Tonight on Bassment Sessions we welcome Alej Varez to the show, as well as a Black Nation Recording showcase with DG & Dj Nova
Tune in tonight 9pm for your weekly fix of #qualitytechno
Hailing out of Miami, Alej Varez is no stranger to the underground scene. If you haven’t heard of him its about time you do so. If you've ever gone out to one of the the many clubs in South Florida. There is a high chance that you've heard Alej Varez playing behind the decks.
Alej's real name is Alex Alvarez, a guy raised in Miami, FL who grew up listening to the 80's music era, and 90's rave scene whose music inspired him to play records across multiple genres from techno and breaks to hip-hop and drum n’ bass. Finding balance and unison across all electronic music platforms. His collection spans house, tech, deep house, techno, bass and pretty much anything that makes your ass shake. He reads his crowd, breaking and fusing genres, blending styles, and establishing an energetic dance floor.
D.G. Hubbard has taken a winding path to land in the Miami music scene. Born in Fort Lauderdale and growing up in Michigan with travel to Germany as an exchange student helped to shape his perspective on music. His early journey took him from piano to orchestral tuba and electric guitar before finding a home in electronically composed music.
D.G. attended college to study mechanical engineering in Kalamazoo, Michigan and followed electronic music at legendary Midwest events like Plus 8’s Jak‐O‐Lantern, Sikness/Recovery, and Consumed events in Windsor, Canada and Detroit and Mike Dearborn’s Majesty Records shows in Chicago.
In 1997, Hubbard joined the Black Nation Records team, partnering up with its founder Jay Denham to plan a series of successful concept events most notably Peoples' Revolution and Sector 616 featuring Jeff Mills, Dan Bell, Claude Young, Surgeon, Bios, and Rob Hood.
In 1998 and 1999, D.G. collaborated with Jay Denham under the Dirk Jones moniker that were released on Black Nation sub‐labels Sector 616 and Slavery 2000.
D.G. started djing in 1997 and has played in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Europe and has had local residencies in Kalamazoo and Miami. He has performed alongside Dan Bell (DBX), Jeff Mills, Joey Beltram, Rob Hood, John Acquaviva, Stacey Pullen, Marco Carola, Oliver Ho, Miss Kitten, Magda, Tim Baker, HD Substance, Traxx, DJ Whiteshadow, Ectomorph, Stryke, Alex Flatner, Roberto Ingram, Deetron, Ray Nicholes, D Knox, Fannon Flowers, Shake Shakir, and Kikoman. His DJ style has progressed to where it is today ‐ a blend of house, tech‐house, techno, and dub.
In 2002, D.G. moved to Miami, where he combined his passion with his education and developed the Uberstand DJ laptop stand, now licensed to Stanton. He also currently consults on the development of future MIDI controllers and motion capture devices.
His technology‐oriented work also eventually evolved into large scale video and sound installation projects both solo and alongside mixed media artist Jorge Enrique. These events included the opening event for the Sculpture Key West event in 2007, an art opening at the Museum of Science, and annual performances during the Art Basel art show in Miami.
With his particular background and interests, Hubbard has evolved into more of a concept artist than a club DJ, presenting a unique blend of music and technology.
Nelson Fernandez , also known as DJ Nova(Miami), has been involved in Miami's underground scene since the early 90s, and began djing in 1996. From 1997-‘99 Nova Hosted his own weekly internet radio show at The Womb (107.1FM , www.thewomb.com) a “REAL AUDIO” preset one of the FIRST internet RADIO shows at the time. Special Guests on his show included :Juan Atkins, John Acquaviva, Terrence Parker, Glenn Underground, Mike “Agent X” Clark, Boo Williams, Stryke, Christian Smith, and Mistress Barbara. On the show he had various World Premiers (first time broadcast) such as Transmat’s Time:Space Compilation, in March 1999, as well as several releases from Hybrid Records and the Cari Lekebusch crew.
All this while being the creator and event coordinator for the highly successful Miami Meets Detroit WMC BBQ , held annually during the Miami Winter Music Conference (1999-2005), showcasing artists such as Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Stryke, Phoenecia (aka Soul Oddity) , Sean Deason , Terrence Parker, DJ Minx, Alton Miller, The Beatdown Sounds Crew, DJ T-1000 , Matthew Dear, DJ Rolando "The Aztec Mystic", Murk (Oscar G & Ralph Falcon), and Magda. "Pornograph Events", Nelson's vision for Miami's local scene went a step further, by showcasing artists such as: Derrick May, Stacey Pullen, Bryan Zentz, DJ Rolando, Kevin Saunderson and Lee Burridge outside of the "WMC" week. In a Market driven by TOP 40, Hip Hop, and Mash Ups, Pornograph Events, was one of THE FIRST and ONLY outlets for UNDERGROUND DANCE MUSIC in South Florida! Showcasing DJs & LIVE PA's (A FIRST FOR A PROMOTER TO BOOK "Techno" LIVE PA's IN A "MAINSTREAM Venue - DREAM NIGHTCLUB" outside of the WMC week-For A WEEKLY PARTY), such as: MARC ANTONA (LIVE), SHONKY, JONAS BERING (LIVE), MAZI, STEWART WALKER (LIVE), TOUANE (LIVE), KEVIN SAUNDERSON and JOHN ACQUAVIVA. This is all long before any of the promoters recognized today in Miami for there "techno" and "deep house" events.