FACTOR Project Coordinator
Jeff joined the FACTOR team in early 2015. He is a life-long fan and ambassador of Canadian independent music, hailing from the great city of Brantford. His love for data and spreadsheets is surpassed only by his love for Whitney Houston. By night you can usually find him DJing or watching a movie (or three). He finds it very difficult to write in the third person.
Hayden McHugh is a producer and song-writer born and raised in Calgary, Canada. Hayden grew up in the suburbs of the city where he trained in classical piano and stage performance - this is where his roots in music began. Fascinated by synth-pop 80’s music and new dance music, Hayden has created a dreamy and fun sound inspired by artists like Bibi Bourelly and Jon Bellion. His music rings out with a powerful and punchy melody, beautifully arranged piano and guitar, and lyrics that will move you deep down.
John-Paul McVea is the principle researcher for the E-town Rave History Project.
Calgary's own Jon Delerious has been a staple in the 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 D.J. & Producer. His music ranges from smoked out dubby house, deep house, down tempo to top-notch dance floor chuggers.
Jon's music appeals to a diverse and varied audience and have been name checked from such artists as Gilles Peterson through to Laurent Garnier.
Some highlight releases include music on Nordic Trax Records, Lost My Dog, UM Records, Substation Recordings and many more. His latest mussic has seen support from artists Claptone, Shur-I-Kan, Groove Armada, Giom, Crazy P, Dubfire, Inland Knights, Moodymanc and many more.
Over his 25 plus years as a D.J. he has performed festivals and events across Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe.
Career D.J. highlights include performing with some of the industry's finest - including 'Little' Louie Vega, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Mark Farina, Kaskade, Ben Watt among many others.
Jon's productions have received international acclaim in such publications as XLR8R, Exclaim and DJ Mag and regularly gets radio play around the world.
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 Canada's leading electronic musical innovators.
Joel West is a founding member of Groundwerk Vancouver and Groundwerk Recordings. Groundwerk is a monthly producers meet-up and listening party held at The Anza in Vancouver, out of which has recently arisen an online label. Since launching in April 2015 Groundwerk has held fourteen meet-ups, produced three showcase events in addition to stages at TEDx Vancouver, Vancouver Car Free Days, and Vancouver Mural Festival, and run three remix contests with East Van Digital, RF (Rennie Foster's label) and most recently for Groundwerk Recordings. Joel hosted Groundwerk's panel at Bass Coast 2016 on building community in the electronic underground, which you can watch at groundwerkvancouver.com. Andrew Williams (Night Vision) and Isis Graham (Substation) are in it. It's keen.
As a DJ, Joel recently opened for Kevin & Dantiez Saunderson (US), and Dave Angel (UK), and played Sunwave, Summer Ender Bender 5, Vancouver Art & Leisure, Nautilus at The Anza, Gorg-O-Mish, MIA, Trancemission 19, and so on. Joel loved getting a B2B set in with Jon Delerious at Bamboo in 2015, even though Jon out-deeped Joel by a ratio of 15-1. Joel played Fozzyfest from 2010-2015, and looks forward to a 2017 return. Having started on vinyl in 2003, Joel now loves the ultra-portability of USB keys. Joel plays and produces house and techno.
Joel is also an actor, improvisor, and instructor of same. You can see Joel on iZombie, Lucifer, Legends Of Tomorrow, Supernatural, Arrow, and several other shows whose air dates are beyond press time and thus must remain secret.
JHNN (pronounced J-H-double-N), or John K Arum, is a producer/DJ from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Having been active in production and DJing since 2009 in his bedroom while bringing his DJing skills to clubs three years later, he’s developed a sound that can be described as “mellow dark disco”
This all came to be after finishing high school, coinciding with the rise of dance music on pop radio stations and the increasing popularity of DJing. With that, JHNN decided to enter remix contests and record demos. He uploaded his first public remix 'Burns - Nu-disko (JHNN rewerk)' to Soundcloud, demonstrating not only his interest in disco, but more notably his interest in the bass element of disco while keeping the vibe of the genre intact. After competing in several remix contests, JHNN became comfortable enough to self-release his first EP Radio, where he combines the low-end focus of dubstep with disco and house. This eventually led to him recording his first LP HYPOCRT 0: .Th3m, featuring a wide range of influences such as Last Gang Records artists Metric, Death from Above 1979 and MSTRKRFT as well as an afrobeat influence coming from UK funky. The album was self-released in early 2014 through Bandcamp, and helped JHNN shape his dark disco sound.
As deep house started rising from the underground in 2012, JHNN noted the similarities between his music and the sound that had a house-oriented approach to bass music, marking a new deep house inspired sound and direction for his career.
JHNN has gone on to open for acts like Kid Koala, KANT, Simon Doty and Danny Howells. He continues to self-release his material and release through mainly Calgary-based labels such as Substation Recordings for free. His Recent Release demontrates his newly acquired songwriting skills and vocal ability.
Jesse is a well-known and active participant in the Alberta music community as a performer, recording engineer, producer and consultant. with a Bachelor of Music (Digital Audio Arts) from the University of Lethbridge, Jesse has spent his entire life and career in the Alberta music industry. Most recently, Jesse returned from eight weeks in Toronto where he was enrolled in Canada’s Music Incubator Music Management program. This experience and training, combined with his professional musical perspective in grant-writing, tour-booking, radio mail-outs, and performance has given him the skills to be a great mentor to Alberta artists and the members of the industry.Jesse has also graced the performance stage as the front-man and writer for the touring indie rock band Jesse and the Dandelions and as a member of Consilience, Tyler Butler and his Handsome Friends, Ketamines, Unwed Mothers, Doug Hoyer, and more.
Jordan Smoliak is the Founder and Director of Astral Harvest Music & Arts Festival -- Alberta, Canada’s most treasured electronic music festival in its 11th year running. Since 2001, Jordan has been promoting and producing events in Edmonton as well as performing as one half of the DJ duo -- WAV Occupation. In 2008, along with his dedicated team, Jordan’s visionary abilities came to light and Astral Harvest was created. Under his guidance, the festival has developed from a small outdoor event to one of the industry’s leading annual electronic events featuring international producers and DJs, world-class production, and thousands in attendance.
Living a driven life, Jordan is also an entrepreneur, a private pilot, and a father to a three-year-old son. All of this contributes to his passion for getting the people to the music and the music to the people. He continues to pursue his dreams and aspirations to keep the electronic music industry fresh while maintaining the sense of community and family that have inspired this beloved event.
Matt is a producer, live performer, sound design enthusiast and gearhead. Matt first began making electronic music as a teenager at the turn of the millennium, dipping his toes into the once prolific tracker\demoscene, influenced heavily by 80s new wave, 90s acid, house music, industrial and cyberpunk. Not content to camp in any one genre this evolved through the early 2000's to include synthpop, IDM, and Breakcore. Currently Matt has shifted focus from in the box production to playing keys, performing live, and producing uniquely hardware driven Synthwave, Future Funk, and Techno under the alias KillMidi.
Matt believes strongly that the future of electronic music lies in live performances with hardware synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers and has dedicated significant effort to researching, cultivating and promoting this scene.
Kismet was born in the basements, offices, house parties and mountain festivals of Calgary and the Rocky Mountains. In those thriving beds of cutting edge artistic expression, the old school of DJing and turntablism was the key, the foundation upon which the music was built. Early influences from hardcore and gabber shows blended together with deep wax cuts of old school hip hop MCs crushing rhymes on relentless drum’n’bass beats.
As that sound blossomed for Kismet, a.k.a. Stirling Donnelly, Calgary’s drum’n’bass and jungle scene embraced him. In 2011, he broke onto the scene with 403DNB, a fledgling crew of junglists destined to push that skittering, signature sound as far into the Western Canadian underground dance scene as it could.
With 403DNB, Kismet shared stages with some of the sound’s finest - Spectrasoul, A-sides, Icicle and Dub Phizix helped shape his sound. Motion Notion, Fozzy Fest and Calgary Electronic Music Festival took that sound further into the scene, until in 2015 Kismet took the coveted title spot at the Dirty Tones Entertainment DJ Competition.
As 2016 rolls in, the jazz-flecked liquid tones find balance with sparse and minimal soundscapes, and the techy future bass sounds meet the roots and traditions of drum’n’bass. Between his solo sets and his tag team work as one half of Carbon Copy, Kismet will find every opportunity to keep dance floors thriving from Calgary to wherever his road may take him.
Kristin Karas completed her bachelor’s in public health with a concentration in community health at East Carolina University. Her involvement in DanceSafe started in 2014 as a member of the original DanceSafe Visionaries cohort. Since joining the team, Kristin has held the titles of Visionary, Volunteer, Intern, Visionaries Program Coordinator, Manager of Health Communications and Programs, and now acts as the Director of Operations. In the last two years alone, Kristin has spearheaded a number of projects including managing a grant which funded a public health campaign to increase awareness regarding the RAVE Act, organizing the first DanceSafe auction, revamping the DanceSafe Visionaries Program, piloting and launching the DanceSafe Training Program (a free online volunteer training program) among other high level initiatives. On the ground, Kristin has provided health services at several national events such as TomorrowWorld, Lightning in a Bottle, Imagine Music Festival, EDC Las Vegas, and the Global Eclipse Gathering. In addition to her involvement with DanceSafe, Kristin also founded the Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter on East Carolina’s campus and has worked with a number of drug policy and harm reduction organizations in her local communities. These experiences coupled with her unbridled passion for ending the War on Drugs make her a valuable asset to both DanceSafe’s team and the community at-large.
Life changed drastically for Kayla Graham, when at the age of 15 she entered a roller rink that had been converted into an all night “rave” party. It was in this dilapidated neighbourhood, long forgotten by Calgary’s suburban sprawl that her lifelong love affair with electronic music began. After a solid ten years of observation, Kayla began reporting on and documenting the rapidly changing musical landscape in Western Canada. Over the years she’s written for DJ Mag Canada, Dub Selekta, AllYouNeedIsBass, Beatroute, PK Sound, and Freq Magazine where she currently resides as music editor.
Since 1995, Adam Hannibal has covered the spectrum of breakbeat and bass influenced music from drum & bass, downtempo, afrobeat, dub, broken beat and future bass styles. Playing alongside acts as diverse as Amon Tobin, Coldcut, Clifford Gilberto, Spooky, Dieselboy, Luke Vibert, Venetian Snares, Thomas Bangalter and Banco de Gaia, Kasm's sets are known to bind and adapt to different crowds and environments. As one of the original founders of Balanced and current label manager, Kasm has been integral to the label's growth and identity both on the international stage and with cultivating artists from the flatlands. Recent projects include remixes of Cayetano, Amsterdam's Process Rebel, Swedish soundscape artist Skyscaper, Cravo E Canela on Pronto Musique, Rise Ashen's Atma, the Iraqi French troupe Aiwa on Wikkid Records, forming Leaf System, the dub influenced trio with Rise Ashen and the Seed Organization and partnering with an eclectic mix of Manitoba musicians to create the Maestro Ayahuasquero project which is based on the songs of a Peruvian shaman. He also co-hosts Quadrafunk, Winnipeg’s longest running DJ show on CKUW which has been on the airwaves since 1999 and is an Artistic Director of the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition.
Ecologist, map-maker and creative soul, leif olson aka lokey the baselayer has been creating and performing weird, glitchy bass music, lush downtempo soundscapes, and odd techno explorations for over a decade, using an ever-evolving custom-crafted ableton performance rig to conjure new and original music from the world around him. based out of calgary, he regularly contributes to the habitat studio social, performing live improvised music at unique events of all forms. his recent work is up at http://lokey.bandcamp.com and http://soundcloud.com/lokey