Alexi Ayres – 12am SLT
Alexi Ayres is a live instrumental music performer who enjoys experimenting with lush tonal sounds using electronic hardware, vocal processors and musical instruments including synthesizers, drum machines, and samplers. In 2009, Alexi founded Singularity Tribe, an inclusive tribe of positive musicians, artists, and members who explore and enjoy the arts with shared intentions of personal and collective expression and innovation. Together, we resonate toward the singularity.
Elrik Merlin – 4am
Elrik has been a Second Life resident since the Spring of 2007, but has been involved in the music industry as an engineer and producer for decades, based in London (his home town), Nashville and Los Angeles. Best-known in-world as a regular presenter on Radio Riel (http://radioriel.org) and as co-host of the hit weekly TreetTV/Prim Perfect magazine programme Designing Worlds, he also DJs at occasional live events, particularly for charity. In RL he lives near Cambridge, England.
Being a Radio Riel presenter, Elrik’s musical tastes are particularly eclectic, ranging from Early Music through baroque and classical to popular music from the Victorian and Edwardian, plus the 1920s to the 1940s. He is a particular devotee of light music, 1960s lounge music, classic production library music from the 1940s-70s, and classic electronica and British rock.
At OBR this year Elrik’s set will be based around swing and electro-swing, with the odd bit of Something Else for fun and variety.
Born and raised in Argentina, but recently moved to Uruguay, my DJ career started in Second Life not so long ago by the hand of my mentor DJ V-WAXX.
I have always been in touch with the House Music. In RL I come from a city known by its nightlife and mega dance clubs, so House was something that was normal to me. As a young lady, I worked at several of those House Music Clubs as PR and also at the offices and all I did back then was breathing house, eating house, dancing house, listening house, living house.
Six years ago I knew about Second Life, started playing, and after some years of being part of the House Music scene as a hostess, Manager and Director of big clubs like Scoutlounge and The Beach Lounge, DJ V-WAXX encouraged me to try and spin. It wasn´t an easy moment in my life because I had a natural talent for choosing nice tracks, but my ears were not trained enough to mix without mistakes and V-WAXX is a very exigent teacher 😛 so I had to work hard and overcome a lot of moments of frustration and that is the truth, you don´t become a DJ without hard work. Practice,
practice, practice and finally I started spinning at clubs. That was about 4 years ago and I still consider myself a student, always learning from those whom I admire like Vaughan Quan (DJ V-WAXX), RuizdelAguila, Cedric Galaxy, Laurence Mapp, FrankMoreno, Danny Bombastic… my whole Sons of Soul family.
My main genre is Soulful House, but I also spin Latin House and more recently I started diving into the sea of Tech House (and I am loving it *winks), but my heart and soul are and will always be with Soulful House. This is the music that makes me feel alive, the music that takes away all my sadness in sad days or enhances my happiness in happy days. Soulful will always do good to you like a nice Tea that warms your spirit and lifts your soul, Soulful flows inside your system gently,
smoothly to fill you and make you feel closer to all those nice things like love, compassion, god, friendship… Soulful is life and I need Soulful to stay alive.
From humble beginnings I emerged…NYC to the core. From Brooklyn 472 Marcy Avenue “Bed-Stuy” 334 Rockaway Pk’Way “Brownsville” 179 Linden Blvd “Flatbush” To My Father, “ Teddy the Piano man” whom I use to watch play congas along side the legendary “Tito Puente” out my project window as they were in the grass drinking beer and just vibing. These things stayed with me and help nurture my love for music.
At the age of 15, being young and impetuous I was doing some hand to hands to save up and buy me these 2 turntables because in my Hood DJ Frankie D & MC Tony G from Marcy were the shit. They would tap the light pole on Stockton St. and spin until 2 & 3 in the morning. Police would come down; they would turn it off and when they left turn it was back on again, simply for the love of music. But it was my friends Shawn Waters from the “FORCE MD’S” and his brother Marlow Waters “The King of Vinyl” who really got me to take DJing more seriously.
It was Shawn who came to my rest and got behind my 2 belt drive pioneer turntables and started scratching and cutting beats. I was stunned and I was hooked. I asked where did he learn that? He said Uptown in the Bronx. So I started hanging with Shawn uptown who introduced me to Afrika Bambaataa, Kool Herc, Grand Master Flash, Jazzy Jake, Grand Wizard Theodore, and Charlie Chase… All that did was make me go back to the lab and practice. I was in a group called the Fantastic Four from Flatbush and we were killin shit hahahahaha we had Flatbush on lock.. The only competition we had in “The Bush” from a DJ’s perspective were “ Grand Master D” my dude Drew from Whodini and “Mix Master Ice” from UTFO. Both were excellent DJ’s
But in my progression as a DJ I went to different venues to hear DJ’s and maybe pick up a thing or 2 like listening to DJ Jazzy Jeff “The Man” and DJ Premier “The Other Man” But I think overall my greatest influences were my Dad of course who taught me how to listen to music. However, listening to DJ’s like Larry Levan & Louie Vega, Frankie Knuckles and Timmy Regisford were my introductions to House, and in House I have found a Home. I have done production work for Wu-Tang disciple DSA, “ Dark Skinned Assassin” and “Pop The Brown Hornet”
Now my focus is on House I love to spin it, hear it and vibe to it. It’s who I am and I guess it’s who I am supposed to be: “It’s in my veins like Heroin and I’m addicted”.
These days you can find me spinning at House Station Radio as resident DJ as well as on several other radios as Guest DJ.
Regarding to Second Life, I am the Executive Director of Woods and that is where you can find me spinning as resident DJ, but I also spin at other venues such as Pure Club, Kapalua Bay, Sun Rising, Deep Lounge and Relax Club.
This OBR event is rather personal to me. I have women in my family who were victims of domestic violence. I vowed at an early age that I would never stand for it and I would do anything in my power to stop this type of abuse. So me being involved, it’s an obligation to the woman in my family. I do so with my participation doing what I do best, playing music.
Music the universal language reaches us all on so many different levels. For me it’s my salvation. “I’m not new to this I’m true to this”
“Undoubtedly one of Plymouth’s most established and skilled techno DJs, Calrek has been a prominent feature of the local underground music scene forwell over a decade. Combining his love of quality music and technical knowledge, he has brought true underground techno to his home city of Plymouth.
Initially working as a roadie for a rhythm and blues band, Calrek’s first attempt at live musical performance was playing the electric guitar for several local heavy metal bands. He quickly progressed to manning the sound desk for outdoor events and club nights. During this time Calrek had regular dealings with our other DJs, event promoters, producers and professionals within the sound industry. He soon gained valuable experience, and always acknowledged the importance of well produced music and finely tuned sound equipment in a club setting. Having had first his hand experience of the Plymouth club scene in the mid nineties, it became apparent that the scene was crying out for a regular, quality underground techno night in Plymouth, and so Calrek’s vision of Oorpi was born. The objective was simple – the highest quality techno music with intelligent visuals and lighting in a uniquely created environment, allowing the music to make its mark.
Calrek felt that producing his own tracks was a natural progression. Oorpi 1 and 2 were soon cut on dub-plates early in 1997 and unleashed on the Oorpi regulars by The Instructor & Pathogen, becoming instant classics. At the time, Calrek set out to make the Oorpi Techno vision become reality. Several years later, Oorpi Techno, as the event was now known, went back to basics. Discarding the usual backdrops preferred by club promoters, Oorpi Techno broke the mould and took place at the purposely blackened-out Tramps venue at Bretonside, Plymouth, showcasing the professional digital lighting and visuals of Damage FX and Missing Linkz to their full effect. The event also made a positive and lasting impression by incorporating the very best in sound reinforcement audio systems.
As Oorpi Techno grew into a huge success, Calrek’s mixing skills became apparent. Lightning-fast and nimble, whilst at the same time using a mixer to full effect to bring in tracks with his unique style. Despite his technical skills, Calrek is a strong believer in maintaining the human element. In an age of locked grooves and digital perfection, his presence behind the decks leaves the listener in no doubt that his sets are live and unplanned. From recognisable classics to fresh new material, each piece of vinyl in Calrek’s collection must be high quality techno, or it will simply not make the grade. The resulting records leave Calrek with a varied collection of techno that cannot be pigeonholed – from tribal percussions to driving basslines and relentless hard beats and grooves, stabbing synths to explicit vocals, Calrek spins them all with finesse.
Following on from the huge success of another of Calrek’s projects DMTNetradio (which was Plymouth’s first 24/7 streaming underground net radio station setup in 2000) and again leveraging his programming and development knowledge to full advantage, Calrek built his own legendary live video chat (known as LVC to his regulars). Often imitated but never surpassed, this groundbreaking app allowed Calrek to interact with techno lovers across the globe for well over a decade. Combining high quality sound, visuals, and the live video chat, Calrek’s website attracts visitors from all over the world. As well as featuring his own live sessions, the site also broadcasts live shows by other European guest artists such as Germany’s Hardtrax, Danny Heiling plus Moscow’s DJ Niv. Many other international artists are waiting their turn to be a guest on his broadcasts.
Calrek has forged strong links with fellow techno DJs and promoters across the scene, and as a result he has headlined at numerous large events overseas in recent years, such as the very successful Mexhanika festivals in Russia, and the Technosphere festivals in Russia and Ukraine. He is a resident DJ for the Technosphere organisation and has performed at the huge Kazantip festival in Crimea. ”
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