Red Fridays pres.
Mighty Mouse, Baronhawk
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
This event is 18 and over
Metro Area, the brainchild of Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani, was born out of the pair's love for both the old moods of R&B, disco and boogie, and the cutting-edge sound of house and techno. Their 2001 release "Miura" hit number one on Resident Advisor's "Top 100 Tracks of the '00s," and the EP it was hosted on, MA 4, sold over 16,000 copies without a single promotional mailer sent out to stimulate sales. Metro Area's self-titled debut album emerged in 2004, and earned them a place among Rolling Stone's "Top 50 Albums of 2002," BBC/Radio 1's "Dance Album of the Year" and "Best New Artist" at the 2003 DanceStar/American Dance Awards.
This prolific Mouse has notched up an impressive spread of achievements in such a short time, firmly establishing himself on the electronic music scene with his unique disco inspired productions and his energetic DJ shows.
The first remix, City Reverb's Time Side On became an immediate hit with Aeroplane who featured it on their mix for Pete Tong and his BBC Radio 1 show. Remixes followed for Ali Love, Bent and an astonishing assault on Circles by Detachments. By this time the Mighty Mouse sound was labelled 'nu-disco', drawing influences from house, techno, disco and 80's music whilst also exploring a love of the psychedelic. Mighty Mouse quickly became an online star thanks to the monthly mixtapes and his infamous re edits.
Too Many Sebastians, and Stoney Roads were the first to pick up on the Mouse sound, however, blog love has been consistent with Mighty Mouse regularly climbing into the Hype Machine Top 10, most recently in December 2011 scoring a number 1 on the Hype Machine with a re work of Gill Scott Heron's 'I'll Take Care of You'. Gorillaz, Fenech-Soler, Shades Of Rhythm, Shy Child and Robbie Williams' Last Days Of Disco' all benefitted from some of the Mouse production magic. These remixes and the rework of Rob Da Bank & Tom Middleton's Paganini Rocks single featuring Au Revoir Simone built the Mighty Mouse reputation with DJs, resulting in high entries on the Buzz, Zzub and Coolcut charts along with radio support on the key specialist BBC Radio 1 shows: Jaymo & Andy George, Rob Da Bank, Annie Mac, Kissy Sell Out.
The press picked up on Mighty Mouse thanks to the Disco Circus compilation series. They combine disco old and new, house, techno and 80's rarities. Mixmag Magazine lauded them putting the first two volumes in their top 10 compilations the year. Features and rave reviews followed in The Times, Guardian, London Metro and all the major dance press. Disco Circus 3 is scheduled for release in March 2012.
Mighty Mouse has released a string of singles, including club hit's Junglefish, The Beast, Song For Ellen and Between The Pavement and the Stars. A concept album titled 'Song With No Word' made up of 10 movements picked up further great press and admirers in Andrew Weatherall and Lemon Jelly, the latter citing Movement 3 as one of the best tracks they'd heard that year. The UK's leading national retailer HMV asked Mighty Mouse to curate a night at The Jazz Cafe for their 'Next Big Thing' festival where they joined forces with Rob Da Bank's Sunday Best Records.
Touring has been hectic, 2011 starting with a trek around Australia as part of Future Music Festival, with stints DJing at festivals around the UK including Big Chill, Rockness, Electric Picnic and Lovebox. Added to that, Mighty Mouse made his first trip to Ibiza playing for Annie Mac Presents… at Amnesia and then onto Sankeys along with dates across Europe and the UK.
With Disco Circus 3 released in March 2012, a new label in Herve's Cheap Thrills to release a string of new singles across the summer and new album to drop later this year, the Mouse is showing no signs of slowing down in the studio. Out of the studio a European tour kicks off in March with an Australian and US tour in April following by a summer of summer of festivals.
A busy little Mouse.
Since 2005, BARONHAWK has served as an Artistic Director, DJ, and producer for Urban Artistry Inc., a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. In partnership with U Street Music Hall, he has opened for artists such as: Disclosure, Oscar G, Grandmaster Flash and local DC legend Sam “The Man” Burns. He has held residencies at U Street Music Hall, Tropicalia, Satellite Room, Velvet Lounge, Mova Lounge, Phase 1 Dupont, the Forward Festival, and the International Soul Society Festival. Due to his background in competitive dance culture, Baronhawk earned opportunities to play at respectable events such as: “The Book of Styles” (DC), “Smoking Permitted 2″ (Indiana), “Think Big Battle” (Denmark), “Who Can Roast The Most” (DC), and the USA qualifier for the “Flow Mo Anniversary.” While working as an Assistant Manager at The Record Exchange, he began collecting vinyl, CDs and other forms of media, gaining a deep respect for the art of digging.
***Free before 11pm for 21+*** Ages 18-20 entry by advance ticket only. Advance ticket sales end one hour before doors open. No photo/video allowed.
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