Martial Canterel, Soft Metals, Inhalt (DJ Set), DJ Omar Perez

Martial Canterel

MARTIAL CANTEREL (aka Sean McBride of Xeno & Oaklander) is the progenitor of American cold synth sounds of the 21st Century. He began under the moniker Moravagine before he started releasing limited edition cassettes and playing Brooklyn dives as Martial Canterel in 2002. Since then, McBride's bleak intellectual exercises in the dark and danceable have flooded North America and Europe through the frosty fairwaves paved by Pieter Schoolwerth's Wierd Records. With an inimitable minimal style merging bright, urgent melodies ornamented and punctuated by the noises of industry and McBride's sonorous, stern vocals, Martial Canterel's recent releases (You Today, Refuge Underneath) have garnered both critical acclaim and a rapidly growing rabid fanbase. McBride's influence can be heard in scores of bands in the Wierd cadre and beyond. Through the collision of a uniquely humanistic means of production via live analogue synthcraft expertly paired with vocals and lyrics that reflect the pitfalls and pleasures of our age, Martial Canterel provides a visceral kick best felt on the dancefloor, amidst a flurry of flesh in motion.

Soft Metals

SOFT METALS bring their dreamy femme-fronted analog synth sounds back to the Echo stage, armed with amazing new collection of songs from their forthcoming new LP due out in July on Captured Tracks. Think of the more minimal/melodic moments of Throbbing Gristle & the Chris And Cosey that came after & you'll be getting close to these now not so distant dreams...

Inhalt (DJ Set)

Consisting of European and East Coast natives-- Matia Simovich, Bryan Gibbs, and Philip Winiger-- INHALT's core operative strategy is of sonic fidelity and integrity rather than nostalgia.

Having experienced the downfall of the music industry and professional studio system while working at Asphodel Records/Recombinant Media Labs, INHALT needed to create their own creative working environment. Thus, they designed and built The Bunker Studio, developed around an integrative ideology and employing the best of vintage and modern technologies and techniques.

Here, they've honed their sound--sometimes referential to the raw electronics of Kraftwerk or the drive of Moroder disco--but ultimately their own interpretation of the border between the past and the present. What started with the split 12" for Andy Blakes' World Unknown imprint now continues with the "Vehicle" EP for Dark Entries Records, where the brutality of the analogue transistor rhythm section meets the sincerity of the human voice.

DJ Omar Perez

Recently DJing opening sets for La Roux, Danger, DJ Omar of Popscene fame has been keeping San Francisco on its dancing feet for the past decade. A DJ with an eclectic array of musical tastes and cultures, there's no predicting what comes next — anything from disco electro to goth. Taking time from a jam-packed week of bookings, Omar gives SF Station some insight on his successful DJ career. Don't forget to catch his set at Live 105's Subsonic Spookfest on October 30th and Triple Cobra on Halloween!

SF Station (SFS): Are you originally from San Francisco?

DJ Omar (O): I grew up in Washington D.C, but did not start DJing until I moved to SF in the 90's. D.C. provided me with a diverse musical education via Punk, Hip Hop, House and GoGo. It set the stage for the genre-mixing slant of my later DJ sets.

SFS: How long have you been DJing, and what got you started?

O: I started Djing when we started Popscene. I was collecting Britpop and Mod records at the time and there wasn't any place to dance to that type of music so we started a night that focused on that. The more I started spinning one type of music, the more I wanted to try my hand at playing other kinds. Things just sort off took off from there.

SFS: Popscene is a great party. How do you manage to keep it always excellent?

O: Popscene has been around for over a decade and it has always been about creating an exciting environment in which to celebrate the passion and diversity of new music and new people. The combination of the amazing talent that has graced our stage throughout the years, along with a passionate and exuberant audience, hungry to discover and dance to new music, is what keeps us going for so long.

SFS: Any fun or crazy stories to share?

O: When Kasabian performed at Popscene, they brought so much sound and lighting equipment that we had to rent generators to accommodate all the juice they were using in fear that they would blow up the building. Muse also had so much equipment that we had to set up the DJ booth in the kitchen. When The Horrors played, their singer Faris climbed across our ceiling, smashed our disco ball into two pieces, gave it to the crowd and then wore a piñata as a hat. Amy Winehouse's only performance in SF was at Popscene, and I can't even begin to describe all the memorable moments from that night.

SFS: Since you are a local staple, who are some of your favorite local acts?

O: Tamaryn, Hottub, Veil Veil Vanish, Girls, Zion I, The Limousines, Tenderlions, Rykarda Parasol, The Pack, Murder Of Lillies, anything on Tricycle records. There are many more amazing bands in the Bay Area but, sadly, I'm drawing a blank right now.

SFS: What do you like most about DJing in San Francisco?

O: The diversity and vitality of the people is unparalleled.

SFS: What keeps you inspired and motivated?

O: My friends, family and colleagues from around the world.

SFS: Who are some of your favorite artists to spin currently?

O: If there is an artist I like, I see what label they are on and check out the label's roster. Currently, my favorite labels are: Italians Do It Better, This Is Not An Exit Records, Wierd, Eskimo Recordings and Southern Lord.

SFS: What do you like to sing along to in the car?

O: Mostly soft rock from the 70's, all types of metal and Blondie.

SFS: Lastly, what are you dressing up as for Halloween?

O: I have four Halloween events so I have a couple of options planned for each night out: Edgar Allen Poe, Ned Flanders and a Smurf will likely be represented,
the other option will have to be a surprise!

Catch DJ Omar at various gigs around San Francisco, visit Popscene ( and DJ Omar's Myspace page (

$8.00 - $17.00


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