Hard earned respect from your peers is a rare commodity but Huxley, aka Michael Dodman, has it in spades. Since his late teens he’s been producing, seeing initial underground success as a garage producer before his sound partly mutated towards a deeper, house-based sound in the past few years. Collaborations with old mate Ethyl for the then hot-as-hell Cecille imprint in 2009 showed a producer receiving massive support for what instantly seemed like a fully developed sound.

Since then, Huxley has delivered releases for an enviable roster of labels (Tsuba, Morris Audio, Fear of Flying, Hypercolour and 20:20 Vision for starters) and has stayed true to his robust, bass-led strain of house music that reflects his formative interests in UK and US Garage, with critics, punters and peers lapping up each release and remix. Whether veering towards deeper vibes alongside Ethyl on his own Saints & Sonnets imprint, turning in cast iron grooves for Tsuba or full vocal barnstormers like his lauded ‘Let It Go’ single for Hypercolour early 2012, there’s a clearly defined but pliable and versatile sound to Huxley productions that marks him out as a truly talented producer.

As a remixer, the Tring (Herfordshire, UK) man is hugely in demand, turning his hand to major label talents with as much flair and skills as he does underground cornerstones like Like Burridge or Maya Jane Coles. Completing the picture is his Djing – another perfect string to his bow that sees him tour his open minded and deftly programmed music selections in clubs and festivals across the world on a weekly basis.

Going forward, there’s more of the impeccable same and more than a smattering of surprises on the way from Huxley. Singles for his tight knit group of labels (he just describes them as ‘mates’), more collaborative projects with the likes of Sam Russo and Ethyl, production projects for vocalists (he’s not naming names) and carefully chosen remixes are all on the way and, if anyone who has heard recent sets for Rinse FM and Fact Magazine will know, more on-point DJ sets that span house, garage, techno and beyond.

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DJ M3 aka Manny is a major influence in SF’s music scene. Launching the Green Gorilla Lounge and record label in the 90s, which organized and played many of SF’s most notable underground events. Manny was soul proprietor of Lower Haight’s vinyl music boutique ‘Black Pancakes’, which led to the opening of the The Triple Crown nightclub.
And now his most recent collaborative music project Sleight of Hands. Now with Monarch, Great Northern, GGL Label DJ M3 continues to move San Francisco and looks forward to seeing you on the dance floor.

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.

Having been djing since 1998, Elz brings a blend of oldschool funky flavor and dirty electro sounds to her beats. Growning up listening to oldschool breaks and house music from DJ Dan and Mark Farina along with discovering classic rock, jazz, hip-hop, and funk music she learned how to incorporate all of these elements together to create some serious flavor. She came from the underground to deliver the sound. Her first gig was in 1998 at X.O.X. 2 at the infamous 2nd and Jackson in Oakland. She then started playing at Beat Down Sundaze and became resident for Feel Good's Girl Power and played at massives like MegaBuzz, Love Affair as well as Sister SF. In 2001 Elz won best new DJ contest on House Nation (94.9 FM) in SF. She became their new resident DJ, and also won a guest appearance on the main stage at Coolworld's Cyberfest in SF and in Texas. In 2003 she won 2nd place in 92.7 Party FM Showcase at 1015 Folsom in SF.

She began getting gigs for Adidas, Puma, and Odyssey DJ Gear and in 2007 brought a new residency with the infamous SF crew Green Gorilla Lounge. Shortly after in March 2008 Elz graduated Ex'pression College with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Sound Arts and after graduation she was selected to intern for DJ Shadow. She assisted in preparation for the launch of DJ Shadow Digital (The DJ Shadow Digital Store), myspace management, web store management, and processed sound samples for the Dj Shadow digital store.

In 2009 Elz and Denise released their remix track "Get Back into The Groove Again" on Muzimo Records shortly followed by their orignal track "All Night" feat. Audio Angel, a remix of Sue Cho's "Bad Girl" and a remix of Denise and Dawn of Sound's "Death by Mary Jane" feat. Elise on Look Out Records. “Soul Power” and "Useless" produced by DJ Elz, written and performed by Elise were picked up by Chris Lum and David Harness for their label, Harlum Muziq in 2010. And a year later remixes were released by Master Kev and Tony Loreto, Stephen Rigmaiden, Rubien Mancias, Grand High Priest, and Reelsoul, and are still charting well all over the web. With a string of gigs in Miami, L.A., Tahoe, and all over the bay area including SF's famous 2nd Sunday and numerous gigs with West City including Temple SF, be sure to keep an ear to the ground and keep posted on her new tracks on Moulton Music and upcoming events...Elz is driven by a constant urge to push herself and evolve while always staying true to herself as an artist. For her its all about the music!

Jaime James

Things gained momentum after the unfortunate passing of the DJ and owner of Divine Styles Productions; Jaime and his brother subsequently assumed ownership and continued to DJ, also providing sound and lighting reinforcement. Their many gigs in the ‘90s encompassed weddings, debutante balls, school proms, collegiate events, gigs at nightclubs 111 Minna, Club X, Il Pirata, and DJ/Production showcases, most notably the '92 Battle of the Bay-DJ’s Extravaganza.

After a nearly ten-year hiatus and with mobile DJing far behind him, Jaime returned to the scene in the Spring of 2005, with a calling to dance music. He DJ’s under his birth name, Jaime James, and occasionally under the alias Gaijin. Jaime’s mixing style blends deep house, techno, tech-house, and other dance genres he feels will move the crowd.

Since his return in '05, Jaime has frequently DJ'd alongside resident DJs of the Bay Area's [KONTROL], known for monthly techno parties, Pacific Sound Sunset, famous for seasonal boat parties and free park parties with thousands in attendance, and the ghetto-tech Dirtybirds. He's also DJ'd numerous underground events and clubs around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Venues have included 222 Club, Monroe, Shine SF, Supperclub, TEN15, including residencies at Anu Bar and the legendary The Endup. Jaime gained additional notoriety through sponsored events from clothing stores Club Monaco, Nike, the national athletic gym 24 Hour Fitness, Jane Magazine, and the 2007 San Francisco Fashion Week.

In addition to an endorsement from Monster Cable Products (USA), he's performed during the 2007 and 2008 Winter Music Conference (Miami), the 2007-2008 Viva La Electronica-World Club Tour (Europe), Transformus 2008 (East Coast Burn, Ashville, NC), the 2008 LoveFest (San Francisco), Burning Man 2009 (Black Rock Desert, NV), and recently, at La Factory - 2012 (Toulouse, France), which had him sharing the spotlight with world renown artists Marc Houle, Troy Pierce, Gaiser and UMEK.

Jaime’s DJ mixes have been broadcasted internationally on Danceradio.gr (Greece), Live365.com -Spectrum (UK) and Radio 3 -RNE (Spain), while holding monthly radio residencies with Borgradio.de -M2M (Germany) and Cybrix.de (Germany). With the attention garnered by his radio spots, Jaime’s DJ sets have been showcased from the likes of Deephousenetwork.com (Ireland), DJScene.lt (Lithuania), DJSets-Forum.Bloger.hr (Croatia), Drom.sk (Slovakia), Kostenlos.de (Germany), Lekkerlui.nl (Netherlands), Livesets.com (Netherlands), MPIII.com (USA), Radarr.kiev.ua (Ukraine), Schranz.nnm.ru (Russia), Stinkybeats.com (USA), and Toxic-Culture.org (Cyprus).

Ryan Poulsen

Ryan Poulsen is a dance-floor veteran. Ryan has been rifling through re cord stacks since the tender age of 17, cutting his teeth in the clubs and underground warehouses of San Diego and Los Angeles in the mid ’90s. This longtime vinyl nerd is one of the few Stateside DJs who can fuse—successfully, that is—a love of techno, house, electro, and old rave with his childhood roots in punk, hard core, R&B, soul, and classic jams.

Ryan has kept some sterling company over the past 12 years, having performed alongside the likes of Ian Brown, Tim Sweeney, Maurice Fulton, Lady Sovereign, Cyprus Hill, Black Eyed Peas, Barry Weaver, Joakim, Kaos, DJ Medhi, Rub N Tug, Peaches, Broker/Dealer, DJ Godfather, Erasure, Egyptian Lover, DJ Hell, Spank Rock, and many more.

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