Diversity Festival 2016

The Beach Stage: Electronic Music

 

Thelem

Thelem’s come a long way since first firing up Fruity Loops Studio.
In the intervening decade, after spending a few years honing his craft, Thelem has earned widespread recognition for building devastatingly heavy beats whilst always looking to create fresh and challenging directions for his music. Matt combines pulverising sub frequency architecture with a highly varied production palette, ranging from intensely dark and skeletal halfstep rhythms to the surging raw energy of his more hip hop influenced sound. He is supported by some of the most influential selectors in the game. Inspired by textures and soundscapes and drawing from Drum and Bass, Hiphop and Grime, Thelem showed promise early on. With a dedicated and meticulous approach to studio time, and an emphasis on high quality control of his output, he was soon picked up by two of Dubstep’s flagship labels, Black Box ad Osiris Music.
www.soundcloud.com/thelem
www.facebook.com/thelem.music/

Thelem
The Funk Hunters

The Funk Hunters

Borrowing inspiration from classic funk and hip hop, The Funk Hunters are putting the soul back into electronic dance music. Having honed their craft at over 450 performances in 16 countries, the DJ duo's show is a brilliant technical display of creative collaboration between 4 turntables. But words can't do justice to two friends whose passion is dance floor mastery – breathless audiences at global festivals including Wakarusa, Burning Man, Rhythm & Vines, Shambhala, Ottawa Bluesfest, and Envision are the ultimate testament.

www.thefunkhunters.com

Sabota

With plays from Solomun, &ME, Rampa, Skream, Shadow Child and B. Traits, Sabota is fast becoming a fave of DJ's around the world. Check out their current release on Mina recordings and their feature on &ME's latest release on Keinemusik.

https://soundcloud.com/sabota

Sabota

Daega Sound 8

Daega Sound have their own unique sound in the electronic and dance music world. Driven solely by their lifelong love of music, they are steadily laying a foundation of releases and performances gaining national and international critical acclaim in the ever evolving bass music scene.
Daega Sound are not just known for the sophisticated published bass music works, but also for their heavy hitting Live PA and DJ performances. Their high energy sets have a distinct techno quality meshed with a “classic” dubstep sound. Always pushing the boundaries, the brothers continue to put out more tracks and keep tuning their live performances.

www.soundcloud.com/daegasound

Michael Red is a Vancouver-based electronic music producer, performer and DJ. The founding member of Vancouver's Lighta! Sound, acting captain of the Low Indigo ship, one half of the experimental dub duo Chambers, curator for New Forms Festival for over ten years, Bass Coast Music Festival resident, long term collaborator with throat singer Tanya Tagaq,  and ambient/experimental artist under the alias Souns. His music has been released on Low Indigo, Modern Math, New Kanada, Mutek Recordings, South Fork Sound, Debacle, Beacon Sound, King Deluxe, Dipped, Aufect, Really Good, Deep Sea Mining Syndicate, Panospria, Sensing Waves and more. Michael's performed across Canada, Europe, Mexico, New York and has been written about in the Wire, XLR8R, Resident Advisor, Thump. Ongoing influences include: dub music, all nature, outer space, the unseen world, transcendence and evolution.
www.michael-red.com

Michael Red
Max Ulis


Max Ulis is a pioneer on the West Coast, pushing his own unique brand of house and techno. He is half of Sabota, and a charter member of Lighta! Sound, which has been instrumental in the building of Vancouver’s underground movement for the better part of a decade. Max’s music has been played by notable performers such as Addison Groove, Skream, B Traits, Shadow Child, Grenier, Joe Nice, Starkey, and Breakage and he has shared the stage with a who’s who of contemporary dance music.

www.soundcloud.com/maxulis

Neon Steve There are not many Canadians that can claim they’ve held down top spots on Juno; Hypemachine, DJCity, Soundcloud, and Beatport charts, had exclusive premiers on taste making blogs like Run The Trap and Vice Media’s Thump, had tunes featured on Ministry of Sound compilations and get regular plays on Diplo and Friends on BBC 1Xtra – but Neon Steve can. The peer-declared nice guy and Shambhala Music Festival resident, known for his luminous attire in addition to his fresh beats, has jumped ahead in the game and is quickly showing why he’s well on his way to solidifying his spot among the scenes best and brightest.
www.neonsteve.ca/
www.soundcloud.com/neonsteve
www.facebook.com/djneonsteve

Neon Steve
TOR

TOR Emerging in late 2012 with a sound that was all his own, Tor’s debut album ‘Drum Therapy’ was the culmination of over a decade of quietly honing his craft, merging the aesthetics of dusty samples with polished production, addictive melody and distinctive driving percussion. After catching the attention of Emancipator, it became the first release to launch his new label Loci Records. Even though Tor’s background had been strictly studiobased, he quickly found footing in the touring world supporting established acts like Emancipator & Bluetech on national U.S. tours, performing at multiple festivals such as Shambhala, BassCoast, What The Festival & Burning Man, in addition to remixing artists like ODESZA.
www.tormusic.net
www.soundcloud.com/torsmusic

Westerley is a music maker and DJ based on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. Over the past 15 years he has performed at countless club nights, parties, and festivals in Canada, the United States, and abroad.
Influenced by the original sounds of Dubstep and Roots Dub his music focuses on the foundations of the sound, with a heavy emphasis on sub bass. Westerley has releases on Canadian labels - Really Good Recordings, Smokey Crow Records, and RFR, but tends to keep most of his music as exclusives for his and a select few DJs sets.
A long-running passion for vinyl and dubplate culture has kept him actively supporting, buying, and regularly playing rare vinyl releases in his sets.
www.soundcloud.com/westerley
www.facebook.com/westerleymusic
www.youtube.com

Westerley

Bevy Swift

Bevvy Swift [Muti Music, Glitchy & Scratchy, Bilderberg Group]
Montreal, QC Bevan Marco/aka Bevvy Swift/aka Bevan Swift/aka “the manager” Bevan/aka Russell N. Bagz:
-Has been producing and performing Hip-Hoppy electronic music for over a decade.
-Was instrumental in bringing the “Glitch Hop” sound to Vancouver.
-Never plays single-genre, single-tempo sets.
-Has performed at a lot of great festivals and parties across the country.
-Is immeasurably happy to be back at Diversity Festival.

www.soundcloud.com/bevvy_swift

Levrige

Hailing from Vancouver, BC comes the duo Levrige, aka Erski & J.F.Killah. Representing Vancouver's famed SHAHdjs crew, they have been honing their skills for years. Producing their own unique brand of infectious bass music, they represent an exciting wave of talent from the region. Effortlessly combining elements of Drum & Bass, Hip Hop, Jungle and Footwork, their music is a perfect representation of all that is right with underground dance music. Tough beats, massive basslines, and plenty of swagger are some defining characteristics of their sound. Currently with releases on Black Tuna and Aufect recordings, their most recent Diamonds EP has received support from Ivy Lab, Dexta and Dr. Jeep to name a few. The iconic melodies and depth in their new work is sure to set the tone for big things in 2016.
www.soundcloud.com/levrige
www.facebook.com/levrige

Levrige

Dunks

Dunks

 

 

 

www.soundcloud.com/dunks

Woodhead

Instrumental in the shaping of the East Vancouver party scene.Woodhead went from hosting weekly sauna parties in his living room to a four year residency at Lotus Sound Lounge one of Vancouver's premier dance underground music venues at the time. With constant appearances over the years at festivals such as Shambhala, Bass Coast, Soundwave He has been producing in the studio as well, having some great remixes and originals on scene stalwarts Homebreakin’ Records, Editorial (Montreal) and Royal Soul(Brasil) as well as local upstart East Van Digital, and currently co-organizes the hugely popular Body Language Series in Vancouver with other local luminaries like Neighbour. The DJ’s DJ, is true journeyman who has clocked more hours than anyone in the scene, Woodhead’s sets get better every year and are guaranteed to bring the vibe he is famous for. Who else can DJ in a 100 degree wooden box or battling 90km winds on Canada’s rugged west coast?
www.soundcloud.com/woodhead

Woodhead

sweet anomoly

Sweet Anomoly

aka Dee, is a Vancouver based dj and producer. He helps program and run Vancouver's darling underground event space The Rattle and BC's favourite little festival that could, The Field. Born and raised in Montreal, a culturally diverse and vibrant city, Dee's been exposed to a wide variety of music from a very young age. This wealth of creative expression informs his sound to this day. Drawing from a wide range of genres and moving effortlessly between them, a Sweet Anomaly set can take you from one end of the world to the other, travel from day to night and back again, fall into a moment of the past and fly head first into the future. Over the last 17 years he's had the privilege of playing alongside many great artists at countless fantastic festivals up and down the west coast and around the world. Sweet Anomaly delivers eccentric, eclectic and engaging dance music for the people.

www.soundcloud.com/sweet-anomaly

Footprints

A well respected DJ, events and festival producer. His selections are diverse - Delivering many flavours of deeper bass music. When he's not audio bombing music lovers with his particular selection of vibey well thought-out bass music; or planning the next big event; he's most likely taking in the outdoors on a board or travelling somewhere new. He's been playing shows across Western Canada for 10+ years (formerly B-RON), and lapping the festival circuit of BC from the Koots to the north coast.
Footprints set up shop in Nelson of the West Kootenays, runs AreaOne Events, Kamp Festival and heads The Grove stage at Shambhala Music Festival.
www.AreaOneEvents.com
www.soundcloud.com/footprintsmusic
www.facebook.com/footprintsbc

Footprints
Akhentek

Akhentek "When I close my eyes, Akhentek’s landscape appears: three-dimensional, architectural, organic, and I become a character inside that landscape. Like Alice after an innocent drink, I open my eyes to a wonder-filled land, and my body has transformed into a ball bearing, slowly circling a large metal funnel in a meditation that moves me towards the event horizon. At the apex, I lose myself and get launched into the middle of an intelligent, orchestral machine, not unlike George Rhoad’s musical sculpture in front of the Vancouver Science World. Both are intelligent, playful organizations of sound, mental floss at its best.”Testimonial by Michelle Winegar
www.ektoplazm.com
www.soundcloud.com/akhentek

The NakedDjs

The NakedDjs have been terrorizing the coastal island communities with musical entertainment since 2008.  Originally from the sheltered waters of Cortes Island, The Naked Djs Benjamin Eliah Howells, Justin Stirn (aka Dubtecha, & Mike O’Donnell (aka The MOD) now base their operations in the Comox Valley. They are generally found hosting, performing at, and producing some of the best events on Vancouver Island.

www.soundcloud.com/dubtecha/naked-dj-promo-2

Naked Djs

Mr. Moe Mr. Moe

Potashnick

Raised in Victoria and Lasqueti Island BC in a family of avid music lovers, Solomon Potashnick (Natty) has been playing and experimenting with music since he could reach a turntable. A major player in Vancouver Island's diverse and wonderful dance music scene, Natty has produced or co-produced countless parties and club nights, earning himself sets at most of the area's premiere events. A relentless vinyl-digger and self proclaimed hyperactive; no sets are ever the same, curating selections that get the bodies moving whilst pleasing those with the most discerning of tastes. After over a decade of fine-tuning and deliberation he describes his sound as: Deep House infused with Techno, Funk, Dub, Soul and a healthy dose of Low End.
www.soundcloud.com/solomon-potashnick

Potashnick

Agent Hooper

Agent Hooper has found his way to the Comox Valley and has been a part of the Mushroom Manor collective for the past ten years. During this time in the Valley he has been a big part of the coastal underground scene, having played the past few Diversity festivals and countless other smaller festivals and club events, Agent Hooper has become a staple of this tight knit coastal community. Agent Hooper has settled in to his own style of minimal tech house that he likes to call TechYes.

www.soundcloud.com/agent-hooper
www.facebook.com/Agent-Hooper

Benjamin E. Howells A.K.A Mt Eliah is a charismatic man of the people. Born and raised on Cortes Island B.C. he is about as West Coast as they come. Bent on facilitating space for freedom and expression, he is the Co-Producer of Atmosphere Gathering, Founder of Project Intent, Co-Founder of Little Island Productions and 1/3 of the Infamous NakedDJ's. He has played a central role in Music and community action in the land he loves for more then a decade. In that time he's had the pleasure of playing opening DJ sets for artists such as: Beats Antique, Dubfx, Mad Professor, Dj Vadim, Adham shaikh,The Funk Hunters, Love and Light, Nickodemus, and Gaudi as well as playing sets at Festivals throughout B.C.His Multi-tempo, Multi-genre DJ performances fuse much of the world's most passionate, pleasing, cultural music with the best of underground dance beats to create Dance Floor experiences that are always fun and engaging.
www.mteliah.com
www.mixcloud.com/Mt_Eliah/
www.atmospheregathering.com

Mt. Eliah
Dubtecha

Dubtecha has been keeping himself very busy perfecting his live PA, refining his original sound and working on some higher tempos to keep things rolling – though still focusing on bass heavy, layered dynamic sounds that can’t be defined into any one genre.

He is also well known for his shenanigans as part of The Naked Djs which have been rockin’ the north island for many many years, Last year was a blast for them, they had the privilege of rocking Tall Tree, Basscoast, Diversity and Atmosphere gathering. 

www.atmospheregathering.com

LadyK’s passion for music began as a 4 year old child, playing a paper keyboard and hearing music in her head. After finishing a Bachelor of Music in Education and Composition (B.Mus.) 20 years later, she walked away from the classical world to explore more basstastic realms. Her passion for tropical beats, world rhythms and bass bangers ignites her unbridled enthusiasm, which she spreads effortlessly and relentlessly. LadyK's sets include music from around the world, including dancehall, soca, Afro house (Kwaito sound), bhangra, moombahton, cumbia, Baile funk, tribal house, Brazilian bass music, UK Garage and blistering tropical bangers. In 2015 she became the world's first pole dancing DJ, combining her acrobatic skill and athleticism into her DJ performances. LadyK's stage show is truly unparalleled, and it is her goal in life to leave no bootie unshaken.
www.kristengilbert.com/ladyk

Lady K

WERK

WERK Born in Powell River, B.C and currently residing in Victoria, B.C WERK is quickly taking the world by storm with his roiled style of bass-filled rap anthems that keep you on your toes and fit somewhere between abnormal and triumphant. With a heavy influence from 90's cartoons and video games, it's no wonder where he gets his quirky sound from.. He started as a DJ at 17, fast forward seven years he is full tilt into the world of production. Blending his own original material with the sounds of friends and other producers around the globe, WERK, much like his music is unpredictable and very energetic. This makes the live aspect of the performance very fun, emotional, and not for the weak footed. 
www.soundcloud.com/werkbeats
www.facebook.com/WERK
Lalu has been involved in the underground upper coastal scene for over 14 years. Playing at music festivals all over the west coast such as Diversity, Kulth , Carrington Bay and Atomosphere. My involvement in music started with singing classical and jazz as well as guitar.. Percussion soon came after via the hand drums and Spinning vinyl was a obvious progression. I my passion for spinning records for years then led me to take the Electronic Music Production program at Langara University. Here I have gained the skills to make my own art which is any artists dream. Hope to see you all on a dance floor soon .. Love light and Blessings
www.soundcloud.com/dj-lalu
www.facebook.com/DjLalu/

DJ Lalu

EMASH

EM.ASH creates a blissful and playful mix of deep, groove infused house and low slung techno, perfect for days on the beach, sunsets, sunrises and anytime friends get together. EM.ASH was featured in the ‘WEST COAST UNDERGROUND’ mix series in 2010 and independently released his debut artist album ‘Heartbeat’ in the fall of 2012. The following two years saw EM.ASH tour with VIMA winner Emily Spiller, DJ in Belize and Mexico and created the DJ duo TEAMWORK with his long time friend Agent Hooper. EM.ASH took another step in 2015 with remixes signed to Haustronaut Recordings, BeatLounge Records and System Recordings.
www.soundcloud.com/emash
www.facebook.com/mh.consciousdigitalcreation

S. Holmes Inspired primarily by vinyl records as a kid listening to punk and grime, I became attracted to turn table mixing when i first discovered it. Later in my life when i picked up a pair of techniques 1200's and got an old mixer and a stack of records from a friend and started mixing a bit it felt pretty natural. A few years later I really started to find electronic music on vinyl that i wanted to invest in and that was that. The past 2 years i have played at The Grove stage at Shambhala music festival and the past year at The Beach stage at Diversity festival. Most of the time life keeps me busy with work and i don't get out to play many show's other than local party's around me, but quite regularly I turn up the the sound system and serenade the local wildlife, primarily a bunch of sheep, with heavy dub'd out bass rhythms and other weirdness.
www.soundcloud.com/mahatma_wanderoo

S. Holmes

Dubcomandante

Dubcomandante

This guy needs no introduction. He's been playing on Texada for longer than most of us can remember. Not to mention every Friday night on CJMP's radio show in Powell River

www.powtown.org

www.facebook.com

Holly Tree

 

 

www.soundcloud.com/holly-tree-2

Holly Tree

Deano

Deano

 

 

www.soundcloud.com/womp

www.deanhunt.net

SkyeLight

Hailing from the forest north of Powell River on BC's Sunshine Coast, Skyelight brings to the dancefloor a soulful and uplifting experience, singing her heartsongs live over juicy electronic beats.

SkyeLight

Ry The Excavator

Ry The Excavator

 

 

www.soundcloud.com/rytheexcavator

kimmyk

kimmyk is a product of the new North Western sound system culture, upholding a strong respect for musicality and sonic detail. Kimmy spends hours upon hours each week exploring what moves her, discovering and accumulating rare treasures for the discerning ear. Her mixes on Soundcloud offer cross-genre depth without compromise; supporting her shift from long-time closet digger to dance floor sorceress.

www.soundcloud.com/kimmyk

kimmyk

Buck Lee

Buck Lee

This veteran behind the decks is known all over Vancouver Island and Canada as being one of it's top Reggae/Junglist selectors. Having toured from coast to coast and working with some superb lyricists as well as opening for a slew of top shelf acts, he is no stranger to rocking a dance floor. After taking a long hiatus from music to focus on his other passion and occupation as a glass blower he is back playing shows and producing music in the Comox Valley, where he now calls home.

www.soundcloud.com/buck-lee1

Ocea Sasa

Hailing from the pristine beaches and forests of the Sunshine Coast near Vancouver, Ocea was raised at music festivals all over coastal BC. At the age of 15, taking example from her father, she began experimenting with all sorts of music genres and playing high school parties. As Ocea grew up, she began honing her taste in music and creating a name for herself in her hometown, playing house parties, intimate festivals, and at club nights. At 19 years old Ocea moved to the Kootenays and began pursuing the music scene in Nelson. In the Summer of 2015 Ocea played her debut show at Spirit Bar, opening the night for Miss Erica Dee. She then went on to play at the one-day festival Raise the Hoof on White Crow farm in Winlaw BC, and then made another appearance on the farm at The Field Gathering.

Ocea Sasa

 

 

 

Friday

4 - Ry The Excavator
5 - S.Holmes
6 - Deano
7 - Ocea Sasa
8 - WERK
9 - LadyK
10:30 - Bevvy Swift
12 - Neon Steve
1:30 AM - Levrige
3 AM - Michael Red
4:30 AM- Dubtecha

 

 

 

Saturday

1 - Skyelight
2:30 - Dunks
3:30 Buck Lee
4:30 - Michael Red
6 - Mr Moe
7:30 - Agent Hooper
9 - Potashnick
10:30 - Max Ulis
12 - The Funk Hunters
1:30 AM - Thelem
3 AM - Westerley
4 AM- Tor
5 AM - KimmyK

Sunday

1 - Ari Dublion
2:45 - Tight Shorts & Ugly Sweaters
3:30 - Lalu
5 - EM.ASH
6:15 - Holly Tree
7:30 - Woodhead
9 - Sabota
10 - Naked Djs
11:30 - Footprints
12:45 - Daega Sound
2 AM - Akhentek
3 AM - Mt.Eliah
4:30 AM - Sweet Anomaly

 

 

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