In a now long forgotten world, many generations ago, a bird like shape emerged from wooded darkness, floating and fluttering, drifting and dreaming. Backlit by a bright glow of iridescent light, the undecipherable form wore a dazzling golden mask. Its long beak swooped down like an inverted horn and since then, people have referred to the mythical being simply as Claptone.
Years spending wandering medieval landscapes have informed Claptone’s view of the world, experiencing both magical mystery and muted melancholy he enchanted onlookers with occult instruments and beguiling sounds. Forever surrounded by a sense of intrigue, the world soon cottoned on to the elusive yet enchanting musical powers of this otherworldly beast. The results are that today his shamanistic sonic powers take him all around the world.
The common thread that runs through Craig’s broad musical canon and creative projects is a resounding fascination with futurism. The prolific producer has cultivated a unique path as an artist, entrepreneur and civic leader, guided by his tendency toward forward thinking.
“My livelihood is making music that I can perform, whether I’m doing orchestral production or modular strangeness or generating club music. I don’t restrict myself,” said Craig. “I defined myself by being who I am. The ultimate self respect is when you say you’re going to do something and you go and do it to the best of your ability.”
Craig released his first track in 1989 on a Virgin UK compilation album, two singles followed on labels run by his first collaborator, Derrick May. After a series of ambitious releases for his co-owned Retroactive imprint, in 1991 Craig launched his record label Planet E, with the groundbreaking EP “4 Jazz Funk Classics”, under his alias 69.
Described by DJ Mag as “one of the most talented new forces in modern dance music today” and by fellow future house innovators Art Department as their favourite producer, Lee has quickly catapulted himself into dance music’s collective consciousness. Lee and his Hot Natured partner Jamie Jones currently spearhead a whole family of like-minded producers that includes Robert James, Russ Yallop, Richy Ahmed and most recently Danny Daze who are currently re-writing the rulebook of how to make evocative and emotive house music.
Born and raised in Chicago, the birthplace of house, Lee now lives between London and Los Angels. Lee made his name on both sides of the Atlantic playing at clubs like The Standard Rooftop (Lost Angeles), fabric (London), The Marcy Hotel (Brooklyn), Watergate (Berlin), Spybar (Chicago) and DC10 (Ibiza). Lee’s rapid rise to prominence has been as much down to his unified but all-encompassing approach to DJing as it has to his pioneering take nu school house and synth-heavy techno, backed up by a string of hit releases on labels like No 19, Culprit, Wolf+Lamb and his own Hot Creations imprint. His unique sound, born out a lifelong love of classic house, 90s hip hop, 80s electro and Detroit techno, combined with fanatical grassroots support from clubbers in both Europe and North America, made him the highest new entrant in Resident Advisor’s Top 100 DJs poll last December, coming in at number 36.
While growing up in Chicago, Lee cut his teeth on the clubs and raves of the late 90’s, which sparked his interest in house and disco. However, it was a chance visit to Ibiza back in 2001, that changed his whole approach to music that helped steer his musical destiny for the next decade and beyond. It was in Ibiza that summer that he first became friends with Jamie Jones and the pair quickly formed a tight brotherly bond that has recently blossomed into their highly acclaimed Hot Natured partnership. Having spent several years abroad, and heavily inspired by time spent at seminal electro and deep house parties in Ibiza and East London, Lee decided to take all that he’d learnt in Europe and export it back to the USA.
Doc Martin has earned the respect of many who are fanatic about his style of DJ’ ing.
His style crosses over from all timeless genres providing his listeners a new outlook & ever growing futuristic, unique sound.
He can always surprise you with a rare classic that crosses time zones and still hits the spot even now.
You will always feel the warmth of the crowd around the decks watching him spin away as they dance. The variation in his style of music is endless.
What makes him so different from the rest?
A unique ability to spin everything from Deep House to his funky Tribal Bass lines mixed with threads of Acid which creates soundscapes that cross all barriers. His collection of rare & classic records can be heard at his gigs.
He continuously chooses and enjoys mixing with digital and analogue gear as he creates his own signature style of DJ’ing & Recordings.
Constantly producing and remixing for his own and various labels across the world Doc Martin is always working on a new project. He constantly tours at such clubs as:
union (Los Angeles)
Residency at Sublevel @thegreatnorthern (San Francisco)
Residency at Output (Brooklyn)
He has also hit the DC10 (Ibiza) circuit twice this summer playing along side Seth Troxler, Ralph Lawson, Dan Ghenecia, Ellen Alien, Cassy, Martinez Brothers, Damian Lazarus, Apollonia. Cityfox (New York) & Los Angeles along with Dixon.Paradise(Ibiza/New York/Toronto),Heart(ibiza),
Fabric's 15 yr Anniversary (London) playing along side DJ's such as Craig Richards, Ricardo Villalobos, Dixon, Ame, Terry Francis, DJ Three.
As well as other cities like Toronto Coda with DJ Sneak & Ricardo Villalobos, Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver Shine with Jay Tripwire, Rex Paris with D'Julz & Phil Weeks, KCRW Hammer Museum, Public Works (San Francisco), Cityfox (New York), Coachella Festival, Sunwaves Beach Festival, Long Beach Festival, Long Beach Pier, High Tides (Cruises) Soup New York.
New Sound nightclub Hollywood with Steve Lawler & Sublevel Live, The Exchange LA.
He visits Tokyo once a year at different venues/festivals, and everywhere in between.
Gene Farris is one of Chicago’s dance music icons and has spiritedly contributed to the evolving house and techno culture around the globe. His music and his djing began to get heavy notice and recognition in the golden era of the 90’s, playing warehouse parties in Chicago and eventually around the globe. He is currently one of Chicago best dj’s to date and is nominated for best Dj 2016 at the Chicago Nightlife Awards.
Gene Farris was Traxsource #9 Tech House Artist of the year and his still on the rise. His productions are well known and play in the sets of some of the hottest dis in the world such as Loco Dice, Carl Cox, and Green Velvet who label, Relief records Gene has produced over 20 songs and has done over 15 tracks with Green Velvet aka (Cajmere). Gene has had Beatport Top 10 tracks from 2015 “We Work It” With Sonny Fodera was in Beatports Top 10 All time and has become a club Anthem. As well as Gene’s “Move Your Body” song on Relief records was #5 Tech House song of Ibiza 2015 and Charted by the Martinez Bros., Simon Dunmore, and Green Velvet.
2016 Gene shows no signs of slowing down at all he already began the year with two #1 songs on Traxsource “Time” which was released on Green Velvet’s imprint “Relief Records” and “Black Licorice” which was released on Gene’s own label imprint “Farris Wheel Recordings” A label which Gene has had since 1998 that has had top shelf producers such as Sonny Fodera, Glenn Underground, Dj Mes, Demarkus Lewis, and Greenskeepers. Also he’s releasing a album this year on Relief Records with collaborations from some of the worlds best artist. Such as Loco Dice, Green Velvet, Doorly, Jesse Rose, Sonny Fodera, and Nathan Barato just to name a few. Gene Farris’s future is looking very Bright.
Raised in a family with a musical taste steeped in rich Mexican culture, Victor Hugo Ramos was born with rhythm in his veins. At the pivotal age of 16, he would sneak into house and techno clubs in Tijuana to soak in the waves of early inspiration. Driven by a beat he could not ignore, Victor bought his first DJ setup and began mixing songs that were making an impression on him, regardless of genre. This forward-thinking mentality would soon become crucial in the development of the Harvard Bass sound.
Ever-evolving since his first remix deal with DJ Orgasmic and Teki Latex’s Sound Pellegrino label, Harvard has become a pro at combining smooth, minimal beats and deep ghetto house grooves with corrosively addicting drum patterns. “Techyes”, a collaboration with the legendary Green Velvet, harkens back to the glory days of techno while more recent tracks like “Bugged” and “Juicy”, released on Relief Records, incorporate this influence with other elements that come off as retro yet modern simultaneously.
With the creation of Bump City Records, Harvard Bass is extending his brand to other talented producers and ensuring that the scene stays fresh with creative ideas. Constant praise pouring in from respected DJs such as Tiga, Richie Hawtin, Boys Noize and Dubfire salutes the burgeoning musical niche that is taking form, with Harvard at the forefront. Armed with the talent and tenacity to succeed, Harvard Bass has been cemented as a force to be reckoned with in House, Techno music and beyond.
Ever since the purchase of a cheap set of belt-drive decks and a mixer on her 19th birthday she really hasn't looked back and, after completing her studies in Engineering, the straight-A student jumped head first into her true passion, music. She won a DJ competition in 2005, toured the USA and moved from her hometown, Champaign, Illinois, to the birthplace of house music, Chicago. In the Windy City she endured the struggle that many musicians go through on their pathway to glory but never lost sight of her dream. A move to San Francisco
resulted in more hard times, but it wasn't long before her determination and natural talent won through.
Phlip's refusal to give up eventually led her to connect with the dirtybird crew and make some real progress. Club and festival tours are now a regular occurrence while releases on Claude VonStroke's highly respected imprint, and elsewhere too, have established her as a reputable source of dance floor killers. People from Skream and Tiga to techno dons Surgeon and Dave Clarke and a bunch of other influential heads threw their weight behind her first truly analogue workout, 'Coefficient', while her latest tech-heavy banger 'Say My Name', which is has been doing immense damage to clubs all over the world, has peaked the interest of Eats Everything, Danny Daze and Huxley on the floor, and taking to the airwaves courtesy of B.Traits, Monki and 1 Xtra’s MistaJam . All that hard work has put her
up there with the industry's female elite; Nina Kraviz, Heidi, Maya...
Go hear J.Phlip in action and you can expect to experience a full booty workout and have your mind blown. You'll be surprised, energised and occasionally weirded out. This is a lady who knows her stuff, yet continues to refine her craft. Her aim is dance floor lobotomy, all the while taking the greatest pleasure in seeing the people get loose. A DJ not afraid to put her vision out there, Jess is to thank for passing Eats Everything’s mighty “Entrance Song” to Voitek and Greg (Catz n Dogz) at Pets and the later introduction to Barclay (Claude VonStroke) and Dirtybird. She's embarked on several tours of Europe and the US, attracting an ever-growing fanbase with each electrifying performance. Spending 3 years living and DJing in Berlin has helped Phlip to gain an understanding of the European market – she was only supposed to be there for 5 months, but ya know, there's some kind of time warp in Berlin that does that to people.
Shortly after Mark befriended Derrick Carter in 1988 at a record store in Chicago, his passion for House music exploded.
Mark experimented with a deeper style, dropping De La Soul, disco classics and other genres that weren’t being played in the main rooms of nightclubs. While exploring his love for the purist forms of House Music, Mark developed his trademark style: Mushroom Jazz - acid jazz infused with the West Coast’s jazzy, organic productions combined with urban beats. Fans embraced Mark’s downtempo style so much that he started a weekly Mushroom Jazz club night in San Francisco with Patty Ryan. In 3 short years, the club established a fanatical, cult-like following for Farina and the Mushroom Jazz sound. When the doors closed, Farina continued the tradition by releasing a series of CDs on OM Records: simply titled, "Mushroom Jazz."
Since then, Mark has been traveling the globe performing 100s of shows, to over one million club goers, every year. His House sets take fans on journeys to the jazzy side of Chicago House, mixed San Fran style. Some of these sets have been known to last up to 8 hours. And sometimes you’ll find Mark playing in two different rooms at the same party, showcasing his range of big room sound to the uber chill. When Mark’s not touring, you will likely find him in his studio, working on his next release for his imprint, Great Lakes Audio, or on another signature mix for Mushroom Jazz.
Mark’s chunky-funky underground house style continually turns the heads of tastemakers worldwide, drawing him not only new fans, but landing him on the Top DJs in the World lists.
Miguel Migs grew up in Northern California on his parent’s diverse collection of classic rock, blues, funk, soul and reggae records – which helped set the tone for his musical inspirations. He infuses these creative influences into his own sound, which combines this wide range of styles, blending them together into his own unique artistry.
Migs emerged from the 90’s deep house underground scene to become the kind of artist who transcends the stylistic limitations of a genre so very few can. His musical journey began after picking up a guitar in his early teenage years and his first outlet was writing songs and playing in Dub/Reggae bands. Although Migs always loved and listened to all different styles of music, in the early 90’s he connected to the soulful sounds of Deep House. By the mid ’90s he began experimenting with producing electronic dance music. And by the time the new millennium dawned, a string of releases and remixes on numerous leading indie dance labels earned him an enviable reputation among discerning dance music fans worldwide. As Petalpusher, he’d also become a stalwart of the hugely influential Naked Music stable with his original productions, remixes and compilations.
But even bigger things were to follow.
His well-received 2002 debut album Colorful You came out on the legendary Astralwerks label, and Migs began to attract attention from the broader music community, remixing big-name artists as diverse as Macy Gray, Lionel Richie and Britney Spears (yes, really). After years of relentless non stop global touring, his 2007 follow-up album Those Things saw him collaborating with big-hitting names like hip-hop legend Sadat X and Reggae icon Junior Reid among others. The album was nominated for Best Dance Album in the Independent Music Awards, and was also included in Virgin records yearly ‘Virgin Recommends 24 ECD’ promotion not to mention the single So Far went into the Top 5 in the Billboard Dance chart and #5 on the iTunes dance chart.
Growing up in the 1980’s the open-minded Mr. V was heavily influenced by House, Hip-Hop, Latin, Garage and Disco classics, Rhythm & Blues and Jazz. Mr. V was enamored by the role a DJ commanded over a crowd and was taken by the talents of his friend Lord G., who had a weekly Thursday night party in New York City. Despite wanting to be a professional DJ, it wasn’t until he met the legendary Louie Vega that he found his calling. “Louie used to have his party called “Underground Network,” and that’s where I discovered a deeper taste for house music. I always wanted to be a DJ, but Louie’s type of music – that whole soulful sound – is what I wanted to play,” says Mr. V.
Louie Vega saw the drive and potential in Mr. V and hired the young Nuyorican DJ / producer as his assistant at the world famous Masters At Work label. In this position Mr. V was given a rare glimpse into the global dance scene and before long was taking to the decks alongside his mentor. Currently, Mr. V is one of the fastest rising names on the circuit. Stylistically, Mr. V has a wildly eclectic sound that brings spontaneity back to the art of DJing.
In addition to his busy DJ schedule – Mr. V has displayed his turntable talents at many popular nightclubs across the globe – he is also making quite a name for himself as a producer. In 2004 Mr. V launched his own label Sole Channel Music as a way to release music with complete control and artistic freedom. To date, he has many singles on the label including his most famous track, “Jus Dance”. Mr. V has also released Original Productions, Collaborations and Remixes for other labels including Vega Records, King Street Sounds, Flamingo Records, Defected Records, Play It Down, Strictly Rhythm and many more. Combining his multifaceted skills as a DJ / Producer / Remixer, and with an ear towards dance music’s roots, Mr. V is a name to watch out for!
For fans of soulful house music, Osunlade is something of a legend. But it took many years for the producer to become an accepted force in the scene. Hailing from neither New York nor Chicago, Osunlade spent much of the '90s cutting his teeth in the major label business, crafting tracks for others, his name buried in the credits. All of that changed, however, around the turn of the millennium when he began to practice the African tradition of Ifá and struck out on his own with Yoruba Records.
Since then, Osunlade has become a deep house force, working with labels like Soul Jazz, BBE and Strictly Rhythm, as well as leading an imprint that has taken plenty of influence from sounds—and artists—from around the world. Perhaps the imprint's largest success, in fact, comes from Afefe Iku, an African producer, whose "Mirror Dance" caught the ears of DJs from a variety of genres and was licensed for numerous compilations, including secretsundaze's Volume 2. We caught up with the producer in advance of his first appearance in London for the crew to talk about his two new albums, why he thought Iku's "BodyDrummin" would be much bigger than "Mirror Dance" and how Ifá changed his life.
International DJ, producer and remixer Tino Piontek aka Purple Disco Machine has been on a whirlwind of a musical journey since the 2009 conception of his highly successful disco house music project.
The Dresden-born artist has racked up numerous achievements, although it was his 2013 breakthrough hit ‘My House’, on OFF Recordings, that really propelled Purple Disco Machine into new heights; landing the #1 spot within Beatport’s deep house chart and, at its peak, #3 overall. The track remains one of Beatport’s best ever sellers and Purple Disco Machine now ranks #2 in the online retailer’s all-time Top 100 Artists chart.
2018 saw PDM continue the album campaign with the release of another club and radio bomb in ‘Dished (Male Stripper)’ which flew to the top of the Beatport and BBCR1 Dance charts before achieving the BBCR1 daytime playlist for an impressive 10 weeks including 4 weeks on the prestigious A List. With over 15 million combined streams already, ‘Dished’ proved to be one of the biggest dance records of last year.
2019 will begin with a re release of ‘Body Funk’ followed by the start of the campaign for the second album, now with Universal Music on board for the UK & USA. And excitingly, April will herald the release of the first Purple Disco Machine mix compilation.
As well as boasting an impressive catalogue of solo and collaborative productions, Purple Disco Machine is one of the most in demand remixers in global dance music and has offered up remixes for numerous A-list musicians, including: Gorillaz, The Knocks , Chromeo, Jamiroquai, Two Door Cinema Club, New Order, Claptone, Tom Odell, Faithless, Shapeshifters, Hercules & Love Affair, Sigma Feat. Paloma Faith. Remixes for Jax Jones & Tears And Years and RUFUS DU SOL are imminent.
Choice defines the man. Rich Medina has made a life based on one choice that has transformed the listening experience of millions. DJ Rich Medina lives, breathes, and revels in sharing the type of music that make a listener remember his soul. It is this awareness of soul that brings listeners back time and again to hear Rich spin: heads nod, bodies sway, emotions expand and coalesce. DJ Rich Medina uses the decks to guide his people away from the ordinary and into the realm of their imaginations. His intelligent blends bridge unexpected song selections that build a collective consciousness of intoxication. Without even realizing it, DJ Rich Medina lures you in and makes you forget who you were before the music began – Medina spins you into the now, into the moment, into the vital essence of who you are. Medina credits his family’s Baptist faith as the groundwork and source of his musical inclination and intuition.
Music was always a form of celebration and rejoicing. The first time Medina heard Diana Ross’s 1976 hit “Love Hangover” in the family living room, he knew he wanted to be a DJ. When he’s writing music, whether in collaboration with other musicians or a personal project, Medina always aims to inject a universal notion of the need for change. Rich Medina holds DJ residencies at prominent venues throughout the country. Most notably he is a defining DJ at his “Little Ricky’s Rib Shack” parties at APT in New York City. Every Wednesday night Rich draws a crowd that waits patiently in line to experience the Medina funk flow, and for the last decade Medina has been a fixture on the Philly nightlife scene. Saturday nights on a bi-weekly basis, DJ Rich Medina is host of Jump N Funk at the prestigious Martinez Gallery. It is through such residencies that DJ Rich Medina is able to cultivate his audience and hone his craft.
Always evolving as an artist, DJ Rich Medina transitions into the role of pre-eminent spoken word artist at clubs the world over. Rich writes words that convey messages of change and agency, self-determination and hope, and he is also the embodiment of those very same qualities and emotions. DJ Rich Medina, renaissance man, articulate performer and a down and dirty DJ who can go head to head with the best, is an artist who will transform the average experience of any club or venue and give his audience a night of music and words to remember.
An influential alternative rap quartet from South Central Los Angeles, the Pharcyde was formed by MCs/producers Tre "Slimkid" Hardson, Derrick "Fatlip" Stewart, Imani Wilcox, and Romye "Booty Brown" Robinson. Hardson, Wilcox, and Robinson were all dancers and choreographers who met on the L.A. underground club circuit in the late '80s, worked together for a while, and served a stint as dancers on In Living Color. Stewart, meanwhile, performed at local clubs and eventually hooked up with the others in 1990. Under the tutelage of Reggie Andrews, a local high-school music teacher, the group learned about the music industry and the process of recording an album. They landed a deal with Delicious Vinyl in 1991, and a year later released their eccentric debut album, Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, which went gold.
After support slots for De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest as well as a successful spot on Lollapalooza's second stage in 1994, the group released its second album, Labcabincalifornia, which was calmer than their first but no less warped. After a five-year break which saw little action except for the debut of Stewart as a solo rapper (his single "What's Up Fatlip" became an underground hit), the Pharcyde returned in late 2000 with their third album, Plain Rap. The group fractured even more during the subsequent three years, leaving only two members -- Imani Wilcox and Bootie Brown -- to man 2004's Humboldt Beginnings.
Oscar P was raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Manhattan’s Washington Heights. His roots in the city run deep. Fusing Afro-Latino and deep house influences from NYC, Chicago, and Detroit, Oscar has created a unique sound that defines his style today.
“Brooklyn was where I discovered myself through music. Thankfully I had older cats who took me under their wing and schooled me on what good music was. I didn't try DJing or producing right away. I was a record collector first, and a dancer making my way trying to fit in.”
Years later, Oscar P operates two of the most respected underground house labels, Kolour Recordings and Open Bar Music. The latter recently celebrated eight years. As a producer, he’s appeared on labels like Strictly Rhythm, Tool Room, Ultra & Sony Music and his resume includes remixes for Mark Farina, KiNK, Soul Minority, Jamiroquai, Adele, Omar, Todd Terry, & Physics.
With more than 18 releases cracking the top ten in the last three years, a who's who of music industry pioneers have supported his productions. In 2012 Oscar was named the #8 best selling house music artist of the year on Traxsource. In 2014 he sat on the Best Selling Deep Afro House Artists list at #23 alongside Black Coffee, Osunlade, and Atjazz. In 2015 he landed at number thirteen.
Despite his many accomplishments— worldwide touring, top-selling records, entrepreneurial ventures as a label boss and music business marketer—Oscar still pushes the envelope as an artist and businessman.
Recently relocated from New York to San Diego, California, Oscar is tackling the West Coast with fresh perspective. He is currently co-organizing West Coast Weekender, a three-day music conference that will celebrate regional house music, and drum n bass and provide a new boost for the San Diego music scene.
Big moves like this demonstrate that, despite all his successes, Oscar P takes risks to revitalize his own creativity. "Your Local News" on Doin Work Records provides a platform for his political views, he regularly produces new records, DJs new cities, hosts new events, promotes new clients, and still finds time to return to the roots of a lifelong obsession with — music.
Just a young kid who started off while no one was home. Started by playing in the garage while no one was home but got caught by his older brothers who gave him some tips. Little by little getting better and finding his own groove and nitch in the music scene. Since then he has split off being dependent and just doing his own thing. Influenced by all sorts of music and sounds and styles. Isnt interested in just one type of genre but many. He has been playing all through Mexico, and southern california. Slowly finding his own style when creating his own tunes. Expect to see many more great things in the near future as he has barely begun to expand and produce and taking off on new ventures.
Soulonbeat has been providing quality events in the southern California and Mexico. With a focus on Deep and Tech House we have had the pleasure of bringing world class talent to Southern California for the last 13 Years under Soulonbeat or our Sister Company Lifted ent. We focus on the quality of our events not only through sound and world class artist but also strive to create a positive vibe and family like environment at our events. We are grateful for the ongoing support and look to keep moving forward in the electronic music scene in southern California.
Has worked with: Femi Kuti, Lauren Hill, Bebel Gilberto, De La Soul, Thievery Corporation, Bill Laswell, DJ Logic, Oumou Sangare, Antibalas, Ravi Coltrane, Danielo Perez, Black Coffee, Ron Trent, Louie Vega, Boddhi Satva, Debo Band, Rich Medina, DJ Krush, LTJ Bukem, Zaki Ibrahim, DJ Nicodemus, Osunlade, DJ Spinna, Culoe De Song, Wunmi, Balla Koyuate, Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat Orchestra and so many more.
Hailing from NYC, by way of Chicago and Philly, Bumpy Nuggets has been a staple of the underground house scene for 17 years. Bumpy began throwing Chicago loft parties in 1999, until his return to NYC in 2001. He quickly gained notoriety DJ'ing at legendary NYC venues such as Centro Fly and Sullivan Room, as well as warehouse parties throughout the 5 boros. Sir Nuggets is currently a regular at Cielo and TBA Brooklyn, as well as running his infamous Quality Control party in the East Village. While maintaining his success as a DJ and label owner, Bumpy is also heavily involved in the nationwide burner community.
His passion for house music led to his current role as co-owner of Kolour Recordings with longtime friend, Oscar P, releasing music by Kink, Huxley, Delano Smith and the recent album by Soul Minority. Bumpy’s signature style behind the decks ranges from the smoothest deep house to cutting edge techno, always with a mind for the dancefloor, keeping it funky, bumpin and always a bit dirty. With a busy DJ schedule in NY and beyond, Bumpy Nuggets continues his crusade to keep the underground underground. Recognize.
Dan Uhl (Dirty Dan) is a driven and outgoing music lover born from the 90s New York rave scene. He started out as a kid working in a Queens record shop, but quickly made music his life’s work, getting involved wherever and however he could. He worked lights and sound at nightclubs, frequented parties, and collected records wherever he went. By the early 1990s, Dan promoted for legendary spots like Limelight, Disco 2000, The Palladium and The Sound Factory.Eventually, Dan put his knowledge and experience to work on his own radio show. His DJ career flourished as more people encouraged him to pursue his musical talents. After a chance meeting with a director at TV’s Music Choice outside a party in New York, Dan was asked to run a show on the network’s Dance/EDM channel. For over seven years, he’s topped the charts and reached millions of viewers by bringing the underground up and sharing little-known music that wows listeners.In parallel, Dan runs an imprint called Fresh Farm Music with another New York city heavy hitter, Oscar P. The label only made its debut in June 2015, but has already built momentum on Traxsource. As a producer, his track “1978,” among others, reached the top 100 Nu Disco chart and his darker tracks have been supported by undeniable legends like Carl Cox, Joseph Capriati, and Maceo Plex. As a DJ, his high-energy—but wildly diverse—sets have landed him spots alongside alongside John Digweed, Boy George, Marc Romboy and many more artists throughout the years.Whether he’s DJing on the radio, making music as his She Says moniker, managing his label, or packing an eight hour set at Burning Man, DJ Dirty Dan is a versatile maker and curator of sounds. He’s an inextinguishable spirit of the underground and a purveyor of good music for all who brings a tantalizing combination of surprise and warmth to every performance. It’s music for the perfect party.
I feel it's my calling to bring people together to celebrate music. So let's do this!
Promoter, event organizer, dj, and dabbles in percussion.
Eric has been a major contributor in the house music scene of Oakland. What started out as him helping bring "Grooves in the Park" from Stockton to Oakland in 2006, to house parties at his pad in the yard in 2008, has sparked those to be on another level and motivation that led to so much more.
Co-founder of "(ATM) About The Music" crew established in 2009, which brought many events that were felt to be missing in the Bay Area/Oakland area. ATM is dedicated to the promotion of house music and its culture...creating a positive community vibe through music, dance, and art at their events in Oakland.
Events such as: "Backyard Boogie at ATM House", Deeper Side of Soul" dance party, "Waveforms" Boat Party, "Groovin' In The Park" park party, and Oaktoberfest's "Dancing in the Dimond" street festival are some of his residencies you can hear him play...as well as guest dj appearance's in various venues/events in the Bay Area. His style of music selections range from Deep, Soulful, Afro & Classic - House, to Roots & Culture, Rocksteady, Rub-a Dub, Lovers Rock, Dancehall - Reggae, and more.
Eric is also the Bay Area affiliate for West Coast Weekender for the 4th year.
DJ Kincaid fell in love with house music as a teenager at his first underground warehouse party in SF in 1992, and was immediately inspired! In 1996 he purchased a pair of Technics turntables with his saved up cash, and it was on from there. In house music and disco he found a huge love and passion for djing, and has been at it, ever since. His styles and vinyl collection range from reggae/dancehall, classic hip-hop, disco/funk, and house. Kincaid’s affiliations: About The Music, Groovin' In The Park, and SundayBliss produce a wide variety of parties including: park parties, night-club events, undergrounds, Waveforms Boat Parties on the SF Bay, community festivals (including the annual Oaktoberfest event in Oakland), and many other popular gatherings in Oakland and SF, that've been going strong since 1999. These popular gatherings feature special guest dj’s from around the globe, dance, culture, art, and amazing crowds which continue to spread the music, vibe, and love today. Kincaid also shares his music at many venues out of state, and abroad. In his 20+ years of spinning records, Kincaid has worked alongside some of the most talented dj's and producers in the business including: Doc Martin, Terry Francis, Mark Farina, David Harness, ‘Evil’ Eddie Richards, Mike Dunn, Tony Humphries, Timmy Regisford, Cevin Fisher, and Roy Davis Jr. Always close to the music, he’s worked for the classic Tweekin Records in SF, and artist-relations for Om Records in SF. Kincaid proudly holds a Bachelors of Science Degree, and has many years experience working in the live sound engineering field, which has landed him many gigs with artists such as: Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, KD Lang, and George Clinton, just to name a few. The love & passion for the music keeps Kincaid going. He does what he loves most.
Kalis’ proclivity for music was birthed from her upbringing in Mexico and in Americas Finest City
of San Diego. Musical influences abounded throughout her childhood it was the way she
connected with her older siblings and her mother kept the house filled with sounds of iconic
music bands to which she would be found frolicking away entertaining her family.
The love affair with House Music began after a long night of dancing to Frankie Knuckles along
with the house community’s good vibes; which practiced love, equality and respect. Both
played a significant role in fueling her passion for this genre of music.
Over the past ten years, Kali has been traveling around the world exploring the different sounds
of underground electronic music expanding her knowledge to help create her unique musical
identity. The Isle of Ibiza, bassy influences of Hip Hop and diverse music festivals have all helped
create in her an insatiable palate in music.
Kalis’ music can be best described as enchantingly dark, with sexy bass-focused rhythms and
melodic techno, all fueled by the atmosphere of the night. Her DJ skills, charisma, positive vibes
and contagious energy are helping her to quickly become a local legend as she majestically dips
into every crevice of house music making for a total marathon.
Expect the unexpected from her set music choices which are beautifully curated with the
ultimate goal of connecting with people on the dance floor. Kali has a keen sixth sense to turn
dance floors into an intimate experience and is humbled to share her magic at any event.
Marshall Jones started in mid-1999 out of Gotham Nightclub in Chapel Hill, NC during
the rave era. Gaining a vast knowledge and skills in the DJ booth, this led to him having
an internship with Ovum Records. 2 years later, he moved to Orlando to attend college
at Full Sail University. During college, Ovum Records ended their internship and
recommended Marshall to intern at Large Music (Chicago). This led him to work as a
promoter for Large Music and considered the Jeff Craven’s (CEO of Large Music) right-
hand man. He was assigned to work with major labels, artists, and the world famous
Traxsource online music store. He assisted in running Large Music’s legendary WMC
event entitled “Get Large”. With all these tasks, Marshall executed superbly and
maintained DJing events in Orlando. His skills, dedication, and knowledge gained him
notoriety in the Central Florida community. He also hosted major events at numerous
venues and groups around town.
In 2007, Jeff Craven proposed Marshall to move to Chicago and work directly with him.
In this duration of time, Marshall began learning from legendary Producers and DJs such
as Roy Davis Jr., Mark Grant, Andre Harris, Jask, Julius The Mad Thinker and more. He
made a name for himself in “The Windy City” by playing gigs with the major artists at
some of the best venues in town. Such venues as Smartbar, Crobar, and more. He was
even able to start a monthly with friends Don Clark and Mayra Neria at
Morseland Bar in the Morseland area of Chicago. In addition, he played on UIC’s
college radio and guest spots on Vocalo.org.
In 2009, he moved back to Durham, NC and linked up with long-time friend DJ Nugz.
Together they create the duo, Sound Cartel. This led to them hosting and DJing their
event entitled “Sultry” at Mosaic Wine Lounge in Raleigh, NC. They hosted many major
global DJs and is considered one of the longest-running Deep and Soulful House nights
in the Triangle.
Marshall Jones is still hard at work in the industry. He is DJing many events all over NC.
He is a DJ for such national and international events as Mi Casa Holiday, West Coast
Weekender and MoogFest. He is the Founder of the online radio station entitled
DanceGruv Radio, which features 65 DJs from all over the world. It has gained swift
notoriety amongst many in the dance music community. He continues to thrive and push
himself with his team to make NC known as a place where House Music lives. In his own
words, "The thing I love about House music is the fact that I am not apart of a scene, but
more of a movement."
With a very peculiar style "the jackinhousinlatinfunkydiscodeeper" is his life, the same one that has made him reside in several night clubs, bars, hotels and play at events, private parties, his participation in the WMC 2013, and Year after year since 2015 in Mi Casa Holiday.
He is founder of the concept of parties Love Is The Message and owner of the Mancusso label in Mexico City. It belonged to House Salad, Warriors of House and GH Crew. He was a resident DJ at the French radio station FG Radio in Mexico. He is currently a resident of the Hotel Las Casas B + B in Cuernavaca Morelos and Lucerna Comedor in Mexico City, and is part of the Dancegruv Radio program, where his sets are broadcast online every 15 days.
His sets have been broadcast on radio stations in Chicago, Los Angeles San Francisco and New York.
The Soulful, Funky, Disco, Latin & Afro are the main genres that we can enjoy in their set sessions.