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Broken legs are not usually the beginnings of a DJ career, but Anton Tumas is used to doing things his way. It was a co-worker, that gave him a CD by the electronic producer Talvin Singh. Anton immediately connected to the melodic, soulful, layered sound structures, which proved to be his gateway to artists like BT, James Holden, and Hernán Cattáneo.
After cutting his teeth at clubs like Circus Disco and Avalon, as well as Burning Man and California’s decadently creative desert settings, he went to Miami for the 2005 Winter Music Conference. And there, in the midst of a nine-day blowout, he sealed his fate at Space where, during a Deep Dish set, he broke his leg – while dancing!
Forced to stay put until his leg healed, Anton convalesced by buying used DJ equipment on eBay, a “How To” book on Amazon, and a shopping cart full of music on Beatport. Applying his legendary laser focus during months of practice to teach himself the skills he required, followed by a few humbling gigs and a lot more focused practice, he finally had the skills and confidence to go public.
Rather than work his way into an already crowded field, he convinced a small bar in Hollywood to let him set up a sound system. He brought along a few friends, who ended up being the entire crowd that night.
But, as people do, these friends dragged more friends until the party was self-sustaining. This led to invitations to spin at house parties and full-moon desert gatherings like Moontribe. As he delved deeper into the music, he developed a taste for the elegant, eclectic and subtle melodies found in house and techno. Inspired by DJs like Lee Burridge, Carl Craig and Dixon, he learned how to throw a really great party and build his reputation.
To expand his reach and showcase the music he was playing, he started his own label Subtract Music. Convinced by Anton’s drive and focus, influential young producers like Guy J and Robert Babicz (not to mention veterans Hernán Cattáneo, Tom Middleton and Martin Buttrich) have released their tracks on Subtract. In fact, it was Guy J's famed remix of Gill Norris’s “Forme” that really put his label on the map, charting over 150 times and reaching the #3 position in Beatport’s Techno Top 10.
With Subtract as a calling card, he threw parties with Henry Saiz, Guy J and Tigerskin in Los Angeles, becoming a fixture at events like Lightning in a Bottle and LA Burning Man Decompression, where in 2013 in collaboration with DISTRIKT he created SubDISTRIKT, one of the party’s most popular stages.
The reason for this success is, simply, his music. Unlike many young DJs, Anton refuses to play ubiquitous “in your face” tracks, insisting instead on music that demands more careful listening, music whose truth is in the details.
If that runs counter to mainstream commercial trends, Anton couldn’t care less. “There are a lot of DJs who want to get big to make a lot of money. But I don’t want to compromise just to go up the ladder. I want people to come and hear me, of course, but I want them to be there strictly for my music. If there’s a way for me to grow and keep that vibe, then I’ll do it. But I am not going to compromise. I want to be able to enact my vision without restraint. Otherwise, I don’t really see the point.”
As well as hosting his own intimate events showcasing cutting edge International and local talent, Anton is a resident at Monday Social; longest running weekly club night in USA. In a world where DJs are rock stars chasing fame and glory, Anton Tumas is happily exploring the underground, taking whoever is in earshot on a journey into uncharted territory, without compromise!
Words by Neil Feineman
Berge Sahakian AKA Goldcap's roots in music are based in an eclectic pool of genres since his earliest ages. Listening to everything from classic rock, traditional indian, orchestra, and reggae, to classical, metal, west-african, and middle-eastern styles of music. Finally introduced to a decent electronic song in 2006, he decided to dive into DJ'ing immediately, as he has always loved to perform as much as appreciate the music that touches him. Having picked up instruments like the electric/acoustic guitar, bass guitar, classical piano, and various different percussive instruments, it was only natural for him to incorporate an organic vibe into his musical selections. Within the years he has played at some of LA's grandest venues such as Sound Nightclub, Exchange LA, Vanguard, Standard, ect. but his preferred parties lay in the underground scene; at intimate venues & outdoor events. Having played alongside artists such as Eduardo Castillo, Acid Pauli, Nu, Henry Saiz, Nick Warren, Sander K, Low Tide, Canson, Gab Rhome, DAVI, and many more, Goldcap's vision is to deliver an organic sound throughout his sets and productions which speak to the universal soul within us all. Also being a fan of poetry, films, ambient sounds, traditional instruments, and the spoken word, you will often find him incorporating an eclectic array of samples into his sets. Finally breaking out of his comfort zone with digital production softwares in 2013, we can expect to hear a few Goldcap originals in the near future.
Pablo Bolivar was born in 1981. In 1998 he finished Sound Ingeniering at Crash institute. After that he begun to work as a producer and Dj.
He has more than a decade of experience in wich he achives the world respect thanks to his essential works like "Anjanas" (Regular 2006), "Recall" (Regular 2009), "Motion" (Avantroots 2010) and "Must" (Avantroots 2013), a instant classic of the electronic music, elegance and good taste.
He's been at the most important music charts with "You Too" (Desolat 2012), "Dynamo" (Galaktika 2010) o "My Favourite Colour" (Avantroots 2010). As a remixer he has been also persistent, creating important works for artist as Mario Basanov, When Saints Go Machine, Gorge, Parov
Stelar, Juana Molina o SCSI-9... to name some.
He has co-produced the debut album of Hirotaka Miyamoto "Circles" and Maurice Aymard "Between the Stars", as most of his works, released on "Mood Music", MBF, or his own "Galaktika Records".
In 2008 together with his mate Sergio Sainz they create "Pulshar", a project full of sensuality and synthetic soul music. After a few Ep's (including the Echospace, Soultourist or Sven Weisemann remixes) his first album "Brotherhood" (Phonobox 2008) was born. A couple of years later they release "Inside" (Desolat 2010).
Later on they collaborated with the Mannheim national Museum to create the "Europa es una Isla - Europa ist eine insel" Original Sound Track, released on Avantroots at the end of 2012. "Different Drum Ep" (Desolat 2013) is theirs most club orientated work with the special featuring of Loco Dice.
In 2009 they made another big step, they create the Avantroots Records, a platform presentation with which they wish to let their passion for music, a concept that encloses vanguard and tradition,
with the only premise of emotion and quality.
Pablo was born to create music, always with an attitude, always with quality as a standard.
"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."
There is a line where the dark fuses with the light, the surreal with the sublime, the graceful with the powerful; it is within this line that Tara Brooks has carved out her truly distinct sound. Whether playing at an intimate club, a packed festival or a magical sunrise deep in the Burning Man Playa, Tara's music envelopes the crowd, stirring them with deep grooves, hypnotic rhythms and haunting melodies. Behind the decks, her passion and love for music is contagious-- Savoring every moment her smile beams out to a sea of faces who are right there with her, dancing away and smiling right back.
Growing up in a house where the warm melodies of old records constantly filled the air, the Southern California-born Tara began absorbing music at a very early age. She grew up having a love and appreciation for everything from classical to classic rock, from hip-hop to punk and everything in between. But it was within the Los Angeles underground dance scene where Tara ultimately found her calling.
Struck by the power of the music and the loving vibe of the scene, Tara immediately knew she had to be a part of it. Learning on vinyl, Tara put her first needle on a record in 2007 and hasn't looked back since. With her unique sound, loving energy and fierce work ethic leading the charge, Tara has played some of the most respected venues both domestic and abroad including The BPM Festival, WMC Space, Lightning in a Bottle, Sound (Los Angeles), PublicWorks (SF) Verboten (New York) and of course a little place she calls Home, Burning Man.
When she's not touring, you can find Tara locked in the studio. Rather then focusing on genre or style, Tara is sonically inspired by personal experience and connection with her environment. Always striving to translate a specific feeling or moment, Tara creates a sound that is all her own: Compelling, sophisticated, haunting and healing, piercing your heart and invigorating your soul.
Whether it's through production or playing, Tara's continued passion for sharing her music knows no bounds. From being Desert Hearts and Subtract Music's newest resident to kicking of the new year with Louie Fresco's MEXA Records BPM party and Costa Rica's Envision Festival along with several productions and remixes being set for release the future is filled with light for Tara Brooks as she continues to do what she loves her way and always from the heart.