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Drop The Lime (full live band) & the rest of the T&B crew at Mezzanine 9/29

http://troubleandbass.eventbrite.com/ 

billycadence:

DJ Mehdi, who has died aged 34 in a fall at his home, was a gifted club DJ and music producer, who rose to international prominence after he signed to the Paris record label Ed Banger. His album Lucky Boy (2006) – the title reflecting his characteristic positivity – was the label’s first LP release, though Mehdi’s own career had begun a decade and half earlier.

He was born Mehdi Favéris-Essadi to a Tunisian family in the north-west suburbs of Paris. Music was in his blood. Both his father and uncle had been DJs, and Mehdi was proud of his Tunisian ancestry – he dedicated a DJ mix to the recent uprising.

He began his career as a hip-hop DJ and producer at the age of 15, joining a trio called Idéal Junior; they later changed their name to Ideal J. Their albums Original MCs (1996) and Le Combat Continue (1998) gave Mehdi credibility on France’s burgeoning hip-hop scene.

Mehdi went on to become a member of Different Teep and Mafia K’l Fry, and worked with increasingly influential French rap artists,including MC Solaar and the hip hop group 113, for whom he produced the albums Ni Barreaux Ni Barrières Ni Frontières (1998) and Les Princes de la Ville (1999).

The 1990s saw a wave of Parisian electronic artists with hip-hop roots break through to success, and Mehdi’s profile rose with them. He worked with acts including Cassius and Etienne de Crécy and by 1997 had started collaborating with Pedro Winter (aka Busy P), manager of Daft Punk and future boss of Ed Banger Records. The pair hosted nights at Le Pulp in Paris, while Mehdi continued his studio work, releasing his debut album, The Story of Espion, in 2002.

By this time Pedro was hatching plans for his new record label. The imprint would usher in a new era of French electronic music – and a brash electro style that has influenced dance music ever since. Mehdi’s involvement with Ed Banger was a canny move. He brought diverse influences and an open attitude to the label. The singles Pocket Piano and Signatune were followed in 2007 by I Am Somebody, a collaboration with the Canadian act Chromeo, which became a hit in the US after featuring in a radio commercial.

Meanwhile Mehdi continued making remixes, moving in wide circles. The artists he worked with included Joakim, Etienne de Crécy, Asian Dub Foundation, Architecture in Helsinki, New Young Pony Club, Sam Sparro, Erol Alkan, Boys Noize, Miike Snow and Zombie Nation. Other collaborative activity included contributions to the Coolcats blog.

Technically he was a highly skilled DJ and was universally admired by his peers. He was a natural performer, who could energise a sleeping crowd within a few beats of an opening track. “As a DJ he was exceptional,” said Damien Harris, his friend and co-founder of Skint Records. “He had that old school DJ aesthetic of how to get a party going. Being so confident technically allowed him to incorporate many genres effortlessly … One of his natural qualities was that he’d make you feel welcome – he was never moody.”

As a person he was easy to take to. He overflowed with good will, and his diminutive stature often struggled to contain his good-time energy. During concerts it could literally propel him up festival speaker stacks, lifting the crowd’s mood as he ascended.

In his most recent project, he joined up with the British producer Riton (aka Henry Smithson) to form the Carte Blanche outfit. It was under this guise that he played his last UK gig, at Bestival on the Isle of Wight, on 11 September.

Mehdi died at a party celebrating Riton’s birthday. In circumstances that are not clear, the roofing they were standing on shattered, causing him and three friends to plummet seven metres. He is survived by his wife, the video director and graffiti artist Fabienne Fafi, and their son, Neil.

• Mehdi Favéris-Essadi, DJ and music producer, born 20 January 1977; died 13 September 2011

(via The Guardian UK)

f22ism:

@chefangst #prepping #vegan #jambalaya for #MissionBlock tonight @mezzanineSF  (Taken with Instagram at The Farmers Block: Mothership Kitchen )

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f22ism:

@chefangst #prepping #vegan #jambalaya for #MissionBlock tonight @mezzanineSF (Taken with Instagram at The Farmers Block: Mothership Kitchen )

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I just uploaded “SebastiAn promo mix - Realboy” to www.mixcloud.com - listen now!

sfhaps:

SebastiAn to play @mezzaninesf Sep 10

sfhaps:

SebastiAn to play @mezzaninesf Sep 10

Peter Hook performs ‘Closer’ 9/17 @ Mezzanine

Peter Hook performs ‘Closer’ 9/17 @ Mezzanine

SebastiAn @ Mezzanine 9/10

SebastiAn @ Mezzanine 9/10

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Bilal + Rich Medina @ Mezzanine 8/27

Cut Chemist this Thursday at Mezz!