RAVE ERA ARTIST
Minnesota (USA) and its Twin Cities (Minneapolis & St. Paul) have been one of the top major contributors to 'underground' dance music globally. MNBiz Artist Archive seeks to showcase all those who help(ed) to make it so. Check out who's playing tonight!
Artist by Name/Moniker First Letter
BLAKLITE (Storm & FLÖ) | FUNKY HOUSE, JACKIN, SOULFUL
Twin Cities DJ duo Jonny Blak and Rico Lite have been bringing a diversity of sound in house music together since 2009; individually both started DJing in the early 2000s. Their residencies include Rumours/Innuendo, The Famous Brass Rail Lounge, The Gay 90's, Sidhe Brewing Co., and House Therapy at Asian Taste. Since they started as a duo, they have always believed in uniting the producers of the music that is played out with the community to expand the underground vibe.
CAMERON CHERMAK (DJ Turnstyle, Turnstyle the EleMNtalist) | HOUSE, FUNK, SOUL, DISCO
Soul Stepperz Crew, Rocklordz Crew, Housewarming, Flowstate
MN House DJ who caters to the House Dancing community. MN born and raised, and a seasoned competitive dancer who has traveled and competed for over 15 years. DJing for the past 5 years specifically and beginning to produce music within the last year.
CHRIS BRAVOS (Bravos) | HOUSE, TECH HOUSE, TECHNO
Bravos began working for then Sound-In-Motion (Now SIMShows) in 2004 and DJing shortly after. After a hiatus, in 2011 he joined the ranks of The Legion of Boom. Together for over 5 years, they curated Mojo – one of the longest-running weekly events in Minneapolis. Post-Mojo, Chris blends house, tech house, and techno to create a unique vibe that’s sure to move the dancefloor.
CRIPPLING SELF DOUBT (Psyactive Blueprint, Psydecay, Rancid Expulsion) | IDM, TECHNO, MINIMAL HOUSE, DRONE, NOISE, BREAKCORE
Ende Records, ThinkTank, Sociopath Recordings, Sunhole Records, Hormonal Vibrations
Scott is an acid casualty of the mid 90's to the early 00's Midwest rave scene. Starting dj'ing, doing live pa's, and producing techno and IDM in the early 00's. Scott played all over the Midwest for about a decade and then committed himself to studio production which he continues to do to this day. Scott was invited to play on several different stages at the Stellar Spark events in Milwaukee, held the only breakcore show to be held at Foundation during its time, Co-Ran ThinkTank stages and events in is second inception after Josh Decker started it in 00's, Scott has recently played a few of the Fractal Geometry IDM shows at the Kitty Kat Club, and various DIY noise shows through out the Metro area. Scott has been on the fringes of the Minnesota electronic music scene since his days up in Duluth in 2000 where he played his first shows.
DANIEL PAUL CORTEZ (Daniel Paul, Ghetto) | HOUSE, TECHNO, DISCO, JAZZ
Daniel Paul Cortez has been a fixture in the Minneapolis House and Techno scene for over 20 years. He is perhaps best known for his versatility to play any time slot, as well as being a 10 year resident at DVS1's infamous underground warehouse event, Future Classic. His distinct, sound, and style has also taken him abroad for several European tours.
DAN LAINO | HOUSE, DEEP HOUSE, TECH HOUSE
Phunk Junk Records, Phunk Junk Dark, 4Matt Productions, S&S Records Chicago
Dan Laino, Born in Germany, started playing percussion instruments at an early age. He moved to the United States with his family when he was 11 years old and soon started playing in marching band and mastering the drumset. In the late 80’s, Dan began curating his tastes by splicing mixtapes for friends and mixing records at parties. With skills and mounting experience, Dan was signed to Phadid Entertainment (Minneapolis), where he con-tributed to many artists and toured with the hip-hop groups Mayhem and Different Shades of Soul. Currently music Released and Releasing from Phunk Junk Records, Phunk Junk Dark, 4Matt Production, S&S Records Chicago.
DJ APOLLO (Dirty McKenzie, Ralph Laurenn, Cocaine In Her Dress) | INDIE, HOUSE, TECHNO
The Scratch Mill, Bass United Recordings, Communique, Head In The Clouds, Brooklyn Fire, etc., etc.
Starting out as a humble mobile/wedding DJ in his teens and being infatuated with electronic music, Dory Kahalé grew alongside DJ culture as one of Minneapolis’ first Warehouse/Rave DJs and Techno producers. Early on, after releasing about a dozen Techno and Acid House releases on International record labels, Dory found himself embedded in the 90s electronic dance music movement and began sharing main stages with some of (now) Dance Music history’s biggest icons like Daft Punk, Aphex Twin, Josh Wink, Green Velvet, Ritchie Hawtin, Tommie Sunshine, Jeff Mills, and many others.
DJ G.KUE | HOUSE
"The House Train Radio Show" (Producer/Host)
From an early age, this DJ gravitated towards anything with a beat that made people wanna get up and GET DOWN! Today, he shares his love of house music through his Mpls-based streaming radio program, “The House Train Radio Show” with listeners around the globe. There you can find him hosting the freshest new releases from every corner of the genre, the dustiest classics from the dancefloors of yesterday, and features with DJs, artists & labels from the local, national and international scene. With its signature promise to bring you the best of yesterday, today, and the FUTURE of house music, "The House Train Radio Show" & DJ G.Kue provide a valuable contribution to the community surrounding the music we know and love: HOUSE MUSIC!!!
DJ MISS ELAINE EOS (Miscellaneous, Misc, Boomchick) | HOUSE, D&B
The Headspace Collective, Female:pressure
DJ Miss Elaine Eos started as a free radio dj in Milwaukee, WI in 1994 and is currently based in Minneapolis, MN. Her "miscellaneous" DJ style lends itself well to ambient chill rooms, but she can also rock a dance floor with deep, sexy, house music like at her monthly residency House Headz at the Kitty Cat Klub. In addition to DJing, she is a promoter, sound technician and vocalist. Elaine is a founding member of The Headspace Collective crew with whom she ran the Even Furthur Domeland DIY stage and Free Radio Furthur 2016-2019.
FOURFEET (J Thompson / 4') | DEEP HOUSE, TECH HOUSE, OPEN FORMAT
Salted Records, OM Records, King Street, Deepalma, Soul Fuel, Love Network, Bobbin Head, Blacksoul, MEME, Lakes N Plains
Inspired by the iconic poolside parties of WMC in South Beach Miami, Justin Ashley Thompson, coined FOURFEET [4’] after attending his first conference in 2003. With early production demos, he was able to peak the interest of labels like Chicago DJ Heather’s ‘Black Cherry’ and signed his first track to Lady D’s ‘D’lectable’. In 2004, he partnered with Minneapolis’ own producer extraordinaire, Chuck Love, providing memorable hooks as a vocalist on ‘Soul Symphony’, ‘Back In My Life’, and ‘Beautiful Thang’ released on OM Records (SF) in 2005. Those tracks found global support from top Deep House DJ’s and heavy rotation on BPM and SiriusXM radio. He found himself performing and sharing the stage with All-Star lineups at OM Records Miami’s Mansion Party (2008) and Y Ultra Lounge Party (2009) and continued to do shows throughout the USA. Since then, [4’] has lent his vocal styles on projects to the likes of Fred Everything, Johnny Fiasco, Justin Martin, Wolfgang Gartner, and Kaskade. Behind the decks, expect Techy to Soulful House styles that provoke a feeling or an all out 'Open Format'. On occasion, he’s known to throw ‘Live Vocals’ into his set or include an original production now and then.
FRESKO (Disco Criminals) | HOUSE, TECHNO
The Mexico City native's name is appropiate due to his style of combining ; House, Ghetto, Techno & Latin with live remixes. For over 16yrs DJ Fresko's sets continues to be fresh and sought out by the best promoters and clubs in the Twin Citues.
JAKE ENCINAS (Disco Criminals) | HOUSE, DEEP HOUSE
MetroSessions, BOUNCE, Sugar Shack, Love Network, Beat Thesis, etc., etc.
DJ/Producer Jake Encinas has been working dance floors and making music since the early 00s. With appearances including The Quest, First Ave, House Proud, Communion and multiple releases and remixes, Jake knows what it takes to get the floor moving. Catch him live ever Wednesday at 5pm for MetroSessions on Sugar Shack Radio.
JASON HEINRICHS (Roomsa, Anomaly) | HOUSE (SOULFUL/FUNKY/DEEP)
Farriswheel Records, Salted Music, Aphrodisio, Vino Recordings, Groove Garden
Jason has been making music his entire life, since he picked out and played by ear a song off the radio on piano. After Berklee and playing in various bands, Jason started making and recording Hip Hop in the late 90’s, workin with artists like Slug and Atmosphere, POS and Eye-Dea; he dabbled in Drum and Bass before finding his true calling in Miami 2001 in House Music. After being converted by Monte Hilleman, Gene Farris and Bryan Gerrad, he went on to form the group duo Roomsa with Chicago vocalist Lady Sarah for almost a decade. Jason graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston with two degrees in Music Synthesis Production & Film Scoring. His tastes range from funk and house to jazz, classic rock and classical. He has been performing as a professional DJ for the last 15 years in New York, Miami, Boston and almost every nightclub venue Minneapolis. He's opened for Kaskade, Miguel’s Mugs, DJ Sneak, JT Donaldson and Stacey Kidd.
JEFF SWIFF | HOUSE
House Proud MPLS, Nicewon Recordings, Open Sound, Outsourced Collective, etc., etc.
Jeff Swiff is a Minneapolis NoCoast House Music artist that shares the idea that 'This feeling is Forever' with heads in his city and across the world. When asked, why house music? "When I found House, the sounds took me to a different place and really set the tone for how the rest of my life would feel, and I've spent every moment since then trying to share this essential feeling that the music brings me to the heads in my community and around the world."
JEVNE (Herb Javier) | DEEP HOUSE, TECH HOUSE, HOUSE
Onethirty Recordings, Conya, Shifted, Klassic Fiasco, Coastline, ClubStar , Native Soul
From the early rave days of the Midwest to traveling internationally for many years now, playing at burning man and his events in Key West for Fantasy Fest, Jevne still bringing the love for deep house and music everywhere he plays. Creator of Onethirty Recordings.
J MATTHEWS (DJ Nickles) | HOUSE
Minneapolis veteran DJ since 99. DJed in Boston once. Played a few radio stations. Tripped on a sidewalk in Amsterdam. Oh, co host of HotDish, once known for slammin dance parties at the same place Prince filmed Purple Rain. He's super humble so just go check out his bio here:
MATTY MOXX (mat-9000) | HOUSE, BASS, ELECTRO, NU DISCO
HotDish, House Proud, House Therapy
Lighting Designer by trade, Owner of Moxx Productions gear rental and services. Love of House music and the community shines brightly in his play-by-ear DJ sets.
MICHELLE MUSE (The Muse) | HOUSE, TECHNO, D&B, BREAKS
Ecstatic Music, Muse Music
A Minneapolis veteran of dance music both as a promoter and dj, Michelle Muse is no stranger to the dance floor in front of and behind the decks. She has made a name for herself by playing many different styles of music for a wide variety of events and audiences. Whether she is playing techno, house, DnB or other genres, Ms. Muse brings her trademark energy and style, gravitating toward the funkiest, most stompin’ and unique selections. She may have been in the game for over 20 years but she makes it a point to keep it fresh by being constantly on the look out for the hottest, latest tracks. Her super smooth and creative transitions are the product of a decades-long obsession with drum machines and turntables.
NATE LAURENCE (DJ Unity, Drubes, Rocco Docko, Rhythm Renewal) | FUNKY HOUSE, JACKIN, TECH, D&B
Pluralistic, HotDish, InStereo, SoulFuel, Love Network, Guesthouse, Spatula City, Control, etc., etc.
If persistence and passion is a recipe for success, Nate Laurence (Minneapolis, MN, USA) characterizes the journey. Nate is, of course, the quadruple threat: veteran DJ since 1994, prolific producer, promoter, and label owner. His residencies include the infamous First Avenue, Mells, DOMO, and more. Nate has always been a DJ first. Once known as DJ Unity – a patron of former Minneapolis mid-90's underground troupe “UNIK Communications” amongst others – Nate has labored for his place in house music. A career that developed over the course of a decade – largely behind the scenes – has now become impossible to ignore. Amid absurd energy behind the decks – layered with dexterous turntablism – Nate impresses even the most cynical critics one at a time “leaving wows in his wake.”
natOsha | 2STEP, UK GARAGE
Steppers Alliance, ECDC, Ladies on Wax
natOsha was introduced to UK Underground Garage in the summer of 1998. A long time music collector and film school graduate, she immediately fell for the passionate vocals and smooth bass lines of UK garage. Her love of House and R&B, combined with her love of editing, turned her to the decks in 1999.
NEIL FOX (Tek Fox) | HOUSE, DISCO, FUNK, CHILLOUT/IDM
The Headspace Collective, Abstrakt Xpressions
Co-founder of The Headspace Collective and resident DJ for House Headz, Neil likes to keep a dance floor moving from disco edits to acid house and funk and soul. Whether its 5am at a festival in a dome or bar close at the Kitty Cat Klub he has just the tunes to make you shake your booty.
OZZY DRIS | HOUSE, AFRO HOUSE, TECH HOUSE
Soul Steppers, Circle Theory
Holding an 18 year professional dance background, Ozzy Dris has been given the opportunity to travel not just for dance but to also dig & collect a wide variety of music from different parts of the world and is excited to maintain the title of a dancer while continuing to excel into the title of a sound selector also known as a DJ. With the guidance and inspiration from Dj’s and producers such as Tyrone (Tybierius), Los Boogie, Soulrane, Jeff Swiff, and many others; he continues and strives to play in local, national, and international dance sessions and parties.
PYJYN | HOUSE, HIP-HOP, AND EVERYTHING BETWEEN, BEFORE, AFTER, & TO THE SIDE
Gay 90s, Resident
Robin, AKA DJ Pyjyn fell in love with dance music in 2007 at a house party in the middle of nowhere, Iowa. She combines a deep love of the underground with an ear for mainstream. You can find Pyiyn spinning at the Gay 90’s every weekend with a dedicated crowd of fans. Her unique and versatile style of mixing makes you feel like you’re dancing with friends you’ve known your whole life. Pyjyn spins a groove that will make everyone speak the same language on the dance floor, no matter how different.
SIRKIT BR8KER (Mike Fogg) | HOUSE, TECHNO, D&B
Self release with Landr, have personal unofficial label Lowdid Recordings
Sirkit Br8ker (Mike Fogg) is all about music. He has been composing music for more than 25 years and Djing for over a decade. Starting out as a bedroom producer and creating techno on his keyboard for school talent shows, Mike quickly transformed into Sirkit Br8ker after buying his first pair of used Technics turntables. Immediately, Mike found his passion for mixing. Listen for lots of low end and rhythmic thumping with massive drums and tons of dynamic range. Mike strives to dig for the best tunes that align with the vibes he brings to the floor.
SWIZZLE STIX | HOUSE, HAPPY HARDCORE
Started raving in 2006, and fell in love with Happy Hardcore, and Funky House. Started djing in 2009. Has shared lineups with Darren Styles, Hixxy, Kutski, and many others.
TEDDY MAC | HOUSE, OTHER
teddymac, originally from Minneapolis, grew up in musical surroundings and treats his turntables and mixer as a musical instrument, playing more than just ‘notes on the page.’ He plays to the mood and evolves it to another level. As a DJ, with the history of music on tap, he takes pride in touching a variety of genre’s in his sets, taking the listener on an aural journey. Part of what differentiates teddymac from the rest, is his yearning to improvise. Creating each mix and live set for that moment, no two mixes, no two sets, no two journeys are the same. Nothing is preplanned. Expect to hear smooth melodies, clean transitions, and excellent basslines!
VLAD HURDUC | HOUSE, DEEP HOUSE, JACKIN', TECH HOUSE, NU-DISCO
Increasingly active in the local house scene, Vlad has delivered his sounds in nightclubs and festivals across the Midwest, including Communion, Even Furthur 2019, Bassgasm 2019, and Jungle Love, as well as his monthly Housteria. Vlad Hurduc is a highly versatile DJ with a vast arsenal of cutting edge music, from hypnotic deep house grooves to smooth disco house, from funky jackin' house to pounding tech house - his style is varied and unique, but always certain to bring good vibes and get dance floors moving.