Jason Apple, aka Ground Control, is a San Francisco based bass music producer and DJ. His productions draw heavily from bassline and early rave music, with stops on the way at dubstep, funky, and electro, and breakbeat. Ground Control's debut record, "Be Nice," was released on En:Vision Records in June 2008. He has since released music on such labels as Play Me and Sleevin Records, with forthcoming releases on Hot N Heavy and Illeven:Eleven.
As a DJ, Ground Control has played at some of the Bay Area's biggest parties, including Icebreakers Ball, Freqo de Mayo, Ghostship, and Breakfast of Champions, sharing the stage with Tipper, Adam Freeland, Jack Beats, Calvertron, DJ Icey, Bassbin Twins, and Reid Speed to name just a very few. He has maintained a 3 year monthly residency, TRBL (pronounced "trouble") at Anu, while his streaming radio show, Hangover Town on NSB Radio, reaches hundreds of listeners around the world.
Matt Haze is a riddle wrapped in an enigma, covered in a stylish beard. One of the most forward-thinking and current DJs in SF, Haze rubs contemporary and classic jams with a marinade of cutting edge beats and a nod to the old school.
Haze is difficult to classify but impossible to resist. He is best known for his work with SF's Slayers Club collective, dropping everything styles across the board from twerk and dancehall to moombahton and tropical bass, electro-swing, tech-house, R&B and more.
U9lift (aka Ben maybe) grew up on a mountain top outside of Willits CA, and after moving through a series of destination locations he was lured to the bright lights of San Francisco. Rave scenes and club dreams exploded off of the dot com boom transforming the city a wonderland of musical diversity. However bright lights soon turned into dark nights as the boom went bust. The ever evolving dance scene solidified as people began to fear the instability of the unknown, many of the smaller genres died off and the larger ones strived to develop radio stations and "top seller" charts. U9lift (Ben maybe) is the resurrection of musical exploration, music that defies genre yet defines emotion. U9lift the underground, a struggle to create a new sound.
U9lift's six underground sound is blues and dub with a world of beats. With a focus on music for humans his sound is as organic as it is electric; with live dub harmonica and a jamtronica vibe good times abide. As WhatDaFunk put it "Massive Attack met Shaggy down at the crossroads for a deal with the devil"
MoPo (aka Motion Potion aka Robbie Kowal) is one of America's most versatile, experienced and flat-out joyous party rockers. His decade long mission is to 'put the party back into the party', and to connect the casual music fan with the hard core dance music mavens and prove that music is more than just beats.
Most commonly a bootleg breakbeat pusher, MoPo is kown for a rare ability to play exactly the right music for the moment and an expertise with a wide variety of genres that he seamlessly melds into a coherent blend.
Since breaking out as a rare groove Dj in the 90's he has spent the 21st Century using funky breakbeat, trip hop and tech house as a backdrop for his genre-bending experiments. From a near religious love of funk and hip hop, to a lifetime study of rock and roll to a massive aptitude for latin, reggae and other outernational formats, MoPo incorporates bits and pieces of music culture into electronic edits that slam the dancefloor. As a backdrop, he creates, edits or chooses only the biggest baddest breaks, hooks and drops to create a sound that truly slams.
To the dancer, MoPo is a breath of fresh air, often transforming a room into collective song or crowd chant that connect the audience to the DJ. These abilities have seen him preceding, following or tagging with a who's who of breakbeat heroes like Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Icey, Cut Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, James Lavelle, Bassnectar, Evil 9, DJ Vadim, Tipper, Freq Nasty, Kraak & Smaak, Aquasky, the Freestylers, Future Funk Squad, Fort Knox 5, A.Skillz, Featurecast, and All Good Funk Alliance.
Evan was introduced to the electronic music scene through the underground rave scene in downtown Los Angeles, quickly developing a taste for house and techno from DJ legends DJ Harvey, Doc Martin, and Lee Burridge. Moving to San Francisco, he immersed himself in the music scene of the city, collecting tracks and refining his taste. He unleashed his signature sound of melodic, deep house and techno on the Playa with the Janky Barge, and Snarkle was born. Focusing on the synthesis of uplifting melodies and dark, impelling beats, Snarkle promises to drive your feet to the dance floor and your heart to the clouds.
Growing up in San Francisco Sean was introduced to the live music scene at a young age. With relatives playing in various bands he was exposed to all different genres. His main influence comes from funk, motown, blues, rock and his all time favorite metal. He later fell in love with the rave scene, especially with drum and bass for its high energy sound. But with all of his musical taste he brings that energy to anything he spins. After years of only DJing for friends and mix tapes he played his first set on the playa with the Janky Barge. Flytrap is guaranteed to get the dance floor jumping.