Growing up on an eclectic diet of country music provided by his parents’ record collection, Kobalt Severa is hard to pin down musically. Inspired by his brother’s love of eclectic music and tastes, Kobalt, began making mixes as a creative outlet. It was only a few years later that Kobalt dove head first into House Music and began performing at local house parties, basements and abandoned warehouses.
Now a regular fixture of Seattle’s nightlife/club scene Kobalt has shared the stage with such well-known and beloved DJs such as Colby B, Derek Pavone, Almond Brown, Spaceotter, Brian Lyons, Karl Kamakahi, LA Kendall and Nark.
2015 looks to be a busy year for Kobalt with his first residency at local hot spot The Eagle and as he continues to work on making more music. Look for Kobalt coming to a dance floor near you soon.
Where are you based?:
Why do you play music?
It’s what my soul led me to. Once I started, I couldn’t stop.
What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
I’ve got some ideas for a night I’d like to start.
Favorite label or artist from the past year?
Cristoph has really been catching my ear lately.
What are you looking forward to most this year?
Watching Seattle’s House Music Scene come together and grow.
Olivier Giacomotto, Los Paranos – Talker (Olivier Giacomotto Mix)
Dropboxx, Guilherme R. – Sculpture
Prok & Fitch – Little Dance
Justin Martin, Ardalan – Function feat. PartyPatty
Waze & Odyssey – Everything (You’re Made Of)
Raumakustik – Raider
Trent Cantrelle – I Get A Rush
Cristoph – Reachin’
Paride Saraceni – Words
Patrick Topping – Forget
Christian Smith – The Exchange
The New Sins – Lights Down (Waze & Odyssey Remix)
Yvette, Drop Out Orchestra – I Got It (H.I.M.W.O.L Remix)
David Penn, Toni Bass, Deux – What I Like ft. Sheilah Cuffy (Dub Mix)
Argy, Mama, Argy & MamaRecluse (Hot Since 82 Remix)
Reunited – In the Music (Neo Mix)
Inspired by beats from around the world, Seattle’s J-Justice has dedicated more than 15 years to music with soul—from house to boogie, disco to jazz, techno to hiphop.
Best known as one of the founding members of acclaimed DJ crew SunTzu Sound,
J-Justice is driven by a faithful following in Seattle and beyond. His tireless efforts have made him an indispensable participant in Seattle nightlife.
Along with fellow Seattle DJ, Atlee Treasure, J-Justice has served as weekly host of Friday night’s City Soul radio show on KBCS 91.3 FM since 2004. The weekly show connects the dots between genres and highlights a variety of underground sounds.
J-Justice has performed at major venues in Seattle and across the country including The Showbox, Chop Suey, Q, Cielo and The Pawn Shop. For five years, he was a resident at TRUST, a roaming monthly party created with Kid Hops and Atlee, that fans called one of the best dance parties in Seattle.
Where are you based?
1) Why do you play music?
I originally wanted to be a music journalist. In college, I started DJing parties at the same time I started writing for the local alt-weekly. I quickly learned that I was more interested in being involved with making music and parties happen instead of reporting on them. I was better at it too.
2) What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
My role has been, and always will be, curator of quality music. Whether through my radio show or DJ sets, I want to expose listeners to great, new music across all genres and to juxtapose styles in a way that excites the ears. History is important too, so I’m always digging for older selections that will easily fit with tunes from today.
3) Favorite label or artist from the past year?
I feel like Ninja Tune deserves a special shout out for consistently releasing great music for over two decades. Once the home of all things downtempo, they’ve remained relevant by expanding their roster to include artists such as Machinedrum, FaltyDL, Moiré, Dorian Concept, Kelis, and Seven Davis Jr.
4) What are you looking forward to most this year?
DJing during the summertime. Every year I anticipate performing outside in the beautiful Seattle weather.
BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Stark’s Reality
Dorothy Ashby – Drink
Minnie Riperton – Inside My Love (Doc Adam Edit)
Pools – SKATE
Candi Station – You Got The Love
Steve Reich – Nagoya Marimba (HNNY Edit)
Jungle – The Heat (Joy Orbison Remix)
Daniel Avery – All I Need (Roman Flugel Remix)
Shamir – If It Wasn’t True
Raumakustik – Raider
The Carter Bros – Loving You Is Easy (Tom Trago Mix)
Bok Bok & Tom Trago – Pussy Trak
Beesmunt Soundsystem – How I Wish
Daphni – Usha
Jordan Fields – We Can Make It
Hugo Barritt – Penumbra (Tuff City Kids TDK 90 Mix)
Sasha – Deepest America (Moodymann Remix)
Mass Production- Welcome To Our World (Joey Negro Remix)
Universal Togetherness Band – Ain’t Gonna Cry
Dee Edwards – I Can Deal with That
Karl Kamakahi is one of the gold standards of house music in Seattle. Founder of Seattle’s De La Creme crew, Karl learned to DJ in 1989 in his home Pearl City, Hawaii, taught by legendary Hawaiian DJ James Coles. He began experimenting with freestyle, transitioned into techno, and eventually felt the most at home with house music in the early years of the house movement in 1992. Playing parties and residencies Minneapolis, Denver, San Francisco, Portland, Madison, and St. Paul, Karl’s latest efforts in Seattle caught the notice of Brian Lyons and Wesley Holmes of the world-renowned Flammable crew. Karl was asked to join as resident DJ several years ago, and released the first ever mix CD to represent Seattle’s flagship house music party, now the longest running house music night on the west coast, nearly 20 years of house magic.
In Seattle, Karl has played and created terrific parties in venues such as Re-bar, The Woods, The Cuff, Electric Tea Garden, Expansions on KEXP, The Underground, The Baltic Room, Havana, The Monkey Loft. In addition to Flammable Sundays at ReBar, Karl is the creator of Seattle house pillars like Proper at Baltic Room and Soft Option at Monkey Loft.
It should be no surprise that we here at Bottom Forty are totally enamored with Sidney Charles. He was Resident Advisor’s Top 100 Most Charted Artists of 2013 and has been consistently churning out jam after jam.
So imagine our delight to learn his buddy Sante‘s label Avotre released the phenomenal compilation House Lessons. A 16-track LP that includes tracks either written and performed or remixed by Sidney Charles. It also features tracks by Pan-Pot, Hot Since 82 and includes remixes by Kalyde, Darius Syrossian and Patrick Topping.
Do yourself a favor and head over to Beatport Pro now and get this entire release. You can’t go wrong with the techno throbbers Silky Thread and TXL or smoother tech house joints like 303 Love Story or Horny. Pure magic here, open sesame!
As a long standing member of the Northwest DJ community, the name ‘Gene Lee’ has become synonymous with quality, forward thinking music. Large venue or small, Gene’s sets are always intimate, heartfelt and his energy on stage is rarely matched. His eclectic taste in electronic grooves has left him on the cutting edge of every genre he plays, making him a long-time favorite of electronic music connoisseurs worldwide.
As a Producer, Gene maintains a very busy schedule. Not limited by genre, Gene’s appreciation for all types of music has given him the ability to work with a variety of artists from wide array of genres. His collaborations with artists include: The Lost Boys, Sean Majors, Donald Glaude, The Lawnchair Generals, Jon Lee and Wesley Holmes.
After spending endless hours in the studio with long time friend, Sean Majors, the two decided to create the record label, Pound Music as a way to output their studio creations. After launching at the beginning of 2007, Pound Music has maintained a steady schedule of releases. By consistently infiltrating playlists and topping the charts of some of the worlds most renowned DJs, Pound Music has made its mark on the global dance music community.
In 2011 Gene Lee partnered up with longtime friend, Wesley Holmes for several collaborations. Their love for the newly evolving genre Nu-Disco prompted them to make a studio mix which encapsulated their favorite songs. “Nu-Phase” generated over 20,000 downloads in a few weeks time and is still popular with Nu-Disco fans today.
Cody Morrison and Carlos Ruiz, aka High & Tight, took us on a really special journey at the January 2015 Bottom Forty (2nd Saturdays at Kremwerk), the feet didn’t leave the floor until 4am. It’s not every DJ that can really set a mood and vibe like this, put together music that plays out more like a story than a beat. Thanks again guys!
We’re really looking forward to getting turnt up with Sean Majors, Gene Lee, Banger Sisters and Blueyedsoul this weekend for the Valentines Day and Kremwerk 1 year anniversary edition of Bottom Forty! Join us Saturday at the Krem!
Hey kids, I hope your New Year has been crack-a-lacking so far!
About seven months ago, I started a new party at the Seattle Eagle where I play nothing but techno, acid and electro. I stepped up to the challenge and left all my disco at home and brought everything else. Following is my latest mix from the night, and boy oh boy is there some fire in here! Downloads enabled, enjoy!
Over the course of her 14-year career, Alinka has played alongside a wide array of artists, including: Mark Farina, Jesse Rose, Claude VonStroke, Toro Y Moi, Derrick Carter, DJ Heather, Peaches, Kim Ann Foxman, Crystal Castles and countless others. In 2013 she and Shaun J. Wright started their monthly residency Twirl at Berlin Nightclub in Chicago. The party has since featured guests such as: Derrick Carter, DJ Heather, Eli Escobar, Lauren Flax, JD Samson, and The Carry Nation. In addition Alinka is currently a resident at the successful party, Nü: The Outer Space Disco Dancing Society of Chicago at Neo.
The last two years have been particularly fruitful and rewarding for Alinka, due in large part to her friendship and musical partnership with singer, producer and DJ, Shaun J. Wright. Wright, whose rich, resonant voice has lended soul to music by Hercules and Love Affair, and Stereogamous, met Alinka in 2012 and the two instantly bonded over their love of Chicago House music. It wasn’t long before their evolving friendship resulted in what would be the first of many musical collaborations. Their first EP, “Twirl Vol.1,” was promptly signed to Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon’s esteemed house label, Classic Music Co. The EP went on to be lauded by the likes of Chris Duckenfield, Tensnake, Joyce Muniz, Hannah Holland, Doc Martin, Simon Baker, and many more. The release was followed by a 12” remix compilation with remixes from Derrick Carter, Neville Watson and Chris E. Pants. The EP’s lead single, “Love Inspired,” was featured on Defected Records Compilation “Defected Presents The Closing Party Ibiza 2013,” as well as Defected’s In The House Radio show. In addition, Alinka and Wright have collaborated on a plethora of remixes for Hi Fashion, The Carry Nation, JD Samson & MEN, and Baby Alpaca. The pair also recently completed “Twirl Vol. 2” for Classic Music Company which will be out early 2015.
Wright and Alinka recently launched their label Twirl Recordings. Their first release titled “Journey Into The Deep” features remixes by Kim Ann Foxman, and Stereogamous, and received support from a wide variety of artists including Groove Armada, Danny Tenaglia, Kenny Glasgow, Annie Mac, Robert Owens, Matt Toldfrey, and many more. The EP got DJ Mag’s approval with a 9.0 rating, and was also featured on Annie Mac’s show on BBC Radio 1 dance radio.