Those looking for some sweet, somewhat nutty sounds to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday need not look further than Vernon when three DJs hit their decks.
Performing at Club 2929 Saturday, renowned electro house producer Hirshee headlines and will pump out his hits featuring a dynamic blend of melodic prowess, memorable vocals, and complex, thrashing bass.
“This is his only Okanagan show so we are expecting to see a good turnout and hope to draw a fair amount of people from out of town,” said Josh Brazier, with show promoters 13th Floor Entertainment. “We also have some very notable openers in Kona and Darth Raver, who will be getting the party started.”
Born Amaan Hirshee in Vancouver, the house DJ and producer immersed himself in a society where people and cultures were in a constant state of flux, and says he learned early and quickly the fruits of being open minded. Growing up, he was especially unprejudiced in regards to his musical tastes, listening to a boundless variety of genres and styles.
Today, it’s those diverse tastes that differentiate him from the rest of the pack.
He broke out at the turn of the decade with chart topping bangers such as The Rinse Out, Always Tomorrow, Big Life and California. However, the track that best defines him is the wildly popular So Good, a collaboration with soulful singer Tonye Aganaba, which topped out at No. 1 on Beatport’s Dubstep Chart for three weeks.
Hirshee has also made some friends in high places.
Renowned American electro house musician and record producer Steve Aoki has used a number of Hirshee’s remixes and originals, including Takes Me Places on the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. He has also received support from artists such as Dutch producer Tiësto (soon to headline Kelowna’s Centre of Gravity Music Festival), and the legendary British DJ, musician, and record producer Fatboy Slim.
Hirshee has also teamed up with electro house producer Lazy Rich to create Big Fish Recordings, one of the leading electro labels today.
Joining him is Vernon DJ Kona who has been rocking shows for 12 years now and has recently turned to producing.
One half of the Scribbled Squad, a high energy duo known for rocking out wonky basslines and heavy hitting fidget tunes, Kona has twirled knobs at recent shows alongside local heros such as Dee Bass, Wrecklace, Mayo, Basslinger, and the whole Bassbong and IHeart Recordings lineup.
With a background in speed garage and electro, and everything else with bass, he has also dabbled in tribal, deep house, and funky house. With the new addition of fidget (defined by snatched vocal snippets, dirty bass-lines and rave-style synth stabs over glitchy 4/4 beats), Kona says he looks to all these sounds for inspiration.
“I’ve been putting in heavy studio time over the last couple years, and have been on a mission to develop my sound,” he said.
Fellow Okanagan DJ Darth Raver started spinning in 2009, but soon decided he wanted to be behind the scenes and throw the most epic parties people would remember for years to come. He has been successful, creating annual parties such as Santa Strikes Back, Beats by the Pound, and The Groove Music Festival near Midway, B.C.
Last year, his interest returned to behind the decks. With help from his many talented friends and his previous exposure to DJing, he quickly picked up the art of mixing, spinning and crossfading, and he has since packed dance floors with dirty basslines and euphoric melodies with a certain Star Wars influence, hence his name.
Tickets for Saturday’s show at Club 2929 are $10 in advance at the Downtown Internet Lounge, Bean to Cup, Dunas Skate and Snow, and Margherita’s Pizza.