DC isn’t typically recognized as a techno hotspot, but those in the know are hip to the burgeoning local scene. U Street Music Hall, which has a long history of supporting local artists and uplifting rising stars, will carry on this tradition by hosting a local techno showcase this Saturday, April 8. This party is highly recommended for those fans who want to get to know DC’s movers and shakers in the techno space. Meet your artists for this weekend:
Rush Plus, the collaborative project of Jus Nowhere and Jackson Ryland, have compiled an impressive resume of DC shows, including tons of spots at U Hall and the ROAM parties. Their music bends heavily toward the experimental, deep side of techno releases, and they’ve garnered attention from some huge names in the scene. Listen to their driving, aggressive dancefloor roller “RPDC002” and their “You Look Like My Dad” mix here:
Interestingly enough, Outputmessage is a mathematician by day and producer/vocalist/performer by night. We love his graceful visuals, evocative vocals, and effortless transitions between genres. Check out his concept album “Into the Void” and his “Origins” mix below:
Juana has been rocking DC dancefloors for over 10 years, affiliating herself during that time with local don Sam Burns, along with the inimitable One Love Massive crew. Her tracks are playful but heavy, always maintaining funky toplines, prominent Chicago-style percussion, and jackable locked grooves. If raw, authentic housey grooves are your thing, don’t miss her set this Saturday!
I could write all day aboutBlinkhorn. As one of the most genuine, sweetest individuals on the planet, it has been a pleasure to observe his musical maturation. He’s been producing and DJing around DC for years, but it’s finally coming full circle with his first official release on French imprint Emkan Recordings. Give a listen to “Output” below, along with an acid tech mix from the man himself: