INPUT | West Coast EP World Tour with Destructo, Soundwavve with Lit City Rave in the Panther Room

Destructo

Destructo (Gary Richards) began DJing and producing undergrounds in the early 90s in Los Angeles, most notably creating RaveAmerica at Knotts Berry Farm. Rick Rubin subsequently handpicked Gary for A&R in electronic music at Def American Recordings, launching a noteworthy career with such acts as Lords of Acid, Messiah, David Holmes, Basement Jaxx, Dub Pistols, God Lives Underwater and founding 1500 Records and Nitrus Records. After carrying his success to the metal world with No Name Mgmt, Destructo returned to his roots in 2007 by creating HARD. HARD events such as the HARD Haunted Mansion have become synonymous with cutting edge electronic music and unforgettable experiences, where the talent rosters reflect Destructo's own impeccable DJ sets.

J-Cush

Growing up in both New York and London, Jamie founded Lit City Trax in 2012 as part rave night, part record label. Whether Grime, Kuduro, Footwork, Kwaito or other genres of club music, Jamie has his finger on the pulse of future sounds spanning the globe. His dynamic DJ sets quickly merge different sounds with each other, past and present. He is also a member of Future Brown, the new DJ supergroup, with Nguzunguzu and Fatima Al Qadiri.

Future Brown, Lit City Trax, Teklife

DJ SPOKO

DJ Spoko, born Marvin Ramalepe, was raised in the rural town of Tzaneen in Northern South Africa. He started producing on a PC at age 12, after moving to Atteridgeville (a 99% black township outside the mostly white city of Pretoria). He lived in an area called Ghost Town, near the cemetery, where, as the cities premiere producer, he earned the nickname Ghost. He commuted 40 miles south to Soweto for three years where he studied sound engineering under Nozinja, creator of Shangaan Electro style. He has created and proliferated his own reaction to Kwaito, what he calls Bacardi House. This is equally as funky as it is frenetic, characterized by militant string stabs.

Dubbel Dutch

Dubbel Dutch is impervious to the crutches of genres, though a student of many of them. An accomplished producer of cosmic tone poems and club anthems from the abyss, many claim his now-classic Throwback 12" on Palms Out Sounds saved their lives–or at least taught them a lesson in modern retrofitting. A chemistry of pre-hispanic shaman cries, YouTube videos of American microcosms, and 90s UK rave flyers make up his aesthetic, one which is not often associated with the Lone Star State. On Hymn, his debut EP for Mixpak, his methods havenʼt changed, but rather have become more refined. --- Dave Quam

Massacooramaan

One half of the mysterious Ancestral Club Mix DJs and Vissacoor projects respectively, Dave Quam began exploring the weird end of dance music as he cut his teeth as a journalist. Born and raised Portland, he moved to Chicago in 2005 to study photography, film, and sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time as a student, he started Djing and discussing music from all over the globe on his blog It's After the End of the World. He rose to international attention through his writing and photos of then underground juke and footwork artists of his adopted home, which were some of the first to thoroughly document the scene. Since then, his work has been published in magazines such as Spin, XLR8R, The Wire, and Red Bull Music Academy's online content. He recently relocated back to his hometown of Portland, and has been DJing all over the country, while spending lots of time in the studio making his own creations of experimental dance music.Nothing has changed when it comes to his productions and DJ sets. His focus seems to be pushing the boundaries. His forthcoming material is undeniably forward thinking and refined! Largely responsible for Lit City moniker, keep your ears peeled for new material on Lit City Trax in the future. Massacooramaan is easily one of the most original and creative DJs around. If you haven't cought him yet or you just need another dose, now is your time, he will take you to every corner of the world and back.

Durban

Durban, AKA Joe Papas, grew up going to drum and bass raves in his hometown of Brixton. Inspired by his surroundings, Joe started mixing at age 19 and quickly picked up producing. After moving to New York in 2012, Joe spent the last two years honing his sound as a resident DJ at Lit City parties. His new EP Chimes is a nod to the evolution of future club music.
Lit City Trax, Teklife

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