[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/223489896″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/214118758″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]
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.
The Pied Piper (PP) is the elusive alias of the UK Record Producer, Arranger, DJ, songwriter, Composer, drummer, percussionist, Mixing & Mastering Engineer, Re-Mixer, editor and multi-instrumentalist that stands behind numerous studio projects and concept releases spanning genres such as: Deep House, Nu-Disco, Disco funk, Disco House, House, Jazz House, Nu-Jazz, Jazz Funk and so much more.
[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154283379″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]
You know, I grew up in Dallas, Texas. I had relatively mild exposure to electronic music as a child, I was more concerned with not getting the shit beat out of me in school. When not crying alone in my room, I remember listening to the radio on Saturday nights and being obsessed with what I found to be the relatively erie and haunting sounds played out in da clubz.
At the age of 19, I found a glorious group of fizzled out Club Kids in Dallas, and got pretty hooked on Deee-Lite and other light-hearted party genre acts such as S’Express and Opus III – basically I came out of the closet. I eventually moved to San Diego, and after a relative dearth of any music or community I find acceptable in a nightlife situation, I decided to take parties into my own hands and became a DJ.
I have since lived and thrown parties in San Diego, Copenhagen, Provincetown, and now San Francisco. My tastes have ebbed and flowed through many of the sub-genres contained in House, Disco, and Techno, and overall my fascination is making people feel emotions through music on the dance floor. I don’t use my facial expressions to communicate emotions anymore, I just play music and dance.
San Francisco’s Mat dos Santos and David Sternesky are Two Dudes in Love, a DJ, remix, and production duo.
United by a mutual passion for music, Mat and David quickly discovered they were soulmates. They wield their musical and emotional chemistry in equal measure whether they are producing original songs, remixing another artist, or DJing to an audience of happy dancers. The Two Dudes in Love sound includes deep house, classic house, techno, and more. You can hear their latest releases at their Soundcloud page.
Two Dudes in Love are currently working on new original songs and remixes. Upcoming releases in March include the original track “All You Do” and a remix of “Deviant” by Double Duchess. Additional tracks to be released later this year include a remix of “Don’t You Want” by SyntheTigers and the original track “Yellow Box” to be released on the first ever Gays Hate Techno compilation. Two Dudes in Love are especially excited to be working with Seattle’s own Jinkx Monsoon on a new original track!
Between the two of them, they’ve DJed in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, where they’ve played at the DeYoung Museum, Public Works, 222 Hyde, Booty Call, Bearracuda, and more. They were part of the team that produced the ROCKET parties at Rickshaw Stop, and they DJed several parties at Burning Man 2012. They have contributed podcasts to Gays Hate Techno, Honey Soundsystem, Electronic Music Bears, Want It! Radio and Seattle’s Bottom Forty.
Two Dudes in Love also put out a new release today, check it out, and if you like download the tracks on their bandcamp page.
Where are you based?
Why do you play music?
Music has always been our primary outlet for self expression. When we were both much younger, music was the medium that helped us process emotions and feelings that don’t exist in mainstream, conformist, heteronormative life. Music gave voice to our different-ness before we even had the courage to come out and talk about it.
Now that we are together, music is a way for us to strengthen our bond and share our passion with the world. It’s so gratifying and humbling to perform for people who love our sound.
What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
We want to celebrate the music itself, not the artifice of stage production that plagues the current “EDM barfsplosion” (to borrow a phrase from Dan Snaith). We’re not trying to change the world: we are purists looking for like-minded people who want to come together and communally appreciate house and techno music.
We’re also really excited to develop our sound as Two Dudes in Love and share it with people. We come from different, yet complementary, musical backgrounds, and the results of our collaboration yield fun surprises. We call the direction we’re heading “deep techno”–merging the driving pulse of techno, the sensuous and immersive textures of deep house, and the soulful essence of classic house from the early 90s.
Favorite label or artist from the past year?
It’s really hard to pick one overall favorite, because we’re always listening to new music and rediscovering music from the past. We seek out music that has a big emotional impact, and in 2012, Stereogamous’s “Face Love Anew” (for David) and Radio Slave’s “Amame” (for Mat) really made an impression. They are both on our Best of 2012 chart. (http://www.beatport.com/charts/best-of-2012/139439)
What are you looking forward to most this year?
Making a splash with our independent house/techno record label, Friends With Benefits. The label is a partnership with our extraordinarily talented friend, producer Trevor Sigler. We’re excited to put out our own music and work with new artists. Friends With Benefits’ first release is “All You Do”, (https://soundcloud.com/twodudesinlove/preview-all-you-do) Two Dudes in Love’s first original single. We’re also looking forward to DJing in cities across America and building our network outside of our beloved hometown of San Francisco.
So Two Dudes in Love, who’s the top?
Isn’t it obvious?
Duke Dumont – Street Walker (Alternative Version)
Double Duchess – What’s That All That (David Sternesky’s All Ha Remix)
Jason Nevins – Sound FX (Dub)
Drums Of Death Vs. Franklin Fuentes – Fierce
Armand Van Helden, Old School Junkies – Work Me Goddamit (Remix)
Prince Club – Everybody (Original Mix)
Jem Atkins – Pushin On (Darius Syrossian Mix)
Flashmob – Hot (Original Mix)
R.I.P Productions – Wanna Give You Myself (Original Mix)
Douglas Greed – When A Man Sings On A Track (Original Mix)
Two Dudes in Love – All You Do (Original Mix)
Waze & Odyssey – Dia De Los Muertos (Original Mix)
Justin Martin – Don’t Go (Dusky Remix)
<<< If you are in Seattle catch Two Dudes in Love this Saturday (3.30) at The Eagle (314 E. Pike Street) with Recess (Shameless, Flash) and Bottom Forty head Nark. >>>
Play this mix here! Right Click / Save Link As to download and take with you.
Exclusive Mix 005