC and Drai’s After Hours to name a few, Lupe has poised herself as a leading lady of the underground.
Almost as impressive as Lupe’s productions, is perhaps the tremendous rate that she continues to fire out records. Over the course of the past 20 months, Lupe has released more than 20 records, gaining support from industry heavy-weights such as Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, Maceo Plex, Booka Shade, Leftfield, Richie Hawtin, Carl Craig, Kerri Chandler, Claptone, Shiba San, Gorgon City, Todd Terry, Roger Sanchez, Danny Howard, Oliver Heldens, Prok & Fitch, Tube & Berger, Claude Von Stroke, and countless others!
In 2014, Lupe launched her very own imprint, In the Loop, a platform for the crisp hi-hats and dark, groovy baselines, which have become the crux of her sound. In addition to her own releases, In the Loop showcases burgeoning talent, whom have captured and inspired Lupe’s heart and ears. Jack Cousteau, Francis Kasibante, Mike Gloria and Vanilla Ace are just some of the names featured on the label.
There is no doubt, Lupe’s innate talent and passion for music is paramount to her success. She truly channels house music and all that it stands for, noting,“I don’t do this for any other reason than I love house music, I love to DJ and I’m compelled daily to produce… Be it one person or 50,000 on the dance floor, I’ll make sure they feel like I’m playing just for them!”
ABOUT LEO LEAL
Mexican DJ and producer Leo Leal has now finished his apprenticeship and is very much a master of his art. Recent years have seen him quickly rise up through the ranks after starting out on this path aged just 16. Using his formal piano training and experimental approach to studio work, he has now found his own unique sound and as such is in demand by both label bosses and club and festival promoters all over the world.
That sound is a fresh take on techno & house with groovy kick and clap combos that really strike dancers where it matters. Often embellishing his tracks with slick synths and subtle effects, he is a real wizard on the buttons and it shows in how often his music gets played by top DJs around the world. His sets, too, are well informed things that draw on many different shades and styles of house and techno music and always result in exciting soundtracks.
The last year alone has seen him debut his new and brilliantly expressive live set on Boiler Room in Tulum as well as at Blkmarket Membership in New York. He has also played Mutek with Lake People (again on Boiler Room) and also played shows all across the United States as well as in Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, ,Guatemala , Peru and Argentina. Of course, he also holds down his own assured residency at Casa Morelos in Mexico, and for the way he plays such diverse and devastating sets, it has become somewhat legendary.
Production wise, Leo really knows his stuff. As such he is signed to John Digweed’s world famous Bedrock label and plays with the crew at places like BPM Festival whenever there is a showcase. He has also released on Kollektiv Turmstrasse’s Imprint Musik Gewinnt Freunde, as well as having collaborated with Markus Homm on the label Leo runs, Unike Muzik. As such, Leo Leal is now very much a key player in the global electronic music game, and one that DJs and dancers could not live without.
ABOUT LEE K
After an early exposure to 90’s dance music and discovering acts like The Prodigy and Aphex Twin, Lee K’s obsession with electronic music was seeded. A half decade later, with curiosity piqued by DJ culture and the rave scene, her focus soon shifted to the decks.
Following a stint at the iconic and now shuttered Voyeur Nightclub, she landed her 2013/14 residency at San Diego’s “Bang Bang”. There she continues to cut her teeth as a major creative force behind the percolating FNGRS CRSSD brand, warming up the room for some of the most well respected names in house and techno including Pete Tong, Victor Calderone, Hobo, Eats Everything, MK and many more. Whether tasked with opening the night or headlining, Lee K focuses on curating a vibe. Born of the dance floor, she carefully selects tracks from deep to techno all sharing one common thread: groove, dynamic percussion and driving basslines.
Sound savant, underground ambassador, and techno wunderkind are three ways to describe DJ + producer PILO. Since the birth of his musical project, the Los Angeles native has been intent on bringing techno to the masses as an advocate of the genre in the USA and beyond. With past releases on Turbo Recordings, collaborations with Sinden, Justin Jay, Harvard Bass, and most recently Boys Noize, PILO has since become a integral member of the BNR family.
After embarking on a world tour in celebration of Boysnoize Records’ 10th anniversary, 2015 proved to be both a busy and successful year for the producer. “Cerebral” was PILO’s collaborative contribution to Boys Noize’s album Strictly Raw, a track also used as the title theme for HARD Summer Music Festival the same year.
Since November 2015 in collaboration with The Well L.A., PILO’s curious brand of techno anarchy has been pulsating through the city at his monthly SUBSTANCE party, boasting impressive lineups with the likes of Boys Noize, Salva, ADEN, Escor Krist, Deapmash, and L-Vis 1990 in addition to residents Dean Grenier & Hej Fund of Sister City.
These, among many of his latest techno endeavors have thus proved his affinity to multi-faceted, no-holds-barred, and unforgiving sounds. PILO’s ever-evolving approach to techno has never ceased to provide us with some conversant insight into the darker sides of the dancefloor, leaving his listeners excited for what’s more to come.
ABOUT AMIR JAVASOUL
A native of Tehran and Montreal, Amir Javasoul began DJing after being inspired by the style and productions of Chicago house legend Derrick Carter. Following his beginnings in the Montreal rave scene, he soon began playing parties and refining his skills, paving the way for the next chapter. Moving to Paris in 2001, Amir would hold residencies at many of the clubs in the city: Queen, Studio 287, Terassa, RedLight as well as PlastikPeople. He would go on to tour throughout Europe and North America and play venues such as The End, Ministry of Sound London, Pacha Ibiza, Crystal Istanbul, Boa Toronto or Cafe d’Anvers.
Aside from being heavily influenced by Chicago house, Amir’s musical taste has also been shaped by DJ Harvey as well as Ricardo Villalobos. He developed his own unique style, mixing house and techno, blending new and classic vinyl, later adding digital to the mix.
Since returning to Montreal in 2011, Amir has kept up a busy schedule playing or holding residencies at most of the city’s main venues. Highlights include playing the opening of Piknic Electronik 2013 season with Carl Craig, Igloofest closing 2014 alongside Adam Beyer and sharing the decks with Fabric London’s Craig Richards during the most recent 2014 Piknic season.
On the production front, Amir, alongside his friend and studio partner Maher Daniel are known as Creatures Of Habit.
ABOUT MATTHEW ANTHONY
Lover of all things nature, Perfect Driver label-head Matthew Anthony’s aesthetic is a fusion of his passion for drums, upbringing on 90s hip hop and affinity for broken beats. Defining it himself as “house music with extra bass,” his sound pays homage to the past while evolving in the present, nesting perfectly driven basslines with all-around quality production. Champion the underdog.
Patricio has been forging a style of his own since the first time he started collecting records and djing in 1992. Sharpening his skills spinning vinyl at small clubs in LA, Patricio’s experience in the early 90’s behind the decks converted into a profound knowledge of what people want on the dance floor. Drawing on the passion and soul instilled in him growing up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he has broken out of the invisible confines of genres. Patricio’s sound has been known to be all over the musical spectrum but ultimately developed into a deep and moody side of house and techno, layered with beautiful melodies and sexy bass lines. His sets are always fueled by the never-stopping energy that characterizes him and have been known to last longer than 8 hours.
ABOUT NORDIC SOUL
Sean Horton aka Nordic Soul has long been enamored with artistic expression, the creation of music, and the technology that fuses it all together. Today he is best known as founder, curator and president of the Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance Visual Art and New Media in Seattle. In 2014, Sean was named #43 on Rolling Stone’s “50 Most Important People in EDM”: http://rol.st/1fHxj3D
Founded in 2003, Decibel Festival has become a unique platform for exposing attendees to leading-edge multimedia art from around the globe. With a focus on live performance, interactive multimedia art, state-of-the-art sound and technology based education; Decibel has solidified itself as one of the premier electronic music festivals and promotional organizations in the world. The five-day festival program averages over 25,000 attendees a year. Over the years Decibel has hosted hundreds of events, featuring over 1,000 unique performers from over 40 countries. Outside of the annual festival program, Decibel Events producers over 60 events per year, ranging from intimate club performances to massive international festival stages. For more info, visit http://dbfestival.com
Beyond his work with Decibel, Sean is an expert deejay, producer and performer who has been turning out dance floors since the late 90s. A lover of many musical styles, Nordic Soul’s interest and roots in techno, house, hip hop, jazz, soul, industrial, ambient and dub contribute to his diverse musical palette. Since Nordic Soul’s inception in 2002, he has shared the stage with an eclectic cross section of international talent, including Bassnectar, Grimes, Moby, Major Lazer, Boys Noize, Seth Troxler, Maya Jane Coles, Ben Klock, Modeselektor, DARKSIDE, Trentemoller, Four Tet, The Orb, Simian Mobile Disco, Moodymann, Duke Dumont, Scuba, Dusky, Green Velvet, Moderat, MK, Gui Boratto, Monolake, Mount Kimbie, Klingande, Matthew Dear, Theo Parrish, Huxley, Justin Martin, Danny Daze and Motor City Drum Ensemble. Sean has also performed at several major festivals world-wide, including Dimensions (Croatia), MUTEK (Montreal), Communikey (Boulder) and Decibel (Seattle). Nordic Soul has released music on a wide variety of labels including K Records, Buttermilk Records, Peloton and Basic_Sounds.
DJ BIG CEE
Father was a Drummer in the 1960s and 1970s, later becoming a DJ in the 1980s. Music has been a staple in Big Cee’s life since birth. Right hand man to Marques Wyatt at DEEP-L.A, A Regular player in Los Angeles’ thriving Underground Dance Community.
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