- Adnan Sharif /
- Amit Shoham /
- Ben Tom /
- BradElectro /
- Disciples Of Johnny Mojo /
- Gabriel Black /
- Homero Espinosa & Allen Craig /
- Ivan-I & Jason Howell /
- Luke Mandala /
- Nate Wollman /
- Nathan /
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 in the studio with Tarantic Records founder Amit Shoham, and in May 2001 Tarantic Records released Adnan and Amit's first co-production effort, "Visualize." Adnan and Amit continued to work together ever since, and have released tracks on Primal Records PR2 offshoot and on Tarantic Records. Adnan soon began producing music on his own and collaborating with numerous artists and labels.
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 Moonbeam Jones. Dubtribe remixed the track impeccably, and released the remix on the Imperial Dub label. Blackstone and Amit launched House of Stone Records in November 1998, and released, "Johnny Mojo's Theme," their first release under the Disciples of Johnny Mojo moniker. In 1999 they renamed the label Tarantic Records and have continued producing and releasing house music since.
As Amit's passion for house music grew, so did his collection of vinyl. He began learning how to beat match and mix records. At first his sole intention was to improve his production skills by gaining a DJ’s perspective on his material. But Amit was soon hooked and quickly became determined to show off his skills behind the decks. Amit's DJ and production skills progressed quickly and he continued honing his sound and venturing into new territory, from soulful and sexy deep house to acid house and electro. DJ Blackstone's involvement in Tarantic Records gradually diminished and Amit eventually took over the label's entire operation. Amit continues to DJ, produce and remix house music, runs the Tarantic Records label and collaborates with DJ's and labels around the globe.
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. Behind the decks, Ben moves seamlessly from soulful house to electro techno, weaving pop and hip-hop vocals over dance-inducing tracks that keep the crowd on the floor while fluidly crossing genres and flirting with unexpected sound combinations. On stage, his expert focus and ability to select just what the audience needs just when they need it are hallmarks of his performances.
In the studio, Ben lets his instincts take over and trusts sound to be the guide. Whether he’s crafting vocal-driven tracks like the forthcoming Mixed Up, which features Temple Music Group's Isabel Lozano, working his magic on upcoming collaborations with the likes of New York's DJ Mr. V or stirring up radio-ready remixes with co-conspirator Jaswho? under the moniker Black Wangz, Ben uses his keen sound sensibilities and appreciation for music across genres to deliver releases with wide-reaching appeal.
During his career, Ben has had the privilege of working with a host of influential production crews, DJs, producers and artists. After holding down residencies with rave world pioneers Feelgood Entertainment and Coolworld Entertainment, Ben continued his career with a series of residencies and bookings at high-profile Bay Area clubs amd parties, including Peach, Temple, Remedy, Texture, Ruby Skye, Sound Factory, and Life. It was at the Glas Kat in 2000 that Ben first met Paul Hemming, the DJ and entrepreneur behind the Zen Compound and Temple Music Group. The two remain friends to this day, with Ben currently managing operations and music bookings at Temple nightclub.
Producing under his real name since 2003, Ben has released tracks with some of the top labels and producers in the electronic music industry, including Ron Carroll, Mr V, JasWho, Amit Shoham, Nacho Vega, Andre Harris, Lt. Brown and David Harness. In 2008 look for his upcoming releases on Peach Music, Body Music Chicago, Temple Music Group, Soul Selection Music, Yerba Bueno Discos, Innate Soul, Electric Zen, Soulmine Records and Tarantic Records.
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 your new sculpture, half the time they don't even know what to say," Brad explains. "But play them a piece of music and they'll either love it or hate it- at least they'll be able to express an opinion." Brad never received any sort of formal musical training but he had an extensive record collection, a souped-up PC and a brand new copy of the music sequencing software ReBirth. It was time to get down on it indeed.
BradElectro has been performing live electronic music in clubs, undergrounds, renegades and churches for more than 7 years. His current residencies include Los Deepness at the Oasis in Oakland, and Sync at Temple Nightclub in San Francisco. Originally beginning with the classic MMT-8 hardware sequencer, Brad switched to the Roland MC-909 and now currently rocks Abelton Live alongside an arsenal of outboard effects and trusty Mackie mixer. Gear doesn't make the groove but it helps, and BradElectro is definitely not just a laptop jockey. Musically, his love for vocals and melody is obvious in his songs, but like many of his Chicago heroes, the man can get tracky as well.
While BradElectro's live PA sets him apart, he's also a DJ, producer, remixer and collaborates on such projects as Turn Out The Lights, Hi-Powah and Duo Electro. His spacey disco pop sound has been released on Tarantic Records, Soulmine Records and Electric Zen. Adding to the list of releases is his forthcoming full-length album, "Pinstripe Late Nite," available October 31, 2008 on Tarantic Records.
Record releases, remix credits and good gigs are great but they're not necessarily at the heart of Brad’s motivation: "Music is a cornerstone of my life— it's as important to me as my health, my partner, and my faith. Music is what puts the Electro in Brad!"
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 released, "Johnny Mojo's Theme," their first release under the Disciples of Johnny Mojo moniker. In 1999 they renamed the label Tarantic Records and have continued producing and releasing house music since. Amit Shoham has been playing music since the age of six and is proficient on keyboards, guitar, and bass. He has also had a life-long interest in music-related technology, and has dabbled in everything from engineering recording sessions to designing studio components to creating computer programs that compose music. Amit first took interest in electronic dance music in 1992 when he was first introduced to San Francisco's rave scene.
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 Tripwire. The record did well in the UK, Gabeís track got play on John Digweed's kiss100 radio show and praise from DJ's all around the world.
That was all well and good, but Gabriel decided that to eclipse the next level, his music would have to be released on a label besides his own. So he put his head down and started perfecting his craft even further. It would be 4 years later in 2006 that he would be discovered by Dj Nathan in San Francisco and the Generator EP on Care Recortdings was born. He must have done something right, because soon after that he got hit up for tracks by Michael Donaldsonís (Qburns abstract message) label Eight Tracks as well Audio Mosaic and Tarantic. Itís safe to say that things are looking promising for Mr. Black!
As a DJ, Gabriel has played in venues from Hawaii to Florida including the Winter Music Conference, and has found himself gracing the decks beside some of his major house music influences; such as Mazi, Joshua (Iz), Jay Tripwire, Asad Rizvi, Hipp-E, Rick Preston and Marquez Wyatt. His driving force is the stimulation of emotion thru sound; the voyage, the journey, losing yourself on the dancefloor... and his music speaks for itself. Not sounding like anybody you've ever heard before, Gabe enjoys staying unpredictable by crossing sub-genre lines while staying fluid with seamless mixing and impeccable track selection.
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.
Over the years, Homero's records have continued to make waves in the house underground. Along with Yerba Buena Discos labelmate Cubase Dan, he released a chugger with "Marissa’s ABC's," followed by the even more slamming "This Or Jack" and his first solo effort, "Can You Feel Me," which was licensed for release on Mark Farina's Ministry Of Sound mix CD. Homero is also making a name for himself as a remixer du jour, remixing tracks for Yerba Buena Discos (of course), as well as Tango Recordings and Ringside to name a few.
Along with Cubase Dan, he maintains a studio in San Francisco’s legendary Moulton Media Facility, where he has honed his engineering and production skills and further developed his own distinct sound, a deeper, more late-night groove than his labelmates. His DJ schedule remains hectic, taking him from the Bay Area to places as far as New York, Paris, and Spain.
Allen Craig’s DJ career began in 1991, when he began spinning a mix of techno and disco at house parties around the UC Berkeley campus. These sounds became his primary influences as he ventured into the 90’s rave scene. Influenced by world-class DJ’s from Little Louie Vega to Pierre, Allen found a unique sound fusing tribal beats and disco jazz with whatever the prevailing sound was at the time, all mixed in a high-octane style with almost endless layering of beats and noises and acappellas.
Given a long history of writing music, beginning with a 1986 piece performed by his high school's jazz band, it was only natural that Allen move into production. After meeting Homero Espinosa (known at the time as DJ Huey) in the late 1999, Allen was encouraged to begin producing music in earnest. 2002 saw the release of their first track, "Soul Power 03" on Detour Recordings. Yerba Buena Discos was founded shortly thereafter, leading to the release of the Monsieur 12", a Bay Area underground club staple.
Many records later and with a series of underground chuggers under his belt, Allen continues with his production. In addition to Yerba Buena Discos' Homero Espinosa, Allen has also worked with labelmates Erik Brown aka South Hampton and Cubase Dan.
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.
Ivan is also the cofounder of Jah Love Recordings and produces many of the projects released on the label. His productions gave him a name to the rest of the world and upgraded his status to DJ/Producer in 2000. Ivan helped to pioneer the Dub House style of production as the sound started to catch on as many well-respected producers followed in his footsteps.
Recently continuing to innovate, Ivan has partnered up with Jason Howell (aka Raygun) who's own deep sensibilities are marked by tech-fused house beats and layers of atmospheric keys. Jason holds a degree in Audio Production, and has multiple releases on Night Drive Music and Zer0-G Sounds. With this background, Jason helps to bring a unique edge to the dub house genre.
Together, Ivan and Jason produce quality tracks that push the distinct elements of dub into house music. These two determined Bay Area Dub House producers have created a unique sound with a deep soulful vibe and a preference for heavy sub-basslines, deep keyboards and chunky rhythms, all while going so dub that only a dread can test it!
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 ecstatic dance floors that reflect as much love and genuine joy as possible. Luke Mandala is working very hard to assist in the conciousness shift in a sustainable manner in regards to planet Earth and beyond.
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.
In 1999, after years of studio experience, Nate released his first pressing called "Hone In On The Hoon" in limited numbers to Bay Area vendors and performed live PA sets at massive parties and loft raves. Soon after he finally came to the conclusion that starting his very own digital label and production house, Post War Records, would give him the chance to promote and sell tracks to a wide international audience of DJs. Nate's releases have been signed to such Labels as Tarantic Records, Greenhouse Recordings, and Allhousemusic Recordings Independent distribution of Nate Wollman's tracks are also sold to download sites with continued success. He is currently working on film soundtracks and ringtones as well.
From thought provoking and sometimes melancholic house music, to gritty dance tracks, this artist has found a style that melds many genres into an original sound, landing his tracks in the deep house category, often with a peak-hour attitude. Many of Nate's tracks are perfect for playing at 3am when the main room is full and the sound system is turned all the way up, while others are made for listening in more intimate surroundings. Nate Wollman creates well thought out dance tracks for the international community with a touch of class and a pop sensibility that makes them interesting and addictive.
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.
As a house music producer since 1991, Naz has been perfecting his unique blend of deep, funky house. Recently, he has released music on labels such as MDEX and Funky Dope Recordings. Be on the lookout for Naz's latest project, K-Soze recordings. In addition, Naz has teamed up with San Francisco's legendary synth-artist/producer SEN-SEI to form the production team, "The Larrys." Expect great things from this new dynamic duo.
In early 2001, Naz approached throwdown.com founder, Mr. Jeff Barrows aka DJ Splice, with the committed belief to make Throwdown.com the premier music streaming website specializing in the promotions of artists, musicians, and DJs. It's a digital extension offering a window to a worldwide audience.
In July of 2002, DJ Naz partnered up with Leonard O'Campo and opened IN-HOUSE Records located in San Francisco. Throwdown.com and IN-HOUSE Records joined forces, becoming a complete online record store. When DJs from all over the world visit San Francisco, a visit to IN-HOUSE is a mandatory stop.