LIGHTS DOWN LOW presents
LIGHTS DOWN LOW SF Featuring Felix Da Housecat, Todd Edwards & Tornado Wallace
Richie Panic, Sleazemore, Myles Cooper
444 Jessie St
San Francisco, CA, 94103
This event is 21 and over
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Felix da Housecat
Felix da Housecat’s 2001 album, Kittenz and thee Glitz, turned the dance music world on its side as his collaborations with the now infamous Miss Kittin on “Silver Screen” and “Madame Hollywood” and Melistar on “Harlot” and “What Does it Feel Like” spawned a synth club revival.
Over the course of 20 years his determination and willingness to re-invent himself have led him to a point that has now included a Grammy nomination, remix work for artists such as Madonna, Garbage, New Order and Giorgio Moroder; to DJ gigs at the world’s most prestigious music festivals. Born in Detroit in 1971 and raised in Park Forrest, outside Chicago, Felix Stallings, Jr.'s earliest influence was his father, a saxophonist who turned him on to classic '70s funk and soul by artists like Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire. His next major musical epiphany came about when Purple Rain dropped and he became the keyboardist for Shades of Blue, a band that covered Prince & the Revolution songs.
In Chicago during the early '80s, the House music revolution grabbed Felix’s attention. For Felix, it centered around Chicago's 102.7 and the pioneering Hot Mix DJs. "I remember listening to Farley ‘Jack Master’ Funk, Mike ‘Hitman’ Wilson, Micky ‘Mixin'’ Oliver, and Kenny ‘Jamming’ Jason," Felix says rattling off the city's House pioneers. By 14 he too was recording house music on his four-track. A school friend introduced him to DJ Pierre who he collaborated with on their classic house track "Phantasy Girl".
Post-Kittenz, Felix has become one of the most sought after remixers and producers on the planet reinterpreting songs by everyone from the Pet Shop Boys to Kylie Minogue to Nina Simone. In 2003 he was nominated for Grammy Award for his mix of Rinocerose’s “Lost Love," released two mix albums entitled Excursions and Bugged Out and began working with artists like P-Diddy, who were eager to tap his prodigious production skills.
House legend and Daft Punk collaborator Todd Edwards is known for his hypnotic collage of cut-up samples over swung beats and lively disco-flavored basslines.
Credited as one of the godfathers of UK garage, his four to the floor beats have earned him a passionate following in Europe. In addition to his own legendary productions, Edwards has also remixed Justice, Phoenix, Klaxons, Hot Chip, Spank Rock, Boris, Appaloosa, Surkin, Robin S, Zoot Woman, St. Germain, and Dimitri From Paris.
Edwards also co-produced, co-wrote, and sang on the Daft Punk song "Face to Face" on their 2001 album Discovery.
Chicago has house, Detroit techno, Berlin minimal and London a long history of rave culture. But Melbourne's dance producers are chameleons, mashing up a multitude of Trans-Atlantic sounds with an irreverence peculiar to them. Tornado Wallace subscribes to this very individualism but, even within his hometown, he's considered an anomaly.
The elusive and enigmatic DJ/producer is discreetly taking on the world with his hybrid of house, techno and deep groove with the slinky disco playa responsible for three standout releases in 2010, all supported by contemporaries such as Jimpster, Mr Scruff, The Revenge, Eric Duncan, Horse Meat Disco, Greg Wilson, Matthew Dear, Mark E, Eddie C, DJ T and more. First was the Tornado Never Dies EP on Sleazy Beats followed by the triumphant Paddlin' EP on Jimpster's Delusions Of Grandeur which topped Juno's charts for a number of weeks and was listed in their top 50 tracks for 2010. His love affair with Delusions of Grandeur continued with 'Always Twirling', which reached similar heights, resonating with music lovers from all corners of the globe.
2011 looks just as bright with his next two releases on The Revenge's Instruments of Rapture and Delusions of Grandeur set to solidify him as the leading figure in Melbourne's resurgence on the world stage.
Tornado has also lent his creative spin to other artist's with remixes for Eddie C (Hometaping is Killing Music), Alex Agore (Kolour), Loin Brothers (Future Classics), Nile Delta (Cutters), JD73 (Z Records), Cut Copy (Modular) and Mike Callander (Haul).
In childhood he learnt to play piano, saxophone, guitar and the drums – and performed in a high school jazz band. He took up electronic music production at fifteen-years-old, teaching himself the basics on some outdated computer software. Knowing straight away that it was for him, he passionately continues down this path nine years on without looking back.
After collecting records throughout his teen years, he was thrown into the DJing world at 18-years-old, as a favour to a friend that needed a spot filled. Since, he has established himself the go-to-DJ and has become a regular on Melbourne's circuit. He now has residencies at Melbourne's longest running clubs Revolver and One Six One, and co-runs the monthly C Grade parties at the Mercat Basement, where his eight-hour sets with good friends Otologic have inspired a neo-underground scene sweeping through his hometown. Gigs at Space – Ibiza, Plastic People – London, Watergate – Berlin, Milan, Bucharest to name but a few, remixes for Cut Copy and Mike Callander, plus the coveted Resident Advisor Podcast, Australia is surely in for a treat this summer
Richie Panic is a SF based disc jockey, underground comedian, and producing dreamboat. Richie makes and applies various theories to the object of "dance music". He is really into Kate Bush, KMFDM, and Richard Allen. Richie Panic enjoys mattress fires, kitty cats, and swimming. He thinks everyone looked better when people read magazines. Get into what he is selling and you will live to your fullest potential. Do it today!
Sleazemore's personality in American electro culture is big and hugelike the ocean is deep. The ever-ready party machine has been known called the antithesis of many bad decisions. His party in San Francisco, Light's Down Low (nominated for best club in SF '08 music awards), is an essential spot, acting as a minor league for artists who shortly after become major players, and has recently become intenational with the opening of Lights Down Low Amsterdam and Lights Down Low France to much acclaim. Sleazemore's graphic design is not only in demand, but has been one of the most influential of today's electro scene. His track selection is consistently solid he's been known to mix the hottest track of the minute with the hottest track of tomorrows when it's not even 5 hours old. He's shared the stage with the likes of Simian Mobile Disco, Green Velvet, Justice and the Ed Banger Crew, MSTRKRFT, Boys Noize, Laidback Luke, Jesse Rose, Miss Kittin, Tiefschwarz, Kid Cudi, Felix Da Housecat, Major Lazer, Matthew Dear, the Sounds, Sinden, Crookers, A-trak, Trevor Loveys, Dj Craze, The Glimmers, Tim Sweeney,The Jaun Maclean, Tommie Sunshine and countless others and has played everywhere from NYC to Berlin to Mexico City to Paris.
"Here's former Boy George impersonator and all-round gay San Franciscan scenester Myles Cooper singing a bright little Casiotone paean to pleasure-seeking called Gonna Find Boyfriends Today. It's so bubbly and bouncy in its jolly infectiousness and cheerful simplicity, it almost works as a kindergarten sing-song. Really, we're not sure what Cooper's agenda is. Is it just a bit of harmless pop mischief? Is it meant to be subversive? Is he trying to wind up – or put the wind up – straight society? Was the intention to make the 21st-century I'm Too Sexy or the latterday Glad to Be Gay? Whatever, we can't imagine many parents wanting their kids to chant along to a fun-time ditty about finding fellas for frolics. You'd never know he was once in a goth band called Mr Vampire and was a member of druggy, indie lo-fi slacker miserabilists Girls, although there is something about the naive candour of that San Franciscan band's music that's a bit Cooper-esque. It's just that whereas Girls are dour, Cooper paints the whole world Day-Glo.... there is more to Cooper than happy clappy pop. The B-side of the single is Lord Love Music, which is a slow and slurry dance tune that sounds like a funk band playing underwater – he cites, among others, Prince, Sly Stone, Chic, and Frankie Knuckles as "the ones that have taught me the most about music lately". Then again, he also rates Perry Como and Glenn Danzig, so God knows what his next single will be like. Maybe it will be called Magic Moments and it will be a merry hymn of praise to muscular-rock Satanists." --UK Guardian
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