Art Department, Doc Martin, Marbs, Sublevel live, Nordic Soul, Mike Gushansky, Mr. Koolaid
Friday, March 30th
Decibel gets Subleveled
No.19 Music / Crosstown Rebels
Doc Martin / Sublevel live
Poker Flat Recordings
Koolaid Clown Posse
Rockie Raccoon and the House of Fierce Ruling Divas
Doors at 10PM and going LATE / 21+
UNION (Disco and Loft Rooms)
4067 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles
ABOUT ART DEPARTMENT
Art Department, the infamous electronic music act, has seen almost unparalleled success within the world of dance music in recent years. Canadian Jonny White, acting Head of No.19 Music, is now the lone force behind the influential project that began as a collaborative effort with long time friend Kenny Glasgow in 2009.
The prolific producer’s original style landed AD at the forefront of a major underground music movement, transcending genre barriers and breaking down walls as few other underground artists have. Their game-changing contribution to the electronic music landscape has been undeniable, garnering accolades such as ‘#1 Track of the Year’ at the Beatport Awards in 2011, the iTunes #2 ‘Best Electronic Album’ of 2011, hailed as the “hottest duo in dance music” from media outlets such as DJ Mag, awarded the 2010 ‘Track of the Year’ for their breakout hit ‘Without You’ by long-standing authorities like Resident Advisor (UK), Groove Mag (Germany), and #2 in Mixmag (US), and voted #6 Top DJ's in the world in 2012. The duo have also graced the covers of DJMag Canada, Now Magazine, DJ Times, Raveline Magazine and have been widely featured in the press, including The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Vogue, I:D, Nylon and Vibe Magazine; who ranked them #2 DJ/Producers in the world in 2013 (second only to Daft Punk), firmly establishing them as a rarity in the world of electronic music.
Since the project’s inception, the band has been one of the most in-demand touring acts on the circuit, performing at nearly 150 events annually on a seemingly never-ending world tour. Since their installation as residents at DC10 in Ibiza (arguably the most revered club on earth), AD has taken their immersive and unique style of DJ’ing to esteemed nightclubs such as Fabric and Panorama Bar, have performed at trendsetting international festivals like Movement (Detroit), Ultra Music Festival (Miami/Brazil), EDC (Las Vegas), BPM Festival (Mexico), Exit Festival (Serbia), Parklife (UK/Oz), Creamfields (Buenos Aires), Global gathering (UK), Burning Man (Black Rock), Lollapalooza (Chicago), Coachella (California) and Tomorrowworld (Belgium) to name but a few. In 2012 They reached yet another milestone when the duo were welcome guests on the legendary BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and at the BBC’s hallowed Maida Vail studios, joining a rich history alongside the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.
Art Department’s debut release Vampire Nightclub / Without You arrived in 2010 sounding fully formed, a track so unique that it set the electronic music world ablaze placing the project firmly at the foundation of a new era in underground dance music. Since then the pair honed their original and remix production skills, most notably on White’s own No.19 Music, with their crown jewel being the impressive debut album The Drawing Board released on the prestigious Crosstown Rebels label.
Art Department’s sophomore album, Natural Selection expanded upon their previous body of work, building a deeper and more experimental sound while staying true their original music style that won the hearts of their dedicated fans. Now Art Department enters the next chapter making the change in direction abundantly clear with the creation of the latest Fabric Mix compilation, the 82nd in the legendary series. Focussed more narrowly on the dance floor and a heavier, dubby house and techno sound, Jonny released the new Art Department mix in June 2015 and returned to Room 1 of the revered club for a debut and special launch party along side former partner Kenny Glasgow, Scott Grooves and No.19 co-founder Nitin.
Jonny continues to successfully develop his beloved No.19 Music record label, which to date has released works from over 100 of the most influential electronic artists across the globe. As such, in its 6th year it has become one of the most sought after imprints in contemporary dance music. In recent months the label has seen a string of celebrated producers showcase their talent, with the likes of Guy Gerber, Mathew Jonson, Jamie Jones, Martinez Brothers, DJ Tennis, Radio Slave and Dennis Ferrer all providing remixes for AD’s Natural Selection LP.
Art Department, continuing to push his own creative boundaries and explore new ways in which he can help cultivate underground music culture, has found his latest efforts materialize in the form of two new vinyl-only imprints. The first, Social Experiment, is the name used for the brand of highly successful No.19 Music record label showcases that have been one of the most in-demand events at the aforementioned clubs and music festivals around the world.
The second imprint, named Sunday Money, will serve as yet another opportunity for Jonny to provide even more unknown and established artists with a platform to release a slightly different style of electronic music, more heavily focused on collectors of deeper, "post-minimal" house and techno.
This Autumn will also see Jonny begin work on an issue close to his heart - Music Against Animal Cruelty, a non-profit organization with one simple objective: to save African wildlife. Along with long-time friend and co-founder Wade Cawood, MAAC will act as a broker between musicians, industry insiders and music fans alike, helping to save animals facing the dangers of a diminishing population or extinction. As an additional contribution, the Social Experiment imprint will form a crucial part of fundraising efforts in its guise as a non-profit record label, with all proceeds being donated to MAAC.
Now, as 2015 draws to a close, Art Department enters its next phase and continues to evolve, with Jonny alone at the controls. Never one to rest on his laurels, Art Department will continue to explore new sounds and ideals, bringing his reimagining of a project loved by so many to the world stage with no end in sight.
ABOUT DOC MARTIN / SUBLEVEL
Doc Martin has earned the respect of many who are fanatic about his style of DJ’ ing.His style crosses over from all timeless genres providing his listeners a new outlook & ever growing futuristic, unique sound. He can always surprise you with a rare classic that crosses time zones and still hits the spot even now.
You will always feel the warmth of the crowd around the decks watching him spin away as they dance. The variation in his style of music is endless.
What makes him so different from the rest? A unique ability to spin everything from Deep House to his funky Tribal Bass lines mixed with threads of Acid which creates soundscapes that cross all barriers. His collection of rare & classic records can be heard at his gigs.
He continuously chooses and enjoys mixing with digital and analogue gear as he creates his own signature style of DJ’ing & Recordings. Constantly producing and remixing for his own and various labels across the world Doc Martin is always working on a new project. He constantly tours at such clubs as:
Residency at Sound nightclub, (Los Angeles)
Residency at Flash nightclub, (Washington, DC)
Residency at Output Brooklyn (New York)
Residency at Electric Pickle (Miami)
Residency at Sublevel (Los Angeles)
He has also hit the DC10 (Ibiza) circuit twice this summer playing along side Seth Troxler, Ralph Lawson, Dan Ghenecia, Ellen Alien, Cassy, Martinez Brothers, Damian Lazarus, Apollonia. Cityfox (New York) & Los Angeles along with Dixon. Fabric’s 15 yr Anniversary (London) playing along side DJ’s such as Craig Richards, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Dixon, Ame, Terry Francis, DJ Three. As well as other cities like Toronto Coda with DJ Sneak & Ricardo Villalobos, Montreal, Halifax, Vancouver Shine with Jay Tripwire, Rex Paris with D’Julz & Phil Weeks, KCRW Hammer Museum, Public Works (San Francisco), Cityfox (New York), Coachella Festival, Sunwaves Beach Festival, Long Beach Festival, Long Beach Pier, High Tides (Cruises) Soup New York. New Sound nightclub Hollywood with Steve Lawler & Sublevel Live, The Exchange LA. He visits Tokyo once a year at different venues/festivals, and everywhere in between.
Doc Martin has toured with The Basement Jaxx & Daft Punk.
He has also played with James Brown,Grace Jones,Inner City, and about anyone else you can think of. Doc Martin also held a residency at Glam Slam in Los Angeles back in the 1990′s.
The sun fades, the last glitter trails of light hit the shimmering and spinning dusty desert disco ball. A throng of dedicated and debauched hard partying Marbie’s Barbies hurtle their way towards center stage (really…they’re Barbies), educated party-goers make their way to the dance floor, no questions asked, while whispers of "King of Darkness, crazy house and techno, psychedelic vibes” spread through the new night sky. The first melodic notes travel the space, ethereal beauty pouring from the stacked Funktion speakers, waving its way through the crowd. Your eyes close, your body grooves to the sounds and the beats and the thuds of the tech house that is now expertly laid out for all to enjoy. Dark and driving, thumping techno is paired with mystical, beautiful, melodic house. That passionately and expertly paired genre bending style can only mean one thing. Marbs has taken the decks.
Having grown up in Southern California with the now notoriously known motley crew called Desert Hearts, Marbs, an artistic kid, was primarily influenced by legends like Pink Floyd and Tool, while also listening to underground hip hop, reggae, and rock, displaying his no holds barred love for all genres from an early age. Flash forward to San Francisco's Love Fest, art cars roaming the city, house music spilling from speakers, and Marbs’ musical tastes were forever changed thanks to ruler of the house music game and party guru, Lee Burridge.
After years of djing the San Diego, LA, and Burning Man party circuits, the Desert Hearts crew took it upon themselves to throw their own kind of party. One built on love, acceptance, and strictly, House and Techno, their 2012 one time gathering of 200 people in the Mojave (the coldest one ever, we swear!!) has turned into one of the most talked about and adored boutique festivals in the US. None of which could be possible without Marbs, lovingly coined, "Papa Bear", he is truly the backbone of the project behind the scenes, where he runs most of the logistics with a steady hand and a humble heart. He’s easily one of the nicest guys on the planet and is the most modest of the crew, which is insane given his endless barrage of talents beyond his musical endeavors. While Desert Hearts catapults successfully into the scene as a major player through their twice yearly festival, touring internationally throwing parties under the moniker City Hearts, and launching a (free!) record label, Marbs continues to hone his production skills and also blows the art game out of the water, hand drawing all of the label’s artwork and inspiring tattoo artists everywhere.
Marbs’ musical talents and humble dj presence commands any dance floor with his sounds of mystical darkness and whimsical tribal rhythms; the night sky is the limit for this King of Darkness. With a sound like no other, a heart of gold, and a determination matched by few, Marbs is sure to lead this movement of love until the very happy end.
ABOUT NORDIC SOUL
Sean Horton aka Nordic Soul has long been enamored with artistic expression, the creation of music, and the technology that fuses it all together. Today he is best known as founder, curator and president of the Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance Visual Art and New Media in Seattle. In 2014, Sean was named #43 on Rolling Stone’s “50 Most Important People in EDM”: rol.st/1fHxj3D
Founded in 2003, Decibel Festival has become a unique platform for exposing attendees to leading-edge multimedia art from around the globe. With a focus on live performance, interactive multimedia art, state-of-the-art sound and technology based education; Decibel has solidified itself as one of the premier electronic music festivals and promotional organizations in the world. The five-day festival program averages over 25,000 attendees a year. Over the years Decibel has hosted hundreds of events, featuring over 1,000 unique performers from over 40 countries. Outside of the annual festival program, Decibel Events producers over 60 events per year, ranging from intimate club performances to massive international festival stages.
Beyond his work with Decibel, Sean is an expert deejay, producer and performer who has been turning out dance floors since the late 90s. A lover of many musical styles, Nordic Soul’s interest and roots in techno, house, hip hop, jazz, soul, industrial, ambient and dub contribute to his diverse musical palette. Since Nordic Soul’s inception in 2002, he has shared the stage with an eclectic cross section of international talent, including Bassnectar, Moby, Major Lazer, Grimes, Boys Noize, Maya Jane Coles, Ben Klock, Four Tet, The Orb, Maceo Plex, Moodymann, Duke Dumont, Simian Mobile Disco, Modeselektor, DARKSIDE, Trentemoller, Scuba, Dusky, Green Velvet, Moderat, MK, Gui Boratto, Monolake, Mount Kimbie, Matthew Dear, Theo Parrish, DJ Tennis, Justin Martin, Roman Flugel, Danny Daze and Motor City Drum Ensemble. Sean has also performed at several major festivals world-wide, including Dimensions (Croatia), MUTEK (Montreal), Communikey (Boulder) and Decibel (Seattle). Nordic Soul has released music on a wide variety of labels including K Records, Buttermilk Records, Peloton and Basic_Sounds.
Sean currently resides in Downtown Los Angeles, where he is continuing his career and musical endeavors.