Shifted, Damon Bradley, Amir Javasoul, Navbox, Andy Grant, Throe, Katrina Mir
645 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
To understand Guy Brewer's creative output is perhaps more of a perceptive outlook onto the surroundings that have harnessed and fertilized such a mutable yield - a progressive change that is at all times moving forward in its' impulsivity and temperament. In that dynamic of change is the very constant that has defined the diverse artistic range in sound artistry that Brewer has come to master in his own right. After the dissolution of his esteemed group Commix, Brewer uprooted his UK drum n bass beginnings and transplanted himself to Berlin, where reinvention and transformation is of second nature to its' inhabitants that restlessly seek and speak through artistic language. The project Shifted began to take form in this realm of new possibility, an anonymous figure allowing shape amidst a new-found blank slate of sound. As much as this tabula rasa was cultivating a profound dexterity within the genres of techno, inherent know-how inevitably surfaced as nature does usually so influence nurture, and Brewer's compositional command (arguably honed throughout his seasoned years in the UK) came back to positively haunt him in no time. This reclamation of a past, worthy of upholding into the future, has since proven a positive sweep into the magnetism of his music as a whole. Since inception, Brewer's Shifted moniker has grown into a unique yet encompassing mastery of sound and space, texture and tonalities -- a pure spirit of experimentalism with a foundational functionality. From his debut on Luke Slater's Mote Evolver label, to Dominick Fernow's (Vatican Shadow) Bed Of Nails and to his recent recordings for his own smartly curated imprint, Avian (home to techno experiments from Alessandro Cortini's Skarn, Peder Mannerfelt, SHXCXCHCXSH, and more) Brewer's work radiates in its' capacity to meld to context and circumstance without artistic compromise, and at once to color outside purist lines, pushing boundaries and provoking thought in a call to progressive techno, electronic, noise and experimental music as a whole. With the intention of pushing various forays further, Brewer has also birthed numerous other projects, notably the techno-drone outfit Covered In Sand (with releases on Avian's sister label, Mira, Hospital Productions and more) and the doomy soundtrack wielding of Alexander Lewis (home on Blackest Ever Black, Vereker's Endagered Species). In this versatility there is a steadfast dedication to a perpetual movement forward -- arguably leaving Brewer to embody a pure, unadulterated spirit of what it means to be an electronic musician: a rebel artist treading new territories with a fascination and fixation to craft brilliance with a new noise.
Damon Bradley, is a veteran of the techno, house, and trance music scene. Although a late bloomer to DJ'ing, Damon has been deep into techno, trance, ambient, and various forms of electronic music since 1993, and house since 1989. Originally from Philadelphia, he now reps the DC techno scene and plays at various techno parties there. His influences are the 1990's techno and classic trance scenes. Damon is also the founder of TechnoFist, a Facebook group, podcast, and party series representing DC and NYC techno scenes.
A native of Tehran and Montreal, Amir Javasoul began DJing after being inspired by the style and productions of Chicago house legend Derrick Carter. Following his beginnings in the Montreal rave scene, he soon began playing parties and refining his skills, paving the way for the next chapter. Moving to Paris in 2001, Amir would hold residencies at many of the clubs in the city: Queen, Studio 287, Terassa, RedLight as well as PlastikPeople. He would go on to tour throughout Europe and North America and play venues such as The End, Ministry of Sound London, Pacha Ibiza, Crystal Istanbul, Boa Toronto or Cafe d’Anvers.
Aside from being heavily influenced by Chicago house, Amir’s musical taste has also been shaped by DJ Harvey as well as Ricardo Villalobos. He developed his own unique style, mixing house and techno, blending new and classic vinyl, later adding digital to the mix.
Since returning to Montreal in 2011, Amir has kept up a busy schedule playing or holding residencies at most of the city’s main venues. Highlights include playing the opening of Piknic Electronik 2013 season with Carl Craig, Igloofest closing 2014 alongside Adam Beyer and sharing the decks with Fabric London’s Craig Richards during the most recent 2014 Piknic season.
On the production front, Amir, alongside his friend and studio partner Maher Daniel are known as Creatures Of Habit. Expect some new and exciting projects in early 2015
Navid Zahraie was born in Tehran.
Founder, DC House Grooves.
Throe is the moniker of Washington D.C. based DJ Peter Kaufmann.
A long time dance music aficionado, his skills as a selector are supported by a curiosity and plain passion that ignores rigid genre boundaries. A brief run through of past shows confirms this fact. He has served as both headlining talent and as an opener for a diverse array of respected dance music names including Leon Vynehall, Mathias Kaden, George Fitzgerald, Till Von Sein, Bambounou, Jeremy Underground, Jacques Greene, Norm Talley, Pangaea, and many others. With a knack for moving seamlessly between house, techno, and disco, his sets are additionally characterized by free-flowing energy and an organic combination of classic, current, and progressive sounds. He plays regularly throughout the D.C. area, taking control of the decks at globally recognized venues like Flash, U Street Music Hall, Eighteenth Street Lounge, and the Velvet Lounge. In addition to his years of experience DJing, he is the co-founder of #BODYFEEL -- a monthly showcase that has spotlighted cutting edge local & international dance music talent since its inception in 2014. Throe is currently represented by DC based BFF Bookings.
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