Sankeys NYC has been delivering week after week since opening and shows no signs of slowing down. Friday features Items & Things label boss Marc Houle accompanied by Agoria and Ambivalent. Additionally, Sheik ‘N’ Beik will be capping of the evening with “The Corporation” featuring Julio, Jeffrey Scott and FoNG. Saturday kicks off with New York’s David Morales and Anëk (VIVa Warriors).
Marc Houle has been manning the decks and wowing audiences for more than a decade with his authentic live sets. His obsession with electronic sounds began with the sounds of 80s video games and vintage synthesizers. Houle grew up not far from Detroit in Windsor, Ontario, alongside the likes of his mentor and former label boss, Richie Hawtin, in the thriving electronic music community. Houle has been releasing influential tracks on Hawtin’s Minus imprint and his own Items & Things label for more than a decade, helping define the minimal sound of the mid-‘00s and becoming a favorite among his DJ colleagues like DJ Magda. The future is looking good for Houle as he plans the release of a full-length album in spring of next year and many more remixes and releases to come.
Growing up in rural France in the 80s, Sébastian Devaud, aka Agoria was influenced by the likes of Kevin Saunderson and Jeff Mills. He began producing and releasing his own music in 1999 and is known for his creative mixing abilities. Resident Advisor named his contribution to the At The Controls series from 2007 as one of the best mix-CDs of the past decade. In 2006, Agoria founded the InFiné imprint with his friends Alexander Cazac and Yannick Matray. The label serves as a home for young and new talent and a platform for music that challenges and excites listeners.
Kevin McHugh, aka Ambivalent, grew up in Washington DC before moving to New York in the early 2000s. In 2002, he began producing a series of parties for Creative Time in the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. He challenges the norm with his experimental style, fusing house and techno with multimedia and urban installations, connecting patters of value between various art forms. Quickly gaining recognition for his out of the box thinking, he soon paired up with Richie Hawtin to co-produce the Plastikman show in Mutek in 2004. You may be familiar with his trippy, one-sided conversational track ‘R U OK’, which topped charts around the world and gained a monumental dancefloor reaction. Ambivalent linked up with the Minus team in 2008, moving back to Berlin and touring with them non-stop. Catch Ambivalent at Chalet in Berlin after his stint in the Big Apple.
Friday boasts a heavy lineup but Saturday is packing just as much of a punch. Brooklyn’s Grammy Award Winning remixer, David Morales, headlines the evening accompanied by the sole female duo from VIVa Warriors, Anëk. Morales grew up in Brooklyn and has been working as a DJ, remixer and producer for more than 25 years. His debut album was released in 1993 on Mercury Records and he was nominated for a Grammy in 1996 and 1997. In 1998 he won Remixer of the Year. His second album, Two Worlds Collide, was released in 2005 on Ultra Records and he has produced more than 500 releases for artists including Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, U2 and Whitney Houston, to name a few. Morales continues to tour North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Hailing from Copenhagen and best friends since childhood, Karina and Denise, aka Anëk, are the first female duo to be welcomed to the exclusive VIVa MUSiC roster. The two have been making their dreams come true since 2001 and show no signs of slowing down. This year has been a big one for the girls as they were residents at the weekly VIVa Warrios party at Sankeys Ibiza and travelled around the world with the Warrior team doing independent shows. You may have heard their production ‘Come Out To Play’, which became the anthem of VIVa Warriors 2012/2013 and was supported by artists such as Marco Carola, Davide Squillace and Matthias Tanzmann, among others. Anëk have set up their own label, Kena Records, and continue to work on new tracks and releases. The next year is going to be a big one for this Danish duo.
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