Saturday, February 6th, 2010
[ K O N T R O L ]
minimal techno + avant house
every 1st Saturday at The Endup
featuring from Berlin:
::: DIXON :::
(Innervisions, Sonar Kollektiv, Get Physical, BBE)
We first encountered Innervisions label boss Dixon at
an after party for 2008's Decibel Festival, where his
highly stylized take on deep house music, coupled
with superior mixing skills and masterful programming,
turned us all into believers. Taking the history of
dance music and being able to turn it into something
uniquely his own is a rare trait indeed, and perhaps
one of the many reasons this dancefloor maestro was
voted Resident Advisor's #6 DJ in the world for 2009.
and from Detroit via Berlin:
::: SETH TROXLER :::
(Visionquest, Crosstown Rebels, Spectral Sound)
(Wagon Repair, Wolf + Lamb, Circus Company)
When we invited Seth Troxler to play for us back in
2008, he was a recent transplant to Berlin from Detroit,
and a spirited young DJ very much on the rise. In the
year and a half since, Seth's reputation for rocking
parties has absolutely blown up worldwide, with him
too securing a spot in RA's top DJs of 2009 at #8.
Drawing equally from Detroit's rich history and Berlin's
hedonistic party culture, Troxler's oft discussed sets
are enthusiastic, sexy, and most of all, serious fun.
ALLAND BYALLO (Nightlight . Liebe*Detail . Dirt Crew)
CRAIG KUNA (Mothership . Platform . ESDJCO)
SAMMY D (Classic . Dirtybird . Utensil . Magnificent 7)
NIKOLA BAYTALA (S.W.A.T. . Robsoul . Junior Boys Own)
401 6th St @ Harrison, SF
10pm - 6am / 21+ / $20
FREE before 11pm!
::: DIXON :::
THE DJ: When Dixon entered the Berlin club circuit in the early 90ís, he established his name on the strength of DJing. Back then, confidence or experience based on putting out mixes on the internet did not matter as much as it does now. You had to do your practice, of course, but when your thing was good and tight enough to take it to the clubs, there were opportunities to do so. But those opportunities meant responsibilities. A residency did not mean playing the same club every once in a while, it meant playing the same club every week. The crowd did not consist of people that wander in and out of club nights and its guest DJs as the weekly hype commanded them, it consisted of people which headed straight to a certain club night because they were sure its resident DJ would deliver the goods this week as he did last week, and the next weeks to come. As long as that happened, there was no need to move on. You made your decision to return out of good experience and you stuck to it as long as it lasted. In such a context, there is no way to learn quicker how to become a very good DJ than by making people dance throughout a set that lasts the whole night, on a very regular basis. If you canít hold the crowd for hours then, you fall through. It is learning by doing, the hard way. Dixon did not only learn very quickly, he loved every moment of it. Starting out low, slow, unfolding the flow, working towards a peak, then working towards another, turning up, turning down, to find the exact point from which to swing moods, to find the perfect way to end what should be a lasting experience. Once you passed your exams in the night club school of that era with distinction, you can rely on it forevermore, and Dixon surely did. His residencies then and now are obviously schooled on the stylistic and technical versatility and skills, attitude, stamina and experience based on countless nights honing ways to direct a loyal crowd on the dance floor at will. Hours spent to find and select the right music to achieve the levels of intensity necessary, hours spent to plan the imminent nightís structure and proceedings, and then hours spent putting it into action. Dixon was always more than happy to spend this much time on his nights, because he takes his profession seriously. It is exactly what matters most to him. He has always been and he always will be a DJ first. This is the mission he embarked on, no end in sight.
THE MIXES: Keeping all this in mind, it comes as no surprise that Dixon extended his merits beyond the club by a medium closely connected to the DJ craft. He compiled and mixed the Off Limits compilations, which became very popular and introduced his impeccable style of mixing to a public reception way beyond that of those who had already heard him play in a club context. Later he branched out to even more success by doing a highly influential mix compilation for the Get Physical labelís Body Language series, a mix CD that has inspired people all over the world. These releases were intended to show the sincere dedication Dixon has to his profession, and they evidentially do.
THE CLUBS: When DJ Dixon, as he then was known, entered the circuit in the early 90ís, the music dominating Berlinís clubland was relentless. Those were the days when the cityís well documented legacy as techno mainstay was formed. Maybe surprising to some, Dixon delved into breakbeats first, and made his first appearances playing at events organized by Atari Teenage Riot. And he was a teenager himself. And teenagers tend to discover what they really want very quickly. And what dixon discovered was house. He very much totally fell in love with it. What Dixon also discovered was that his concept of house did not necessarily match the concept of house other DJs had, and it certainly did not match the relentlessness mentioned above. Dixon is a soul boy at heart, but he does not like his soul screaming in your face. He likes his soul true and pure. It was the first and not the last time that Dixon felt he did not really belong to the proceedings. His style of playing was too deep and stripped for the ruling garage pomp of the gay house scene, yet not banging enough to meet the demands of the techno ravers. Nevertheless, Dixon decided to stick to his idea of house, also the first but not the last time. And he was around, developing his skills and style at club legends like E-Werk, Tresor, Turbine and WMFís seminal audio video disco nights. In 2005, Dixon founded Inner City, a monthly night at Berlinís seminal Weekend Club that served to give Dixon back the opportunity to play like he could when he started out playing. It was obvious to anybody attending that the club was more than liberating. Dixon used the possibilities of his newly found freedom to full effect, constructing marathon sets that soothed the crowds, and later whipped them into a frenzy until sunrise and further. Soon the other Innervisions DJs as well as illustrious guest DJs joined the party, and Inner City became a guiding light for all things house, as attending clubbers, DJs and producers spread the word far beyond Berlinís city limits.
Myspace (w/ music samples):
Juno Plus interview (w/ music):
Dixon - Live @ Trinity Nightclub, Seattle 2005:
Dixon - Live w/ Ame @ Awakenings Festival, Amsterdam 2009:
Dixon - Live @ Beyond Bookings Sunday loft party, Brooklyn 2009:
::: SETH TROXLER :::
Through a leaking bodily cavity resembling the pork found in Chinese restaurants, Satan shat out a crystal beaming with glowing red embers. This crystal matured into the fetus of Seth Troxler. Seth was placed on earth as a weeping fetus, the sound of inevitability. As he grew, his ancestral roots took on a magnetic channeling power, more than his feeble mind could ever consciously fathom. As a result, he became capable of creating some of the worldís finest and most intuitive dance cuts, including releases on Spectral, Items & Things (as Thrill Cosby), Circus Company, FXHE (Young Seth), Esperanza, Beretta Grey, Leftroom, and Dumb Unit.
Through a preternatural understanding of rave, Seth conjours up mixes like Botticelli conjoured his Venus. He has played many outstanding international gigs, notably Panorama Bar, Watergate, Robert Johnson, Harry Kline, Batofar, City Fox, The Rex and LAís Avalon, and NYCís Wolf + Lamb parties. He was also a key conceptual force behind Americaís ìTesh Clubî now, ìVissionquestî parties/production group with partners Ryan Crosson and Lee Curtiss.
His musical influences include the chirping of crickets, the whirring of space ships, and the sweet sounds of whistling voodoo magic. However, Seth draws the majority of his inspiration from Robert Downey Jr., and the idea of releasing the shackles that bind Downey so he can finally do heroin in peace.
On cold Detroit or Berlin evenings one can often witness Seth Troxler in his front yard, situated beside an overly-cumbersome boombox in a nylon tracksuit, jacking his body to old Dancemania cuts and cooking BBQ. To be involved in such a happening, or eat any of his cooking for that matter, is truly magic.
Seth Troxler's discography:
Seth Troxler on MySpace:
Teshno.com Interview, August 2009:
Live @ Busta Groove, Dice Club, Berlin 08.28.09:
Seth Troxler - Early morning @ Robert Johnson, Frankfurt 2009:
Seth Troxler - Live @ [KONTROL] SF 09.06.08:
Official Website: http://www.kontrolsf.com
Added by godivanikita on February 2, 2010