Justin Martin (Dirtybird)
As the late Oscar Wilde once said: “life is too important to be taken seriously”, an ethos that Justin Martin is sticking with despite achieving soaring success over the last six years as a producer and international DJ. Justin initially pricked the ears of the electronic music community in 2003 with his first record „The Sad Piano‟ on Ben Watt‟s Buzzin‟ Fly label.
Everyone in the electronic music food chain got involved, from the A list DJs like Derrick Carter and Pete Tong that were playing the track, to the international music press that were raving about it. It even translated to the German underground, with Poker Flat licensing it for Steve Bug‟s „Bugnology‟ compilation. Like someone that goes bowling for the first time and gets five strikes and a turkey, Justin couldn‟t really have hoped for a better entrance.
Feeding off the energy of the San Francisco underground and mentored by fellow super producer Claude Vonstroke, Justin was intrinsically involved with the development of dirtybird records, appearing on its first four releases. Justin was soon ready to take flight, releasing a string of solo EPs which flaunted a very unique sound and garnered still more respect among fellow DJS and heavyweight‟s of the scene.
As well as his formidable arsenal of original productions, Justin is now equally known for his collaborations with his brother Christian as The Martin Brothers, producing such hip-hop influenced hits as „Stoopit‟ and „Dum‟. Justin has also made his mark remixing such bona fide classics as Radiohead‟s „Nude‟, Marshall Jefferson‟s „Mushrooms‟, and TG‟s „Revox‟, firmly establishing himself as the man to make big tracks even bigger.
Demand for Justin‟s skills behind the decks has skyrocketed with his bookings schedule basically crammed to capacity for the next 4 months. With bookings confirmed everywhere from Exit Festival (Belgrade), to Sonar (Barcelona) to Panorama Bar (Berlin), Justin‟s diary is reading like the dreams of a professional raver. Stateside he continues to be a regular fixture at the dirtybird events in San Francisco and beyond.
Further nods to his skills as a DJ and tastemaker are apparent in his growing discography of mix compilations, most notably his own „Chaos Restored‟ mix series on the prestigious Buzzin‟ Fly label.
Music journalists typically describe Justin‟s sound as „melodic and tough‟ with his music encapsulating both melody and emotional depth yet always with enough undeniable ass shaking properties to translate to the floor.
“I‟m always trying to find music for my DJ sets that rattles sound systems, but still has enough melody and interesting texture to expand your mind even if you‟re sitting at home on a snowy or rainy day.”
In 2009, production wise Justin has a few EPs scheduled to drop on dirtybird, a remix for Freerange, and a DJ mix for Ministry of Sound‟s „Underground series‟ compilation. He remains as enthusiastic as ever to be involved in the scene.
When recently questioned by Resident Advisor on what he‟d be doing if he wasn‟t a DJ or dance music producer he just replied: “Wishing I was a DJ or music producer.”
By all accounts it‟s hard to tell him to wipe that smile off his face.
(dirtybird l Pets)
J. Phlip (pronounced J Flip) known to some as Jessica Phillippe discovered house music in her hometown of Champaign, Illinois, just 2 hours south of Chicago.
Sometime around her 19th birthday she got her first DJ rig - two belt drive turntables and a mixer lacking EQ knobs for $100 bucks! From then on, her poor roommates were forced to listen to a constant dance party in-between her Systems Engineering studies. There aren't a lot of 4.0 brainiac engineering majors who decide to become DJs instead of cashing in on their degrees but Jessica truly loves the music and has dedicated her life to it.
Her proximity to Chicago’s famous house scene tremendously affected her sound, but the distance afforded her the freedom to incorporate a variety of other influences into her repertoire. Her sets posses a fun, "lets-not-forget-this-is-dance-music," feeling and simultaneously keep you guessing about what might come next. Her collection spans house, tech house, deep house, techno, booty bass and pretty much anything that make you shake your ass.
Jessica's skills on the decks and in the studio have secured her highly desirable spot as an official member of the Dirtybird crew, after signing her first record to them in 2008. She is currently Claude VonStroke's favorite support DJ and has already played at amazing high profile gigs like Fabric, Space Ibiza, Back to Basics, and Watergate.
She was also chosen for URB Magazine's Next 100 of 2009 and is currently residing in Berlin (but is often back and forth between there and her previous home of San Francisco). Look out for her upcoming productions on dirtybird, Pets, and Krush Groove. She WILL be making asses shake on the dancefloor and she's just as excited about it as the day she got her belt drives!
[uniform recordings/surface recordings/bas_mrkt/EAATX]
Keine Moniker is one of many alter egos of artist Lonnie Burnside otherwise known as the infamous el boogie in his new home town of Austin Texas. His new persona was developed to pursue his interest in exploring the deeper,darker side of tech house and techno. With the Texas Techno community emerging as one of the fastest growing communities in the world heavily influenced by Keine (Lonnie Burnside) and his band of house & techno junkies . you're sure to see Keine Moniker on top as one of the leading most influential arists in the emerging texas techno scene.
[unscene records/jokers nest/token sessions]
DJ and Producer living out of San Antonio Tx working with Unscene Records, Token Sessions and the Joker's nest to help drive and support the texas edm scene. He has tracks released on unscene records and more music being put out upcoming in 2012, expect to see and hear alot more of this up and coming artist in the months to come. Christian's musical background and influences come from jazz, blues, funk, r&b, classic rock n roll, reggae, indie rock and early 90's hip hop.
His music selection in his dj sets is a deep, soulful and melodic techno trip with groovy and chunky percussive house beats peppered in, from slow or mid tempo to driving speeds depending on the mood/vibe and time of the night. "Djing is about sensing and highlighting the right feelings of the crowd throughout the party, and spontaneity also helps". He hosts the hookah session party's @ Abracadabra cafe 2 times a months. for more info/tracks/dates check out