Pre-Decompression 2013

Ben Seagren (DISTRIKT/ Stereo Productions)

Standing at the forefront of the ever-growing West-coast house &
techno movement in the US is Ben Seagren – DJ, Producer, and visionary
contributor within the Burning Man community.
Ben is best known for his dual roles as co-founder and resident DJ of
DISTRIKT recognized as the staple party experience of the Burn for its
reputable artist roster, beautifully positive crowd experience and
definitive, cutting edge sound. Playing host and DJ to well over
30,000 guests every year during one magical week in the desert, it
comes as no surprise that Ben and his DISTRIKT moniker continue to
entertain thousands of fans and followers all over the world.
Dominating San Francisco’s house & techno scene for over a decade with
long-term residencies at both award-winning Ruby Skye (2003-2009) and
legendary End-Up (2004-2015), Seagren’s impeccable taste and
undeniable talent earned him the respect of even the most
discriminating of techno aficionados- fans and peers alike. With a
passion for connecting like minded souls on the dance floor and the
continued support from a loyal fan base, Ben is propelling himself to
new heights as one of the sonic architects behind tech-house’s most
recent redesign.
While traveling constantly between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Ben
regularly plays events up a down the California coast at Public Works,
Audio, Spin, Avalon & Sound and has held court at Ayslum After-hours
in Honolulu, Flash & uHall in DC, Output in New York, Heart in Miami
and Nikki Beach Cabo San Lucas, to name a few. He is also constantly
organizing DISTRIKT events while performing over 100 gigs per year in
clubs and festivals across the world. Ben has been a guest performer
at the BPM festival in Playa del Carmen, Lovebox in London, Lightning
in a Bottle, Symbiosis & of course Burning Man.
In 2014 Ben made his debut on world renown Chus & Ceballos label
Stereo Productions. The first release was a remix of a big room banger
“Blowin Minds” by Chus & Ceballos that reached far and wide. It even
got played out by Joseph Capriati at the BPM Festival in Playa del
Carmen. Following up this dance-floor killer he remixed Tony Dee’s
track "Back in the Dancefloor" on his latest Burn EP with Oscar L. Ben
just finished up another remix on Stereo called “Black Rock City”. The
original track was produced by Chus and Ceballos right after their
first experience at Burning Man. It is an honor for Ben to remix this
track 2 years later for a festival that is such a huge part of his
life. Black Rock City will be released in the upcoming months so keep
an eye out!

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.

Peter Blick (Public Works / Below Radar)

Peter Blick- has been dj'ing since the late 90s and has supported everyone from claptone, andhim, yokoO, stavroz, mark farina, rob garza, wolf + lamb, livio & roby, kerala dust, justin martin, ninze, jungle, hybrid, the scumfrog, bassnectar, freestylers, fort knox 5, pretty lights, nickodemus, adam freeland, logic, misstress barbara, dj dan, numark, dj rap, j boogie, and many more.
known for eclectic sets- mixing everything from house, minimal techno, disco, funk, breaks & classics.



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