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On Saturday, August 22nd, VOLATL tm presents an evening of electronic music artistry that is sure to be an unforgettable end-of-summer event. VOLATL tm will make its anticipated return to Sonotheque featuring performances by world class performer Ryan Elliott and genre defining artists Tim Xavier and Kate Simko.
Detroit’s Ryan Elliott has gained international notoriety by programming sets that are as well crafted and sophisticated as they are danceable. From ice cold minimal techno to summery house beats, Elliott has played everything from Fabric to the Guggenheim with equal success. In addition to touring the world and remixing for artists like Kate Simko, Ryan recently wowed thousands at Movement ’09 in Detroit, delivering one of the most talked about sets of the festival. Ryan proved once again that he is one of the few DJs able to keep crowds dancing while educating them with his thoughtful track selection.
Berlin-based producer Tim Xavier’s incomparable, diverse production has transcended through the maturation of alternative dance music, and his dark, edgy sound has somehow remained intact through his evolution. His current minimal/techno hybrid sound is featured on labels like Clink, Limited400 and Cocoon. Owner and chief engineer at Manmade Mastering in Berlin, this sleepy-eyed coffee addict defines cool as he cuts master plates for many respected labels such as Spectral Sound, Wagon Repair, Minus, Mobilee, and B-Pitch. He has performed across the globe and carries events through peak hours with groovy, yet still driving, dance music. His relentless devotion to providing cutting edge audio continues to keep him in the upper echelon of artists, and as he continues to grow it is guaranteed that we have still yet to see the best of his work.
Also performing is Sonotheque resident and Ghostly/Spectral recording artist Kate Simko, who is certainly a treasure of Chicago’s electronic music community. Propulsive, groovy and hypnotic, Kate’s music occupies the space between techno and house with an international voice that sets it apart. In 2008, Kate’s Spectral EP She Said, was critically acclaimed worldwide and topped Beatport charts for weeks. Her brilliant releases can be heard in the sets of some of the world’s biggest DJs. She has played London’s Fabric, Berlin’s Berghain, the famed Sunday School for Degenerates party in New York, Winter Music Conference in Miami, Detroit’s Movement Festival, Montreal’s Mutek festival, Seattle’s Decibel festival and more.
Opening the night is Chicago’s Phil Stone. A well-respected techno and house DJ who has been performing for over eight years, Phil’s technical chops and deep track selection have earned him coveted gigs all around the U.S., playing alongside the world’s best DJs. He possesses a profound knowledge and love of music beyond that of most DJs his age. In addition to his Chicago appearances, Phil most recently performed on the rooftop of popular nightspot Bar 13.
Hoping to expose audiences to the depth of the artistry in techno, minimal and house, VOLATL’s Sonotheque events have featured a wide variety of amazing guest headliners including Osborne (Spectral residency), Bruno Pronsato, Exercise One, Elon, and Sonja Moonear, among others. VOLATL has produced dozens of memorable techno events in Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Miami with a forward-thinking approach to bookings and cutting-edge sound systems. In May of 2009, VOLATL enjoyed tremendous success following its highly-acclaimed Movement after-party in Detroit, The Other 9 to 5, which featured an amazing lineup of performers from the Clink and Hello?Repeat labels alongside its resident DJs. Most recently, VOLATL hosted Game On, an underground event featuring Pheek, Stefny, and other world renowned DJs.