Full line up:
►DJ Sneak B2B Phil Weeks (3HR Set)
►Bicep (4HR Set)
In 1983, Carlos Sosa pka DJ Sneak, moved to the city of Chicago from The island of Puerto Rico, where his early musical experiences and Influences were rooted in salsa, meringue and famous Latin orchestras. Chicago, like Puerto Rico, is a city rich with musical styles and sounds. It was in Chicago that Sneak found inspiration in underground house music, Warehouse parties and "old school" mix tapes from the early pioneers - Farley Jackmaster Funk, Ralphi Rosario, Steve Hurley and local radio station shows played on WBMX. Sneak earned his nickname rocking designs in the graffiti tagging days and began working at retail stores as an airbrush artist, not long after he cultured the music industry world and began recording his first releases.
While at retail stores Sneak developed his DJing skills around the city working regular mobile DJ jobs and local nightclubs. In an already saturated DJ pool, sneak focused on music production and started an independent label - Defiant Records.In 1992, using the fundamental studio pieces, Sneak began recording tracks with an unusual new style. In 1994, while still working at local store Gramophone Records sneak met Cajmere (green velvet) owner of Cajual and Relief Records. Cajmere released some of sneak's pivotal tracks and helped bring international recognition, with it, a global DJing career. In 1995, sneak's new sound revolutionized house music with inspirational sounds and rhythms never heard.
The disco filtered house grooves became sneak's signature sound. Innovator to many, sneak's love for music spawned current talents such as Daft Punk, Basement Jaxx, Armand Van Helden. In 1996, Dj Sneak's" You can't hide from your bud" on Derrick Carter's Classic Recordings turn out to be something of a masterpiece, setting a blueprint for many subsequent 'filtered disco'tracks and preceding the wave of funky, disco-influenced house that would prove the massive popularity of Chicago underground music.
From 1996 through the present day DJ Sneak is also a veteran on the remix world, with highly expected remixes that drive dance floors across the globe to ecstatic conditions by means of his intense beats and rhythms. After years of development, DJ Sneak is a familiar name across the world's club circuit rocking down the best venues and events. A frequent visitor of Ibiza -the Island of spiritual parties and the Mecca of dance music culture, sneak has played a part in many of events involving the best production teams from England; Ministry of Sound, Cream, Manumission, Miss Money penny's to mention a few. A favorite in the United Kingdom's summer festivals for example Homelands, Creamfiels, 'T' in the park in Scotland, Sneak has no mercy on the sound systems and on the scale of exiting DJs to grasp he remains part of the top 100 DJs of the world for 5 consecutive years. Recognized as the disco filter innovator his musical style is diverse from furious banging' Chicago tracks and Latin tribal beats to disco filtered reworks of retro classics with melodic rhythms that suit your soul.
At present times DJ Sneak is focused on his booking agency "All World Entertainment" where he represents fellow Chicago talents Mark Farina, DJ Heather, J-dub, with a sub division of Canadian talents DJ Gryphon and DJ Jason Hodges. In 2001 Sneak will be launching a new record label 'Magnetic Recordings" where he's releasing all new music, compilations as well as introducing new talents and continue preaching the sound of Chicago House Music. The future bring about new light to DJ Sneak's journey focusing on the development and evolution of electronic music's struggle to be acknowledged as the sound of tomorrow.
DJ/producer Phil Weeks is a house music purist. His mixing is old school Chicago with a nu-school French flare going from the deepest house to the techiest. His production sounds like it could have been released in the 90’s partly because he uses the same gear: 808’s, 909’s, 606’s, even vintage keys. He prefers vinyl, likes his mixes dirty, and knows how to rock a crowd with a heavy hitting bass line. Phil Weeks is a house purist dedicated to bringing the world only proper house music with his Djing, his producing and his label, Robsoul Recordings.
A true lover of house music, Phil Weeks’ DJ career started 10 years ago. With skills comparable to the best and crowd-pleasing track selection it wasn’t long before Phil Weeks became a major player in the house music scene. He’s played some of the world’s most renowned venues like Queen’s Club, Sankey’s Soap, Circus, Ministry of Sound, Back to Basics, and Stereo.
By 2001 he was ready for the next step and Robsoul Recordings was born. Originally the label was meant as an avenue for Phil to release his own tracks the way he wanted to and the success was more than he anticipated. Phil Weeks’ early releases “Yeah I Like It” and “It Put Me Well” became classics in less than 2 months. Now Phil Weeks is one of the world’s most sought after producers saving his best work for his label and often releasing other tracks under monikers like PW.
It wasn’t long before this success lead to the decision to sign other artists to the label. Consequently Robsoul is now one of the world’s most renowned and respected house music labels featuring some of the world’s best like Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, David Duriez, No Assembly Firm, Fries & Bridges and Chris Carrier. Releases are selling out in a time when many labels aren’t able to keep afloat. But Phil Weeks’ isn’t one to brag about this. To him it’s all about keeping proper house music alive. Which just goes to show Phil Weeks is a house purist.
You may think that Guillaume Duchastel de Montrouge, aka DJ W!LD, has arrived like a storm on the electronic music scene in 2010, but in fact, he’s already a reknown Dj and producer who made a strong come back behind the decks on the past two years.
Elusive, unpredictable, underground, these adjectives could easily describe DJ W!LD. Born in 1975, his journey into music has started at the end of the 80's in his french hometown- Dijon, where he was already immersed in a disco-funk black music environnment. Guillaume was also involved in the hip-hop/graffiti street culture. He soon became popular under the name of DJ W!LD, a tribute to the motion picture "Wild style", which draws the portrait of graffiti pioneers and includes a soundtrack of late 70's NY Hip Hop...
In the early 90's, when techno is still considered in France as a marginal genre only promoted by a few Parisian clubs. Dj Laurent Garnier appears on the local scene in Dijon, with his regular gigs at L'Enfer spreading the first blends of electronic music in France. W!LD is immediately caught by this revolutionary trend initiated by Detroit and Chicago house and techno Godfathers , this encounter will be crucial regarding W!LD’s future musical route.
W!LD settles in Paris in 1996 and gets behind the decks.
He's soon DJing in Paris’s trendiest clubs: Palace, Queen, Rex etc. and meets DJ & producer Peter Rauhofer with whom he releases the international hit "Magic Orgasm" under the name "House Heroes"-this track becomes a hit in several countries. DJ W!LD soon appears behind the decks of the famous Twilo club (Danny Tenaglia's NYC ). His numerous trips to in NYC still influence his current sets.
When comes the explosion of the "French Touch" filtered house , considered by some journalists as a big marketing blow- W!LD doesn’t find his path into the scene. Rebel and definitely underground, he decides to stay away from this trend and to fight censorship against Rave parties which soon become illegal in France. In 1999, he travels to Brazil where the musical scene has nothing to do with Parisian clubs : 10.000 to 15.000 people attend techno parties!, DJ-setsare eclectic, this journey becomes an awesome cultural experience which makes his DJ-skills even richer.
Bicep are a duo that hail from Belfast, brought together through a common obsession with all things analog. Growing with an amalgamation of jazz, rock and funk helped Bicep form an obscure approach and understanding of music. After each picking up a pair of Technics turntables in their early teens, Andy and Matt Bicep set about collecting records and experimenting to find their own style. Skip forward several years and countless DJ gigs and Bicep realized they needed to make their own brand- succumbing to, as Bicep dscribe it, “house infused 80s analog inspiration.“ Sounding like they grew up immersed in classics like “Can You Feel It“ and “Strings of Life,“ Bicep have delivered a 12“ that’s old school in feel and still utterly current. They even recruited dancefloor dynamo Serge Santiago to turn in an edit with his partner in Retro/Grade, Tom Neville, rounding out EP1 into a three track partystarter!
Bicep’s first 12“ came out on Citizen Kane’s NYC edits imprint Ghost Town Records and quickly sold out. Their second 12“ has just been repressed by Traveller Records.
Since joining Throne of Blood and bursting onto the scene with “Darwin” and “Drippin,” the boys have been feverishly busy. Having completed remixes for SF disco producer Tal M Klein, TOB labelmates Cosmic Kids, Wolf Music, and Domino Recordings’s Blood Orange as well as a forthcoming 12“ of edits for the inimitable Mystery Meat label, Bicep are on a roll.
Featuring a deeper take on the analog house sound that has become their signature, Bicep’s EP2 represents a step forward for and provides a brief peek into still more of the classic house music that informs their signature sound. While “Silk“ rides a warm bassline reminiscent of classics like Baby Ford’s “Ford Trax,” it never goes for the jugular. Showing similar restraint, “Purple Sweat” slows the tempo further, providing a mellow slo-mo groove replete with Detroit-inspired atmospheres. On the flip, “Choux” builds an absolute stormer out of a dizzying acid line and some truly inspired piano melodies. Completing the package is a stripped back, dancefloor-oriented take on “Silk“ by veteran producer and Buchla synth expert Mark Verbos (DJax Up Beats, Simple Answer, Drop Bass Network, CSM, Memory Boy).