Ardalan (Dirtybird) - KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Ardalan

Artist Performance Details:

Ardalan will be giving a keynote speech on Friday November 11th at 8pm at 9910. He will then be performing later that night at 9910

A conference pass will get you entry into his keynote speech, but you must buy a ticket to his show separately on our ticket page.

BIO

Range, appeal, and a massive dose of nasty, gritty bass are the three chief weapons every Dirtybird artist has in his or her quiver, but Ardalan seems to be the peak culmination of all those assets in one wieldy point. This young archer has had the incomprehensible luck to fall into crew with his idols, be reared by their best and given some of their most guarded musical secrets, then hoisted to a platform to blare his prodigious beats from places where most creators can only dream of being.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Ardalan possesses a peculiar, fresh perspective on music genesis without even trying. His mixes, remixes and dubs are known for their sass, energy and wickedly wry samples that snap like a wet towel to the face, but his original records are where his efforts shine, like those released with Justin Martin —“Mr. Spock,” a 2010 party anthem charted by Diplo and Jesse Rose, “LEZGO,” charted by Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boyz Noise) and “Function”, the 2015 banger that keeps giving — as well as two of his own EP’s that were released on Dirtybird, “The Yeah / No” and “Thunderdad”. It is no wonder he has been given the nod by everyone, from Papa Dirtybird himself (Claude VonStroke) and A-Trak, to those who are charting his remixes, like Maya Jane Coles, Audiojack, and Riva Starr.

The greatest strength in Ardy’s music is his ability to whip out hits that work equally well from the dankest basements to the most opulent dance-floors; sounds that satisfy those with diverse tastes who can unite under his single agenda of having a good time. 

David Luca / Night Vision Music

David Luca, Night Vision

David Luca, most well known from the DJ duo Audio Sex, is an Edmonton based DJ & Producer who has been djing clubs, events, and festivals for the past 7 years. Since starting his solo project, he has played at Burning Man, Astral Harvest, Bass Coast and has his first EP release out this past summer on Night Vision Music. Luca is a partner of the record label and group collective Night Vision. His consistent, dexterous selections and style is what keeps your ears, body, and mind grooving. David currently works at the Night Vision Music Academy teaching dj lessons

Junior Brown / the Bower

Junior Brown has been always around music his whole life. Growing up his parents hosted basement parties with DJs spinning funk, soul, disco, and reggae. This musical influence at a young age lead Junior Brown into spinning records, promoting hall parties and club nights, and now co-owning 2 bars (The Bower and Red Star). Currently, he is the resident and host at the For Those Who Know... club night, which focuses on the sound of house! Started in 2001, For Those Who Know... Saturdays has been an institution for many Edmontonians. Over the years Junior Brown has played alongside DJs such as Louie Vega, Mark Farina, Frankie Knuckles, Junior Sanchez, Soul Clap, Cajmere, Diz, Marques Wyatt, Colette, DJ Heather, and more.

Enoque Carrancho / One Less Of Them

Enoque Carrancho / One Less Of Them

Enoque is a musician, composer, producer, and dj. He has 30 years of experience with bands and groups in a variety of genre's; from heavy metal to country and most of every thing else in between. His electronic aliases are, Enno Karr, Bread N Butta and a new moniker, One Less Of Them, debuting an EP in 2016 through Substation Recordings. He has released works through Dansant Records in Sweden, and continues to release with Substation Recordings, as well as other albums you might find hidden on the interweb. You can catch him at Habitat Living Sound dancing or DJing. He is involved with Studio Social, a monthly initiative to promote and share information with
Calgary producers and has hosted several of their nights at Habitat Living Sound. Enoque's experience and passion for making music will be evident in the way he talks about
it.

Jon Delerious / Substation Recording

Jon Delerious

Calgary's own Jon Delerious has been a staple in the Canadian West coast House music scene since his first 'big' gig in 1992. Since then his production talents have seen him grow into an internationally respected DJ & Producer. His music ranges from smoked out dubby house, down tempo to top-notch dance floor chuggers and has been name checked from diverse artists like Gilles Peterson through to Laurent Garnier. His style proves to appeal to a diverse and varied audience. As a D.J. he has played @ many shows performing across Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe as well. Career D.J. Highlights include headlining with some of House music's finest - including 'Little' Louie Vega, Carl Cox, Mark Farina, Kaskade, Ben Watt among many, many others! Jon's full length album on Canada's own Nordic trax record label 'No Warning' has received international acclaim in such publications as XLR8R, Exclaim and DJ Mag as well as play throughout the world. Jon's music charts strong and is supported in the US, UK, Canada, Spain, Netherlands, France and Germany. One thing is certain about Jon, he has carved out a place in D.J. booth and in the studio that is completely his own. Jon Delerious continues to refine his skills as one of Canadas leading electronic musical innovators.Calgary's own Jon Delerious has been a staple in the Canadian West coast House music scene since his first 'big' gig in 1992. Since then his production talents have seen him grow into an internationally respected DJ & Producer. His music ranges from smoked out dubby house, down tempo to top-notch dance floor chuggers and has been name checked from diverse artists like Gilles Peterson through to Laurent Garnier. His style proves to appeal to a diverse and varied audience. As a D.J. he has played @ many shows performing across Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe as well. Career D.J. Highlights include headlining with some of House music's finest - including 'Little' Louie Vega, Carl Cox, Mark Farina, Kaskade, Ben Watt among many, many others! Jon's full length album on Canada's own Nordic trax record label 'No Warning' has received international acclaim in such publications as XLR8R, Exclaim and DJ Mag as well as play throughout the world. Jon's music charts strong and is supported in the US, UK, Canada, Spain, Netherlands, France and Germany. One thing is certain about Jon, he has carved out a place in D.J. booth and in the studio that is completely his own. Jon Delerious continues to refine his skills as one of Canadas leading electronic musical innovators.

Michael Loh / iConnectivity

Michael Loh

Michael Loh is the Founder and CTO of iConnectivity, a hardware development company that makes innovative interfaces for the music industry. iConnectivity has over the past five years built a solid brand in the music industry known for uncompromising quality and having superior connectivity solutions.

Michael graduated with a BSc. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Engineering from the University of Calgary in 1992. He had a brief stint of making data conversion software before his first full time job in a gas instrumentation company. Then in 1994, Michael was offered a position at Bell Northern Research, designing and developing wireless communications systems and cellular communications. Living through the BNR transition to Northern Telecom and finally Nortel, Michael was a member of the team that brought CDMA to North America in Nortel’s successful cellular infrastructure products.

Wanting a further challenge, Michael departed Nortel to join MCK Communications. In early 2003, Michael helped build Wireless Dynamics Inc. In 2009, after Apple announced the ability to connect external hardware to iPhones, Michael launched out on his own to create iKingdom Corp. Initially, iKingdom Corp. was going to create interface devices for the energy sector, allowing the iPhone to be used with various data processing units used in industry. However, when Michael first started working on his business plan, he discovered extensive opportunities in products connecting to the iPhone device. The first product was a MIDI interface – and thus the birth of iConnectivity, a Music Industry company.

Isis Graham / ESETTE

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For the past 20 years house music artist Esette (Isis Graham) has played an instrumental role in shaping Calgary’s dance music landscape into the internationally recognized hotspot that it is today.

Her 30-plus releases have received support from artists like Maceo Plex, Fred Everything, Giom, Luke McKeehan, Animal Trainer, Vanilla Ace, Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, DJ Heather, DOZA, and Pezzner.

As a DJ she’s been invited to play notable festivals like Bass Coast, WMC, Decibel, and ADE.

These accolades, combined with her work as co-owner of Calgary-based Substation Recordings, have made Esette a name synonymous with cultural growth, a force constantly driving artists around her to push forward.

Graham first began throwing raves in 1997, witnessing the height of Calgary’s renegade party scene with events that drew as many as 1600 people. In 1999 she began DJing, and after local bylaws brought about the end of raves the following year she brought her Chicago-influenced house tracks to some of the most notable venues of the last decade, appearing at now-legendary spots like the Embassy, Cherry Lounge, Manhattans, and the Night Gallery.

In 2003 Graham was invited to become a founding member of Girls On Decks, a group dedicated to increasing the visibility of women in dance music through podcasts and hosting events. Together with the other members, Graham showed her ability to incite critical change by giving numerous women DJs a platform to be heard.

Over the ten years that followed Graham continued to develop her catalogue as a producer with a string of releases on Tycho Records, collaborations with Vancouver’s Neighbour, and her 2012 album In The Garden.

Then in late 2013 Graham became a co-owner of the newly relaunched Substation Recordings, a label dedicated to showcasing the avant-garde of western Canadian house and techno. Since forming the label, four of her releases have charted internationally, with 2015’s You single reaching 35 on Beatport’s September top 100 Electronica chart.

To see Esette is to witness a catalyst, one of the forces behind Calgary being named by Beatport as one of the cities to rule dance music. Her journey thus far has been propelled by her ability to maintain a uniqueness in her music while harkening back to some of dance music’s most classic sounds.

When it comes to house music, Esette is what innovation looks like.

http://esettemusic.com

Andrew Williams / NVS, Dunmore Park / Night Vision

Andrew Williams (AKA NVS or Dunmore Park), is a DJ, Producer, record junkie, promoter and musical jack-of-all-trades based in Edmonton, Alberta. Childhood roots in the United Kingdom planted seeds that would begin to grow strong amongst the fledgling Alberta DJ scene in the late 90s and early 00s. He now currently performs under two aliases, NVS and Dunmore Park.

Night Vision, a multi-faceted collective of musical activity, was co-founded by Williams and group of like-minded friends to push the power of positive musical expression to Edmonton and beyond. Night Vision promotes local and international artists, releases dance floor conscious house music, and educates new electronic producers through their school, the Night Vision Music Academy.

https://soundcloud.com/n_v_s

https://soundcloud.com/dunmore-park

Juan Deepah / Y Afterhours

Luis Gonzalez, better known as Juan Deepah began his DJ career as a resident DJ for Blueprint Alberta and soon found himself with a local residency at Edmontons Y Afterhours. Whether gracefully mixing in those fresh and groovy house beats or taking you on a journey with his banging techno, Juan Deepah will never dissappoint. With influences such as Green Velvet, Justin Martin, Jay Luman, Sonny Federa, and Jamie Jones, Juan Deepah always brings you the best in all new age house and techno music, “Juan” beat at a time.

August Auseil

August Ausiel

 Having worked for many of Edmonton's greatest venues (The Citadel Theatre, Jubilations Dinner Theatre and The Francis Winspear Centre for Music) as well as for The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra August's life has, for the past half-decade, existed in tandem with the Albertan music scene. A lifelong student of Classical Music and music theory, he turned his sights to the future armed with a computer and over a dozen synthesizers 5 years ago and now self-releases his own Electronic compositions.

August has garnered support from many respectable artists including Uallas, Aerospherix, DJ Avvry and Popular Youtube artist Azrienoch and, In 2016, his Big Room track “Vishnu” reached #1 on the Spinnin' Records Talent Pool in 3 days. August Auseil is a moderator of the Leonard Cohen subreddit.  

Gavin Delainey / DAILEY / Night Vision

Gavin Delainey

Formerly producing as one half of the duo Shaedes, Gavin Delainey (AKA Dailey) is an Edmonton-based DJ & producer who has enjoyed success with releases on Night Vision Music, JG Records and, most recently, Hanover’s This Ain't Bristol. Invigorated by the success of "Gossip"—Shaedes’ breakout track featured on This Ain't Bristol’s summer compilation ‘Even More Selections'—Delainey embarked to hone his sound under the solo moniker "Dailey". As one of the co-founders of the Night Vision collective, Delainey has become a fixture in Edmonton’s house and techno scene with regular appearances at the city’s most vibrant venues, including the Starlite Room, the Common, and the Bower. 

However, Delainey’s influence is not restricted to the nightlife—he is also an integral part of the Night Vision Music Academy where he offers his talents as a DJing and studio production instructor. With releases forthcoming on Night Vision Music, as well as Australian fledgling label Bump ‘n Flex, 2016 looks to be very exciting indeed for this Alberta-born producer.

Matt Carter / KILLMIDI

Matt began creating electronic music in his teens using impulse tracker on a 486 PC. Frustrated by the inability to program complex modulation, he soon moved to Jeskola Buzz, a modular synthesisis\tracker program that had a cult following in europes demoscene.  It was here that Matt first engaged in the community aspect of of electronic music.  He was heavily involved in the buzzchurch forums and #buzz on IRC, weighing in on the development of new buzz and the development of audiotrack features.  When buzzchurch eventually met its demise Matt started engaging electronic musicians IRL.  Moving to Edmonton in 2012 he began attending the Edmonton electronic music producers meetup.  Then in 2015 after moving to Lethbridge he decided to form his own group with the local electronic music producers holding weekly meetings at inferno nightclub.  It was here that Matt began testing and practising his fledgling live act, composing a great portion of it in the club itself.  Today Matt seeks to unify electronic musicians across Alberta in order to cultivate a stronger scene and establish the province as an international force in electronic music.  

TIMOTHY ALLAN / Beat Drop

Timothy Allan

 

Releases on over twenty labels such as Toolroom, Baroque, Audio Therapy, Perfecto, Black Hole, Armada, Warner Music, Vicious, Virgin and EMI, Tim has firmly established himself as a global EDM producer and engineer. Not one to keep all his secrets under his cap, Timothy is Beat Drop's Mixing and Mastering instructor and enjoys sharing his expertise. These production methods are put in to practice every day at The Mixplant, a mixing/mastering facility focused on electronic music where Tim is the head engineer.

Jeff Olson

Jeff Olson

Jeff Olson has been making music since 1995.  He studied piano locally from age seven, and then under renowned pianist Dr. Ping-Shan Liao.  He began writing & composing music in his mid-teens, and by the late 90's he had already composed music for websites that had just gained playback capabilities.  He completed a full grade 10 certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in piano, history, and harmony.  He has performed with Da Camera Singers and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, his own bands, and as a solo artist on both traditional instruments and on electronic devices.

2001 saw the beginning of Phoneticsound, his recording & production studio.  Mixing and mastering quickly became a passion, and he now mixes for artists from the US to Grand Prairie, AB.  As a producer he's worked with many of Alberta's best musicians on some great projects.  Jesse Peter's 2011 album Face Time was recorded live at The Winspear Centre, and mixed on Phoneticsound's analog console and a host of vintage processors.  It gained excellent reviews, as far as China where Jesse toured soon after.  Lora Jol's album Nowhere Near was produced with a focus on a few 80's synths.  Phoneticsound has expanded to include hardware digital and analog synths, new and old, as well as a mid-format analog recording console.  

After this much time in the studio, demand for live engineering increased.  Chromeo, Dev & The Cataracts, Raekwon, Gay Nineties, Matt Maher, Tim Hughes, and Capital Kings have been a few of Jeff's live highlights.

Jeff currently composes for various web projects, mixes and masters pop, rap, and electronic music, and holds workshops and courses for others wishing to learn.  Teaching comes naturally to him, and having taught instrument lessons for a decade, he focuses his instruction for those looking to compose and produce electronic music.  His courses have included subjects from mixing to remixing, from synthesis to sampling to music theory.  He takes care to ensure every student can gain and improve their skills.

 

Bron Wells / Heart to Heart

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Bron Wells is the co-founder of Heart to Heart, a vinyl-only music label based in Edmonton. Heart to Heart is a vinyl imprint focusing on the deeper shades of techno and house music from Canadian underground producers.  Their vinyl is produced and distributed through Crosstalk International out of Chicago USA.

Heart to Heart does everything from artist cultivation and management, curation of releases, online marketing, overseeing production and distribution worldwide.

Dane MacDonald

Dane Common Edit

What can be said about Dane? This loveable cosmic rocker from outer space comes packing heat full of spaceships and lazar beams. A Dj of 14 years from Edmonton, Canada dedicated to vinyl and good times. He mans a residency and record store in his home town selecting the best in Disco, House, Techno, Funk and all things spectacular. He's played clubs and festivals all over Canada with a recent trip over seas to Germany where he turned out the jams at places like Golden Pudel & Loftus Hall. As well, he regularly releases on his own imprint Common Edit. Zip up those party pants, good times guaranteed!

https://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/dane/biography

MITCH LEE / BEAT DROP

Mitch Lee

An award winning producer and composer, Mitch is an Ableton Certified Trainer and course developer at Beat Drop. He has produced music for companies like Warner Brothers, ESPN, Oakley, Nissan, Lamborghini, Activision, Nintendo, Adidas and many more. Along with working on his side project "Mr Elastic", Mitch loves that Beat Drop gets to pull the curtains back on the secrets of modern day production and is allowed to mentor the next gen of laptop producers.

Nik Kozub

Nik has worn many hats within the music industry over the years: he has been gigging in various bands since 1989; he has done close to a thousand shows across 3 continents as a musician, as a sound technician and a tour manager; he has produced and recorded countless albums over the past 17 years, currently working out of The Audio Department studio in Edmonton where Nik has been working since the studio opened in 2011. Nik is heavily involved in electronic music, as a DJ, a promoter, and with his Juno-nominated band Shout Out Out Out Out (with whom he has also toured extensively across North America and Europe, playing at major festivals such as SXSW, CMJ, MoogFest, Virgin Festival, etc), and as a solo artist under The Paronomasiac moniker. Nik co-runs (with his bandmate Jason Troock) Normals Welcome Records, an internationally distributed record label working primarily with electronic music artists, including his own Shout Out Out Out Out and The Paronomasiac releases. Nik's music has received critical acclaim from a wide variety of national and international press. Nik has sit on the Board of Directors at Alberta Music since 2011, chairs the Member Services Committees for that organization, and speaks regularly on panels and information sessions for other Alberta artists.

Nik's recording work has been featured in EQ and Keyboard Magazine. As a member of Shout Out Out Out Out, Nik has graced the covers of CMJ, Vue Weekly, SEE Magazine, Eye Weekly, Ottawa Xpress, BeatRoute, and the Globe and Mail Arts Section, and has been featured in highly regarded US glossy magazines SPIN, Billboard, URB, BPM, and XLR8R, as well as British magazine Q, who named Shout Out Out Out Out as one of “the 10 best new bands on Earth.” In 2007 the band’s work was recognized with a nomination for a Juno Award in the Best Alternative Album category. Nik’s music, both with Shout Out Out Out Out, and as The Paronomasiac, was featured in the video game Mass Effect 3, an international bestseller with several million copies sold.

Adam Johan / Night Vision

Adam Johan

Adam is a music producer and DJ currently based out of Alberta, Canada. Having spent the last few years traveling the world and honing his craft, he moved back to Edmonton in 2014 to become a part of Night Vision and propel the music scene forward in his home town. Adam is a professionally trained producer with a diverse production background. While living in London, Adam attended the internationally renowned production school Point Blank UK.  After that, he moved on to Los Angeles and graduated from the equally well regarded production school Icon Collective.

In addition to his production skills, he's also an excellent teacher who's able to explain complex processes and techniques in easy-to-understand ways. You'll walk away from his classes with a deep and powerful understanding of how to produce electronic music.

http://www.nightvisionmusic.academy