LED Presents: THE DADA LAND COMPOUND
DADA LIFE, A-TRAK, CLOCKWORK, TJR + more
A-Trak, Caveat, Clockwork, Craze, Jacques Lu Cont, Michael Woods, TJR
3500 Sports Arena Blvd.
San Diego, CA
Doors 9:00 PM (event ends at 4:00 AM)
This event is 18 and over
We are Dada Life.
Destroy dance music and have fun. Don't look back in the past. Always go forward. Don't think too much. Always follow the money.
Do the Dada.
The result? Big tunes, no frills.
Very few DJs can jump from club sets to high-profile festival performances, to Kanye West's larger-than-life stadium shows with ease. In today's DJ culture, A-Trak holds a truly unique place. He and partner Nick Catchdubs founded America's most trendsetting new label, Fool's Gold, launching the careers of artists such as Kid Sister and Kid Cudi. Fool's Gold's mission to merge all aspects of club music was already outlined in Trizzy's original mixtape manifesto, Dirty South Dance, which set the tone for his own production. He is now one of the most sought-after remixers in electronic music, and his remixes for the likes of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Boys Noize have become undeniable mainstays in DJ sets the world over. 2009 saw the release of two critically acclaimed DJ mixes, Infinity +1 and Fabriclive 45, as well as the birth of Duck Sauce, his collaboration with Armand Van Helden. The duo's radio smash "aNYway" cemented itself as the dance anthem of the year, A-Trak's first true chart-topper with two videos in international rotation and across-the-board support from Pete Tong to Busy P, David Guetta to 2manydjs. Duck Sauce's 2010 follow up "Barbra Streisand" was even bigger, a whistling pop sensation that accumulated over 60 million YouTube views of its star-studded video while hitting platinum heights around the globe. They even covered it on X-Factor and Glee!
Not bad for a kid whom many viewed as a 90's turntablism prodigy. After taking home every DJ title known to man before he could shave, A-Trak toured the world, first alongside Q-Bert's Invisibl Skratch Piklz and then with Craze and the Allies. In 2004, he was hand-picked by Kanye to be his tour DJ. A near decade of youthful meanderings was captured on his acclaimed DVD Sunglasses Is A Must.
Somewhere along the line, A-Trak also became a new-school sartorial icon, collaborating with Nike, New Era, Kidrobot, Zoo York and pretty much every designer worth his salt. And all the while, his brother morphed into the lead singing lothario in the acclaimed electro-pop sensation Chromeo. The last couple of years have seen Trizzy headlining tours and festival stages the world over. Add to that scratching on Common's classic Be, Kanye's Late Registration and Graduation, Kid Cudi's Man On The Moon and Drake's Thank Me Later, as well as producing Kid Sister's debut album Ultraviolet, collaborations with the likes of Lupe Fiasco and Laidback Luke, and original releases with Stones Throw and Kitsune.
After years of schlepping vinyl, accumulating air miles and dressing smart, A-Trak has finally become the man to call to make the kids dance. Ask him and he'll tell you that this is the moment he's been waiting for his whole career.
Caveat has officially made his debut in the EDM scene. While some refer to him as a prodigy, the humble DJ/producer from San Diego is a self proclaimed "16 year old with too much time on his hands."
Caveat first caught the music worlds' eyes when he won the Beatport sponsored remix competition of Martin Solveig's track, "Hello". The accomplishment landed him a place on the official remix package along side some of the leaders in the EDM world, including Michael Woods, Dada Life, and Sidney Samson. His unique style of production on the track caught the eyes of the high octane producers, Dada Life, who sought out Caveat for a remix of their track "Happy Violence", alongside Kaskade, Swanky Tunes and Uppermost. The success's continued to roll on in 2011, as the track was played on the Tiësto's legendary "Club Life Radio Show".
Keep your ears and eyes open for his upcoming releases, as they promise to turn everyone’s head. With such raw talent, and the support of some of EDM's hardest hitters, the future looks promising for this high school sophomore.
Los Angeles-born, New York City-based DJ/Producer Clockwork is no stranger to the world of electronic music. The young producer was one of the many 18 year olds circulating the dance music blogospehere with various bootleg remixes. But in 2011, armed with support and guidance from fellow young guns Felix Cartal and AutoErotique, Clockwork emerged from the throng of bedroom producers. His single "Squad Up", an original track that was played out at festivals around the world, quickly caught the attention of internationally renowned DJ, and Dim Mak chief, Steve Aoki. Aoki signed Clockwork immediately, making him the youngest artist ever signed to Dim Mak's prolific roster. Since the signing, Clockwork has officially remixed work for artists across the dance music spectrum, from Steve Aoki to Dimitri Vegas. His bootleg remix of Avicii's notorious big room anthem "Levels" reached over 80,000 plays on Soundcloud, 2 million views on Youtube, and garnered international radio play.
Clockwork's distinctive bass-heavy, big room sound has helped him gain support from the likes of Tiesto, Steve Angello, Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki, and everyone in between. His DJ sets are always as high energy and innovative as his productions, helping earn him an upcoming international tour as well as a spot on the line-up at the 2011 Hard Haunted Mansion Festival. With 2011 emerged the unique, big-room sounds that define Clockwork, but it truly is just the beginning. With a prolific propensity to create, a progressive production style, and a genuine love for the performance, Clockwork's future is looking bright.
Craze's life is a legacy of rags to riches, geek to chic, no-name to world fame. He never had it easy from fleeing battle in Nicaragua at the age of 3 to a geeky adolescence to Hurricane Andrew hitting Miami in 1992 nor did have ever have any coattails to ride; his is a story that's an uphill battle, but a story that ends right at the top. "My mom always taught me I could do anything I put my mind to. So when she asked what I wanted to do with my turntables, I told her, 'Be the best DJ in the world,'" Craze casually laughs. And that he proved 3 times at the DMC World Championships, an unprecedented record, and a title that no other solo DJ has yet to match. While Craze is regarded internationally and unquestionably as one of the best scratch DJs in the world, it's still astonishing to see his overwhelming number of titles on paper: Craze has won first place for the USA DMC Championships in 1998, World ITF Scratch Off Championships in 1998, ITF Western Hemisphere Scratch Off Championships (1998, '99), Winter Music Conference Scratch Off Champion (1996, '97, '98, '99), East Coast DMC Championships (1997), East Coast Rap Sheet Championships (1996) and Zulu National Championships (1995, '96), to name but a few. Additionally, DJ Craze claimed 2nd place in the first DMC Team Championship with his Allies' crew (which included fellow champions A-Trak and Infamous) in 1999 and then in 2000, the Allies' won the Team Championship title, taking it from the previous year's winners the Scratch Perverts.
On top of his untouchable turntablist skills and scratch champion showmanship, the world has also recognised that Craze is a second to none club DJ he has toured the globe over, from Jamaica to Australia to Japan to Iceland to France to the country he was born, Nicaragua. All DJing aside, Craze is also a world- renowned producer, releasing wildly successful drum'n'bass records with labels such as Cartel Recordings, Breakbeat Kaos, and C.I.A and other hip hop inspired productions with the likes of DMC Records, Ninja Tune Records, OM Records and K7 Records. It's the respect from both DJs and audiences alike that has paved Craze's seamless move between hip hop and turntablism to drum'n'bass both serious subzero clique/cult scenes the globe over demanding much of any artist trying to peddle their wares worldwide; to what now sounds like club-style Miami bass, formed with the technical love of hip hop with clean cuts and ridiculously dextrous scratching, but a mix up of straight up rap, ghettotech, raw booty house, old-school electro, Baltimore/Miami bass crossover and sweaty lo-end dancefloor music, making it all but impossible to keep still. This is Craze the man who arguably defined his hometown Miami turntablism scene, only to return now to reinvent this take on the Miami sound; a neo-genre of his own special blend of every which way club codes from the ghosts of discos past, present and future.
Jacques Lu Cont
More akin to French nu-disco compatriots like Daft Punk than his Wall of Sound labelmates, Jacques Lu Cont's Les Rythmes Digitales project bridges the gap between the quintessentially early-'80s phenomenon of synth pop and more contemporary styles like acid house and trip-hop. Lu Cont is actually of British origin, however; he was born Stuart Price to a Reading couple vacationing in Paris. Both were classical pianists, but Stuart was turned on to the twin towers of electro -- Kraftwerk and Afrika Bambaataa -- at an early age. He also became interested in noted French proto-electronica figures like Pierre Henry and Jean-Jacques Perrey, and began experimenting with synthesizers as a teenager. Mark Jones from Britain's Wall of Sound Recordings gained a demo tape from a third party, invited Price to begin recording for the label, and even concocted his Gallic alias (years before Daft Punk and Air made French citizenship a hot property).
Liberation The first Les Rhythmes Digitales single was 1996's electro-shocked "Kontakte," followed closely by the debut album Liberation. Price looked to another of his influences for his second Wall of Sound single; "Jacques Your Body (Make Me Sweat)" was a streamlined acid-disco epic, the title a clever pun on Chicago house kingpin Steve "Silk" Hurley's hit from ten years earlier. Price began a DJ residency spinning '80s hits, and even provided a few remixes, for decade classics like Heaven 17's "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" and Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" as well as labelmates Dirty Beatniks. Les Rhythmes Digitales became a noted live act as well, playing 1998's Reading Festival (a hometown gig for Price) and headlining a Wall of Sound label tour through Britain and Europe. A new single, "(Hey You) What's That Sound?," anticipated his second album, and featured none other than Boy George in its accompanying video. Forthcoming material didn't appear, however, thanks to a new gig serving as musical director for a Madonna tour. He also helmed most of the tracks from her 2005 album Confessions on a Dance Floor, and became one of the more popular pop production names by the end of the decade thanks to work for Seal, Pet Shop Boys, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Scissor Sisters, Keane, and the Killers.
Ability, originality and accomplishment. In Michael Woods' short career he has managed to touch on every cornerstone, leaving proof of his musical competence at producing big room, progressive and tech-house tracks, along with a discernible motivation to better the quality of music being distributed. This has not gone unnoticed with DJs like Pete Tong consistently throwing props his way.
From Argentinean & Guyanese decent, he was born and raised in Hackney London which he still calls home and runs his studio from there. Classically trained in a range of instruments at an early age provided Michael with a catalogue of creative skills including the keys (which he learned to play at the tender age of 3), guitar, drums and trumpet, practically making him a one man band. When not in the studio messing around with Logic, developing his craft, he would be found at Pimlico's Trinity Music College where he contracted a love for musicality, often using his spare time orchestrating with the percussion section of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Earlier achievements include his debut single, "Warrior" released in 2000 and the critically acclaimed remix of Energy 52's "Café Del Mar", both of which are still considered as classic's among DJs and fans alike. But today's finished products could not sound more different. They carry a deep, driving and delectable collection of electronic sounds, with melodious, cascading synths and hands-in-the-air rush-inducing drops. This is what Michael Woods is renowned for, and has created an individual sound that he is pioneering, making him a stunning example of an artist that flows with, as well as initiates, music's changes.
Collaborations with the likes of Chris Lake, Funkagenda & Mark Knight conclude as featured tracks on various compilations and act as proof of his skillful production abilities. It's alliances like these that excite the growing fan base, but are not the sole examples of his talent, as original tracks such as "Nitro", "Midnight Run", "Dynamik", "No Access" and "First Aid" are continually supported.
Alongside an impressive catalogue of tracks on numerous labels including Mau5trap, and Toolroom Records, many established artists such as Underworld, Martin Sloveig and Moguai have hired Michael Woods to renovate their sound into a style which emulates his musical vision, including the Deadmau5 & Chris Lake's "I Said", which became the only remixed track featured on the 2010 album, "4x4=12". In addition, mainstream artists such as Kylie, Estelle, The Ting Tings, The Temper Trap, P Diddy and Ginuwine ft Timbaland & Missy Elliot have all borrowed his insatiable remixing skills, leaving his studio rarely empty. His ability to rework music with an exceptionally sharp ear for quality production has left him in high regard with many artists and labels across the industry, leading to a nomination for 'Best Remixer' at this year's 2011 IDMA's (International Dance Music Awards).
Michael Woods now borrows some of this growing respect offering it to his label, Diffused Music, which houses applauded tracks from him self and others. The rapidly growing label is another imperative ingredient in furthering the exhilarating Michael Woods history book.
As well as the continuous success of his music, his dexterity as a DJ completes Michael Woods as a dynamic and credible artist. In demand across the globe he plays everywhere from Europe to USA, ending 2010 with a successful USA Tour. Other accomplishments to-date includes a summer residency for Cream at Amnesia in Ibiza (2010), while Deadmau5 invited him on his infamous 2010 UK tour. The latest addition to Michael's ever increasing list of successes is being crowned the new global resident at one of dance music's biggest super brands: Ministry of Sound. With industry heavyweights like Fedde Le Grand, Benny Benassi and Mark Knight as his peers, this is yet another triumph for Michael Woods and marks his growing importance in dance music today. After a year of unprecedented success, this residency is another milestone in his career, which sees Michael Woods playing as the face of the Ministry worldwide for a whole host of events, adding his name to the array of esteemed DJ's that already accompany the Ministry brand and reputation.
For 2011, Michael Woods continues his relationship with Ministry and kick starts a new series of mix compilations for the brand, aptly entitled Ministry of Sound – Residents. Not a first for the artist, after the infamous Amnesia dance-house honoured Michael by asking him to mix one side of the "Amnesia Ibiza Deejay Sessions vol.6" compilation to accompany the Cream summer residency. All are prime examples of the ever growing popularity of Michael Woods, where his presence is always well received by fans and top clubs alike. It is clear that his creativity knows no bounds, and each attainment is just another chapter of this musical characters story.
TJR has built a formidable catalogue of remixes and original tracks since broadening
out from his acid house and techno roots in 2008. He has consistently been cooking up
big room bangers that have received massive support from prominent DJ's around the
world. Originally from the little state of Connecticut, a move to Los Angeles in 2010
saw him embrace the benefits of America's hot spot for electronic dance music.
DADA LIFE, A-TRAK, CLOCKWORK, TJR + more with A-Trak, Caveat, Clockwork, Craze, Jacques Lu Cont, Michael Woods, TJR
Friday, October 25 · Doors 9:00 PM at Valley View Casino Center