Kicking off 2012 with extended sets by special guests:
♥ MAYAAN NIDAM ♥
Cadenza . Perlon . Wolf+Lamb // Berlin
♥ AXEL BOMAN ♥
Pampa . Studio Barnhus // Stockholm
and support from our faithful residents:
♥ Sammy D ♥
Pillow Talk . Wolf+Lamb . VisionQuest
♥ Nikola Baytala ♥
SWAT . Bionic . Junior Boys Own
401 6th St @ Harrison, SF
10pm - 6am / 21+ / $20
FREE before 11pm!
(aka: Miss Fitz, Laverne Radix, Spunky Brewster // in groups: Mara Trax, Uli Künkel)
Since she began DJing and producing in 1999, Maayan Nidam has racked up an impressive discography. As Miss Fitz, she has released EPs on Raum…musik, Freak n' Chic, Contexterrior and Circus Company; she also travels in disguise as Laverne Radix, with singles for Oslo's Love Letters from Oslo and for Raum. March 2009 also marks the release of Maayan's debut release under her own name: "Night Long" (on Japanese label PowerShovel), an intimate album woven together out of recordings of Cuba's best contemporary instrumentalists that later on that year was followed by an EP on the ever changing Perlon.
The diversity of Mayaan's sound is no doubt a result of an unusually global upbringing. Born in Tel Aviv, she lived in the Mediterranean city for most of her life, studying multimedia and, following a six-month stay in New York, beginning to DJ bars and small parties. Tel Aviv isn't a big place, though, and so when Maayan came to feel that she had hit a wall in her home town, she packed her bags and set off to travel the world. Argentina was her ultimate destination. But after a six-month stint in Amsterdam, she found her way to Berlin, which turned out to be exactly she was looking for. Inspiration was everywhere, from the avant-garde Club Transmediale festival to Jamie Lidell's experiments in live sampling to, of course, the city's legendary underground party scene. She soaked up everything, building up her studio and experimenting with different sounds and processes, gradually inching towards the dance floor. Seven years later, she remains in Berlin, making music and molding the contours of the city's clubs to fit her own inimitable vision.
Maayan shapes sound to fit her own singular sensibilities—a strategy that has resulted in a significant and growing body of recorded work and a reputation as a talented, versatile DJ who unerringly takes listeners to special, unexpected places. It's impossible to reduce Maayan's productions and DJ sets to a single sound, but certain qualities prevail: a loping, swinging, hips-and-ass-friendly sense of the groove; a bubbling sense of funk; a keen sense of timbre and tone color, with a wooly low end and crystalline highs. It's also possible to discern a certain sense of humor, as well—nothing over the top, simply the occasional wink or sly grin as a riff steps out and takes its star turn. Like the best musicians, Maayan's work is all about communication. No wonder she understand the dance floor so well.
Axel is in fact the Swedish word for shoulder, but born and bred Stockholmer Mr. Boman could just as easily have been named Rumpa, the Swedish word for ass, since most of his life has been dedicated to moving just that body part. It was around 1992 that Axel’s ass started dragging the confused youngster into all sorts of weird situations – dodgy warehouses, blooming fields, sweaty basements – just about any place that had a nice sound system and someone pumping a fat bassline through it. With his older brother already being a collector of the latest techno and house records, Axel started keeping a strict diet of fresh beats which has kept him alive and kicking ever since. Building a reputation for himself in the small but very friendly Stockholm club scene, he was soon acknowledged as one of Sweden’s most skillful and best looking DJ dudes.
Naturally, production activity followed shortly. Working out of small studios in his hometown as well as in Gothenburg (where Axel took his master degree in fine art), tracks like the underground hit “Arcimboldo” on Ourvision Recordings soon landed in the crates of connoisseurs like DJ Koze, Magda and Seth Troxler. His sounds is raw, playful and drenched in oceans of soul – just the kind of stuff the dancefloor’s of today are longing for.
2010 was the big breakthrough year for Axel and his ass, with the epic screw house anthem “Purple Drank” being released on DJ Koze’s new Pampa Records imprint, going off to London to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy and starting up his own label Studio Barnhus together with Petter (Border Community) and local idiot Kornél Kovacs. 2011 will see Axel releasing a lot of new material and remixes on labels like Permanent Vacation, Moodmusic, Glass Table, Hypercolour, Tartelet and of course Studio Barnhus. Cheers!