Come PLAY with us the First Saturday of the month at our new monthly featuring world class artists at the legendary EndUp!
PLAY is a party series best described as recess for adults. It's all the fun you aren't supposed to be having because you're supposedly a grown up now. With all the kids you shouldn't hang out with, but they're too much fun not to. And all the music that makes you glad you’ve grown up – just a little. The bells have rung. It's time to PLAY.
Keeping the playground bumping till the closing bell will be:
DANNY HOWELLS (Dig Deeper) | London
CASSY (Panorama Bar, Ostgut Ton) | Berlin
MIKE KHOURY (listed | Varsity Allstars | Lost Souls) | NYC
ATISH (listed | TuTu Tuesday | Play | House Heads) | SF
MARK SLEE (listed | Cityfox | Play | House Heads) | SF
Danny Howells is an English producer and DJ. His music is often described as progressive house, though he prefers to associate more with tech house and is sometimes described simply as "deepsexyfuturistictechfunkouse".
He is one of the few DJs on the scene today that truly has a style of his own. With his passion for all styles of music and infectious personality, Danny has created a unique, eclectic sound that has established him as one of the most in demand DJs in the world.
Danny is one of the hardest working and most dedicated individuals in the business with over 20 years experience and a hectic touring schedule that constantly takes him around the world. He's played in the world's coolest clubs and held residencies at places such as Arc, Ministry of Sound, Twilo, Renaissance, The End, and Bedrock, as well as his own Dig Deeper nights worldwide.
With a back catalogue of well received mix albums under his belt, he has previously compiled acclaimed mixes for Global Underground, being the only DJ to contribute to not only the main series with his Miami album, but also the 24:7 and Nu-Breed Series. In addition to this, he also compiled a cd for Azuli's Choice series, as well as albums for Renaissance along with three volumes of his own Nocturnal Frequencies series. Prince". Building on his discography of original productions is a major priority for Danny and he has come a long way since his early beginnings in his hometown of Hastings, though his complete love of all music remains the same. Danny is a DJ with a broad musical taste who likes anything from jazz to rock, to pop and anything a bit bizarre. He likes to champion his own special tracks and records that nobody else has latched on to and has a way of combining cutting edge grooves with crowd pleasing dynamics that enable him to connect with his audience making him one of the hottest DJs in the world.
Balance 024 comes as a long-awaited next chapter in his illustrious cannon of timeless compilations. His numerous Global Underground volumes, Renaissance mixes and more besides have found a fond place in many a clubbers’ home listening collection, earning him a legendary reputation as one of the best musical storytellers in the electronic world. His first freeform mix compilation proper since 2008 – aside from a Dig Deeper label compendium – it represents one of the year’s most exciting and anticipated releases.
Cassy Britton has meticulously fashioned her craft over the last decade, approaching her productions and DJ sets with an attention to detail and passion that is hard to surpass. Her dedication to music, twinned with her gift for reading the crowd has meant that her profile has grown to worldwide recognition amongst fans and within the industry.
Cassy was first gripped by the power of sound in Vienna, a city famous for its musical culture and classical history, studying music and performance at a young age while surrounded by the ghosts of legendary composers left it mark on Cassy. From here she moved into other kinds of performance art, dabbling in theatre and acting, but she was soon drawn back into music, her one true passion.
The dance music scene was exploding around her and she wanted to get to the heart of it. Her first professional step was as a vocalist for Elin aka Autorepeat on 'Music Takes Me Higher' on Sabotage Records. From here DJ/Producer Electric Indigo mentored Cassy through the transition from a vocalist to a DJ. After debut gigs in Vienna and Munich she met Dave the Hustler where they started working on a collaboration for Mental Groove. During this time she also met Luciano, co-producing 'La Ondita' on his album 'Blind Behaviour'. She moved to Berlin in 2003 to hone her skills on the club circuit, soon after this relocation Cassy secured a residency at Panorama Bar in Berghain cementing her name in the DJ annals. Her production credits include collaborations with Steve Bug, Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, DJ Elin, Dave The Hustler, Mathew Jonson and Swayzak. She has a diverse body of work on highly-regarded labels such as Playhouse, Perlon, Ostgut Ton and Cocoon. She also runs her own self-titled label, using it for an outlet for her unique sound. Cassy does not subscribe to any one genre, she glides between house and techno, with a hint Viennese traditionalism she continues to use vinyl, but with a contemporary, superstylish and swaggery sound she creates soul and balance in her DJ sets, moulding and shaping her performance to the audience, taking them on an adventure weather an intimate secret gig or a huge festival arena. Cassy continues her residency at Panorama Bar, and is also resident at Rex in Paris and Trouw in Amsterdam and will be touring widely in 2013.
It’s hard to believe that once upon a time, Mike was growing up dance music deprived in suburban America. Fortunately, that all changed when friends dragged him to his first underground EDM event in Chicago. It wasn’t long before he bought turntables - and started spending more money on his records than his rent. And so began Mike’s journey into vinyl junkie-ism. Five years later, Mike’s sets continually blur the lines between techno, minimal, and tech-house. Think fresh grooves, driving basslines, and plenty of dance floor funk to keep late night revelers on their toes. Mike draws inspiration from the cutting edge sounds coming out of Berlin without forgetting his Chicago roots.
Mike has an extensive history of opening and headlining gigs, having shared the decks with artists includingLee Burridge, Gaiser, Matthew Dear, Anja Schneider, Chris Liebing, Mikael Stavostrand, Pan-Pot, Sebo K, Exercise One, Cassy, Ambivalent, Adultnapper, Ryan Elliott, Misc./Niederflur, Sian, Touane, Maetrik, and Jason Emsley. As a resident for listed, Mike’s played in San Francisco, LA, NYC, and Miami, plus countless gigs in Chicago. In 2007, he founded the Varsity Allstars – a dayraving extravaganza with quarterly parties across the US. Having launched listed in Chicago, Mike has combined DJ’ing with promotion – giving a swift jolt to Chicago’s warehouse party scene with some of the year’s most unforgettable nights.
San Francisco-based Atish is rising quickly in the international dance music scene. Raised in the Chicago suburbs and schooled in the hard sciences to become a computer engineer, Atish's left-brained technical precision complement his sensitive, emotional approach to sound. His musical career started at age five as a classically trained violinist. Since, he's taken on other instruments including trombone, tuba, guitar, drums, and bass, and over the years, he's played in jazz, rock, and marching bands, even enjoying a stint in hip-hop production. This all led to his true love, the art of DJing.
Atish describes his style as expressive melodic deep house: music that sings to the soul while moving the dance floor, communicating the joy of love, the depths of darkness, and intensity of a spiritual dance music journey for himself and anyone listening. Energized by the relationship between DJ and dancefloor, Atish is known for his quirky stage persona, donning costumes, wigs, and even a wedding dress during gigs. But don't let the free wheeling expression fool you - Atish is a disciplined artist with an unhealthy obsession for technical and artistic perfection.
Since his first DJ gig at a small bar in 2010, Atish's sound has taken him from the local San Francisco scene to music festivals, clubs, and afterhours gigs across every continent except Antarctica. He's earned the respect of legendary DJs, notably Lee Burridge, who regularly hand picks Atish to tag with and open for him. In just over three years, Atish has gained an avid following of fans and the respect of fellow underground artists around the world. In San Francisco, he's established himself as the resident DJ of 222 Hyde's most successful party, Tutu Tuesday in addition to being a regular at listed Productions' monthly PLAY party at the legendary EndUp. With two tours, including shows in Zurich, Berlin, Tokyo, Cologne, South Africa, Australia and various cities across the US, now firmly under his belt, the quirky Atish shows no signs of slowing down in 2014.
Mark Slee is a resident DJ and co-founder of House-Heads, a San Francisco collective throwing unique underground events focused on forward-thinking dance music. He is a member of the listed Bookings roster, hosts the monthly mix show Heron Sound on Proton Radio, and has presented music on the Electronic Groove Podcast. Additionally, he is one half of Manju Masi, a collaboration with long-time partner in crime Atish.
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