Saturday, January 25th
Flash Bar 8PM • Green Room 9PM • Club 10PM
Advance Tickets on sale Friday, November 22nd at noon
Perlon co-founder Sammy Dee, closely associated with Zip and Ricardo Villalobos, celebrates his official birthday on the Flash with us on Saturday, January 25th. In conjunction with Avant Gardner/Cityfox, we welcome Sammy back alongside Montreal based Dj and frequent Villalobos collaborator, Amir Javasoul, and Flash resident Navbox.
Sammy Dee (Perlon | France)
Amir Javasoul (Montreal)
Navbox (Flash | DC)
"Do what thy manhood bids thee to,?From none but self expect applause:?He noblest lives and noblest dies?Who makes and keeps his self-made laws."?[Richard Francis Burton]
Revelation instead of obviousness, radical reduction versus reckless verve, ecstatic eternalness, anti-elastic dictatorship of utilization.??In the course of an existence amidst the international Techno circus manège that has been running for (in nearly correct mathematical terms) 20 years, Mario Radecki alias Sammy Dee was able to earn an irrevocable aura as an innovator of electronic music workmanship, far away from beaten mass consumption paths and neoteric-commercial validity. As a (former) resident of Berlin based genesis time venues Tresor and Ostgut, the name Sammy Dee has already been notorious for a passionate manifestation of systematic, personality changing mixing skills back in the 90s. Defining an unparalleled audio-arty range, the vinyl fanatic likes to disperse his beliefs and visions eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth to the skilled and listening audience. Through Sammy's audiophile and distinctive presence, subtle bass-lines are consistently oscillating alongside psychotic tunes, chopped and edgy explorations float through intangibly grotesque layers - all flawlessly sailing around a mediocre moment of time with a trademark, mischievious Perlon smile.
The monthly club night hosted and curated by Sammy, "...GET PERLONIZED!", at infamous Panorama Bar, is anno 2011 one of the most prestigious club events Europe-wide. It has a certain illuminating power up it's sleeve, that can not be gained by promotional exuberance or by worshipping at the alter of capital return; but with musical consistency - keywords that encompass and define everything the Berlin born artist does.??Various releases, inter alia in cooperation with Guido Schneider and Heiko Laux for Poker Flat and Kanzleramt respectively, are defining the German maestro's vita. Together with his "confederate in crime" and Perlon co-founder, Zip, Sammy created Pantytec in 1998 – eight letters that stand for an infinite flow of emotions, minimal perfection and properly arranged timelessness. Six publications followed, including one album full of all-pervading anti-labelling named Pony Slaystation.??Working together with Bruno Pronsato, the man being described in this biographical text gave birth to Half Hawaii in 2006. To date, three physical liaison results have been manifctured on Perlon, hello?repeat and Diamonds & Pearls.
Sammy Dee's youngest child is named Ultrastretch. Titled after the PERLON68-B-side and not to be confused with his regular party series at Berlin based Weekend club, Sammy founded Ultrastretch at the end of 2010 with a collective of like-minded musicians and cultivated artists who were ready to walk with him on his underground community based path into a non-genre-focussed and cross-benched/forthright future. Release #1 was realized in January 2011 with Matthew Burton's 'Who Loves You/Small Winner', a Seuil and Half Hawaii EP is on it's way.
We’re fast approaching 4PM on a crisp but sunny Sunday afternoon in Romania. We’re at Sunwaves Festival. “For a DJ, it really doesn’t get better than this” says Amir with a genuine smile, nearing his 13th hour in the mix. The crowd is very much into it. I’m told by a mutual friend that he had won them over since the early hours of the morning when he dropped Gemini’s “Swimming with Sharks”.
Montreal-based Amir Javasoul is somewhat of a DJ’s DJ. Having grown up in Iran, he moved to Canada at the age of 10 where he learned the ropes of DJing after a Derrick Carter set in the mid-nineties sparked a long- standing affinity with the profession. Since then, and for the past 20 years, he’s been balancing his work as a computer engineer and music selector, maintaining an active touring schedule, both in North America and Europe. He’s a regular mainstay at some of the world’s finest clubs and festivals (Fabric, Stereo, SXM Festival, Output, Uberhaus, Piknik Electronik, Sunwaves, Igloofest to name a few)
It’s important to point out that Amir’s profile has not been supported by a release on a well-known label; rather, he has taken the organic route, finding acclaim through his skills in the DJ booth alone. “I’m finally at a point where I’m happy with the results in the studio as a producer. Maher Daniel and I formed Creatures of Habit a few years ago, and since then we’ve put out a few tracks that are getting heavy play by some of our friends and colleagues”. He’s referring to Ricardo Villalobos, Raresh, Rhadoo or Apollonia, who all have been supporting the music released by the duo.
“But don’t get me wrong. I will always be a DJ first. That’s what I love to do the most, and I know I can make a difference when I walk into the booth. Passion creates love and love creates confidence. For me the feeling of knowing that I can have an impact when I DJ is just priceless. I don’t take it for granted of course and I stay grounded, but being able to share my passion with the crowd, live and instantly is really something special. It never gets old”
After a ten-year stint living in Paris where he held residencies at all the main venues in the city, Amir moved back to Montreal, Canada. Today he splits his time between Berlin and Montreal, regularly collaborating on tours with Ricardo Villalobos.
“Ricardo, alongside Derrick Carter, are the reason why I do this today. I’m extremely lucky to have met them both and to be able to call them friends. Rici and I have spent a good amount of time lately, playing many shows and festivals together. We have a super energy when it comes to DJing together but I can only dream of ever getting close to his all-around musical genius in the studio. But I learn from him every day. And what I learn the most, is to always stay humble no matter what, and to always have fun in the process. This is very important”.
Amir wraps up 2017 with upcoming tours in Europe and South America.
He queues The Mentor’s remake of - Rosie Gaines “Closer than close” wrapping up a 17-hour mix marathon alongside Villalobos and Pricu on this Sunday evening in Romania. The crowd is unanimous and the smile says it all. We’re already looking forward to next year. Amir is here to stay.