Candyland, Natty Freq, Balance, Shredda, Bud Vapor
Ritual has proudly become an icon in the dubstep scene. These events are not possible without the music lovers that join us. With our humble beginnings in a tiny club, we eventually expanded to the famous Temple Nightclub in San Francisco and Dragonfly in Los Angeles, with beautiful dancing people joining us regularly. This is an experience that is fueled by you, and we love you for shaping Ritual in a positive direction.
Natty Freq 12am-1am
Bud Vapor 11pm-12am
Candyland [Santa Barbra, CA]
After years of playing music, in 2007 Josie Martin discovered electronic music through artists like Le Castle Vania and Fisherspooner. Her curiosity for the genre grew into love after listening to the collaboration of DJ-AM and Travis Barker on their DJ Drummer album. She decided that she wanted to buy turntables and learn how to DJ. On her 16th birthday she got CDJs and a mixer and taught herself how to DJ. Five months later, she was contacted by a friend and former band mate Ethan Davis to do her first gig at his 16th birthday party. After playing at more house parties Josie asked Ethan if he would like to Drum along side her and start a group. Empires & Riots was formed. After a while of practicing Ethan suggested that they should just be a DJ Duo. After two years of making mashups and playing house parties, underground clubs, and local events they entered in Josie's highschool talent show.
In April of 2010 they entered the stage to perform as a DJ Drummer group for the first time for Josie's entire school. Playing for a crowd came natrual to them, they brought the show to life and the audience instantly wanted to participate. About 60 people jumped out of their seats and stormed the stage. The stage got so crowded with people dancing and cheering to their performance that they were asked to cut it short. Unfortunately their performance didn't win the competition, but it was one no one forgot. They took a short break, and Josie continued to DJ.
In early summer Ethan got Fruity Loops and began to make remixes. When they started things back up again they decided to start fresh and change their name. While brainstorming Ethan said "Candyland" and it was a unanimous decision that it was the perfect name for them. Ethan continued to make remixes and they released an album of remixes called "I CAN." They earned respect locally and continued to play shows around town. Later that summer Ethan set out to get Ableton and started producing original tracks, he focused all of his time on learning how to produce.
In April of 2011, Ethan made Candyland's first orignal track "Piano Sure Is Neat." As soon as it was finished and posted onto their SoundCloud their friend sent out the track to a few DJs and producers, while they sent it to a few labels. Within the first two hours they were contacted by Paul Anthony, a DJ, producer, and owner of Dirty Fabric Records. Four hours later they were contacted by Plasmapool Records, and the following day they were contacted by DJ, producer, and owner of Big Fish Recordings, Lazy Rich. All of them wanting to sign "Piano Sure Is Neat." They eventually signed with Big Fish Recordings and was asked to make a second song for an EP. "Hate On This" was created. The EP was released on July 4th, 2011. Only 4 days after the release the EP made it's way to the Beatport Top 100. Climbing for weeks "Hate On This" reached #58 spot while "Piano Sure Is Neat" was close behind at #62. After their success from their debut EP they earned the respect of fellow DJs and producers, and got support from other established artists.
This Dynamic Duo, 'Natural Frequency', aka Natty Freq, is quickly becoming a staple in the Southern California electronic music scene with both members having deep rooted ties to the community for quite some time. Boxmon, Arman Zand, has not only been co-producing the big hitting distinct sounds that you hear today from "Natural Frequency," but is also co-founder of Orange County's famous Adrenaline Club which originated in 2002 and has featured some of the world's best Drum N Bass and Dubstep talent. Notation, Mike Newberg, who is also 1/2 of the Drum N Bass group, "Clique" (Backed by AK1200's very own Big Riddim Recordings), has been at the game just as long and can get the ladies moving with his melodic, yet powerful sounds that will definitely get the spot jumping.
With a style unique to their individual, yet very diverse from each other, they come together to bring you an incomparable sound. With releases on "Smashed Beatz" (SB001 & SB002) and "Rockers Dub" (RD010) and also forthcoming tunes (2011 - 2012) on Legendary Drum and Bass Producer/DJ Shimon's Label "Audioporn" Records. The duo from Orange County, California have been slammin the decks up and down the coast of Southern California for years. With heavy work in the studio daily these 2 men or about to take the dubstep scene on a tear. Step into a world of lush, sonic bliss. Each set is a carefully crafted auditory adventure that spans the range of melodic bass music across the genre and BPM spectrum. Known for bringing her own flavor to the sound, Carly D fuses the freshest bass anthems, with her own newest original tracks, and on the fly lyrical mash-ups that are sure to have every booty on the floor shakin’.
Dj Balance broke ground 6 years ago when her passion for hip hop and electronic music in addition to her collection of vinyl harmoniously synthesized.
As a graduate of the Scratch DJ Academy (L.A.), she aquired her skills from many talented and creative DJ's and producers. djBalance spins many genres, but mostly BASS influenced music. You can catch djBalance mixing and blending a fusion of BASS with your booty shaking in mind all over the Bay Area.
It all started in 2003 with the purchase of a VaporDoc vaporizer with lots of hits of tasty ganja while playing video games. The screen name Bud Vapor was born. After a decade of being involved in the San Francisco Rave scene as a Goa Trance/ Psy Trance DJ. In 2004 Sausee decided to take a break from the scene and music that use to bring such inspiration. With roots from rap/hip hop and friends beginning to make rap music. Sausee began to make his own style of 90 bpm rap styled beats. Instead of the standard structure most rap songs are built. Sausee tried to add his own style and flow of the tracks that he would find in a Trance/Techno song. So if there were no rapping words over the beats, it would still have a feeling and story to it. Even though his rapping friends thought of this style as too trancey. Sausee kept making the music that had a certain feeling to it. In 2007 Sausee decided to try and return into the Rave scene as a Psy DJ. To avoid any confusion on the 2 completely different styles of music production. All the melodic styled trance hop would go under the name BUD VAPOR.
In 2010 Bud Vapor started mixing his own original tracks together in a DJ set creating a unique style of Melodic Tech Trance feeling Hip Hop. Even though the grooves were hard, it still had more of a chill feel to it.
So in 2011 Bud Vapor decided to add Drum and Bass and Dubstep/ Glitch to the list of genres to spin. Although instead of doing quick style mixes like a majority of the DJ's in those genres. Bud Vapor decided to use his Sausee styled mixing of layering the tracks and flowing them in a way to soothe the psy trancer within.
Even though this is just the beginning of the Bud Vapor movement. Things are starting to pick up quick. Be on the look out for more Bud Vapor to come!!!!
Ritual has proudly become an icon in the Bay Area dubstep scene. This event is not possible without the music lovers that join us every week. With our humble beginnings in a tiny club, we eventually expanded to the famous Temple Nightclub in San Francisco with beautiful dancing people joining us every Thursday. This is an experience that is fueled by you, and we love you for shaping Ritual in a positive direction.
~Presented by Irie Cartel~
~Flier designed by Skulltrane~
~Photography by Julie Hanna~
~Shaking by your ass~
*****If you just turned 21 in the last week, show us your ID and your first drink is on us.*****
Drink Special is a shot of Don Julio Blanco + any beer for $10.
Cash only at the door.
Credit Cards are accepted at the bar but a $20 minimum is required.
Event is at Temple Nightclub (540 Howard St.) in San Francisco every Thursday for the 21+ crowd. Admission is 5 dollars, or free if you are in line before 10pm. We rock from 10pm to 3am. There are no ins and outs.
Artists of any medium are welcome to set up in the destiny lounge downstairs and create during the evening. We have a handful of painters, and artists of various mediums, that bless us every week. Anyone is invited to set up and share their gift with others.
After every Ritual, the Irie Cartel will be making a small donation to the Bay Area chapter of the American Red Cross. The money will go towards the next local disaster similar to the San Bruno explosion, or any upcoming earthquake. For more details on how to make donations please visit the following website. http://www.redcrossbayarea.org/
Backpacks must checked into Coat Check. There are pat downs at the entrance that are targeting weapons, alcohol and items used for graffiti. There will be a machine outside that scans ID's. Your information is not shared with anyone and it is deleted shortly after the night is over. If you would like to read more on the machine and the logistics of its use, please visit the following website http://www.servalldatasystems.com/. We apologize for any inconveniences but we want to ensure your safety.
Here are some details about the venue:
*Drink Special: Shot of Don Julio Blanco + any beer for $10.
*2 Bars open
*After hours venue, we party til 3am.
*Big dance floor
*Big sound system
*Gated smoking area
*Plenty of parking
*Walking distance from BART and Transbay Terminal.
*Near the freeway.
*Water readily available
*No dress code.