Invaded by Unicorns w/ DJ Mes, WhiteNoize, Mike Balance
DivaDanielle, Fleetwood Smack
101 6th St
San Francisco, California (CA), 94103
This event is 21 and over
Bay-Area bred DJ Mes (Jason Sutton) rarely slows his groove. Since the 2004 inception of his Oakland-based label, Guesthouse Music, Mes has produced a prolific catalogue of bass-heavy tracks that have scorched dance floors amid the ebb and flow of electronic music. As a DJ, his sets have inspired; as a producer, his montage of disco-dredged beats meld bump with rhythm and bass to create hot buzz in front of and beyond the speakers. In 2011, Traxsource honored Mes with the top spot on a list of 100 best house tracks of 2011 following the release of the bumpy Chicago-sound behind “Fools Gold” (Cajual Recordings).
Mes’ career dates back to the mid-1990s, when the future producer took early influence from the likes DJ Dan (Funky Techno Tribe) and Tony Hewitt (Tango Recordings). Some two decades later, it would be DJ Dan who would join the talent ranks of Guesthouse Music, Mes’ genre-defying imprint that earned him notoriety beyond numerous festival appearances, club residencies, and as co-founder of Daddy’s Records (1996). Unlike previous endeavors, Guesthouse bloomed as a personal and creative project inspired by the underground house community that embraced the sound in the U.S. and overseas. While Mes continued releasing tracks on acclaimed labels such as Black Cherry, Magnetic, and Flapjack, it was his own Guesthouse Music that set the pace, releasing 150 EPs—including 40 vinyl releases—since its inception.
Mes’ ear for talent led to the unveiling of some of the most successful names in underground house, including breakout artists of 2011, J Paul Getto, who scaled the charts of Traxsource with “Need More Music” and “3000” Boundary-bending producers, such as Gramphonedzie, and classic acts, such as Cosy Creatures and The Sound Republic, exploded onto the scene under Mes’ own A&R moxie. Even while he introduced new DJs and producers to audiences, he continued creating his own body of boompty sounds.
While Mes looks ahead for talent, he creatively nods to sounds that inspired him to slide behind the decks more than 16 years ago. In 2011, Mes followed up his seminal “Fools Gold” release (Cajual Recordings) with a second EP, “Town Business.” “Love Affair,” a rework of First Choice’s classic “Love Thang,” climbed the underground charts alongside a remix of Two Ton’s of Fun classic, “I Got the Feeling.” Even while maintaining a regular touring schedule throughout the U.S. and Europe, Mes continues partnering with the some of the scene’s most lauded producers, such as DJ Sneak and his own greatest influence, DJ Dan.
In December 2011, Mes and Guesthouse created another piece of house music history by releasing their 100th track, “3000” (J Paul Getto). For Mes, it marks the beginning of another phase of underground house evolution.
Adds Mes: “I’m always working to sign new or undiscovered music and talent to the label, and maybe even throw a curve ball to startle people with a new, unexpected style or sound. It’s what it’s all about.”
WhiteNoize consists of DJ and Production duo Chris Harnett and David Carvalho. The long time friends and veteran DJ’s of San Francisco have cultivated a popular following in west coast clubs with their unique sets fusing multiple genres of house music. 2010 saw WhiteNoize burst into the scene with 2 critically acclaimed EP’s released on DJ Dan’s Instereo Recordings and a remix on Fatboy Slim’s Skint Records. In just over three years time they have released 40+ tracks on numerous record labels including: Ultra Records, Instereo Records, Guesthouse Music and Skint.
Several of their songs have made it in the Beatport Charts and one of their releases ‘Insecure’ even hit #1 on the Beatport House Chart, #4 on the Beatport Overall Chart, and named one of the Top Ten House Songs of 2012 on Beatport. Their music has been supported by some of the biggest names in the industry including: A-Trak, DJ Dan, Mark Knight, TJR, Tocadisco, Umek, Treasure Fingers , Mark Farina, and many others.
Most recently they were hired to do several official remixes for Sony/RCA records. They were also commissioned by Ultra Records to do a remix series of the Salsoul/West End Disco catalogue which resulted in numerous Beatport chartings including #3 on the House chart with their remix of Inner Life’s ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’.
In addition, WhiteNoize is known for their versatile and energetic live DJ sets. They are well rehearsed in adapting to a variety of crowds and delivering a quality dance experience ranging from underground house music parties to corporate events. Some highlights from the last 6 months include both weekends of Ultra Music Festival in Miami, the Heineken Dome at Coachella, and headlining Facebook’s annual party for their 10,000 employees.
For the last 17 years, Mike Balance has released nearly 100 tracks and has established a solid reputation as a quality DJ and producer in the US. Mike has worked with record labels such as InStereo, Nettwerk, Burn the Fire and Play Me and has also remixed Lady Gaga, Blake Lewis, Princess Superstar, Uberzone, Afrika Bambaataa, Dave Aude, Classixx and many more. In addition to being a top ten selling artist on Beatport.com and DanceRecords.com, MB has appeared on mixed compilations by DJ Dan, Stonebridge, Richard Vission and other greats.
Mike was born & raised in Texas and discovered electronic dance music as a teenager as well as the rave scene in Austin by the early 90's. Several years later, MB moved to Boise, ID, where he started his lifelong DJ career and was key in creating the area's original party scene. Mike began releasing original tracks in 2001 and immediately caught the attention of many top rated DJ's and producers and continues to today. Now, MB lives in LA where he works with DJ Dan's InStereo Recordings and maintains a busy DJ and production schedule.
Known for her dynamic performances, ranging from House and Electro to funky booty Breaks with a dash of Hip Hop and Dubstep thrown in, divaDanielle started her life as a DJ after catching a record that Darren Emerson (of Underworld fame) threw into the crowd in 2003. What she lacks in height she makes up for in spunk and red-headed fury. Combining a love of evil, unicorns and some of the dirtiest, funkiest, ass shakinest music this side of the Mississippi, she stalks the underground, unleashing rainbow-infused beats through a wave of mischief and music. She has shared stages with the likes of Krafty Kuts, Elite Force, TJR, Charles Feelgood, A. Skillz and many more. As co-founder of the popular Summer day party series, Shade, she developed a distinctive multi-genre sound that always shines through and in 2011 became the music curator for the Charlie the Unicorn Art Car. This year, divaD released her first 2 tracks: Can I Get a...Shadow (Unicorns ♥ Booty Mash-Up) and $pend My Money (divaDanielle Remix). With the skillful observation that comes with years behind the decks, she manages to fill the dance floor, keep it going and make it look easy!
Let's just say, they don't call her DIVA for nothing!
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