At the young age of just 20 years old, Ardalan from the Tech Dolphin crew in San Jose is quickly proving himself to be a leader in the next generation of Bay Area house music. Justin Martin quickly recognized his talent when Ardalan sent him a 10 minute demo.
After one listen Justin thought the track was genius but needed some additional editing andarrangement work. He took on the project and the outcome was “Mr. Spock.” This dancefloor monster was instantly charted #1 by myself and Jesse Rose as soon as we heard it.It works. For real.
PETE TONG (RADIO ONE) - ESSENTIAL SELECTION - AUGUSTJOE RANSOM (KISS 100) - BIG TUNE OF THE WEEKANDY GEORGE AND JAYMO (RADIO ONE) - TUNE OF THE WEEKCHARTED #1 BY JESSE ROSE, CLAUDE VONSTROKE, & MORE
video clip of Claude VonStroke dropping it for the first time ever at movement in Detroit….
Nick Monaco began his career as a DJ/Producer at the ripe age of 13,
scratching his dad’s prized Queen records. He quickly became a connoisseur
of hip-hop culture, studying the old school dogmatically. At the age
of 15, when he could afford a Roland keyboard, he began making hip-hop and r&b beats. As a freshman in high school, Monaco was obsessed with turntablism and anything with the words hip and hop in it.
Rocking house parties is how Monaco spent most weekends in his not so distant adolescence. It was those renegade house parties where he really learned to rock a crowd. The desire to make people dance trumped his desire to awe them with technical scratches. That spark, coupled with his location guided his production style.
Nick Monaco hails from northern California’s Bay Area, the cradle of hella, hyphy, and 808-heavy house. Monaco quickly discovered San Francisco’s dirtybird records who managed to seamlessly weave all three into what he refers to as “hella hyphy house.”
In 2010, Dirtybird resident Worthy found Nick Monaco (who barely broke twenty years old) and eagerly released his first EP ‘Sideshow Tango’ on the highly regarded label, Anabatic Records. The EP is an homage to the local hyphy and house cultures- featuring the East Bay anthem that originally caught Worthy’s attention, ‘That’s Oakland Baby’ and ‘Amame’ (not to mention the popular Worthy remix).
This decade has a lot in store for Monaco, who is ever productive with original releases, remixes, and collaborations. He is finishing up a smashing EP with another baylien, Mr. Spock himself—Ardalan. Together, they are the freshmen of San Francisco’s new house sound.
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