Bay Sine Presents rising UK star, radio host, and Resident Advisor top 1000 DJ Madam X in a rare stateside showcase of her imprint Kaizen. Madam X will be joining us for her San Francisco debut alongside Kaizen label mate, the legendary Manchester based Biome for his first appearance in SF for many years.
Fresh from Spain, we also have the ultra-hot Dubstep talent, Bukkha. After a blistering summer of fresh productions, Bukkha's most recent hit featuring KILLA P, "Badda Den Dem", has been smashing dance floors worldwide, most notably receiving support from legendary artists such as Mala, Loefah, Coki, J:Kenzo, Distance, and more.
To round out the evening, local legends Dhra and Larko will be providing us with a special B2B set in support of the Kaizen duo, as well as sets from Bay Sine fam Saule & Subtle Mind plus Bay Sine founder mrshl.
- Madam X -
DJ, label head and club impresario Madam X has proved she has many strings to her bow. A constant and moreover, crucial, fixture in Manchester’s underground clubbing scene, her intimate knowledge of the city – both as a scene and a place brimming with talented artists – quickly began to prove dividends after first breaking through in 2011.
From co-founding label and Manchester club night BPM, short for ‘Big People Music’, in 2011 to showcase how much the city had to offer, she soon built a reputation for her surefire, upfront DJ Mixes combining everything current and bubbling; grime, techno, bass, garage – you name it, Madam X would mix it. It was this reputation that paved the way for a series of BBC 1Xtra residency slots while still in Manchester – covering for Diplo on BBC Radio 1 and hosting a series of shows, it’s a combination of hard work and crucially, patience, that have really started to pay off over the last two years.
A regular fixture on festival line-ups – playing the BBC R1 Dance Tent to over 8000 people at Reading Festival this summer – and some of the underground’s most iconic nights in Deviation, Manchester’s Warehouse Project and legendary Grime night Eskimo Dance, Madam X has proven herself as one of the UK’s leading influential DJs. Equally adept at playing to huge crowds as she is 100-cap basements, as well as hosting her own shows on BBC Radio 1, Rinse FM and NTS, her multi-faceted approach to music feels unique and ultimately, special.
The proud head of her own label, Kaizen, too – an imprint she launched with extensive, free compilation ‘Kaizen Movements Vol.1’ in the summer of 2014 – Madam X is already overseeing the label’s debut release proper, as well as hosting Kaizen label parties across the UK. With support from Loefah and Swamp81 already, her work with Kaizen has ultimately fed into her work as a DJ too, ensuring she has kept her ear firmly to the ground, while arming her with the hands-on experience of releasing records independently.
Looking ahead, Madam X’s accomplishments to date admittedly feel like only the tip of the iceberg. Although often understated and keen to let the music do most of her talking, she continues to build on past successes – for every gig she plays, the next one is guaranteed to be bigger, better – and is clearly set on leaving her mark on UK dance music. In a big way.
- Biome -
There's a lot of talent in Manchester that tends to get overlooked, but it's a testament to the city's apparently inherent passion for music that this acts less as a barrier than as a hurdle that needs to be crossed at its highest point. Biome is a producer representative of this approach in that there is nothing rushed about his work and he only seems happy if what people are hearing from is something that he can call fully-formed. After first breaking into dubstep with the sort of big kicks and dark mid-range found on tunes like 'Sonic' he has honed his sound to something genuinely original and he's now reaping the rewards of his patience and getting regular plays from some of the biggest names on the circuit. By considering the importance of the mid-range of a tune alongside the bass line and still keeping in mind the idea of space, Biome builds that ever-elusive sense of darkness into his beats whilst maintaining the energy within them that is necessary to get people moving on a dance floor.