Chadwick, Slant, Brothers Brau, D.A., Illogic
645 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
This event is 21 and over
In the trend-driven universe of electronic dance music, Gregor Tresher is the rare artist who transcends such cycles. His secret? A relentless focus on melody and timbre, timeless musical elements that other producers often undervalue. Just as a painting or a photograph appears to move if one stares at it long enough, close listening to the stratified grooves and melodies in Tresher's music reveals an organic universe of shifting sound.
"Melody always allows you to bring something new to the music," opines the producer. "It is where you can create something real and different, whereas the beat... well, either a record grooves or it doesn't." Tresher's approach to writing music eschews obvious eight-bar earworms that soon grow tiresome in favor of musical lines that repeat and intertwine in myriad patterns, unfolding to reveal their secrets as you listen.
Gregor Tresher began his career as a DJ in Frankfurt in the early '90s; today, he can be found plying that trade at venues around the world, from Berlin to Tokyo, Sydney to Los Angeles. Following two critically-acclaimed albums credited to his Sniper Mode alias, Tresher broke through as a producer under his own name via his 2005 releases Still and Neon, his remix of Sven Väth's "Komm," and his contribution to Cocoon's Compilation F, "Full Range Madness." His 2008 classic "A Thousand Nights" was the year's best-selling Techno track on Beatport and introduced Gregor to a larger audience. In addition to releasing tracks on countless other esteemed labels, including Drumcode, Ovum, Intacto, Music Man and Moon Harbour, Gregor Tresher launched his own eclectic imprint, Break New Soil, in 2009. His studio albums include A Thousand Nights (2007), The Life Wire (2009), and Lights From The Inside (2011).
Despite his impressive discography, don't show up to one of Gregor Tresher's gigs expecting to hear a "greatest hits" set of career highlights. "I've moved away from making music specifically for DJs and the dance floor", he admits. He aspires to make records that engage the entire body, rather than simply propel the feet. "My newest tracks are me, one hundred percent—although it's nice that even though I didn't have the dance floor in mind when I wrote them, they are working on the dance floor, too."
2012 has been a highly productive year: The esteemed DJ and producer has issued tracks on four different labels. There was "For Many Days To Come," released by Josh Wink's Ovum imprint, as well as "Hex," Tresher's second collaborative production with Petar Dundov on Music Man. His tune "Papercuts" was one of the highlights of Drumcode's A-Sides compilation, and his fourth 2012 release, the About A Good Place EP on Sven Vath's Cocoon imprint, completes a circle of sorts. "It was great that those tracks are released on Cocoon recordings, since we have some history. It helped my career a lot when Sven started to play my music in 2004 and it gave me a big push. So it's nice that these tracks are released on his label, because they mean something special to me as well."
Judicious use of klangfarben—tone color— distinguishes Tresher from his peers, as evidenced on his „About a Good Place“ EP. Whether it's the piquant squeaks and wobbly oscillations of "The Sun Sequencer" or faint crackles and hissing steam that periodically punctuate "Lifecycles", unusual timbres tease the ear as his hypnotic grooves unspool. As in the work of Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode, the sounds employed are as integral to Tresher's distinctive melodies as the individual notes.
In addition, another almost imperceptible element of motion has been integrated into Gregor Tresher ́s new music via the integration of older machines and their tendency to drift ever-so-slightly out of tune. "It adds this human touch to the music, even though it was made with machines."
Chadwick has been a music selector since the early 80’s. He discovered making pause edits on a home stereo tape deck stemming from a desire to make his favorite songs just a bit longer or to extend the break. The boom of hip hop breakdancing and DJ culture led him to the Fresh Fest concert in 1983 that featured RUN-DMC and the Fat Boys, but most notable that night was when he heard Grande Master Flash cutting up Chic-Good Times on the turntables. That’s when he realized the potential of changing the music, live on vinyl, to create a whole new sound.
Chadwick avidly pursued record collecting and in the early ‘90s was introduced to the clubs and sounds of NYC DJs that were delivering powerful, tribal and vocal house sets long into Sunday mornings. A passion for underground house music pushed Chadwick to open and operate a record store, Wax Worx Records, in Raleigh, North Carolina from 1995-2003. During this time he also worked as
a promoter drawing 1000+ person events and as a DJ holding down weekly local residencies and guest spots throughout the East Coast. This time also saw studio productions emerge as well received singles and remixes receiving play from the likes of Roger Sanchez, MR. C, Sasha, John Digweed and Pete Tong. After moving to Washington, DC in 2003, Chadwick took a break from DJing out in public and enjoyed the view from the dance floor. He never stopped playing for the love of music and in the summer of 2013 he was chosen as a resident for Flash Nightclub which features a fully customized Funktion-1 sound system.
He can now be found headlining Resident Nights at Flash or playing alongside some of the biggest touring DJs, bringing his unique and layered 4 deck, tech and house sound to the nation’s capitol and beyond.
Slant is a Drum & Bass / Jungle DJ representing 2Tuff Productions in Washington, DC.
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