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Tune-in to Digitally Imported on Tuesday, March 14th from 12 PM to 6 PM PST (3 PM to 9 PM EST | 2000 to 0200 GMT) for episode #142 of my monthly show, The Bidness. This month Tampa's DJ Samer, Houston's Sysense, and LA's Tony Preciado will be on guest mix duties and I will be ending the show with a mix.
12 PM PST - 1 PM PST (3 PM EST - 4 PM EST | 2000 GMT - 2100 GMT) DJ Samer (Pangea Recordings, Stripped, OLD SQL, BC2…)
1 PM - 3 PM PST (4 PM - 6 PM EST | 2100 - 2300 GMT) Sysense (August Second Productions)
3 PM - 4 PM PST (6 PM - 7 PM EST | 2300 - 0000 GMT) Tony Preciado (Funxion)
4 PM - 6 PM PST (7 PM - 9 PM EST | 0000 - 0200 GMT) LRCN (Digitally Imported / AfterhoursDJs / Generation Trance)
Listen - http://di.fm/progressive
Website - http://di.fm
IRC - irc.di.fm 6667 #diradio
DJ Samer - Samer’s productions and DJ sets have earned him respect in the scene amongst dance music lovers, high profile DJs, and the most sought after producers in the world.
It all started for Samer in 1996 at Club Simon's, located in Gainesville, Florida. There, he became exposed to the best dance music acts in the world at the age of 17. This discovery of electronic music made him realize that it was his destiny to be involved in the dance scene. Late night house parties and a passion for the music gave him the drive to learn to DJ and begin collecting records.
After hard work and tons of practice, things started to come together for Samer. He left Gainesville for Tampa to finish his education, but took his love for the music and his records with him. His growing collection of House, Progressive, and Trance began to form a style that became known in the local club scene in Ybor City, the center of Tampa's nightlife. There, his deep yet high-energy straight beat style began to catch the ears of club goers and he slowly started making a name for himself. Samer remembers: “It was tough making a name for myself where Florida Break-beat was the choice of music at the time. I thank all the DJs that gave me a chance. They had total control and influence of what people on the dance-floor were listening to, and allowed me to try and have some small sort of influence over it.”
Samer later met his former producing partner, Bill Vines a.k.a “The Maji”, at Chakra Records, a small records shop in Ybor City, where they both ended up working. Bill took Samer under his wing and taught him the basics of producing and more advanced mixing concepts. After spinning records together at various venues in Tampa and producing their first track, they became known as the “Evrydaydowners.” Pangea Recordings was then born. From there, Evrydaydowners made their first impression on the international dance scene with their first EP, “A New Beginning”. “Quality wise, this was a first production, but I remember receiving a compliment from Brother Brown at the WMC. Being that he was one of my heroes, that's when I knew we were heading in the right direction,” Samer says.
After a couple of years in Tampa, Samer became impressed with the scene and way of life in California after a brief visit. In January of 2002, he decided to pack his bags and moved to San Diego to pursue careers in both music and law. The scene in San Diego was tough to penetrate for someone new, but he slowly became known from his productions along with his DJing. Samer managed to grab opening slots for well-known international DJs such as Pete Tong, Chris Fortier, DJ Dara, and Spesh. Evrydaydowners was also making a name production wise. Samer recalls at Winter Music Conference in 2003, at around 11:00 am at Club Space, hearing Sasha play “This World,” Evrydaydowners’ latest production, and Pangea Recordings’ first record to be distributed worldwide. Another treat was hearing Sasha play Chris Lake's remix of Joshua Collins "Project 3" during the Ultra Music Festival during the same WMC, which was signed to be Pangea Recordings second release. This was another sign for Samer that his work was finally going somewhere and he was destined not just to be part of the scene, but to help mold it as well. All the hard work paid off when Evrydaydowners “This World” earned the #1 spot on the esteemed Hooj Choons UK Dance Chart after constantly being played at the Winter Music Conference in 2003, an enormous feet.
With the success of Pangea Recordings, Samer decided to expand Pangea by creating sister labels Pangea UK, 1Shot Recordings, and digital spawns for them as well. “The San Diego scene was pretty chill compared to LA and San Francisco, which allowed me to get a lot of work done and allowed me to release more records.” Samer says. “Also, I got so many great demos it was tough to stay focused on just progressive music. I needed another outlet to release other types of tunes, and that’s why we formed the sister labels.”
Recently, however, Samer and The Maji have split for personal reasons. This has not stopped him though, as he is still producing tracks for his label, as well as for other worldwide labels and artists. Samer’s productions and achievements led him to one of the highlights of his career: DJing at the Love Parade 2005 held in San Francisco, California. This was one of only two Love Parades held in San Francisco rather than in Berlin, Germany. Samer also played his first international gig in February of 2006 at the legendary RiffRaff party in Middlesbrough, UK. Samer’s unique and well programmed Dj sets have also made him a staple at America’s largest dance music festivals. He played at the Ultra Music Festival in 2007, 2008, and 2009 during the Winter Music Conference with such acts as The Cure, Sasha and John Digweed, Rabbit in the Moon, Deadmau5, and others. Samer was also a regular at the legendary Lovefest parties held in San Francisco over the last few years. The Lovefest (now known as LovEvolution and formerly the San Francisco Love Parade) boasted crowds of over 100,000 party-goers and some of the worlds finest talent.
Currently, Samer has concentrated more on his original productions and writing music under his own name. He has signed solo outings and remixes on very well respected international labels such as Spundae Music, Baroque Records UK, Stripped Muzik, BC2, Reelaux, OLD SQL, Evoked Recordings, Polytechnic Recordings, Stellar Fountain Recordings, Smart Phenomena, Rezongar Music, Indigo, frisky, Jetlag Digital, and more. Samer’s podcast, the Pangea Recordings Podcast, has aided him in pushing his sound to a worldwide audience with thousands of devoted and faithful listeners. It is safe to say that Samer is still one of America’s most upcoming DJs and producers and that he has a bright future ahead of him with his label, his mixes, and his
Sysense - Owner August Second Productions. Been in the Dj business for over 25 years and have a profound love for electronic music.
Tony Preciado - Tony Preciado has been DJ'ing for over 10 years now. Learning how to DJ on his own in his bedroom, he quickly picked up his skills and picked up residencies in Hollywood and other clubs in Los Angeles. Tony Joined Funxion Entertainment and held a residency for the promotion. Tony also was given a chance to DJ for known and established underground promotion Incognito.
Tony has played in many clubs in the LA area such as Circus Disco, Avalon ( Spider Room/ Bardot) King King, Hollywood Canteen, Joseph's Cafe, Forbidden City, Burgundy Room, and other clubs as well as underground warehouse events and Hotel pool parties.Tony's versatility in electronic music sub genres such as tech house, techno, minimal, electro, tribal and progressive house as well as trance helped him land gigs very frequently. 2008 - 2010 were very busy years for Tony while he had residency with Funxion Entertainment and an invited DJ for Incognito. He shared the stage with many well respected and well known local dj's and opened up for well known underground DJ's like Chloe Harris , Lucy , Echohouse, Low End Specialists, and Ricardo Tobar.
In early 2011 Tony decided not to play at big club events as his personal life became very busy. Still his love for DJ'ing has continued. He still continues to pump out mixes and still plays smaller intimate house party events. He has also recently spun a few gigs at clubs which he is still open to do once in a while.
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