Anubis Halloween Special
Simon Baker, Appleblim, Jubilee, Remote Ctrl, Ozker
645 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 10:00 PM (event ends at 2:00 AM)
Simon Baker is a DJ and producer who has always managed to operate on his own terms since first emerging. Rather than kowtowing to the style of the times, he has pushed his unique house and techno agenda, both as a DJ, and as a producer. The musical knowledge and understanding he’s been picking up since his teens all came to fruition on debut LP ‘Traces’ in 2012.
Arriving on his home label of 2020 Vision, it was an album that showcased genuine artistry and musicality at the same time as offering up infectious dance floor grooves indebted to years of house, disco and techno. Seems all those hours spent studying classical guitar and music theory as a child weren’t wasted after all, especially given the album’s warm reception by press and punters alike.
With releases on various class act labels such as Rekids, Leftroom, Get Physcial, Cocoon, Fina, 8bit, Crosstown Rebels, and more recently on Sasha’s imprint Last Night on Earth. Simon has definitely earned his stripes, but not to stand still for too long, 2013 brings his new label ‘nofitstate’ to the table with label-mate Geddes due for launch this summer.
It was of course in 2007 when Baker first broke through with the writhing monster that was ‘Plastik’ - officially one of the year’s best tracks according to influential site Resident Advisor. Initially, the track was released on Baker’s own Infant Records (though now dormant, in its time the imprint was a respected outlet that released music from, among others, Burnski, Anthony Collins and Paul Woolford) before eventually getting picked up by Playhouse for a re-release. Ensuing efforts such as the ‘Lip Trick’ EP, remixes of Crazy P and Simian Mobile Disco plus collaborations with Jamie Jones have all helped to cement his reputation as producer with lots to say and the skills to say it.
Simon now lives in London, but grew up in the Leeds area of the UK, familiar touchstones like The Hacienda, Back to Basics and techno club Orbit are what first got Simon into electronic music, and as such he was a regular fixture on the Leeds scene in the early days, acting as resident for much lauded night, Asylum.
Before long, though, the wider world caught on to Baker’s dexterous sets, he has played at key clubs like Panorama Bar, Fabric and Watergate, as well as being a regular fixture at the annual BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen. He is now established as a world class touring act, reaching Australia, Asia, South America and most regularly North America, where he maintains an excellent profile and appearances at the most influential clubs and events from coast to coast. From the rooftop of LA’s Standard Hotel, to the east coast from Miami’s Electric Pickle to Montreal’s Piknic Electronik festival. This year he will be heading to play at the Circoloco party in Detroit during the Movement Electronic Music Festival...
Appleblim's bass line fury has been unleashed on many a dancefloor, including the legendary Forward club, where he plays regularly, with devastating results. Appleblim's productions meanwhile get deeper and more developed as he goes along, with his latest release on Skull Disco, Vansan, winning plaudits right across the board and being sure to cement his reputation as a top drawer producer as well as dj.
Born in Casa Blanca, Morocco, Jubilee understood the power of music at a young age. He watched as his father played old records and instruments such as the tarbouga, the aoud and the bandir. Arriving to the U.S. in 2001, Jubilee immediately took to the streets of Washington D.C. as a club promoter for Panorama. During this time, his interest in becoming a DJ grew while watching people like DJ Alex Kelly in 2001 hit the tables for six-hour sets. Noticeably inspired, he was soon handed the headphones and hit the ground running with innovative sounds inspired by his own unique and culturally infused sense of rhythm and beats.
For Jubliee, now producing his own tracks, the medium of house music continues to evolve as an art form. He is dedicated to creating both a journey for his listeners as well as using music as a base for his own journey through the intricacies of life. His is known for his unmatchable creativity and his impenetrable work ethic. Yet, more than anything Jubliee is a product of the exclusive and ever growing house music scene in our nation's capital.
Though based in Washington D.C., he travels routinely between cities such as New York, San Francisco , and more With pals Gabriel , Benoit , Navid Jubilee has put together successful events at established venues like D.C.’s WAREHOUSE/THE LOFT along with a regular residencies at NAPOLEON, and U ST MUSIC HALL . He has booked and played with global talents such as Stephan Bodzin, Marc Romboy , Deepak sharma , Seuil, till von sein, Kate Simko, Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves, Ewan Pearson, Pantha du Prince, Nicolas Jaar and Nick Curly, just to name a few.
In 2010, Jubilee launched his production career with the critically acclaimed release “Dopamine” for New York City based Hidden Recordings. Label owner Deepak Sharma recently stated: “Jubilee is definitely one to watch. For me, he is D.C.'s best DJ and producer. I was immediately drawn to the tracks he submitted to Hidden Recordings. His style is deep and bouncy in all the right ways." Sharma was so impressed with Jubilee’s work that he has him slated for a new EP in 2011 on Hidden . already seeing support from alexi delano, DVS1, alland byallo, someone else, derek marin, signal deluxe, stefano infusino, kane roth, subfractal, funk shuei, roman kramer to name a few .
Jubilee’s previous work has also appeared on Mexico City’s Blaq Records and the esteemed Mo’s Ferry imprint.
Rashad “Remote Ctrl” Williams, Managing Editor and contributor for The Dance Party Chronicles, is a dance party selector. His Objective: Keep bodies in motion. Modis Operandi: Control Disco, Funk, and House grooves in such a way that listeners can't help but dance the night away. Delighting ears and wearing down shoes and dance floors alike, DJ Remote Ctrl's has an eclectic and versatile style known to take people to the stars and back, and just as often cause all out dance parties. You can catch him at your favorite dance music spots in Washington, D.C. 930Club BackBar, Science Club, Velvet Lounge, Napolean Bistro & Lounge, The BlackCat DC, Flash DC, Eighteenth Street Lounge, and U Street Music Hall.
While the District of Columbia has seen a fluctuation of creative types recently, few artists have influenced the scene as prolifically as OZKER. Organic and locally grown, OZKER has established himself in the past few years as one of DC's hardest working DJ, Party Promoter, Producer and Visual Artist, all the while spreading that undeniable aura of being a loveable huggable type of guy. His devotion to the infectious groove and its counterpart, the bottomless beat, is matched only by his devotion to that trademark follicle foliage that you're bound to see bobbing up and down behind turntables throughout the city!
OZKER has opened for such noted talent as Dillon Francis, The Bloody Beetroots, Will Eastman, Gigamesh, Classixx, Tensnake, Oliver, The 2 Bears, Bit Funk, Anna Lunoe & Nickodemus, amongst many others. He holds several monthly residencies in the city, including nights at Eighteenth St Lounge, Dodge City, Marvin, Velvet Lounge and The Looking Glass.