Public Works & Forward Present
JOHN TEJADA (Kompakt),
PEZZNER Live (Freerange / Om
ADNAN SHARIF (Forward)
Public Works and Forward are proud to present this solid night of house, tech-house and techno with this all star lineup in the main room.
Early Drink Specials
Funktion One Sound
$10-$15 at the door.
John Tejada Bio Here:
Normally associated with his peers in techno from Detroit, Europe and elsewhere, John Tejada has embraced electronic 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 techno, 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.
John began traveling internationally in ‘97 to showcase his DJ skills around the globe, traveling to more than 25 countries and playing various clubs and festivals around the world. Festivals included Movement (formerly The Detroit Electronic Music Festival), Sonar Festival (in Spain and Tokyo), Dance Valley (Netherlands), Sync Festival (Greece), Mutek Mexico, as well as internationally known spaces such as Fabric (London), Yellow (Tokyo), Rex Club (Paris), The Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles) and many more.
In 1999, John met classical jazz guitarist Takeshi Nishimoto, which was the beginning of another musical frontier. The two had a similar meeting as John and Arian had years before and began talking about making music. The project I’m Not A Gun was born and signed soon after to Berlin-based City Centre Offices. This project would bring back John’s own training as a drummer while also trying his hand at the guitar. The project became a mix of John’s own electronic productions along with Takeshi’s professional guitar playing and John’s drumming. The project has enjoyed great reviews and success the world over and the duo has performed live in LA, Japan and Germany.
In the summer of 2004, John would - in one week - create the two songs that would catapult his techno career. The classic “Sweat On The Walls,” and “Mono On Mono” were released almost at the same time on two different labels. “Sweat” was released on Pokerflat and “Mono On Mono” on Palette. Together the two records sold over 23,000 copies on vinyl. This lead to the equally successful follow up singles “Paranoia,” “Mind Bend” (with more recent collaborator and Palette-signing, Justin Maxwell) “Voyager,” and “The End Of It All.”
With dozens of singles and remixes to his credit, he has also produced full-length albums for Playhouse, Palette, Plug Research, deFocus, Moods and Grooves, Immigrant and A13. For a complete discography please visit http://www.discogs.com/artist/John+Tejada
Pezzner Bio Here
In the 90’s, recording music as the much loved Jacob London (with Bob Hansen), releases on the legendary Classic Music Company, Doubledown and Dotbleep, earned Dave Pezzner a reputation well beyond his native west coast - cutting his chops by creating eccentric house and break beat rhythms like none other.
Deciding to go it alone as Pezzner, in 2008, allowed him to make his mark as a solo act. It wasn't long before he found his initial offerings signed by the hugely well respected London-based deep house label Freerange - And so an exciting new phase in his career began; one that has exhibited no signs slowing down. The latter half of 2011 saw Pezzner’s singles for European buzz labels, 8 Bit and the Crosstown Rebels offshoot label RebelLION receive a massive response. Sought-after as remixer, he has been called upon to reinterpret the works of Josh Wink, Groove Armada, and Underworld just to name a few.
Pezzner’s own work could be said to be more serious, with an abstract artistic sensibility, lofty percussive themes and intentions to create hypnotic soundscapes for the body as well as the brain. His ‘The Tracks Are Alive’ album on Freerange is a 13-track walk-through of his organic sounding style, in full dance-floor mode traversing with ease between disco, house and techno. Beatportal wax lyrical how it ‘blows like a cool breeze through the stale air of a market crowded with by-the-numbers deep house’ and Resident Advisor note the “rising, sizzling dub effects” of his ‘Blacklist’ release, adding ‘a steeliness to his refined contours’.
Featuring heaps of brand new productions, remixes and originals, his live set continues to take him to the far edges of the dance music map, reaching the heights of festival appearances including MUTEK in Montreal, Decibel Seattle, Sunrise Festival Tijuana, Balaton Sound Festival Hungary, and Rotofest in Ecuador.
Club shows abound not only in Europe, where he is now a regular touring act, Pezzner’s music has moved the dance floors of some of the most renowned venues including Space Ibiza, Rex Club in Paris, Turin’s Gamma Club, Trouw Amsterdam, Cielo New York, and Chicago’s famed Smartbar.