DJ to Watch: Kompany
July 19, 2018
July 19, 2018
Man, oh man! We’ve got a wild weekend coming up, jampacked with seven shows across the Valley. Your humpday just got a little better, because Richie Hawtin is starting the weekend off a few days early, performing at The Pressroom on Wednesday. Thursday will be full of bass with Ganja White Night and Boogie T. Friday night we’ve got Sirus Hood at BFF, TM88 at Salt, and Damian Lazarus at Shady Park. Saturday, things get ‘raw’ with Rawtek and Cesqeaux at Monarch Theatre and Eelke Kleijn in Monarch’s Scarlet Room.
Richie Hawtin is a Canadian DJ and producer who has almost 20 years of experience making incredible techno beats. He’s made his mark on electronic music by being both inventive and innovative. Hawtin has headlined some of the most prestigious festivals and events. His career takes him all over the world with tour dates in over 25 nations on average each year. He has 14 albums, a slew of compilations and mixes and has been nominated for ‘Best Techno DJ’ nearly every year since 2001, so it’s safe to say he’s a pretty big deal!
Ganja White Night is an electronic music group based in Belgium consisting of Erwan Charlie Dodson and Benjamin Bamby, and their sound is just as spectacular as their name. After experimenting with hip-hop and drum n bass, Ganja White Night grew inspired by dubstep, when they began creating ‘bass wobbling’ while staying away from the cliches of that genre specifically. Their sound is one that is hard to put into words, with a crazy style of organic dubstep influenced music. They focus on a dialogue between bass and mighty melodic lines resulting in a deep psydub sound that’s perfect for all of you who like your music a little weird in a good way. In recent years they’ve decided to break the fetters that connected them almost exclusively to Dubstep and started using other forms of expression
Brock Thornton aka Boogie T, has been playing and writing music since the tender age of eight. Hailing from the South it is easy to hear this influence in his music. Riddim, Dubstep, Bass, whatever you want to call it, for Boogie T it has always been about entertaining. Whether singing, playing guitar/keys/bass, acting, DJ’ing or producing, Boogie T’s goal is simple: make great music and connect with people by taking risks and pushing boundaries. And these risks are paying off as Boogie T is set to explode!
House music through and through, Sirus Hood emits an infectious energy of enjoyment on the dance floor. Never one to shy away from a show to a knowing crowd, his work ethic is second to none. His work is regularly supported by big names in house music like Amine Edge & DANCE (CUFF), Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin (Dirtybird) who affiliated him to their respective labels. He frequently appears on the Beatport charts. His music is influenced widely from classic New York House to the 80s’ Chicago Hip House movement from warehouse and loft parties to the whole Balearic sounds of Ibiza. From Europe to Brazil, from Australia to South Africa, Russia to North America, passing by the middle east, his travel patterns underline his ability to work with different crowds and cultures while illustrating his cosmopolitan, universal side. To him – music is one language and unit. He challenges himself on every new track; In the end, his goal is to produce tracks and sets that sound different from each other
Bart Sacii, know on the track as TM88, has left his mark on the trap scene, forging his own unique path under the genre. One of his most recent and iconic projects was his production of Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO Tour Life”, a song that we shamelessly belt out in the club. That’s not the only song 88 has produced that you undoubtedly love. He worked on Travis Scott’s “Nightcrawler”, “Bake Sale” and “Pull Up” with Wiz Khalifa, and “Party At 8” with Partynextdoor. You’ve been a fan of TM88 since 2015 and you may not even have known it. More than just sick trap beats are next Friday night, there is a raffle for a ticket to the highly anticipated 2-day festival, Goldrush. It’s a show and chance you won’t want to miss; grab tickets here.
The mysterious allure of musical vibrations can perplex and intrigue in equal amounts at the best of times, not least when the sorcery of a certain Damian Lazarus comes into play. As a DJ, his mastery is unsurpassed. Driven by an almost childlike curiosity, a vivid imagination and wicked sense of humor, he’s used his role as a DJ, label owner and now musician to nurture and share the most exciting and experimental music on the planet.Throughout a career spanning many years, Damian Lazarus has worked tirelessly to maintain a constant flow of creativity and innovation within the house and technosphere. Never losing focus, he continues on his mystical pathway to greatness, unleashing his positive spirit on the masses at every opportunity. Open your mind, embrace the magic, and get ready for the next spellbinding chapter.
Cesqeaux (pronounced Sesko), born Daniel Francesco Tuparia, is a young DJ and producer from the Netherlands. He grew up in a musical family and plays the drums since he was seven and finally fell upon his true love, trap music. In 2012 Cesqeaux worked on his resume by collaborating with Yellow Claw, getting airplay at BBC1Xtra and supporting Diplo in Las Vegas, USA. Since then his musical career has been rapidly developing as he plays festivals across the globe, including Excision’s first Lost Lands festival this past weekend.
Hailing from Los Angeles, California Rawtek is a DJ and Producing duo that takes influences from tribal, Caribbean, jungle and Latin movements and fuses them effortlessly with the synthetic and electronic music of today’s world. Their sound has garnered multiple chart-topping releases in Shakazulu (Rimbu Records, Na’Wal (Buygore), DA! (Mad Decent), Rude Bwoy (Dim Mak) and Lionmane (Barong Family). With their success on iTunes and Beatport Rawtek was able to gain the support of heavy hitters: Diplo, Skrillex, Axwell Ingrosso, DJ Snake, GTA, Jauz, Bingo Players, Alison Wonderland and Party Favor.
Eelke Kleijn is a rare talent. He crosses a boundary from electronic producer and into a true modern day composer with work stretching across film scores, deep live shows, and his incredibly well-formed production. Eelke has released two albums and an array of first class remixes for the likes of John Legend and originals including his single “Celebrate Life” that was hand-picked as BBC Radio 1’s ‘Essential New Tune.’ The Rotterdam based music maker’s potential has no bounds.