Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival | Nurvous Records with Todd Terje, DJ Spun, Kastle, Different Sleep, Beto Cravioto
74 Wythe Avenue
New York, NY, 11211
This event is 21 and over
Todd Terje, born Terje Olsen, arrived on the Scandinavian dance scene in 2004 and, in short order, became one of its prominent figures beside early supporter Prins Thomas and Hans-Peter Lindstrøm. Terje channeled a voracious appetite for several styles of music -- including dub, disco, synth pop, house, and techno -- into warmly received edits of tracks by Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, and Santana. He also made a splash in 2005 with "Eurodans," one of his own productions, released on Thomas' Full Pupp label. By 2006, it was difficult to keep tabs on all of Terje's remix work, though the man's looks at Lindstrøm's "Another Station," Studio's "Life's a Beach!," Kaoru Inoue's "The Secret Field," and Dølle Jølle's "Balearic Incarnation" weren't easy to avoid in discerning DJ sets. On Remaster of the Universe, released on 2010 through Permanent Vacation, Terje served up a collection of his edits and remixes in the form of a continuous DJ mix. A year later, he released one of his most popular tracks, "Snooze 4 Love," on Gerd Janson's Running Back.
The popularity of bass-heavy dance music is spreading like wildfire across the world, with many producers crafting their own styles of dubstep, grime and garage. In the city of San Francisco, CA DJ/producer Kastle has cultivated his own style of bass-heavy beats with a soulful twist.
After teaching himself guitar and piano around the age of 12, Barrett Richards pooled his efforts towards electronic instrumentation about two years later. He began taking production as seriously as he did DJing during that time, and involved himself deep into the Northeast rave scene. It was no surprise that in time, though, personal growth and 14 years of production experience paired with a degree in audio engineering would breed a new sound. Kastle came to life at a pivotal moment after a big move from Boston back to his hometown of Pittsburgh in March 2009. After nearly a year of conceptualizing, he knew he was working on something special.
The name itself implies a fortress, a personal space that is used to cultivate a long-time love of hip-hop and R&B and fuse it with the magnetizing effect that dubstep, garage and bass-heavy music has had on Barrett and, really, the various communities of underground electronic music.
The studio and touring dichotomy of an artist's life is a perfect yin & yang for Kastle in both his production and outlook. His professional experience as an engineer puts forth clean, crisp production, but his love for the party provides a playful bass that eats a room. Altogether, the wide varieties of vocals - both originals and sampled - are a key element to Kastle's sound. "I grew up on hip hop and R&B, and sampling is considered an art form," he says. "It's becoming more and more fun to dig through old records and find obscure samples." He cites another unexpected influence -legendary French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, who had once said that "it's not where you take things from, it's where you take them to."
∞ mind bending beats ∞
Over the past year Beto Cravioto has become one of New York's premiere DJ talents, bringing his special brand of deephouse and disco to some of the best parties in the city, including his own Kaviar Disco Club nights. His mostly vinyl DJ sets are always a treat & have impressed just about everyone. For how little time he's been around, he's already shared the decks with a wide range of dj's. From Fred Falke to Tanner Ross.
All the while Beto was impressing people on the dance floor he was quietly laboring in the studio, finding his own sound. "No Social Culture" is his first actual release so it was only natural that he teamed up with Justin Strauss and studio partner Bryan Mette (Whatever / Whatever) to bring this slow disco groover to its optimum place.
DJ Spun's Rong Music is one of the most interesting labels on the planet right about now. Its genre-defying catalogue says as much about the artists as it does about the man behind the label. Since 2003 he has headed up the groundbreaking record label, a dual imprint collaboration with DFA, Tu Rong , and finally Promo Only – which brought the world wide disco edit craze to America.
DJ Spun is a DJ that people talk about in hallowed tones. His journey through music began with punk rock then through hip hop and the birth of House and continues to this day with the re-invention of this musical phenomenon. In addition to his now legendary club nights. He held residencies at several seminal West Coast parties. Manning the decks in countless guest spots Spun has racked up the frequent flyer miles playing at many world-renowned parties and clubs, among them Francios K's Deep Space party at Cielo in NYC, San Francisco's Wicked and Gathering, LA's Sarcastic Disco, Bad Passion and Horse Meat Disco in London, Frankfurt's the Omen, Cookies in Berlin, BED in Bangkok, Liquid Room and Unit in Tokyo. He has produced over 35 records and 5 cd's for numerous labels including NOID, Siesta, Editions Disco, Big Bear, and his own Rong Music. Most recently he's remixed James Chance and the Contortions, and collaborated with Olivier Spencer (House of House, Still Going), Eric Duncan (Rub n Tug, Still Going), Daniel Wang, and Stephen Hall of Arthur Russell and Loose Joints fame.
Spun was the curator and organizer of MoMA/P.S.1′s prestigious Warm Up Music Series, known as "NYC's best Summertime Party". Currently his "All Night Rong Party" (usually with DJ Harvey) has developed a world wide cult following and is one of NYC's most looked forward to events.
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