National Underground is a split-level venue in the former location of Martignetti's Liquors, found in Manhattan's Lower East Side in New York City.
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With productions signed to both German (Moodmusic) and UK (Four:Twenty) labels, a life immersed in underground music, a job in the dance music industry and a real party ethic, Craig Torrance is gradually developing into one of the underground London scene’s freshest talents.
The flame-haired Scot, originally from Glasgow but now based in London, first caught the techno bug by regularly attending all-night raves back in the early nineties. Following rave’s demise he found himself hypnotized by Glasgow’s techno scene with DJs like Hawtin, Vath, May and local boys SLAM appearing regularly.
His passion for the sound and scene grew further when he moved to London to study journalism and straight after graduating he found himself working full-time as a music journalist and building contacts and outlets to receive cutting edge music from.
Then early last year he found himself experimenting in the studio with his colleague Gavin Herlihy and after a few heavy sessions, their track ‘So That’s What Happens’ was complete and immediately snapped up by Sasse Lindblad for his Berlin-based forward-thinking techno imprint Moodmusic. The track, an amalgamation of all that’s good about house, techno and electro, was soon getting plays by Ewan Pearson, Tiefschwarz, Kiki, Anja Schneider, Mr. C and James Lavelle.
With the success of the track came DJ gig requests and Craig soon found himself implementing his knowledge of deep, melodic house and techno into his DJ sets with a number of gigs around the the UK. After sending a demo mix to Mulletover’s Geddes, he was immediately booked to play Mulletover, probably London’s coolest underground party. He went on to rock the place and has since been invited back. Craig is also a resident for Bristol’s fast rising BUMP party, which recently made a successful London debut at the infamous Public Life venue.
Still busy in the studio and working with studio partner and flatmate Philip Hochstrate, 2007 got off to a great start with another track, ‘Two Face’, signed to Moodmusic and appearing on Mood’s recent tenth anniversary mix CD. The full ‘Two Face’ EP will be released late summer 2007 with a remix from Funk D’Void.
Better still, their next production ‘Shrinkage’ was immediately snapped up by Bristol’s Four:Twenty, also home to the likes of Martin Buttrich and Loco Dice. With ‘Shrinkage’ (and the Samim remix) already getting props from Dinky, Audiofly and Sebo K and a request for the track from Loco Dice, Craig’s profile is looks like growing further.
With more productions in the pipeline, remix requests already rolling in and using his musical passion and knowledge to blur the lines between deep house and melodic techno during his DJ sets, the best from Craig Torrance is definitely yet to come…
Sergio Santos - (SECT, Airdrop, Mothership - BOSTON, USA)
Sergio was intoduced into DJ culture as a teenager growing up in the North of Portugal. It was there that he discovered his passion for music and life that he holds true to today. Spending most of the mid 90's attending parties and events all over Europe. It wasn't until he would return to his birthplace, Boston, MA where he would begin to pursue and advance his love for music.
After landing back in Boston, Sergio got his first set of turntables back in 89' and began honing his DJ skills. Since those days dance music has been at the core of Sergio’s life and after a decade of leading the pack in technical ability and the constant discovery of new records he has built a reputation as a true tastemaker and the title Boston’s best Techno/House DJ and afterhours king. Through residencies at world renown venues such The Pheonix Landing and now defunct super club Avalon, Sergio has shared the booth with a laundry list of acts including Paco Osuna begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Tiefschwarz, Dixon, Doc Martin, Konrad Black, Ewan Pearson and the list goes on. In many cases Sergio has played a central promotional role in premiering these names within the New England scene.
Most recently Sergio’s focus has shifted toward production and has so far released music on Wolf + Lamb, Airdrop, Jonny White’s No.19 Music, Trapez and Mothership in collaboration with fellow Bostonians, close friends and roommates Soul Clap and Tanner Ross aka Voodeux. Their first release on Airdrop Records received critical acclaim and was featured on Chloés Let It Sloww April mix for Tsugi, Francees top electronic music magazine. This summer Sergio will have an EP on Los Angeles based Culprit Records with Tanner Ross and Soul Clap as the Boston supergroup SECT, as well as a remix with Tanner Ross of Claude Von Stroke s 2009 hit Aundyy on Dirtybird Records.
Crazy Larry - (Time to get ILL | Brooklyn)
Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Crazy Larry is a young and fearless talent with an insatiable craving for old and new sounds, who starts as he means to go on. Having fallen in love with dance music in 2000 via the Casa Del Soul record store and a deeply held love of wax, Larry developed his infamous live PA in January of 2006, which debuted in NYC for Taimur Agha and the Blk Market crew. His live performance is much more than the average one-man-one-laptop show - incorporating vintage drum machines, live home made plug-ins, and even the Nintendo Wii.
Having made a name throwing parties and booking events at both Shelter and Vinyl Nightclubs, as well as being the purveyor of numerous debaucherous after hours parties (namely his Udder Madness and Cheap Sunglasses parties), Larry now devotes much of his time to new project Glacier, with production partner Pier Bucci. Their debut offering The Rocky Mountains EPP was released on Wagon Repair in 2007.
Other Crazy Larry releases have come via staple American labels Siteholder, AirDrop, Fade, Auralism and hip Brooklyn based label Hallucination. Projects are now on the horizon with contemporaries Soul Clap, Tanner Ross and Adam Collins, which showcase shared influences from old school R&B, soul, and funk genres placing Larry well within the current slow-down-and-low-down zeitgeist.
Currently residing in the depths of Bushwick, Brooklyn, and getting inspiration from DJ's like Koze, Three, Matthias Tanzmann and Pedro, and pushing his Time To Get iLL parties, Larry Ursini is all about the records you may not know, but really enjoy. With the party stamina of actual rock stars and the talent to back it up, the Crazy one can not possibly fail to command your attention, or leave his own lasting mark
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