DERRICK CARTER | ALINKA | HIROKO YAMAMURA

Spybar presents

DERRICK CARTER | ALINKA | HIROKO YAMAMURA

Fri · June 28, 2019

Doors: 10:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$0.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Derrick Carter
Derrick Carter
Derrick Carter is widely acknowledged as one of the best DJs in the world. With innovative productions, flawless technical skills and an effortlessly joyful attitude of rocking a crowd, his influence has infiltrated throughout the spectrum of dance music.

Although known as one of the key players of Chicago's house music wave in the '90s, Derrick Carter began DJ'ing at the age of nine, spinning disco records at family reunions. Raised in the western suburbs, Derrick was into music from a young age; during his teens Chicago's house scene sucked him in for good and before long he became a strong presence in the city's underground dance scene. "When I got my driver's license at 16 my sneak ability was validated," he laughs. "I was a fierce bedroom jock for a long time. After you mix for the love of it for six or seven years, you get it pretty tight and you can take it on the road."

He got by working at dance-music specialty stores like Gramaphone and gigging at parties, later landing regular DJ stints at Shelter, Foxy's, and Smart Bar; though he doesn't often spin locally, his unannounced appearances at friends' parties leave people queuing around the block.

Derrick's sets are rooted in house, but he freely travels outside conformative club tastes, seamlessly incorporating old-school disco, soul, jazz, and whatever else catches his fancy to jack the beat and rock the party.

By refusing to accept conventional standards and instead choosing to simply do his own thing he has built a worldwide reputation as one of the underground pioneers, becoming a major celebrity among dance-music aficionados. "So many people come up to me and say, 'Man, I had the worst day. My girlfriend left me, I locked my keys in my car, but you turned me for two hours, and that made me able to get up in the morning.' That's the best thing going."

In 1988 Derrick, fellow DJ Mark Farina, and friend Chris Nazuka released an EP as the group Symbols & Instruments. The record had a strong influence on the burgeoning ambient techno movement in England. While it wasn't a commercial success, it established Derrick as an international figure in the underground dance-music scene. Since then he's been involved with a number of recording projects, firstly his solo project Sound Patrol under whom he released his first album 'Sweetened -No Lemon' which exuded a soulfulness and low-key grittiness that resonated beyond the infectious grooves and made a departure from the machine-like quality of the dance music fare of the time.

Since then the pioneering, innovative tracks and consequent critical acclaim have marked Derrick out as one of the most important players in dance music – most notably through his releases on Classic, the label he founded with Luke Solomon. Derrick's first release was as Rednail with 'I Think of You', followed by 'Nu Pschidt' and 'Hope' under his own name. 'Nü Pschidt' combined woven scatting with sleepy minimal beats on 'Dreaming Again' and skillfully cast his own low, sexy drawl over his trademark Carter grooves to form 'Boompty Boomp Theme' – a name which has become synonymous with Derrick's sound since his mom's critique of his music reached the press!

Seminal EPs such as 'Where U At?' and albums 'Squaredancing In A Round House', alongside guest compilations for the best underground house labels have consolidated his standing as one of the legends of scene.
Alinka
Alinka
“There are at least a few people in this thing determined to keep House Music weird. Chicago’s Alinka is one of them.” - Terry Matthew, 5Magazine

Over the course of her 14-year career, Alinka has played alongside a wide array of artists, including: Mark Farina, Jesse Rose, Claude VonStroke, Jackmaster, Derrick Carter, DJ Heather, Peaches, Kim Ann Foxman, Julio Bashmore, 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 Primary Night Club in Chicago along with Gene Farris, Henry Saiz, and John Mork to name a few.

The last three 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” featured 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 and Heidi’s shows on BBC Radio 1 dance radio.

Their second release Wait For Love featured remixes from Eli Escobar and Newbody. The release was featured on Sinden and Tough Love’s shows on Kiss FM UK, as well as Anja Schneider’s Dance Under The Blue Moon Radio. Eli Escobar’s remix was also featured on Bargrooves Apres Ski 4.0 on Defected Records.

Beyond her collaborations with Wright, she has a multitude of new releases and remixes in the works. Alinka’s ‘Basic’ EP which features remixes from Lil’ Mark, and Lauren Flax, was released on Get Up Recordings. The EP won approval from artists Tyree Cooper, Terry Francis, Brett Johnson, Justin Harris, and Inland Knights. The Lil Mark remix of Reaching was also featured in the Baseware Presents ADE Essentials 2014 compilation. Her most recent remixes include Eli Escobar’s track Anotha Luv for Get Up Recordings, Sharper Image’s Full Of It for Get Up Recordings, and Joshua Iz’s Like Gold for Vizual Records. Her remix of Anotha Love was featured in Roger Sanchez’s Release Yourself Podcast #211 and #213, and was chosen into the Beatport Staff Picks as well as Top Exclusives of Week 22. The remix also got a mention in Beatport's Decade In House article, and was chosen as one of the top House tracks of 2014 by Beatport.
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