Pretty Pretty Good presents Deetron, Roy Davis Jr, DJ Qu, Objekt & Shanti Celeste
Pretty Pretty Good presents Deetron, Roy Davis Jr, DJ Qu, Objekt & Shanti Celeste
We're absolutely thrilled to be able to announce our biggest event to date and our debut event in the main Hope Works Warehouse! It's been many months in the making now and we're over the moon with the two room line-up we've put together for you. Switzerland's Deetron, Chicago's Roy Davis Jr. and New York's DJ QU will be providing a heavy-weight fusion of the best Disco, House and Techno all night long in the main warehouse. Meanwhile in Little Mesters, Berlin's Objekt and Bristol's Shanti Celeste will be bringing an array of forward-thinking and kaleidoscopic sounds alongsde our own mercurial resident Triple Point. Both rooms will be kitted out with full lighting rigs (expect all manor of lasers, strobes, moving heads, projections and smoke machines), plus we're bringing in two enormous sound systems. You'd be a fool to miss this one!
Saturday 1st October
Hope Works, Sheffield
00:00 - 07:00
Tickets: £13 / £15 / £18
Available through Resident Advisor.
Deetron [Music Man Records / Character / Circus Company] (3 Hour Set)
Roy Davis Jr. [Defected Records / Strictly Rhythm / XL Recordings]
DJ QU [Strength Music / Secretsundaze / No.19 Music]
Objekt [PAN / Tresor Records / Hessle Audio] (3 Hour Set)
Shanti Celeste [Future Times / Idle Hands / Brstl]
Triple Point [Pretty Pretty Good / Radar Radio]
Plus we're bringing the experts from DEM in to provide massive sound in both rooms, a full live lighting, strobe and laser show, and we'll have 7 hours of mind-bending live visuals from our resident VJ Zaron Mizmeras!
Deetron (Zurich, SUI)
[Music Man Records / Character / Circus Company / Aus Music / Green]
Over recent years, Sam Geiser has emerged as a rising star in the House and Techno world. His popularity as a producer has flourished in tandem with his ever-growing reputation as a dynamic three-deck DJ. As the latter discipline has propelled him across the globe for many years now, his studio work for a huge roster of the most highly respected record labels around has further cemented his position as a genuine superstar within the international scene. His list of musical achievements stretch back to the early nineties and on paper it makes for an incredibly impressive body of work. Deetron is a true DJ's DJ; a man who made his name the traditional way – by being one of the very best at what he does.
His productions fuse warm yet hard hitting House and Techno with the true soul of Detroit, and have seen him release on labels such as Music Man, Circus Company, Aus Music, Green, Intec, Ongaku and, since 2014, his own imprint Character. In 2016 you'll find him playing across every continent on the planet, week in and week out, as he has done for approaching two decades now. It's therefore an absolute pleasure to be able to bring Sam to Hope Works for a special 3 hour set. Oh... and over dinner the other day Call Super said that he's widely considered to be the best technical DJ around full stop. High praise indeed!
Boiler Room Basel 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK8UwSXkE6o
Rinse FM Podcast May 2016: https://soundcloud.com/rinsefm/deetron030516
Deetron - Photon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIMaQa40hzs
Roy Davis Jr (Chicago, USA)
[Defected Records / Strictly Rhythm / XL Recordings / FXHE / Large / Peacefrog / Mile End / Underground Therapy Muzik / Clone / Cajual / Roulé]
Roy Davis Jr is one of those rare DJs who is truly deserves the title of being a legend of his craft. Growing up in Chicago, Illinois, Davis was turned on to house music at a very early age by the likes of Lil' Louis, DJ Pierre, Farley Keith (Farley Jackmaster Funk) & Marshall Jefferson. Davis began his own production company named Phuture in the late 1980s and went on to become an A&R scout for record label Strictly Rhythm in NYC whilst also running his Chicago founded record label Undaground Therapy Muzik.
A few years later Roy Davis and singer-songwriter Peven Everett wrote and produced the single 'Gabriel' which was licensed and released on XL Recordings in 1996. The track garnered enormous international airplay, was played in nightclubs around the world, and even peaked at #22 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1997. The single eventually sold over 200,000 copies, has appeared on numerous of compilation albums (including Desert Island Mix from Gilles Peterson), and continues to be a game changing record in the history of Garage & House music. In 2004 Davis' track 'About Love' reached #70 in the UK Singles Chart, adding to the list of previous chart success with records such as 'Who Dares To Believe In Me' under alias The Believers and 'All I Do' released on Omar-S' artist-run label FXHE. Roy Davis Jr. has also been known for his work for Daft Punk's label Roulè which operated out of Paris in the early 90's and for his production work for artists including Eric Benet, Faith Evans, Mary J Blige, Seal, Patti LaBelle, Christina Milian and Morcheeba. His full discography beggars belief like few others.
In April 2016, Davis announced that he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and was cancelling some planned shows, but that he planned to return to performing live and producing music as his health would allow him. We're very pleased to say that he's now back performing a few special shows and that we are lucky enough to be one of them! Davis is a genuine pioneer within House and Disco and promises to get things vibing from the moment doors open.
Boiler Room Chicago 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INZkYvPIX6c
Boiler Room London 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TErwhiObVo
Roy Davis Jr - Gabriel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UvFoVj_aV0
DJ Qu (New York, USA)
[Strength Music / Secretsundaze / No. 19 Music / Social Experiment]
Part of the crew of younger, rawer house producers New York and its environs have been flaunting to the world of late, DJ Qu -born Ramon Quezada in New Jersey - has lately come into extremely high demand in Europe. He still lives in Jersey, though, and he's been playing out since the early '90s. Beginning in 1999 and for the next decade, he was a resident at the House Dance Conference club night, a globally famous house connoisseur's party that eventually attracted the notice of Jus-Ed, who runs the label Underground Quality. Six years ago, UQ put together a six-set CD-R of MP3 DJ mixes (by Jus-Ed, DJ Qu, Levon Vincent, Anton Zap, Fred P, and Nina Kraviz) that quickly became a totem for electronic-dance fans. Qu's set was the most traditionally "house" of the six, but moody and unpredictable, not to mention speedy. Qu's rep is as a dancer's DJ, and that's apparent on the mix as well as everytime he plays.
That's true as well of 'Gymnastics', Qu's 2011 debut album released on his own label Strength Music, which revealed new explorations into hypnotic and gritty deep house. In 2016 he has now followed this up with his second LP, 'Conjure', which is a blend of intricate of moods and ideas, loosely held together by the deep and atmospheric overtones that have long been central to Quezada's output. As relevant today as he was several years ago, Qu will be closing The Warhouse and promises to keep the Hope Works dancefloor popping off until sunrise!
Boiler Room Berlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQULEZYbVvc
Boiler Room NY: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxgI14ua-IY
DJ Qu - SS1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVXhOMTrfO0
Objekt (Berlin, DE)
[PAN / Tresor Records / Hessle Audio / Objekt / Leisure System / Power Vacuum / Bleep / Young Turks]
Born in Tokyo and raised in the UK, TJ Hertz a.k.a. Objekt first came to prominence in 2011 with the release of a dubstep-infused white label 12", 'Objekt #1'. Influenced by British Dubstep and the droning, looped Techno that was engulfing Berlin club culture at the time, Hertz opted for his own unique take. A second white label, 'Objekt #2', appeared a few months later, again crossing the boundaries between Techno and Dubstep, while also piquing interest from Hessle Audio, result in 2012's "Cactus/Porcupine" EP on the label.
Taking some time to focus and write new material, Hertz returned in 2013 with 'Objekt #3'. The title track, 'Agnes Demise', brought a fresh new twist on his sound, channeling Aphex Twin through moody Techno. The glitchy, broken sound of the single signaled a new direction for the producer, and releases on Power Vacuum and Bleep followed. In 2014 Hertz announced that he would release his debut album through Bill Kouligas' PAN label, a perfect fit for his ever expanding sound palette. 'Flatland' received widespread notable reviews for its genuinely forward-thinking take on Techno. In 2016, Objekt's inventive mix CD Kern, Vol. 3 appeared on the legendary German techno label Tresor.
Over the course of his productions to date, the Berlin-based artist has mapped out a sound that takes influence from IDM and electro, makes some reference to techno’s dynamism, but which also sounds extremely distinctive and hyperactive, laden with intricate twists, ticks and effects. At times it feels like Objekt’s music is almost too clever for its own good, but before that opinion is allowed to take hold, speaker-totalling bass and spiky rhythms kick in to render it null and void. He's playing for three hours for us in Little Mesters which even we have to admit is going to be slightly ridiculous!
Boiler Room Berlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Et5N_8Kr-EE
Boiler Room x Dekmantel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb_697GBaxE
Objekt - Balloons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrWfazmpwFI
Shanti Celeste (Bristol, UK)
[Future Times / Idle Hands / Brstl / Broadwalk / Secretsundaze / Apron Records]
Involved in a lot of things, Shanti Celeste (a.k.a. Shanti Maass) is a name that’s been rippling strongly out of the South West over the last couple of years. Her appearances on London based radio station NTS and on Hypercolour’s show on Rinse FM have revealed a house loving selector with a really unique style. Considering her involvement behind the tills at Idle Hands in Bristol and behind the books at her vowel-less label Brstl and Housework clubnight, it feels like she’s someone that people are only now just beginning to scratch the surface of.
She's a certified rising star in production too, with 2015 releases on extremely influential labels such as Secretsundaze, Apron Records and Future Times, as well as releases on the Idle Hands label and her own Brstl and Broadwalk Records imprints. With two Boiler Room debuts and a Mixmag Premiere under her belt as well, she's already come a very long way in just a couple of short years. Taking over the reins for Resident Advisor Podcast 431 and with both a Boiler Room and Solid Steel Radio show to her name, it is clear that Shanti is both a DJ and a producer who is catching the eye of a lot of people. She'll be playing alongside Objekt for us in Little Mesters and something tells us it's going to be pretty special.
Boiler Room Bristol 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgv4ktxwTHA
Dekmantel Mix: https://soundcloud.com/dkmntl/shanti-celeste-lente-kabinet-festival-28052016
Shanti Celeste - Nu4him: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZlS5HPSs_k
Triple Point (London, UK)
[Pretty Pretty Good / Radar Radio]
Pretty Pretty Good resident Triple Point has been making a name for himself since he started DJing here in Sheffield 5 years ago. He's played in cities up and down the country in support of artists such as Ben UFO, Call Super, Midland, Swindle and Mumdance to name just a few. He also recently landed himself a residency on Radar Radio and completed an internship at Phonica Records, which has been key in him developing both his depth of knowledge and his extensive record collection! Now living in London, and fresh from his debut appearance at Corsica Studios, he is honing his skills as a producer too - watch this space! He was unbelievable when he supported Midland back in April and smashed it again at Tramlines in support of Call Super, so it's a pleasure to bring Triple Point back to Sheffield alongside Objekt and Shanti Celeste in Little Mesters for this one!
Radar Radio Mix: https://soundcloud.com/triplepointmusic/radar-radio-its-been-a-while-w-triple-point-04716