The debut show from Complexity, featuring a lineup of vinyl selectors from Hamilton and Toronto!
Complexity is dedicated to showcasing turntablism in underground dance music. It’s born out of the belief that there is something special that happens between the DJ and audience when the DJ has a tactile relationship with the music being played. With no loops or sync button, there is a continually needed presence and focus, which creates a captivating flow, full of suspense and drama.
This lineup will take you on a journey through techno in its varied forms. Records sourced from far reaches of the globe - some new and some timeless. Raw, hypnotic, funky, pulsating, deep and dark. Come and be whisked away to echoing caverns, concrete bunkers, and starry recesses of space.
From brass instruments and wrinkled sheet music to Gemini decks and 90s groove boxes, RestLes has been tirelessly pursuing music for decades. He continues propelling forward, recently playing for various collectives including Kaleidoscope, Elektro Kult, and Common Ground. He's initiated several collaborative projects through RestLes Invites - dabbling in DnB, hip hop, reggae - breaking the barriers of various musical scenes in Toronto. Techno is a predominant RestLes passion. His technical sets feature heavy 909-drenched rhythms accompanied by pulsating grooves.
Ryan King (Toronto)
A true selector! Dark, driving, hypnotic and deep techno - masterfully blended in a way that locks dancers into a state of reverie. Originally from Australia, Ryan has found a way to make music unite people across all continents and hemispheres. A vinyl purist that's been on the decks since the early 2000s, Ryan has a passion for all things underground and continues to push the boundaries through his music productions and DJ sets. While an elusive underground gem himself, Ryan has caught the attention of well-respected kingpins of Toronto's underground techno scene.
Daniel Schutten (Hamilton)
Originally a multi-instrumentalist experienced with drums, hand percussion, dabbling in bass, guitar, piano, and more, Daniel Schutten later began DJing as a natural extension of his love for electronic music. Daniel Schutten weaves sonic tapestries that elevate the points where tracks are layered together, relying on danceworthy grooves and emotively complex sounds. Daniel keeps a strong sense of rhythm going throughout the mix, opting to create ebb & flow in outside-the-box ways that keep dancers on their toes.
Trevor Wilkes (Fun in the Murky; Hamilton)
What does Trevor Wilkes do? "I play records for people. I really enjoy it". He does so without compromising authenticity, without straying from the ethos of far-underground music. Not interested in hype, promotion, aesthetic, flare, what makes a DJ popular, or any other distractions, Trevor has maintained a pursuit of true creativity in music as an artform, out of sheer enjoyment and the desire to make something "more". Trevor Wilkes is the founder of the record label Fun in the Murky which features highly unique, esoteric, even wonky sounds of mature producers. His weekly Bleep Radio show recently celebrated its 600th episode where he played an 8-hour marathon set.
*Tickets are sold at the door. $15.
*Studio L-14 is located at 627 Main St E, Hamilton, ON - the entrance is found at the back of the building.
*Coat racks are available for use. Please keep valuables on your person.
*Parking is free. Drive responsibly. Drive sober.
*Alcohol is not served. There is water, energy drinks, Gatorade, and soft drinks for sale.
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*Hatred of any sorts will not be tolerated. There is no room for violence, abuse, bullying, harrassment, or discrimination of any sorts. No sexism, racism, ageism, ablism, xenophobia, homophobia, or transphobia. Though unfortunately, this venue is not acccessible for those who require wheelchair accessibility. If you experience any interpersonal issues at our events, please let us know so we can resolve the situation immediately, and ensure our events are safe spaces for everyone in the future.