Direct Drive Presents:
Thursday, November 29th, 2007
(Human | Planet of the Drums)
It has been a long road to the top for drum n bass DJ/Producer maverick Dieselboy. After years spent pushing the U.S. drum n bass scene forward and making a name for himself, its easy to imagine that Dieselboy would want to step back and bask in his well earned success. But this is not the case because for Dieselboy, it is the continual test that is the inspiration. Seeking out and approaching challenges head on, Dieselboy has taken it upon himself to tear down the walls that isolate music genres as well as expand the worldwide acceptance of drum n bass as a whole and American-produced dnb in particular. A part of the stateside electronic movement from the very beginning, Dieselboy is hailed as one of the Founding Fathers of American drum n bass. His passion for the music and his rigorous touring and production schedules have earned him a slot in that upper pantheon of DJs able to perform to enthusiastic audiences the world over. From Hong Kong to Helsinki to Philadelphia, the UKs Knowledge Magazine declares, Dieselboy has managed to build a fan base that rivals that of any rock star.
Dieselboy has also been experimenting with fusing drum n bass with rock and hip-hop. He has remixed Orgy and Styles of Beyond, and has performed at shows with artists such as P.O.D., Orgy, and System of a Down. He has also toured alongside David Bowie, Moby, Busta Rhymes and Blue Man Group at 2002s Area:2 Festival, and played the main stage at 2003s Cyberfest featuring Kraftwerk, Pharaoh Monch, Planet B and Kevens. For his remix of Styles of Beyonds Subculture, featured in the Playstation 2 game Amplitude, he brought in a live band to flesh out the programmed elements with live bass, drums, guitars and keyboards. It was an experiment for me, but I found jungle, rock, and hip-hop to flow together very well, Dieselboy says. His next project: producing drum n bass tunes with metal influences for a musical fusion that might just be the next wave in the world of dnb and beyond.
(Direct Drive | Royale | New identity)
For over 10 years, native New Yorker, DJ Empress has rocked clubs worldwide. She has toured all over Europe and Asia, has also played almost every major city in North America, including all over Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. This femme fatale is a veteran Dj who's devotion to music, revered sets and relentless ambition has sustained her esteemed global reputation. Her flawless mixing, esteemed technical skills, vast knowledge of music & high energy sets has set her apart from the mediocrity. In the mid nineties, Empress made her debut playing shows as a drum n bass DJ on the Northeast coast of the US. Her talent was noticed immediately. She quickly rose to the top establishing herself as one of the first female DJs. In 1999, Empress was booked in London to play at the prestigious party, Movement @ Bar Rhumba, immediately landing her regular bookings there. This was a monumental landmark in the drum n bass scene, being that she was the first American drum n bass Dj ever invited to play the notoriously discriminative city of London. Empress' talent was recognized immediately and on her first visit to San Francisco in 99; the revered Phunckateck collective found her a welcome addition to the Bay Area scene. She was invited to team up with icons Sage and UFO! to form 'Triadd' and the quickly slammed out their first single, "Hydroxy", which was released on Skunkrock Recordings UK, in august 2000 with a Digital & Spirit Rmx on the flip. From 2000-2003 Dj Empress was the resident DJ @ one of NYC's most influencial dnb parties, 'Ignite' that she ran alongside DJs Krunchy & 101- featuring many of the worlds most prestigious dnb Djs/Producers. In 2002, Dj Empress under her sir name (Christina Ingram) worked alongside production partner, Jinsoo Kim, to work on production for the internationally acclaimed band, Blondie. They produced 4 rock songs that landed on the LP, "the Curse of Blondie" on Sony UK. In 2003, Empress released "Stateside Sessions" a drum n bass mix on Topaz Records, that was one of the highest selling drum n bass mixes for Topaz, with a successful North American tour of over 40 shows. Empress also tackled remixing Roy Ayer's classic song "We live in Brooklyn" called "Brooklyn Baby" amongst other remix projects. Dominating the drum n bass scene as a DJ and producer for over 7 years, Empress felt the need to broaden her horizons. In 2003, she began to play many of the genres that had always been major influences to her- all styles of hip hop, electro, funk, dancehall, soul, 70s, 80s, 90s & disco. Armed with Rane's Serato Scratch Live Dj Empress became known for her 5-8 hour extended sets, spanning many genres and sounds while still rocking drum n bass crowds globally. Her production has also reflected this expansion of sound-with Empress producing electro & other genres of music. In the beginning of 2006, Dj Empress begin vocal training, studying her voice as an instrument & began to incorporate it in her production. From 2006 to July 2007 Empress was the resident DJ @ NYC's Chelsea Nightclub- The Park. She was the resident friday night hip hop DJ & also played at all of their corporate events. Corporate events including- the Tribeca Film Festival, Conde Nast, various prestigious Magazines/ Papers/ Publications, Art Galleries, Charities & other landmark NYC functions. In February of 2007, her song "Brooklyn Baby" was licensed to the film "Life Support" staring Queen Latifah & produced by Jamie Foxx. The film was nominated for 3 Emmys. In October of 2007, Dj Empress released a mix for Dogs On Acid - the Internet’s most visited electronic music website (as many as 40 million hits per month). Sought after by promoters, artists, bands and fans worldwide, Empress continues to move crowds, grace studios and stereos across the globe everyday.
(Burner Brothers | Direct Drive)
Playing in a tearing, Hi-energy style of drum and bass, DJ Seen has proven, hands-down, that he can move any crowd. Whether it be his airtight mixing, his wicked throw-ins, or the pure quality of his selection, Seen is all about business. Due to his frequent appearances and dramatic response at top parties, the name DJ Seen has become synonymous with NYC drum and bass. Seen began co-producing with Pish Posh in 1999, bringing his dance floor expertise and fresh ideas to the studio of the American pioneer. Making a rumble from the get go with tunes released on Rawkuts/Rawkus, set the stage for DJ Seen to team with Pish Posh and Chris Thomas as The Burner Brothers. The Burner Brothers have set the pace for Stateside drum and bass, with a stream of floor stormers getting instant approval in their own DJ sets, and play from top UK and US selectors. In the year 2000 DJ Seen added the title of Label Manager of Rawkuts to his credentials, as he attended to the speedy revival of the imprint as an international force until its demise due to corporate take over of the mother label Rawkus. In a city so full of talented DJs, Seen stands out with his hard work, skill, and his infectious festive spirit.
Madison - 33 West 24th Street (5th & 6th Ave)
21+ Bring ID, $5 with RSVP before Midnight
Trains: F,V,N,R to 23rd Street
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