The Drummer


In just under two years, professional percussionist and mixologist, Gabe Gallucci has developed his very own twist to music production, and has begun to make a strong name for himself. Gabe is making a name for himself through his specialization of integrating his drumming with electronic music.


Armed with a set of drumsticks, Gabe Gallucci kicked off his solo career, performing at many venues in the Greater Toronto Area, which has included him opening for Deadmau5. His skills have also been assimilated into his band The Midnite, who performs regularly in Toronto. The Band’s debut EP dropped in October 2011, and are currently working on new material.



Gallucci wanted to build on being a drummer and writing lyrics; he also wanted to produce the whole orchestra. Utilizing his vast knowledge of music theory and band mentality, Gabe has brought a raw take on electronic music production; which is displayed through his melodies and technical knowledge. “The engineering of computer-based production has got me hooked”, says Gallucci. “With live performances, I’m always working in a collaborative environment. I wanted to bring as much of that mentality as possible into my solo projects in the studio. Although I am producing a majority of my music as a solo artist, you’ve still got to look at your projects as a group effort when pairing so many instruments and samples into a soundscape.”


Gallucci is dropping another EP Monday June 11, 2012 Titled ‘Falcon’, collaboration with label mate Jed Harper. The EP will include remixes by Jed Harper, Stranjah, Northend, and Kim Fai.



You can catch Gabe Gallucci performing at Maison on Friday 13th July 2012 in a back-to-back opening set with Northend, as they warm up the stage for Hot Mouth and Robbie Rivera.

Hot Mouth On Fire



Jon Pegnato aka Hot Mouth (formerly of the duo LA Riots) is on fire. Flammable if you will. Prior to his metamorphosis into Hot Mouth, Pegnato’s work has included remixes for some of the world’s biggest artists including Lady Gaga, Tiesto, and Steve Aoki. He’s also played around the world at festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra, & Lollapalooza.


His new Hot Mouth project sees Jon has return to his roots, rediscovering the sound he embarked with years ago. His first release on Chris Lake‘s label, Rising Music was his EP ‘Habits’ consisting of two club worthy belters, ‘Good Habits’ & ‘Bad Habits’.




Since then, Hot Mouth has had releases on many labels including Stealth, Play Me, Straight Up!, Simma and more. Hot Mouth’s new Remix of Sebastien Drums’ French Rules feat. Niles Mason is getting great reactions from audiences all over the globe.




You can catch Hot Mouth in Toronto on Friday 13th July 2012 at Maison, where he shares the bill with Robbie Rivera, Northend, and Gabe Gallucci.


Keep your ears open for Hot Mouth as apparently he has a lot to say. And it’s hot.

Space Ibiza Returns


Awarded “Best Global Club” at the International Dance Music Awards in 2005, 2006, and again this year, Space Ibiza is making its way to Toronto for the second annual Space Ibiza Festival. Space originated in 1989 in Playa d’en Bossa on the outskirts of Ibiza Island and has been traveling all over the world ever since.


Over the years, Space Ibiza has welcomed many acts to play including Mark Knight, Deadmau5, Fedde Le Grand, Carl Cox, Guy Gerber, Armin Van Buuren, and many more.


This year Space Ibiza Festival Toronto will include an impressive line up including Umek, Pleasurekraft, & Jay Lumen, as well as rising stars Heartik, and Remo. Along with Toronto’s finest, this line up is guaranteed to light up the dance floor for 3000 crazy fans come Saturday 9th June 2012.





Umek has been the talk of techno this year, with massive releases on his very own label 1605, as well as Mistakes, Hell Yeah, Nervous, & Toolroom to name a few.  His new tune “One More Sound” drops on Toolroom Records on June 6th, just in time for Ibiza 2012.





Kaveh and Kalle AKA Pleasurekraft are the definitive tech house duo, with originals and remixes released on Great Stuff, Noize, Hotfingers and more. Expect to see them play their new track “Murdered Out” a collaborative effort with Belocca, out now on Beatport.





When it comes to tech house, Jay Lumen will not disappoint an audience, as his skilled ability as a DJ & producer are strong and consistent. His performance at last years Space Ibiza Festival in Toronto went down as the set of the night; as the last men standing in the early hours of the morning flooded into the Liberation Lounge at Sound Academy to witness his craft. Lumen has releases on many labels including Noir, Great Stuff, Mistakes, 100% Pure, Form and others. His track “teach us” is still in the top-five techno tracks on Beatport.





As DJs, Umek, Jay Lumen, and Pleasurekraft have proven time and time again with effective music selection, that they have the ability to work a crowd.





Space Ibiza hits Toronto on Saturday June 9th at Sound Academy!

‘Yema’ Is Here


Toronto musician/DJ/prodigy Stephane Deschenes AKA Damn Kids just released his second EP ‘Yema’, a three-track effort with the maturity of a record by a producer twice his age. With support from the likes of Dave Nada, DJ Craze, and AC Slater, this is an EP worth checking.



The title track combines tribal drums, complex percussion switchups, lush sub, and clever vocal sampling to create a jump-up house anthem worthy of an artist’s 5th EP.


The second track, a collaborative effort with Caruzo titled ‘Buti’, is the darkest on the EP; it masterfully evokes tension through its use of sparse instrumentation and washing soundscape, and is an impressive display of the artists’ adroitness with reverb.


‘Totem’, while borrowing the same 40hz focus from ‘Yema’, is decidedly more techy and rolling, and subconsciously instructs the listener to put “sunglasses on.”

With just one listen it’s obvious that this is a record that is about the details, and that they have all been attended to.


Along with releasing ‘Yema EP’, he also recently released bootlegs of ‘In The Beginning’ by Zeds Dead as well as ‘Bastards’ by Blackman.


Tired yet? If you’re still up for more Damn Kids goodies, you can also check out his April 2012 Mix below, and his May 2012 Beatport Chart at your own leisure.