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Hot Stepper Productions presents:

GARAGE 416 "3-Year Anniversary Party"
featuring
JEROME SYDENHAM (Ibadan Records - NYC)
NICK HOLDER (DNH Records - Toronto)


Friday, October 19, 2001
at
Roxy Blu & Surface: 12 Brant Street

$12 advance tickets at:
Play de Record (357a Yonge St.), Cosmos (607 Queen St. W.), Rotate This (620 Queen St. W.), Traxx (427 Yonge St.), Vice (383 Queen St. W.)
more at the door - doors open 10:00pm - 19+

Over the past three years the highly anticipated Garage 416 has played host to over 40 local DJs plus international greats such as Norman Jay, Joe Claussell, Lenny Fontana, J. Sinister, DJ Spen, DJ Injex, Mateo & Matos, Danny Krivit, Slam Mode (Spiritual Life Music), Matthias Heilbronn, Jerome Sydenham, Steve "Silk" Hurley, Neil Aline, Carlton Rosebure (Yellorange), Tony Humphries, Michael Lange (Peppermint Jam), Karizma, "Little Louie" Vega, Francois K., Timmy Regisford, and Dennis Ferrer.

We are proud to welcome back New York's Jerome Sydenham to help celebrate the Garage 416 third-year anniversary with a special DJ set to keep the dance-floor shakin'. Join us as we also celebrate a milestone in Canadian House music history as Nick Holder's label DNH Records issues its 100th record release. Blueprint and Moreno will also be on the decks rocking the party with their own funky flavour. CD and T-shirt give-aways will be handed out at the party.
Be sure to check out Jerome's latest production on Ibadan Records: Jania "Deconstructing House (Phase 2)" - beautiful track!

CLICK HERE to listen to the Garage 416 radio ad

Jerome Sydenham's Bio:
Only someone with Jerome Sydenham's unique background could have founded a record label as innovative as Ibadan Recordings. Born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria to an English father and Jamaican mother, he was schooled in his teens in England before migrating to New York City in the early 80's. Sydenham's work today is largely influenced by the cultural diversity of his upbringing and has echoes of a musical history that spans indigenous African and contemporary western music. During the mid 80's he became deeply involved in the underground dance music scene both as a DJ and a promoter. In 1986 he threw a successful weekly party in Philadelphia and by 1987 he had a residency at the legendary Nell's in NYC.

Impressed by Sydenham's love of music and business ability, Atlantic Records procured his talents within the A&R Dept. in 1989. Over the next five years at Atlantic and later, East West, he honed his business skills in a major label environment, lending A&R direction to such artists as En Vogue, Gerald Levert, Simply Red and Das EFX. His underground dance music interests continued to run in tangent with his commercial A&R work at East West as he largely succeeded in crossing dance over to the mainstream with albums by Ten City and Michael Watford.

One of the many artists who benefited from Sydenham's artistic direction was New Jersey based Kerri Chandler. In 1991, Sydenham was part of the A&R team that signed Chandler's debut single "SuperLover/Get It Off" to Atlantic Records and the rest is house music history. Chandler is now acknowledged as one of the original creators of the deep house sound and his bass lines are legendary.

In search of an outlet for his own creative and entrepreneurial skills, Sydenham founded Ibadan Recordings in 1995. Passionate discussions about classic records and new jams with, then, Dance Tracks owner Joe Claussell, led to more serious deliberations about the future of his label. Both were particularly unified in their approach to reworking the prestigious Atlantic Records Ten City catalogue that Sydenham acquired from East West upon his resignation. Sydenham brought in Kerri Chandler who shared similar remix aspirations for Ten City's classics and thus the backbone of the label was formed. Sydenham's ambition, to hire top sessions musicians and place them in a contemporary dance music groove that would challenge standard house music production values, continues to evolve. He came one step closer to his goal with last years critically acclaimed Joe Claussell compilation "Language" which features production by Claussell, Sydenham, Chandler, Marc Cary and Dele Sosimi.

This year brought the release of "Saturday", Sydenham's own full-length collaboration with Kerri Chandler. "Saturday" represents the culmination of their shared experience as music makers, party animals and fathers. Sydenham takes artistic control of the repertoire with an album that reflects the breadth of his musical interests. Chandler acts as a flawless technician, refining and making sense of a wide range of ideas. The record, a well-rounded full length, has something for everyone. It combines simple, deep, electronic tracks (Rising The Sun and Winter's Blessing) with elegant acoustic arrangements (Aro and Deconstructed House). Congolese vocalist Alain Nkosi Konda joins Cameroonian guitarist Dominique Kanza on the mammoth "Ko Ko" produced by Sydenham and Dennis Ferrer of Sfere Records. Sydenham and Ferrer follow up with multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Jania on "Deconstructed House", a funky, Brazilian hybrid of influences. "Saturday" also benefits from a significant input by local New York jazz luminaries. Guests include bassist Tarus Mateen and keyboard player Brian Mitchell.

Both are currently working with Brazilian singer Vera Mara on a full-length album due out next year. Sydenham is also in pre-production for a solo project that will run the gamut of his musical interests. "There isn't really an Ibadan Sound" Sydenham explains "Ibadan has a principle to make high quality music which covers all areas of electronic music, acoustic dance music, ultimately jazz funk, jazz and maybe even hip hop and R&B".

Be sure not to miss this celebration!

© Hot Stepper Productions 2001