Stacey Pullen is a name synonymous with excellence in dance music. One of techno's forebears, whose name is closely linked to and was mentored by those known as the Belleville Three (Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson), Stacey Pullen consistently amazes even the most discerning music critics with his old-school Detroit sound and impeccable selection of cutting-edge tracks. He joins us Friday, March 3rd, with Chadwick slated to kick off the night.
Stacey Pullen is the Kosmik Messenger. An innovator from the second wave of Detroit techno, he grew up under the mentorship of Detroit's legendary three: Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson. Still continuing to produce his characteristic atmosphere laden electronic sound, Stacey Pullen compounds his reputation as a producer with that of being one of the world's most in demand DJs, playing weekly across the globe year in year out. With a font of passion for music and performance that never dries up, Stacey Pullen still plays every gig from the heart, seeking to surprise and engage, to provide an unforgettable experience, to offer his unique catalogue up without predictability, defying expectation. Above all, from his earliest attempts to the current day Stacey Pullen has stayed true to his one goal: to become and to always be an Innovator.
Pullen spent his formative years at the legendary The Music Institute in Detroit, learning from the likes of Alton Miller, Chez Damier and Derrick May. His first production experiences came through working with Kevin Saunderson on remix work. He released his first track proper on Derrick May’s experimental label Fragile in 1993 and his album debut ‘Theory Of Silent Phase’ was released on R&S / Transmat in 1994, under the name Silent Phase. He has also released on labels including Cadenza, Science/ Virgin,!K7, Saved, Elypsia and his own label Black Flag, under monikers including Bango, Black Odyssey, Graffiti, Kosmic Messenger and Silent Phase.
Chadwick has been a music selector since the early 80’s. He discovered making pause edits on a home stereo tape deck stemming from a desire to make his favorite songs just a bit longer or to extend the break. The boom of hip hop breakdancing and DJ culture led him to the Fresh Fest concert in 1983 that featured RUN-DMC and the Fat Boys, but most notable that night was when he heard Grande Master Flash cutting up Chic-Good Times on the turntables. That’s when he realized the potential of changing the music, live on vinyl, to create a whole new sound.Chadwick avidly pursued record collecting and in the early ‘90s was introduced to the clubs and sounds of NYC DJs that were delivering powerful, tribal and vocal house sets long into Sunday mornings. A passion for underground house music pushed Chadwick to open and operate a record store, Wax Worx Records, in Raleigh, North Carolina from 1995-2003. During this time he also worked asa promoter drawing 1000+ person events and as a DJ holding down weekly local residencies and guest spots throughout the East Coast. This time also saw studio productions emerge as well received singles and remixes receiving play from the likes of Roger Sanchez, MR. C, Sasha, John Digweed and Pete Tong. After moving to Washington, DC in 2003, Chadwick took a break from DJing out in public and enjoyed the view from the dance floor. He never stopped playing for the love of music and in the summer of 2013 he was chosen as a resident for Flash Nightclub which features a fully customized Funktion-1 sound system.He can now be found headlining Resident Nights at Flash or playing alongside some of the biggest touring DJs, bringing his unique and layered 4 deck, tech and house sound to the nation’s capitol and beyond.
Label head of RUE DE PLAISANCE, Varoslav, is a 30 year old Parisian of Czech origin. Inspired by black music from hip-hop to nineties house. His passion for music quickly led him to spin records (playing at some of the best Parisian clubs), and naturally his desire to play his own sounds pushed him to production.Varoslav describes his music as coming 'from the heart'. His groovy, sexy and energetic style sliding from techno to deep house was, amongst others, influenced by his different meetings Completely self-taught, he got involved in music and released his first productions on digital labels. Since 2008, he has released EPs or projects on a variety labels solo or in collaboration with artists like dOP, Guy Gerber, Chaim, and David K. In addition, he also managed Supplement Facts’s imprint with Guy Gerber from 2007 to 2011.The admiration of his peers has allowed to him play some of the finest clubs in Europe, including Panorama Bar, Cocoon, and Watergate in Berlin, Fabric (London), Lux (Lisboa), Goa (Rome), Space (Ibiza), to name a few....At present, most of his time is taken up for developing his new label project "Rue de Plaisance".