Distal (Embassy Recordings, Tectonic) Atlanta
Forgetting bpm and genre to the masses, Distal relies only on his signature sound alone to leave its mark. He produces a wide array of moods, tempos and rhythms, often taking influences from his early childhood love of techno, jungle and hardcore.
In early 2010 Distal started his own label ‘Embassy Recordings’ with childhood friend Ethan Anderson (MITE). Soon there after in the summer of 2010 he would receive his inaugural physical vinyl release with the legendary label Soul Jazz Records. This would be the launch pad for his career landing him releases on stalwart labels such as Tectonic and Tube10 and performing at places like the world renowned Fabric in London touring globally alongside artists like Pearson Sound and Africa Hi Tech.
From his initial release in 2010 until now in 2012 Distal has put out almost a dozen 12” vinyl releases and many more digital releases, collaborations and remixes for prolific labels like Frite Nite and Trouble & Bass. But his biggest accomplishment to date is his newly released 14 track album on Tectonic titled ‘Civilization’
Tim Parker (Futra, YSK) London
Tim Parker is a DJ hailing from Cambridge, UK who currently lives in London. He hosts a bi-weekly radio show on NTS which has been running for the past year, here he can be found playing Hip-Hop, Electronic, EDM, Dub, Juke, Ambient and anything in between. As well as Futra he is also part of Streets of Beige and Neighbourhood in London, two nights which push the boundaries of modern music.
DAZZ MOOV (Futra) LA
It doesn’t matter where in the world the dancefloor is, Dazz Moov’s mission is simple; use the music to connect the people by moving their souls and their feet.
Adept at mixing a dynamic soundscape of heavy bass, chopped up drum patterns, and infectious rhythms, Dazz Moov pays respect to the classic history of dance culture while seamlessly injecting forward thinking music. His solid foundation in drum & bass, house, and techno was forged back in the 90′s while shooting footage of live performances, and updating the vast catalog of vinyl and cd’s for Groovetech Seattle, where he also hosted a weekly mix show for a number of years.
Never one to sit still, Dazz Moov’s relentless pursuit of quality music and the deep desire to learn more about its’ various cultures has taken him to such cities as Barcelona, Berlin, and Tokyo where he has performed, and captured video footage of events and notable individuals who are defining their cities. He currently uses the Echo Sessions weekly show on Hush Radio as a platform to showcase Artists and DJ’s : past, present, and future.
"Make Out Teepee" by PLASTICGOD
Working under the pseudonym Plasticgod, internationally known Los Angeles pop artist Doug Murphy has established himself as a relentless pop culture manipulator and multiples revivalist. The clean, minimalist forms of LEGO-like heads and figures become a mold in which Plasticgod forces the faces and bodies of an ever expanding pantheon of pop icons. Making works that drip with saccharine colours and simple shapes that reduce the famous and infamous to their most basic visual identifiers, his fixation surges forth with a relentless mercantile fury, reflective of his chosen subjects.
Nereida J Villarreal
Raised in the high desert, Nereida J Villarreal is an independent artist and co-founder of VCR a bi-monthly market place for vintage, contemporary and reconstructed designs. Nereida can be found scouting out her gems in offbeat locations collecting inspiration to create her art and fashion. Also influenced by music and sound she brings her unique style to any medium. Nereida will be creating a very special light sculpture for the FUTRA event.
Tara LaPlante has been creating colorful and playful paintings for over 15 years. After graduating from Montana State with a BFA in Painting she moved back to the midwest eventually opening up an art gallery in Minneapolis called Offbeat Gallery. This project spanned only one year but was very important in developing her artistic career. She then focused her energy on music co-founding a techno label called Timefog. [www.timefog.net] Since moving to Los Angeles in 2009 her efforts have continued to be focused on music, but in late 2011 she founded Futra bringing her love of music and art together.
"Girls Grow Big (And Find White Horses)" by Kira Shewfelt
Kira Shewfelt is a visual artist based in Los Angeles and the co-creator of Yeaheavy Projects, an experimental exhibition and performance space in East Hollywood. She holds a B.A in Literature from Yale University and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Southern California. She has written for the Daily Star Egypt, the Art Review, Lost and Found, Lounge Magazine, and presented her research at the University College London and University of Versailles San Quentin. Her work, both written and visual, aims to explore the political narratives embedded in personal or imagined histories.
Metal Smith is designed and hand forged in San Francisco by Isabella Behravan. Her inspiration for this first Metal Smith collection comes from the profound significance between jewelry and the person who wears it. Isabella’s designs are a direct reflection of the techniques she uses. Because of this, she draws a lot of inspiration from the metal itself—the subtle colors and textures created in the metalsmithing process are fundamental to her designs. Metal Smith is synonymous with refined hand wrought qualities.
Tahani Petrou has been designing jewelry since 1999, getting her start apprenticing under Lynn Hull in Seattle, Washington. Using various metals such as sterling silver, gold filled chain, copper and brass. Her designs range from cute and dainty to big show stopping necklaces. Living and working in Los Feliz has influenced and inspired her art which is made in her studio called Tahani's Sweatshop.