TheHundred, Souls in Action, Awesome Factory, Euphonic Conceptions & Westword present
CLOAK & DAGGER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Cashmere Cat, Sango, Kidnap Kid, Pomo, INSIGHTFUL, MILKY.WAV (formerly BLVCK JORDAN), Holy Ghost (DJ Set), Moon Boots, Gigamesh, Thomas Jack, GOLF CLAP, KEEPERS., Justin Martin, Midland, Martyn, Homework, Graff, NEED & NECESSITY, Samples, ACTION 52, Evoke, Dawn Safari vs Snubluck, Ill-Esha, Real Cosby, Marcelo Moxy, iowno
Denver, CO, 80203
This event is 18 and over
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CLOAK & DAGGER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Cashmere Cat is the production alias of young Norwegian producer Magnus August Høiberg – who has caught one to watch buzz early this year from the single 'With Me' premiered with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio One & video premiere at Rolling Stone – not to mention 30+ international headline dates including a packed out SXSW, MMW & Music Hall of Williamsburg, In February Cat appeared feature on the Ludacris single "Party Girls" alongside Jeremih & Wiz Khalifa, which allowed him to star in his first Hype Williams directed video. What a crazy life; this unprecedented mention for a producer signals a sea change happening in popular music & the role of our 'underground' producers as acknowledged artists in their own right. A world in which Cashmere Cat effortlessly embodies his own underground influences of glittering RnB, French Electro & 00's club Hip . On Wedding Bells – his debut vinyl EP – he is truly free, non beholden to conventional pop arrangement we find Cat in abundant celebration with a range of highly syncopated pentatonic workouts. Four songs built in equal parts from glittering RnB, French Electro & 00's club Hip Hop – this is wide, cinematic and unabashedly bright new dance music. Rarely does a new artist emerge with such a unique voice across their work – Cashmere Cat is unconcerned with where he fits with DJs and his music is smarter for it.
The Wedding Bells EP represents the next stage for Cashmere Cat as recording artist and has commanded support so far from: Kode 9, Éclair Fifi, Nguzunguzu, Hud Mo, Rustie, Baauer, Diplo, Skrillex, A Trak, Brodinski – as well as BBC Radio One & Triple J.
I produce with the love from above & my main inspiration comes from anything and everything.
Kidnap Kid closed last year with the accolade iTunes US 'Best Electronic Song of 2012′ for his debut release 'Vehl' on cutting-edge indie, Black Butter Records. Now Kidnap Kid returns with 'So Close' as his second release on 25th March 2013 (available to download from 4th March).
Whilst creating his own award winning releases, Kidnap Kid aka Matt Relton extends his talents to remix and production duties, smashing official remixes for Emeli Sande and Disclosure, and recently co-producing tracks for Lulu James. Out of the studio, Kidnap Kid will be heading off on a 16 date US Tour in March, supporting Rudimental, TEED, AlunaGeorge & Disclosure.
With support coming from both radio and club tastemakers plus a loyal and supportive fan base, who's interaction with his recent SoundCloud upload can testify, 2013 looks to be a big year for Kidnap Kid.
Pomo is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist and producer living in Montreal, QC, Canada. Growing up in Port Moody, BC, he matured through the Vancouver music scene, introducing himself to various elements of music. After moving eastward in 2012, Pomo has hit his stride in the electronic dance music market, joining the likes of Kaytranada, Ta-Ku, and Stwo on the HW&W roster.
Drawing from various influences, Pomo makes an effort to distance himself from genre-defining elements while approaching his music from an organic and raw songwriting perspective. Using elements from hip hop, electronic, and 70s/80s funk, the multifaceted producer likes to draw people in with the malleable dynamics of his music, something that attracts himself to artists like J Dilla, Prince, Disclosure, and the emerging EDM scene as a whole.
After being featured in Kaytranda’s live set and receiving nods from the likes of Disclosure, Bondax and Gramatik, Pomo has broken into the international market, receiving recognition from media outlets like Vice’s Noisey, THUMP, Earmilk, Soulection Radio, 22 Tracks and many more. Now, growing on his Canadian electronic music notoriety, Pomo is preparing to expand his presence by bringing his live show overseas, making appearances through Europe, North & South America and Australia.
Oakland, California based electronic producer Matthew Suggett aka Insightful creates a lush off kilterd sound combining heavy bass with soulful melodies pushing beat music to new places. Insightful recently performed at one of the largest us festivals, Coachella. His latest remix album 'The fondle package' gained much priase from fans and collegues alike. it is hard to pin point a genre on this young up and coming producer when each track conveys a completly different emotion with nostalgic vocal samples and a futuristic deep grooves.
Experimental electronic music producer Matthew Suggett creates under the name Insightful. This 24 year old California native's sound pallet can go from sexy to weird, real fast. His melodies weave with deep bass lines in turn, complement his groovy percussion. He creates a whole lot more than 'beats', he creates songs. He combines nostalgic melodies with drums patterns that leave the listener stuck in their head. Insightful has shared the stage with the likes of Tycho, fLako, Mr. Carmack, MatthewDavid, HeRobust, B.Bravo, and Sango. He has performed at festivals like Coachella, SXSW, and has performed countless shows in the US.
Everyday Insightful is learning and experiencing what it is to be human, he can do nothing else but to translate that experience into art.
MILKY.WAV (formerly BLVCK JORDAN)
Holy Ghost (DJ Set)
Brooklyn-based band Holy Ghost! are Alex Frankel and Nick Millhiser, who formed the band in 2007. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2011 following their steady rise to fame as a blogosphere buzz band with the release of first two singles "Hold On" and "I Will Come Back," including various remixes for the likes of Moby, Cut Copy, and MGMT. The band's sophomore effort, Dynamics, is due out on September 10 of this year on DFA Records.
Moon Boots entered the world in the mid-1980s via Cape Canaveral. After years of service as the preferred footwear of celebrity astronauts (notably Tom Hanks), Moon Boots came to life during a classified experiment aboard the International Space Station. Little is known of what actually transpired aboard the shuttle, but in short, Moon Boots became a sentient creature, equipped with reason, intuition, and groove. Before long, he grew tired of working for the space-military-industrial complex and found solace in the soothing sounds of underground disco and R&B boogie records. He knew it was only of matter of time before he was hung up like so many boots before him. He abandoned the program and used his savings to build a studio in an unnamed location, where he is currently working.
Gigamesh is the stage name of Matt Masurka, an American multi-platinum selling music producer and DJ. His numerous remixes and two EPs have earned him a swiftly building reputation as one of the most versatile and consistent names in indie-dance music.
Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, it's no surprise Gigamesh has developed a keen taste for funk, disco and pop. The sound is immediately recognizable in much of his music, however he maintains a flexible aesthetic. Gigamesh is an ardent fan of minimalist concert music, film scores, classic rock, italo disco, French house, Miami bass, and genre-bending electronic music. These elements have all combined to forge his all-inclusive approach to music appreciation and creation.
Gigamesh first gained exposure on music blogs for bootleg reworks of pop hits from Michael Jackson, New Order, The Clash, Stardust and dozens more. He went on to produce a #6 Billboard Single (also iTunes 2010 Pop Single Of The Year) and very well-received remixes for Foster The People, Two Door Cinema Club, Katy B, Theophilus London, Citizens, Grouplove and more. Now a multi-platinum selling producer and frequent member of The Hype Machine's popular chart #1 spot, Gigamesh has firmly established himself as a respected trendsetter in modern dance music.
In October 2011, Gigamesh released his debut self-titled EP on Our Label International, which received wide acclaim in the disco and indie-dance community. Following his debut, Gigamesh began to develop a close relationship with French record label Kitsuné resulting in an invitation to perform on their highly-anticipated U.S. Club Night tour and the release of the "All My Life" EP by Kitsuné in May of 2012. In support of this EP Gigamesh has been touring the globe, including Asia, Australia, North America, and UK/Europe.
Gigamesh continues to gain recognition as one of the top producers of modern dance music going in to 2013. With no time to waste, Gigamesh is starting off the year by releasing a new single, 'Enjoy.' 'Enjoy' features a remix by Oliver and will be out on NYC's fresh house label - Nurvous Records (Feb. 12th).
Are you looking for a little more adventure in your life? What about an adventure without having to buy a plane ticket, pack a luggage, or ever have to worry about a rainy day? Well, let me show you the way through the sounds of Thomas Jack.
Hailing from Bemboka, Australia is rising star Thomas Jack. At only 20 years old, Thomas’ future is shining as bright as the music he creates. His hit single “Final Speech” led him to a viral tear on top of the HypeM charts where he continued a successful run with follow up tracks such as his stellar remix for Of Monsters and Men “Little Talks” and the extra smooth remix for Adrian Lux’s hit single ”Teenage Crime”. Like the oceans surrounding Thomas’ backyard his music ebbs and flows, sometimes unpredictably but always beautifully.
His sets are filled with pleasure and happiness. Sax, flutes, trumpets, you name it, Thomas brings in the jazz orchestra for a unique style suitable for the masses. Still developing as an artist, Thomas will continue to grow and surprise us everyday.
Golf Clap is Detroit's latest deep house export and is already making quite a stir in the few months they've been releasing music. After playing over 100 shows together last year, Bryan Jones & Hugh Cleal started releasing music as Golf Clap in early 2013. House legends like Kerri Chandler, Grant Nelson, and Miguel Migs have all taken notice, signing singles and EPs for release this summer.
Their debut single "Another Way" on Freeze Dried smashed the Traxsource charts hitting #1 in the singles, tracks & deep house charts simultaneously and their follow up single "On To You" on i Records climbed into the top 10 on the site for two weeks.
Booked solid every weekend for the next 5 months in the US and Europe, you should catch them while you can at their own night & residency at Grasshopper Underground in Detroit where they play alongside acts like Ian Pooley, Eats Everything, Kevin Saunderson, Jimpster, Detroit Swindle, Mark Farina, John Acquaviva & Steve Lawler to name a few.
Two separate souls spent their formative years in Southern Colorado, oblivious to each other’s existence but unknowingly unified by a similar passion for music. One studied rhythm while the other had a penchant for melody and harmony. Little did they know their paths would cross many years later when they both found themselves in Denver’s burgeoning underground house scene. Collin McKenna, finally pursuing a lifelong interest to DJ quickly connected with another relative newcomer to the scene, Peter Washington. They shared the same passion for house music, and after seeing each other on the DJ circuit, they knew they had to align and Keepers was born. Now as a duo, Keepers are on a constant mission to bring a deep and soulful house sound to both the dance floor and in the studio.
Justin initially pricked the ears of the electronic music community in 2003 with his first record 'The Sad Piano' on Ben Watt's Buzzin' Fly label. Everyone in the electronic music food chain got involved, from the A list DJs like Derrick Carter and Pete Tong that were playing the track, to the international music press that were raving about it. It even translated to the German underground, with Poker Flat licensing it for Steve Bug's 'Bugnology' compilation. Like someone that goes bowling for the first time and gets five strikes and a turkey, Justin couldn't really have hoped for a better entrance.
Feeding off the energy of the San Francisco underground and mentored by fellow super producer Claude VonStroke, Justin was intrinsically involved with the development of dirtybird records, appearing on its first four releases. Justin was soon ready to take flight, releasing a string of solo EPs which flaunted a very unique sound and garnered still more respect among fellow DJS and heavyweight's of the scene.
As well as his formidable arsenal of original productions, Justin is now equally known for his collaborations with his brother Christian as The Martin Brothers, producing such hip-hop influenced hits as 'Duckface', 'Stoopit', 'Dum'. Justin has also made his mark remixing such bona fide classics as Radiohead's 'Nude', Marshall Jefferson's 'Mushrooms', and TG's 'Revox', firmly establishing himself as the man to make big tracks even bigger.
Demand for Justin's skills behind the decks has skyrocketed with his bookings schedule constantly crammed to capacity. With bookings confirmed everywhere from Piknic Electronik (Montreal), to Exit Festival (Belgrade) to Panorama Bar (Berlin), Justin's diary is reading like the dreams of a professional raver. Stateside he continues to be a regular fixture at the dirtybird events in San Francisco and beyond.
Midland made his 2010 debut alongside longtime friend Pearson Sound with their anthemic track "Your words matter", a track that would go on to be placed in DJ Mag's "100 most important house records" feature. Within the track the pair wove, defied and played with a number of genres and, in doing so, Midland laid a clear foundation stone for his vision of how electronic music could be. It is a sound that is rooted in House and Techno but with the rumbling low end of Dubstep and wide screen experimentation of classic Electronica.
Since then, subsequent releases with Phonica, More Music and Aus and remixes for Turbo, Werk as well as artists like the 2 Bears and Julio Bashmore have cemented his reputation as a producer whose tastes reach beyond the dancefloor. His deft edits of Washed out, Boards of Canada and Caribou have become firm favourites with many and won over some diehard fans along the way.
As a DJ his sets are unsurprisingly diverse, something witnessed at clubs from Fabric to Plastic People to Space in Ibiza, Horst in Berlin and Chinese Laundry in Sydney. As a result he is just as likely to be playing seen playing alongside artists such as Joy Orbison or Ben Ufo as he is Marcel dettman, Four Tet or Will Saul. With a number of projects aimed at pushing his sound in to uncharted areas its a good bet you will find yourself dancing to something he's had a hand in soon.
Martyn's unique strand of bass defies easy categorisation. Yet no matter the genre, tempo or drum pattern, there always remains that immersive, intricately detailed and rhythmically precise sound: to his fans and admirers, it's known simply as 'Martyn Music.' A unique character that's become emblematic for all that's forward thinking in dubstep and techno, a defiant out-of-the-box mentality is pushed into his every artistic venture, side-stepping convention and continually stepping forward towards what's new. Or, more often than not, what's next. Throughout the many turns and layers of his winding career, the Holland native (and now Washington DC resident) Martijn Deijkers has always stood in a scene of his own. Never a complete outsider but never one to fit in, each of his releases is a progression on from where he left off, and an evolution into where the electronic world is likely to move in the near future. His first releases in 2005 (on Play:Musik and Marcus Intalex's Revolve:r imprint) indicated a tendency towards the dub end of the spectrum. Drawing on his roots in techno and house, as much as a still fertile dubstep scene, his 'Broken' EP on Revolve:r in '07 blurred the lines entirely. And though his releases that followed on Tempa, Applepips and Hessle Audio (including his scene-altering remix of TRG's 'Broken Heart') made thorough rounds in dubstep circles, there was a distinct nod to future 4/4 explorations, and served as a tip-off that he was on his way to forming a new, uncharted genre altogether. "I was always interested in the technology side of things - synthesizers and science fiction and lazers and transformers and robots...that was really my thing. I have been buying music for as long as I can remember, really; as soon as I got a weekly allowance I spent it on 7" singles and albums. When I was studying I went clubbing a lot, there were a couple of clubs that I used to frequent, and I just got drawn to the music, really. In the early 90s, I heard Chicago house and Detroit techno for the first time in a club; from then onwards that was kind of my thing, but I kept following bands as well, so for me not all music was electronic. I never thought I would play a role in music myself." Equal parts unpredictable and electric, as a DJ Martyn's is a style that is equally as uncategorizable as his production style. His encyclopaedic knowledge of music and rarities is aptly matched with an ability to mix the most unlikely of sounds: a raw J Dilla cut gets paired with a rare Jamie Principle house edit one moment, New Wave vocals get thrown down with the percussive fills of Shed the next. His seamless sets have crossed countries and stages, playing iconic venues the globe over, including Berghain/Panoramabar, The Roxy in LA and DMZ at Mass. There's also his all-inclusive festival circuit, which has included Sonar, Mutek, Airwaves, Decibel, Electric Zoo, Bestival, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, The Big Chill, Elevate in Austria and Unsound in Poland. - East Village Radio
Amsterdam-based duo Homework burst onto the electronic music scene in 2010 with a refreshing take on lush, Chicago-inspired house music, pricking up the ears of some of the most respected underground dance labels such as 20:20 Vision, Made To Play, and Berlin-based Exploited. Their Hudson Square EP – now a vinyl collectors item going for high prices on Discogs – garnered thumbs ups from both critics and peers and, seemingly overnight, turned them into internationally in-demand club djs. Within a year, after being catapulted into the limelight the duo found themselves playing all over the globe, box-checking revered clubs such as Berlin’s Panoramabar, Paris’ Social Club, The Standard in New York and Studio 80 in their hometown of Amsterdam; winning them a prestigious Dutch night life award, Gouden Kabouter for Best DJ Duo, in the process.
One defining feature of these two gentlemen it’s that they are difficult to pigeonhole. Both in their productions as in their dj sets Homework always take an 'anything goes' approach. Their restless straddling of genres and inspirations, testament to years of working in well-known Amsterdam record store Concerto, might lead one to expect their kaleidoscopic oeuvre to be all over the place, but the inherent ‘warmth’ (or: ‘umph’ if you will) that permeates their music runs like a common thread through all their productions.
In hindsight it seems logical that, when in 2007 the duo decided to pursue a career in music, they chose the name Homework. There is an interesting duality to be found in their guise: bringing back memories of childhood, restlessly waiting for that summer that never seems to arrive, unable to shake off the shackles of unfinished schoolwork… It combines both playfulness with serious business; nostalgia with immediacy. And so, to reference Kubrick’s The Shining, the two could never be described as “dull boys”.
Graff is Antone + Latane + Dancing
NEED & NECESSITY
Rising out of a diverse, rich and burgeoning music scene comes house duo Need & Necessity. A calculated product of two like minded artists – Ross Kiser and Matt Friedman – both of whom carry impressive traditional music backgrounds, Denver’s preeminent underground dance duo have created a ripple effect of buzz while shining on as a vital piece of a growing and competitive club scene.
A simple touch of fate brought these two together in early 2007 as freshman at the University of Colorado. While both were separately cutting their teeth in the college club circuit, a joint spur of the moment mixtape Beat Control Vol. 1 became the catalyst for a shared, passionate journey in electronic music.
Along the way, Need and Necessity have had the felicitous opportunity of playing their sound in support of heavyweight dance music mainstays including Duke Dumont, Alan Braxe, George Fitzgerald, KASKADE, Nina Kraviz, Tensnake, Kevin Saunderson, J. Phlip, Dusky, Todd Edwards, Miguel Campbell, Justin Jay and countless others not to mention routine headlining acts in their home city. Need & Necessity have helmed the decks at a smattering of Colorado’s most revered music venues, as well as issuing amazing performances during Miami’s hallowed Winter Music Conference, proving their depth of music knowledge and a unique ability to play out to any number of contrasting crowds.
With a well received debut EP Build Me Up, put out by Argentinian house aficionados Spirit Soul under their belt, they continued with a slew of singles released on Dancefloor Encounters, Seven Music, Trax Records and Tru Talk. After co-founding our Night Supply brand, N&N has only improved upon their knowledge and understanding of dance music. The pair’s mark on Night Supply is felt with every release, from “Whip”, “Lemme See”, “Love On” and a viral collaboration with option4 “We Comin’ Up”; it seems the world over has begun to take notice. International support from Waze & Oddyssey, Rhythm Operator, Urulu, Ejeca and a host of others has solidified their place amongst a hungry group of up and coming house artists.
While Need & Necessity maintain a definite forward thinking sound, both producers cite musical influences from groove-heavy genres; particularly 90’s House, Jazz, Techno, Soul and R&B. Pieces from a number of music mediums resonate throughout their ever increasing and progressive collection of original productions, remixes and live sets. Need & Necessity keep their mission simple; to share a collective desire to inspire all walks of life with raw, original house tunes.
Samples (aka Ben Samples), also known for his work in the live remix project Fresh2Death, is a Producer and Dj based out of Denver, CO. He creates and performs electronic dance music, including bass-heavy remixes of club and hip hop favorites, original glitch hop, soulful dub step, funky house or amalgamations of other styles. Starting his career as a DJ at a well known Colorado radio station covering various styles and genres with a focus on dance music and hip hop, Samples soon began creating his own hybrid of hip hop and dance music into a club sound that fits as well in theaters and festivals as it does on dance floors.
With a full length album released on Made in Glitch Records, EPs supported by Daly City Records, Simplify Recordings, and True Movement as well as tracks on Muti Music, Run Riot Records, Car Crash Set, Mambo Records, Old Tacoma Records, Global Vortex, and BomBeatz, Samples is one of the most sought out producers and remix artists in the Bass music scene with collaborations including some of electronic music’s most influential. Ranking among the top on charts on itunes, Beatport and Addictech has been Samples foundation to perform club, event and festival dates all over the country very often to audiences familiar with his music.
“Ben Samples is one of the staples when throwing around names in the glitch-hop and mid-tempo genres of music” (SubSynthesis, 2010) and continues to evolve a unique voice in electronic dance music with complexity and depth.
The brainchild of Night Supply Records label manager Matty Night and longtime Denver club fixture Scott Armstrong, Action 52 serve their music to pull a wry smile and a rocking hip wiggle from their listeners. Behind a fun-loving 80’s sci-fi concept taking its name from the fitting and congruently titled, ultra-rare, NES platformer and years of combined skill behind the decks and inside of their gadgetry strewn studio; Action 52 is a testament to the Night Supply brand’s essence of style meeting substance. Students of the dance scene since their days in high-school basements crafting waxy sets on Technic SL1200’s, their sound is one combining a resonant house backbone with shades of disco, indie, jazz and hip-hop; of course painted with the glossy tinge of a gritty neon, late 80’s arcade. Although currently sitting with only three released remixes under their belts; one each for Ludacris, Galantis and Chromatics, with their "Smile" remix making an appearance in the Top #25 overall Hype Machine charts along with a peak at #6 with their take on "How Low", the enigmatic duo has had the opportunity to ply their sound in support of Goldroom, Shiba San, The Knocks, Cassian, Dusky, Kaytranada, Viceroy, Twin Shadow, Touch Sensitive and loads more since officially embarking on their galaxy spanning journey.
Dawn Safari vs Snubluck
For many years ill-esha has weathered the dynamic, often ephemeral soundscape of Electronic music, simply by being an original. "I'm not really an observer. I'm very much a participant and a creator," self-describes the Vancouver, British Columbia-born artist, songwriter, producer, and DJ. "Everything I do in my life, it quickly becomes way more than a hobby." From growing up in the EDM hotbed of the Pacific Northwest, attending raves in her teens, Ill-esha accelerated her musical passions to the fullest. "First I wanted to be part of this culture as a DJ, doing vocals and curating music. After that, I also needed to participate in the music I was playing," referring to her progression as a producer and headlining performer. "I've just been moving one step up at a time over the years, into being this completely original show."
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$50 - $60 Door after 6pm
8:15-9:30 Kidnap Kid
10:45-12:15 Cashmere Cat
City Hall Street Level Main Stage
7:30-9:15 Golf Clap
10:30-Midnight Moon Boots
Midnight-Close Holy Ghost DJ Set
City Hall Cue’s Room
7pm Marcelo Moxy
8pm Real Cosby
10pm Dawn Safari vs Snubluck
Club Vinyl Main Floor
6-7 Need & Necessity
Midnight-Close Justin Martin
*Times May Vary Slightly. Artists Subject to Change
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