Sunday Love: Gerd Janson - Simon - Bamba

Sunday, July 28, 2019

  • Gerd Janson (tuff city kids, Robert Johnson | berlin)  
  • Simon (Sleaze | DC) 
  • bamba (ethereal | DC) 

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Gerd Janson is one of the most highly respected DJs in the world of house and techno. Quite often, “highly respected” goes hand-in-hand with “underrated” but over the past few years, audiences around the world have also found out what insider types already knew: Janson is a DJ that reconfigures the classics you already knew in an unexpected way – and introduce you to new classics, a few months (or years) before you’ll hear them played everywhere else.

Raised just outside of Frankfurt, Janson came to dance music at a young age. He was introduced to techno via a scout leader, who lent him a tape in the early ‘90s made by German techno legend Sven Väth. The region – at that time – was Germany’s most vibrant outpost for the stuff, and he soon fell in love.

A few years later – once he got old enough to credibly sneak into clubs – he found himself traveling around the country to see heroes both local and international like Masters at Work,, Moodymann, Robert Hood. Techno. House. The style didn’t matter. He was hooked. This genre-free philosophy been a theme throughout Janson’s career. House and techno have been an underlying theme, but listening to his DJ sets, you’ll often hear different types of things filtering through: UK funky, synth pop, industrial. It’s a cliché, to be sure, but he’s the type of DJ that digs so that you don’t have to.


Headquartered in Washington D.C., Simon Pattee, A.K.A. 'Simon' has been spotted in publications such as Remix, URB, BPM, Mixer, Bigshot, Parade, K48, Music Monthly, Fashion Wire Daily, Skrufff, Ministry of Sound Radio and The Village Voice.

Simon first stepped up the decks 1997. Drawing a never ending inspiration from House, Techno, Italo and New Wave, Simon became noted as one of the pioneers of Electroclash. His small 'Sleaze' event's in Washington which focused on the movement exploded with national notoriety and set the pace for a number of amazing opportunities.

In 2003 he caught the ear of DJ Icon, Scott Henry, gaining residency at one of America's most legendary weekly events, Buzz. Buzz was named best club night in America by URB magazine 10 Years in a row. Simon also hosted 'Redux', on XM Radio's 'The Move' (nominated for Dance Star awards in 2004 & 2005). His residents included Tommie Sunshine, Larry Tee, John B & DJ Unknown. Every week for over 5 years over 350,000 people would tune in to hear their futuristic retro funk and interviews.

Electroclash was declared by The Guardian one of the two most significant upheavals in recent dance music history, and while the "term" for the movement has faded, the musical influences it brought to the table have not, rather they have spread across everything you hear today under an assortment of new aliases. 
Simon's style remains much the same, unpredictable, fusing boundaries in order to deliver crowds his personal passion, great music. His studio work and impeccable sets are always packed with fresh thoughts for forward thinkers and future classics.

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