Line-up /2562, Raiz, Ricky Def, + Artist Showcase
(When In Doubt, Tectonic, Monkeytown) NL/Berlin
2562 aka A Made Up Sound - from The Hague/Holland and now living in Berlin/Germany - can be classified somewhere in the wasteland between cutting-edge bass music, techno and house. He has kept up a busy release schedule since his debut six years ago, weaving between dubstep and techno by way of two aliases: 2562 (Tectonic, Monkeytown, 3024) and A Made Up Sound (Delsin, Clone). When In Doubt, his own imprint which he started in 2011, aims to release personal, formula-free music. Check out the latest When in Doubt release by 2562 titled FEVER LP and AIR JORDAN EP.
(Droid Behavior) LA
Los Angeles born and bred, Vangelis and Vidal Vargas were raised in the ’80s on a steady diet of Latin freestyle, electro, and new wave that pervaded their urban environment. Their father also exposed them to cutting edge progressive acts Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk, planting early seeds for aural exploration. By the mid ’90s they were sampling LA’s underground club scene and heavily researching electronic music’s roots. After years of influence they began to express their musical vision through their own recordings and performances. Vidal and Vangelis eventually found common ground with producer / performer Drumcell, and in 2002 they formed the Droid Behavior event production group and record label out of frustration with the city’s lack of knowledge, acceptance, and understanding for Midwest-bred techno and house music and their European counterparts.
As producers Vangelis and Vidal have released and licensed original music and remixes under various aliases (most notably Acid Circus and Raíz) on the Droid Recordings imprint as well as respected labels Historia y Violencia, Tora Tora Tora, DJMag, Music Man, Resident Advisor, and many more.
Carefully attuned to the established and emergent genres of dance music, Ricky Def draws from house, techno, and UK garage to forge a sound that is as provocative as it is gratifying. A throwback to dj’s a generation ago, Ricky eschews digital artifice to rely on his staggering and coveted collection of vinyl and acetates. A stalwart of the Los Angeles underground since 2006, Ricky Def continues to execute his craft and compel dance floors with his impeccable sound.
Artist & Designer Showcase
Vintage Shop by VCR
VCR (Vintage/Contemporary/Reconstructed) is the brainchild of city savvy ladies with an insatiable hunger for unique vintage apparel. VCR is a bi-monthly marketplace in Downtown that showcases unique Vintage and Reconstructed finds, as well as emerging LA contemporary design talent. VCR is a collaboration of creative forces by Mearii Hayden, Nereida Villarreal, and Erin Castle, among others. Est. March 2012
Art Installation by Nikki Cross
Nikki Cross is a young Los Angeles based artist working with paper and the ancient art of origami paper-folding. She designs, prints and cuts her own unique translucent paper which she uses to fold 3-dimensional origami models. She enjoys tweaking traditional Japanese origami base folds, and making up her own fold patterns for origami flowers, leaves and foliage. Cross runs her own Etsy shop, where she sells her paper and origami, as well as sketchbooks and stationary. Cross also paints with oils, but finds paper to be her source of instant gratification. With an infinity of options, origami teaches us to think openly and be fearless, because all you have to lose is a little piece of paper.
Visual Art by Two Rabbits Studios
Two Rabbits Studios is a design firm, commercial screen print shop,
and fine art studio ran by Los Angeles-based artists Mike Thacker and Bob Motown. Since 2007, the pair have designed and printed hundreds of rock posters and promotional pieces for movies and video games. Two Rabbits started small in a North Hollywood backyard—less than five years later, and they’ve been featured in galleries, Flatstock poster shows, and craft fairs in the United States and UK. They’ve worked with Warner Music Group and concert promoters Goldenvoice for artists ranging from Skrillex to Wu Tang to Portishead. Recently, Thacker and Motown’s focus has been on fine art pieces that reflect upon their hand-printed process and design.
Short Film by Thomas McMahan "The Science of Imaginary Solutions"
Thomas McMahan has been working professionally as a director, designer and animator in New York City and Los Angeles for the past seven years . He has worked for various corporate clients such as MTV, Nike, The Academy Awards, IFC, HBO, and Thrasher Magazine. In addition to his work in commercial and film, Thomas has worked on a wide variety of collaborative projects. These efforts include working with Malcolm McDowell to create and design a limited edition Clockwork Orange inspired screen print as well as teaming up with painter Mark Whalen and musician Carla Azar to create a large scale video and audio installation at Merry Karnowsky gallery in Los Angeles. In 2006, Thomas founded and curated Paperworks Laboratories, a project designed to create and sell limited edition prints with successful artists such as Retna, Know Hope, El Mac, Victor Reyes and Estevan Oriol. His most recent work includes writing and directing a fully animated music video for the Los Angeles based band Autolux, and acting as lead designer/animator for both the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.