September 7 2011: DJ MKL (Deep Space, Lion 1 Music, Spiritual Life Music | NYC)
Born in Belize and raised in New York City during the birth of hip hop, MKL has a wide spectrum of influence embedded in his art. As a DJ who’s now known to regularly spin the legendary Francois K’s Deep Space party at Cielo, his desire to blend genres and flex his appreciation for music is focused around community – the end goal is to bring people together. Well, he’s bringing the vibes to Bembe for the Brooklyn Shakedown. And, you know what? The following is a bio truly worth reading…
MKL’s original material started with 3 Generations Walking, a production effort shared with Herman Pearl, a.k.a. Soy Sos. The pair’s debut, Moments of My Life, was released on Night Grooves, a label that has also put out records by Ron Trent, DJ Pierre and Osunlade. At the same time, the duo began releasing remixes and MKL’s first contribution to Wave Music – the celebrated label founded by the legendary Francois K – was remixing Calm’s “People From The Earth & The Sun” with Soy Sos, which was released on a single alongside a remix from Dixon. Shortly after that, the 3 Generations team worked with Femi Kuti’s “What Tomorrow Will Bring” and put the remix out with Spiritual Life Music, a label that combined world music and soulful house. Their biggest hit was 3 Generations Walking’s “Slavery Days.” It features Chilean vocalist Claudia Acuna and has been re-released on Lion1music and licensed to at least ten compilations. In 2008, MKL remixed John Legend’s “Green Light,” giving it a dubstep makeover for the single’s Sony/BMG release.
“Seven Times” – Lion1music’s first release in 2004 – was a 12” that blended future jazz and deep house and utilized the production chemistry that had developed between Michael Lopez and Herman Pearl. Still putting out records on a frequent basis, Lion1music has released new material from Chris Brann & Mia Tuttavilla, DJ Yellow & Astrid Suryanto, Zapology and Slam Mode in 2009. Additionally, MKL started the Tribe collection – a diverse collection of 3-track EPs that cross a variety of genres and feature artists that MKL stands behind as innovative and influential producers. “The goal is to bring different musical communities together under one banner and, in the process, increase the global awareness of Lion1music,” explains MKL. “We’re a progressive label for progressive music of all genres.”
Lopez is also a passionate photographer, and his work has been featured in Esquire, Fortune, Wired, Vibe, The Source, New York magazine and the New York Times. He has an eye for graphic design, and his visual inclination has led established fashion designers and choreographers to seek his talents. When asked how he balances out all of his artistic endeavors, MKL states, “I really just do what I enjoy doing.”
September 14 2011: DAN TRELOAR of The House Inspectors | Australia (Salted / Drop / Guesthouse / Inspected Music) & GIANGSTAR | Los Angeles (Star Sessions / Jel-O)
GiangStar (English pronunciation of Vietnamese origination: “Yang-Star”)
Widely known for her eclectic mix of funky house, GiangStar started building her solid foundation of music at the age of SIX, playing the piano, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, drums, and singing in the choir throughout her school years. Obviously, her talents have broadened by using her deep-seated musical roots to become one of the most sought after female house DJs in Southern California.
GiangStar loves to get the crowd dancing and has graced the stage of some of LA and Hollywood’s most popular nightclubs, including King King, Circus, Joseph’s Cafe, the Standard Hotel, Hollywood Canteen, El Cid, Hollywood & Highland, and GrandStar. In addition to holding her own residencies at Kettle n Keg (Fullerton), Proof Bar & Lounge (Santa Ana), and Mu Martini Bar (Redlands) from 2006-2008, her talents have also been showcased at numerous house parties, corporate events, radio, fashion and art shows, and retail clothing stores. GiangStar is currently a resident DJ at Disney California Adventure Park for the elecTRONica block party. With all of this, she’s rocked with house music’s best, including Colette, Joshua Heath, DJ Heather, Ken ECB, Johnny Fiasco, Pete Dafeet, Wally Callerio, Miles Maeda, Jason Hodges, Marques Wyatt, Honey Dijon, Justin Martin, JT Donaldson, Miles Maeda, and Doc Martin …literally, naming just a minute few of the many.
GiangStar also takes an active role behind-the-scenes, helping set up live broadcasts for House Music TV (InSoulWeTrust.com) from some hot events, including Balance @ King King, Deep, and Melodic. In April 2009, she won 2nd place in the International DJ Mix Competition on InSoulWeTrust.com. More recently, in September 2010, she launched her weekly radio show titled Star Sessions on InSoulWeTrust.com, which currently records the stations most active listeners every week.
With a love for house music that is none other than pure, Dan Treloar’s story as one of Australia’s most talented producer/DJ’s/remixers is growing at an exponential rate. Most know him as one half of The House Inspectors, but as a solo artist his productions are just as sharp and precise; throwing down anything from upfront house to deep, jackin, soulful, and even bar-groove-style jams.
As a producer, Dan’s distinct sound captures a unique vibe that is unforgettable to the listener. His music embraces the very essence of what house music represents. His productions continue to grow with a string of originals and remixes released on well-respected labels like Salted Music, Drop Music, Guesthouse, Flapjack, Mindtravel, Kinjo, and his very own imprint Inspected Music.
Not only is Dan a remarkable producer, he is also known for his high quality dj sets; taking danceﬂoors on a journey with serious booty shaking grooves. Recently, Dan is making his international debut; now NYC at the Brooklyn Shakedown and most recently with tours in Los Angeles and Miami for Winter Music Conference 2011. His gigs at WMC 2011 at The Whitelaw, Clevelander, D’Vine Lounge, and Adidas store, supported premiere global House artists including Random Soul, Jay-J, Soulmagic, Chuck Love, Stacy Kidd, Dave Allison, Jorge Watts, DJ Meme, and Sonny Fodera.
With repeated chart success, Dan remains dedicated to his individual and unique style of house music. 2011 is moving him far-forward.
With their combined passion and ﬂair for creativity, we’re truly excited to bump and grind with Dan “The House Inspector” Treloar and GiangStar on the Bembe dancefloor.
September 21 2011: MY COUSIN ROY | New York City (Wurst)
My Cousin Roy is that cool, distant relation from New York you’re always looking forward to seeing. Roy’s the life of the party, endlessly entertaining with seemingly boundless energy. Certainly not bad traits for any of the roles the man assumes, from the Wurst label boss to globe-trotting DJ to one-half of production outfit Beg to Differ.
Roy Dank to his parents, and now everyone’s “cousin”, he first made a name for himself in the early 2000s as part of the drum & bass act Mathematics. Following releases on Hospital and Renegade, gigs at famed New York clubs Twilo and Centrofly, as well as the genre’s global ground zero, Movement in London, Roy eventually grew tired of the limitations of d&b in favor of playing the records he had been collecting for years. In 2003, he partnered with disco hero Brennan Green for the Pop Your Funk monthly at APT, sharing the decks with the best of them, including a now-legendary closing night boasting Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas’ US debut in 2005. However, it was Roy’s foray into the edits world the following year which put the man on the global disco map.
Wurst Edits was originally conceived of as an outlet for Roy’s own edits of yesteryear’s clandestine disco, and much to his surprise, quickly found favor with a broad spectrum of discerning DJs, from techno legend Carl Craig to DFA’s Tim Sweeney. However, he couldn’t resist expanding the label’s ranks upon discovering Runaway’s initial edits, which found their way onto The Glimmers’ Eskimo V mix and Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas’ Essential Mix in 2007. But edits only seemed to be the beginning of the Wurst story.
2009 saw the re-launch of the label as The Wurst Music Co, with the focus shifting to original productions, and artist development. At the same time, Roy linked with longtime friend Nick Chacona to form Beg to Differ, which to date, has yielded remix work for Thisisnotanexit, and Moodmusic, Under the Shade, and Warp. Roy’s collaborative and solo remixes, edits and his label’s stellar output have lit up dancefloors the world over, with support from such dance music luminaries as Harvey, 2Many DJs, and Carl Craig, not to mention media coverage in The New York Times, Pitchfork, and Resident Advisor.
2011 has already proven to be a big year for My Cousin Roy, having toured nonstop with gigs at the best clubs in Europe, Australia and all over the US, a slew of coveted podcasts, and playing any chance he gets when back home in New York. And there seems to be no letting up, what with plenty more Beg to Differ remixes and original productions to come, and of course, the growing profile of his Wurst label. The Wurst has yet to come, indeed…
September 28 2011: NUTRITIOUS (Apt / SpinSpinNYC) & WISEACRE (Louie & Chan / Found Love / the Lift) | New York City & Los Angeles
DJ Wiseacre runs three very successful LA parties, Funky In The Middle, Custom Sundaze, and now, theLIFT. Just around the bend from Brooklyn, you may find him rockin along residencies at the Ace Hotel or Cielo and deep underground at the flavor filled Sweet N Low parties and his Found Love NYC. Wiseacre’s messed with some of the best: Gilles Peterson, Danny Krivit, Nickodemus, Louie Vega, Joe Clausell, Osunlade, Black Coffee, Mark Farina, Rich Medina, Spinna, dj Garth, Sabo, Vadim, Mark de Clive Lowe, and also Jeremy Sole.
While the Wiseacre’s living a bi-coastal existence between LA and NYC, his LIFT party thrives out West and his soon to be restaurant/club Louie and Chan is getting its legs in Lower East Side of New York City. Wiseacre’s a top dj…He selects super fine tunes from the most danceable of genres …from Brooklyn grooves to Balkan beats, South American samba to Sweden’s indie dance, he blends the house, the funk, the disco, the afro-latin, the broken-beat, and the dub …and he’s one of our faves.
High Times called Nutritious “A Musical Healer”, URB Magazine boasted he’s “holding it down in NYC proper”, and 1200 Dreams hailed him as “One of the most appetizing DJs on the scene”. His most recent exclusive Labor Day 2011 Decks By The Beach podcast Topless was considered “Inspiring” by famed artist management group Dope Den Productions, a heralded L.A. based institution that has rocketed the careers of DJs Mark Farina, Jay-J, Colette, Chuck Love, Gene Farris, Joshua Heath, and many others.
Globally, Nutritious is blazing paths with some of the World’s most famous musicians; being booked to perform WMC, Ultra, Jam Cruise, Cielo, and adding a truly pioneering stint in Latin America by bringing House music to Nicaragua, second only to USA’s Charles Feelgood and preceding the Netherland’s often #1 globally ranked dj, Tiesto.
His weekly radio show Gratitude broadcast Tuesdays on MyHouseYourHouse Radio garners support from music lovers around the world, while his NYC & Brooklyn Shakedown parties reach local and international acclaim, featuring guests stars the like of Pete Dafeet, Djoon Paris’ Reverend P, Philly’s Pete Moss, JT Donaldson, Shakedown founders Rob Paine & Willyum, Kinjo music’s Dave Allison, and Dubtribe Soundsystem’s own Sunshine Jones.
A man of many tastes and styles, one thing is certain, Nutritious’s sets are always inventive and full of flavor.
The Brooklyn Shakedown is Free, Weekly, Every Wednesday, at Bembe, Under the Williamsburg Bridge:
· Address: 81 South 6th Street Williamsburg Brooklyn (look for the blue light)
· Subway: J, M, Z at Marcy Ave / L to Bedford
· Date/Time: Wednesdays
· Price: Free
· Phone: 347-875-SPIN
· Web: wwww.spinspinnyc.com