Galen & Dax present
Waifs & Strays
Atish, GALEN, Dax Lee
101 6th St
San Francisco, California (CA), 94103
This event is 21 and over
Waifs & Strays
Their debut track – 2010’s late night ‘3am’ – was rapidly snapped up for Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom imprint, and set the benchmark high for future success; featuring in DJ Mag’s essential releases, and picking up props from major players including Luciano, DJ T, Anja Schneider, dOP, Danny Tenaglia and Laurent Garnier.
The follow-up record ‘Yeah Yeah’, gathered significant international support following its debut at the last year’s Detroit Music Conference, smashing dancefloors from Fabric to Watergate. With Heidi calling it ‘the dirtiest house track I have heard in a very long time’ and featuring it on her Radio1 show, and became one of the must-have releases of 2011.
2012 saw Waifs & Strays take to the road with a hectic touring schedule around the world, with more releases on Leftroom, Futureboogie and a few remixes along the way - a path that is set to continue into 2013!
Atish Mehta is a San Francisco-based DJ that loves to dance and make people dance. Combining his diverse taste in music, his natural ability to read a party vibe, his charismatic stage presence, Atish walks the line between a party DJ and a DJ’s DJ. Atish cites Lee Burridge, Danny Howells, and Dan Bell as his biggest DJ influences, and they shine through in his “journey” approach to DJ sets. His taste covers deep house, tech-house, nu-disco, and retro synth jams, and given enough time, he’s not afraid to cover all these genres over the course of a night.
Atish grew up in the Chicago suburbs listening to house music on the radio and playing suzuki-trained violin from age five. Over the years, he played in marching bands, jazz bands, rock bands, and even had a stint as a hip-hop producer. Atish eventually came full circle back to dance music after exploring the rock scene in LA then moving to San Francisco.
Since then, he’s co-founded house-heads, a San Francisco crew focused on throwing underground parties at legendary Compound, and he’s had a hand in throwing parties across the country with listed productions. In the last year, he’s earned a monthly residency at 222 Hyde, had several mixes featured on Proton Radio, started a monthly radio show Deepartures on etn.fm, and become a regular at the Compound. His musical range has led him to open for acts like Lee Burridge, Craig Richards, Guido Schneider, Desyn Masiello, Troy Pierce, and Dyed Soundorom, to name a few. 2011 is a strong year for Atish with several notable appearances including BPM festival in Mexico, listed Tikki party in Miami, and lovefest in San Francsco…
GALEN (Sunset Sound System, Dirtybird Records - San Francisco)
As a lover of fine aged ports and master of penne puttanesca, Galen is a man of fascinating complexity. Thirteen years as a competitive swimmer laid the framework for his focus and disciplined nature, but it was really his years as a lingerie designer that taught his hands the delicate finesse they would later lend to his DJ sets. After heightened tensions with rival designer Karl Lagerfeld climaxed into a heated brawl at Milan Fashion Week, Galen decided it was time for a career shift. Tapping into his musical talents, he founded Sunset Sound System with the idea of providing free, outdoor picnic-style parties where people could dance while watching the sun set behind the San Francisco skyline. Word spread quickly, and what began as a few friends with speakers and a generator turned into festivities of over 1,000 people within the first year. Today, Sunset Sound System is on the move, boasting big-name talent for their international boat parties, festival-style campouts and famed park gatherings.
The Sunset parties served as Galen’s creative outlet and a prime platform to perfect his technique. He grew up in an era when DJing meant extensive knowledge of music history, hard-earned vinyl collections, and truly intuitive mixing. Galen successfully grew himself into the San Fran-disco household name that he maintains today, holding it down with the world’s top talent. His sets are thoughtful, yet never pre-planned, with artfully-timed track selections that spark any dance floor he touches, appealing to the old school just as much as the new.
After struggling with the decision in 2005 to turn down a $6-billion-a-year position as Steve Aoki’s cake throwing coach, Galen’s hard-earned accomplishments began to pile. Creative fusion with Claude VonStroke led to a killer remix of ‘80s breakbeat classic “Jam On It,” and a mutual profound love for pizza inspired him and Justin Martin to co-produce Dirtybird classics, “Dust Devil” and “Tumbleweed.” Soon after, he landed a coveted feature spot on Annie Nightingale’s Radio 1 Show where he impressed BBC listeners with his smooth mixing style. Most recently, Galen’s Sunset remix of “I Feel Love” by Get Physical charmer, Lopazz, catapulted to #1 on his Beatport chart.
The summer of 2013 opened European doors with a breakthrough appearance at Dirtybird’s Ibiza residency. In Croatia, Galen shined on the Sunset Sound System Boat Party alongside Justin Martin, Eats Everything and Solar at the enchanting Garden Festival. With undeniable momentum and attention from the industry’s finest, dance music enthusiasts can surely expect exciting things from this seasoned artist. Look out for his new track, “ICANCU” on the upcoming Dirtybird Compilation, and certainly don’t miss Sunset Sound System parties around the globe in 2014.
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