MBryan – DHD International Series #06

His mixes are truly mesmerising. His musical journeys have gained huge fun base accross the globe and you’ll see why everyone calls him a ‘Day Dreamer’. After chasing him for few months, he finally found some time to do a mix for our International Series. Ladies and gents…our dear friend from sunny Portugal, M Bryan. Enjoy!

Disco Screaming In Me – mixed by Viktor Marina

Disco is a musical style originating in the early 1970s that remained urban and largely underground until the middle of the decade when it began to emerge from America’s urban nightlife scene, where it had been curtailed to house parties and makeshift discotheques, and began making regular appearances mainstream, gaining popularity and increasing airplay on radio. It achieved popularity during the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. Its initial audiences in the U.S. were club-goers from the gayAfrican AmericanItalian American,[1][2] Latino, and psychedelic communities in PhiladelphiaChicagoSan Francisco, and New York City during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Disco can be seen as a reaction against both the domination of rock music and the stigmatization of dance music by the counterculture during this period. Disco was popular with both men and women from many different backgrounds, with dances including the Bump and the Hustle.

The disco sound often has several components, a “four-on-the-floor” beat, an eighth note (quaver) or 16th note (semi-quaver) hi-hat pattern with an open hi-hat on the off-beat, and a prominent, syncopated electric bass line. In most disco tracks, string sections, horns, electric piano, and electric rhythm guitars create a lush background sound. Orchestral instruments such as the flute are often used for solo melodies, and lead guitar is less frequently used in disco than in rock. Many disco songs use electronic synthesizers, particularly in the late 1970s.

Well-known 1970s and 1980s disco performers included: Vicki Sue RobinsonYvonne EllimanGrace JonesDivineLimeThelma HoustonDiana RossCherCheryl LynnDonna Summer, the Bee GeesBoney M.Claudja BarryBilly OceanCerroneDan HartmanMadonnaMiquel BrownChaka KhanKC and the Sunshine Bandthe TrammpsMarlena ShawSylvesterVillage PeopleGloria GaynorAmii Stewart, and Chic. While performers and singers garnered much public attention, record producers working behind the scenes played an important role in developing the “disco sound”. Many non-disco artists recorded disco songs at the height of disco’s popularity, and films such as Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Thank God It’s Friday (1978) contributed to disco’s rise in mainstream popularity. Disco was the last mass popular music movement that was driven by the baby boom generation. Disco was a worldwide phenomenon, but its popularity drastically declined in the United States in 1980, and by 1982 it had lost most of its mainstream popularity in the states. Disco Demolition Night, an anti-disco protest held in Chicago on July 12, 1979, remains the most well-known of several “backlash” incidents across the country that symbolized disco’s declining fortune.

By the late 1970s, most major U.S. cities had thriving disco club scenes, where DJs would mix a seamless sequence of dance records. Studio 54, a venue popular among celebrities, is a well-known example of a disco club. Popular dances included the Hustle, a sexually suggestive dance. Discotheque-goers often wore expensive, extravagant and sexy fashions. There was also a thriving drug subculture in the disco scene, particularly for drugs that would enhance the experience of dancing to the loud music and the flashing lights, such as cocaine and Quaaludes, a drug that was so common in disco subculture that it was nicknamed “disco biscuits”. Disco clubs were also sometimes associated with promiscuity.

Disco was a key influence in the later development of electronic dance music and house music. Disco has had several revivals, including in 2005 with Madonna‘s highly successful album Confessions on a Dance Floor, and again in 2013 and 2014, as disco-styled songs by artists like Daft Punk (with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers), Justin TimberlakeBreakbot, and Bruno Mars—notably Mars’ “Uptown Funk“—filled the pop charts in the UK and the US.

Alex Gram – DHD Livingroom Sessions #07 (2)

Originally from Russia St Petersburg, Alex was studying music since she was 6 years old. With piano being her favourite instrument, classical music definitely had impact on her musical preferences now. She moved to Dublin to get her degree in Interior design and Architecture in Griffith College. After finishing college she changed her professional career completely. Started DJing on a local radio station and raves. At the moment she is studying music business in Ballyfermot College, focusing on her career growth as a DJ, producer and event organiser. At the moment she is working on a project called AXXS Visual and Performing arts. Their upcoming event is in the generator hostel on the 16th of December. ”It is going to be a different way of experiencing techno as we are combining art of music and visuals. Projection mapping is an important part of the event”, says Alex as we spoke to her just after her yesterdays gig in District 8 where she player with Nicole Moudaber.
Her style of music is innovative techno.

Vlad Miler – DHD Livingroom Sessions #07 (3)

Vladimir Miler Jr.​ is a Croatian DJ with Dublin address, born in the 80’s. He’s been involved in electronic music scene since the late nineties. Vladimir is a religious record buyer and entertainer with a distinguished taste in music, from house to techno, from deep to acid. The music Vladimir plays is on the edge. Not too fast, not too slow, not too hard, not too mellow. Promoter of raves, club nights, concerts & festivals. Being involved with the scene for such a long time makes him a chronicler of times as well.

Antonio Rincon – DHD Livingroom Sessions #07 (1)

Antonio is a DJ/Producer/Promoter born in Caracas, Venezuela. When young Mr Rincon was 15 years old he started to attend to his first events and get more and more involved in the techno movement. This is how his passion to DJ’ing began. In 2003 he start to create and mix his first set’s and mainly develop his own musical style. Being unique was always something that he really wanted to achieve. That’s why his mixes are distinguish for being energetic, powerful and without leaving behind that “groove” for which Latin’s are better known. In 2013 Antonio has moved to Ireland, and got involved in the local Techno scene leading him to expand his career as a DJ in the heart of Irish capital. He was a creator and resident DJ at his “Deep Forest Night” which took place every week in the famous Turks Head Club. Antonio had the opportunity to share the decks with many internationals and locals as Redd, Siasia, Jurek Przezdziecki, Arte Artur, Klaudia Gawlas, Egbert, Marcel Reix, and many more.