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Exclusive Mix 025: Hyasynth

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November 13, 2013

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Hyasynth (aka Karen Baskett) fell in love with records at a young age, and her obsession with music has manifested itself in several forms. A professional dancer and instructor, her sense of music has been called “innate and seemingly effortless” while her mixing is always precise.

Karen began as a DJ in 2000 while living in New York City pursuing her Broadway dreams. She moved to Seattle in 2004 and started an all-female DJ weekly residency at See Sound Lounge called ‘Grace’, then gained more exposure to the local scene by booking gigs at major venues in Seattle and Portland. She joined the De La Crème crew in 2006, played the Bellingham Electronic Music Festival in 2008, and has since been a frequent headlining guest at favorite Seattle spots such as Flammable Sundays, the Train Car House Party, Electric Tea Garden, Q, and The Woods.

Hyasynth has released several mixes, opened for legends such as Doc Martin, Colette, Ben Watt, Rick Preston, and Andrew Riley, and has lost countless calories dancing her heart out behind the decks during her energetic sets.

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Exclusive Mix 012: Xan Lucero presents “Warehouse Jacks”

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June 19, 2013

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Xan Lucero (Flammable, De La Creme, Proper, U:Move, Control Freeks)

BIO: Almost 20 years in the DJ booth doesn’t lie, and neither does the dance floor…which is where Xan Lucero has spent the last two decades playing house and techno music. He has spent the better part of the last 15 years traveling America exploring its DJ booths and dance floors playing a global brand of underground dance music, both on solo adventures as well as with his partner Atom Bryce as The Control Freeks. Together with Atom and on his own, Xan has held residencies all around America, made parties, thrown raves, run record stores, started discos, helped with various record labels and has generally lived his life playing music for people that want to hear it.

Xan has recently relocated back to Seattle and is enjoying a packed schedule of holding down resident duties for legendary west coast house music institution, Flammable, and has been picked up by the northwest staple brand, De La Creme, as well as hosting his own monthly and weekly parties. He continues to guest and tour around America.

Interview and exclusive mix after the jump…

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Otterotation: DJ Hyasynth’s “Emerald City Brunch” and “Catch & Release” mixes

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April 5, 2013

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So much underground talent in Seattle, and our local treasures are many. One of the shiniest is DJ Hyasynth, member of the De La Creme posse and frequent guest at Flammable Sundays, Q, Electric Tea Garden, and anywhere else where house music is played. A dancer and instructor, her sense of music is natural and seemingly effortless, and her mixing is always en pointe.

Hyasynth, aka Karen, is respected as headliner and style maker, bringing a unique voice to house music. Here’s a set she did for Robby Clark’s Emerald City Brunch internet radio show, which recently accompanied me on a desert journey, but is at home pretty much anywhere:

HYASYNTH “Emerald City Brunch” Live Mix 12/16/2012 by Karen Baskett on Mixcloud

And another mix on Soundcloud (free download) from last summer, which we loved so much we played it in our Burning Man camp even in her absence. That last track, “Gain on Top” just gives me the shivers.

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Look for an exclusive Hyasynth B40 podcast coming in the near future…I am excited!!

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Easter Otteremedy: De La Creme Selects Pt. 1 by Karl Kamakahi

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March 31, 2013

Karl-Kamakahi-dlcChiiiiiild…it’s been a weekend already, and we haven’t even hit the Easter festivities or Flammable or Honey Soundsystem yet (tonight–see below). Green Velvet banging out tracks with live lyrics at Q, Atish smiling and dancing around ETG while delivering deep house, the Train Car Party with DJ Diz going off Chicago-style, Jake Shears bringing an actually credible tech-house DJ set to Rapture, and Two Dudes in Love helping bucket & Zak celebrate conjoined bachelorette/birthday parties last night at the Eagle. I’mma try to make it to see Riz Rollins this afternoon for his special Easter Bonnet edition of REVIVAL at Q, and perhaps Flam tonight if I can revive my limbs from the dead…

But in the meantime, chill to this mix from local Seattle treasure Karl Kamakahi. Karl is known for his bomb-dropping beats as part of the Flammable, De La Creme, Proper, Front Street and Conception crews here in town, but this sweet downtempo/acid jazz mix he crafted with Seattle’s Gene Lee is one of the best  chill sets I’ve heard since the days of DJ Funky Nasir’s Spice @ Moe’s in the early 90s. It’s been on constant repeat in our car for months. Perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon–and a free download.

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And if you’re reading this from San Francisco, come out to see Bottom Forty’s own Nark at Honey Soundsystem at Holy Cow tonight! I heard something about a party bus…

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