INPUT | Pete Tong/ Thomas Jack/ Sabo with Put In Werk in The Panther Room

It's fair to say that Pete Tong's history is intertwined with the history of acid house and electronic music itself. His career mirrors the story of dance music over the last 25 years. A true renaissance man, Pete has never been about one thing and 2011 represented a significant milestone. The past 18 months has seen Radio 1 hold a special 12 hour takeover on the station celebrating Pete's 20 years on their airwaves, he's released three new compilations, Future Underground, (mixed alongside Riva Starr) and All Gone Ibiza '11 (mixed alongside Felix Da Housecat), and most recently All Gone Ibiza '12 (mixed alongside Booka Shade) on Defected. In a year of landmarks, he also launched a Las Vegas residency at Encore Beach Club, re-launched his iconic FFRR label at Warner Music, headlined Glastonbury's dance tent and curated his own tent at the world-famous (and the UK's coolest) Bestival festival, launched the All Gone App, mixed Mixmag's covermount CD, and scored the music for a Cultural Olympiad Film.
Add to all this his constant touring, an ibizian residency, production work, remixes, music supervision, film scoring, and a weekly Radio 1 show, and he's without question the busiest man in dance.

Thomas Jack

Hailing from Bemboka, Australia, Thomas Jack is an emerging star with a sound and style like a perfect summer's day: it's warm, full of good vibes, and shamelessly appealing. His signature sound is a blend of many live instruments: saxophone, flutes, trumpets, violins, you name it; Thomas finds some unique and organic ways to incorporate the smorgasbord of sounds into his productions.

Having been discovered a little less than three months ago, Jack has quickly taken the Internet by storm: he's already landed in the number-one position on The Hype Machine charts five times. His breakthrough production "Final Speech" led him a viral tear on the esteemed platform, and he has continued the successful run with follow-up tracks, like his much-talked-about remix for Of Monsters and Men's "Little Talks" and the extra smooth remix for Adrian Lux's hit "Teenage Crime" and most recently his single "Symphony" which set the internet ablaze. Thomas' music will continue to push boundaries, by both inspiring and captivating people all over the world. The future is looking bright for this young star.

"Nobody has that groove like Sabo does – he's the funkiest dude on the planet. He just has a natural
funk that DJs and producers strive for their entire careers," Dave Nada, moombahton originator

Mention the name Sabo to anyone familiar with the tropical end of EDM and the response will be
unanimous: deep, unquestioning respect, tinged with a healthy measure of awe. For the past 15 years, the
globetrotting DJ and producer, now based in Los Angeles after moving from his native New York, has set
the benchmark for his peers, thanks to his unmistakable signature style: 'Funky music to make you feel
good', as he describes it - an irresistible, resonant, Balearic fusion that draws upon house, tropical bass,
latin, Brazilian, afrobeat, disco, reggae, cumbia, dub, Miami bass, hip hop, funk and soul. In a glowsticks
era when the word 'uplifting' has lost much of its meaning, Sabo's productions, many released via his own
Sol*Selectas label, are every bit uplifting as they are finely crafted and timeless. It's led him to performing
alongside the likes of Sting, Erykah Badu, Chromeo, Brazilian Girls, and Aloe Blacc, while publications such
as Rolling Stone, Spin, Mixmag and The Fader, through to tastemaker sites like XLR8R, Generation Bass
and Highsnobiety have all queued up to acknowledge his talents.

It has also led him to become a pivotal part of the fast-growing moombahton scene, with the sound's
creator, Dave Nada, openly crediting Sabo's experiments with traditional latin cumbia and modern beats
for Bersa Discos as a key influence on his Dutch house-reggaeton derived sound. Not only was he a major
factor in its inception, Sabo remains one of the biggest influences on its ascent. He's responsible behind
many of the genre's key tracks, he's a driving force behind the already legendary Moombahton Massive
parties at Washington DC's U Street Music Hall and LA's Vibrate monthly, and as the compiler of the
seminal Moombahton Massive EPs, has set the tone for a legion of producers.

Sabo's achievements don't even stop there: in 2006 he was named in URB's Next 100, while he has since
become a staple on the New York gallery circuit, performing at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim
and the Natural History Museum. High-profile clients such as Puma, Gucci, The Huffington Post and
Bloomingdales have also sought Sabo's brand of high-end beats, while influential record labels such as
Diplo's Mad Decent and MAN Recordings out of Berlin have commissioned him to remix their artists. He's
also had great success as a recording artist for a number of other respected labels, including his own,
Sol*Selectas, Nickodemus' Wonderwheel Recordings, nu-cumbia label Bersa Discos and on Irma Records
with partner Zeb. In that time he's remixed and collaborated with such artists as Dennis Ferrer, Gregor
Salto, Nadastrom, Amadou & Miriam, Balkan Beat Box and Nickodemus.

As a DJ his career has included residencies at Turntables on the Hudson, Cielo, Submercer, and Bembe,
a two-year stint hosting a monthly Global Beats radio show on New York's 91.5 FM, and a long-term spell
managing NYC's legendary record store, Turntable Lab. Add all this up and you begin to see why Sabo is
held in awe by everyone who's heard him in action.
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Photo cred: Seannie Cameras

Joel Ford

Joel Ford is one of the most fascinating and difficult-to-define characters in the relatively new-ish American outsider synth movement. Ford and sonic cult colleagues Laurel Halo, James Ferraro, and Daniel Lopatin, like Octo Octa and Ital from the 100% Silk imprint, occasionally pop out of their underground microcircus when invited to the indie mainstream party by heavy hitters who love their outsider sounds. The throughlines of these concentric circles of artists include their reverence for the late ’70s and ’80s (the period during which many of them entered the world), a preference for analog synths (or software that approximates such tones), and the mysterious veil that surrounds them all. But none are more mysterious than Ford, an avatar of all-over-the-place whatness.

Heathered Pearls is the alias of Polish-born Jakub Alexander, music curator of the IS050 Blog, and founder of Moodgadget Records. Jakub has been DJing over a decade sharing residencies early on with globally recognized DJs Matthew Dear and Ryan Elliott in Ann Arbor, MI then moved on to Brooklyn to play along side slow motion disco duo Worst Friends.

Jakub is known to share that crowd-pleasing hypnotic end of rhythmic day time disco, synth induced melodic electronic and swell filled post

rock but always comes back to disco.

The Heathered Pearls project isn't only a DJ alias; in 2011, Ghostly International's Ghostly Music Service released Jakub's debut LP Polite Isle, which included 3 EP's done in 2011 along with a couple of singles combined into one release.

In recent years he's played at the MoMA in Manhattan, held an exciting weekly at Brooklyn Bowl called "Soon To Be Innocent Fun" and has shared the bill with many musicians at The Glasslands and Cameo Gallery.

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