Friday, Nov 30th - VICTOR CALDERONE | 2Tribes | Tittsworth


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Victor Calderone is not the kind of artist to dwell in the past. As a musician and DJ, he is set apart from his contemporaries by his constant desire to push the boundaries of his genre, inspiring both his fans and collaborators alike with his music. Vic (to his friends) has had an amazing career of successful residencies, chart-topping productions and star-studded remixes. But his ever-growing popularity and forward-thinking sound prove that he’s just getting started. A DJ with an underground vibe and cult following very early on, Victor shot to dance music stardom with massive hits like Give It Up, Beat Me Harder, and Resonate. His natural studio talent attracted some very big attention, leading to remix work with some of pop music’s most popular artists, including Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Beyonce, and Madonna (with whom he has worked a stunning total of ten times).

However, it was his collaboration with Sting on the single “Desert Rose,” in which Sting recorded new vocals to match Calderone’s re-worked version, that especially stands out. Sting’s very first dance remix spend an unbelievable 80 weeks on the Billboard dance music chart (nine at number one), and was very well received by the artist himself: “Victor Calderone is highly energetic and his musical contribution helped introduce ‘Desert Rose’ to an entirely new audience. I look forward to working with him again.” – Sting Anyone who has experienced a Victor Calderone party firsthand will tell you that it is Vic’s ability to create sexy, spiritual live gigs that truly sets him apart. A real “DJ’s DJ,” his sets are able to blend the old with the new, the crowd favorite with the obscure, and to span genres from banging tribal to techy minimal with grace and energy. It is no wonder, then, that his residencies read like a veritable timeline of club land itself.

He has played at Manhattan institutions Limelight and Life, ruled Miami with a high profile residency at Liquid during the club’s heyday, and held down an impressive three year run at fabled venue The Roxy.

Never one to rest on his impressive laurels, Victor has continued to challenge himself with a rigorous global tour schedule and groundbreaking projects such as his massive, self-produced event “Caligula,” in 2001. This 5000 person party at Hammerstein Ballroom featured live vocal performances by Cindi Lauper, acrobats, and a 50 piece orchestra. He has released best selling mix albums like “E=VC2” (volumes 1 & 2) and “Resonate,” and even arranged the music for a number of Dolce & Gabana and Versace runway shows in Milan.

Most recently, Victor has taken the sum total of his musical history and inspiration, and channeled it into the experience that is “Evolve.” Whether on tour in Australia, Europe, South America, Israel, Japan, & Dubai, or at “Evolve” events in the states such as Crobar (NY and Miami), the “Evolve” brand has become synonymous with over-the-top debauchery, quality music, quality production and dazzling lighting. Especially influential to Victor has been his residency at Stereo Montreal, an amazing five years and counting that he credits with shaping his current sound. This sound, and the essence of his live gigs, has been magically distilled into his most recent album, aptly titled “Evolve,” released on Ultra Records in 2007. But Victor is not done yet. He has formed a number of successful musical relationships with the industry’s best and brightest, including DJ Vibe, Chus & Ceballos and Peter Bailey, with whom he collaborates on the decks and in the studio. The Brooklyn native also recently added a cutting-edge new studio to the DUMBO loft he shares with his wife & partner Athena and their son, where he will soon begin work on his long-anticipated artist album.

The future, for Victor Calderone and his fans, is looking truly inspiring.

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Sick tribal beats! You'll often hear this exclaimed when the DJ duo 2 Tribes takes control of the dancefloor and there is no doubt why. The duo's members, Ray Kang & Barrett, bought their first pair of turntables together back in 2000. They each went on as individuals to establish reputations for rocking dancefloors throughout the DC area for 3 years before returning to their roots and banding together to form 2 Tribes in 2004.

With numerous DJ residencies in the DC area, 2 Tribes have played at the largest, hottest, and banging clubs in the area and beyond, alongside many of their favorite and most influential DJ's such as fellow drum worshipers Pablo Ceballos and Peter Bailey. With this experience, 2 Tribes have built a reputation for playing dark, techy beats, laced with soulful melodies and electro stabs -- all with their eyes and ears firmly fixed on a rocking, sweating dancefloor.

This year the duo's reach has continued to grow beyond the DC area, landing gigs in Florida at the Winter Music Conference, Texas, and New York, and with regular Internet radio broadcasts. Their first music production is set to roll out in 2008 so the sick tribal beats will be heard louder and farther! Beware their drums.

TITTSWORTH all night in the Mafia Room
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From a performance aspect, Tittsworth has continuously dominated decks at a plate-a-minute's pace. His diverse, high energy sets seamlessly blend club, rock, house, hip-hop, classics and more. He has grossly exceeded promoter expectations from Europe to the mid west. Titts has performed in the heart of London, wrapping lines around the massive Scala, in addition to playing at Fabric on a Friday (one of Europe's finest club nights) and Kiss FM. Tittsworth sold out in Sao Paulo, providing one of their best nights to date. He broke records in Orlando, drawing a thousand patrons on a Thursday night.

Titts sets have been religiously grouped amongst the best that many (popular tour stop) cities have experienced. His MTV live appearance alongside label mate DJ Ayres can be seen here. He is listed as one of URB’s NEXT 100 (forthcoming, 2007). In the Nation’s Capital Titts maintains residencies at some of DC’s most impressive venues. From heavy-weight industry parties to regular international appearances, Tittsworth continues to unique enegetic sets and memorable club experiences.

Tittsworth has released 7 critically acclaimed club records, selling out within months of release. In 2007 his records listed numbers 1, 3 and 20 in TurntableLab's top (vinyl) sales. TTL is one of, if not the most prestigious stateside shops for cutting edge dance and hip-hop. His recent EZ-T EP was requested to repress in 90 days.

Recently signed to Plant Music for an original album deal, to be internationally distributed and published. Backed by Stretch Armstrong and Dominique (of The Glass). To feature Paserock, Kid Sister and many more TBA.

His productions and mixes receive heavy attention, from Mad Decent to KISS 100 London. Countless celebrities reach out for new Tittsworth tracks, from Gorillaz producers and Z-Trip, to DJ AM and the band Good Charlotte. His "success is the culmination of his numerous appearances on top 10 lists and play lists, as well as critical praise for his releases... so, keep a look out"

DnB in the Mink room
DARKENETIKS Expansion Broadcast | Strangeland Records | Fancy Beer Crew - DC
Darkenetiks is a long time supporter of the DC drum&bass scene, who looks to recreate only the best vibes from years past with every set he plays today. Now a well known member of the DCDNB community, he brings an infectious energy with him when rotating the wheels of steel. If a tune doesn’t work for the dancefloor, you won’t hear him play it. Variety is his spice and his selection gets the dancefloor cooking. The end result: a soundtrack to for the Robotic Apocalypse, with a splash of soul. Kind of like a Sci-Fi Disco gone wild.

ALTERED-ENCRYPTION Under the Influence | Strangeland Records, DC
Altered-Encryption (Alter-Ego & Encryption) have been playing drum & bass in the DC/VA/MD area for the past two and a half years and have been huge supporters of the drum & bass scene as a whole for even longer. With their selection of dark, tech-heavy funk, they never disappoint when it comes to keeping the dance floor moving. Straight out of the Barrio, expect a high energy set when these two are behind the decks