THUMP Presents Route 94/ Todd Edwards/ Trent Cantrelle/ Cranks and Nikola Baytala/ Stephanie/ Michael Vieira/ Chili Davis + Sean Cormac in The Panther Room and Cahoot Records in Stilton House

Todd Edwards

But the mid-eighties brought Todd an all new musical vision. However because of the increasing time required by his schooling he put off music for a bit and returned to the average life of an American teen. In 1986 as he experimented with song writing and lyrical arrangements, Todd's sampling structure began to develop with his acquisition of a Casio sampler 1987. He gathered interest in the piano again and took lessons in improvisation in 1988. In the same year he came together with long time friend and disk jockey, "Filthy" Rich Criso to begin working on dance oriented music. As Todd further developed so did his musical style. Conceptualizing sounds fitting together in sort of a collage, Todd started laying the groundwork for his sampling artistry.

Three years went by before he really developed some material he was happy with. As his love for the dance form grew Todd began buying records and spinning. Although never a focus in his life, Todd's involvement with Dj's began to take shape in musical tracks. In 1992 he began a relationship with 111 East Records. As their onboard functioning producer, his roots became more cemented in dance music production. Thru such work though Todd's name came into the spotlight for many to hear. He met a variety of people who took a liking to his musical style. Amongst which was Mike Weiss of Nervous Records. Out of this grew Todd's first release for Nervous. Entitled "The Messenger" this EP broke Todd onto the NY scene as a force to be reckoned with. In late 1993 he hooked up with WKTU, NY disc jockey George Calle and Joseph Ventola who discussed creating a label in where local house artists could share some of their music with the world. Out of such grew i! Records, a mainstay label where Todd came to call his home. Propelled by the security of the i! relationship, Todd began further experimentation with his collage concept of sampling and began dabbling with remixing.

The year of 1994 brought great fruits for Todd...including another EP for Nervous, and a host of singles for i!. With continuing support from both area and worldwide Dj's, the artist and remixer of Todd Edwards was taking shape. The year of 1995 proved to be Todd's greatest yet. With other remixes for Nervous and the release of his ground breaking "Saved My Life" he became accepted as the remixer/producer to work with. Out of such grew remixes for Polydor, EMI, BMG, and an artist deal with London Records.

Trent Cantrelle

When, New Orleans-born L.A.- based producer, Trent Cantrelle scored Essential New Tune at WMC 2005, with his smash rock hybrid "Runaway", he was clocked by Pete Tong as "One of the hottest dance talents from the US". The instant hit was licensed in over 10 countries and carried on to be one of the top tunes that year.

After breaking onto the global scene his DJ schedule kicked into high gear playing some of the biggest clubs around the globe. Along the way keeping up momentum by dropping heavily charted hits such as Turbofunks "Gotta Move" remix and his reworking of Pete Hellers "Big Love", which Eric Morillo donned "the biggest tune of Ibiza 2007". Shortly following, the Deep Flexion "Emotions Of The Night" remix leaped across genres with a spot on Tiesto's Club Life radio show and DJ Mag dubbing Trent "Man of the moment". The high profile productions helped further launch his career in the US and abroad, landing him a residency at the famed Avalon club in Los Angeles and accompanying the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Pete Tong, Sander Kleinenberg and Sandra Collins on tour. In addition to the club circuit, he performed at one of America's biggest outdoor music events, Coachella Music Festival, and more recently three sets, including a main stage slot, at the largest electronic music event in US history, The Electric Daisy Carnival 2011, with crowds of 100k.

In a day and age where most DJ sets come pre planned and formatted, Trent relies heavily on the energy of the crowd for programming. His sound leans toward big room peak-time house, as heard on his recent releases "Come With Me" and the DMC Buzz Chart top ten "Robot". Studio duties have seen him work with everyone from Princess Superstar to remixing mainstream acts such as Seal, Maroon 5, and Mutemath. Over the years having amassed an impressive catalog of original tracks and remixes he has appeared on such labels as Ministry Of Sound, Toolroom, Perfecto, Black Hole, Subliminal, Ultra and his own Sounds Like imprint.

2010 saw the biggest year yet for releases with a multitude hitting the Beatport Top 100 and Itunes Top 100. 2011 has been an even more explosive year rounding things off with his #1 Beatport smash "I Want A Freak".

Cranks is a Brooklyn-based DJ and producer. His techno-tinged tracks and foreboding yet flowing sounds can be heard in clubs throughout NYC and on his debut EP, released in July through the Safer At Night label. Cranks is gearing up for a busy year with more tunes on the horizon.

Nikola Baytala

DJ Nikola Baytala has become a crucial component of the minimal-techno collective known as Kontrol. But don't typecast him as a one-dimensional droid with a M-nus Records logo tattoo. He's been exploring the upper echelons of the techno/house continuum since the early '90s (including the last 10 years at The Top, a weekly event hosted by S.W.A.T., aka Special Weapons and Tactics), gaining a reputation as a DJ's DJ, with acclaim coming from house-music legends like Derrick Carter and Doc Martin. Moreover, Baytala's list of musical influences and loves is vast, eclectic, and impeccable. The following roll call just scratches the surface: dub/reggae (Lee "Scratch" Perry), jazz (Pharoah Sanders), world (Ravi Shankar, Mulatu Astatke), funk (Cymande), soul (Bill Withers), hiphop (Gang Starr), Krautrock (Can), electro (Egyptian Lover, Kraftwerk), disco (DJ Harvey), Latin (Tito Puente), soundtrack/new age (Vangelis), rock (Steely Dan), post-punk (ESG, Liquid Liquid), and post-rock (Outhud). As for his bread and butter, Baytala similarly displays excellent judgment, with a heavy preference for quality-pushers like Jeff Mills, Gas, Monolake, Robert Hood, Theo Parrish, and Mr. Fingers. When you see a DJ possess such wide-ranging, outstanding taste, it instills confidence that he/she will rarely, if ever, veer into wackness. Baytala clearly has put many hours of study into his craft, and it's paid off with smooth mixes and world-class track selection. Besides his formidable technical skills and profound knowledge, Baytala reportedly exudes a lot of personality and passion behind the decks, which must have served him well while opening for acts like Jane's Addiction. Everything I've heard by Baytala suggests that his sets avoid the supposed pitfalls of minimal dance music. They're kinetic, dynamic, and, of course, cheese-free. I can't believe I've only just recently found out about this mensch.


Michael Vieira

New York native Michael Vieira has been influenced by music for as long as he can remember. Exposed at an early age, he first picked up DJing from his father who granted him full access to his own turntables and vinyl collection. Since then the art form has become a therapeutic method of self expression he has finely tuned throughout the years

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