Saturday, August 1st 2015
DJ Dials, blasthaus, Massive Selector + fresco present
BENJI B + NOSAJ THING
@ Mezzanine, 555 Jessie Street, SF
21+ | 9pm-2am | Tickets: http://ticketf.ly/1LGgbf8
Benji B is one of the UK’s most respected DJs. Renowned worldwide for his radio shows and club sets alike, he’s amassed a fan base who have come to see him as a leader in the future music movement. LA based Nosaj Thing has created quite a buzz in the electronic music world with his eclectic beats and has produced tracks for artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, Busdriver, Nocando, and most recently, Chance the Rapper.
These two electronic music heavyweights unite at Mezzanine on Saturday, August 1st. Opening DJ sets by DJ Dials, Hakobo, and Proof.
BENJI B. (Deviation/BBC Radio 1)
NOSAJ THING (Innovative Leisure/LA)
If the UK is an engine powering the future-forward soul music scene, Benji B is one of its pistons. Benji famously got his start working with Gilles Petersen at the age of 14, perhaps the worlds best known dj for breaking new soul and dance records. Now Benji is one of the UK's most respected DJs breaking more than his own share of records and carving out a fat niche with his genre bending selection that seamlessly mixes hip hop, house, soul, funk, electronic and more.
For the past seven years Benji has hosted his own two hour radio show on BBC Radio 1Xtra featuring the latest and greatest music from hip hop and house to electronic and soul and everything in between. His show is essential listening for music fans around the globe and has presented exciting in-studio visits and live mixes from incredible artists. Alongside his BBC show, Benji has been running his club night, Deviation Sessions, in the East London's Gramaphone for almost two years, widely regarded as one of the best club nights in London. Past guests include Flying Lotus, Moodymann, J Davey, Dam Funk and many more. But, thats not where it ends because, most weekends Benji is djing in a different part of the world playing regularly in the US, Japan, the Middle East, and Asia as well as all over Europe.
Los Angeles producer Nosaj Thing crafts stately, ethereal, synth-based instrumental hip-hop, with influences that range from Boards of Canada and DJ Shadow to Danny Elfman and Erik Satie. An L.A. native, Thing was inspired at an early age by the hip-hop radio stations that the bus driver would play on his way to elementary school, and particularly by the Beat Junkies' turntablism on Power 106. In high school, while delving into the sounds of drum'n'bass and the rave scene, and playing quad toms in the school drum line, he figured out how to use his father's old PC to program beats of his own. Soon enough, Thing was motivated to move in more experimental directions by the D.I.Y. rock scene at L.A.'s underground venue The Smell, where he made his live debut in 2004.
Through online and in-person networking, on message boards, and, eventually, at the more beat-oriented music spot Low End Theory, Chung came into contact with like-minded Angelenos including Flying Lotus, Nobody, Daedelus, and local legends (and personal heroes) like D-Styles and Daddy Kev. Following the self-released Views/Octopus EP in 2006 (whose track "Aquarium" was later used by rapper Kid Cudi as the basis of his "Man on the Moon"), he signed with Kev's Alpha Pup imprint for his full-length debut, Drift, in 2009. Chung contributed beats to MCs Busdriver, Nocando, and Kendrick Lamar, and made remixes for Flying Lotus, Daedelus, Radiohead, and Smell staples Health. His second album, Home — featuring Toro y Moi on "Try" and Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino on "Eclipse/Blue" — was issued on Innovative Leisure in 2013. Chance the Rapper and Whoarei appeared on 2015's Fated. A couple weeks prior to that album's release, Thing's gear was stolen during a tour stop in Houston, Texas. Despite the devastating loss, he was able to perform in his hometown a week later in celebration of his new work.
Future Bass, Trap, Beat Music, Eclectic Vibes