Friday, January 29th • Bar opens 8PM, Club doors 10PM
John Tejada is an LA-based producer/DJ best known for his ubiquitous club hits "Sweat (On The Walls)" and "Mono On Mono," the latter coming on his own Palette Recordings. ATAXIA are a Detroit-bred duo who call Leftroom Records home, and posses a love of acid and an ear for the dancefloor. Flash resident Sarah Myers plays an extended set first, and Circoloco Ibiza resident Kevin Yost Music joins Philip Goyette in #FlashBar for his bi-monthly residency. Enjoy an extended Happy Hour from 8-11PM with $3 Domestics, $4 Imports, $5 Wines and $5 Rails.
With both his parents being professional classical musicians, it might not be a surprise that John Tejada has become known as one of the most prolific and consistent producers in today’s eletronic music landscape. Trained on drums and the piano from an early age, the LA-based synth mastermind has since amassed his own impressive skill set, embracing the music as a personal frontier, expanding on his resume as a techno recording artist as producer, remixer, DJ, and label owner. Known for crafting a brand of subtle, musical sonics, his recorded output ranges across tempo and genre lines, from chilled out affairs with spacious arrangements to pulsating, densely layered, deeply energetic tracks that work magnificently in the hands of DJs as well as on the home stereo.
Before hooking up with Kompakt, the much-acclaimed studio wizard had already made his own dent in the musical universe, thanks to a flurry of top-tier releases on labels such as Steve Bug’s Pokerflat Recordings, the legendary Plug Research imprint, 7th City, R&S and many more – but nothing prepared the world for those exquisite bangers „Sweat On The Walls“ and „Mono On Mono“, both released in 2004, with the latter being one of the most fervently beloved classics on John’s own label Palette Recordings. It’s here that John has continuously honed his skills, together with friends and long-time collaborators like Arian Leviste, Justin Maxwell or classical jazz guitarist Takeshi Nishimoto (as band project I’m Not A Gun).
Besides his work in the trenches of modules, patches and other things spelled synth, John has developed some serious DJ acumen over the years – travelling around the globe to light up renowned clubs and festivals such as Movement (the event formerly known as the Detroit Electronic Music Festival), Sonar Festival (both the Spain and Tokyo instalments), Dance Valley (Netherlands), Sync Festival (Greece), Mutek Mexico, Fabric (London), Yellow (Tokyo), Rex Club (Paris), The Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles) and many, many more. It’s somewhat admirable, then, that the man still finds time for his studio explorations – but the quality of the releases he has unleashed upon Kompakt alone (including brilliant full-length offerings and a couple of much-liked 12“es) bears witness to the musical genius that is John Tejada.
Ataxia, a loss of muscle coordination, especially in the extremities, is what to expect when exposed to the music of Ted Krisko and Eric Ricker, the pair who produce and DJ under the name. Having ended 2014 with a move from their hometown Detroit to New York’s Brooklyn borough, 2015 saw them kicking off an exciting new chapter in their sonic narrative.
Ataxia’s recent release “Visa V” was their debut on on German powerhouse label Connaisseur Recordings, and it was well received, reaching in the top 20 on Beatport in just days after it’s release. For upcoming work, in early 2016 the group will return with an EP for their family at Leftroom Records, where their international release career began. This will be a much anticipated follow up since their initial material on the UK based house and techno outlet, when label boss Matt Tolfrey signed the group in 2013.
The Detroit natives are long-time residents of Detroit’s TV Lounge, and are part of the iconic Paxahau resident DJ roster, the crew who produces Movement Electronic Music Festival. Now based in New York, the group maintains a regular gig schedule at Output with the Sundays in the Panther Room series. Rounding out their frequent presence in New York City, Ataxia presents a monthly mid-week party at TBA Brooklyn, aptly titled “Wednesday Night Machines”.
Regardless of where these time-traveling party-starters may reside, they embody and embrace the true essence of Detroit, from its rich music culture and community, to the deep voids of its decay. Now represented by Liaison Artists for bookings, catch Ataxia on the air, at a gig, or on interstellar speakers in space to see why URB Magazine described them as “leading yet another generation of electronic music innovators to come out of the Motor City.”
With close to 100 single releases, 8 albums and many mix cd's over the years. Kevin has maintained his reputation as an artist who has no desire to stop creating music and pushing forward. Long before electronic music became popular and the word DJ became a household name, Kevin’s focus was on making a quality product and telling a musical story during his performances.
As a DJ, Kevin is well known for playing an all-original music set. His outputs of unreleased tracks are close to 1500. In a month’s time, Kevin has been known to produce up to 30 tracks. So to say the music speaks through him is very much a true statement. For him DJing is a very personal thing he shares with the people that come hear him play. To play all his original music makes his show unique and his fans are able to hear his music, which may never be released.
Along with his personal approach to DJing, Kevin has put together a new live show called "Live & Improvised.” Kevin describes this as his studio on the stage and all the music is made up on the spot. Each gig is completely different where he tailors his music live to take the crowd on a journey. For Kevin the show is very special because, you are seeing new music being made right there in front of you that no ears have heard until that very moment. As personal and creative Kevin’s DJ sets can be, his "Live & Improvised" shows are a beauty to watch as the inspiration flows from his mind into the music and then into the hearts of the crowd.