DJ Mate Masie
Friday, July 5th • Flash Bar 8PM, Green Room 9PM, Club Level 10PM.
Advance Tickets on sale now.
Spectral Sound’s Ryan Elliott has found success in two of electronic music’s most respected hubs - his hometown of Detroit and current residence, Berlin - thanks to both his extensive record collection and finesse behind the decks. Elliott is joined by Russian-born, Brooklyn-based DJ/producer Julia Govor, frequently billed alongside the likes of Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin, and Adam Beyer. Flash’s own Oliver Caine rounds out Club Level while NYC’s Christina and ReSolute resident DJ Connie take the decks in the Green Room.
Ryan Elliott (Ostgut Ton, Spectral Sound | Detroit/Berlin)
Julia Govor (JUJUKA | New York)
Oliver Caine (Flash | DC)
Connie Yin aka Constar (ReSolute | NYC)
Christina Crossin (Younan Music | NY)
Flash Bar: Vibe
Kochi (Vibe | DC)
Katrina Mir (DC House Grooves | DC)
DJ Mate Masie (Urban Artistry | DC)
“What matters most, above all else, is what comes through the speakers,” says Detroit’s Ryan Elliott. “It must be the right track at the right time, delivered in the right way.” Nobody knows this better than Elliott, whose distinction as an internationally respected DJ and remixer has grown steadily over his decade-plus behind the decks. They don’t hand out a great reputation at the club door, and Elliott’s is well-earned and well-deserved.
Ryan Elliott’s early days included legendary residencies at Ann Arbor’s Goodnight Gracies and Detroit’s Shelter, which soon gave way to a rigorous international travel schedule. He began working crowds at clubs and festivals around the world, from NYC’s Guggenheim Museum to Barcelona’s Sonar by Night, and tailoring his approach to each show with a meticulous ear and a bottomless record collection. Influenced by his hometown staples (Axis, Purpose Maker, M Plant, and UR) along with international labels like Perlon, Playhouse, and early Kompakt, Ryan inhabits his kick drums, becoming an extension of the music and vice versa.
2009 saw Elliott relocating to Berlin to further his focus on DJing, production, and helming Spectral Sound’s growing roster from a newly international perspective. “Berlin and Detroit may not look the same, but they feel the same,” he says. “The connection isn’t just in the music, but also in both cities rough edges and honest hearts.”
Ryan Elliot’s sound remains unchanged: bassline-driven techno and house reduced to their essence, thoughtfully calibrated to drive crowds out of their minds. The time is right, the tracks are right, and Ryan Elliott is exactly where he needs to be.
Julia Govor was born to move people. She made her debut performing in a small military town in Abkhazia, which led to her becoming the cassette-DJ at the town’s nightclub. Every Saturday Julia was on stage performing new songs by Russian singers. She soon became the lead singer in the locally-famous military band, Moryachka.
Still sharpening her mixing skills, she began using Paul White’s elegant silver Tascam to play pop songs by Sandra, Mr. President, 20 Fingers, and other 90’s pop divas. In 2000 she moved to South Russia where she became a bona fide DJ, playing CDs and mixing on a Vestax PMC01A.
Julia was deeply inspired by the techno artists she’d been playing with and began to produce herself. She honed a sound which boasts distinctly resonant frequencies alongside uncommon melodies and her tracks were subsequently snapped up by Visionquest, Get Physical and Hypertone in 2011/12.
Relocation to New York saw Julia perform alongside Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin and Adam Beyer at Output, Time Warp, Awakenings, BEMF and Electric Zoo. 2016 saw her gain the support of Ricardo Villalobos, with releases on Cocoon and Russian vinyl only imprint Body Parts / Mind Series, and a remix of Villalobos. 2017 was a year of releases for Julia with solo records on Akkult and Rhythm Cult and collaboration EPs with TMZ on Second State and Seth Troxler on Boiler Room Recordings, leading to a string of respected festival appearances including Awakenings, Melt, Sonus and Neversea.
2018 was Julia’s year to ignite her imagination and create a new conceptual imprint, JUJUKA, on which the first release dropped in September 2018. JUJUKA is a multidisciplinary art project that exhibits comic graphics by London-based Illustration duo Le.BLUE. Each release comes with a humorous comic about dance music culture. In 2019 Julia will begin touring the ‘JUJUKA Experience’ with events across the US featuring visuals and diversely curated line-ups, always with an atmospheric offering unique to each event.
At the core of Julia’s music and DJ sets is an ever-present element of emotional truth and a quest to redefine her audience’s relationship with beat. Simply put, she firmly believes in churning out sexy techno grooves with dramatic expressions and select layers of sound. Not to forget the boundless charm and ambrosial melodies. That is, in a nutshell Julia Govor.