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Sonic love travels in many dimensions—through visceral pathways of the senses, as a uniting force on dance floors everywhere, in movements spanning entire eras to unify—whether souls, states or nations. And as sonic love relates to house music, Marques Wyatt is a seminal pioneer.
In the mid '80s, at a time when the shape shifting of house music was rarely heard outside Chicago and New York, Marques introduced the East Coast sound to his native Los Angeles via legendary house parties like BBC, MAC's Garage and Does Your Mama Know, to name a few. In the ensuing years, his prowess as a talented DJ, promoter, and producer earned him recognition as one of the most sought-after artists in the genre, domestically and internationally. Always true to his inner visionary, Marques continued his ventures into uncharted territory by introducing Los Angeles to "acid jazz" through Brass, his unforgettable weekly which debuted the live performances of high profile acts such as Jamiroquai and the Brand New Heavies way back when. At the same time, Marques continued playing his own brand of uncompromising, soulfully organic house alongside talents such as Frankie Knuckles, Louie Vega, David Morales, Danny Tenaglia, King Britt, Mark Farina and Miguel Migs. Marques's keen sixth sense for creating epic parties culminated in his weekly house institution, Deep, now going strong in its tenth year.
Marques has also channeled his gifts in the studio, releasing tracks and remixes on revered labels like Om, Strictly Rhythm, King Street, Nervous and Yoshitoshi. Marques continues to spread the gospel of house music by globe-trotting everywhere from Los Angeles to New York, Shanghai to Barcelona and Tel Aviv to Dubai with the mission to bring musical unity, light and love to all souls in his pathway.
There is a line where the dark fuses with the light, the surreal with the sublime, the graceful with the powerful; it is within this line that Tara Brooks has carved out her truly distinct sound. Whether playing at an intimate club, a packed festival or a magical sunrise deep in the Burning Man Playa, Tara's music envelopes the crowd, stirring them with deep grooves, hypnotic rhythms and haunting melodies. Behind the decks, her passion and love for music is contagious-- Savoring every moment her smile beams out to a sea of faces who are right there with her, dancing away and smiling right back.
Growing up in a house where the warm melodies of old records constantly filled the air, the Southern California-born Tara began absorbing music at a very early age. She grew up having a love and appreciation for everything from classical to classic rock, from hip-hop to punk and everything in between. But it was within the Los Angeles underground dance scene where Tara ultimately found her calling.
Struck by the power of the music and the loving vibe of the scene, Tara immediately knew she had to be a part of it. Learning on vinyl, Tara put her first needle on a record in 2007 and hasn't looked back since. With her unique sound, loving energy and fierce work ethic leading the charge, Tara has played some of the most respected venues both domestic and abroad including The BPM Festival, WMC Space, Lightning in a Bottle, Sound (Los Angeles), PublicWorks (SF) Verboten (New York) and of course a little place she calls Home, Burning Man.
When she's not touring, you can find Tara locked in the studio. Rather then focusing on genre or style, Tara is sonically inspired by personal experience and connection with her environment. Always striving to translate a specific feeling or moment, Tara creates a sound that is all her own: Compelling, sophisticated, haunting and healing, piercing your heart and invigorating your soul.
Whether it's through production or playing, Tara's continued passion for sharing her music knows no bounds. From being Desert Hearts and Subtract Music's newest resident to kicking of the new year with Louie Fresco's MEXA Records BPM party and Costa Rica's Envision Festival along with several productions and remixes being set for release the future is filled with light for Tara Brooks as she continues to do what she loves her way and always from the heart.
Half Belgian and half Dutch, Ramona spent her youth bouncing between Antwerp and Amsterdam throughout the early 90s. Growing up on Belgian techno and the Dutch love of house music instilled in her an early appreciation for contrast and balance between these two genres of music.
Ramona’s sound weaves together a tapestry of melodies, textures and beats, always conscious of the energy of her audience. This sensitivity stems from her love of dancing, and results in an emotive, sensual style that exudes a rich array of feeling. It is her way of getting back to and giving back to that vital place we all go when the music feels right.
The last few years she has played alongside some great acts including: Viken Armen, Oceanvs Orientalis, Thugfucker, Oona Dahl, M. Rux, Powel, Jacob Groening, Hoj, Satori, Martha Van Straaten and also played on several theater tours with Boombox.