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Praia Urbana is proud to present the season opening party of 2013 featuring Sander Kleinenberg, Fur Coat and Sarah Main!
Praia Urbana is Houston's all day outdoor electronic music festival that begins at 2pm and goes until 11pm.
Sander Kleinenberg (Netherlands)
A deviant idealist to international dance floors and the boundaries of the soundtrack alike, Sander Kleinenberg has proven one of more organic superstar DJs to emerge from the Netherlands. With more than 15-years on the scene and a steady legacy of landmark achievements behind him, the Dutch DVJ and producer still treats mixing as an art form sacred enough to be praised at every corner of the earth. A true DJ’s DJ and renowned skeptic to the integrity of a generation often more concerned with flash marketing than creative progress, Sander’s resounding passion for club culture and the developing craft of musical journeys has kept him from becoming an arrogant cynic to an age he could never have anticipated for electronic music.
Using his productions as a passport into the wider world of electronic music. Brandishing headline singles including ‘My Lexicon’, ‘The Fruit’ & ‘This Is Miami’, 2011’s 5K album would prove by far the most diverse of his offerings to touch the digital market and club sphere alike. Despite admitting that production remains his least favorite musical journey, the steps between an original inspiration point and that moment of clarity on the dance floor remains an integral part of what has made Sander’s approach so firm from the outset.
As the times have changed, Sander has not shied from embracing new technology. Now renowned for his DVJ concepts in spite of earlier skepticism from the wider industry, this union of visual and musical moments has headed Sander towards an absolution in club experiences that few of his generation have embraced with such persistence. With the addition of his This Is Recordings – a home grown imprint of likeminded talents set to fly high on their own wings in the not so distant future – we see yet further proof of Sander’s ability to take control in the name of honest and organic steps towards musical absolution.
But diversity doesn’t have to equate to incoherence. Just ask Justin Timberlake, Mylo, Daft Punk, Janet Jackson, Annie Lennox or N*E*R*D, whose seal of approval has seen his studio scope reach the unsuspecting world of popular music with seamless clarity. With original productions alongside Dillon Francis, Kraak & Smaak and return collaborator Jamie Cullum, Sander remains persistent in his attempts to break down the barriers of Electronic music alongside artists from across the musical spectrum. Where 5K offered a disjointed insight into his firmly developed studio mind, 2013 looks to provide one of the most homogenous chapter in the modest superstar DJs career to date.
Fur Coat (Crosstown Rebels, Venezuela)
Though you may think Fur Coat is a new act on the scene, the reality is quite different. Even before the Venezuelan pair met at a house party in their native Caracas in 2004, Israel Sunshine was building a solid reputation as a DJ, and Sergio Muñoz was successfully producing his own sounds (under the Delete alias) for a number of different labels. Before that, even, it was a trip to Ibiza in 1999 that inspired Israel to fully immerse himself in electronic music, whilst Sergio had been DJing locally since his teens…
Through a mutual appreciation of food, movies, partying and each other’s work, this expressive pair soon became close friends, cementing the relationship with shared musical passions for Latin, funk, soul, salsa and electronic influences like Giorgio Morodor, Larry Levan and Moodymann. Before long, having started to promote their own respected Undersounds parties, they began DJing together and even picked up gigs across Europe, South American and Ibiza. It was the summer of 2010, though, which was the start of Fur Coat proper, and since then there has been no looking back.
Fast forward to now and one of the smartest A&R’s in the business, Damian Lazarus, has plucked the duo from South American obscurity to give them a platform on his much-lauded Crosstown Rebels label. It was the duo’s blending of live vocals, serious grooves and a heavily funk indebted sound which had Lazarus snap them up, first to remix Russ Yallop, then for a full release entitled “Space Ballad” which shot to prominence thanks to a killer Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs remix. Reactions to its swirling future funk were crazy, so much so that Fur Coat’s next single “You and I ft Cari Golden” is already ready and waiting with fans as diverse as Ewan Pearson and Art Department quick to play it out around the world.
“Our music is mostly for the dancefloor” say the pair of their output so far. “We consider ourselves to be making some sort of Space Funk. Our main influences are house and techno, but we add our own twist so though stuff works on the dancefloor, it’s also deep, funky, trippy and hopefully delivers some sort of story to the listener.”
As well as the up coming Crosstown Rebels single, a debut European Tour in April and a first DJ appearance at Get Lost Miami during WMC in March, there’s also the small matter of a full length from this pair, due to arrive sometime in 2012. No matter the weather outside, then, it seems time you got yourself a Fur Coat…
Sarah Main (Pacha, Ibiza)
She lives in the party capitol of the world -Ibiza, She is the superstar resident of one of the worlds best clubs -Pacha, She tours the world playing house music, She is the host of one of the hottest dance radio shows in the UK- Galaxy.…She is… Sarah Main.
Hailing from the land down under, Sydney Australia, Sarah Main is talented, sexy, sassy and vivacious. Sarah stands as the first female DJ to rise from the Australian dance scene into a globally recognized DJ.
Sarah began dj’ing in Sydney clubs in 1995 and by 2001 she had conquered Australia having played in the most reputable clubs in Sydney (Home, Soho, Kink, Sounds on Sunday), having toured extensively over the country, playing at many of its major festivals, and having hosted two successful house radio shows on Rhythm FM and New Wave FM. Ibiza was calling.
“From the first time I walked into the Pacha experience I felt at instantly at home and knew this was the one place I had to spin.”
In 2001 Sarahs ambition, style, tight mixing and immaculate taste in house music earned her a residency at Pacha Ibiza (named Best International Club in 2002).
Since then, Sarah has never looked back. She is revered for her weekly sessions at Pacha Ibiza which have been noticed by more than just the Pacha crew…both Erick Morillo and Pete Tong quoted her as the best warm up DJ in DJ Mag. Sarah was also nominated twice at the DJ Awards for ‘Best Ibiza DJ’ in 2004 and ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2005, before deservingly being crowned the ‘Best Ibiza DJ’ in 2006.
2005 brought Sarah a residency alongside Pete Tong at Pacha’s flagship weekly event, Pure Pacha. The pair will be responsible for the release of the third Pure Pacha compilation in 2007, which in past years has only received rave reviews, including ‘Compilation of the month in Mixmag’ in 2005. Sarah has also mixed various other compilations, which include ‘Pacha Ibiza Winter Sessions’, ‘Pacha Japan’ and ‘Ibiza World Tour’.
Sarah is fastly becoming one of the most recognizable female DJ’s in the world. She has played in over 30 countries and on every continent (except Antarctica), from touring Asia, to playing at the Cross in London, Zouk in Singapore, Creamfields in Liverpool, La Rocca in Belgium, Pacha in New York, and Trilogy in Dubai- to name a few.
Not only does Sarah’s music epitomize the sound of Pacha, but her look and personal style do also. Both stylish and glamorous (two words heavily associated with the Pacha brand), Sarah has been featured in many of the clubs photographic campaigns by revered and long-standing Pacha photographer ‘Tony Riera’. As well as being featured in many global dance magazines, Sarah has been on the cover of the Pacha magazine with Smokin Jo and Tania Vulcano, and the cover of M8 magazine in the UK. On top of this Sarah also guessed starred as herself in the clubland flick- It’s All Gone Pete Tong’ alongside Carl Cox, Paul Van Dyk and many other well known industry faces.
In June of 2006 Sarah began hosting her own Pacha radio show on Galaxy FM in the UK. It has proven to be nothing less than a success with an audience of over 300,000 every week. Sarah believes this to be one of the highlights of her career so far.
There are no limits for Sarah Main. While the next few years excite her with endless possibilities, Sarah aims to focus on producing music. Geared up to work with some of the most credible producers in the industry, Sarah’s own music will soon begin to filter out.
Sander Kleinenberg / Fur Coat / Sarah Main