INPUT | Light Years Away Tour: Oliver/ Plastic Plates/ Alex English/ Dali/ Hiyawatha with Icee Hot In The Panther Room

Oliver

Oliver have found the beating heart inside the dance machine. Whether moving bodies at the world's biggest electronic festivals, or hand-crafting digital gems in the studio, the producer / DJ duo of U-Tern and Oligee are responsible for some of the funkiest, toughest, and most diverse dance music today.

After spending years writing, producing, DJing and digging for vinyl, U-Tern and Oligee linked up in LA to forge something groundbreaking. They took their shared '80s baby tastes - relentlessly groovy R&B, boombox worthy hip-hop, soaring electropop hooks - and mashed them together in remixes for everyone from Chromeo and Foster The People to Breakbot and techno godfather Juan Atkins. Original jams like "All Night" and "Dirty Talk" (supported by dance music luminaries like Alan Braxe and Busy P) took Oliver's back-to-the-future sound even further, while high-powered collaborations with A-Trak ("Disco Nap") and Destructo ("LA Funky") brought the duo to the festival circuit, where they kept hands in the air all summer.

With the release of their Fool's Gold EP Mechanical, Oliver push their hybrid sound to even funkier new horizons. The stadium worthy opener "MYB" perfectly segues into the moody strut of "Night Is On My Mind," before shifting gears with the hands-in-the-air ecstasy of "Control" and riding off into the sunset on the title track's cinematic pulse. With non-stop DJ sets on deck (complete with Oligee's live keyboard riffs) and even more new music, there's no telling where the beats will take them next. "Oliver is all over the map," says U-Tern. "But we're going to have a good time no matter what."

Plastic Plates

Plastic Plates is the Dj/disco producer alias of Felix Bloxsom. Originally hailing from Sydney Australia, Felix is now based in Los Angeles.

Plastic Plates' distinct sound has attracted both indie, dance and mainstream pop artists to commission remixes from Felix. These artists include Adele, Sia, Body Language, The Human League, Sneaky Sound System, The Magician, Katy Perry and Mark Ronson.

The Magician, who regularly features Felix's remixes in his popular Magic Tapes, chose Mark Ronson – Record Collection 2012 (Plastic Plates Remix) in his top 10 remixes for 2011. Adele – Set Fire To The Rain (Plastic Plates Remix) was included in Aeroplane's best remixes of 2011 mixtape.

As a DJ Felix has performed in the USA, Europe, Mexico, Japan and Australia and has shared the stage with artists such as Breakbot, The Magician, Classixx, Etienne De Crecy, Mickey, U-tern, RAC and Bag Raiders.

Stay tuned for new original releases and plenty more remixes in 2012!

Dali is a well known figure in underground culture for almost two decades. NYC is home and you can catch him at legendary Webster Hall on a regular basis for the Girls & Boys event. Dali is also the owner of Groove Therapy Records a very well known underground label in electronic culture. In the last two years he has shared the main stage with some of the biggest acts today in EDM . Be on the look out for his first release to hit stores March24th on Funky Element Records with Steve Nice. Their track DAT ASS is already being played by many big artists in EDM.

Maxmillion Dunbar

Maxmillion Dunbar is one half of Beautiful Swimmers and the don behind the Future Times record label. A background wound around MC skills and a side hustle DJ'ing disco, Dunbar first tried his fingers at programming hip hop beats, eventually introducing his rogue breed of house music to the dance world.

Shawn Reynaldo

Growing up in Lansing, Michigan, Detroit’s blue-collar sister city and state capitol, it would have been hard for Contakt not to hear techno, electro, and ghettotech (which was then simply called "bass" or "booty music"). Infatuated by these local sounds and the emerging Midwest hip-hop scene while coming of age in the late '90s, Contakt suddenly found himself at the center of it all, DJing at illegal parties and launching Lansing’s first record store devoted solely to hip-hop, electronic music, and hardcore/punk. Still, the call of a bigger stage eventually brought him to New York, where he landed in the epicenter of the independent hip-hop movement and wound up running the world-famous Fat Beats label.

Despite this foray into hip-hop, Contakt never lost touch with his roots. As dubstep mutated into new forms and began to combine with various strains of house, techno, and garage across the pond, Contakt took notice and launched TURRBOTAX®, the first party in the United States devoted to "bass music" (or whatever one now chooses to call all the interesting stuff that was coming out at the time). Given its unique perspective, the monthly event quickly found success and carved out a unique niche in the landscape of NYC nightlife. As the years passed and the love for TURRBOTAX® grew, so did the demand for Contakt's DJ and production services, prompting well-received releases for Local Action, Grizzly, and Dutty Artz and eventual tours of the UK, Europe, and Australia.

Now that the calendar has flipped to 2013, Contakt is more focused than ever on his production career. Both practically and artistically, he continues to look to his Midwestern forefathers for inspiration, meaning that classic Detroit plays a major role in his musical vision. It's also prompted his to build out his studio; he frequently records to tape, and now produces using an array of hardware and analog synths. His efforts haven't gone unnoticed, which is why the fellows from San Francisco's ICEE HOT—a sort of sister party to TURRBOTAX®—immediately reached out after founding their record label last year.

"Nobody Else" / "Tessera 04" will be Contakt's first solo release in nearly two years, and it showcases an artist who truly appears to be coming into his own.

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