D.A.N.C.E. - A Blog Haus Night
It's time to get in the holiday mood with the mother of all Blog Haus Face-Offs on December 2 at Echoplex.
We'll be pitting the two greats against each other, as our DANCE - A Blog Haus Party DJs go back to back for 90 peak-time minutes, playing Daft Punk tunes against LCD Soundsystem jams. Who is best? Who will win? Get your dancing shoes & Santa hats ready and come and find out.
The rest of the night will feature plenty of Daft Punk & LCD Soundsystem, plus music by similar artists you know and love.
Larry Tee is an electro enigma. Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, he started hanging out with the likes of RuPaul and Lady Bunny in the 80's before a whole gaggle of them moved to New York towards the end of the decade.
He started promoting and DJing in NY, playing at infamous clubs like Twilo and becoming a resident at The Roxy. He co-wrote the hit record 'Supermodel (You Better Work)' for RuPaul in the early 90s, and around the Millenium time he coined the term 'electroclash' to describe the new synthetic sound blossoming out of the underground and co-ordinated the Electroclash Festival in 2001 that featured early, career launching sets by Scissor Sisters, Fischerspooner, Peaches and Ladytron. Electroclash took hold in Berlin and London, and birthed enduringacts like Tiga and labels like City Rockers, which soon became Crosstown Rebels.
Moving to Shoreditch, east London in 2011, Larry now runs the Super Electric Party Machine club nights and then new Super Electric Party Machine album - produced with AttackAttackAttack. It features Princess Superstar, Lady Cartel, Roxy Cottontail and the exquisitely named Cunty Savage.
Franki Chan (IHEARTCOMIX)
In a decade of revivals and reimagination, Franki Chan holds close the ideals and vision that has brought him to the forefront of his craft, seamlessly merging music and art by way of DJing, live events, and illustrations; all of which contribute to creating a pop-renegade aesthetic that defines the energy and unpredictability of the artist himself. This post-digital Renaissance man has created an empire of all the things he loves and is.
As Godfather of IHEARTCOMIX, Franki Chan spends his time refining all aspects of a culture he helped create. For over five years, IHEARTCOMIX has provided markets around the world with some of the most original production concepts to come to fruition, and his personal influence with booking and curating unique lineups further establishes himself as one of the premiere tastemakers around. Developed initially to specify in event production, IHC later evolved into a record label with an interest in introducing the world to some of the best unheard or underground sounds. Artists such as Matt & Kim, Designer Drugs, Toxic Avenger, and HEARTSREVOLUTION all reflect the energy of Chan's personality, and it's his ability to recognize and cultivate this talent that has enabled these artists to grow; helping him to plant the seeds not just for their future, but a whole new generation.
While known for his signature fedora and thick-rimmed glasses, the true testament to Franki Chan's character lies in his illustrations and music. As a child growing up in Bloomington, IN; Chan's affinity for drawing and punk rock led to an explosion across a number of artistic mediums, most of which has been captured through years and years of Polaroids that now occupy an ever growing number of shoeboxes. After spending high school living in Japan, and touring America playing drums for Operation: Cliff Clavin, Chan made the jump to Bellingham, WA. There he took over the reins of the infamous Showoff Gallery before relocating to Seattle where he developed his talents side-by-side, expanding on his growing passion for music of all types and creating a place for it to develop. Whether that meant djing an underground warehouse, illustrating flyers, booking the perfect lineup, or combining all three, Chan has always succeeded in creating some of the best nights ever.
Franki Chan's DIY dedication to shape and evolve culture as it happens continues to be ever present in his work. Today, he resides in Los Angeles where he has established himself as a prominent figure in LA nightlife for almost a decade; with a notable past that includes Fucking Awesome, Cinespace Tuesdays, and the recently returned Check Yo Ponytail series. It is here that Chan works diligently to create the elements of his own modern universe and his most recent projects are a testament to years of hard work and perseverance. While providing a consistent avenue for his newer productions and remixes through a series of mixtapes, Chan does something truly unique by creating original artwork for all his releases, not to mention the incredible flyers for Check Yo Ponytail in which he also resides as resident DJ. As an Electro pioneer, Chan and his taste-making sensibilities have appeared in Spin, Rolling Stone, Dazed & Confused, Pitckfork, and URB to name a few. His ability to discover new and exciting talent has defined Chan's taste as one that you can trust and it is apparent through the legions of successful artists who have performed at any one of Chan's iconic events.
No one may know the true path of their future; those who succeed choose to create one for themselves. In a time where most are afraid to design the template for their success, Franki Chan has created an entire empire that continues to expand and challenge what we think we've all seen or heard. As the future unfolds, prepare for Franki Chan to stay on the frontline again, with innovative concepts to define a sound and aesthetic for the future to catch up with. Just like he always has. Diligence, tenacity, and creative vision are what set DJ and IHEARTCOMIX Records owner Franki Chan apart from the rest. In a decade of revivals and reimagination, Franki Chan holds close the ideals and vision that has brought him to the forefront of his craft, seamlessly merging music and art by way of live performances and comics; all of which contribute to creating a pop-renegade aesthetic that defines the energy and unpredictability of the man himself. This post-digital renaissance artist has created an empire of all the things he loves and is.
Franki Chan has proven to be an iconic fixture amongst the eccentric background of an industry that is ever changing. His signature fedora and thick rimmed glasses have become a regular presence worldwide, with notable appearances at festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza, clubs like the legendary Fabric in London, and everywhere in between. His mixing craft and ability to forecast what's next have turned this digital punk version of Clark Kent into an artist that will continue to provide dance floors with the salvation they've been looking for. Franki's endless touring schedule has led him to share the stage with a barrage of talented artists such as Justice, Diplo, Boys Noize, A-Trak, and Drop The Lime to name a few. Beginning with only a single turntable and a cassette deck, Franki's continued dedication to music and its ability to bring people together has certainly breathed new life into shaping the way we listen to and enjoy our nights on the town, especially when it comes to throwing some of the best parties and events in the LA area and beyond. Even if you've never been to a Franki Chan party, the energy and essence of his events have surely impacted the ideology of what it means to throw a memorable event.
In 2009, Franki Chan added producer to his already impressive résumé of cultural and artistic achievements. Franki is currently working on original tracks (debut single out Spring 2010) that will no doubt brings us the best in what we have come to know of his production skill through the several projects he has remixed for other high caliber artists such as Acid Girls, The Toxic Avenger, and The Very Best. Just like his DJ sets, we can expect an onslaught of dynamic, high-energy arrangements, deeply rooted in techno with a more rhythmic and percussive edge. In the meantime, with the success of his contribution to the Scion A/V Mixtape series (IHEARTCOMIX #21), Franki will release a series of new mixtapes that will surely encapsulate the spirit of his live performances.
DJ Paul V.
DJ Paul V. is a mainstay in LA and Silver Lake nightlife, and whose eclectic club and radio DJ career first began in Boston in 1981, where he was the resident DJ at the iconic Man Ray, Spit, and Axis nightclubs. He arrived in LA in 1988 (hired to do Alternative Radio Promotion for Warner Records), and his club career flourished as the co-creator and DJ at legendary hotspots like Dragstrip 66, Spit LA, and Bootie LA. He also spins many concerts around town, such as Robyn, PIL, Miike Snow, The Gossip, OMD, Lorde, Nitzer Ebb, Gary Numan and many more. Paul is also the creator/curator of BornThisWayBlog.com (and accompanying book) that shares our global growing up LGBT experiences/photos.
Radio-wise he brought mashups to the masses on the LA airwaves from 2005-2009 via Indie 103.1 FM with his "Mashup Of The Day" feature, and his electro beats, indie rock, and mashups got heard every Friday afternoon inside "The Smash Mix" and every Saturday night with his "Neon Noise" mix show, which now streams Friday and Saturday nights from 9PM -12AM pacific here: bit.ly/IndieFMRadio.