5 YR ANNIVERSARY
INTERNATIONAL TV/MOVIE STAR
WITH PERFORMANCES BY
Felix Da Housecat (Rude Photo/X-Mix Productions/Chicago)
Two-time Grammy Award Nominee FELIX DA HOUSECAT brought electro to the masses with his groundbreaking album ‘Kittenz & Thee Glitz’ which included the UK top 40 pop chart crossover hit ‘Silver Screen (Shower Scene)’. From his collaborations with P. Diddy, James Murphy (LCD Soundsytem), and Miss Kittin, to his remixes for Madonna, Marylin Manson, and Nina Simone, Felix continues to shape the sound of music today. His ‘GU34 Milan’ compilation is out now on Global Underground and his ‘He Was King’ artist album is out summer 2009 on Nettwerk Productions
CLAUDE VONSTROKE-DIRTY BIRD/MOTHERSHIP/TECH HOUSE-SAN FRAN
What started as a fake name and small booking at a friend's birthday party has spiraled into an international DJ career for Claude VonStroke (aka Barclay Crenshaw.) One night in San Francisco after a long night of partying, Barclay and his friends began to make up fake European DJ names. Just kidding around, Barclay came up with “Claude VonStroke.” It ended up sticking after someone at the party booked him to DJ and used the new moniker on the flyer.
Raised in the suburbs Detroit, Barclay Crenshaw fell in love with the beat by listening to popular broadcasts of the Electrifying Mojo’s Midnight Funk Association on local radio. At age 16, after mastering the small 4-track recorder used at his high school, Barclay and good friend Jamie Osborne looked through the phone book and visited Juan Atkin’s fledgling Metroplex recordings. They tried unsuccessfully to convince Atkins to hire them as sound engineers and music producers. Little did they know, Mr. Atkins would soon go on to become the godfather of techno.
After University in New York and a 4 year diversion in Hollywood working as an assistant on a series of big budget feature films, Barclay moved back to Detroit and re-discovered his passion for electronic music. He was initially inspired by listening to drum n’ bass mix tapes from the UK. He built a massive live rig of synthesizers and samplers and played live at local Poor Boy underground warehouse parties until he lost all of his music in an electrical outage.
One year later, Barclay re-located to San Francisco and decided to merge his passion for music and film by releasing Intellect, a six hour DVD package, self-directed and produced, covering the worldwide electronic music scene and including interviews with over 35 top producers and legendary DJs such as Derrick May, Swayzak, Derrick Carter, Dubfire, and Theo Parrish. The main goal of the “Intellect” project was to make an informative DVD that could help DJs advance their careers in electronic music. The result was Crenshaw taking lessons from his own DVD by starting a record label called “dirtybird” and a production career under the name Claude VonStroke.
Since 2005, dirtybird has carved out a niche as a premiere American tech funk label and has released over 20 EPs. Claude VonStroke’s very first record, “Deep Throat,” was a major hit of 2005. The success of the single was followed up by “Who’s Afraid of Detroit?,” another international hit championed by Richie Hawtin who called it the “best track of 2006” in DJ magazine. Soon after that Claude released his full-length debut album, “Beware of the Bird” to outstanding reviews, further establishing him as an original talent in the underground. Since then, he has recorded over 25 remixes for a range of commercial and underground artists from Indy rock group “The Rapture” to Detroit techno legend Kevin Saunderson.
Born in 1976, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Uros Umek began DJing in 1993. He and his friends were the pioneers of dance music in Slovenia, and between them they were responsible for putting on the first large scale parties in Slovenia. The result has been that Umek is Slovenia’s most famous DJ, and techno is Slovenia’s favourite form of music. He is currently working with his own Consumer Recreation and Recycled Loops (with Valentino) labels, as well as releasing tracks on Tortured (as Mumps), Electrix (as Zeta Reticula), Planet Rhythm, Audio and Missile. His current style is the combination of many different roots, which the more long term Umek fans may recognise. Starting with a rough, uncompromising edge he quickly built a reputation in the studio. However, more recently he has moved towards a funkier sound with his massive Mumps release on Tortured in 2000. His dedication and impressive work rate have led to his studio skills being increasingly called with a wealth of successful releases under his belt,THIS SHIT WILL BE BUMPIN.
Shpongle-Twisted Records/Coast II Coast Entertainment UK
Simon Posford and Raja Ram are Shpongle, a psychedelic ambient project formed in 1996 after they met at Butterfly Studios in Brixton, South London. Simon was working on Purple Om and Raja Ram was working with Graham Wood on The Infinity Project. The two went to the Glastonbury festival and decided to write something downtempo after their experience and Shpongle was born.
The Shpongle sound is a mix of mainly eastern ethnic samples and western contemporary psychedelic synth music. Posford is responsible for the synth and studio work while Raja Ram contributes with flute arrangements and creative sensibilities.
Shpongle's full-length debut album, Are You Shpongled?, was released in 1998. The high sound quality, successful mix of samples, instruments and synths along with the story and progress of the music through the album made it one of the most cutting edge releases of that time.
Shpongle have since put out 4 acclaimed and well received albums.Most recently their latest album Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland was released last year to much acclaim and worldwide psychaedelic approval.
FRANKIE BONES-SONIC GROOVE-BROOKLYN
Frankie Bones is an American techno and house music disc jockey from New York City. He is best known for bringing the rave culture to the United States after playing at a hangar party in the UK during 1989. Frankie Bones, the first American DJ to play these raves, is considered to be 'The Godfather of American Rave Culture'.
He got his first inspiration from his father's vast record collection after his father was murdered. Later on, after he had begun producing records, he was offered a gig to play for 5,000 people in England called "Energy" on the strength of his compositions. As the event started on August 26, 1989, the projected attendance had gone through the roof and Frankie played to 25,000 people while the sun came up. At this event, a fight broke out and Frankie got on a speaker, screaming at the fighters, "If you don't start showing some peace, love, and unity, I'll break your fucking faces". With the subsequent discussion of this event on the Usenet newsgroup alt.rave, Respect was added to the three virtues Frankie was speaking of, creating the hippie-esque raver credo of PLUR: Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect.
Being profoundly moved by the experience, he brought it back to Brooklyn in the form of his series of Storm Raves. The Storm Raves events began with only a few hundred people in attendance growing to over 5,000 where the likes of Josh Wink, Doc Martin, Sven Vath, DJ Keoki and Richie Hawtin were able to launch their performances into international careers. The Berlin Love Parade, which is generally considered to be the largest rave in the world, named its 1991 and 1992 Parades after well-known compositions by Frankie Bones.
DJ Godfather (Electrobounce.com, Secretremixes.com, Soundbully.com)
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DJ Godfather is considered one of the founding fathers of the genre we now know as Ghetto Tech. He started DJing at the age of 15 with the help of, now business partner, DJ Dick. Within a few months of getting his turntables, Godfather was already playing in nightclubs and after hour parties all over Detroit. He started producing at the age of 17 for his first Miami Bass style group Bass Association. With the buzz of a few singles off the Bass Association album on 3 Detroit radio stations, Godfather made his first solo record at the age of 18 on the now Twilight 76 Records entitled "Work Dat". Taking his turntablism skills and mixing Detroit Techno music with Miami Bass music, and new sound was born, Ghetto Tech. With the formation of their new record label Twilight 76 with partners DJ Dick and Brian Gillespie, he took his talent and turned it into an entire business creating 3 other labels known as Databass Records, D.E.T. Only (An exclusive label with only 1000 copies of each release), and Juke Trax (A label dedicated to the Chicago style of Ghetto House and Juke music). With all 4 record labels combined, Godfather and his partners released over 250 vinyl releases and mix CD releases, selling over 700,000 units worldwide
Detroit Techno Militia 2x4
DJ Seoul & T.Linder
Carrying the torch lit by the forge in the birthplace of Techno come DJ Seoul & T.Linder. With over twenty five years of combined DJ experience, these two powerhouse DJ's have traveled the globe showcasing their unique blend of Techno, Electro and Turntablism on 4 turntables. With Lightning fast mixing and scratching, The Detroit Techno Militia 2x4 brings an energy and an atmosphere that is rarely seen in the realm of electronic music.
WILHELM K-NIGHTSNEAK WORLDWIDE-HOUSE
LIVING HOUSE LEGEND, RESPONSIBLE FOR JUMP STARTING THE SCENE IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES throughout the 90's as well as the present. CURRENT AMBASSADOR FOR NIGHTSNEAK WESTCOAST, while continuing to slay dance floors since the mid 90's.Welcome back to Detroit the Rave Icon as he prepares to drop new tracks to inspire a new generation. Be on the lookout for new releases coming soon on Beatport,D-Version is back!!!!!
DJ PSYCHO (aka Norman Beatz) - Detroit Techno Militia/Bang Tech 12/Irrational Muzikwerx - Detroit, MI
The first thing that you notice about DJ Psycho (Dezi Magby) when he plays is that he pays absolutely NO attention to the rules. Genres? Mere suggestions. Somehow he ties everything together quicker than your brain can process the method. He engages the audience in a sort of willful combat for the soul of the party. leaving you at once satisfied and begging for more. Musically knowledgeable with a flair for the dramatic, Psycho bridges the gap between the technical aspects of being a DJ and the stage antics of a rock star. He is to be seen as well as heard...and not many DJs have that sort of controlled chaos as their calling card these days. He is at once a throwback and the wave of the future.
DJ Dru-NIGHTSNEAK vs. John Johr-PAXAHAU >>Tag team set
John Johr -Paxahau-John Johr’s career as a DJ began in 1999 after drawing inspiration from the sounds of early Detroit Techno and House. His sets today strike an artistic balance that blends a fusion of house, tech house, minimal, and Detroit techno.In 2005 John took up residency with Paxahau and became one of a select group of DJs to represent the promotional powerhouse behind the decks. His residency with Paxahau further propelled his career and gave him the opportunity to share his talents at shows in Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, Miami, Austin, Los Angeles, and Toronto. He also has played the Movement Electronic Music Festival three times in the last five years. As well John opened for headlining acts such as Steve Bug, Marco Carola, Cassy, Loco Dice, Marc Houle, Damian Lazarus, and Richie Hawtin and many other world class dj's and producers.
Dj Dru -Hijacked Records/Nightsneak/Cultured Citizens-
Dru's career as a DJ/Producer Began in 1994. DJ Dru has such a great style of mixing with his excellent track selection, constant mixing, ability to create sounds, and tricks sets him aside from every other DJ..Dru has played all over and at many events and festivals.. banging his minimal/tech house sound in other U.S cities and States like /San Fransico/New York/Ohio/Canada/Ken
tucky/Indiana/Texas/Toronto/Chicago and Mexico.. Dru performed at the first D.E.M.F in Detroit now called Movement on the C-Pop stage were he played a 3 hr set... Dru has played along side with and has opened up for many artist like :James Pennington/Aux88/Farley Jackmaster Funk/Terry Mullen/Juan Atkins/Adam Beyer/Dj Dan/Bad Boy Billl/Green Velvet and many talented local artists from Detroit, Michigan, Midwest,West Coast and beyond our intelligence.
Jesse James -NIGHTSNEAK-DETROIT-TECHNO
The last decade has seen the rise and fall of many faces in the electronic music scene. The last ten years for Jesse James how ever has been nothing but a steady rise to the top. Starting his DJ career in 2000, Jesse James has become one the mid-west's most in demand Dj's. Starting NightSneak Ent. with his cousin James in 2005, the two have built NightSneak into the Midwest's largest underground production company, throwing events where the crowd usually reaches numbers of 2000+. With a hectic DJ schedule which frequently includes such cites as Chicago, New York, Louisville, Detroit, Grand rapids, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and many more, Jesse still finds time to hit the studio. His production explores the darker side of quirky Techno, with smooth heavy bass lines and intricate synth lines that are very reminiscent of the sounds of an industrial factory. Having played along side John Aquaviva, Rob Hood, Green Velvet, Dj bone, Marco Baily, Tech Itch, Bassnecter, bad boy bill and many many others, Jesse has shown what it means to grow and persevere in this industry, be on the look out for the up coming Nightsneak LP. hitting turntables near you
John Napier - Konstructure/Nashville, TN-TECHNO
As a long time DJ, John Napier is no stranger to rocking dance floors around the country. A member of Nashville's BERLIN crew, his Minimal and Techno DJ sets paved the way right to the studio where he has been developing his own unique sound. John Napier's debut EP, "Black Out", was released in February on Oliver Dodd's Konstructure label with the track “Breaker” from the release being charted by influential German techno DJ Falko Brocksieper, along with plays by Josh Wink. John continues to move forward with his productions, utilizing DJing as a platform to spread his music. Look out for his new project "quantum38", already burning up dance floors near and far!
NU SALT LASERS
WEVE BEEN IN THE DANCE MUSIC CIRCLE SINCE 98. HAVING INVESTED SOME MONEY HERE AND THERE,BUT OUR FIRST FULL PRODUCTION ACROSS THE BOARD WASN'T UNTIL SPRING 2005 AFTER THE 5-6 HUNDRED PERSON HOUSE PARTIES WE WERE REGULARLY DOING JUST WERENT FULFILLING THE SATISFACTION.5 YEARS LATER WE ARE STILL HERE,AND THE MOMENTUM IS ONLY GETTING STRONGER. WE'VE MET ALOT OF GOOD PEOPLE OVER THE YEARS.NO DOUBT THEY HAVE SHAPED AND EVOLVED NIGHTSNEAK eNT AS ONE OF THE LEADING NAMES IN UNFORGETTABLE EVENTS IN MI AND THE MIDWEST AND STARTING THIS YEAR ALL ACROSS AMERICA.,HELP US CELEBRATE NIGHTSNEAK ANNIVERSARY AS ONLY WE CAN MOTHERFUCKERS
DETROIT MI 48207
Saturday, November 13 at 7:00pm - November 14 at 6:00am
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