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Music at Night 036 with special guest FLIPSIDE! (Monday May 27)

Electronic Dance Music has reached a new frontier, with MC Flipside at the helm. One part legend, one part visionary, MC Flipside is an EDM pioneer whose experience constantly propels the genre forward, pushing boundaries and pleasing audiences. A DJ, music producer, songwriter, vocalist and performer, Flipside is as talented as he is diverse. His myriad of musical abilities has earned him the reputation as Canada’s Most Versatile EDM artist, drawing music heavyweights to his studio and selling out shows worldwide.

A trailblazer in his hometown of Toronto, Canada, Flipside was a key player in galvanizing its underground music scene. He continues to attract droves of fans, performing regularly at Guvernment (Canada’s number one EDM club,) This is London and the legendary Comfort Zone. Flipside has toured the globe, playing shows across North America, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. In the last 5 years alone, Flipside has had over 50 chart-topping tracks on Beatport, iTunes, Track it Down and Stompy. This includes consecutive No. 1 tracks in multiple genres; including House, Techno, Progressive, Electro and Breaks.

Flipside is sought out and supported by some of the industry’s biggest names: Deadmau5, Armand Van Helden, Bob Sinclair, David Guetta, Wolfgang Gartner, Laidback Luke, Josh Wink, Swedish House Mafia, Kaskade, Axwell and Paul Van Dyk. MC Flipside (MC aptly stands for Music Creator) is founder and owner of PBR Recordings, which is home to artists like A-Divizion, Bassjackers, Bart B More, Carlo Lio, DJ PP, Funkagenda, Hatiras, Matteo Di Marr and Prok and Fitch.

The same unbridled energy Flipside is known for on stage is also behind PBR’s sister record label, DBR Recordings, which concentrates on deeper tech sounds. He has also been featured on renowned international labels like Mau5trap, Toolroom Records, CR2, Ministry of Sound, Big In Ibiza and Ultra. Alongside Deadmau5, MC Flipside performed his track “Hi Friend” at the prestigious Juno Awards in 2012, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys. MC Flipside is a two-time Juno nominee for his work on M1’s Robopop album (2005) and Get Blahsted (2009) with Hatiras.

Flipside sets are dynamic and enthralling, whether he is DJing or showcasing his vocal talent and unparalleled mic technique. This engaging performer plays to the audience, hyping them up where the show becomes a symbiotic relationship between audience and entertainer. In this day and age of calculated, formulaic sets, that type of organic experience makes MC Flipside stand out and shine. With Flipside the only thing you know you’re going to get is a jaw-dropping spectacle, as he takes you on the journey that so many of today’s EDM artists find elusive.

Personable, charming, witty and charismatic – you cannot teach someone to be a stage performer, and with Flipside it just comes naturally. Constantly praised for his uncanny ability to write melodies, chords, on-the-spot lyrics and freestyle poetry, music producers marvel at his seemingly endless supply of ideas and positive energy, truly making him unique and his own, very marketable, brand.

This year Flipside further cements his status as a world-class producer, beginning with the first of many releases, Draganno, a groundbreaking effort that highlights his studio artistry over his recognized vocals.

In an industry of one-hit wonders and overnight sensations, Flipside remains a constant.

He attributes this to his passion for the music, love of making audiences happy and remaining true to his heart— which, at the core, is house music. Never one to follow trends, his range of influences may surprise you: Michael Jackson, George Michael, Stevie Wonder, Green Velvet and Louie Vega. Why? In Flipside’s words, none of them can be duplicated, which is the sign of a real artist.

If that’s the case, then MC Flipside is the definition of a true entertainer.

Music at Night 035 with special guest Random Doug (Monday April 22)

Toronto based DJ RandomDoug is a classical piano/bassist turned electronic producer and dj. His taste for the unknown and skills as a musician inspire him to take the spirit of live music and improvisation into every performance. In one of the most vibrant electronic scenes in North America, Randomdoug has quickly established himself as one of the up and coming talents as a techno, tech house, and house dj.

Randomdoug has solidified a residency at Comfort Zone and has also played other venues such as Film Lounge, The Guvernment, Lily Resto Lounge, The Boom Boom Room (Windsor, ON) and Purple Room (Waterloo, ON) just to name a few.

A fetish for bass heavy pulsating sub textures, funky highs, dubbed-out effects, and long teasing blends, RandomDoug hijacks your mind on an impulsive journey on the dancefloor, and keeping the crowd wanting more.

Music at Night 034 with special guest Mark Oliver (Monday March 25)

Originally from Scotland, Mark Oliver is presently based in Toronto and his influence on the electronic music industry is a profound one. Coming from a strong musical background, Mark exploded onto the club scene as a DJ in 1987 with his first residency at Tazmanian Ballroom in Toronto. Within a short year, demand for his sound had spread to Miami where he played at Scratch (South Beach, Miami’s very first night devoted to house).

Mark pioneered the rave movement in Canada by being the first DJ to play acid house and techno nights in 1988, as well as co-founding North America’s first rave organization, Exodus.

DJing seems to come naturally to Mark. He is frequently said to have the best ears in the business, as well as a keen ability to sniff out a hit well ahead of the pack. Combining remarkable technical ability with a sublime understanding of dynamics of the dancefloor, Mark is able to read and anticipate exactly what the crowd wants. Through his ability, dedication and perseverance, Mark has amassed a large and devoted following. Understanding the need to progress, he is constantly refining his technique, sounds and style, which keeps him in favour with the people he plays for.

Mark began a mammoth weekly residency at The Guvernment in 1996. For years, he was the only DJ to play the main room and his nine-hour weekly sets are legendary. Now, in his seventeenth year at The Guvernment (incredibly missing only ten nights within this time), Mark has helped propel the club to it’s place as one of the top wordwide clubbing destinations.

Although his name has become synonymous with The Guvernment, Mark still manages to make select international appearances at both clubs and festivals (and the occasional boat party). His ability to create an enormous atmosphere has also been witnessed at a plethora of private parties he has played for celebrities such as U2, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Prince, and Lenny Kravitz.

Buzz is paramount for any DJ and to maintain such high levels of demand for more than two decades, is testament to Mark’s incredibly high standards and also his taste in music.

While he has been going gangbusters for years as a DJ, when not behind the decks, Mark displays his musical talent and production prowess in the studio with both remixes and original material.

Music at Night 033 with special guests Manzone & Strong (Monday February 25)

Manzone & Strong have been Toronto favorites since the early 90s. Voted “BEST LOCAL HOUSE DJS” for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 at the “Toronto Nightclub Awards” together they’ve hosted some of the largest nightclub and outdoor events in North America including numerous live to airs and music productions. MANZONE & STRONG have perfected the ideal combination of slamming beats and crowd hype through skilled music programming and effective crowd manipulation.

Their brand of house music is fueled by an endless array of samples, loops and efx that are constantly being injected into the mix re-creating new rhythms. Whether its on 4 decks or back to back, these two are guaranteed to deliver the goods time and time again. For over a decade their unique style has echoed throughout the scene thus rewarding them with many residencies locally and internationally including the world famous GUVERNMENT (Toronto), THE DRINK, SKYBAR, THIS IS LONDON, BEACH CLUB (Montreal), BOOM BOOM ROOM (Windsor) and many more.

They’ve spun alongside legends such as Deadmau5, Mark Knight, Avicii, Steve Lawler, Laidback Luke, Steve Angello, Chris Lake, Roger Sanchez, Chus & Ceballos, Paul Oakenfold, Erick Morillo, Fedde Le Grand, Dubfire, Davide Squillace, David Guetta, Felix Da Housecat, Marco Carola, Oscar G, Robbie Rivera, Jose Nunez, D-Fuse, Bad Boy Bill, Donald Glaude, Gene Ferris, Harry Romero, Crystal Method, Eddie Halliwell, Lisa Lashes, DJ Dan, Axwell, Clive Henry, Benny Benassi, John Acquaviva, Green Velvet, Danny Howells, Nic Fanciulli, Desyn Masiello, Luke Chable & Phil K, Hatiras, Richard Vission, Hector Romero, Migel Migs, Antoine Clamaran, Seb Fontaine, Loco Dice, Mistress Barbara, Nick Warren, Audiofly, Derrick Carter, Peter Presta, Rene Amesz, Armand Van Helden, Mstrkrft, Steve Porter, Kaskade, Nick Terranova (aka Starkillers), The Scumfrog and many others.

Check out their sound and featured downloadable mix via their website.

◙ JOE MANZONE
http://twitter.com/JoeManzone
◙ FAB STRONG
http://twitter.com/FabStrong
◙ SOUNDCLOUD
http://bit.ly/cFSHpa
◙ MYSPACE
http://j.mp/gYYcBv
◙ YOUTUBE
http://j.mp/fjvP1h

Music at Night 32 with special guest Catacomb (Monday January 28)

Catacomb is a local DJ based in Toronto. He has long been part of the EDM culture in the city for over a decade. In this time he has explored several different scenes and genres of EDM. Including both the rave and nightclub scene. He began playing as a bedroom DJ around the same time he got his first introductions into the scene. However his interest to play out came much later. His first official DJ gig was in early 2011. Calling many genres of EDM his style over the years, techno is the one he started with and the one he is moving forward with today. Specifically, German techno of the raw and organic nature.

He works with Zero-Percent, a locally based independent event organization company. Which has been responsible for booking international techno acts such as: Sasha Carassi, Erphun and Subfractal (Aka Measure Divide).

Opaque Shift (OS) is a locally based techno collective that he heads. OS was created with the purpose to band together likeminded individuals interested in disseminating techno within their city. The first project that has been put into action concerns recruiting and training locally based techno DJ’s. It also includes assisting them in acquiring equipment, providing them with official gigs and nourishing them along their journey. OS plans to launch more projects in the future that will work towards the goal from different angles.

http://twitter.com/Catacombtechno
http://facebook.com/catacombdj
http://www.residentadvisor.net/profile/catacomb
http://www.facebook.com/opaqueshift
www.zero-percent.ca

Music at Night Year Mix 2012 (Monday December 24)

Its that time of year again, where I count down the my picks for the best techno tracks of 2012. It took a lot of work to decide what tracks will make it into the year mix but I am really happy with my selections. I hope you’re able to tune in on Christmas Eve for the Music at Night 2012 Year Mix. Expect to hear tracks by Umek, Ovi M, Christian Cambas, Phunk Investigation, Stefano Noferini, and many more top techno artists. Ill also be revealing my pick for TRACK OF THE YEAR.  Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Music at Night 30 with specical guest Ovi M (Monday November 26)

Born in Romania and raised in Toronto, Ovi M’s musical journey has developed him into a versatile and unique young talent. His determination ultimate passion for music has made him a part of the most sought-after artists in the Toronto electronic music scene and has established himself a residency inside the legendary Guvernment Nightclub amongst many others. Ovi M’s particular track selection, unique style and flawless mixing has ricocheted throughout the scene thus making his name in demand and a guarantee to orchestrate a strong energy and vibe on the dance floor!

On the production side, Ovi M has been creating monster tunes supported by artists such as Dubfire, Marco Carlo, Gary Beck, Erphun, Subfractal, Paco Osuna, and Danny Tenaglia. Ovi M is an exclusive member of the Brood Audio label that showcases some of the finest and groundbreaking techno artists. He has also signed onto many other labels such as Fracture Audio, Sketchbook Music, Nervous NYC, Roots & Wings and more. His love for music has fueled him to capture sounds and to produce his signature pounding, chuggy techno. All of his music is fuelled by rich rolling baselines, underground sounds and killer build-ups that take the crowd on a dark musical ride of expression and excitement. In addition, Ovi M has been added to the roster of the highly respected North American Techno Booking Agency, Re-Konstrukt.

This is one artist that you need to be watching both in the studio and behind the decks!

Offical Website: http://www.ovimlive.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Ovi_M
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/ovi_m
Brood Audio: http://www.broodaudio.com
Re-Konstrukt: http://www.re-konstrukt.com