On Friday, September 21st, we are proud to welcome West Coast favorites Alix Alvarez and David Harness to DEEP! Neither artist is a stranger to the DEEP sanctuary, but this night will mark their first appearance at our DEEP SF monthly at Mighty along with DEEP creator Marques Wyatt. Limited discount presales are available at Resident Advisor.
A L I X • A L V A R E Z (Ovum, 1trax, Surface)
D A V I D • H A R N E S S (HarLum Muziq)
M A R Q U E S • W Y A T T (DEEP, LA)
// Alix Alvarez //
They say curiosity killed the cat, but for this cat curiosity only made him stronger as he was driven to search for new sounds in early hip hop and beyond harvesting each sound into his unique production style of today. “Im layin’ the foundation down” declares Alix Alvarez as he raps about past present and future. Born and raised in The Bronx, NYC this humble cat has been making waves in the music game for quite sometime. Nourished on vinyl selections of disco, soul and salsa by his parents in his formative years, Alix was conditioned to be a musical mastermind at an early age.
Heavily influenced and motivated by an older sister & cousin when he was 12, Alix began his musical journey on the turntables mixing records by house music’s famed Todd Terry’s “Bango” to picking up wax by Big Daddy Kane and DJ Premier. The next logical steps for Alix were to get formally educated in music. Already having an interest in production Alix began studying at the Institute of Audio Research in Manhattan to be trained as an audio engineer where he graduated as one of the top students in his class. In July of 1999, Alix was given the opportunity that lead him to be an assistant sound engineer at MAW studios - “Little” Louie Vega and Kenny “Dope” Gonzales' (Masters at Work) studios in NYC. Like a kid in a candy store Alix literally slept in the studio making beats on the down low, gaining as much knowledge in this musical discourse as possible. It was his experience and training at the MAW studios that helped him to develop his engineering skills as he was beginning to produce and write his own deep house gems. Over the next few years Alix found himself as an integral part of the New York house music scene bumping heads with receptive players in the industry, such as Sandy Rivera (Kings of Tomorrow) & Osunlade who served as mentors to him.
While working at MAW studios Alix met now co owner and partner in Sole Channel records, Mr. V, a lower east side local who also worked for the label portion of MAW. The two quickly started hustling their sounds together about town. For the next 2 years Alix and Mr. V jointly held a monthly party calling it “Sole Channel” throwing down soulful, funky, house rhythms into the early morning bringing back the nostalgic vibe of the old school underground house parties in NYC. The collaboration between Mr.V and Alix was a no-brainer with their complimentary styles in both music and on life philosophy. Already having a fresh name, the artwork to brand themselves and connections to music heads world-wide, in 2004 Alix and Mr. V launched their now internationally recognized record label, Sole Channel Music. Since the label was incorporated, Sole Channel releases have been flying out and landing all over the world placing these two in the top tier of future house music creators.
2001 marked Alix's first release entitled "The Nu Breed E.P." on Essence Records UK and since then he has been releasing original tracks and remixes like a mad man! Mr. Alvarez has been sought out and internationally recognized for his remix projects on UK Soul songstress & Grammy winner Amy Winehouse's "Tears Dry On Their Own" as well as remixing an impressive array of talent that include James Ingram, Sean Escoffrey, Miguel Migs, Lady Alma, Tortured Soul and more recently Universal Music’s soul songstress, Jully Black. Worldwide success has prevailed for Alix from his production of the world wide smash and highly acclaimed “Da Bump”, in collaboration with Mr. V and Miss Patty released on Defected Records in 2007. Currently, Alix is working on an EP for Josh Wink's venerated Ovum label, due for release in 2012.
He continues to add to that list as his production skills get tighter with each new release. With a heavy tour schedule, Alix has been on the road spreading the Sole Channel love world wide from Japan to Johannesburg and everywhere in between. Alix and Mr.V have teamed up with famed Parisian producer Franck Roger as co-creators of the internationally renowned 5 Beats party which hold residencies in Paris, London and NYC. The monthly event brings the best DJ talent from around the world. Alix has also teamed up with Mark de Clive-Lowe and Nef Nunez to create the Body Rock monthly party which has been a hit with the LA dance scene. He has also taken Body Rock to San Jose once a month at Cardiff Lounge. Reinventing house music by combining it with hip hop sounds, Alix’s productions continue to defy the boundaries of electronic music. He is blazing trails and setting precedence for the future of music.
// David Harness //
David Harness is one of the most popular DJ/producers in the San Francisco Bay Area club scene. He has been described as ‘a man who lives, breathes and emanates everything that is beautiful about deep house music and classic garage.’ David is considered a ‘rising star’ within the dance community. As a military brat, David Harness traveled the world extensively during his childhood. ‘Regardless of which country I was in, I always heard American music, namely R&B. This little bit of familiarity really helped me feel secure in a lot of different places.’ With influences varying from Barry White and the Love Unlimited Orchestra, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Quincy Jones, the Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, Parliament Funkadelic, the Isley Brothers and First Choice, it is easy to see why funk and soul have always been strong elements in his sound. In 1990, David began DJ’ing at the After Dark in his hometown of Monterey, California. As his popularity grew past the boundaries of Monterey, he was invited to establish a residency at Tilt and the Sound Factory in San Francisco.
In 1994, David opened and DJ’ed at the hip and popular club Lift at Club Dv8 in San Francisco. His success as a club DJ led to a DJ spot on commercial radio. In 1994, David joined the popular radio show Your Mama’s House on the San Francisco Bay Area’s number one radio station KMEL FM. Your Mama’s House was the only ‘true’ house mix show on any major radio station in Northern California. As part of the Your Mama’s House crew, David played a key role in exposing the masses to House Music in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1995 David kicked off a seven year residency at San Francisco ‘s legendary Club Universe — San Francisco’s hottest Saturday night party. At Club Universe, David had the opportunity to play with many New York’s legendary DJs like Frankie Knuckles, Tony Humphries, Little Louie Vega, Tedd Patterson, Dave Morales, Danny Teneglia, London’s Ricky Morrison, Los Angeles’ Marques Wyatt, San Francisco’s Miguel Migs, Mark Farina and Kaskade — just to name a few. His growing popularity accelerated David’s natural progression into production.
In 1996, David was selected to spearhead the studio production for a national marketing campaign for the McDonald’s Deluxe Burger. Also in 1996, David begin his ongoing residency at The End Up Sunday T-Dance — San Francisco’s longest running dance party. In 1998, he released a CD for Universe Sounds and Twisted America, ‘Welcome to the Universe’. This innovative CD, recorded live from Club Universe, reflects San Francisco’s unique ‘sound’ and introduced the world to David Harness. Recognizing his talent, Twisted America quickly signed him to produce his first single, ‘Get It Together’, for a Twisted America compilation entitled ‘A Little Bit of the Old, A Lot of the New’. David also started his ongoing residency at Fag Fridays in San Francisco in 1998 where he is still rockin’ the floor. In 1999, David started Taboo in San Francisco’s Mission District. Taboo started out of David’s love of House music and his desire to provide a showcase for Bay Area talent as well as internationally known DJs. This ongoing party attracts a loyal crowd of househeads from around the San Francisco Bay Area and the globe to the weekly blending of spirit and soul. In September 2000, David launched DHJ Productions and has established himself as a respected producer and remixer. To date, David has worked on projects featuring artists such as Mary J. Blige, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Simply Red, Alicia Keys, Floetry, Donnie McClurkin, India Arie, *NSYNC and Donnell Jones. A collaborative effort with DJ/producers Chris Lum of Abitare Music, Jay-J of Moulton Studios, and Charles Spencer of LoveSlap has resulted in several independent releases. David has appeared in articles and interviews in Billboard Magazine, Paper Magazine, Surface, XLR8R, Streetsounds, Sweater, HX, Next, URB, DJ Mag and the SF Bay Guardian. David Harness’ passion, talent and creativity has definitely created a new page in the history of house music.
// DEEP //
DEEP is the legendary Los Angeles house music event created by Marques Wyatt. The event now takes place monthly at various locations in Los Angeles, New York City & San Francisco. Now running 12 years, DEEP consistently delivers the best DJ's and performers house music has to offer. DEEP - Where House LIVES!
Friday, September 21, 2012
DEEP SF Presents Alix Alvarez, David Harness, and Marques Wyatt
119 Utah St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
10:00 pm - 4:00 am | 21+
$10 before 11:00 pm, $15 after