Sunday, December 15 2013

Sunday, December 15th at The Crocodile

Decibel proudly presents…

Hyperdub / TekLife / Planet Mu, Chicago


Hyperdub / TekLife / Planet Mu, Chicago

with special guest

Decibel / Disco Droppings / 7 Deadly Records

visuals by

Decibel / Lux Collective / Hush Hush Records

Advance tickets $10 / All-ages
Doors at 9pm

The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave, Seattle


DJ Rashad has been instrumental to the creation and evolution of Chicago Juke music and has been lifelong friends with other key players on the scene, such as Paul Johnson, DJ Gant-Man, DJ Spinn, DJ Godfather, and Jammin Gerald. He has the ability to blend elements of house, ghetto house, disco, juke, and ghettotech together with a knack for creating sparse, snappy tracks that manage to convey a physicality and funk with a spectacular precision.

Along with his teammates DJ Spinn and DJ Gant-Man, DJ Rashad has become notorious for making juke anthems that have made fans outside the world of Chicago mix cds. He’s DJ’ed across Europe and released records on Juke Trax and Databass records earlier on in his career and some big remixes and collaborations are in the pipeline.

DJ Rashad’s landmark 2013 album on Hyperdub Records titled “Double Cup” is the artists most critically acclaimed release to date. Here’s the Pitchfork review (Best New Music):

Whether producing, writing, or Djing, DJ SPINN always has stayed at the top of his game. Starting out at the early age of 14, SPINN already had his mind set on the future when it came to music. In 1997 DJ SPINN gained a honorable reputation spinning for one of Chicago’s # 1 dance groups – Chicago’s infamous “House-O-Matics”. DJ Spinn saw his popularity grew while DJing for some of biggest teen parties in Chicago including: Club Cavilini’s, Dolton Expo, Markham Roller Rink, The Rink and numerous large house parties and CPS school events.

In 1998, DJ SPINN and long time friend and label mate DJ RASHAD got an opportunity to drop one Chicago’s favorite tracks of that time “Bout It Bout It Mix” on “Dance Mania Records”. Another hit from DJ SPINN soon followed “Muthaf#ka” (a Paul Johnson Remake) which gained him more production credits on the local mixtape circuit. Between creating mixtapes and DJ credit at parties it would only be a matter of time before DJ SPINN would rightfully earn his place next to legends such as Traxman, DJ Rashad, DJ Funk, Paul Johnson, Jammin Gerald, DJ Deeon, DJ Milton, DJ Slugo, DJ Nephets, DJ PJ, and DJ Gant-Man to name a few.

Since 2000 Chicago’s house scene has evolved into what is now known as “JUKE MUSIC” and the “JUKE” movement is growing day by day, city by city and at the front of the line are DJ SPINN, DJ RASHAD, TRAXMAN, DJ Manny, DJ Tre & Boylan bringing the style & flavor of the ol’school mixed with the energy & emotion of the new school. In 2007 DJ SPINN produced the track “Bounce & Break Yo Back” which has and still remains the Bang Tha Box Recordingz #1 highest selling single on the label as well has the his album ” Jukin & Footworkin Volume 1″ released in 2009. With hits on labels such Planet Mu, Bang Tha Box Recordingz, Juke Trax, and many others.

DJ Spinn and DJ Rashad have more recently founded a DJ & production crew called the “TekLife”. TekLife are veteran DJs & producers who reach back and mentor younger DJs in the music business as well as the business of being a DJ and Producer. There are TekLife now in every major city of the US, UK & Europe and they are growing. The Tekz music has been featured on national TV shows such as NBC’s “Ellen Really BIG SHOW” BET’S 106 & Park Wild Out Wednesdays and the “Footworkingz Take Flight” DVD.

This only just the beginning of DJ SPINN – the world has yet to see what next DJ SPINN has up his sleeve.

Fierce, subversive, bold. Using descriptors like these, instead of merely listing genres gives a clue into Jimi Jaxon’s mindset. His work as an artist is more about the energy, more about presenting sounds that connect with him most. This approach has him pulling from a wide range of genres and styles, depending on the environment. Everything from Techno to Experimental, Juke, House, Ambient, Dubstep, 2-Step, Drum & Bass, Garage, Funk, Disco, Rock and Hip-Hop can appear in his sets. His style is for those with an open mind and an urge to move. Jimi Jaxon is a resident DJ for Decibel Festival and Bottom Forty. He also heads the Disco Droppings blog and 7 Deadly Records, where his original productions and remixes can be found.

Baryonyx is the alias of Visual artist / VJ David Kwan based in the Pacific Northwest and is the current Art Director for Decibel. He has performed visuals at various Seattle venues and events including Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party, Triple Door, Neumos / Barboza, The Crocodile, Chop Suey, Baltic Room, Re-Bar, Fred Wildlife and Vermillion.

Some of the music artists he has had the pleasure to work with include : Andy Stott, Mount Kimbie, Bondax, XXYYXX, Giraffage, Kid Smpl, Jimi Jaxon and more.