THE ORB – London UK
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The Orb is celebrating its unique position as one of the few names to emerge from the 1988 acid house revolution still creating vital new music with a series of special 25th anniversary shows around the planet.
Over the last 25 years, The Orb has charted one of the most idiosyncratic paths in music, notching up hit singles and albums, sellout shows all over the world and an impressive string of collaborations, most recently reggae legend Lee Perry on More Orbservations From The Starhouse.
Initially formed by Alex Paterson and the KLF’s Jimmy Cauty in 1988, The Orb has since consisted of the former plus different collaborators, springing to prominence with 1989’s ’A Huge Ever-Growing Pulsating Brain Which Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld’ before 1991’s The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld created a new genre called ‘ambient house’ but stretching into dub and avant garde.
‘Little Fluffy Clouds’ [co-written with long-time collaborator Youth] was a hit single, followed by 1992’s U.F. Orb reaching number one in the album charts, spawning a top ten single in the epic ‘Blue Room‘. The Orb went on to release a string of albums, including Live ’93, Orbus Terrarum, Orblivion, Cydonia, Bicycles & Tricycles, The Dream and Baghdad Batteries, collaborating with Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour on 2010’s Metallic Spheres.
Alex, who played a pivotal role in the creation of Primal Scream’s epoch-making Screamadelica, has also pursued side projects, run his own record labels and remixed names including Primal Scream, Erasure and Front 242, while DJing all over the world and for BBC Radio.
The silver jubilee shows are both testament to the longevity of a uniquely original British musical talent and guarantee of an evening of floor-shaking grooves, warmly-surreal humour and the original euphoric spirit which turned acid house into the biggest youth revolution since punk rock. Alex Paterson & Thomas Fehlman will perform together as The Orb at The Cube on Friday August 18th 2017!
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MR C – Los Angeles
Superfreq / The Shamen / The End / Get Physical / Poker Flat
Richard West aka Mr.C was born in London in the late 60's. He started MCing in London clubs aged 16 & soon earned a reputation as a fast talking vivacious rapper working with LWR radio's Ron Tom, Jasper the Vinyl Junkie & Jazzy M. Mr.C then hooked up with Colin Faver & Evil Eddie Richards to became resident rapper at the legendary Camden Palace in London, going on to MC for Colin Faver on the then illegal pirate radio station Kiss FM. Mr.C went into the studio to record his 1st house track with Eddie Richards as Myster-E which was released in August 1987. This inspired Mr.C to become a DJ to learn more about his beloved House & Techno music so in September 1987 Richard took to the decks.
Mr.C has since organised, promoted & been resident DJ at: Fantasy ('88), Base (Dungeons '89), Release (91), Harmony (92), Drop (93), Cyclone (94), Vapourspace (94 & 95), Flavour (The End 95 & 96), Subterrain (The End 95 - 2002), Superfreq (Worldwide 2002 - Present), Super Disco Freq (LA 2010 - present). Mr.C was also resident DJ every weekend (Friday & Saturday nights) at the legendary RIP parties at Clink Street in London throughout 1988. It was here that Rave Culture as we know it was truly born, inspiring all London raves that were to follow in 88, 89 & 90.
Mr.C held down a weekly radio show called Future Music with Kiss 100FM in London from 1993-2002 & has presented TV shows for MTV, FH1, VIVA & BBC. To say that Mr.C is one of the most iconic DJs in the world would be an understatement.
In December 1995 Mr.C opened the legendary nightclub The End in London with Partner Layo Paskin of Layo & Bushwacka! fame & then AKA bar 3 years later, which celebrated its 13th anniversary in December 2008 & was lauded as one of the best night clubs in the world, which completely changed the face of clubbing in London & beyond. Sadly The End & AKA closed its doors for good on January 24th 2009. 1 Chapter closes & another begins.
Mr.C is founder & owner of Plink Plonk records, co-founder of End Recordings & founder & co-owner of the Superfreq label, which is now releasing music prolifically. Mr.C has recorded under the names, Myster-E, Unity 2, Nu Jacks, Bass Bureau, The Shamen, Mantrac, Somnambulist, Animus Amour, Killer Loop, Mr.C & Tom Parris, Mr.C & 16B, Sycophant Slags, Indigo Kidz & East LA Tek.
Mr.C is best known as front man, songwriter & producer of the pop group The Shamen with whom he notched up a string of top 10 hits including Move Any Mountain, Love Sex Intelligence, Boss Drum, Phorever People & the UK number 1 smash hit Ebeneezer Goode. These hits were hits the world over. The Shamen album Boss Drum went double platinum in the UK & they also won a highly coveted Ivor Novelo for Songwriters of the year UK in 1993. Richard's currently recording solo as Mr.C & is also doing collaborations as the Indigo Kidz with Affie Yusuf & with Noel Jackson as East LA Tek & has recent releases on Poker Flat, Get Physical Records & Adjunct Audio as well as his own Superfreq imprint.
Mr.C runs & promotes Superfreq events, which celebrates being 15 years old in March 2017 & ran monthly at Mr.C's club The End until it closed down in January 2009. Superfreq now functions bi-monthly in London including a bi-annual residency at the legendary nightclub Fabric & spends the rest of the time hopping around London’s popup warehouse venues & various clubs including London’s newest hottest venue The Steelyard after an extremely successful event with Richie Hawtin on December 2015. Superfreq does regular events in Los Angeles as well as bi-monthly events in Calais France & annual events in Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Miami, Dallas, Denver & Washington DC in the United States & also Vancouver, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico DF, Moscow, Ibiza, Bogota, Montañita & other one off / annual events the world over & has recently competed an Asia tour hitting Manila, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Beijing & Shenzhen. Superfreq has accomplished 7 successful seasons in Ibiza, 3 at Club Underground, 2 at the legendary DC10, 1 season at Blu, 3 events at Aura & hosts annual events at BPM Festival in Playa Del Carmen.
Mr.C has just finished his brand new album entitled Incidents, which is due for releases on vinyl & CD on his Superfreq imprint on 13th March 2017 with singles from the album due on 13th February, 24th April & 29th May, all containing big name cutting edge remixes. Mr.C has his “Stand Up” track taken from the Incidents album out now on the Save Fabric compilation album. His new Soulfuric track has just been released on Alola & has his new Liquid Acid track has just been released on DJ Pierre’s “Acid 88” album on Afro Acid. He also has a remix of Dinnarie & Bissen on Good For You records being released in January & a remix of Banco De Gaia coming out in February, which will all lead up to his album release nicely.
Mr.C is about to embark on his Incidents World Tour 2017, which will take in South America in February, the UK in March, North America in April, Europe in May & Australia & Asia in June. To be involved in this tour, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings in the UK, Europe & Asia. Contact email@example.com for Latin America. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for North America. Contact email@example.com for Germany.
You can hear Mr.C’s current DJ mixes on his Soundcloud, check out many of his productions on his youtube channels & find all Superfreq releases on various outlets. Mr. C play at The Park Theatre for MEME’s opening night on Thursday August 17th!
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Justin James - Windsor
When a country’s electronic music scene punches as heavily as Canada’s, there is always a weight of expectation on artists emerging from its ranks. Fortunately, Justin James’ talent, energy and ambition have allowed him to climb the heights of his illustrious countrymen. Justin hails from Windsor, Ontario the same city as his label boss and techno icon Richie Hawtin. With Richie, Dubfire and many others as close, guiding influences, James has used this ammunition to fire his way to international recognition.
Being just across the river from the revered school of Detroit producers has not left James unmoved. The powerful emotions deep within the seminal tracks that emanate from across the border resound heavily in him. Being touched by this rich history has deeply influence James’ music production, sharing his own vision of techno with other like-minded souls. A slew of creativity is already available, through releases quickly signed to powerhouse international labels such as Richie Hawtin’s ‘Minus’ and Dubfire’s ‘Sci+Tec.’ James has not rested on his laurels, instead he has taken his vision to the next level by curating his own imprint “refused.” a record label which will showcase forward thinking techno from himself, established artists and up-and-coming talent from around the globe.
Justin James is all about his deep love of the diverse elements of techno. His juxtaposition of raw techno with more organic elements, gives him boundless energy in the studio and behind the decks, which keeps the dance-floor militia on their toes. Cohesively developing a unique style that rolls all elements of techno into one highly kinetic experience, James has the ability to pool his influences, and endlessly move crowds to the far reaches of the genre.
With a list of achievements that already overshadow many artists, it’s clear that Justin James has proven how combining genuine talent, with dedication can go a long way. While his productions and performances continue to open the ears of thousands of people across the planet, the reality is, James has a host of future projects up his sleeve, which reveals the best is still to come. Justin James returns to Winnipeg to headline The Cube on Saturday August 19th!
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Hatiras – Toronto
Hatiras is best known for his chart topping global smash 'Spaced Invader', his 'Arrival' album and his 'Electronic Luv' series. He is also renowned for running the cutting-edge record label Blow Media and remixing artists such as Kylie Minogue (and many others) on labels such as Sony, Parlophone, Universal Music, Ministry of Sound, IHR and Defected. Hatiras has sold hundreds of thousands of records through his numerous releases. He has also received extensive music video and radio airplay across the world and was awarded the prestigious Canadian Juno and SOCAN awards for Best Dance and most radio play in 2002 (Spaced Invader). He was also re-nominated for two Juno Awards in 2005 ('Money Shot' and his remix for DJ's Rule). In 2006 he was awarded the Juno Award for Best Dance along with Macca for their smash song 'Spanish Fly'. Hatiras is best known for his chart topping global smash 'Spaced Invader', his 'Arrival' album and his 'Electronic Luv' series.
His extensive touring schedule has taken him across the world as a DJ. He has performed in countries including The UK, Belgium, Australia, Japan, United States, Canada, Poland, Serbia, Colombia, Mexico and many more. Besides this, Hatiras created and operated one of North Americas largest electronic music promotions companies called Liquid Adrenaline. He coordinated over 40 events attended by up to 10,000 people at venues across Canada and the USA from 1995 to 2001.
In 2003 Hatiras formed his record label Blow Media. Through this vehicle, Hatiras continues to release his music as well as focusing on nurturing other promising artists. Blow Media has seen tremendous acceptance, growth and success with a string of consistent hits including 'Money Shot', 'Spanish Fly', 'Hot Box', 'Love For The Weekend', 'Baked From Scratch' and others. The label continues to shine with Hatiras' succesful 'Electronic Luv' compilations and smashing releases by other talented producers/DJs such as Antoine Clamaran, Robbie Rivera, DJ Dan, Macca, Jaxon and more.
His team is comprised of many individuals including talented musicians and producers ranging from every genre of music. His vision is to continue to create music and art of the highest quality and attention to detail. As a result of his accomplishments and his passion for pushing boundaries, Hatiras has become known as one of the worlds leaders in house music and one of Canadas premier exports. Catch Hatiras playing alongside Flipside at The Pyramid on Saturday August 19th!
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Flipside – Toronto
Electronic Dance Music has reached a new frontier, with MC Flipside at the helm. One part legend, one part visionary, MC Flipside is an electronic music pioneer whose experience constantly propels the genre forward, pushing boundaries and pleasing audiences.
A DJ, music producer, songwriter, vocalist and performer, Flipside is as talented as he is diverse. His myriad of musical abilities has earned him the reputation as Canada’s Most Versatile electronic music artist, drawing music heavyweights to his studio and rocking out shows worldwide.
A trailblazer in his hometown of Toronto, Canada, Flipside was a key player in galvanizing its underground music scene. He continues to attract droves of fans, performing regularly at the cities top events, and key venues like Nest, The Den, and the legendary Comfort Zone. Flipside continues to tour the globe, playing shows across North America, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.
In the last 10 years alone, Flipside has had over 50 chart-topping tracks onBeatport, iTunes, Track it Down and Stompy. This includes consecutive No. 1 tracks in multiple genres; including House, Techno, Progressive, Electro, Tech House and Breaks.
Flipside is sought out and supported by some of the industry’s biggest names: Deadmau5, Armand Van Helden, Bob Sinclair, Roger Sanchez, WolfgangGartner, Bart B More, Krafty Kuts, Simon Doty, Kaskade, Axwell and Paul VanDyk. Why? Flipside has maintained a consistent flow of successful charting material clearly cementing his spot as one of the most memorable and reliable artists in electronic dance music today.
Alongside Deadmau5, MC Flipside performed his track “Hi Friend” at the prestigious Juno Awards in 2012, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys. MCFlipside is a two-time Juno nominee for his work on M1’s Robopop album (2005) and Get Blahsted (2009) with Hatiras.
Personable, charming, witty and charismatic – you cannot teach someone to be a stage performer, and with Flipside it just comes naturally.
Constantly praised for his uncanny ability to write melodies, chords, on-the-spot lyrics and freestyle poetry, music producers marvel at his seemingly endless supply of ideas and positive energy, truly making him unique and his own, very marketable, brand.
He attributes this to his passion for the music, love of making audiences happy and remaining true to his heart— which, at the core, is house music. Never one to follow trends, his range of inﬂuences may surprise you: Michael Jackson, George Michael, Stevie Wonder, Green Velvet and Louie Vega. Why? In Flipside’s words, none of them can be duplicated, which is the sign of a real artist.
If that’s the case, then MC Flipside is the definition of a true entertainer. Catch Flipside playing alongside Hatiras at The Pyramid on Saturday August 19th!
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Joe Nice – Baltimore
Representing Baltimore, MD, USA, JoeNice is universally recognized as the ambassador of the dubstep sound in North America and has been instrumental in the global growth and success of dubstep for over a decade. He is North America's first and most respected dubstep DJ.
Joe started playing dubstep in June 2001 with a collective of Baltimore dj's, the 2 Charming Crew. Nice earned a residency at Sonar Baltimore and was headlining local, regional and national shows shortly thereafter. In September 2003, JoeNice co-created a monthly internet radio show on GourmetBeats.com. His show was the first to feature dubstep in North America. In June 2005, while gigging and doing internet radio, Nice co-founded and was a resident DJ at the first dubstep night in North America, DubwarNYC.
JoeNice is the first American-based DJ to play on the London pirate radio station, Rinse FM. He was also the first American-based DJ to play the legendary DMZ bi-monthly bash and Forward. In 2007, he was proudly selected as one of URB magazine's NEXT 100. In July 2011, Nice co-founded and was named a resident DJ at a new dubstep night in New York City, Reconstrvct. In May 2012, Joe transitioned his monthly radio show from Gourmetbeats.com to the award-winning SubFM, where his GourmetBeats radio show can be heard on the second Tuesday of each month, 7pm - 9pm EST.
Since 2001, JoeNice has performed extensively across the globe and his worldwide fan base continues to grow with his enthusiastic live performance and stage presence, upfront selection and skillful mixing. His bag of 10" dubplates is a who's who of dubstep. If you've never heard it before, chances are you'll hear it from JoeNice.
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Esette – Calgary
For the past 20 years house music artist Esette (Isis Graham) has played an instrumental role in shaping Calgary’s dance music landscape into the internationally recognized hotspot that it is today.
Her 30-plus releases have received support from artists like Maceo Plex, Fred Everything, Giom, Luke McKeehan, Animal Trainer, Vanilla Ace, Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, DJ Heather, DOZA, and Pezzner.
As a DJ she’s been invited to play notable festivals like Bass Coast, WMC, Decibel, and ADE.
These accolades, combined with her work as co-owner of Calgary-based Substation Recordings, have made Esette a name synonymous with cultural growth, a force constantly driving artists around her to push forward.
Graham first began throwing raves in 1997, witnessing the height of Calgary’s renegade party scene with events that drew as many as 1600 people. In 1999 she began DJing, and after local bylaws brought about the end of raves the following year she brought her Chicago-influenced house tracks to some of the most notable venues of the last decade, appearing at now-legendary spots like the Embassy, Cherry Lounge, Manhattans, and the Night Gallery.
In 2003 Graham was invited to become a founding member of Girls On Decks, a group dedicated to increasing the visibility of women in dance music through podcasts and hosting events. Together with the other members, Graham showed her ability to incite critical change by giving numerous women DJs a platform to be heard.
Over the ten years that followed Graham continued to develop her catalogue as a producer with a string of releases on Tycho Records, collaborations with Vancouver’s Neighbour, and her 2012 album In The Garden.
Then in late 2013 Graham became a co-owner of the newly relaunched Substation Recordings, a label dedicated to showcasing the avant-garde of western Canadian house and techno. Since forming the label, four of her releases have charted internationally, with 2015’s You single reaching 35 on Beatport’s September top 100 Electronica chart.
To see Esette is to witness a catalyst, one of the forces behind Calgary being named by Beatport as one of the cities to rule dance music. Her journey thus far has been propelled by her ability to maintain a uniqueness in her music while harkening back to some of dance music’s most classic sounds.
When it comes to house music, Esette is what innovation looks like.
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Phaeleh – Bristol UK
Since his debut release in 2008, Phaeleh aka Matt Preston has developed an inimitable style of cinematic electronic music, which floats between the shifting tempos and timbres of dubstep, garage, electronica and house music. Phaeleh’s last three epic releases have cemented his position as one of the most exciting and consistent producers to emerge from his current hometown, Bristol.
“Phaeleh's debut album, Fallen Light, oozes quality” – The Guardian
“Stark, minimalist beauty” – Mojo Magazine
“Sublime, carries on from where Burial left off” - DJ Magazine
“Beautifully blissed out, a musical utopia” – IDJ Magazine
Catch Phaeleh at The Cube on Sunday August 20th!
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Sean Kosa – Toronto
Sean Kosa has been involved with music since he was 14 and happened upon his parents’ record collection in a Toronto basement, thus deciding that music was the solution, and the cause of most of the world’s problems. In the mid 1990s he moved to Montreal and began working in a small boutique record shop catering to only the most discerning tastes in House, Techno and Electro music. For 10 long years he graced numerous stages while performing the day’s non-hits to the masses on a scale never before witnessed by humankind. During this time he released records and performed live under his own name and various aliases: The Marlon Jacksons, These Jackets, Cutthroat Republic and Evening. During a long period of exile from Canada he travelled the ancient Silk Road of Central Asia, and now has returned to his place of birth. Not content to sit back and simply enjoy the fruits of his labour, the tireless Sean Kosa, after several protracted legal battles, launched his own corporation for releasing his music known as Facecontrol Audio Industries. With a projected turnover of 52 trillion Kazakh Tenge in only its first year of existence, the future looks bright for his latest venture, however, he is not driven by the money but simply in his own words, ‘just likes to get things done’. Sean Kosa first played in Winnipeg for Symtom Tech back in 2007. He returns a decade later ready to headline The Cube on Saturday August 19th!
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Rennie Foster – Vancouver
Rennie Foster has been a respected figure in the Canadian music and art community since he was just a teenager. He influenced many as an early pioneer of the Hip-Hop / B-Boy movement and later the House Music and Techno / Rave scene. His musical career began as a member of "Sound Advice", one of the first Hip Hop groups to emerge in the late 80's from Western Canada. Members of this group went on to form the Juno Award winning act "Swollen Members", and Rennie went on to create a prolific solo career focused on underground dance music.
Rennie relocated to Tokyo Japan in 2004 and became an important part of the Japanese club scene, playing all over Japan in venues like Womb, ageHa, Yellow, Unit, Metro (Kyoto), Triangle (Osaka), Be Green (Okinawa), Nagisa Festival etc., until re-locating back to Canada in 2011.
Rennie was consistently ranked in the top 50 DJs in Japan by LOUD Magazine, alongside artists like Towa Tei, Ken Ishi and Kentaro, a very rare honour for a foreigner in Japan. He has played venues all over Japan, Europe and N.America in cities such as New York, Paris etc. and continues to tour his unique style of hi-tech soul, fusing many aspects and eras of techno and house music culture with powerful, technical mixing skills. A true "DJ's DJ" who doesn't follow the usual rulebook.
Rennie Foster has released with Detroit labels such as Transmat, Motech, Soiree, Subject Detroit, Wallshaker, Night Vision, Teknotika and other classic techno labels like Laurent Garnier’s seminal F- Communications, Monoid, and Synewave NYC. Rennie's first full length album "The War of Art" (2007) made waves for the cover design by GLMN (Alexander Gelman) of MoMA/The Smithsonian etc., known for his cutting edge album designs for artists like Blonde Redhead. The album also featured the underground hit, "Falling Skyward", notably remixed by Kompakt artist, Kaito (Hiroshi Watanabe). Rennie's second LP "Blood Sugar" (2010) was released on Italy's Rebirth label and featured several singles with photography and cover design by Kaito, by then a regular collaborator.
Rennie is most recognized for his underground anthem "Devil's Water" released from Rebirth Records and has been featured several times in publications like DJ Magazine UK, Mixer, Mixmag, XLR8R, Trax (France), Remix, Loud, Juice (Japan), Freeze (Greece) and championed heavily by tastemakers such as Pete Tong, Sasha, Hernan Cattaneo and James Holden. Devil's Water was also licensed by Trentmoller for his "Harbour Sounds" CD and MTV for the "MTV Ibiza" compilation. His hit collaboration with MC Moka Only (ex. Swollen Members) "Connect Like Four" was remixed by Samuel L. Session, Uner and members of Cobblestone Jazz and was the most charted track on Resident Advisor for April, 2011. He also had a hit in 2011 with "Savior" featuring the late Detroit legend, Aaron Carl on vocals and massive remix by Coyu and Edu Imbernon.
Rennie has remixed artists such as Swayzak, Altern 8, DJ Bone, Alain Ho, Deepchild, John Beltran, Jaun Atkins, Orlando Voorn, DJ 3000/UR and has been remixed by a who's who of house and techno music such as James Zabiela, Kiki, Uner, Mark Broom, Claude Young, Rodriguez Jr./Youngsters, G-Pal, Gabriel and Dresden etc. His tracks appear on mix CDs by the likes of Kevin Saunderson, Trentmoller and Derrick May. Rennie Foster returns to Winnipeg to headline MEME on Friday August 18th.
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DJ SHINE- Toronto
From the early 90s heyday of Toronto’s techno scene through to his current constant touring as a band member and Ableton programmer for Nelly Furtado, Frank Ocean and more recently Broken Bells, Jason “DJ Shine” Spanu has delivered a brilliant history as a key player in the Canadian electronic music scene. As an Ableton Certified Trainer he offers wisdom and advice as a consultant to many other bands across the musical spectrum. With numerous singles, remixes, and compilation appearances under his belt, DJ Shine has made his reputation well known among some of the world’s top producers and artists. His performances as a live PA/DJ combination have rocked dance floors at huge events all over the world. When his schedule permits, Jason teaches his various production and performance techniques at clinics, seminars and on a one-on-one basis.
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KLOVES – Calgary
Krystle Brieger, a.k.a “Kloves”, is a Canadian techno producer, currently based in Calgary. Although born and raised in Calgary, Kloves heritage is a blend of Hungarian and Filipino decent, an ancestry she speaks to through the naming conventions of her tracks.
The Kloves ‘brand’ is a relatively new project, symbolizing her focus in a gritty new direction, but contains a unique sound that is both edgy and inciting. A direction inspired by such artists as UK Producer/DJ, Scuba, and Lebanese-Nigerian DJ, Nicole Moudaber.
Kloves debut EP “Lovesu”, released on Skylab Records, one week into 2016. An EP that label owner and purveyor Dane Hanson calls, “a merciless techno monster that locks you into the groove”. Lovesu was also featured in DJ Shael’s (Winnipeg, MB), “Memetic Mix Series 001”.
Krystle’s partner, Bre Banks, has also collaborated vocally on two of Krystle’s tracks, namely “Eunoia” and “Luzid”. Eunoia premiered on Substation Recordings (Calgary, AB) in 2014, while Luzid was released on August 15, 2016 on Shaping Music (London, UK). Kloves original track 'Eksibit' (Luzid EP) was also featured in Scuba's Fabric Live mix ‘Fabric 90: Scuba’ released on October 21, 2016.
Kloves signature sound brings together lush hypnotic sounds that are both aphotic and inciting, work that connects people through a medley of symbiotic resonance.
New release schedules for 2017 include tunes on labels FLASH Recordings, A R T S (Digital), Skylab Records, RE:Define Records and Smash N Grab Records, and with massive support from the likes of Scuba, Cleric, Jen Series, Florian Meindl and more.
On top of creating her own music, Krystle also takes time out to mentor the up and coming music producers. She does this both one-on-one, and through a boutique music production school in Calgary, AB, called “Beat Drop”. Kloves makes her first appearance performing in Manitoba at MEME 2017.
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Tomahawk Bang - Arizona
For Tomahawk Bang, music is “Himdag” or the “way of life.” As a native of Arizona’s Onk Akimel O’odham tribe; the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Tomahawk developed his relationship with music whilst participating in traditional ceremonies on his homeland. The deeply spiritual nature of his culture serves as one of the clearest influences and most pertinent characteristics of his music.
In the world of Tomahawk Bang, the music was, is, and will always be an indigenous experience. “What first gets you into something, that never goes away. The initial inspiration… it’s mind blowing. You never forget.” –Tomahawk Bang
At the age of thirteen, Tomahawk Bang immersed himself in hip-hop culture, transforming into a hybrid of native customs and break beats. Bboying (break dance) played a major role in his development as an artist, exposing him to avenues of self-expression he had not encountered before.
In the late 90’s, house music caught the ears of Tomahawk Bang and members of his famed dance collective “Sour Patch Crew.” House music opened the door for a new type of expression in movement. After years of chasing the best house music experiences within and outside the United States, attending events as a dancer was no longer enough.
By 2010 Tomahawk Bang was working on the turntables, conceiving a sound all his own. Although his heart lies with DJing, Tomahawk Bang values music production as a vital parallel to his DJ career. As a DJ, Tomahawk Bang delves deep into the grimy cellars of underground Detroit Techno, Deep House, and Dub Tech, integrating world sounds, indigenous instruments, vintage audio samples, and all that is sonically intricate. A DJ set by Tomahawk Bang is a voyage to far off places, a one-way ticket to all the “strange” that the universe has to offer. As a producer, Tomahawk Bang gravitates towards complex instrumentals and experimental soundscapes. With over fifteen years of experience as a dancer, he creates music with the goal of movement in mind. Each song embodies a narrative, tracing his bloodlines back to the sacred days of the natural world. His music is the intersect point between our digital future, and his ancestral past.
In 2014, Tomahawk Bang released his first single “Spirit in the Water” to the bay area’s Catch the Ghost records. Closely behind were two more single releases with CTG: “Dark Emergence” and “False Pretenses,” records that exemplified Tomahawk’s momentum and growth as an electronic artist. His first EP “Spirit in the Mountain” released to Paris electronic music label BeatXChangers on May 4, 2015 and caught a wave of attention from the house music community. Amidst his accomplishments and personal aspirations in music are his plans to wholly represent the Native American community, using the “Himdag” he has cultivated to inspire the next generation of indigenous peoples to follow their passions, and express their creative talents on a larger scale.
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Luke Mckeehan - Vancouver
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Luke McKeehan’s globally-recognized Nordic Trax, and if recent output is any indication, the music has never been better. Support continues to pour in from the likes of Dixon, AME, Luciano, Kenny Dope, DJ T, Tensnake, Laurent Garnier, Danny Tenaglia, Joris Voorn, Franck Roger, Jamie Jones, Claptone and Danny Howells among others. The latest compilation on the label Rain City Blues (mixed & compiled by Luke) received 5 stars from the iconic @dmc_worldmagazine, who proclaimed “Quality and lasting house music awaits!” In celebration of 20 years Nordic Trax will be dropping a 20 track compilation this summer featuring label classics alongside exclusive new material from the likes of @djnachomarco@giomsoundz @djjohnnyfiasco@jondelerious @froomeg @gavinboyce, Finest Wear, The Revenge and more. In conjunction with the compilation we'll be hosting a series of label events featuring Luke McKeehan and other artists from the label beginning this Spring in Ottawa and Vancouver, and rolling out across Canada, the US and Europe over the rest of 2017.
A producer and touring deejay in his own right, Luke has released several eps and collaborations on Nordic Trax, as well as four mixed compilations to critical acclaim. Luke has also been the opening actt of choice for music royalty on tour including David Bowie, Bassment Jaxx, Jamiroquai, St. Germain & Kaskade to name only a few.
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Unit42 - Tornonto
With over 30 combined years in the business playing the early days of rave to modern day super clubs, Michael O'Howe & Mark Grimace have now turned their attention towards production and joined forces to become UNIT 42. With their ever growing style these DJ's/Producers never fail to bring you the dirtiest of beats. With several of their releases hitting the charts and even gracing the top ten they continue to gain support from the masses. "The Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything is 42".
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Miss Bliss - Regina
From small town Napanee, Ontario, Leanna Bliss (a.k.a Miss Bliss- it's a real name!) found her place in the house music scene at a young age while surrounding herself with local DJ talent and genuinely learning the genre of house for what it is. Leanna grew up as a competitive dancer and the musicality she gained from years of dancing has helped influence her path to becoming a DJ and made her into the exciting performer she is. Miss Bliss plays sets full of energy and excitement, while dancing, feeling the music and continuously captivating the crowd. Leanna's energetic sets allow her to connect with her audience to bring them on a unique journey and to another level. After venturing out to the west coast she quickly realized the differences in music progression, styles and likes between the east and west coast. Leanna has been continuing to implement her own flavours into the scene while incorporating west coast trends. Staying true to her uniqueness and unconventional style, she always tries to bring fresh beats to every atmosphere ranging from banging house music to bass-driven tech house while mixing in other varieties such as old school disco remixes to the old 90's rap and other forms of electronic music. With music full of love and character, she never forgets her roots while mixing new flavours and feels and...oh, basically anything you can dance to.
Miss Bliss has also played in many venues around the province of Saskatchewan ranging from places such as lounges and nightclubs to festivals and day parties. Leanna continues to bring a unique vibe to dance floors of all parties while creating an energy on the dance floor unlike no other. Leanna currently holds residences and has had residencies in Saskatchewan including the long-running LGBTQ event "Blush", The Hookah Lounge, The Cathedral Freehouse in Saskatoon and at the Q nightclub. Leanna is looking to grow her brand and travel around Canada playing at festivals, nightclubs and events to share her love and passion with the world.
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VBND – Saskatoon
A newer face on the Canadian electronic music scene. VBND produces a deep & sophisticated type of soulful high tech bass music. Catch his set at The Cube on Friday August 18th!