TekAndHaus welcomes Kenneth Scott (Nightlight Music | Auralism | Moniker) and Derek Bobus (Honey Soundsystem) to the decks with resident Zenith (TekAndHaus).
Kenneth Scott (Nightlight Music | Auralism | Moniker)
Raised in rural Iowa, Kenneth Scott nursed an obsession with dance music while exploring his hometown's tiny scene. Like many an auspicious beginning, his earliest DJ gigs were house parties with a cobbled together set-up consisting of his father's old turntable, a portable CD player, and a Radio Shack mixer. Something must have clicked for him because over time he trained himself as a multi-instrumentalist and started taking his musical cues from early WARP Records releases, Matthew Dear's acid experimentation as Audion, and minimal-minded composers like Philip Glass and Arvo Part. Scott has since relocated to San Francisco to continue the honing of his skills as a successful promoter, DJ, and producer. His clever use of techy snares, reptilian synths, and subtle layers of melody has helped to define him as one of the city’s brightest stars. His list of accomplishments are many but some highlights include running the successful Binary parties and DJ'ing alongside a list of international standouts such as Pan Pot, Martin Landsky, and Touane. He's also managed to create an indelible string of releases with collaborators like Emilio Orlandi (Moniker), Jason Short (Eutactic), [KONTROL]'s Alland Byallo, as well as his own solo material.
Kenneth Scott's music has been described as an active resurrection of the melodies surrendered in the great minimal techno takeover. One reason for this is his preference for actual songs; ones with the basic elements perpetually changing as they progress like a band. The results are unique, a sound rife with the shock and awe of a Murakami novel bathed in the scantest feelings of a yearning somewhere between joy and melancholia. "I'd like to think that in my music you could find all the different emotions that you find in a novel, the important thing for me is to avoid being overly didactic", says Scott of his production approach
Recently, things have been heating up for Scott. This includes a recent pair of EPs for Auralism-one under the Eutactic banner with Coalition of the Killing and now an upcoming September release entitled "What Do I Do?" The new single features inspired remixes by Dave Aju, Rift, and Jason Short in addition to the two originals. Rift has tapped him for a remix of his forthcoming new single "The Albatross" in addition to a rework due out later this fall of fellow Auralism artist Dead Seal’s "Dolgama". And if that wasn't enough, there will be a single under the Moniker alias due out at the end of the year on Rift’s Vellum Recordings, too.
There is definitely more to come from this hardworking San Francisco producer as he carves new intersections into rhythm and melody, busily discovering new and uncharted musical turf. It’s this mindless form of musical evolution that not only propels his definition of house but also allows him and his music to continue developing, a stark contrast and humbling reminder of those innocent Radio Shack mixer beginnings for Kenneth Scott.
Derek Bobus (Honey Soundsystem)
Derek Bobus stepped behind the turntables at the age of 15 in California.
Eleven years later Derek has been rocking parties in and around San Francisco nonstop : from the Sunset Boat Party, to deep sounds at Satellite, to the Homo Chic Love Parade dance at 222 Hyde. He recently became the sixth discaire in Honey Soundsystem. Besides a weekly residency at Honey Sundays, Derek has also represented the Honey crew at ON&ON, Furtrap, Crisis, Vandam, Lit, Coco66, Galaxie, and the Beats in Space radio show in NYC.
Zenith (TekAndHaus) website: djzenith.com
Stephanie grew up immersed in music from an early age. Stephanie’s jazz-drummer father put her in front of a piano at age 6. Stephanie’s been involved in all types of musical pursuits from classical piano lessons, musicals, tenor saxophone, classical guitar, college-radio DJ, choreography/aerobics instruction, and DJing and music production.
Stephanie was lured to the San Francisco dance music scene from Washington, DC in 2002. Stephanie quickly developed a strong style that’s a fusion of house & techno: thumpy, minimal, and always accompanied by a provocative melody.
Stephanie formed Zenomena Productions in 2008 as a vehicle to fly in top talent and a mechanism to highlight the talented artists of the San Francisco bay area. Zenomena Productions throws a regular one-off party called Funkentanzen and a monthly called TekAndHaus . TekAndHaus began in the basement of Temple but now lives @ Paradise Lounge. Zenomena Productions is Stephanie’s personal investment in the music that has become her passion & obsession.