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Sh*t Robot (DJ Set)

Marcus Lambkin began DJing in 1992 after moving to NYC from Dublin. There he got together with some friends to play dance music on a Sunday night at the now famous rock venue, Brownies. After learning the ropes at Brownies, Marcus made a mix tape and handed it out to three venues in the hopes of getting some work. He got three gigs, which went on to become two residencies. One of which was the now legendary Save The Robots, where Marcus was resident for 2 years. During this time Marcus met fellow Irishman Dominique Keegan and formed Plant Records, Plant Saturdays and Plant Bar. The latter went on be called the "coolest and loudest bar in New York City" by face magazine (10/02). It was at Plant Bar that Marcus and DFA's James Murphy started the Sh*t Robot party, named after James' crap robot drawing… In 2004, Marcus left Plant to work independently and moved to Stuttgart with his wife. In April 2006 'the wrong galaxy' and 'triumph!!' 12" was released on DFA records and since then Marcus has been DJing around the world including his new favorites Japan and Brazil.


Working as a DJ in New York in 2000 he befriended James Murphy later of LCD Soundsystem and started a DJ partnership with him.[2] Lambkin moved to rural Germany in 2004 and started producing his own music, with a number of releases on DFA Records from 2006.[2] He released his debut album From the Cradle to the Rave in September 2010 to positive reviews from[3] and NME[4] The album features contributions from Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and James Murphy amongst others.[2]

Lambkin remains somewhat of an analog loyalist, sticking mainly to vinyl when playing out. This attitude is reflected in the sound of the album, a dark and beautiful record that harks back to the early days of dance music. "I'm still influenced by the early days of acid house, that mixed with my punk upbringing, Killing Joke and things like that", he says. "Early acid house, early techno, that does it for me. There's a vibe to them which is really fresh that I'm always trying to capture but still still make it relevant to today so it doesn't become pastiche." With its combination of vintage influences in its composition and the ridiculously cool heads of DFA at the mixing desk, the album does truly bring together the best of both worlds, at once classic and modern.

With constant DJing all over the world taking up his weekends and the small matter of making an album filling the weekdays, Lambkin is a busy man. Working from his home in Stuttgart, his touring takes him pretty much everywhere. "Back to Japan next month, hoping to go to Australia in January". So any favourites? "Japan would probably be my favourite, Brazil too. I'm developing a real love affair for France. Italy's great because it's the food, the weather, the people are great too." And how about the hometown? "I love coming back here believe it or not, it's always good to get home anyway. There's always great fun, lots of laughing and it's always in a great spirit. It's always good to see Mom too!"

AVAN LAVA is New York City’s freshest Super-Pop act to come out since Madonna. Blending dance beats, lush synths, R&B vocals, and pop choreography, they create a passionate, high energy show to get people off their phones and back on the dance floor. AVAN LAVA became official in early 2010 with the release of their first EP, Vapors. The band is TC (vox), Ian Pai, and Le Chev, with additional live performers Andrew Schneider, Drew Citron and Jo Lampert.

Their sophomore EP Flex Fantasy was mastered by Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound (Robyn, Beyonce, Jay-Z, D’Angelo) and self-released in February 2012. The official video for their single “It’s Never Over” premiered as a feature on YouTube Music. Their video for “Sisters,” an unrequited love story shot on location in San Juan, Puerto Rico, became a Vimeo Staff Pick and has garnered over 105K views.

They have worked as Producers, Composers and Mixers for recorded works and live performances with bands such as Cold Cave, Fischerspooner, Cat Power, CSS, Frankie Rose, SSION, Lemonade, Lia Ices, Matthew Barney and The New York Philharmonic. The group also composes original music for world renowned fashion photographers Inez & Vinoodh, working on campaigns for Nina Ricci, Viktor & Rolf, Dior, and more. They have made official remixes for R.E.M., Passion Pit and NewVillager among others. AVAN LAVA will release their debut full-length record in 2013.

Inspired by the rural environment of his hometown, multi-instumentalist, singer and producer Panagiotis Melidis (born in Veria, Imathia, Greece) started to write music as Larry Gus* in 2006, soon after the early demise of his previous band Ginger (a bass and drums duo with a sound adjacent to the early 00s Providence scene, paired with HipHop overtones).

Initially he spent some time composing production music, and later on he got his name due to some intense and chaotic live performances. What he kept from his first band were the primitive aesthetics of groove based music, along with an obsession for late 60’s / early 70’s free-jazz. But he went on and combined them with sample-based ethics and crystal clear psychedelic pop melodies, all merged into an infinitely dense amount of layers and polyrhythms.

His first album proper, Stitches was released in 2009 for Greek HipHop label Cast-A-Blast and soon after that he resided for a year at the Music Technology Group in Barcelona (Reactable, Freesound) as an intern and postgraduate student. Then he relocated back to Veria to work on his next project, Years Not Living, an album directly inspired by Georges Perec’s 1978 book Life: A Users Manual and Lucio Battisti’s 1974 album Anima Latina. The YNL sessions had 85 songs as a result, and the whole process, set amidst financial crisis’ Greece was documented and will be part of the feature film My Friend Larry Gus (directed by Vasilis Katsoupis), to be released in 2013.

Meanwhile, among many remixes, he also put out the mini-album 24 Beats (July ‘11) on the Lefse Records imprint, Waaga. Most recently, he released Silent Congas via DFA Records, a 9 song taster of the YNL material, with the actual Years Not Living LP coming up early 2013 on DFA.

So far he has performed at various venues around the world, and has also participated at the 2nd Athens Biennial and 2nd Nuit Blanche à Metz. Panagiotis currently lives and works in Milano, Italy, still carrying certain obsessions with Jorge Luis Borges, Georges Perec, Lucio Battisti, Woody Allen and Otis Jackson Jr.

*larry gus = ????: greek for larynx




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