Prab K, Charles Martin
645 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 10:00 PM (event ends at 3:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
If NYC's underground Techno community could be likened to a three ringed circus, Taimur Agha, 32, would be Master of Ceremonies. Between juggling his notorious Blk|market Membership events, producing halcyon's popular radio show, and working tirelessly as the head Techno honcho at the city's top vinyl emporium, Taimur somehow holds down an increasingly in-demand DJ schedule.
It began for the Pakistani native upon arrival from his childhood home of Abu Dhabi in 1999. A run in with the infamously debaucherous club Twilo supplied all the inspiration he would need. Agha ran out to purchase turntables, and with some formative mentoring from none other that UK veteran Craig Richards, he was on his way. He is a key player who has made an indelible mark on NYC's Techno scene; which, in the city that never sleeps, is certainly something.
Already a staple of the local after hours scene, in 2006 Taimur partnered with Fahad Haider to form Blk|market Membership with the simple goal of "bringing in the talent that inspires them as DJs." They have since produced over 200 events in NYC, San Francisco and at Mutek in Montreal, some drawing upwards of 2,500 party goers, earning Blk|market New York Magazine's definitive nod as "NYC's Best All Night Party." Agha's own deep and mesmerizing sets, mainly played on vinyl only, have come to the fore over 7 years as Blk|market's co-resident, a role that has afforded him deck time alongside an enviable litany of the world's hottest DJs, a list that includes Sven Vath, Laurent Garnier, Tyrant, DJ Koze, Scuba vs. Scb, Marco Carola and Ben Klock, to name but a few. Perhaps even more impressive though, are the names of the artists Taimur has been instrumental in booking for their NYC debuts. They include Cassy, Margaret Dygas, Art Department, Melon, San Proper, Mountain People, Jamie Jones, Matt Tolfrey, MyMy, Reboot and Wighnomy Brothers, all of whom have gone on to become staples of a NYC scene that owes no small debt to Agha's dedication and ear for music.
That fact didn't escape the owner of halcyon, the famed Brooklyn DJ shop where Taimur was hired in 2008 as head buyer. Leveraging the unprecedented access to new music the position afforded him, Taimur delved even deeper, refining his tastes, opening accounts with obscure and new labels, and distributions, arming himself with an uncommon arsenal of vinyl and further extending his reach as host of his own internet radio show, "The Bandwagon."
Apparently Taimur has been doing a few things and doing them right. People have taken note… people like Danny Tenaglia who invited Taimur & Fahad to play at his legendary private loft, and DJs like Three, Onur Ozer, Francis Harris, Alexi Delano and Robag Wruhme - all of whom Taimur has performed with in back-to-back sets. As word has spread beyond NYC through podcasts published by Get the Curse, Trace A Line, Autrobrennt and Droid Behavior, Taimur has tested his skills on the road. In recent years he has played Three's famed Snatch party in Tampa, Wolf+Lamb's renowned Marcy hotel, Asylum after hours in Hawaii and the legendary club End-Up in San Francisco. 2012 he made stops at Fabric again, where he went back-to-back with Craig Richards, Kater Holzig in Berlin, Zoo Project in Ibiza, Sundae in Paris, the Fasten boat party in Tokyo and Club Vertigo in Costa Rica.
Now with 2013 looming ahead, Taimur already has debuted at Trouw in Amsterdam, Panorama Bar, the legendary STEREO Montreal, and is growing into a world class underground techno DJ armed with a discerning ear, an uncommon arsenal of vinyl and a resume to prove it. With Blk|market going strong, halcyon launching a distribution arm he is already heading as A&R, a residency at Miami's Electric Pickle, and booking requests coming from all corners of the globe, it's hard to imagine much of Taimur's time is left to spend in his newly built studio, but that is where you can find him working into the night with the eventual goal of launching a new label...so this tale is not yet fully told.
Charles Martin, a vinyl purist, began DJing in 1996. A follower of the underground dance scene since the early 90s, he has performed in venues along the east coast from New York to Miami as well as in the UK and S. America. He performs on a regular basis at Washington DC's U Street Music Hall and Flash night clubs.
Charles has played alongside artists such as: Damian Lazarus (Crosstown Rebels), Ellen Allien (Bpitch Control), Juan Atkins (Metroplex), Kevin Saunderson (KMS), Moritz von Oswald (Basic Channel), Catz N Dogz (Pets), Shaun Reeves (Visionquest), Delano Smith (Sushitech), Audiofly (Supernature), Dj T (Get Physical) and Jan Krueger (Hello?Repeat).
Charles is a versatile artist, having the ability to perform across various music genres including house, techno and breakbeat. Having performed at large clubs and at more intimate venues, his skills have earned him high accolades among the Washington D.C. EDM scene. From 2004 - 2008 he served as Friday night resident at the now defunct Dragonfly, in D.C. In 2005, he was a finalist at the Scion Battle of the DJs held at the legendary Buzz/Cubiq events at Club Nation, hosted by BuzzLife.