Matias Aguayo with guests Pezzner and Masha
Thursday, July 6 2017 @ Union (Los Angeles)
Thursday, July 6th
Decibel and Union present
Cómeme / Kompakt / Soul Jazz Records, Cologne
with special guests
10PM / 21+
Tickets available at http://bit.ly/matiasaguayopezzner
Union – Noise
4067 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
Featuring Funktion-One Sound
ABOUT MATIAS AGUAYO
Matias Aguayo, Chilean-born and German-raised, has made a hugely varied body of genre defying/melding work- a blend of deep shadows framed by blinding tropical sun. No matter the tag placed on his tracks, the primary focus and platform for building his music is, what he has always considered his main instrument, his voice. Calling upon his young adult background within the theatre (where he was directing, acting, and performing) Aguayo uses his voice to slip into different roles and imitate sounds to creating an aural illusion. This allows him to use a handful of machines and a microphone, to creating sonic ambiguity between vocals and instrumentation, bringing a surge of spontaneity to his recordings and intensely reactive improvisational element live sets as he feeds off the audience and layers his narratives.
Kompakt, the legendary Cologne-based techno label, has supported and released his music since his project Closer Musik (2001-2003), releasing his first solo record Are You Really Lost (2005), his second album Ay Ay Ay (2009), and continues to do so, releasing his latest EP, Legende (2014).
On his travels and tours, whether in Buenos Aires forming an arts and music project Juventud Clandestina [Clandestine Youth], or later street party happenings, or throwing underground parties in Cologne (Inspiring his A Night At The Tilehouse EP, SoulJazz Records-2007), Matias Aguayo has a magnetic personality that draws him to misfits and outsiders from all over the world that are making unique music and are free-thinking with regards to the musical process. Not one of these people would fit into a specific genre or school. He created Cómeme as a home for this motley crew.
Starting in 2009 Cómeme, is a loosely organised, yet flourishing complex of activity, that eschews traditional label strategies in favour of a collective that closely involves his friends and label-mates. Within its diverse catalogue, Cómeme has released Matias’ most recent album The Visitor (2013) and is a haven for adventurers making music as far and as near as London, Cologne, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Moscow.
Matias’ role in Comeme continues as a facilitator and old school style producer- using his resources and experience to help each artist to dive into their own music. He finds this is just as gratifying as working on his own releases- of which he always has many in the pipeline! It makes one wonder how Matias Aguayo finds time… If this was a job, then it would seem impossible, but Matias Aguayo’s work and career is instead a by-product of his life and imagination- wrought with creative visions that make his efforts fantastical, as well as possible.
When it comes to eclecticism, no other electronic musician can replicate the sheer ingenuity that American producer David Pezzner invokes within his mosaic compositions. Hailing from Seattle’s enlightened indie-music scene, the multifarious studio mogul has steadily supplied a series of notable releases since the early 90s. After initially fulfilling career ventures as one half of classic house outfit Jacob London, his sights have recently shifted towards a more independent musical outlet: his prolific solo project, Pezzner. Unhindered by the industry’s often-scrupulous guidelines, David’s artistic reinvention (under his newest production moniker) has amassed considerable acclaim in light of its obstinate diversity – exploring a kaleidoscopic assortment of styles and sounds.
Early in November, Pezzner proudly premiered his sophomore full-length artist album, ‘Last Night In Utopia’. Fittingly hosted via Marc Romboy’s legendary Systematic Recordings imprint, the 15-track assemblage readily exemplifies Pezzner’s ongoing stylistic expansions. Featuring an extensive inventory of electronic music genres, subgenres, and hybrid-genres, his latest auditory artwork shares but one underlying similarity: pristine quality. While some critics remain dispassionate towards the more exploratory ends of the musical spectrum, the eloquently crafted ‘Last Night In Utopia’ still merits an undeniable appreciation on behalf of its listeners. Continuing his trajectory into 2014, David followed suit with one of his strongest release to date on the the decade strong, Crosstown Rebels. This time Pezzner teams up with Italian/Egyptian co-producer, Amina and B-side remix by Hotflush label boss Scuba.
David’s most recent releases on on the seminal Visionquest (‘The Island Fantastic’ 2015), Get Physical Music (‘Title Track’ 2016) and Dirtybird imprints (‘The Hand That Feeds You’ 2016) have further solidified Pezzner as one of the most prolific American house music producers of the past decade.
Earlier works by Pezzner repeat this same pattern: Dance music for the brain as well as the body. His 2010, LP for Freerange Records ”The Tracks Are Alive” is a 13 track walk through of his electro/organic sounding style, in full dance-floor mode traversing with ease between disco, house and techno. Beatportal wax lyrical how it “blows like a cool breeze through the stale air of a market crowded with by-the-numbers deep house” and Resident Advisor note the “rising, sizzling dub effects” of his ‘Blacklist’ release, adding “a steeliness to his refined contours”. 5 Magazine coins Pezzner’s work as ”Future classics made for dance floors in the here and now”, while Ibiza Voice describes it as ”Lush and tense with a transcendental twist”.
Club shows abound not only in Europe, Pezzner’s live shows and DJ sets regularly move the dance floors of some of the most renowned venues including Space Ibiza, Rex Club in Paris, Womb Tokyo, Fabric London, Cielo New York, and Chicago’s famed Smartbar.
Serbian born/Los Angeles based DJ MASHA was curating shows long before she got behind the decks. As soon as she did, she found her calling. She’s opened for some of her greatest influences; Dez Andres, Tom Trago, Axel Boman, The Black Madonna, Detroit Swindle & is a resident DJ at Dig Deeper LA. Her sets blend raw underground sounds, classic deep house and eclectic disco grooves. Always digging deeper, she finds a way to surprise the audience with quality music for open minded people.