Matador

Matador

Ben Seagren, Dean Samaras

Sat · January 20, 2018

Doors: 10:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm (event ends at 4:00 am)

$5.00 - $20.00

This event is 21 and over

Matador
Matador
As DJ Awards’ 2016 Electronic Live Performer, Matador is a revolutionary live artist with a shining reputation for versatility, whilst never compromising on quality. Accolades have been showered on the Dublin-born producer, from proud ambassador of the NEVE 5088 Console, and Richie Hawtin’s PLAYDifferently MODEL1 mixer, his tenure as an ENTER resident at their worldwide events, to his consistent spot in RA’s Live Artist poll, bringing him rapid worldwide acclaim and a devoted worldwide fan base of clubbers and peers alike. Still thirsty for new worlds to conquer, Matador, aka Gavin Lynch, recently took on a new role as label boss for his RUKUS imprint.

Matador’s breath-taking explosive live shows result in packed crowds and an equally packed touring schedule including key bookings at top clubs and festivals such as Awakenings, Tomorrowland, Sonus Croatia, Ultra, and Output, DC-10, Space Ibiza, Stereo Montreal.

Playing to ecstatic thousands at sold out shows worldwide is a far cry from his early years. Raised on Motown, Matador then grew up with Guns N Roses, Pink Floyd, Orbital, Kasabian… As a teenager inspired by electronic giants Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer and Jeff Mills, he listened faithfully to the Essential Mix, collecting records and learning to DJ on any pieces of equipment he could afford. His drive to learn more led him to a sound engineering course at Dublin’s Sound Training Centre, with an emphasis on electronic music production, and an obsession was born. ‘Whilst electronic production is my first love, it has been incredibly important to have knowledge of instruments in their purest form both in a studio and in a live environment.’

Along with early interest from Cocoon and Perc Trax, an encounter with Richie Hawtin boosted him from aspiring DJ on the Dublin underground club circuit to a key component of Hawtin’s Minus imprint. His success was assured by his string of successful releases there such as ‘Kingswing’ and his ‘Spooks’ EP, and by his innovative, ever-evolving live shows. His relationship with Hawtin continues to be a fruitful one, having been enlisted as an ambassador for his PLAYDifferently Model 1 analog DJ mixer in 2016.

Last year also saw Matador founding his RUKUS label. ‘I’ve always loved the idea of taking my tracks from conception in the studio all the way through to release,’ he says. Initially creating an outlet for his own music, this year he invites exciting new and established talent to the imprint, as he extends his range as label boss. In 2016 he unveiled his newest live show at Loveland (ADE 2016), and he promises to add more new elements into an already complex and acclaimed performance in 2017.

Unusually multi-talented outside music, Matador’s many interests and skills have fed back into his DJ career. His early twenties were spent training as a chef to the point of a promising career in Dublin’s Michelin starred restaurants. Following his Dad’s advice of ‘find something you love doing and you’ll never work a day in your life’, he split his time between the kitchen and the decks, before cooking became a much loved hobby and music his life’s work.
Ben Seagren
Ben Seagren
Standing at the forefront of the ever-growing West-coast house & techno movement in the US is Ben Seagren – DJ, Producer, and visionary contributor within the Burning Man community.

Ben is best known for his dual roles as co-founder and resident DJ of DISTRIKT recognized as the staple party experience of the Burn for its reputable artist roster, beautifully positive crowd experience and definitive, cutting edge sound. Playing host and DJ to well over 30,000 guests every year during one magical week in the desert, it comes as no surprise that Ben and his DISTRIKT moniker continue to entertain thousands of fans and followers with weekly podcasts on Soundcloud and Pod-o-Matic.

Dominating San Francisco's house & techno scene for over a decade with long-term residencies at both award-winning Ruby Skye (2003-2009) and legendary End-Up (2004-Present), Seagren's impeccable taste and undeniable talent earned him the respect of even the most discriminating of techno aficionados- fans and peers alike. With a passion for connecting like minded souls on the dance floor and the continued support from a loyal fan base, Ben is propelling himself to new heights as one of the sonic architects behind tech-house's most recent redesign.

While traveling constantly between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Ben still leads the charge in SF with a residency at the End-Up, regular events at Public Works, Mighty and Audio. He is also constantly organizing DISTRIKT events and performing over 100 gigs per year in clubs and festivals across the US and Mexico. Ben has been a guest performer at the BPM festival in Playa del Carmen since 2012, headlined both LA and SF Decompression, and is a frequent guest at Frenzy After-hours at Bardot/Avalon Hollywood, and has held court at Ayslum After-hours in Honolulu, uHall in DC, Pacha NY and Nikki Beach Cabo San Lucas, to name a few.

His most recent Beatport release, "Calling Me" on acclaimed Spanish label BeatFreak Recordings, (a massive big room techno banger) currently climbing the Beatport Top 100 techno chart, and is destroying dance floors internationally with support from contemporaries Victor Calderone, Carlo Lio, The Junkies, D-Formation, Peter Bailey and co-collaborator Richie Santana.
Dean Samaras
Dean Samaras
Collaborating on music together for almost a decade, Ben Seagren and Dean Samaras are at the forefront of the San Francisco Electronic Dance Music scene showcasing a diverse unique sounds ranging from large rooms to dark and dirty afterhours. Both of them landed in the city by the Bay by leaving the brights lights and dark dance clubs of Manhattan in 2000; bringing with them heavy NYC influences (Danny Tenaglia, Victor Calderone, Little Louie Vega, David Morales & Junior Vasquez) that are the roots of their musical experience.
Meeting through mutual friends, Ben and Dean formed SENSE in 2001 to take full control of their events from the music to the production and marketing/promotions. They have performed, produced shows and held residencies at various venues over the years: However, they truly made a name for themselves from their long standing residencies at two of San Francisco's premier venues: Ruby Skye and the Endup.
Ruby Skye (2008 Best Club – World Club Awards, 2006 Best Sound – World Club Awards) has solidified itself the best big room in San Francisco and a leading nightclub in the world (DJ Mag 2009 – 2 in US, 25 in World). Over its 7 year Main Floor residency, SENSE has shared the stage with: Victor Calderone, Ferry Corsten, Armin Van Burren, Boris, Richie Santana and Peter Bailey, Oscar G, Charles Feelgood, Tall Paul, Scumfrog, Dave Dresden, Sandra Collins and Mark Farina to name a few.
The Endup has been open for over 35 years and is a San Francisco house music institution where the music never stops…literally. Ben and Dean have been 6am Sunday morning favorites for more than 4 years and currently produce the monthly event, The Show (3rd Saturdays). These 14 hour marathon events celebrate the diversity of underground dance music as they feature music from all genres. SENSE has played with: Clive Henry (Peace Division), Hippe and Halo, Lee Coombs and many more.
With more then 25 years combined DJ experience between the two, their sets push the limits of creativity with live sampling, remixing, effects and flawless mixing. With the recent completion of their SF based production studio, they are already captivating crowds with the exclusive "Sense Edits". Expect big things from this talented duo. Ben has been working hard in the studio so keep an eye out for his first original productions coming out soon!
Venue Information:
Halcyon
314 11th St.
San Francisco, CA, 94103