Grenier (aka DJG), Salva, Knyphy, Ricky Def
UNDER 21 ~ $10 BEFORE 10:30PM / $15 AFTER
OVER 21 ~ $5 BEFORE 10:30PM / $10 AFTER
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GRENIER (Tectonic, Frite Nite) SF
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dean J. Grenier, (A.K.A DJG), landed in the Bay Area underground dance music scene 2006 with his first 12” ”Shadow Skanking” b/w “Joyful Sound” on Narco.Hz, two slices of lithe, slick dubstep. Immediate airplay for “Joyful Sound” on Rinse FM and drops in the clubs from prominent DJs like N-Type quickly propelled DJG to the forefront of American bass music producers early on in his career.
Grenier’s production style is rich and welcoming, sometimes visceral but never anything less than evocative. Now considered a veteran of the American scene, Grenier (as DJG) self-released the two-disc Voids collection in 2010, revealing not only a clever grasp of dubstep and dnb but ambient soundscapes, and since then he’s released on labels like Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood imprint, Headhunter’s Transistor, Frite Nite, Pushing Red and Wheel & Deal Records. Now operating under the name Grenier his recent productions see him moving in a more experimental direction, dropping the tempo to as low as 125BPM while playing around with rhythmic structures that hint at soulful house, garage, and other weird shapes, all imbued with the warm melodic embrace he’s always kept hidden beneath the beats. With forthcoming releases on Tectonic, Photek Productions, Get Darker and Frite Nite (with LA’s Salva), 2012 looks to be a banner year for Grenier, as he continues work on his debut album. DJs ranging from Mary Anne Hobbs, Mala, Pearson Sound, 2562, Pinch, Addison Groove, Salva, Photek, N-Type, Distal and many more have been supporting DJG’s recent and forthcoming releases.
Grenier’s performance behind the decks reveals a wide-ranging taste and smart grip on all sorts of music, elegantly-paced sets full of his own productions and like-minded efforts from others. His DJ talents have brought him all over the world, including a recent set at the legendary club Fabric in London and a tour around Europe in 2011, and back home in North America he’s headlined British Columbia’s Bass Coast Festival.
SALVA (Frite Nite, FoF Music) LA
Best known as a versatile solo producer and owner of the revered Frite Nite label (B. Bravo, Eprom, Ana Sia), Salva promotes complexity through a synthesis of contrasting styles. His label, which has emerged as one of North America’s premiere sources of West Coast electronic bass music, explores all corners of the electronic soundscape and harnesses diversity to produce composotions that transcend genre boundaries.
A Chicago native who developed his craft in San Francisco and currently resides in Los Angeles, Salva is an alum of the Red Bull Music Academy Class of 2011. He has produced exclusive mixes for Mary Anne Hobbs, The FADER, and XLR8R, while being asked to remix the likes of Miguel Migs, Rainbow Arabia, Om Unit and others. Honing his talents as one of the cornerstones of the Friends of Friends label alongside Shlohmo and Mexicans With Guns, Salva has released his debut full-length, ‘Complex Housing’, and the ‘Yellobone’ EP, both to critical acclaim (Pitchfork, FADER, FACT, and many others).
Salva’s audacity results in a complex collection of dips into house motifs, grooves in smooth boogie funk, and audience roiling massive bass waves. With support from BBC’s Benji B, the UK’s Night Slugs imprint (Bok Bok, Girl Unit), and the Low End Theory residents (Gaslamp Killer, DJ Nobody, Daddy Kev), it’s The FADER’s Julianne Shepherd that sums up the man best: “Paul Salva is a funky motherfucker”.
KNYPHY (Futra) LA
A North Carolina native who now calls Los Angeles home, Knyphy has been flexing a broad variety of sounds as a DJ since 1997. An original member of the SMOG crew, he has played from coast to coast in clubs and hosted several internet radio shows. His style pushes the boundaries of underground house, dubstep, grime, garage, and anything else that fits the moment.
RICKY DEF (Futra) LA
Carefully attuned to the established and emergent genres of dance music, Ricky Def draws from house, techno, and UK garage to forge a sound that is as provocative as it is gratifying. A throwback to dj’s a generation ago, Ricky eschews digital artifice to rely on his staggering and coveted collection of vinyl and acetates. A stalwart of the Los Angeles underground since 2006, Ricky Def continues to execute his craft and compel dance floors with his impeccable sound.
Pandora, a Native American of the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribe, is a professional dancer and multi-disciplinary artist. Pandora is focused on empowering change in the world – she strives to create insightfully illustrative performance art and visual imagery that whisks away the audience into the depths of the human soul and back again. Introspective poetry, film, and experimental music are all carefully crafted symbolic platforms for Pandora to play with. Pandora’s dance background spans over years of extensive experience, in which she has honed the geometric, angular forms seen in Tutting and the mechanical, robotic movements of Popping.