Marc Houle LIVE + Solar + DtE tag session

Houle's releases on Richie Hawtin's Minus and his own Items & Things played a major hand in defining the minimal techno sounds of the mid-2000s. His highly regarded 2006 minimal techno anthem "Bay Of Figs" found its way into sets from fellow techno DJ Magda to stadium trance superstar Tiesto. Houle most recently released a collaborative EP with Miss Kittin Where Is Kittin? (Items & Things), featuring remixes from Dubfire and John Foxx & The Maths. Houle continues to head up the "Items and Things" label alongside Magda and Troy Pierce, hosting artists such as Seth Troxler, Jimmy Edgar and Alexi Delano.

Solar (No Way Back/Sunset):
The man, the myth, the legend... One of San Francisco's most prolific and talented DJ's... if you don't know the homie then you ain't been paying attention... Solar is a veritable natural resource. prepare to be blown away.

Bob Campbell

Who is Bob Campbell? Is he a golfer, clad in pastel from head to toe? Or a surfer, riding big wavs? In reality, he is the most exquisite result of those oddly rad personas, morphed into one amazing, deep-tech house duo. He is: Bob Five and Trev Campbell. The many layers of sounds brought by each entity of Bob Campbell come from opposite ends of the electronic music spectrum, resulting in a gratifying wave of sound that cannot be ignored.

Max's style is all over the spectrum of electronic music: ranging from playful minimal and house, to deep techno. As a student in Arizona he was constantly raising the bar for underground music. The originality of his DJ sets got him recognized throughout the state and he performed at various large-scale events featuring big name guests. Eventually, his love for deeper and more experimental sounds led him back to his natural habitat of the San Francisco bay area.

After settling into the bay area Max refocused his direction into jam sessions in the studio. Working hard on mastering his gear and developing production technique, he always strives to define his own sound. While surrounded by a wide range of electronic sounds in the bay area, Max still felt there was a shortage of techno events. As a result, he teamed up with his dear friend and music aficionado, Brian Knarfield and founded the event series Direct To Earth (DTE), based out of Oakland. DTE has now established itself as a key player for the underground techno movement in Oakland and San Francisco. It continues to provide a home for the underground dance music community, and techno throughout the bay area.

Since moving to the bay area Max has performed at shows featuring artists such as Dustin Zahn, Raiz, Max Cooper, Heiko Laux, Pig & Dan, Tim Xavier, Luke Hess, Marco Bailey, [a]pendics.shuffle, Jay Tripwire, Evil Eddie Richards, Balcazar & Sordo, Noah Pred, Nico Stojan, Echospace and Octave among many others. He has also released his first EP with Seeder and saw it reach #11 on the Beatport minimal charts. Max commonly tests the waters by sneaking some original productions into his DJ sets. He is a frequent performer at the bay area’s most celebrated nightclubs and undergrounds and has also made appearances in Las Vegas, Colorado, Black Rock City, and throughout Arizona. Be on the lookout for more releases to come soon!.

Patrick Gil

Patrick Gil started with a 4 track recorder and acoustic guitar, writing songs in Palos Verdes, CA. When he moved to a pc and cakewalk, it was only natural to take advantage of the digital tools; weird guitar layers, cut up vocals, delay tricks.

When he moved to Santa Cruz, he played in a rock band, but it wasn't long until he was getting on his knees, playing with infinity delays, vocals through the pedals, doing long ambient sections. The time had come to make the sound and effects the priority.

The deeper he got into programming synths and playing effects, the more he yearned for something different; far out sounds, thicker bass, rhythmic samples. The sound and feel of techno had the driving energy that reeled him in. Incidentally, the more he produced, the more he found himself going out to parties, getting lost in the music. It was long until he was mixing tracks and cutting his songs into loops. He now performs live sets of his own material and does dj sets around the Bay Area, sharing his love for hypnotic grooves and warm bass.



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