Opulent Temple, White Ocean, Digital Apex & PW Present:
DUST OFF w/ DJ DAN (In Stereo), Sydney Blu, Syd Gris TIX AVAIL AT DOOR!
Matt Kramer (Distrikt), Dex Stakker (Digital Apex), Silas Lang (White Ocean), Dulce Vita
161 Erie Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Doors 9:30 PM (event ends at 3:30 AM)
This event is 21 and over
DJ DAN (In Stereo)
DJ Dan has been synonymous with the American dance music industry for over two decades as a record collector, house innovator and true legend of the scene. However, his music bandwidth stretches much further; representing the spirit of 70’s disco and 80’s/90’s house with contemporary flair that makes him like no other artist on the scene. People have been missing the funk and that’s what DJ Dan does best.
Born and raised on the West coast, Dan was entrenched in music from an early age, 1989 to be exact, a time when the rave scene was blossoming. Sharpening his skills spinning vinyl at small clubs in Seattle, Dan’s experience in the late 80’s behind the decks converted into a profound knowledge of what people want on the dance floor, a trait still ingrained in him today. The early 90’s saw Dan move to Los Angeles, feeding the roots of the emerging underground scene in the US. As the scene exploded Dan was at the center of a musical revolution; underground promoters snapped up his ability to blend breaks, disco and all things funky that inadvertently placed him as the leading figure on the rave scene.
In 1993; a move to San Francisco with a re-invented sound that lended itself more to acid house and electro, Dan instigated the formation of the legendary group Funky Tekno Tribe that sought to push the boundaries of house music. Dan’s innovative eye for promotion saw him implement the recordings and distribution of ‘mixtapes’, a simple yet revolutionary method that soon developed into a frenzied culture that remains an electronic music mainstay, in various forms today. With an ear for good music and eye for new talent, it was at this time that the FTT brought an unknown French duo to tear up one of their parties… Daft Punk never looked back.
This period marked the beginning of the burgeoning breakbeat genre that encapsulated house, dubs and techno. At the heart, DJ Dan, who generated the fused rhythms that were dubbed the ‘West Coast House Sound.’ As global demand grew for his skills behind the turntables, Dan’s 1995 single under the moniker Electroliners was a result of a shift in the American who decided to dedicate more time to producing music. ‘Loose Caboose’ proved to be one of the definitive tracks from the breakbeat era and encompassed the talents that inspired many to follow.
Many visionary artists have queued up to bottle Dan’s unique sound; with a remix discography that reads like a music industry hall of fame; Depeche Mode, New Order, the Pussycat Dolls and a Tribe Called Quest have all enlisted the boss of breakbeat to tap into his hailed production abilities. Earning his first Platinum record in 1999, Dan’s remix of the Orgy cover ‘Blue Monday’ was revered around the world and reaffirmed his reputation on a global scale; re-working seemingly untouchable records with expert precision. The late-200’s was another period of huge remixes for Dan; most notably, his timeless remixes of ‘Paparazzi’ and ‘Bad Romance’ by Lady Gaga. While dance producers working with pop starts is the thing to do in 2012, Dan preceded the trend by adding his electronic music clout to Janet Jackson’s 2010 hit ‘Make Me.’ In September of 2010, Dan went on to release one of his finest achievements, his debut artist album, ‘Future Retro” – titled after and the embodiment of Dan’s 20+ years in the industry.
Sydney Blu (Blu Music)
Sydney Blu continues to establish herself as one of the top female electronic producers and Dj’s in the world. Her passion for success, hit singles on the Beatport charts, extensive globally touring, and musical creativity has Sydney at the top of the electronic music scene.
Originally from Canada and currently based in Los Angeles, Sydney Blu's success has been built-upon numerous hit singles and relentless world touring. Following the success of her releases (including the chart-topping 'Give It Up For Me' on Mau5trap Recordings being one of Beatport’s highest selling songs and making Sydney the first female electronic producer to ever have a top 10 hit on the website), Sydney Blu developed and founded her own record label Blu Music, which has produced several chart-topping singles over the years. Steady support from global heavyweights such as Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Deadmau5, Robbie Rivera, & Funkagenda has propelled Sydney Blu and Blu Music to the forefront of the dance music scene, as well as the top of the charts.
After moving to Miami in Spring of 2010, Sydney Blu quickly set-up her residency with Opium Group and Mansion Miami, the hottest club in South Beach. Quickly thereafter, relentless worldwide touring followed with North American highlights including massive headlining shows at Pacha NYC, Space Miami, Avalon Los Angeles and Beta Denver just to name a few. Sydney also headlined in front of 10,000+ people this past summer in Recife Brazil, and then 25 thousand people this past November 2011 at the Rogers Centre Toronto, closing out the Deadmau5 Meowingtons Hax Tour. The event was the biggest dance event in Canadian history. On the global stage, Sydney Blu has rocked crowds with performances in Europe, Brazil, Colombia, Philippines, Mexico, Tunisia, Pakistan as well as a headlining slot in front of 5000 people in Egypt over the Easter holiday. She’s headlined some of the biggest clubs in the world including Space (Ibiza), Republiq (Manila), Space (Miami), El Pacha (Tunisia, Africa), Eazy Club (Sao Paulo, Brazil), BPM Festival (Playa Del Carmen, Mexico), Avalon (Los Angeles), The End (Colombia) and Guvernment Nightclub (Toronto) all having fans urning for more from the talented artist.
Sydney Blu and Blu Music consistently hit the Beatport charts over the past year, with releases like Chemistry on Blackhole Recordings as well as her most recent single Another Late Night featuring MC Flipside. Also her remixes of Luciana’s ‘Calling all the Lovers’, ‘Givin it Up’ by The Goodmen and a re-edit of Jefferson Airplane titled 'Want Somebody' topped the charts for weeks. As well, Blu’s label had one of it’s biggest hits this past year with Trent Cantrelle’s ‘I Wanna Freak’ topping the Beatport Top 10 and holding the #1 House song on the website for 3 months. The song was nominated as a finalist for #1 House song of 2011. All of Sydney's releases receive consistent support from global heavyweights such as Thomas Gold, NERVO, Tiesto, Roger Sanchez, Robbie Rivera, Paul Oakenfold, Chuckie, Ferry Corsten, Oscar G, Funkagenda Chris Lake & more.
2013 is already proving to be busy with original tracks and remixes set for release on Dim Mak Records, Spinnin Records, Funkfarm Records and a forthcoming album on Blackhole Recordings. Her full length live album on Nervous Records, 'Sydney Blu: Live at Mansion' raced up the itunes dance charts last year with a massive summer tour that took her all North & South America.
With an even more explosive touring schedule that is set to push her even further to success across 5 continents, 2013 is looking bright for the super fresh and accomplished SYDNEY BLU.
Syd Gris (Opel / Opulent Temple)
Syd is one of the longest running fun creators in the Bay Area dance music and underground arts scene. He's been called a "Renaissance man of the West Coast scene", and with good reason. The founder of the legendary Opulent Temple collective, best known for their premierre sound stage at Burning Man, Board Member and key producer of the San Francisco LovEvolution event (formerly known as LoveFest & Love Parade), founder of Opel Productions, throwing club events and 'parties with purpose' in San Francisco for 10+ years, a child psychologist with a Doctorate in transpersonal psychology, a music producer, blogger on social issues, and of course - a DJ.
Syd has been organizing events since 2001 when he started throwing both underground parties and benefit events for different charities with Spundae. The following year he started his own production company Opel Productions, intended to be parties with purpose showcasing a range of forward thinking underground dance music with a dash of social activism thrown in the party message. In 2003, he finished his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, founded Opulent Temple, and joined the Board for San Francisco's Love event, where he heads up the Marketing Team, and & Entertainment Team. In his current 'day job', he works out of a community clinic with foster kids in the Bayview Hunter Point area in San Francisco.
On the DJ tip, Syd is one of the West Coast's top talents, consistently being voted in the Top 10 San Francisco Dream Team poll, and playing the biggest events in California party land. Playing a versatile range of electro house breaks, and tech funk,, he's been personally tapped to open and close for the varied likes of Underworld, Moby, Tiesto, Stanton Warriors, Armin Van Burren, and the list goes on. Syd knows what to do in any situation to bring the universal vibe of dance music. His debut single 'Who Are You' on Groove Quest, recently cracked the crowded Top 30 electro house chart on Beatport. His sets are known for walking the fine line between the gritty and the pretty, and he has a musical range seldom seen in party land.
Enter Dulce Vita (pronounced dol-sie/vee-tah). As a DJ performer in San Francisco, the North American capital of electronic dance music, how does DV stand out? Along with a highly-acclaimed ability for solid track selection, true individuality happens here as a result of a musical risk. With the crossfader as her primary canvas and a signature brand of aggressive intent, she performs a sound all her own - an energetically urban soundscape of breakbeat, infused with audible hints of Nu Skool, Big Beat, Chunky Electro, Tech-Funk, Filtered Disco, World Beats, Dubstep, Glitch-Hop, and IDM.