Kenny Larkin, Monty Luke, Christopher Leath, Billy Jaz, Paul Leath
"One Nation Underground" featuring Kenny Larkin & Monty Luke
hosted by Friction and Handmade Recordings
DOOR: $15 until 10:30pm / $20 after, 21+ / opens @ 9 pm :)
KENNY LARKIN ::: Cadenza Records / Planet E / Rush Hour / Peace Frog / R&S / Warp / ...
MONTY LUKE ::: Black Catalogue / Planet E / Mothership
LEATHAL (DJ Christopher & Paul Leath) ::: Friction Recordings / el otro mundo / doBox
BILLY JAZ ::: HandMade Recordings
* LIVE interviews with the performing artists
streamed through Common Ground Radio (commonground-radio.com)
* In addition, this will be a record release party for Friction Recordings' latest EP "Coefficient of Friction"
produced by Christopher Leath (aka el gato #9) / Remixed by Monty Luke
= SET TIMES =
BILLY JAZ and LEATHAL DJ Tag set : 9:00pm - 11:00pm
MONTY LUKE : 11:00pm - 12:30am
KENNY LARKIN : 12:30am - 2:00am
KENNY LARKIN BIO
To most electronic music aficionados, Detroit native Kenny Larkin is a man who needs no introduction. His impressive 20-year history of creating arguably some of the most timeless, soulful techno ever created, is unquestionable. But, to the newer generation of club-goers, who aren’t aware of his contributions, 2012 serves as the year to re-establish his position as one of the most valuable forces in dance music today.
On his popularity, Larkin states:
“I’m more like the artist’s artist. I’ve had very successful electronic artists telling me constantly how much I’ve influenced them, but, to the newer generations of club-goers, my name might not be as well known. I like to say, I’m famous for not being famous!” –KL
Since the beginning of his career, Larkin’s profile was never considered massive, nor did he ever serve as the “face of techno.” Yet, the respect and admiration he garners from his fans, electronic musicians, and journalists globally leave little doubt as to his relevance, and influence in a genre that sometimes can be described as lacking in feeling, warmth and musicality.
It is that musicality that allowed him to give us an unforgettable collection of original material and remixes, such as the amazingly groovy Inner City “Share My Life.” Many consider this rework one of the best Inner City remixes ever done. Or the equally stunning remix done for Ben Klock’s “OK,” which was voted by website LITTLE WHITE EARBUDS as the 20th top track of 2009. The reviewer comments:
... Larkin defrosts Klockʼs “OK” with swelling warmth and a bass line that wound itself all the way to the horizon. High wire strings gave the remix a sense of drama, while faultless percussive turns saw halting snares, clipped shakers and languid hi-hats entwine themselves through the fabric of the track. Coaxing an animalistic cry from his hardware, Larkin had already succeeded in creating a stunning take on “OK” by the three minute mark, but then topped it all off with a gorgeous piano solo that continued for the remainder of the track, adding a graceful fragility to the feverish pace set by the other elements. Not just one of Larkinʼs finest moments but one of 2009ʼs as well. Stunning! –LWE
But by far, one of the most memorable recent remixes, was Larkin’s version of Radioslave’s “Don’t Need A Cure For This.” Released in late 2010, Larkin effortlessly displays his penchant for melody, and his signature jazzy keyboard riffs. The keyboard line, alongside the driving rhythm, resulted in the remix becoming one of the most charted remixes of 2010-11 on popular electronic music websites Resident Advisor, and Beatport.
Never to rest on his laurels, in Dec. 2011, Larkin delivered one of the first biggest remixes of 2012. Less jazzy, but no less impressive than his Radioslave remix, Larkin’s expertly crafted version of Inner City’s, “Future,” which he coincidentally co-produced, and co-wrote, quickly climbed to the number one spot on Beatport’s Top 100 Techno Chart, and reached number 16 on their Top 100 overall chart, which combines all genres. Top dj’s from around the globe are currently supportive this massive floor filler. This was one of only a few Detroit titles to ever reach number one on the techno chart, since the creation of Beatport.
“Quality, not quantity...” –KL
Read more @ http://www.cadenzamusic.net/
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MONTY LUKE BIO
Monty Luke is a revolution in sound – a forever push towards forward thinking; a man unafraid
to explore the space beyond the assumed boundaries of electronic dance music.
What began in Brooklyn quickly spread, as Monty spun his way across the west coast,
honing in on a raw, brain-pumping sound that would catapult him into the great unknown.
Monty Luke began producing in the early 2000s, releasing “What U Feel”
alongside Sam Urton under the Loopwreckas moniker. Shortly thereafter, Monty struck again,
this time with Stompy Hi-Fi resident DJ Tasho. Released on Mothership Music, the track, “Paranoid,” showcases Luke’s punk rock mentality –
a force of creative ferocity and out-of-this-world vibe that so clearly characterizes
Luke’s distinct style.
In mid 2008, it seemed fitting Monty would relocate to Detroit, the birthplace of techno music.
He began work with his mentor, techno legend Carl Craig, and produced “Panik Attack,”
the un-nerving, hypnotic follow-up to “Paranoid.”
Managing the development of Craig’s home-based label, Planet E Communications,
Luke received the encouragement to push ahead, to new frontiers of the sonic mind.
2009 saw the release of yet another single, the nebular “Art, Love, and War.”
With each track, Luke has expanded the horizons of techno music.
During 2010, he was a part of the D25 World Tour, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Detroit Techno, alongside DJ’s such as Theo Parrish, Kenny Dixon Jr., Derrick May, and more.
In 2011, Monty launched his own imprint, Black Catalogue.
The label is focused on raw, underground electronic music talent and will primarily be a stage
for him to release music on his own terms.
You can also hear Luke monthly, on his Scion A/V show “Wave of the Future.”
Monty Luke is determined to bring his outer-galactic, unapologetic, jack track
music to our world and back again. The time is now.
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DJs Christopher and Paul Leath combine their respective talents to become the tag team entitled: "Leathal". As part of the respected alternative label el otro mundo, both are independently strong DJs in their own right having developed their sounds over number of years and traveled worldwide to enhance their individual musical palettes.
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BILLY JAZ BIO
In '94, began a successful residency with Rick Preston and Julias Papp under the name of Soul’d Out, '96 through '98 had a residency at the infamous SF nightclub DNA Lounge. He then went solo on the event promotion tip with his own events. Fast-forward to now and Billy Jaz owns and maintains his very own record label, giving all a taste of his influences from his early beginnings to today.
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