Line-up /Michael Cook, Sammy D, Rob G, John Wander
In the late 80’s, L.A. nightlife sucked, hair metal ruled the sunset strip and dance clubs were the snooty realm of velvet ropes. Then a multiracial bunch of hippies, hip hoppers, and social rejects started throwing all-night acid house parties in abandoned warehouses and a revolution was born. The L.A. Acid House Movement began. (Spin Magazine).
On January 15, 2010 Roam Music Presents a Very Special Edition featuring one of the founders of the LA Acid House Movement: The Legendary Michael Cook and support from Sammy D, Still Rob G and John Wander.
Michael Cook is a native of Manchester, England currently residing in London. He began DJing professionally at the age of 18 playing a heady mixture of Indy and early Hip Hop & Electro in the North West of England before leaving for the USA in 1986. He's been one of the Djs credited with bringing Acid House to California but prefers to believe he (along with several other DJs) helped bring California to Acid House. Based in Los Angeles California, Michael became one of the founding fathers of the West Coast Underground House & Rave Scene, playing at such legendary vanguard parties as Alices House, Moonshine, Double Hit Mickey, Truth, Paw Paw Patch, Narnia & Gilligans Island. In addition, he hosted Los Angeles first underground dance radio show on KXLU with Jason Bentley.
Michael sites John Peel as his first and most formative musical influence and Michael’s musical tastes remain resolutely eclectic. Michael is the consummate all rounder drawing his set selections from the entire spectrum including Funk, Soul, Reggae, Jazz, Latin, Down tempo, Deep House, Nu Disco, Hip Hop, Electro, Punk Funk, Broken Beat, Rock and Indy; though he is equally happy specializing in any one of these genres.
Currently he resides and plays various residencies in some of Londons top clubs bars and lounges and regularly plays guest sets at home and internationally. The selection of some highlights from his many years as a DJ include Main Backstage/VIP DJ and music programmer for the Glastonbury (2004 & 2005) and Reading festivals (2004 - 2006), Resident DJ for the Big Chill festival, Rob Da Bank's Bestival, Regular DJ partner with Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza (World wide), legendary Notting Hill Carnival house sound system Sancho Panza, Lowlife (Last Night a DJ Saved My Life authors Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton), Tour support DJ for Gotan Project, annual winter residency at La Santanera in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico along with regular international gigs in Lisbon, Rio, Sao Paulo, Moscow, Warsaw, Paris & Barcelona. Some other highlights of Michael’s Dj career include playing at private birthday parties for Madonna and William Orbit and support Dj for Bjork, Happy Mondays, 808 State, Orbital, The Orb, The Farm, The Hacienda, Moby, The Prodigy, and many others. Michael is also known for founding the music for film production company “M62”.
Born and raised in Alaska, Samuel was adopted by Nannook Eskimo’s and taught the way of the tundra. As a small child he spent his days building snow forts and fishing for king salmon on the Russian River just north of Alyeska. Samuel grew up in the christian non-denominational cult known as Gospel Outreach. He was allowed to listen only to christian music. His early influences were Sandi Patti, The Imperials, Chuck Gerrard, Leon Patillo, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Stryper. Fast forward to 1992 and eat a grip of acid and you have the birth of a new man a changed human. Forgotten was the way of the christian slow jamz and birthed a new a sound, a rave sound. While tripping on acid (paper) Samuel heard Rave Legend Markum X playing music that he thought was delivered by alien ships to a parking garage in downtown Portland, Or. He describes this music more in depth in his auto biography simply titled “Peaking”. Through out the 90’s Samuel raved all up and down the west coast replacing his christian inspiration with the likes of Ritchie Hawtin, Doc Martin, Donald Glaude, DJ Dan, and Bad Boy Bill. Samuel became a dancer a groover a hauser. He specialized in liquid grooving and west coast stomping. One night on a mid-night drive from Portland to LA, to attend a famous desert rave in the summer of 1996, Samuel heard a new style of rave music called jungle aka drum&bass. This new sound captivated his mind and soon became the dictator of his every waking moment. Samuel had completed the transition from evangelist to junglist.
For the next five years Samuel, now known as (NORTHERNMAN), emersed himself in the world of drum n bass being guided by producers such as Photek, LTJ Bukem, Blame, Hidden Agenda, Adam F, J Magic, and the entire Full Cycle crew(Size,Die,Krust and Suv). In the fall of 1999 before Y2K hit NorthernMan moved to his present day location called San Francisco. His first year brought many hardships thanks to a unusually cold winter backed by an allergic reaction to fog. Long story short Sammy D is a fucking tight dj who plays hot music that people dance to. He is on a bunch of labels and you should book him. You can download his mixes “Fingerbang” and “Mind Kontrol” right now and determine if he is good enough to play your venue.
STILL ROB G
Rob Grega (AKA Zemo, Still Rob G, Cool Rob G) is none other than Om Records esteemed A&R man. Transplanted to San Francisco from the midwest-ish city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania back in 2001, he has grown to rather enjoy the the vibe of the city by the bay. Om Records has provided Rob with an outlet for his 20 years of industry experience – and we’ve found that his keen ear is quite suited for finding and curating blossoming talent. He has put together almost all of the Om in-house compilations over the last several years – including Om Lounge 10, both editions of Om Chilled, Om Miami 2007 and 2008, Sounds of Om v.6, as well as many other special market projects. Most recently Rob has been busy in the studio – working on his own productions and remixes. Rob’s musical influence has gone on to reach the ears of folks in almost every corner of the globe. He, too is known for dabbling in a bit of everything as a DJ. House, techno, downtempo, funk, soul, broken beat... you name it. Trainspotters bring your notepad!
Born and raised in Los Angeles, John was exposed to electronic music by good friend, Bobby Dvoran (aka Bobby D) in the early 90’s at legendary LA events such as Flammable Liquid, Truth, Doc Martin’s “Unlock the House”, Sunday Love, Brownies Dj sets at “Monarch”, Nectar, Jason Bentley’s “Bossa Nova”, Marques Wyatt’s “High Society”, Mark Lewis “Logic” at West End, and several others. John sites Michael Cook, Laurent Garnier and the others listed above as his first electronic music influences and the inspiration to start Djing in 1996. A true lover of music for all of his life, John’s music tastes are extremely eclectic and reflect a wide range that include Deep House, Twisted Funk, Techno, Tech House, Indie, Nu Disco, Down tempo, Hip Hop, Jazz, Electro, Rock, Soul, and Latin. John’s early Dj residencies were at the legendary “Insomnia” afterhours and Spundae LA.
In 2000, John along with good friends founded the infamous “Roam Music” events in LA. Roam Music is known for introducing breakout artists to the West Coast such as Damian Lazarus, Audio Soul Project (Mazi), Asad Rizvi, Tania Vulcano, and several other Spanish artists. They have produced events in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Spain. Roam Music is partly credited for bringing Techno back to LA. Roam Music has hosted many break out artists and has given John the opportunity to DJ with various friends/artists such as Phonique, Michael Cook, Doc Martin, M.A.N.D.Y, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Mathew Jonson, Damian Lazarus, Dyed Soundorom, David Duriez, Kate Simko, Three, Marco Carola, and many others in national and international venues through out Spain, Berlin, Montreal, Hong Kong, New York, London, Miami, San Francisco. John is currently working in the studio with friend Rob G and engineer Casey Nefcy on a remix to be completed in January 2010. Currently in stealth mode, John will be launching a record label in 2010.
Admission: 10.00 @ door