Dust Off: Sirus Hood, Hoj, Lady Waks & Syd Gris

Sirus Hood (Dirtybird / Cuff, Paris)

To the point now Sirus Hood is a French artist who grew up in Paris. From the age of 10 years old when older friends would pass him mixtapes recorded in underground clubs of the time, he imagined an amazing world, dark but with flashing colours. “In my head it was like a Disneyland I’d never been to but I wanted to get there.” He managed to start playing gigs in the Parisian warehouse scene making his own mixtapes. It was a childhood dream that has become a reality for him. “I was finding the Disneyland but the music was better!” He laughs! His music is influenced widely from classic New York House to the 80s’ Chicago Hip House movement from warehouse / loft parties to the whole Balearic sounds of Ibiza.

His biggest tracks on the likes of Dirtybird and CUFF are great examples of what he is about. 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.
DJ residencies in Sankeys Ibiza with CUFF for the seasons 2014 and 2015, various venues in London and Showcase in Paris gave him a platform and opened doors to wider audiences all around the globe. 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.
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 in the Beatport charts.

Hoj (All Day I Dream / Listed)

Hoj is a weird name. It's just 3 letters, but only 3% of people in the world pronounce it correctly. It doesn't translate well (especially into Spanish). And is often misspelled. The mischief caused by these 3 little letters is a constant source of amusement for Hoj and those closest to him.

Don't worry, we'll tell you how to pronounce "Hoj" correctly. That way if you ever meet Hoj, you can surprise him by pronouncing his name correctly. But we'll hold out a bit longer for dramatic effect.

So yes, lots of mischief caused by the 3 letters that are his name. Fitting, because Hoj sets out to create mischief in all his creative endeavors. His music is deep and sexy in a way that encourages crowds to create a little mischief of their own.

This sound earned him a night at Berlin's legendary Panorama Bar amongst a slew of other clubs and stages around the world. He was one of the founding members of the Opulent Temple at Burning Man, and in recent years his sets atop the Robot Heart bus have become legendary in their own right. He continues his musical escapades alongside Lee Burridge as a resident for All Day I Dream. And also enjoys a residency with Listed Productions.

He is currently based in Los Angeles. And you pronounce his name with a long "O" - like the "O" in "NO". And a soft "J" - like the "G" in "MIRAGE". The "H" is not silent.

Lady Waks is a one woman industry. Promoter, Producer (best breakthrough producer, Breakspoll 2009), DJ (nominated Best Breakthrough DJ at Breakspoll awards 09, best international act SBA 09), Pioneering Graffiti Artist, Designer & Label owner.
She is an all round modern media phenomenon.

Based in St. Petersburg, Russia, Waks has been pushing her ideologies in music for a decade. Her various club nights and festivals have become a by word for quality in dance music circles. It all began back in 1999 with her Hip Hop show on Russians biggest dance radio station «Radio Record». Then in 2000 she left to focus her energy towards promoting and creating the now well kown brand «In Beat We Trust».
Recognition came in 2004, when Time Out magazine voted it best club night. After having hosted just about every big Breakbeat DJ in the world, Waks and IBWT went into creating «Breaks Arena», the worlds first Breakbeat Festival. Over 3000 punters per year have seen her and a host of international talent rock the festival for the last years.

But Waks doesnt just stay put in Russia. Touring the world has become 2nd nature to the 1st Lady of Beats. From Miami to Sibiria, from China to Australia, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Swiss, Germany she has rocked them all. Lady Waks has also made a name for herself as a producer. Releasing tracks on well known labels such as Menu Music, West, Bass Planet, RAT Records along with her own venture «InBeatWeTrust music» label. Lady Waks is the true definition of talent and hard work.

Waks' weekly radio show on «Radio Record» won the «Best Radio Show» at Breakspoll awards'12. This the first and still only fully breakbeat show in all of Russia.

Apart from this IBWT has just released the second Collection of IBWT Wear alongside a Big exibition of Waks' Photo and design work and some new beats!

Respected by her peers and loved by her fans. The future is her's. www.ladywaks.com

Syd Gris (Opel / Opulent Temple)

Syd is one of the longest running fun creators in the Bay Area dance music and underground arts scene. He's been called a "Renaissance man of the West Coast scene", and with good reason. The founder of the legendary Opulent Temple collective, best known for their premierre sound stage at Burning Man, Board Member and key producer of the San Francisco LovEvolution event (formerly known as LoveFest & Love Parade), founder of Opel Productions, throwing club events and 'parties with purpose' in San Francisco for 10+ years, a child psychologist with a Doctorate in transpersonal psychology, a music producer, blogger on social issues, and of course - a DJ.

Syd has been organizing events since 2001 when he started throwing both underground parties and benefit events for different charities with Spundae. The following year he started his own production company Opel Productions, intended to be parties with purpose showcasing a range of forward thinking underground dance music with a dash of social activism thrown in the party message. In 2003, he finished his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, founded Opulent Temple, and joined the Board for San Francisco's Love event, where he heads up the Marketing Team, and & Entertainment Team. In his current 'day job', he works out of a community clinic with foster kids in the Bayview Hunter Point area in San Francisco.

On the DJ tip, Syd is one of the West Coast's top talents, consistently being voted in the Top 10 San Francisco Dream Team poll, and playing the biggest events in California party land. Playing a versatile range of electro house breaks, and tech funk,, he's been personally tapped to open and close for the varied likes of Underworld, Moby, Tiesto, Stanton Warriors, Armin Van Burren, and the list goes on. Syd knows what to do in any situation to bring the universal vibe of dance music. His debut single 'Who Are You' on Groove Quest, recently cracked the crowded Top 30 electro house chart on Beatport. His sets are known for walking the fine line between the gritty and the pretty, and he has a musical range seldom seen in party land.

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Opulent Temple is back with DUST OFF featuring

Sirus Hood (Dirtybird / Cuff, Paris)

Hoj (All Day I Dream)

Lady Waks (In Beat We Trust LTD)

Syd Gris (Opulent Temple / Opel)

DJ Icon (Opulent Temple)

DJ Shooey (Space Cowboys)

Billy Seal (Opulent Temple)

Chuwee (Reptile Society)

2 rooms post burning man blowout. Get tickets while you can.

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