Osunlade - Faster - Throe - Samantha Francesca - Aphrosoul - Kaylasoul
645 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20001
Doors 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Osunlade is an artist who personifies art. His music as well as his being creates unified melodies manifested with balance, life and wisdom. Hailing from St. Louis Missouri, a place known for pioneering blues, ragtime and jazz as well. At age seven Osunlade discovered the piano and the vision of his life’s destiny was born. By the age twelve he found an interest in creating song. He later formed local bands, taught himself several instruments and studied further the development of his craft.
His professional journey began in 1988, at age seventeen during a visit to Hollywood. He quickly caught the ear of choreographer/performer Toni “Mickey” Basil. Offering him a role in the development of musical pieces for several projects including the children’s television series Sesame Street. With her encouragement he quickly moved to Los Angeles and began what would become a long history of music production. A few years later he would produce the very first album for the then independent Interscope Records. The artist was Gerardo, a long time friend and aspiring actor/dancer. “Rico Suave” one of the very first Latin pop songs and novelty catch phrases to date was born. Now with a multi-platinum album and four gold singles to his name, it wasn’t long before he was afforded many opportunities to master his craft.
Within the next years and over twenty albums credited, Osunlade felt the pressures and practices of the music business overshadowed his passion of music. He deciding to no longer work under the influences of corporate ideals and demands. Choosing to find spiritual solace and honor his soul, he was led to Ifa, an ancestral based culture/religion based on nature, deriving from the Yoruba tribes of Africa and practiced by the slaves during the Diaspora to America.
In 1999, Osunlade would embark on what is now his dream come true. The founding of Yoruba Records. Recognized as one of the most important dance music labels worldwide, Yoruba Records is purely a source of music created to elevate the soul.
As the success of the label grew, so did the demand for Osunlade to expand. In 2001 he released his debut album on the respected Soul Jazz Records label. “Paradigm” quickly became on of the biggest house albums that year and dubbed him the messiah of ancestral house music. With the support of dj’s worldwide and his music now introduced to a wider spectrum of listeners, this veteran musician/composer/producer becoming the artist finally achieved balance within.
Now known for his legendary dj sets, remixes and albums including several mix cd’s, Osunlade has placed himself on solid ground maintaining his reputation of unparallel quality in music
His interest in music began at the age of 16, when he started producing underground hip-hop music. This passion for music soon lead him to electronic music, where he quickly learned how to take over the decks and became a sought after DJ in Romania and later, playing at famous clubs and underground parties world wide for more than 10 years.
His creativity is now well known on the market, being a highly respected producer with key values. In 2015 he launched his first record label: Ruere Records pushing it to international bounds.
He played in major festivals throughout the world, specially for Sunwaves Festival, alongside major artists mentioning names like Sven Vath, Ricardo Villalobos, ZIP, Dewalta, Thomas Melchior, Audio Werner, Digitaline, Luciano, Richie Hawtine, Dubfire, Onur Ozer, Tobias Neumann, Raresh, Rhadoo and many more.
Throe is the moniker of Washington D.C. based DJ Peter Kaufmann.
A long time dance music aficionado, his skills as a selector are supported by a curiosity and plain passion that ignores rigid genre boundaries. A brief run through of past shows confirms this fact. He has served as both headlining talent and as an opener for a diverse array of respected dance music names including Leon Vynehall, Mathias Kaden, George Fitzgerald, Till Von Sein, Bambounou, Jeremy Underground, Jacques Greene, Norm Talley, Pangaea, and many others. With a knack for moving seamlessly between house, techno, and disco, his sets are additionally characterized by free-flowing energy and an organic combination of classic, current, and progressive sounds. He plays regularly throughout the D.C. area, taking control of the decks at globally recognized venues like Flash, U Street Music Hall, Eighteenth Street Lounge, and the Velvet Lounge. In addition to his years of experience DJing, he is the co-founder of #BODYFEEL -- a monthly showcase that has spotlighted cutting edge local & international dance music talent since its inception in 2014. Throe is currently represented by DC based BFF Bookings.
Born and raised in the DMV to a Caribbean family, KayLaSoul's love for electronic music has been deeply influenced by her cultural upbringing and stems from playing various instruments such as classical piano and saxophone for 10+ years.
Although Kayla was a late bloomer when it came to exploring the underground house scene, she instantly fell in love with the art of song selection, beat-matching and production displayed by various local DJ's. She made her debut into the scene 3 years ago, shortly after attending a "Sunglass Sundays" party. Her unique and versatile style fuses underground deep house with minimal sounds, Detroit dirty techno, with a sprinkle of funk and disco. She grabs inspiration and tracks from artist such as; tINI, Cajmere, Axel Bowman, Daschund, pillowtalk and Nico Stojan to name a few.