Futra Launch Party Feat DVS1, SAMO SOUND BOY, EEZIR, KNYPHY + VJ Fader + Artist Showcase
THE FUTRA LAUNCH PARTY FEATURING …
DVS1 (house, acid, classics set)
(Hush, Klockworks, Transmat) MPLS/Berlin
Zak aka DVS1 (devious one), is one of the most prominent figures in the Midwest/US dance music landscape today. A local DJ favorite since the mid nineties, DVS1 continues to move floors with a combination of deep musical knowledge, unparalleled enthusiasm, and a vinyl collection of more than 10,000 records. Zak’s deep roots and his bold and uncompromising nature have won him great respect as a passionate and outspoken defender and promoter (HUSH) of quality music.
Zak began DJing in New York in the early nineties, focusing on the acid sounds of that time. After relocating to Minneapolis in the mid 90’s, his style evolved, into something more complex, deeper and more rhythmic. Since then, he has branched out into a wide variety of sounds from hard and fast, to deep and hypnotic, to slow and soulful. Rather than giving limiting names to the genres he plays, he describes the music as beats, rhythms, textures, and colors. His philosophy is that the genre distinctions themselves aren’t important the emotional content of the music is. This focus is readily apparent in the way he moves crowds both literally and figuratively by fusing together sounds that paint coherent, evocative, and powerful moods that are always appropriate for the time and place he is playing.
DVS1 RESIDENT ADVISOR
SAMO SOUND BOY
(Trouble & Bass) LA
Samo Sound Boy is a Los Angeles based producer and DJ whose powerful live sets, and original productions have brought him to the forefront of today’s global club scene. His introduction as an artist came in 2005 when Samo spent a year living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There he learned to DJ from experimental cumbia producers at the now infamous Fugees 99, a Nigerian-owned dancehall in the city’s south end. Compounding those influences with a love of crunk and ghetto house, Samo emerged to create a uniquely rugged but soulful sound of his own. With his second EP released through Palms Out Sounds, another for Trouble and Bass, and forthcoming remixes for the likes of Tim Dolla, Bassanova, and NGUZUNGUZU, Samo is only getting started spreading his club aesthetic that Chicago journalist Dave Quam described as: “Weird, banging, and beautiful. Like a shortwave radio recording of all the best stations at once.”
SAMO SOUND BOY FACEBOOK
(Futra, Friendly Integration) LA
Originally from Milwaukee, Eric Hanson cut his teeth in the legendary 90′s Midwest electronic music scene. After moving to LA in 1999, Eric has performed for Friendly Integration, SMOG, and Droid Behavior under the EEZIR alias. Technology has moved him from the 1200′s to the hands-on creativity that midi controllers, hardware FX, and software allow. The variety of influence that EEZIR draws from gives him the ability to push the realms of bass music.
(Futra, SMOG) LA
A North Carolina native who now calls Los Angeles home, Knyphy has been flexing a broad variety of sounds as a DJ since 1997. An original member of the SMOG crew, he has played from coast to coast in clubs and hosts internet radio shows. His style pushes the boundaries of underground house, dubstep, grime, garage, and anything else that fits the moment.
(LA Bass Society) LA
James Cui (Fader) is an international visual artist with a focus on live video performance and generative visual art. As a trained illustrator and self taught programmer, he designs and codes VJ software through Processing and Max/Jitter, as well as develops hardware solutions using touchscreen and Kinect technology. Since 2002, he has VJed at hundreds of clubs, events, and participated in festivals around the world including Coachella, Burningman, and Mapping (Geneva). His work also includes music video, art installation, stage design, video mapping, facade visual, and theater. He’s serving as a co-organizer for the (Los Angeles Video Artists) group.
*ARTIST & DESIGNER SHOWCASE 8-10PM FEATURING*
Kittinhawk, a Los Angeles based couture micro label, is comprised of one-of-a-kind vintage reconstructed jewelry and accessories. Founded in San Francisco in 2007 by designer Allysun Maria Dutra, this “slow fashion” label features sort of apocalyptic glamour that transforms mere mortals into gothic goddesses. From the drapey, strong black dresses to the ethereal headpieces clad in feathers and layered chains to the crystal-embossed body harnesses and rings- Kittinhawk delivers and indelible, awe-inspiring and inspired and inspired look for whomever graces it.
VANESSA SALAZAR YOUTUBE
Arizona native, Vanessa Salazar, began her fashion career making couture garments for her Barbies from Mom’s old pantyhose. Her desire to create continued, (taking on many forms) until her original calling manifested into a BFA in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art, San Francisco. She was fortunate to be able to refine her craft and work ethic under the amazingly skilled duo of gr.dano, Jill Giordano and Brian Scheyer. Vanessa is the former Assistant Designer for Emily Factor and Co-Founder of the jewelry line, Hija Por Vida. Currently located in Los Angeles, Vanessa is developing her women’s wear collection, Of All Things, for Fall 2012. The release of the collection will accompany the launch of the boutique, Foundry, of which she is part owner
Shelly Erion is a self taught designer that creates unique accessories and women’s apparel. Her designs feature vibrant colors as well as exuberant prints. She gets her inspirations from the vintage era. the originality of her designs make her casual chic looks for women irresistible.
Dominika Zagozda is a LA based jewelry designer whose label, CourageinViolet, seeks to mix bold, unique designs, with soft, elegant elements. Dominika grew up in Toronto, Canada, where she always had an affinity for fashion and creativity. Her personal style is defined as unique, fun and confident. On her latest jewelry collection, she notes: “I love playing with asymmetry, whether that means wearing a hoop in one ear and a long feather earring in the other, or pairing 2 or 3 chain earrings all on one side – It’s all about mixing and matching to find one’s own style. I want to encourage people to have the confidence to wear something bold, something different.”
“Nasquatch feather accessories are unique and rarely-sighted, made
from feather combinations mother nature wished she had thought of
first! These one of a kind pieces are all hand made originals, for the
kind of girl who flocks together with a different kind of feather.
The artist is some random geologist who discovered one day that rocks weren’t her only friends. See for yourself. Take a photo. Post it on the internet. See if people can believe it.”
HAUNTED EUTH WEBSITE
Haunted Euth graduated from Otis College with a B.F.A in Painting and Illustration and is a Los Angeles resident. Euth’s new work is entirely autobiographical, calling upon,navigating and negotiating the complex relationships and experiences he struggled to balance in the last year. Themes of addiction, love, struggle, fear and anxiety are paramount in the work which he produced for this show. This new body of illustrations is a open acknowledgment to the past and signifies a new, positive outlook on the future.
Being a self taught artist has allowed Max to develop a style that is distinctly recognizable as his own. Riding the line between mayhem and control, he paints images that are both chaotic and contained, each canvas an arena where chance and skill come together to create a colorful fusion of iconic imagery. Utilizing his distinctive gonzo style, he explores subjects such as the dark side of humanity, the beauty in nature, the fading line between man and machine, and brutal truths we often avoid, all while matching his subjects with the expressive vitality they deserve.
Jason Snell is a multimedia artist and electronic musician who has continuously worked to fuse art, motion and sound. He has shown in galleries in NYC and in the Midwest, and has published work about his innovations in printmaking. In 2009, he began the “White Series”, having sold and commissioned pieces to private collectors, businesses, and studios. Snell also has written award-winning film scores, has his techno music on over 50 vinyl and CD releases, and runs an interactive company with clients including HBO, AOL, and MTV.
As an artist Matthew draws much of his inspiration from previous eras of art and design. With surrealist influences, he uses the mediums of photography, painting, screen-printing, and sculpture to reconcile classical art and the modern world of the internet, technology, and industry.
ANDREW HUANG WEBSITE
Andrew Huang is a commercial and music video director living in Los Angeles. His career started when his dark sci-fi short film “Doll Face” went viral on YouTube, earning him attention from J.J. Abrams, William Morris Endeavor and numerous international festivals and galleries. His work has been featured at Cannes, SIGGRAPH’s Electronic Theater, the Annecy International Film Festival, MOCA Taipei, ZKM Media Museum, as well as various publications including Motionographer, DAZED & CONFUSED, and Creativity Magazine’s “Directors to Watch.”
Dim Mak Studios
1643 Cosmos St
Hollywood, CA 90028
8pm – 3am // 21+ // FUNKTION 1 SOUND
FREE w/RSVP before 10pm //$10 w/RSVP after 10pm//$15 w/o RSVP
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