Maya Jane Coles (Hypercoulour, Mobilee)
Moniker (DJ Set - Smash Hit Music)
Brian Bejarano (As You Like It)
Maya Jane Coles (Hypercoulour, Mobilee):
What a year 2011 was for Maya Jane Coles. Voted ‘Producer of the Year 2011′ by DJ Mag, named ‘Best Breakthrough DJ 2011′ by Mixmag, debuting at No. 9 on the Resident Advisor ’2011 DJ Poll’, scooping ‘Best Newcomer 2011′ at the Ibiza DJ Awards 2011, many magazine covers and the likes of Anja Schneider, Ellen Allien, Damon Alburn and Tricky all queuing up to offer their praise.
Well that was 2011 and this is most definitely 2012 where the bar is set to be raised once more for this rather unique 24-year old, British/Japanese producer; with Maya already scheduled to dj in over 20 countries in the first 6 months alone, some interesting release projects to be announced, some huge remixes and of course – the big one, the release of Maya’s debut album. This is the story so far…
Moniker (DJ Set - Smash Hit Music):
Moniker came into being in 2007, the mutated incestuous child of Kenneth Scott and Emilio Orlandi. A conversation about vintage analog gear while soaking up San Francisco's late night techno sounds brought them together in the studio, leading to incessant knob twiddling and all night jams.
They both come from different and varied musical backgrounds. Emilio is a Bay Area native, active in the SF underground house/techno scene for over ten years, Kenneth grew up in Iowa listening to IDM and Chicago House. They strike a balance in their collaborations, Kenneth's digital tangents being tempered by EO's chunky analog foundations.
Their DJ sets are sweaty jacking affairs, psychedelicly fun, intellectual and dirty. Expect the same from their gear heavy live sets.
Brian Bejarano (As You Like It):
Nicknamed "Briski" by his father (pronounced Bri-skee), Brian Bejarano worked beyond a casual encounter with sound in Dallas, England, and San Francisco, taking a deep dive into the dark pool of music to feed the emotional, soulful and spastic sides of his adult nature. His young journeys drew him to throw and attend undergrounds and house parties; to buy and listen to psychedelic rock jams and Wicked tracks (beginning with Jeno, Garth, Thomas, Markie and Doc Martin; all bearing an indelible imprint on him); to scoop old-school tapes of '90s mixes that hoisted the shimmy at his smaller shindigs as he rounded out his sound.
But Bejarano’s desires propelled him headlong into every aspect of the business: DJing, producing and promoting. As a DJ, he established a residency at Dallas’s Velvet Hookah, was a part of his own re:body project that threw shimmery and artful disco parties all over San Francisco, and finally became a resident of West Coast collective, As You Like It. In the promotion sphere, he promoted and played an assortment of disco and house parties in Dallas that included guests like Doc Martin and Egyptian Lover. He also rocked sensational SF parties including Art Department and Linkwood at the now defunct wilderness-preserve-turned-sound-hive, the Compound, to fill the void of genres being spotlighted by the venue at the time.
Fast-forward to 2011’s tail end/2012’s cusp, his focus shifted more to sound development, production and travel (in both North America and abroad). The young rebel-turned-analyst had nurtured his reckless anima into a captivating concentration of musical mandates, resulting in awesome creative tangents previously unimagined.