Friday, June 12th • Bar opens 8PM, Club doors 10PM
Legendary UK gathering, secretsundaze is strictly for the freaks. Giles Smith and James Priestley land in Washington, DC armed to the gills with secretweaponz. More Music's Brian Monaco sets the stage, with DC House Grooves' Body Werk in Flash Bar, featuring founder Andy Grant and Mazi R.
All proceeds from this event will be going directly to a member of the DC dance community: a young lady who is currently battling cancer and needs our help. Let's show cancer how we do things in the District. Additionally, you may donate to our friend (who wishes to remain anonymous) HERE.
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Giles Smith (Two Armadillos, secretsundaze | UK)
James Priestley (Simple, secretsundaze | UK)
Brian Monaco (More Music | DC)
FlashBar: Body Werk
Andy Grant (DC House Grooves)
On a personal level, Smith has played everywhere you’d expect of a modern great – from Panorama Bar to Robert Johnson, Fabric to Plastic People, Trouw to Cielo, The Rex to Club 11 as well as at many of the parties which most influenced him in the early days including Back to Basics and Faith. “At the beginning it was the sounds of Blaze, Larry Heard, Ron and Chez who were – and remain - some of my biggest influences alongside UK mid 90s house labels such as Junior Boys Own and Paper but I’m also drawn to the more modern European sounds from Germany, Holland and of course will always pay close attention to Detroit and Chicago which still to this day provide me with some of the most authentic and inspiring music."
With house and techno running through his veins, it’s no surprise Smith was eventually lured into the studio to craft his own sounds. The results nearly always in collaboration with the late great Martin Dawson as Two Armadillos, have been some of the most immediately timeless house music of recent years, deep but with feeling, purposeful yet poised. “My aims with music are really just to make something that will not age” muses Giles. “So much dance music sounds contrived following a fad or fashion and this is something that I avoid at all cost. I also have a strong belief in keeping the human touch, not overproducing music and keeping a live, more natural and raw sound.”
James has a distinct DJing style, playing broadly what you would describe as deep House & Techno, often borrowing from his freestyle background, preferring to move things around rather than follow one linear groove. You will also notice James' solid musical background in his sets and productions usually favouring strong melodies and warm, organic sounds. His style hasn't gone unnoticed and he regularly plays some of the best clubs and parties around the world, highlights including Cocoon (London), Circo Loco (London), We Love Sundays (Space, Ibiza), Nitsa & City Hall (Barcelona), Showcase (Paris), and in UK Fabric, The End, Bugged Out!, Electric Chair, Basics, Asylum, Boutique, Superfreq, Faith, and Global Gathering.