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Subversive Presents: DVS1 (Hush/Prologue/Klockworks/Transmat )


Subversive has looked into the depths of the realm of underground techno, and are proud to bring you a very special artist. For those of you who like your sounds stripped down, raw, gritty, dark, druggy and twisted, DVS1 is going to melt your grey matter!

DVS1 (Prologue/ Transmat – Klockworks / Minneapolis, Minnesota)

TJ Hooker (Subversive / Black Knights )
Miss Myte ( Aspect Media)
Caleb Fox (Subversive / Black Knights )

DVS1 is one of the most prominent figures in the Midwest/US dance music landscape today. A Twin Cities DJ favourite since the mid nineties, he continues to move floors with a combination of deep musical knowledge, unparalleled enthusiasm, and a vinyl collection of more than 10,000 records. Headlining at such renown clubs as Fabric and Berghain… they’ve sat up and taken notice in London and Berlin. We’ve taken notice and been inspired out here on the wet coast too… and we KNOW you will be moved by DVS1′s incredible selections and be amazed by his skills.

This is sure to be an unforgettable night of mindblowing beats!

DVS1 delivered his first original production in late 2009, on Ben Klock’s Klockworks label, which placed him immediately on a global stage, receiving widespread acclaim from his peers. In the early months of 2010 he followed this up with an EP on Derrick May’s legendary Transmat label, an indicator of the level of quality that he has now established after only two releases. Further music is slated for release on Luke Slater’s Mote Evolver label, Perc Trax, Synewave and a further offering for Klockworks will cement his position among electronic music tastemakers.

As a producer, DVS1 makes music that is simple, effective and captures the feeling of the moment. As a DJ, he is a consummate performer, never mapping out his sets ahead of time, but always opting to craft sets spontaneously within the context of the moment. Often choosing to bring more than one bag of vinyl to each performance, each of his sets is a one-of-a-kind personal expression, never again to be repeated.

Musically, his style has evolved from initial inspirations of the acid sounds of the early 90’s scene in New York, into something deeper and more complex, following a migration to Minneapolis in later years. Since then, he has branched out into a wide variety of sounds – from hard and fast, to deep and hypnotic, to slow and soulful. Rather than giving limiting names to the genres he plays, he describes the music as beats, rhythms, textures, and colors. His philosophy is that the genre distinctions themselves aren’t important – only the emotional content of the music. This focus is readily apparent in the way he moves crowds, both literally and figuratively.

DVS1’s deep roots and his bold and uncompromising nature have won him great respect as a passionate and outspoken defender and promoter of quality music. Choosing to paint coherent, evocative, and powerful moods always appropriate for the time and place he is playing, he has not yet even begun to reach his full potential. With a truly unique approach to techno, DVS1 is a huge talent in the making.

$20 Tickets @ the door!