filmed live, one take, @ QC Studios in Montréal.

film & concept by TETSUOMI ANZAI, who imagined positioning this footage alongside that of a pianist & a conductor to demonstrate the fluidity of expression marked by the hands — regardless of the instrument. blog post on the filming.

“I hope to release a DVD of the final footage in the near future”.
—- (It only took 10 years to get it online.)

Camera shaking courtesy of the Rat Man; and yes, the crossfader broke around 2 minutes in. Deep bows to my compadres of the era: all those at SAT, Casa del Popolo, Mitchell @ intr_version, NAW, Bruno @ Laïka, and with those I shared the decks & stage, Fishead, Daniel Gardner, Johnny Ranger & the Mole.

Safety Scissors Live & In His Socks

live & in his socks


SATURDAY MAY 4th 2013 | $15 @ DOOR

It has been many years since Vancouver was shaken sideays by the quirky deep house of Safety Scissors. A man before his time, he influenced the modern house & nu-disco sound of Berlin. With acclaimed albums on PLUG RESEARCH and Pole’s ~SCAPE, he blends his own strange but sexy brand of naked soul, singing LIVE with elements of post-pop, dub house and glitch techno. He calls it “dork electronic.” We call it awesome. We welcome him back to the rainy city for the Canadian premiere of his new album on Ellen Allien’s BPITCH CONTROL, IN A MANNER OF SLEEPING.

BPitch Control | Berlin / NYC

* LIVE & in his socks 12:00-1:30AM *

Surrounded by the likes of Kit Clayton, Sutekh, Twerk, Silent Servant, Kid 606, and Matmos, Matthew Patterson Curry was a key collaborator of the San Francisco experimental electronic scene from the late ’90s onward. In May of 2000 at the very first MUTEK festival in Montreal, he debuted his live approach to future house music, singing quirky phrases overtop glitch and dub rhythms. The dub-tinged technopop was culled into the PLUG RESEARCH album PARTS WATER which was hailed as a pioneering exploration of sub-pop songwriting with experimental techno.

Subsequent worldwide touring and invitations to well respected festivals soon followed, leading him to his obligatory Berlin stint. With TAINTED LUNCH, his second full length album on Pole’s ~SCAPE label, he strayed further from his initial techno roots, defining his own brand of “dork pop”, enlisting musical comrades Kevin Blechdom, Francoise Cactus (Stereo Total), and Erlend Øye. He also has lent his talents for numerous remixes, including Matmos, Sketch Show featuring Yellow Magic Orchestra, and indie bands Grizzly Bear and Architecture In Helskinki.

During all this he also founded his PROPTRONIX label, releasing acclaimed acts like My Robot Friend and the Pigeon Funk project with SUTEKH.

With thirst for growth he relocated to New York in 2010. His third album, IN A MANNER OF SLEEPING, is forthcoming in MAY 2013 on Ellen Allien’s BPITCH CONTROL, and arises out of an extended period of recording silence. Besides the standard love and identity fare it covers themes of writer’s block, sloth, perseverance, happenstance, infinity, and relativity.

Transmat, Dirty Works, Rebirth | Vancouver / Tokyo

* on the decks 1:30-2:30AM *

Rennie Foster has been a well respected figure in the Canadian music and art community since he was just a teenager. He influenced many as an early pioneer of the Hip-Hop / B-Boy movement and later the House Music and Techno / Rave scene.

Rennie Foster has released with Detroit labels such as Motech, Soiree, Subject Detroit, Wallshaker, Teknotika and classic techno labels like F-Communicatios, Monoid, and Synewave. He has remixed artists such as Swayzak, DJ Bone, Alain Ho, Juan Atkins and has been remixed by the likes of James Zabiela, Kiki, Mark Broom, Claude Young, and Rodriguez Jr. His tracks appear on mix CDs by Kevin Saunderson, Trentmoller and Derrick May. He was consistently ranked in the top 50 DJs in Japan by LOUD Magazine and has played venues all across Japan and in cities from New York to Paris and Frankfurt.

Rennie is most recognized for his underground anthem “Devil’s Water” released from Rebirth Records and has been featured several times in publications like DJ Magazine UK, Mixer, Mixmag, and XLR8R. His recent hit collaboration with MC Moka Only “Connect Like Four” was remixed by Samuel L. Session, Uner and members of Cobblestone Jazz and was the most charted track on Resident Advisor for April, 2011. He also had a hit in 2011 with “Savior” featuring the late Detroit legend Aaron Carl on vocals and a massive remix by Coyu and Edu Imbernon. Rennie’s tracks are often found in a diverse group of well known DJs sets from Sasha, Pete Tong and James Holden to Derrick May, Laurent Garnier and Dave Clarke.

Currently, Rennie is working on an EP for Thoughtless Music, collaborating with House Of Ninja NYC and remixing rave legends Altern-8 — amongst many other things.

IO Sound | Whistler / Montreal

* on the decks 10:45-12:00AM *

As a co-founder of the technoWest network with Dub Gnostic, tobias was one of the first to book Safety Scissors (and Sutekh) outside of San Francisco, bringing them in for the <ST-C> event CYDONIA in 1999, followed by an infamous shakedown at the Video-In with Loscil in 2002. For details from that era, check:

Hailing from the West Coast technoculture, tobias has dj’ed warehouse raves to logging road occupations, art galleries to festivals, from Montreal to Amsterdam, Barcelona to Berlin, playing festivals worldwide including MUTEK, the New Forms Festival, Sonic Acts, MEG, and Bass Coast. DJing since 1993, tobias’ style is marked by the cut-up & non-linear mixing styles of 3-deck future techno and house, from the Afrofuturist sounds of Detroit techno and electro to 21st century minimal and dub. He can be heard on the mixshow ION STORM every second Tuesday:

Tobias has released four albums of experimental electronic music and space techno, working with Tomas Phillips, Katherine Kline, Martijn Comes, and Richard Chartier, as the offworld director of experimental electronic and space techno label IO SOUND []. From 2002–2008 he was Concept Engineer at the Society for Art and Technology (SAT) in Montreal, where he curated technology arts events and exhibitions []. He has likewise thrown numerous underground events as founding member of the shock surrealist outfit <ST> [], hosted three radio shows with CiTR 101.9FM, and held DJ residencies in several cities worldwide.

DERadio, DE Kollektiv | Vancouver
(also my brithday!!)

* on the decks 9:00-10:45PM *

As far back as he can remember Marc Gerrard has been surrounded by quality music. Born in Southport, England (it’s grim up north) he comes from one of the most prolific musical countries on the planet and thus brought with him an appetite for music unique to the English.

After his first concert experience of seeing the Jackson 5 (reunion tour) at the impressionable age of 10, he has since undergone an evolution that has taken him through britpop, indie, funk and into electronic music where now as a DJ he combines the best of all his experience and has developed a virtuosity with his ability to blend the organic with the electronic, traversing genres and taking his listeners on unpredictable yet soulful musical journeys.

After playing out around the city at various venues and festivals, M. Gerrard met Major Tom whereby they quickly developed a kinship through their similar musical proclivities for blending the organic with the electronic. They most recently teamed up to form the DE Kollektiv where with their sound, they strive to explore the boundaries of genre and craft while pushing what defines electronic music. But through all this they always remember and maintain the core value of connecting with their audience by providing a memorable musical experience