ILL Gates, Fort Knox 5 & Smalltown DJs @ Freqo de Mayo 2013

ill.Gates is a Toronto-based composer, performer
and educator. Over the past 16 years, he has established
a global fanbase and a reputation as one of the most dynamic electronic music artists around. He regularly tours
across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Gates
has headlined at such festivals as Burning Man, Shambala,
the World Electronic Music Festival and the New Orleans
Jazz Festival.

Fort Knox 5

Fort Knox Recordings is the renegade funk n' soul label from Washington DC. The label was founded in 2003 by Sid Barcelona, Jon Horvath, Rob Myers and Steve Raskin.

Fort Knox breaks down all the artificial barriers established by the 'System' that keeps all 'Good' music down. Forget about tempos and genres – we want to take you back to the roots and reunite all music from our funk, dub and soul brothers – you dig? So stop being so serious, this is music, it's supposed to be fun.

Smalltown DJs

If your ears work, you can't not have fun at a Smalltown DJs gig.
That's a scientific fact. Look it up. The Canadian duo's uncanny
ability to make crowds feel like schoolkids at recess stems naturally
from their focus on maximizing fun for themselves.

'We're just out to consistently have the best time possible,' says
Pete Emes, who shares space behind the decks with partner Mike
Grimes. This fun maximization philosophy is the unifying force be-
hind the Smalltown's genre-warping club sets, which tend to cover
vast musical territory but never veer from the good times vibe.

In their focus on music as a means of letting loose and having fun,
Smalltown DJs are like the KISS of dance music. Actually, KISS are
too theatrical. They're more like AC/DC. Meets Raffi. At a water-
slide park. With a lot (a LOT) of beer.

The Smalltown story goes like this. Emes and Grimes met in the
late nineties and discovered a shared interest in funky breaks and
baggy pants. Emes at the time was moonlighting as a deejay
while working full-time as a geologist for an oil company. Grimes,
a former snowboarding prodigy (he's on the inside cover of the very first
Transworld Snowboard mag) was toiling in a skate/show shop.
Joined by a love of imposing their musical tastes on others, the two
started playing records out together.

Before long they had launched Hai Karate, a weekly Thursday
smash-up that's still going strong. Now in its tenth year, Hai Karate
is a free-for-all dance party that borrows a little from each of the scenes that shaped the
Smalltown sound - community hall punk rock, block party hip-hop
and early nineties rave.

The long-running night is now hosted at HiFi Club, the Calgary
nightspot that the Smalltowners opened with a partner in 2005.
The HiFi is but one part of the indie empire that Emes and Grimes
have built in their homeland. They also own a record label (Bigfoot),
a record store (Phonics) and a clothing store (Giant 45).

The way the deejay thing is going, it's hard to grasp how they
have time for anything else. Aside from weekly residencies at HiFi
and EyeCandy Soundlounge in Las Vegas, Smalltown DJs have
showcased at SXSW in Austin, toured Canada with Brooklyn's
The Rub, played Thievery Corporation's club in Mexico several
times, performed at a bunch of festivals including Lollapalooza and
Shambhala, and toured Europe on a swing that included a gig at
Fabric in London. That was just 2008.

Equally at home playing intimate private jams or massive festivals,
Smalltown DJs have have hosted and played alongside a huge
array of talent, including Afrika Bambaataa, Dj Assault, Jeru the
Damaja, Diplo, Tommie Sunshine, Spankrock, Chromeo, The Rub
DJs, A-Trak, XXXchange, Low Budget, James Lavelle, Z-Trip,
Fort Knox Five, and more.

On the production side, the duo has released several blends,
remixes and re-edits that have been getting play all over the world.
Recently they teamed up with Wax Romeo to create Smalltown
Romeo, a new production supergroup focused on making fun
dance music with a sense of humour. Not surprisingly, Smalltown
Romeo's production style resembles the squad's approach to
deejaying - polymorphous, party-focused and pretension-free.

Smalltown DJs' quest to maximize fun for themselves and
others is an ongoing saga.
They continue to tour relentlessly. Look for them in your town soon.

$12 - $20


SunsetSF is proud to present a benefit for the Janky Barge. For the 7th straight year we have assembled a brilliant cast of cosmic characters for our twisted celebration of Spring. This year we move to the luscious new musical sanctum known as the CHAPEL on Valencia Street and feature none other than ILL GATES, FORT KNOX FIVE and THE SMALLTOWN DJs. A Toronto prodigy, Ill Gates has made a huge mark on the west coast bass scene for years with his incredible catalog of releases, his famed artist workshops, and ghostwriting duties for many a star producer. Jon Horvath and Steve Raskin have been the lead producers and DJs for the FORT KNOX FIVE ( since they burst onto the scene in the mid 2000's and since then has been known for some of the funkiest midtempo dance music of all time. Canadian legends the SMALLTOWN Djs have been a force north of the border for their stylish mix of cutting edge club production and four-turntable live performances.

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