DJ Sneak

DJ Sneak

One of House music’s true pioneers, DJ Sneak has the passion and drive to keep House music alive.

Self-proclaimed House Gangster, Sneak has helped shape the course of dance music since the early 90s; his early music influencing the likes of Daft Punk, Bassment Jaxx and Armand Van Helden.

His signature sounds – funky filtered disco-influenced house and tough, jacking beats – have revolutionized and redefined house music for well over 15 years.

Having begun his DJ’ing career in 1983, Sneak continues to be at the top of his game: non stop beat bumpin’ sets are a one of a kind experience in the electronic music circuit and a barrage of top quality releases over the last 20 years have culminated and just keep on coming.

It’s hard to keep up with this DJ/Producer but this website will certainly prove to help you stay Housed!

Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts

Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts

!!! me no dj !!!

Forever with his thumb cocked looking for the next creative thrill ride as the sun goes down, Guillaume Coutu-Dumont’s music lends itself to the indigo hue of dusk, imbued with the sultry allure of jazz, the unquestioned groove of house, and the propulsion of techno.

As a solo producer, Guillaume was already causing atmospheric disturbances ahead of his debut album “Face À L’Est”, which appeared on Musique Risquee in 2007. Before the inception of his one-man band, Guillaume was moving and shaking with other protagonists via the Egg project with Julien Roy, Chic Miniature with Ernesto Ferreyra and Luci with David Fafard. All these projects share their history with the lauded Mutek festival, which Guillaume has been closely involved with since 2002.

After forging friendships with the Oslo Records and Raum Musik crews, Guillaume made a logical pilgrimage to Berlin in 2007. There has always been an undeniable leaning towards the soulful and the spiritual in Guillaume’s work, and even a move to one of the techno centres of the world could not shake him from a musical path that favours the organic, fundamental roots of dance music.

As well as his German brethren, Guillaume has a strong tie to the melting pot of the French underground house scene, having released music for Karat and eventually striking up a close working relationship with Circus Company. Fellow mainstay of the Parisian label Dave Aju can be found contributing to Guillaume’s latest venture, Guillaume Coutu Dumont & The Side Effects.

Taking the shape of a band proper, Aju has been coaxed into developing his considerable vocal talents, backed up by Nicolas Boucher on keys, Sébastien Arcand Tourigny on sax and Alexis Messier on guitar. With shows already performed in Montreal, Mexico, Switzerland, Barcelona, Poland, Zürich and Berlin, the band are loosening the programmed boundaries of Guillaume’s productions and opening it up to the improvisational potential of the live dynamic.

Beyond his achievements in modern beats, Guillaume has a rich and varied history of music experience, from percussion for a funk band to studies in Latin and classical percussion, a university course in electro-acoustic composition to years spent working in a Montreal studio, not to mention [iks], a contemporary jazz formation which produced two albums and a tour around Senegal.

Following the whirlwind of energy that has whipped up around Guillaume since those formative years, it feels impossible to predict where his turbulent creativity will fling him next. While many artists prefer to adopt a streamlined trajectory through their musical journey, Guillaume’s way is that of the carnival; wild and unrestrained but full of a positive, soulful exuberance. Along the way other characters get drawn into the party, sometimes shaping the direction it will take, but it is Guillaume’s unfaltering vision for what he wants to create that propels the parade.

Guillaume’s initial musical forays were as a percussionist in a funk band, after which he studied latin and classical percussions in college before discovering electroacoustic composition, which he pursued further at university. It was during this period that he joined [iks], a contemporary jazz formation with whom he recorded two albums and toured for several months in Senegal. Upon his return to Montreal, Guillaume decided to focus his efforts on composition.

Influenced as much by concrete music as by techno, which he discovered one night in the midst of a lightning storm, Guillaume founded Egg (Mutek_rec, Karat, Floppy Funk), Luci (Mutek_rec, Morris Audio), Chic Miniature (Raummusik, Musique Risquée), Flabbergast (Mutek_rec), as well as the artistic collective Racam. He has toured with one or another of these projects in north/south America, Europe and Asia. Since january 2007, Guillaume has reached European soil. Like many other, he chose Berlin as his new homebase. Traveling all around the block, he is always looking to get the dance floors grinning with guilty pleasure. SHAKE THAT ASS!

Nathan Barato

Nathan Barato

Few DJ’s can own more than one genre, but this is one skill that sets Nathan Barato apart from many artists. Nathan’s versatility allows him to break boundaries and win over fans of many different sounds. For the past 15 years, Nathan has been a favourite in the Toronto scene, and began his career rolling with legends like Peter and Tyrone. In the early years, Nathan’s innate ability to win the crowd over with his groove scored him gigs at legendary Toronto nightclubs such as Industry, Mad Bar and System Soundbar.

His talent and dedication eventually progressed him into residencies at The Guvernment and Footwork, as well as his own night, “Weird Science” at the long-standing and legendary Comfort Zone. Throughout his career, Nathan has played in cities throughout North America and Europe, but considers Toronto his home base. Nathan has been working hard in the studio and has completed many recent productions as well as upcoming releases on labels such as Rekids, Defected, Culprit, D-Floor, Blackflag, MOOD, King Street, Bitten and his own Roots And Wings Music.

Musically, Nathan’s range dabbles in many genres within the 4/4 spectrum going back to his influences of 90’s garage, and ranging to many spans of current club music.

Radio Slave’s widely respected Rekids imprint signed “Back Up Queen” which received huge support from the likes of Danny Tenaglia, Satoshi Tomeii, Ryan Crosson, Droog, Matt Tolfrey, Tensnake, Nicolas Matar, Guti, Kerri Chandler, Leon, D’Julz, Solomun and many other. The track also made the top 20 in Beatport and held strong for nearly 7 weeks.
Audio Fly playing “Back Up Queen” at Amnesia Ibiza 2012
Review of the “Back Up Queen” EP

Defected Records picked up Nathan’s big room dance hall influenced, ‘Hard Werq’ which went on to also crack the top 20 in Beatport and is still holding chart to this day. “Hard Werq” has also been slotted as 20th on the most charted in Resident Advisor for October 2012.
Marco Carola playing “Hard Werq” at Time Warp Italy 2012
Loco Dice playing ‘Hard Werq’ at Amnesia Ibiza 2012

Nathan has recently released a new EP on 2000 And One’s, Bangbang! Records which has received promo support from the likes of Stacey Pullen, Nicole Moudaber, Loco Dice, Russ Yallop, Carlo Lio, Leon, Nice 7, D’Julz, Chus & Ceballos and others.

Up next, Nathan has EP’s coming out in the next few months on many labels including Stacey Pullen’s Blackflag Recordings, Nicole Moudaber’s MOOD Recordings, L.A. based Culprit imprint owned and run by Droog, and D-Floor, a new label owned by Leon, Pirupa & Nice 7. His upcoming singles will include a second release on Rekids, as well as one for the legendary NYC based King Street Sounds. Remixes in the coming months will include Nice 7’s popular “Bassline Soldiers” on Defected Records.

With a heart for the music and a mind for business, Nathan has been able to successfully launch and operate two labels. In 2004 Nathan founded RAWthentic Music with his brother Jason. He managed and operated the label for three years before selling it to close friend and music partner Carlo Lio. In 2009 Nathan launched Roots and Wings Music which features awesome, reputable and upcoming artists such as Bubba, The Junkies, Philip Arruda, Huxley, Leon, Matt Tolfrey & Inxec, Matt Star, Hector, James Teej, Tausend and Nathan himself.

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