Helena Hauff, Sophia Saze
Helena Hauff at U Street Music Hall
with Sophia Saze
Wednesday August 7, 2019
11 PM | $10-25 | 21+
Advance ticket sales end one hour before doors.
Hamburg based DJ and producer. Founder of the Return To Disorder label.
Hamburg native Helena Hauff is an in-demand DJ as well as an acclaimed producer of gritty, hard-edged electro-techno. Her music draws from influences such as acid house, EBM, and industrial, and she records her tracks strictly using analog equipment, usually in one take. Her full-length debut, 2015's Discreet Desires, contains some of her most melodic material, while 2018's Qualm is more stripped-down but no less energetic.
Hauff made her name as a resident DJ at the Golden Pudel Club in Hamburg, where she hosted a night called Birds and Other Instruments. During the early 2010s, she spun at clubs throughout Germany, and eventually the rest of Europe, along with artists such as Actress and Kyle Hall. She made her vinyl debut in 2013 with the release of the Actio Reactio EP on Actress' Werkdiscs label. During the same year, Black Sites (Hauff's duo with fellow Golden Pudel DJ F#x) released their debut EP, Prototype, on Bill Kouligas' Pan label. Additionally, Hauff joined James Dean Brown's revamped Hypnobeat project, which had been producing improvised analog techno/industrial since 1983.
Hauff released several more 12"s in 2014: Shatter Cone on Lux Rec, Return to Disorder on Panzerkreuz Records, a split EP with Andreas Gehm on Solar One, and two more Black Sites records. During the same year, she also remixed tracks by DFA-signed group Factory Floor and Italian EBM pioneers Pankow. In early 2015, the Texas label Hand Made Birds released a collection (fittingly titled A Tape) of Hauff's early cassette-recorded experiments. Werkdiscs also released Lex Tertia, another EP in the same vein as Actio Reactio. Later that year, the label released Hauff's proper debut album, Discreet Desires, which marked a shift toward more melodic electro, but still retained the grittiness of her initial releases. In 2017, Dark Entries issued A Tape as a double LP, and Ninja Tune released Hauff's EP Have You Been There, Have You Seen It. Hauff closed out the year with the accolade of best BBC Essential Mix of 2017.
In 2018, with an ever-busier touring schedule, she managed to record the follow-up to her 2015 debut album; Qualm focused on fewer layers, yet aimed to create something equally as effective as her previous material. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi
DJ and electronic music producer based in Brooklyn, US. Founder of Dusk & Haze.
Beginning her creative journey in her formative years with classical music and dance training, Sophia Saze later became engulfed by electronic dance music. Getting to know this artist, it is easy to understand that she comes from a solid and natural musical foundation. Tbilisi, Georgia born and internationally bred, she’s now based in Brooklyn, New York. Saze launched her record label Dusk & Haze in 2017, with the first installment coming in the form of her own ‘Solace’ LP [D&H001], which included remixes from Benjamin Damage & Umwelt. The productions stem from techno, yet her musical versatility draws from a variety of genre influences, ranging from electro to krautrock, ambient to industrial, and acid to garage - showing her complete range and fluidity as a musician.
2017 also saw Sophia being signed to renowned label Get Physical where her track ‘Fall’ appears on their Words Don’t Come Easy Compilation, showcasing a more soulful downtempo side of the producer. She’s also put forth releases on esteemed imprints including Ghostly International & Oktave Records. Equally as much as she is a producer, she’s also a DJ. Sophia Saze shapes the records she chooses for her sets into a carefully sculpted and characteristic groove. Keeping the journey on the border of house and techno, including electro and more spaced-out broken beat moments, she keeps the beat, the floor, and the dancers intact, always heading forward.
Sophia is currently between her studio and touring schedule. She has a full release schedule lined up for this year, including her debut album on KINGDOMS, and various singles, whilst displaying her innate ability as A&R as she welcomes new releases on her imprint D&H. 2019 will also see the premiere of her live a/v.
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