This week at Killswitch: Clint Stewart, Roman Stange (Auralism) and Perla-Live PA!
About Clint Stewart:
In a sea of heads, Clint Stewart can’t contain his enthusiasm. “It’s an amazing time for dance music,” says the Auralism assistant label manager. “There’s so much good music and an endless list of people making it. It’s inspiring.” The Florida-born DJ / producer / promoter is true to his word, commanding crowds with ease and producing sexy, gauzy cuts that exhort everyone to dance.
Growing up in a home surrounded by the sounds of classical music to classic rock and early blues, he began training in classical piano and guitar. Over time Stewart’s adolescent obsession with punk’s passion and aggression (“I hated dance music”) led to a college-age awakening to techno’s dark, relentless groove. A stint on UNF College Radio Station gave him the opportunity to start Nocturnal Underground radio show where he met Marc Smith. After college he moved to Miami and began eventually joining forces with Auralism co-founders Marc Smith and Jason Short and playing at their residency at Jazid. Within the year, Stewart moved to Hawaii for a brief stint to “get away”, but was soon living in San Francisco after a gig in which he never stepped foot on his return flight.
Since joining the Auralism camp, Stewart has been “going 100 miles an hour, all day, every day,” playing high-profile DJ gigs with top artists among as well as a particularly sizzling set at SF’s annual LoveFest. In addition pounding the pavement for Auralism, Stewart has a growing list of productions out there, including a pair of ecstatic remixes for the label’s inaugural Aural Therapy 1.1 compilation. That’s a lot of work for a short time in a new town, but master multi-tasker Stewart’s just getting started.
About Roman Stange:
Roman Stange is the dark horse of the Auralism stable in more ways than one. Experiencing Techno's birth in the 80's in Detroit,Stange has Soul and Techno music in his blood. In the early 90's Stange emerged on the other side of the Techno underground with a penchant for immersive soulful sound scapes ringing to a 4/4 beat. After relocating to Boston, Roman quickly began pushing minimal, IDM, and industrial against the city's prevailing indie rock scene, performing leftfield live PAs with the renowned Toneburst & Lollygagger collectives, which also included Hrvatski (Keith Whitman Fullerton), DJ C, Mr. In Ter Rupt , Soplerfo, DJ/Rupture, and ESP.
Based in San Francisco since 2006, Stange has come out of retirement and has taken up the West Coast's vibrant dance-floor culture as his personal call to arms, hearkening back to his Detroit roots to create immersive, psychedelic groovers blooming with mechanized soul. 2008 will see several Roman Stange cuts out on Auralism,including remixes from Dave Aju, Elon, Jason Short, and rumor has it a secretive Spacetime Continuum (Jonah Sharp) remix. Jason Short's remix of Stange's Paratroupr has already been charted and mixed by Jonas Kopp, Habersham, Elon, and Alland Byallo. Roman is also one half of Luther Mandross with Jason Short, and one half of Sinthe with Craig Kuna of [KONTROL].
Perla aka Juan Valverde is a techno DJ and producer from Cádiz, Spain. After years of DJ-ing in Spain and London and promoting the DanceUsted parties in Seville, Juan moved to San Francisco in 2007. With only two years of production under his belt, Juan's first track will be released on the San Francisco based label,De'fchild Productions. Perla's live set will move you with his diverse and layered techno.