Monarch & Liaison presents
Nikola, Trey Courtney
101 6th St
San Francisco, California (CA), 94103
This event is 21 and over
Magda’s realm as an artist spans far beyond the typical role played by DJs and producers. With an open mind, Magda will try her hand at whatever feels right – from tech collaborations, fashion and art, to producing high-quality Tequila – creating a truly unique, multifaceted expression of herself.
Born in Poland and raised in Detroit, Magda has soaked up the various characteristics of her surroundings, learning to find beauty and potential in the most derelict and depressed of places. As a teenager partying in Detroit, it wasn’t long until Magda was fully immersed in the city’s underground scene. In 1998, she joined Minus and began touring the world as Richie Hawtin’s opening DJ. She honed her skills under the Minus umbrella but since has forged her own path, including almost a decade spent running the popular label Items & Things together with Troy Pierce and Marc Houle.
Magda’s touring schedule is amongst the most high-profile and demanding around. She’s proved herself as a consistent, adventurous and top-quality performer, with a knack for bringing tracks together in unexpected ways. As well as notable accolades such as a BBC 1 Essential Mix and playing at Timewarp’s live streamed 20th anniversary, Magda has been behind some stand-out commercial mixes, such as the truly seminal ‘She’s A Dancing Machine’ in 2006, her similarly intricate fabric 49 CD and most recently a two-disc mix compilation for Balance.
Though solo Magda releases are relatively rare, there’s no doubt her ability extends beyond the booth to the studio. In the fall of 2010, Magda revealed her debut on Minus, ‘From The Fallen Page’. It combined her love for Italian horror composition, Detroit techno futurism and straight-forward dancefloor functionality into a quality body of work that still sounds fresh today. She has also remixed the likes of Plastikman and Depeche Mode.
Collaboration has become a vital part of Magda’s studio work. Most recently, she has worked with T.B. Arthur, releasing a 12” of hard-hitting, modular acid under the name Blotter Trax. The duo are preparing a live PA to be debuted in 2017, as well as a new EP made together with BMG from Ectomorph. Also grounded in the concept of collaboration is her new event series, PERM. It began with a string of successful events in Berlin over 2016, all exploring innovative visual and musical ideas, and soon will branch out to become a record label with the same ethos. Magda continues to explore new creative avenues, each of them executed with the stamp of quality she has come to represent.
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.
With a diverse musical background as a musician playing piano and drums in several rock bands and a Bachelors degree in Music Synthesis from Berklee College of Music, Trey continues to push beyond the musical boundaries in the studio and on stage as a DJ and live electronic musician.
Initially working as a sound designer, drummer, and composer for various bands, music software companies, ad agencies, and fashion brands; Trey shifted gears to pursue his passion for DJ’ing and producing his own diverse blend of dark, groovy, melodic, psychedelic, Deep House, Tech House and Techno.
With impressive opening sets for the likes of Art Department, Hot Since 82, Dave Seaman, Hector, Bill Patrick, Yousef, Magda, Robert Babicz, Behrouz, Droog, and many others; Trey continues to heat up nightclubs, festivals, and underground parties throughout the world. His most recent performance was at the 2017 Apparitions Festival in Todos Santos , Mexico.
Trey also has numerous remixes and original tracks released with the San Francisco based label Mioli Music and the newly formed Way Music label out of Germany.
Be on the lookout for more gigs, sets and releases by Trey Courtney in the coming months.