DISTRIKT presents :: REVEL : A THREE RING CIRCUS OF SOUND
Syd Gris (Opel / Opulent Temple), Kramer (Distrikt), Galen (Sunset / Pacific Sound), Solar (Sunset / No Way Back), J-Bird (Sunset / Pacific Sound), Ben Seagren (DISTRIKT/ Stereo Productions), Matt Kramer (Distrikt), Layne Loomis (Distrikt), J-Rod (Distrikt), Paul Geddes (Distrikt), Tara Brooks (Desert Hearts/Subtract ), The Quadrobe, Brass Tax DJ's, SPACE COWBOYS, Darren Grayson (Distrikt)
161 Erie Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Doors 1:00 PM (event ends at 4:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
It’s time to spike the punch again!! Dress up in your favorite holiday regalia and join DISTRIKT for a gluttonous amount of pre-holiday cheer. A portion of the proceeds from Holidaze will go towards the Make-A-Wish foundation who grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States.
Line up and more information to be announced soon!
PURCHASE ADVANCED TICKETS HERE:
$10 - Early Bird (limited online only)
$15 - General Pre-Sale (limited online only)
$20 - Door (Cash Only)
21+ ages only
DISTRIKT is a non-profit electronic music collective and experiment of a few Deep End organizers of years past. Ask any one of us why, and you might get a different answer: giving back to the electronic music and alternative arts community; a desire to throw furious & fierce parties in the desert and elsewhere throughout the year; an urge to provide venues for music, dancing, and other art forms; an arrested development inability to let go and an ambition to try something new.
Our eclectic group of people offer up their talents — be it music making, drink slinging, construction craftiness, technological wizardry, performance art, or benevolent mischief. We live and breathe our ethos year round, and look forward to giving back to the community that has inspired us and bonded us together. This is our culture, this is our art, this is our gift.
We grow our community through new blood, new ideas, and old friends. We provide a venue for music, dance, and alternative art on the playa and beyond at a level of sound and fury you won’t soon forget. We want to gift you with daytime drink, dance, and a great crew of peeps and do what we do best.
DISTRIKT is a production of The Deep End 501(c)3 non-profit.
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Thugfucker (Life & Death)
Icelandic golden child in America and New York native just back from Europe, both Holmar and Greg have both dedicated themselves to the debaucherous worship of all good things that can happen in a dark crowded room with good lighting.
Bringing together a wide variety of influences from house to minimal and disco to techno, first and foremost these guys bring the party to the party. Releases on seminal labels Life and Death, Moodmusic, Music For Freaks, Brique Rouge, Global Underground and their own label, Thugfucker Recordings are proof that there’s more to them than just a couple of pretty faces.
“Elite Force unites the sometimes warring factions of electro house, techno, and breakbeat, like a peace keeper who values the spirit of cooperation and tolerance. He was forged in the fires of breakbeat, which has always had a habit of sucking in sounds that pass by. Elite’s sets are like a team performance, with tracks coming from all corners of the bass-driven sector, to create a vibrant hodgepodge of boundary-pushing dance music….“ [beatport 2009]
Justin Martin (Dirtybird)
Justin initially pricked the ears of the electronic music community in 2003 with his first record 'The Sad Piano' on Ben Watt's Buzzin' Fly label. Everyone in the electronic music food chain got involved, from the A list DJs like Derrick Carter and Pete Tong that were playing the track, to the international music press that were raving about it. It even translated to the German underground, with Poker Flat licensing it for Steve Bug's 'Bugnology' compilation. Like someone that goes bowling for the first time and gets five strikes and a turkey, Justin couldn't really have hoped for a better entrance.
Feeding off the energy of the San Francisco underground and mentored by fellow super producer Claude VonStroke, Justin was intrinsically involved with the development of dirtybird records, appearing on its first four releases. Justin was soon ready to take flight, releasing a string of solo EPs which flaunted a very unique sound and garnered still more respect among fellow DJS and heavyweight's of the scene.
As well as his formidable arsenal of original productions, Justin is now equally known for his collaborations with his brother Christian as The Martin Brothers, producing such hip-hop influenced hits as 'Duckface', 'Stoopit', 'Dum'. Justin has also made his mark remixing such bona fide classics as Radiohead's 'Nude', Marshall Jefferson's 'Mushrooms', and TG's 'Revox', firmly establishing himself as the man to make big tracks even bigger.
Demand for Justin's skills behind the decks has skyrocketed with his bookings schedule constantly crammed to capacity. With bookings confirmed everywhere from Piknic Electronik (Montreal), to Exit Festival (Belgrade) to Panorama Bar (Berlin), Justin's diary is reading like the dreams of a professional raver. Stateside he continues to be a regular fixture at the dirtybird events in San Francisco and beyond.
25 years after his first DJ gig, and 10 years since his first successful album, Jesse Houk aka The Scumfrog continues to do exactly what he feels like doing; recording his most personal album to date “In Case We’re All Still Here”. Going back to his roots of psychedelic and deep influences, mixed with a wink at sci-fi and a deep understanding of what makes a solid underground groove, Jesse teams up with Armada Music for a journey into Deep House and Tech House. Beside his widely acclaimed song with Sting “If I Ever Lose My Faith”, the album features collaborations with Static Revenger, Vince Elliott, Vassy, and Christian Burns, while other tracks on the album contain Jesse’s own signature vocals.
Not particularly inspired by the commercial side effects of the recent EDM explosion, The Scumfrog decided to retreat to the underground in 2011 with the release of “A Place Where We Belong” on his Facebook page; a project that spawned singles on prestigious labels like 1605, Floorplay, Inkfish, and Armada. He restricted his live shows strictly to venues that prioritize music and sound before bottle service and bachelorette parties, further reflecting his strong commitment to underground sounds, and to making a connection with people that share his love and vast knowledge of music.
Prior to his renewed alliance with the underground, The Scumfrog was mostly known for his award winning stripped-down remixes of artists like Missy Elliott, New Order, Kylie Minogue, and Annie Lennox, and his collaborations writing/producing techno oriented works with David Bowie and Cyndi Lauper. And now, with his Sting project "If I Ever Lose My Faith," The Scumfrog strongly displays his deep House roots, while still giving mass appeal to the main vocal mix.
As a DJ, The Scumfrog has toured the world many times over, and since 2009 he hosts a weekly radio show/podcast Glam Scum International, showcasing the side of Electronic Dance music that is not for everyone.
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.
Ben Seagren (DISTRIKT/ Stereo Productions)
Standing at the forefront of the ever-growing West-coast house &
techno movement in the US is Ben Seagren – DJ, Producer, and visionary
contributor within the Burning Man community.
Ben is best known for his dual roles as co-founder and resident DJ of
DISTRIKT recognized as the staple party experience of the Burn for its
reputable artist roster, beautifully positive crowd experience and
definitive, cutting edge sound. Playing host and DJ to well over
30,000 guests every year during one magical week in the desert, it
comes as no surprise that Ben and his DISTRIKT moniker continue to
entertain thousands of fans and followers all over the world.
Dominating San Francisco’s house & techno scene for over a decade with
long-term residencies at both award-winning Ruby Skye (2003-2009) and
legendary End-Up (2004-2015), Seagren’s impeccable taste and
undeniable talent earned him the respect of even the most
discriminating of techno aficionados- fans and peers alike. With a
passion for connecting like minded souls on the dance floor and the
continued support from a loyal fan base, Ben is propelling himself to
new heights as one of the sonic architects behind tech-house’s most
While traveling constantly between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Ben
regularly plays events up a down the California coast at Public Works,
Audio, Spin, Avalon & Sound and has held court at Ayslum After-hours
in Honolulu, Flash & uHall in DC, Output in New York, Heart in Miami
and Nikki Beach Cabo San Lucas, to name a few. He is also constantly
organizing DISTRIKT events while performing over 100 gigs per year in
clubs and festivals across the world. Ben has been a guest performer
at the BPM festival in Playa del Carmen, Lovebox in London, Lightning
in a Bottle, Symbiosis & of course Burning Man.
In 2014 Ben made his debut on world renown Chus & Ceballos label
Stereo Productions. The first release was a remix of a big room banger
“Blowin Minds” by Chus & Ceballos that reached far and wide. It even
got played out by Joseph Capriati at the BPM Festival in Playa del
Carmen. Following up this dance-floor killer he remixed Tony Dee’s
track "Back in the Dancefloor" on his latest Burn EP with Oscar L. Ben
just finished up another remix on Stereo called “Black Rock City”. The
original track was produced by Chus and Ceballos right after their
first experience at Burning Man. It is an honor for Ben to remix this
track 2 years later for a festival that is such a huge part of his
life. Black Rock City will be released in the upcoming months so keep
an eye out!
Tara Brooks (Desert Hearts/Subtract )
Tara Brooks has been dubbed "Mistress of Dark, Lover of Light," which is a true testament to her musical style. She brings to the dance floor a unique and hypnotic fusion of house and techno that has captivated crowds in clubs, festivals, and deserts alike. Her amiable, spirited personality directly translates into her DJ sets and productions, enchanting partygoers both on and off the dance floor.
Houston's rave scene was a starting point for Tara in the late 90s, and even after she moved to the West Coast, she often traveled between San Francisco and San Diego to partake in California's own bustling scene. Working in the hospitality industry allowed her the freedom to go out often and encounter new sounds, whether it was Mark Farina's rendition of House music or John Digweed's renowned style of Progressive. When she wasn't at an event, she was out digging for records. The countless hours she spent getting lost at her local record store and playing her finds at home procured for Tara a zenith of happiness and fulfillment. It was not long before she had amassed quite a collection and taught herself how to thread musical stories of her own.
Reaching a point of self-reflection, Tara made up her mind that it was essentially music that drove her forward. Nothing else quite gave her the feeling of elation as mixing records. The perfect alignment of two or more tracks alluded, for her, a sense of uplift, creativity, and an escape from the day to day. In an effort to never lose this feeling, Tara launched her new path as a DJ. Initially, she played vinyl at her first gigs and put her time in carrying crates. Soon after, she was being asked to play more and more high-profile gigs. Although she will never get rid of her turntables and records, Tara made the switch to CDJs, which enabled her to progress even further.
The past decade has seen Tara come into her own. Her bookings have taken her all over, from the heart of New York City to the coasts of Costa Rica. She is a resident at Desert Hearts, a bi-annual festival in Southern California that has grown symbiotically with her own career. Tara has also graced the decks of Cityfox LA, the BPM Festival, and the famed Robot Heart bus at Burning Man. In her hometown of Los Angeles, she is a resident DJ of Subtract Music, headed up by Anton Tumas. In addition to recognizing her talent, Anton realized that both of them saw eye-to-eye on underground music, the importance of sound quality and the overall experience for revelers. Every so often, Tara heads north to San Francisco for special Sunday takeovers at Public Works and Monarch.
Tara has been studio-bound over the past couple years to find ways to render her inspirations into the music she loves. In March 2015, Faceless Recordings released her solo-produced track 'Metanoia,' a mesmeric incursion into Deep House tinged with Middle Eastern influences. She has also collaborated with Pattern Drama on the 'Maraquba EP' which was released on Underyourskin Records featuring remixes by Marques Wyatt and Billboard-reviewed talent Nico Stojan. Her work has also been supported by numerous DJs including Hernan Cattaneo, who has charted Tara's remix of After Touch's 'Distractify' on Cenote Records amongst others. Most recently, Tara has bestowed newborn label Muted Gold Records with a remix for Yoni Yarchi and Tal Tager's 'Sirocco EP.'
For Tara, at the end of the day, nothing beats the sensation of connecting with a crowd through the language of music. Even with her growing repertoire of productions and far-reaching gigs, Tara's ultimate desire is just to be able to play her music and create ethereal experiences on dance floors across the globe.
$35.00 - $40.00