Opened March 17th, 2010, U Street Music Hall is a DJ-owned and operated basement dance club and live music venue.
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We all know Erol Alkan as a great communicator and sharer of music, but it’s fair to say that the wait for the first solo material from the DJ, club promoter and @phantasysound Label boss has been rather a long one. So why has he chosen the autumn of 2013 to release his debut EP? “It’s getting to the point where even though there is a lot of great music around, I just felt like I needed to get my hands dirty” Erol says. “If it doesn’t exist, create it.”
This drive and love of creativity while getting his hands dirty extends right back to the late 90s. Manning a phone in his North London bedsit, Erol would do the legwork promoting Trash, his legendary club where the idea of the indie night as a haven for lager-loaded lads was thankfully put to rest as genre divides collapsed and Electroclash bloomed.
At Trash, Erol fostered a community where people came round to the idea that Stardust’s ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ was a kindred spirit to The Smiths’ ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’. It was where Erol first played his bootleg of Kyle Minogue’s ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ and New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ that was later used at the Brit Awards, and which led the unassuming DJ, with his ripped jeans, long hair and black leather jacket, to getting booked to support Madonna and Daft Punk.
DJ and producer Will Eastman’s sets of house, techno, disco and left-field gems have earned him the title “one of D.C.’s titan DJs” from the Washington Post. A member of numerous bands since age 15, Eastman brings a fiercely independent spirit to his DJ and music production approach, pushing boundaries with new sounds and unexpected juxtapositions. His releases on Main Course Records and remixes have received broad support from a diverse range of DJs from Daniel Avery and Aeroplane to Tiesto and Fatboy Slim, and have been featured by NPR, BBC Radio 1, FACT Magazine, and Urb among many others. Besides creating music, Eastman is co-owner of U Street Music Hall, named a top 10 dance club in America by Rolling Stone and “best dance club in the region” by the Washington Post, and in 2014 he organized the Union BBQ festival. In 2000, Eastman founded DC's longest standing emerging dance music club night and blog, Blisspop, while working during the day at the National Museum of American History where he documented the history of the electric guitar, sound recording technologies and the work of Nobel Prize winners until dedicating himself to a DJ and music production career. 2015 will see several new releases and a heavy travel itinerary of DJ dates for this D.C. favorite.