June 2015

FEATURED GUESTS

S.P.Y

Moving to London from São Paulo eleven years ago, S.P.Y was quick to establish himself within the UK drum+bass scene. After six months of working with only basic equipment, S.P.Y’s natural talent for production saw his first ever release signed to Metalheadz in 2005, with a release on Hospital’s Medschool imprint soon following in 2006.  S.P.Y began collaborating with artists such as Marcus Intalex, Total Science, Kasra and DJ Marky. In 2009 S.P.Y released his first solo EP on Marcus Intalex’s label Soul:R and had releases on many other labels including Digital Soundboy and Innerground.
 
The following years were immensely successful for S.P.Y, with Friction including five S.P.Y tracks on his MoS compilation and Andy C featuring four tracks on ‘Nightlife’. Proving his production quality and consistency in 2010 / 2011, S.P.Y delivered standout releases on Ram, Metalheadz, Critical, Shogun and Spearhead – Most notably the anthemic ‘By Your Side’. S.P.Y also took on high-profile remixes for the likes of Deadmau5, Claude von Stroke, LTJ Bukem, Chase & Status, Delilah and Zinc ft. Miss Dynamite, with S.P.Y’s own personal re-lick of Zero 7’s ‘In The Waiting Line’ becoming a signature in his live sets.
 
Signing to Hospital in 2012, his debut LP, ‘What The Future Holds’ was released to critical acclaim. The LP not only received significant support from fellow artists and topped online sales charts, but was also awarded the coveted ‘Best Album’ at the annual 2012 Drum & Bass Arena awards. S.P.Y backed up this release with a relentless tour schedule of Australia, the United States, Canada, Russia, Asia, New Zealand and Europe.
 
In 2013 S.P.Y was again busy touring the world, playing at major festivals such as Tomorrowland, Global Gathering and Electric Daisy Carnival. He delivered successful remixes of James Zabiela’s ‘Perseverance’, Chris Malinchak’s ‘So Good To Me’ and Five Knives’s ‘All Fall Down’ on Red Bull Records. In addition to these achievements, S.P.Y was also selected to write, in collaboration with London Elektricity and Diane Charlemagne, the theme song for the 2014 Street Child World Cup. The track ‘I Am Somebody’ has helped to generate awareness and bring a new interest to Street Child World Cup, advocating for street children’s rights worldwide.
 
Moving into 2014 and S.P.Y is taking us ‘Back to Basics’ with his second LP. Released in two parts over the coming months, ‘Back to Basics’ draws inspiration from the deeper, darker sounds of drum+bass, and features collaborations with Total Science, Rene La Vice, and vocalists Diane Charlemagne, Grimm and DRS MC.

DJ QBert

DJ QBert, born Richard Quitevis, is widely regarded as the most highly skilled skratching dj that has walked this planet. His long-standing career of innovating the DJ culture has set off a worldwide generation of DJs who are now regarded as musicians and not just DJs that play records, from A-Trak to Craze to C2C to Z-Trip; they would testify to DJ QBert’s influence in their sound and successful careers.

DMC World Championship appearances since 1991-1994 gave global exposure to DJ QBert’s unbelievable skills and performances. Since then no other has matched his command of the DJ scene on and off the turntables. Hailed as the ambassador of skratching for today and to the future, he has been recognized by his peers as innovating more styles and systems of skratching. He comes from the era of experimental battle DJs who in the mid-90’s gave shape to the infinite sounds of 2 turntables and skratching vinyl. Honorably knighted “Grandmixer” by legendary pioneer GrandMixer DXT. An honor dignified by hip-hop’s most hallowed Knighting tradition; securing his place as one of hip-hop’s living legends. 
As a founding member of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, he has been the focus of two major documentary films Scratch and Hang The DJ, both of which were selected at Cannes and Sundance Film Festival. DJ QBert’s acclaimed first album, Wave Twisters was reverse engineered from sound into visuals also becoming his first feature film, which was also selected into the Sundance Film Festival.

Through his partner Yogafrog and company Thud Rumble, QBert has been able to expand his influence in the culture; designing and releasing innovative DJ products, collaborating with the most successful DJ companies in the industry seeking his stamp of approval, teaching on his online DJ school QBert Skratch University, appearances in various video games including DJ Hero 2 and doing post -production for the animated feature Turbo. 

His latest albums, which started as a Kickstarter project, is the most successful hip-hop project to date and Top 20 all-time music project on the popular crowdfunding platform. Partnering with iTunes, Morning Breath Inc. and Novalia UK, DJ QBert will be  changing the way music albums are presented. The possibilities are endless as the culture continues to grow far and wide with DJ QBert leading the way.
DJ QBert was officially awarded the title America’s Best DJ in 2010. With a well-documented and successful DJ career, he is considered as one, if not  “The Greatest DJ Of All Time”.

EZ LOU

www.mixcloud.com/louortego/

First Professional Gig 1979. Wedding DJ from (all music styles) 1985 to 2015  - Genre’s include: House (Deep-Tech-Disco-Electro), Techno, Club Disco, 80’s Club Dance & New Wave, Industrial and EDM, Coldwave & Darkwave.
 
At home I listen to Jazz or House Music.
 
TUESDAY night residence at Kelly’s Bar Lounge (East Liberty) Funk-Soul night.
Monthly at New Amsterdam (Lawrenceville) 2nd Wednesday of the month. Deep House and Guest DJ’s.
 
Featured DJ at a “Upstage & Metropol” reunion event drawing more than 400 people. (June 7th 2014)
Past Residence include, Sunday nights at Smiling Moose, Inn-Termission Lounge, Hambone’s, Gus’s Café, Hula bar (Top 40) in Verona,  Prive’, Upstage (closed 2006) from 1995 to 2006, Lava Lounge (2001), Houlihan’s Station Sq. ’91 - ’95, Metropol ’89 - ’91.

Charles Canastraro

Charles Canastraro is from Buffalo, NY and now resides in Florida.  He was a staple in the 1970s/80's Disco music era. He opened and operated many clubs in the 1970s and 1980s and was also the owner of Custom Mirrored Walls in NY. He helped promote/run clubs like "The Bus Stop," "The Hustle," "The Playboy Club," and "Mr C's" among many other night life venues. He was  also on the TV show "Deal or No Deal."  

dj scuzzi

Dj Scuzzi is a vinyl collector, dj and music expert. He began collecting hip hop records, disco and house. He loves motown edits and has many years at resident nights all over Pittsburgh.