Thursday, March 22nd
An Opulent Temple Special Event, for our Road back to the Desert: 'A Nice Pair'
It has to be a special occasion to get us out on a Thursday night and well, this is one of those.
A sweet pairing of fantastic music from our long time friend and dependable curator of incredible dance floor moments The Scumfrog, joined by the US debut show of Upercent, coming in hot from Spain with recent releases blowing up on Diynamic (Solomun (Official)'s label out of Germany) & Kompact (Germany), and much more. Joined by Opulent Temple residents Golden Ratio to open the night in the Loft at Public Works.
:: GOLDEN RATIO (Exoendo & Dulce Vita)
Welcoming back our long time friend and multi talented The Scumfrog, who played some of our earliest OT camps and is now a mainstay at Robot Heart sunrises, Distrikt and has had awesome releases on Knee Deep In Sound, Armada Music, and MUCH more over his extensive career.
25 years after his first DJ gig, and 10 years since his first successful album, Jesse Houk aka The Scumfrog continues to do exactly what he feels like doing; recording his most personal album to date “In Case We’re All Still Here”. Going back to his roots of psychedelic and deep influences, mixed with a wink at sci-fi and a deep understanding of what makes a solid underground groove, Jesse teams up with Armada Music for a journey into Deep House and Tech House. Beside his widely acclaimed song with Sting “If I Ever Lose My Faith”, the album features collaborations with Static Revenger, Vince Elliott, Vassy, and Christian Burns, while other tracks on the album contain Jesse’s own signature vocals.
Not particularly inspired by the commercial side effects of the recent EDM explosion, The Scumfrog decided to retreat to the underground in 2011 with the release of “A Place Where We Belong” on his Facebook page; a project that spawned singles on prestigious labels like 1605, Floorplay, Inkfish, and Armada. He restricted his live shows strictly to venues that prioritize music and sound before bottle service and bachelorette parties, further reflecting his strong commitment to underground sounds, and to making a connection with people that share his love and vast knowledge of music.
Prior to his renewed alliance with the underground, The Scumfrog was mostly known for his award winning stripped-down remixes of artists like Missy Elliott, New Order, Kylie Minogue, and Annie Lennox, and his collaborations writing/producing techno oriented works with David Bowie and Cyndi Lauper. And now, with his Sting project "If I Ever Lose My Faith," The Scumfrog strongly displays his deep House roots, while still giving mass appeal to the main vocal mix.
As a DJ, The Scumfrog has toured the world many times over, and since 2009 he hosts a weekly radio show/podcast Glam Scum International, showcasing the side of Electronic Dance music that is not for everyone.
Upercent is a unique and very special artist who can’t go unnoticed! Born and raised in Valencia, he’s one of the most natural talents among electronic music producers in Spain with a strong determination to revolutionize the scene by giving his own input, with such a great attention and dedication to details and elements that creates his musical difference.
Thoughtful and emotional, Upercent's sound is organic and analog with a perfect balance between the two. Thanks to his creativity, perfectionism and constant innovation he usually tells stories throughout his music and videos, everything made by him in order to recreate a particular atmosphere by transferring feelings to his audience.
Although his musical launch was in 2013, his evolution has been unstoppable! Up until today he has released on some of the most known underground dance labels such as Diynamic, Culprit, UponYou, Snatch!, This And That, Moda Black and Sincopat to name a few!
He has also done collaborations with and remixes to/from the likes of Pirupa, Eduardo De La Calle, Pablo Bolivar, Los Suruba, AFFKT, youANDme, Rafael Cerato, Sven Tasnadi, David Keno, M.in and Third Son among others. Moreover he has shared the decks with artists such as Josh Wink, James Zabiela, Martin Buttrich, Noir, Oliver Huntemann,
Raxon, Riva Starr, Mark Henning, Oxia, Shall Ocin, Marco Ressman, The Echonomist and Marcus Worgull to name a few.
Upercent is definitely one to keep an eye on, with the implementation of a live set in progress and more musical/visual projects to showcase!
The Loft at Public Works: 161 Erie St. @ Mission
Opulent Temple and Public Works
..the always rocking post playa bash that is DUST OFF
:: Sirus Hood (Dirtybird / Cuff, Paris)
:: Hoj (All Day I Dream)
:: Lady Waks (In Beat We Trust LTD)
:: Syd Gris (Opulent Temple / Opel)
:: DJ Icon (Opulent Temple)
:: DJ Shooey (Space Cowboys)
:: Billy Seal (Opulent Temple)
:: Chuwee (Reptile Society)
2 rooms post burning man blowout. Get tickets at their lowest price now while you can: http://www.ticketfly.com/
161 Erie st @ Mission
Playa attire of course encouraged! Don't even wash it first :-P
More on the Music:
Sirus Hood (Dirtybird / Cuff, Paris)
To the point now Sirus Hood is a French artist who grew up in Paris. From the age of 10 years old when older friends would pass him mixtapes recorded in underground clubs of the time, he imagined an amazing world, dark but with flashing colours. “In my head it was like a Disneyland I’d never been to but I wanted to get there.” He managed to start playing gigs in the Parisian warehouse scene making his own mixtapes. It was a childhood dream that has become a reality for him. “I was finding the Disneyland but the music was better!” He laughs! His music is influenced widely from classic New York House to the 80s’ Chicago Hip House movement from warehouse / loft parties to the whole Balearic sounds of Ibiza.
His biggest tracks on the likes of Dirtybird and CUFF are great examples of what he is about. House music through and through Sirus Hood emits an infectious energy of enjoyment on the dance floor. Never one to shy away from a show to a knowing crowd, his work ethic is second to none.
DJ residencies in Sankeys Ibiza with CUFF for the seasons 2014 and 2015, various venues in London and Showcase in Paris gave him a platform and opened doors to wider audiences all around the globe. From Europe to Brazil, from Australia to South Africa, Russia to North America, passing by the middle east, his travel patterns underline his ability to work with different crowds and cultures while illustrating his cosmopolitan, universal side. To him - music is one language and unit.
His work is regularly supported by big names in house music like Amine Edge & DANCE (CUFF), Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin (Dirtybird) who affiliated him to their respective labels. He frequently appears in the Beatport charts.
Hoj (All Day I Dream / Listed)
Hoj is a weird name. It's just 3 letters, but only 3% of people in the world pronounce it correctly. It doesn't translate well (especially into Spanish). And is often misspelled. The mischief caused by these 3 little letters is a constant source of amusement for Hoj and those closest to him.
Don't worry, we'll tell you how to pronounce "Hoj" correctly. That way if you ever meet Hoj, you can surprise him by pronouncing his name correctly. But we'll hold out a bit longer for dramatic effect.
So yes, lots of mischief caused by the 3 letters that are his name. Fitting, because Hoj sets out to create mischief in all his creative endeavors. His music is deep and sexy in a way that encourages crowds to create a little mischief of their own.
This sound earned him a night at Berlin's legendary Panorama Bar amongst a slew of other clubs and stages around the world. He was one of the founding members of the Opulent Temple at Burning Man, and in recent years his sets atop the Robot Heart bus have become legendary in their own right. He continues his musical escapades alongside Lee Burridge as a resident for All Day I Dream. And also enjoys a residency with Listed Productions.
He is currently based in Los Angeles. And you pronounce his name with a long "O" - like the "O" in "NO". And a soft "J" - like the "G" in "MIRAGE". The "H" is not silent.
Lady Waks is a one woman industry. Promoter, Producer (best breakthrough producer, Breakspoll 2009), DJ (nominated Best Breakthrough DJ at Breakspoll awards 09, best international act SBA 09), Pioneering Graffiti Artist, Designer & Label owner.
She is an all round modern media phenomenon.
Based in St. Petersburg, Russia, Waks has been pushing her ideologies in music for a decade. Her various club nights and festivals have become a by word for quality in dance music circles. It all began back in 1999 with her Hip Hop show on Russians biggest dance radio station «Radio Record». Then in 2000 she left to focus her energy towards promoting and creating the now well kown brand «In Beat We Trust».
Recognition came in 2004, when Time Out magazine voted it best club night. After having hosted just about every big Breakbeat DJ in the world, Waks and IBWT went into creating «Breaks Arena», the worlds first Breakbeat Festival. Over 3000 punters per year have seen her and a host of international talent rock the festival for the last years.
But Waks doesnt just stay put in Russia. Touring the world has become 2nd nature to the 1st Lady of Beats. From Miami to Sibiria, from China to Australia, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Swiss, Germany she has rocked them all. Lady Waks has also made a name for herself as a producer. Releasing tracks on well known labels such as Menu Music, West, Bass Planet, RAT Records along with her own venture «InBeatWeTrust music» label. Lady Waks is the true definition of talent and hard work.
Waks' weekly radio show on «Radio Record» won the «Best Radio Show» at Breakspoll awards'12. This the first and still only fully breakbeat show in all of Russia.
Apart from this IBWT has just released the second Collection of IBWT Wear alongside a Big exibition of Waks' Photo and design work and some new beats!
Respected by her peers and loved by her fans. The future is her's.
Saturday, September 10
Public Works & Opulent Temple present Dust Off ft. Stanton Warriors
Public Works, 161 Erie Street, San Francisco (See Map)
9:30PM - 4AM
Our annual Hair of the (dusty) Dog Gathering! 2 rooms of dusty beats from your favorite crews and special guests. Always an awesome reunion vibe! Come dance, lick wounds and swap stories.