Welcome kctdc’s Newest Member!

We’d like to welcome Jonah Brotman as the newest member of kansascitytechno.com! Some of you may have seen him sharing the booth with us at our 6 year anniversary party. Jonah was a critical role member in the planing and execution of that event. From the day Jonah moved to KC, he has taken it upon himself to go above and beyond when it comes to supporting events and offering assistance in any possible way. It made a huge impression on all of us! Not only that, the guy has excellent taste in music and hardware. To celebrate the launch of the roster addition, Jonah has put together a “More Interest” interview and mix so you can get to know him and hear what he’s about.

Artist page –> http://www.kansascitytechno.com/artists/jonah-brotman/

“More Interest” Interview & Mix –> http://www.kansascitytechno.com/2015/music/more-interest-jonah-brotman/

More Interest >> Jonah Brotman

NAME: 


Jonah Brotman

DJ ALIAS:

N/A

CITY:

STL –> NYC –> KC

YEARS BEHIND THE DECKS:

12

WHERE DID YOU BEGIN DJ’ING? WHAT WAS IT LIKE THEN?

I started djing as an undergrad in a tiny cowtown in northern Missouri, but I first started playing out in St. Louis in the early-to-mid 2000s.

What was is it like??? We used to walk to the club up hill—both ways . . .

But seriously, I feel like it really was a different experience back then. Due to the state of the technology, it required a lot more of a commitment to become (and remain) proficient behind a set of decks. Also, electronic music wasn’t such a prevalent part of pop culture as it is today. But in a city like St. Louis, that was sometimes a double-edged sword. The scene was smaller so it was a pretty tight knit group, as you would see the same folks at nearly every party. But also, because the scene was smaller sometimes you’d end up playing to an empty room.

But I’m not complaining. Those “empty room” nights gave me an opportunity to connect with the other locals playing back then—some of whom remain my closest friends today.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST RECORD YOU PURCHASED?

Oh wow . . . Descent – Deep End. Release Elements sub-label circa 2003. Definitely a bit harder than what I’m into nowadays . . . just a bit. But, there was a Noel Sanger breaks B-side that was damn good. And yes, I still have it.

DO YOU STILL COLLECT AND PLAY VINYL?

Most def. I’ll never stop playing vinyl, and I’ll never get rid of mine (even the tracks I hope other djs don’t notice when they look through my collection).

I don’t buy nearly as much as I used to, but there will never be anything comparable to playing records. I totally appreciate the convenience and functionality of the new technologies, but there’s just something special about pulling a record off the shelf—the physicality of it. Each one is full of memories, and I just feel like that level of connection is lacking with tracks that are downloaded or streamed.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO KANSAS CITY?

Work actually. I’m an attorney by day and I was offered a great opportunity here doing some pretty interesting stuff (Note: “interesting” by tax attorney standards).

WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT SETUP?

2 x Technics 1200MK5, 2 x Pioneer XDJ-1000, Allen & Heath Xone: DB4

ARE YOU A MEMBER OF ANY OTHER AFFILIATIONS?

As I eluded to above, I used to play a lot of breaks back in the day, and I had the honor and pleasure of affiliating with a great group of like-minded and extremely talented djs under the FRACTURED banner (Shouts out to Brian R., Narcosis, Pattern Pusher & Kevin Terry). As our collective taste evolved, we all move from breaks to varying degrees of Tech House / Techno and kept the party alive. While myself and others have since moved away from St. Louis, we’re all still close and we still throw down now and again. Much Love!

WHERE HAVE YOU PLAYED?

Other than KC I’ve played venues in St. Louis, Chicago, D.C., and a number of local-only, house party gigs in NYC. I’ve also played a few random one-offs around the Midwest (i.e., in the middle of nowhere).

WHAT PRODUCERS AND LABELS EMBODY YOUR TASTE IN MUSIC?

That’s a tough one. My taste in music ranges across a wide spectrum of artists and labels. I guess part of what makes playing fun for me is getting to think up ways to make tracks with vastly different styles and moods work together, all while keeping an audience interested and ready to move.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE DJ TO SEE/HEAR PLAY LIVE?

That’s also a tough one. Most of the time my preference is to find a random warehouse or rooftop and listen to some no-name locals share the tunes they love with a gathering of strangers. That said, there are a few performers that come to mind for different reasons:

For technical ability and general gear-headedness: James Zabiela. I don’t necessarily love what he’s playing nowadays, but watching that guy go to work in a booth is always a treat;

For a live PA that shakes your ass AND elicits genuine emotion: Kollektiv Turmstrasse. If you don’t know, now you know; and

For an immaculately mixed, all-vinyl set capable of boiling a dance floor at 118bpm: Masomenos or Robag Wruhme.

HOW DO YOU ENVISION YOUR ROLE AS A KANSASCITYTECHNO.COM MEMBER? WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE GROUP?

I’m looking forward to working with the crew to scout, secure and setup some new venues for good ol’ fashioned underground fun. I had a great experience collaborating with everyone for the six year anniversary party and look forward to more of the same!

I’d say I bring a bit of a different perspective to the group. I’ve had plenty of exposure to larger markets—seeing how things are done in cities like D.C. and NYC. But I also have significant experience playing and helping to throw parties in St. Louis, which is a market very comparable to KC.

That all said I think I bring a different musical flavor to the crew too . . . especially when I drop the freshest Happy Hardcore.

WHAT DO YOU ORDER AT THE BAR?

I’d be lying if I didn’t say Rumpleminz. Then probably a fine whiskey, or an absolute shite beer.

TELL US ABOUT THE MIX.

I LOVE House and I LOVE Techno, but I feel like I tend to live in the vast and murky area in between. I’ve been told that my sound is different from the rest of the crew, and is also different from what’s heard at a lot of other events in the area. I’ve tried to highlight that sentiment and stick to the chunky, funky, toe-tapping, head-nodding Tech House roots I first laid down in St. Louis years ago.

Hopefully you enjoy listening half as much as I enjoyed recording it for you. Cheers!

jux·ta·pose >> july edition

kansascitytechno.com presents:

jux·ta·pose
/ˈjəkstəˌpōz/

Verb : To place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.

2 rooms : 2 crews

Friday, July 31st, 2015
9pm – 1:30am
21+, No cover
$2 well and rotating drink specials

Main Room >>

>>Complicit [Minneapolis]
(Rheostatus::Eternal Drive Recordings::SecreTechno::Innerflight)

Com·plic·it :: [kuhm-plis-it] :: adjective :: choosing to be involved in a questionable act, especially with others …

Complicit is an exploration of modern techno, one fueled by the combined creative force of Tanya and Travis Norman. Musicians. DJ’s. Sound designers. Proponents of that classic and pure spirit of the underground – where an element of risk and a common desire can draw a dance floor together into a shared experience, each member playing their part in creating the night. Based out of Minneapolis and now making frequent trips throughout the US, the pair have steadily built a reputation for high energy performances (both DJ & LIVE PA) and nights to remember. Meanwhile, the past 5 years of studio collaboration have seen Complicit release well received EP’s & remixes on Nonpop Records, Grid Based Beats, Innerflight, Subspec and Aerotek and there will be no slowing down in 2015 with forthcoming EP’s on Eternal Drive Recordings, SecreTechno and Rheostatus.

The duo have forged a compositional style thick with substantial lows, layered with subtle melodic and percussive gestures, and full of dance floor appeal. Dark and moody, heavy and hypnotic, and always seeking balance – their sound reflects a shared passion for investing in the process, for embracing an ever evolving workflow, and for delivering results that make an impact. To attend a Complicit event is to enter an auditory landscape whose real time system-sharing symbiosis reflects a balancing act of duties divided by frequency range: with one rolling out deep bass and drums as the other cuts through with sharp synths and evocative upper register atmospherics. Since the pair are able to deploy a diverse array of sonic concepts, from mellow and dubby to full throttle peak time, promoters know they can put Complicit on in any room!

http://complicitmusic.com/
https://soundcloud.com/complicit
http://www.beatport.com/artist/complicit/232290
http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/complicit
http://complicit.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/complicit

>>Obstruct
(Rheostatus::Eternal Drive Recordings::SecreTechno::kansascitytechno.com)
http://www.rheostat.us/
https://soundcloud.com/rheostatus
http://www.kansascitytechno.com/artists/obstruct/

Niche >>

>>Josh C (kansascitytechno.com)
http://www.kansascitytechno.com/artists/josh-c/
https://soundcloud.com/joshchrans

vs

>>Todd Howard (kansascitytechno.com)
http://www.kansascitytechno.com/artists/todd-howard/
https://soundcloud.com/todd-howard

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Main Room Sound and additional lighting >> ACC Productions

Niche (upstairs) Sound >> Meta Hi Fi
https://www.facebook.com/nicheonbroadway

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See you on the dance floor!
www.kansascitytechno.com

Uptown Arts Bar
3611 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Additional parking behind the building

[CLICK HERE TO RSVP]

jux·ta·pose >> june edition

kansascitytechno.com presents:

jux·ta·pose
/ˈjəkstəˌpōz/

Verb : To place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.

2 rooms : 2 crews

Friday, June 26th, 2015
9pm – 1:30am
21+, No cover
$2 well and rotating drink specials

Main Room >>

Mike DiLeo (GRŪV) vs Justin Curtis (aka LC)
https://soundcloud.com/mikedileo
https://soundcloud.com/justin_m_curtis

Todd Howard (kansascitytechno.com)
http://www.kansascitytechno.com/artists/todd-howard/
https://soundcloud.com/todd-howard

Niche >> Live Hardware Sets

Cata (Dionysian Tapes)
https://soundcloud.com/catanoise

Jason Phoenix (jasonphoenix.com)
https://soundcloud.com/jasonphoenix

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Main Room Sound and additional lighting >> ACC Productions

Niche (upstairs) Sound >> Meta Hi Fi
https://www.facebook.com/nicheonbroadway

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See you on the dance floor!
www.kansascitytechno.com

Uptown Arts Bar
3611 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Additional parking behind the building

[CLICK HERE TO RSVP]

kansascitytechno.com 6 year anniversary party

kansascitytechno.com presents:

6 year anniversary party

Saturday, June 13th
2pm – midnight

West Bottoms / Open Air Venue
1207 W 11th St, Kansas City, MO 64101

Rain or Shine
All ages / family event (under 18 accompanied by a parent)
Suggested Donation $5 at door

Featuring:

Amanda
https://soundcloud.com/amjanda
http://www.kansascitytechno.com/artists/amanda/

Jonah Brotman
https://soundcloud.com/jonah-brotman

Josh C
https://soundcloud.com/joshchrans
http://www.kansascitytechno.com/artists/josh-c/

Obstruct
https://soundcloud.com/obstruct
http://www.kansascitytechno.com/artists/obstruct/

PK
https://soundcloud.com/pk_kc
http://www.kansascitytechno.com/artists/pk/

Todd Howard
https://soundcloud.com/todd-howard
http://www.kansascitytechno.com/artists/todd-howard/

Uun
https://soundcloud.com/uun
http://www.kansascitytechno.com/artists/uun/

Z-Sonic
https://soundcloud.com/zsonic
http://www.kansascitytechno.com/artists/z-sonic/

Entertainment and Vendors:

Live Graffiti Exhibition

West Bottoms Flow Arts Group

Jason Alan of Henna Being
https://www.facebook.com/hennabeing?fref=ts

Intelligent Sound
https://soundcloud.com/intelligentsoundcollective
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Intelligent-Sound/1504846279747778

Demencha Magazine
http://demencha.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DemenchaMagazineLLC

Yard Games …and more

Food & Beverage:
Picnic Style Pot Luck / BYOB 21+ / NO GLASS
Coolers are allowed and will be checked for glass
Fire Grill Provided (3pm-8pm)
Basic condiments will be provided
Bring your own meat and veggies
Water will be available for purchase

Additional Info:
We will be dancing under a 30′ x 30′ tent
Porta pottys are provided
Please respect the venue and properly dispose of trash in the provided bins. This is a leave no trace event!
Lawn chairs, hoops and poi encouraged (NO FIRE POI)

Sound >> ACC Productions
https://www.facebook.com/ACCPRODUCTIONS

Lighting >> illuminate technologies llc
https://www.facebook.com/pages/vjOnes/255290987846028

See you on the dance floor!
www.kansascitytechno.com

[CLICK HERE TO RSVP]

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