Blisspop and U Street Music Hall present
Blisspop Disco Fest ft. Chromeo
DāM-FunK (DJ Set), RAC (Live Remix Set), Robotaki (Disco Set)
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
This event is all ages
Chromeo (DJ Set)
Chromeo is Dave One and Pee Thugg, also known as David Macklovitch and Patrick Gemayel. Two best friends that have been doing music together since they were kids. Before establishing themselves as a band, Chromeo were making beats for well-known Québec hip-hop acts such as Shades Of Culture, Dubmatique, Sans Pression and Yvon Krevé.
In the summer of 2000, Tiga, a fan of Obscure Disorder, stepped to Dave and asked him if he was interested to do an electronic music project on Turbo. In 2001 were signed by Turbo when they finally put together a demo.
With Chromeo, expect to hear a lot of analog synths, rock guitars, 808's, rhodes and talk box.
DāM-FunK (DJ Set)
American Funk musician, vocalist, and producer from Pasadena, California. Pronounced "Dame Funk".
RAC (Live Remix Set)
Initially known as remixers to indie luminaries such as Washed Out, Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Death Cab for Cutie before creating their own electro-pop, RAC -- short for Remix Artist Collective -- is the brainchild of producer/multi-instrumentalist André Allen Anjos. Born and raised in Portugal, Anjos studied piano and guitar while growing up. He continued his studies in the States, studying music business at Illinois' Greenville College, before settling in Portland, Oregon. Frustrated with the quality of remixes dominating the scene in the mid-2000s, Anjos founded RAC with the help of Seattle's Aaron Jasinski and Netherlands-based remixer Chris "Crookram" Angelovski; later additions to the collective included Andrew Maury, a remixer/producer/engineer out of Brooklyn, and Portland's Karl Kling, with whom Anjos founded the electro-rock band the Pragmatic.
RAC cultivated a distinctive approach to remixing, opting for reinventing artists' songs instead of grafting dance beats on them. This style was evident from the collective's first official remix, a reworking of the Shins' "Sleeping Lessons," which the group included as the B-side of a U.K. single. From there, RAC worked with Surfer Blood, Foster the People, and Bloc Party, among others, and in 2008 the music website Stereogum released a collection of Anjos and company's work to date. That year also saw the release of their first EP, Nintendo vs. Sega. Anjos began releasing original RAC songs in 2012, when the single "Hollywood" -- which featured Penguin Prison's Chris Glover -- arrived in the summer of that year. After signing to Cherrytree Records, in October 2013 RAC released the Don't Talk To EP, which included "Hollywood" and "Let Go," a collaboration with MNDR and Bloc Party's Kele.
Featuring collaborations with Tokyo Police Club and Tegan and Sara, RAC's debut album, Strangers, was initially released as two EPs early in 2014; it arrived as a full-length that April. RAC continued a busy release schedule in 2015, releasing the Master Spy soundtrack as well as a slew of singles that included the Little Boots collaboration "Magic Hour" and "Back of the Car," which featured Nate Henricks and spawned a remix collection that arrived that October. In 2016, RAC was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non Classical for a reworking of ODESZA's "Say My Name"; the following year, Anjos was nominated in the same category for his remix of Bob Moses' "Tearing Me Up," this time winning the award. In 2017, he returned with RAC's second full-length, EGO, which featured collaborations with artists including Rivers Cuomo, St. Lucia, Classixx, and MNDR. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
Robotaki (Disco Set)
Robotaki: There is a lot more behind the name and the mask than most people may perceive. Coming in to the spotlight with his top-tier remix work, and being recognized for his impeccable sounds, Preston Chin, the man behind the moniker, has prepared himself to take on a much greater task. A task that entails enveloping the world with a powerful new take on funk and disco. A responsibility to brighten peoples days and to make people dance. A quest to bring a fresh musical experience to humans that has never been done before.
After months in the studio crafting and harnessing forward thinking new sounds and ideas, Robotaki is now armed with an arsenal of exciting original material. Material that will change the world with its superior production. Records and experiences that will lead listeners to question, is he super human?
*** At Backbar: Baronhawk, DJ Eddy Bauer, Rose Corps (entry only with a ticket to the main event) ***
Now returning for its second year, Blisspop and U Street Music Hall are proud to present Blisspop Disco Fest, a multi-day celebration of the evolution of disco featuring performances from pioneers in the disco genre and some of the most recognized names in dance music.
Acclaimed DJ/producer The Black Madonna will headline the first night of the festival, while Canadian duo Chromeo will perform a DJ set on Saturday—all playing in-the-round on a special stage in the middle of the legendary 9:30 Club.
All-day/night festivities at U Street Music Hall will include DJ sets from the legendary disco artist Cerrone, Jellybean Benitez performing a Studio 54 set, Crazy P, a special live performance by D.C.'s The Blackbyrds, and many more celebrated international and local artists.