Moritz von Oswald
Friday, March 23rd • Bar opens 8PM, Green Room 9PM, Club 10PM.
No bottle service on FOCUS nights.
Advance tickets on sale 3/08 @ 12PM.
Moritz von Oswald ( Basic Channel | Berlin )
Jamaica Suk ( Gradient, L.A.G. | Berlin )
Wade Hammes ( NightFlight | DC )
Andy Grant ( DC House Grooves | DC )
Katrina Mir ( DC House Grooves | DC )
Ramirez ( Playlist | DC )
DJ Kochi ( WTF Radio, Vibe | DC )
MORITZ VON OSWALD:
Moritz von Oswald, legendary master of electronic experimentalism and technical exactitude, has an unassailable place in the modern history of forward-thinking music. To follow his career is to take a guided tour through some of the most important developments, places and people in the history of electronic music. Trained as a classical percussionist, von Oswald joined avant-garde new wave band Palais Schaumburg in the early 80s. His growing interest in the possibilities of electronic music culminated in a landmark collaboration with Thomas Fehlmann in 2MB (and 3MB). By the early 90s he had gone on to found Basic Channel (with Mark Ernestus) whose releases would go on to define and epitomize European minimal techno.
As a central figure in the Berlin techno scene which coalesced around the Tresor club and label, von Oswald helped initiate and develop the famous Berlin-Detroit access, collaborating with pathbreaking artists in the burgeoning Techno scene across the Atlantic such as Juan Atkins, Robert Hood, Jeff Mills and many others. As half of both Maurizio and Rhythm & Sound (again with Mark Ernestus) he transformed this new sound in respectively minimal and dub-inflected directions, originating traditions in electronic music that continue to this day.
A lifelong musician and experimenter, Jamaica Suk has fused her jazz and metal roots from the Bay Area California with a feel for soulful techno, a combination that makes her at home leading driving dance or workouts across Europe. With her own vinyl label Gradient and accompanying event series, atop extensive activity as DJ and producer, she has found in Berlin a platform for the breadth of her musical versatility.
In her signature, distorted melodies and hints of melancholic bass guitar, you might hear where Jamaica started - studying bass guitar in her teens, playing in jazz and grindcore, math rock and shoegaze bands, before getting deep into the Bay Area’s house and techno underground. Jazz musician by day, DJ by night, she quickly became established throwing monthly parties at 222 Hyde Street and in grimy area warehouses. Technology was an early passion, too, including completing an Audio Engineering program at San Francisco’s respected Pyramid. That combination of technology and musical chops, meeting with an intuition for minimalism and repetition from Reich and Pan Sonic to techno classics, perfectly set up the move to Berlin.
Based in the German capital since 2012, Jamaica has honed her production language, working in a studio tucked above the hedonistic dance labyrinths of the Wilden Renate club. And with equal parts German and Paci c, her music has earned a following for its postmodern, melodic narratives, soul and industrial sounds in balance.
On the production side, that’s meant a steady stream of releases on some revered boutique labels, including for Face to Face, Sub tl, and on vinyl for L.A.G. Keeping with the milieu of producing for the discerning digger, she now turns her aesthetic perfectionism to her vinyl-only Gradient, debuting with her own music and a Cassegrain remix, and the paired Gradient Nights club series.
Jamaica has also been a headline mainstay on the club circuit, including being a regular anchor of the kinky, red-hot Pornceptual party, playing there alongside Eric Cloutier, Boris, Norman Nodge, and others, as well as playing Garbicz Festival after Rodhad, the Sunset Campout, Whole Festival, and many others.
2018 promises a packed calendar, plus new releases on Gradient, Wunderblock and Establishment. Jamaica’s musical wellspring looks deep, indeed.