Pezzner entered the spotlight in 2008 with his initial offerings signed by the hugely well respected London-based deep house label Freerange. His first release "Other Lover" gathered mass attention by the house music community after appearing on Laurent Garnier's Resident Advisor Podcast (RA. 107) and John Digweed's Transitions Radio show. And so began Pezzner's lustrous dance music career, spinning off signings and remixes with Ghostly International, Dirtybird, Om Records, and Strictly Rhythm just to name a handful.

The latter half of 2011 saw Pezzner's singles for European buzz labels, 8 Bit and RebelLION (Crosstown Rebels) receive a massive response, garnering such praise as "future classics made for dance floors in the here and now. "(5 Magazine), and "lush and tense with a trancendental twist" (Ibiza Voice). In 2012, Pezzner once again drew the attention of the world dance music audience with his remix for Roy Davis Jr's classic, "About Love", getting regular support from the Visionquest crew, Maya Jane Coles, Art Department, and appeared on a myriad of DJ charts and radio shows worldwide.

Pezzner's work could be said to be serious, with an abstract artistic sensibility, lofty percussive themes and intentions to create hypnotic soundscapes for the body as well as the brain. His 'The Tracks Are Alive' album on Freerange is a 13-track walk-through of his organic sounding style, in full dance-floor mode traversing with ease between disco, house and techno. Beatportal wax lyrical how it "blows like a cool breeze through the stale air of a market crowded with by-the-numbers deep house" and Resident Advisor note the "rising, sizzling dub effects" of his 'Blacklist' release, adding "a steeliness to his refined contours".

The future brings only promise for Pezzner as his sound continues to evolve. His forthcoming sophomore LP for Systematic Recordings takes Pezzner into darker, more tumultuous waters and further blurs the lines between deep and abrasive. Look for remixes by Robert Babicz and Justin Martin.

Club shows abound not only in Europe, Pezzner's music has moved the dance floors of some of the most renowned venues including Space Ibiza, Fabric London, Womb Tokyo, Rex Club in Paris, Trouw Amsterdam, Cielo New York, and Chicago's famed Smartbar.

Chicago-born Juan Lopez grew up in the predominately Hispanic Pilsen neighborhood where he was influenced by music at an early age. Soon after his high school years, he traded playing guitar in rock and funk bands for home studio technology that allowed him the freedom to produce his own music without the confines and frustrations that playing in a band presented. Around this time Johnny began his career as a DJ at some of the first underground "house" parties in Chicago, and in '88 he landed a residency at Smart Bar with Mark Farina. Three years later he turned a potentially devastating incident into a source of motivation to focus on his career as a producer and began to record for Moonshine, Radikal Fear and the world-renowned Cajual Records. He has produced a number of Billboard hits, remixed the likes of Justin Timberlake, Gloria Estefan, KD Lang and Donna Blakely (just to name a few), and has released records on just about every house label worth listening to. His outstanding musical accomplishments have attracted worldwide attention to this humble artist, and his ongoing musical endeavors continue to play a major role in defining the past, present and future of house music.

Rick Preston

Although San Francisco DJ Rick Preston started off his career playing disco and funk in the early 80's, Rick used his experience in the booming 80's alternative scene to hone his DJing skills. Rick would be part of various nighttime gatherings in bars and night clubs, leading their nights with swooning tunes and industrial beats. And as the music progressed, so would his attraction to what would lead to an even bigger movement, House Music.

In the early 90's, Rick became involved with promotion alongside his frequent DJ gigs. Rick was helping put on club nights and raves in their beginning stages, when the underground was at its strongest.

While his DJ sets are mostly considered deep and funky, Rick enjoys taking the crowd on "the journey" in his sets. Therefore his time on the decks are not limited to just the deep/funky sound. Rick has a special flair for bringing together a multitude of genres which can include soulful vocals, disco, tribal rhythms, tech-house, some acid house, a classic track or two, or even a mind awakening spoken word.

As a house music producer, Preston's motto of quality not quantity has stood him in good stead with some superb labels, notably Glasgow Underground, home to Mateo & Matos, Romanthony, and Neon Heights. He also has releases on Viva! Recordings, Worship Recordings, AfterHours, Eight-Tracks, Kolour Recordings, Amfibius Recordings, Character Recordings, Freeze Records, Big Big Trax, and BCE.

Rick has also done remixes for Nervous Records, Amenti Music, Limestone Recordings, Motion Music, Housetown Records, Coastline Recordings, Blue Iguana, Bananza Recordings, and Mimosa Recordings.

With productions on a handful of labels over the past decade, Chad has been in the scene since the late 90s. Brought up listening to everything from calypso to old americana/folk to funk and back. Chad found his way and drew inspiration from people like DJ Three, Jask, Jeno, Terry Fancis, Doc Martin, Eddie Richards and likes while opening dance floors at the top parties in Tampa Fl. Now in Seattle, he has established himself as a fixture in the house scene and with the addition of taking over reigns at Viva Recordings as manager and A&R he has his sites set for higher things.

Originally from Seattle, and now Los Angeles resident, Jon is the Founder of West Coast house label Viva Recordings.

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