January 20, 2017 at The Public Works SF in San Francisco.
Nico Stojan (Ouie / Bar 25 Berlin)
Maxi Storrs (Suma Beach / Kater blau)
Nikita (Listed) Happy Birthday Nikita!
21+. Funktion One sound.
Nico Stojan’s rise within the Berlin house scene started with a residency inside the famed walls of Bar 25. His sets there always had the Stojan stamp – tech house with modern injections of jazz and soul that honored his past as one of Berlin’s best hip hop DJ’s.
When Bar 25 closed its doors, new ones had already begun to open, and his deep, almost pensive take on Berlin night music had him spending his weekends playing clubs such as Panoramabar, Watergate and of course, Bar 25’s spawn, Katerholzig.
A classically trained clarinette player, he often surrenders its sound live, weaving it through the lusty mood of his sets – it was only natural that he evolved from DJ to producer and soon the Berlin underground were being treated to his own releases on labels such as Highgrade, Connaisseur and Upon You records. Collaborating with other artists has been an important role on his journey – leading to projects and remixes for the likes of Pele, Nicone, Acid Pauli, NU, Philip Bader and Andri to name a few.
With his European successes having taken him all over the continent, Nico’s fate pushed him onto an international platform. Venturing to bottom of the earth, he has taken bookings all over the Pacific ocean whilst being the right man for the job in supporting international acts when on tour. In New Zealand he finds solitude in the greenery, a habitat that allows him to produce music in peace before heading back to Berlin for the summer months.
Having had residencies since he was 16 and a feel for music that is apparent through every set and release that makes bloom, this kid from Kreuzberg really has his path set out. I want to say ‘watch this space’, but we already are.
Maxi Storrs bio:
Born on Spetses Island, Greece and spending his childhood in the Green Mountains of Sugarbush, Vermont, Maxi Storrs was raised by family and friends that taught him the importance of a close relationship with nature and the valuable roles that art, music, travel, and community play in living a more enriched and fulfilled life. Maxi got his hands on his family’s vinyl and tape collection at the early age of 4 years old where he got his first experience DJing by taking charge of the musical selections to set the vibe and entertain his family’s frequent visitors at their Roxbury mountain house. He took up piano lessons at 7 years old, but changed to the clarinet as his preferred instrument at age 10, all the while playing records and mixing tapes for friends of all ages.
After graduating university, he spent his twenties deep in San Francisco‘s underground where he spread his house and techno roots before blasting out into the universe to create heart centered dance events in Goa and northern Thailand. It was in Goa where he gave birth to the first Dusty Eardrums events, which was not only centered around music and dance but around artists of all kinds and a real sense of community involvement. Dusty Eardrums has since moved to Turkey and is globally recognized by artists and participants alike. He is one of the original members and residents of Suma Beach in Istanbul and he also holds residencies at Wake Up Call Club in Istanbul and Katerblau at Holzmarkt 25 in Berlin (originally Katerholzig / Bar 25).
As a DJ, Maxi has played venues and festivals small and large around the world, including Burning Man, Cityfox, Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis and Sunset Campout, venues such as Space (Ibiza), Sankeys (Ibiza), Watergate (Berlin), Troyka (Moscow), Music Hall (St. Petersburg), Katerholzig and Katerblau (Berlin), Sisyphos (Berlin), ChaChaCha (Zurich), and many others. In addition to DJing and curating events, Maxi is producing constantly, both solo and collaborations, with releases planned in 2017.