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Tarantic Records

Spreading the love of San Francisco house music since 1998.

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Adnan Sherif
Adnan Sharif

Brazilian-born Palestinian Adnan Sharif's introduction to music began with the magical rhythm of Samba. In 1987 Adnan immigrated to the USA and found a new home in the city of San Francisco. He has been involved in the growth of the San Francisco underground dance music scene since 1992, and began playing records in 1995. Adnan currently plays mostly Electro and Tech-House, but has also been known to play deep house, tribal, progressive house, and breaks. He has played at internationally renowned parties in San Francisco and beyond.

Adnan's first production effort was a collaboration with Gavin Hardkiss, and their track "PacificoDelic" is featured on Hawke’s "Heatstroke" compilation on the Six Degrees label. In late 2000, Adnan began working

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Amit Shoham
Amit Shoham

Amit Shoham is one of the founders of Tarantic Records. He has been playing music since the age of six and is proficient on keyboards, guitar, bass and percussion. He has also had a life-long interest in music-related technology, and has dabbled in everything from designing studio components to creating computer programs that compose music.

Amit first took interest in electronic dance music in 1992 when he was introduced to San Francisco's rave scene. He began creating techno and house tracks and experimented with live, improvised ambient/downtempo sets. In 1995 Amit began collaborating with San Francisco house music pioneer DJ Blackstone. The duo's first effort, "The Flute Song" caught the attention of Dubtribe's Sunshine and

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Ben Tom
Ben Tom

While some artists find strength in the world around them, others source it from within. It’s that kind of internal poise that's led DJ and producer Ben Tom aka DJ Durben from the legendary days of Northern California's late 1990s underground rave scene to residencies and countless performances at San Francisco's hottest clubs to his current role with Temple SF, the innovative SoMA headquarters of Temple nightclub, the Temple Music Group and Prana Restaurant.

Born in San Francisco's Chinatown district, Ben approaches music much as he does life, with a humble determination to walk his own path and loyalty to those who matter most. Ask him about his musical inspirations, and he's more likely to rattle off the names of current co-collaborators than a list of icon DJs.

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BradElectro
BradElectro

While he never stole his older sister's records, young BradElectro did sneak into her room to find out what the big kid's Top 40 radio station was. This was a difficult task— what with all the yelling, kicking and punching. Undeterred, Brad limped back to his own room and accidentally tuned in Magic 108 FM— the legendary Black frequency of St. Louis. Playing perfectly on cue, Kool and the Gang's new hit record, "Get Down On It" bumped out of the box and time stood still. The mothership had landed and a young hyperactive boy was forever funkified for life.

Years later, fresh out of art school and living in Chicago, Brad eventually grew tired of the insular gallery scene, and wondered if he might be able to reach a wider audience through music. "If you show someone

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Disciples Of Johnny Mojo
Disciples Of Johnny Mojo

The mythical "Johnny Mojo" has two disciples: Curry Brooks (aka DJ Blackstone) and Amit Shoham. The two musicians first met in 1995 and have been producing dance music together ever since. As "Disciples of Johnny Mojo," Curry and Amit create dark, moody house tracks that vary from tribal beats to progressive and techno sounds.

As "DJ Blackstone," Curry Brooks has been spinning records at San Francisco's hottest dance clubs for over fifteen years. He was one of the pioneers of San Francisco's house music scene, and has been a resident DJ at numerous clubs including DNA, Universe, and currently Faith. His "Universe: In the Beginning" CD is internationally distributed. Blackstone and Amit launched House of Stone Records in November 1998, and

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Gabriel Black
Gabriel Black

A foundation of deep chunky, funky bass lines, covered in layers of silky organs, tribal drums, enticing horns, echoing vocals and atmospheric pads.

Gabriel Black has been producing for over 12 years, and djing for over 7. He has thrown numerous indoor and outdoor parties, and had his own radio show at Minnesota's 103.3 KUMD. Gabe has held residencies in 3 metro areas.

His music first found light when he co-founded Sierra Recordings in 2002 with JJVaas whom he met while living in Minnesota. Sierras first release was "Breathe" by Gabriel with remixes by label partner JJ and Jay

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Homero Espinosa & Allen Craig
Homero Espinosa & Allen Craig

Homero Espinosa began spinning records as DJ Huey in the Bay Area in the early 90's, quickly finding a niche in the underground rave scene. He easily rose to prominence as one of the few rave DJ's playing true underground house music in a scene overwhelmed by trance and European pop-dance music. Along the way, Homero forged a working relationship with fellow Bay Area DJ and producer Allen Craig, which resulted in Yerba Buena Discos, a DJ and music-production cooperative. Their first track, "Soul Power 03," featured on Tony Hewitt's Detour Recordings label, scored myriad playlistings and extensive European radio play. His releases on their Yerba Buena Discos label have become top sellers at Bay Area record stores and have become crowd favorites in San Francisco's deep house underground.

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Ivan-I & Jason Howell
Ivan-I & Jason Howell

Ever since Ivan (aka DuB TheorY) was buying his first mixed cassette tapes by Bay Area DJs like Doc Martin, Garth, Jeno, Tony and DJ Dan, it was apparent that the rhythms of San Franisco DJ's are what moved his blood. This love never faded as it became a forward movement with DJ'ing and producing a very narrow range of house influenced music including deep house, tribal, and dub reggae to create a more organic sound.

Ivan has been DJ'ing on a professional level in San Francisco since 1994 and began touring out of town a few years later with a booking in Seattle that began an infectious wave of gigs that landed him in major cities across the United States, Canada and Brazil.

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Luke Mandala
Luke Mandala

Luke Mandala's my main purpose in this portion of this lifetime is to intentionally awaken positive possibilities for our universe with mainly audio frequencies.

Luke founded the consistent full-scale intentional electronic gatherings aka AWL Gatherings (formerly FourC Gatherings) since Summer 2003. He has owned and operated a 20,000 Watt TurboSound system for intentional Northwest electronic events sense April 2006. Since 1998 he has mixed techno, funky house, tribal, spiritual, electro and psychedelic tracks for ecstatic dancefloors, including many origional tracks.

Generally, Luke spends his time doing what he feels most passionate about, doing his best to help create

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Nate Wollman
Nate Wollman

Nate Wollman, the son of a pianist and 80's pop producer became a fan of electronic music production and began his journey into making tracks at just 15 years old. Nate found much of his inspiration from a local radio station program called the "Modern Mix" which used to air on the popular California radio station, Live 105 FM during the late weekend hours back in the early 1990's. Without hesitation, Nate enthusiastically began purchasing equipment to make his own tracks, most notably on the cult classic, Atari 1040st Falcon and the Roland JS-30 sampling station. In those days his method of recording was often analog tape. During the 1990's his first hand encounters with rave culture led him to local parties such as Pacific Sound"s legendary Sunset gatherings on Sunday afternoons as well as countless nights with friends at loft parties around California and across the nation.

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Nathan
Nathan

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Naz
Naz

Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1973, Naz Vartanian has always had an intense love for music. He is an incredibly modest musician- even those that know him well do not realize his musical roots and formal background.

Naz is a classically trained concert pianist and has played since the age of 4. He continued his training at a prestigious fine artists magnet high school, and in 1991 was accepted to The Julliard School at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York. Although circumstances did not allow him to attend, Naz's love for music has always driven him to persevere. Naz is also an accomplished drummer, guitar and bass player. You can find him playing these and other instruments on his music releases.

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