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Nation and Neon Marshmallow presents DYSTOPIA, a festival within a festival with like-minded ideals congregating at midday descending into nightfall and beyond. Event starts at 12pm and goes until 3am.
09:00pm: D'Marc Cantu (Live PA)
08:00pm: Tevo Howard
07:00pm: I.B.M. (Live PA)
04:45pm: Carlos Souffront
04:00pm: Svengalisghost (Live PA)
02:00pm: Naughty Wood
01:30pm: Steve Summers (Live PA)
12:00pm: Ron Morelli
Acid Marshmallow, Nation, and Neon Marshmallow
D'Marc Cantu (Nation) DMC started working on Jakbeat and Acid House in late 2000. Using both modern editing techniques and classic drum machines/synths he was able to recreate the sound that he loved. Although rarely playing live when he does it is a House purists dream as he stays true to the history of House using classic drum machines with a modern feel.
I.B.M. (Nation | Mathematics Recordings) stands for Insane Black Man. It is Chicago's Jamal Moss (of Mathematics Recordings, Hieroglyphic Being, etc) combining his left field jacking roots with his raw yet complex explorations of where Industrial Dance meets its African music sources. A truly unique approach to the varied non-disco influences on early house and the power of the Muzic Box's Ron Hardy's transcendent DJ style through the eyes of a true non conformist.
Steve Summers (Official Site | Clone Records | Future Times) Jason Letkiewicz has recently been making his way into everyones record collection with an array of insane projects including Steve Summers, Innergaze, Sensual Beings, Rhythm Based Lovers and more. For this performance he will be behind the decks as Steve Summers spinning classic house while spinning heads. If you don't already have them, pick up his releases on labels like Clone, LIES, Echovolt, and Nation. Here is a live performance on Beats in Space.
Svengalisghost (L.I.E.S.) is a child of light and magic, born on the steppes of redlight mountain. A wasteland beneath the city streets. The intention is to reveal what has been obscured by mediocrity. The methods shall be without mercy. Coercion thru seduction. understanding via propaganda. Your will is ours to corrupt!!!
Traxx (Nation | Hour House Is Your Rush | Rong) is a musician like no other. Not content to be labeled as merely a DJ, a producer, or even a DJ/Producer, Melvin Oliphant III aka Traxx is a lover of music — one with a passion so intense that it overcomes genre divides to weave an altogether original, exciting, and multi-textured musical fabric which envelops both the avid clubber and the home listener, as well as everyone in between. As a self-described "artist of sound," Traxx morphs musical compositions into distinctive, highly emotional interpretations — he is, indeed, an innovator, and one who reshapes music into a progressive,forward-thinking document which defies classification and invites analysis and discussion. From eclectic and avant-garde tunes to old school jack tracks and lounge grooves, he hears it all without discrimination, pretension or elitism.
Carlos Souffront (Interdimensional Transimssions) is a music gourmet, a true DJ's DJ. His taste is rich and vast and he has the unique ability to create deeply rhythmic narratives that offer unexpected and exotic spices. He mastered his deep mixing skills with a cassette deck and a belt drive turntable in his father's den in Troy, Michigan. Equally entrenched in indie rock, post punk, experimental music, ambient, rock, house, and techno, Carlos was always a man of many worlds - with an ability to traverse though them with an unique imagination. There is a mood to his search within sound, something that is heavy, deep yet gritty. Like many Caribbean transplants that ends up in northern colder climates, he wonders where our rhythmic complexity is. For him it is effortless and endlessly surprising to the listener. It is all too rare to find someone within the electronic music spectrum that can be called an original, that you can only really explain to someone who experienced them on the dance floor, usually just by saying "that's so" and saying their name. Carlos is one of those rarities.
Ron Morelli (L.I.E.S.) currently runs the label L.I.E.S.
Naughty Wood (Nation | Kode) is Minneapolis based electronic music artist, Disc Jock, Singer/Songwriter and Composer. The day he was born in 1975, his father purchased a high fidelity home sound system. It was here that an extensive record collection of Soul, Rock and Funk music was religiously played and heard, which gave inception to Naughty Wood's musical likings and influence.