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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.
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Just three more days until the Bottom Forty Interior this Saturday at Kremwerk! So to help you keep track, we’re giving you a sneak peak of what we have on tap for you. Today we have a vocal hook-heavy deep house jam by Borrowed Identity selected by Nark!
Only 23 years young, Borrowed Identity resides in Germany but original hails from Romania. Even at his tender age, he seems to have a well seasoned ear with no less than eight releases under his belt.
The news is out, after months and months of work, planning and rebranding, we are so completely thrilled to announce the revival of Bottom Forty as an event and dance experience. Please join us on the 2nd Saturdays at Kremwerk, starting on August 9th, with special guest headliner and one of our top podcasters, Hyasynth.
As always, Bottom Forty’s inspiration comes from the travel and adventures of our crew, the video above was compiled from clips from my travels over the past year.
RSVP your first and last name to BottomFortySeattle@gmail.com and we’ll give you a free Bottom Forty t-shirt upon arrival (while supplies last), if we run out, your cover charge will be halved.
Join our Facebook invite here and get ready to get lifted.
The larger than life Italian disco diva Hard Ton has teamed up with our pals at Friends With Benefits Records to release a summer house anthem EP called “We Got Luv.” The EP will be released in early September and features remixes from Severino + HiFi Sean, Matrixxman and Victor Rotciv.
Hard Ton will be landing on the west coast Thursday, July 31st and hitting the following cities:
• Seattle – Thurs July 31st at Chop Suey with Ononos, The Tempers, Two Dudes In Love and Nark (Facebook event)
• Vancouver BC – Sunday Aug. 3rd at Electric Owl with Futurewife, 2DIL, and Taffi Louis (Facebook event)
• Los Angeles – Thurs Aug. 7th at Monte Cristo with Chris Bowen, Victor Rodriguez, Trevor Sigler and 2DIL
• San Francisco – Sat Aug. 9th at F8 with Trevor Sigler, 2DIL, Robin Simmons & Elaine Denham (Facebook event)
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Preorder the We Got Luv EP here
A psychedelic scorcher from Rhines of the Innerflight crew, his live closing set from closing our recent Seattle party with Elite Force (Stereophoenix, One Series, DISTRIKT, London UK). If you missed it…I’m sorry. It was really, really good. Elite Force smashed it and Rhines in came in with acid to dissolve the pieces.
You can also download it for deeper listening on your device of choice (right click and save): http://spon1080.com/djsets-share/Rhines-RecordedLive@Concentric.mp3
If you don’t know Flammable’s Wesley Holmes, you should. And if you do, you know Wes will be serving the children gorgeous house music with fat, chunky basslines for days.
I downloaded Wesley’s new mix “Resistance4” this weekend, co-produced by his eminence and homie’s homie Gene Lee, to my phone and found myself screaming in my car when the bass hit. Great stuff–GET IT. Love these boys…among Seattle’s finest and a credit to our burgeoning electronic music community.
As you probably already know, I’m a big fan of both the Seattle Innerflight Music crew and Luke Mandala. Luke just released a great new EP on Innerflight today–check it out! Great tunes and went straight to my shopping cart at Beatport (http://www.beatport.com/release/infinite-inspiration-ep-feat-molly-ponkevitch/1263170).
Favorite so far is the original mix of “Snap Intuit” featuring Molly Ponkevitch.
Flammable’s Brian Lyons doesn’t often post mixes for listening–usually you have to go to one of his shows to hear his particular, delicious viewpoint on house. So it’s a treat to have this rare live mix from Flammable representing one of Seattle’s finest playing at the Re-bar homebase. Hit that…you won’t be sorry.