SunDown: Amtrac

Caleb Cornett was born and raised in the small town of Morehead, Kentucky. Bluegrass and psychedelic rock were key components of his early years in the South long before Daft Punk and Giorgio Moroder took over. "My dad was really into bands like Pink Floyd, Yes, and Tangerine Dream," says Cornett. In high school, his musical projects were modeled from the aesthetics of "more dramatic music" like Sigur Rós and Explosions in the Sky.
Cornett's exposure to indie acts, and eventually to house music, came from spending Friday nights watching MTV's Subterranean. During the half-hour chunk of indie programming, he fell in love with songs like Dirty Vegas' "Days Go By" and Prodigy's "Breathe" and the "kick drum… high hat… snare" notably absent from classic rock and folk. With the then-nascent Napster, Cornett feverishly downloaded and digested records from the likes of Fatboy Slim and the Chemical Brothers…Caleb had found the sound.
A decade later, a 25 year old Cornett is known to the world as Amtrac. With a few year's worth of incredibly diverse remixes and originals under his belt, Amtrac has come into his sound at the convergence of deep house, garage, and disco. The vibe is part poolside, part lounge, part mainstage, depending on where the needle runs. If you've ever warmed up to house from a cautious distance – Amtrac is an opening to rediscover the genre.

Saad Ashraf

In the surburbs of the DC area, dance music was far from being commonplace where Saad grew up. While many kids would have turned to alternative rock in their teenage years, Saad found solace in a love for underground dance music at a young age. With such a huge passion for this kind of music, Saad would decide to take on the route of becoming a DJ and producer himself, looking to prove to the world that dance music is not just for mindless ravers and also to prove that Desi people, like himself, can be artists too.

Stylistically, Saad mixes eclectically from a wide selection that gives love to both moody, emotional cuts to straight-up club stompers. With a myriad of influences, Saad bases his current inspiration in producers like Amtrac, Jacques Greene, and Mall Grab, looking to come up, not as a faceless selector, but as an artist and a figurehead in the scene. And he's quickly emerging in the DC scene, being a recognizable face thanks to delivering support to DJs like Goldroom, Le Youth, and Drezo and heading the local underground dance music Facebook group, DMV Deep. In future plans, Saad is generating hype for his new DC-based artist collective, Sous La Terre, which specializes in leftfield dance music and hopes to branch his music out to an international audience.

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