Follow Me To EDEN

If you're at Sundance this week in Park City you can catch me playing at the premier party for EDEN with star of the film Félix de Givry at OP Rockwell on Tuesday night (01/27). Eden is a film about the early days of the 'french touch' house scene with music contributed to the soundtrack by Daft Punk. Watch this post for updates. Trailer above, more info and links below.

The exhilarating new film from Mia Hansen-Løve (Father Of My Children, Goodbye, First Love) is a semi-biographical drama about the rise of the ‘French touch’ electronic music scene in the 1990s, one that spawned worldwide superstars like Daft Punk and Cassius.

With a narrative spanning two decades, EDEN revolves around aspiring Parisian DJ, Paul (the captivating Félix de Givry), as he steps into the underground dance music scene. Raves dominate, but he’s drawn to the more soulful rhythms of Chicago’s garage house movement. He and best friend Stan form a duo and drop out of daytime society in their all-encompassing pursuit of ceaseless beats and bass, emotional and pharmaceutical highs, and a string of relationships (excellent support here from Greta Gerwig, Laura Smet and Pauline Etienne).

Inspired by the experiences of her brother and collaborator Sven, Hansen-Løve’s film is a spectacular panorama of beautiful faces and bodies, rushes of cascading light and colour and, of course, music. Shifting between euphoria and melancholy, EDEN is a film that pulsates with the reckless heartbeat of youth.


Watch NYFF Panel Interview at YouTube

Jared Gold Archive

Jared Gold has a new website archiving his photos, flyers and always entertaining words surrounding his career up to now. Many of the flyer scans come from my Idaho Rave Flyers gallery posted some years ago, of which I'm happy to share. Such a wild and wacky time for all who experienced it. Visit

Jesse & Jared, circa 1995

Jesse & Jared, circa 1995

From Jared's Facebook:

As a work of gratitude to all the people that have assisted and supported me during my creative endeavors, I have assembled a complete archive of everything we ever did together. After a full year of data mining and memory excavating, this is now a permanent home for all our daring times and fascinating making. Black Chandelier, House Jugular, Jared Gold Collection, Nightclubs, Parties, and Runway events. When it comes down to you and the darkness…you know who must win.

Hel Hath Frozen Over

INDUSTRY is Hel's first compilation, and an attempt to catalog and document the Utah experimental electronic scene as it stands in the year 2014. Collecting tracks from Hel regulars (OK Ikumi, RS2090, Mooninite), scene veterans (Siak, Cerci), and newcomers (Vistaas, Jordan Swain, MONOL!TH) in various electronic styles; from the electro and techno sounds the scene was formed around to the abstract splinterings of the modern soundscape.

Guys... This holiday weekend of epic adventures has renewed my faith in SLC nightlife and music coming out of this square state. Small surprises around every corner made for an awareness that cool sh!t is happening just under the surface.

Friday began with a wee bit of gallery strolling to CUAC's opening reception (great show by the way) before finding DJ Choice doing it justice over at The Red Door, then off to Zest behind Ann-Michelle (DJ Artemis) to hear Detroit native Make It Fit putting his thumb on the techno scale with Dance Therapy and our trusty Hot Noise—night capped by a birthday party in bear costumes dancing on the patio to hip-hop blasting out of a dudes cell phone.

I was siren called back to the concrete jungle on Saturday for a cocktail at Copper Common (cue soundtrack of The Smiths), a second at Bar X (Morrissey overhead) with stops in between at the Hel Audio 'INDUSTRY' compilation release show at Diabolical Records featuring SIAK (video above), RS2090 and Blade, all undeniably talented producers representing Utah's electronic scene in fresh, exciting ways. Following this, we Uber'd it over to the under new ownership but soon to be demolished Burt's Tiki Lounge, an exotic Keebler elves hotel of ill repute that may very well contain a doorway to hell. A dive bar send off party was in motion with a backdrop of Disco and 80's edits being expertly provided by Marcus V. (featured in our first NCM Guest Mix) to a mixed crowd of young professionals and angry punk girls... which turned a little aggressive leading me and my men to the decide that raving was not beyond the call of duty. Lyft this time dropped us off at Europa One, a private party on the westside where my friend Red Spectral was tearing the roof off in fine style with DJ's Eco, Christian PP, Better Homes & Gardens and others for the seasoned after hours mavens. I must say that there is some very intelligent house and techno coming from the new crop of DJ's and promoters with an ear for Quality!

After some much needed sleep and an internal debate over whether or not to burn my clothing from the night before I rolled into Whiskey Street on Sunday for blunch, (brunch+lunch) where I found Johnny Peppinger playing a lovely vinyl mix of jet set jazz and space age lounge exotica. Something you just don't hear that often, but you should and it's perfect for that time of day.

Red Spectral at Europa One by New World Presents

So looking back on my MLK weekend I couldn't help but find a few reasons to be proud and energized (or frightened) about things that go bump in the night. The independent electronic music scene and community seems unified in a great way. I hope that continues and we start seeing some Utah artists recognized for their innate genius on a larger scale. The time is coming.

Spun At The Golden Angle

These are 3-D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. The placement of the appendages is determined by the same method nature uses in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotation speed is synchronized to the strobe so that one flash occurs every time the sculpture turns 137.5º—the golden angle. If you count the number of spirals on any of these sculptures you will find that they are always Fibonacci numbers. For this video, rather than using a strobe, the camera was set to a very short shutter speed (1/4000 sec) in order to freeze the spinning sculpture. John Edmark is an inventor/designer/artist. He teaches design at Stanford University. Visit John's website here: and Vimeo site: Learn how he made these sculptures here: 


Trevor Jackson Is Cooler Than Thou - Releases Album on 12 Different Formats


FORMAT, Trevor Jackson.

From The Vinyl Factory:

From Trevor Jackson celebrates the art of physical music with ambitious new project.

On 25 February 2015, acclaimed creative director, artist and music producer Trevor Jackson will release F O R M A T. Jackson’s first album in 14 years, F O R M A T will initially be released as a unique limited edition consisting of 12 different musical formats each containing a separate track. A collected vinyl edition and digital versions will follow shortly after, all on The Vinyl Factory.

F O R M A T is no ordinary album release – instead it charts the legacy of the physical music format, in a characteristically beautiful and uncompromising way, paying homage to physically released formats over the decades and also celebrating the artistry, design and individual experience of playing music via traditional methods.

As Jackson says: “Every copy of a physical recording is different, a real object that has its own little story – a one of a kind, personalised by the effort you put in to purchase it, each time you touch it, and the unique ritual that goes along with playing it.”

For the limited-edition release each of the 12 tracks will be presented on a different format designed by Jackson and produced by The Vinyl Factory. Including 12″, 10” and 7” vinyl, CD, Mini CD, Cassette, USB, VHS, Mini Disc, DAT, 8-track and Reel-to-Reel.

As for the music itself – Jackson, over the years, has built up an archive of around 150 unreleased tracks. For F O R M A T he has carefully selected, re-edited and remastered a selection of these tracks to create a new body of work. Touching on synth and beatbox workouts, proto-house, new wave, on Italo and techno, on ambient and psychedelia, the tracks are, the same time, none of these things.

An accompanying exhibition will take place at The Vinyl Factory in Soho, offering people the first chance to listen to the album in full, see and purchase the limited edition formats and also experience a new audio-visual artwork by Jackson.

F O R M A T will be released by The Vinyl Factory in February 2015 in 12 different limited edition formats. Vinyl and digital album versions will be released a month later.

▶ NCM Guest Mix 002: Make It Fit

Presenting the second installment of our NCM Guest Mix Series featuring all vinyl submission from Detroit native Matthew Thomas aka MAKE IT FIT.

Where are you from? I am from Kalamazoo, Michigan. A college town located on I-94, the highway that connects Detroit with Chicago and the thoroughfare that was a constant on misadventures to both cities.  

How did you become interested in music and electronic/dance music?
I was given mix tapes from friends who had been to parties/raves. It was hard to find mixes back then so I would repeatedly listen to certain ones. I went to one party with Terry Mullan and it was over. That music just sounded so different from anything I had experienced so far and the energy of four on the floor was addicting.  We had a crew that just loved to dance and we go own it for hours. I eventually moved in with a friend who had turntables and spent massive amounts of time with some house and techno records mixing them together. It was a painful craft for the neighbors to hear I’m sure. It also felt like the hobby I had always been looking for.  I just loved listening to two tracks playing and the endless joy picking out what to play next.

Which bands or artists inspired you when you were younger?
I loved Rage Against the Machine, The Beastie Boys and classic rock that my dad would play. I still remember being 13 and him playing Dark Side of the Moon as we drove to lake Michigan and getting there and just wanting to keep driving with that on repeat. I love the weirdness of Sergeant Pepper and the band Emerson, Lake and Palmer. I always loved music that you could escape into and matched your mood. It took some growing up for me to start to appreciate more subtle, intelligent music.  

How did you come up with your DJ name?
I really don’t like DJ names and feel embarrassed using one. I don’t like to use my real name though so it’s a necessary evil.  I tend to over think things and do too much so Make it Fit seemed appropriate. It also represents how I like to mix.

How did you end up in Salt Lake?
I came to snowboard with a group of friends I met working for the summer in Yosemite. I had a life changing experience working there meeting friends who rock climbed, backpacked, adventured outside and was just ready for a change from Michigan. I was pretty broke, I had sold my turntables and just knew that the West was the place I needed to live in. I was ready for a different lifestyle focused on the outdoors and travel; so consequently I gave up music for 8 years as a result. I’ve travelled a lot since moving here but this city has become home to me.

1. Chicago Damn “Say Aaahh again” [Krispy Kreations]
2. Carl Craig “Demented Drums Version” [Planet E]
3. Spencer Parker “Show Him You’re the One” (Italojohnson Remix) [Tsuba]
4. Point G “The Call” [Point G]
5. iO Mullen “Lucid Dreaming” [Mulen]
6. UN_Node “Paul” [from any direction]
7. Mike Huckaby “Roland King” [Synth]
8. Jovonn “You” [dogmatik records]
9. Steve O’Sullivan “Cheques Not Accepted” [Sushitech Berlin]
10. Santonio Echols “FX” [Chapter 2 production]
11. Deshte “I Said It” [Krenta Records]
12. Delano Smith “Below the Horizon” [Sushitech Berlin]
13. Deshte “I Get A Rush” [Krenta Records]
14. Nikola Gala “Got To Groove” (Oxia Remix) [Moan]
15. Egal3 “Crazypi” [Chelsea Hotel Records]
16. Diego Krause “Vertical” [Unison Wax]
17. Ezra Osborn “Savage Skeelo” [Shadow Hide You]
18. Delano Smith “Behind the Shadows” [Sushitech Berlin]
19. Diego Krause “Pressure EP?” [Suena Hermosa]

What’s surprised you the most about living here?
The amazing people here who have often like myself come here because of the access, or have stayed because of it. I feel blessed to have some many inspiring friends who are in my life. On the critical side the inversion continues to be the biggest factor in my desire for better standards of living here. It is the dirty secret that I wish would go away.  

How would you describe the scene here vs. the one you came from or grew up in?
Well I have some strong opinions on that. I hope not to offend anyone as I get on my soapbox. I feel very lucky to have been able to go to warehouse parties with Richie Hawtin playing in Detroit, or hear Traxx and Paul Johnson in Chicago in the late 90’s early 2000’s. Being so close to the birth of house and techno was amazing and I think the musical education available in those cities is hard to come by here.  I think that the average person out at the current clubs or parties has a lower standard for what the dj should be doing than in other bigger cities.  I stress average in that sentence because I don’t want to insult the people here who I know have higher standards. In Chicago or Detroit if your mixes aren’t tight or interesting, people won’t be psyched. I am really hopeful that the amount of new shows, promoters, etc, will bring that bar of performance up. I’ve had some great conversations with other dj’s and producers here about their craft and I think that there is great potential for this place to grow. I believe a big part of why that standard is lower than it should be, is the lack of headlining dj’s from out of town. I understand that no promoter is going to pay for a “expensive” dj to come and then lose money because there simply aren’t enough fans to make it worth it. So I think people need to be constantly supporting each others gigs and such to make this scene grow into something where we can get to quality acts here.
    The other big difference for me is there is no techno here, that I have heard. I think there might be other people playing it or making it and if they read this then reach and get a hold of me! I hope at some point I can help build a critical mass of folks interested in playing/producing it that we can build a scene for that as well. 
    Finally the best part of SLC scene is that it is a small one and you can find and meet other artist pretty quickly. I can’t say enough about how friendly and supportive people are here and to have entered into the house scene relatively recently I really have quickly found friends and people to play with.   

What equipment do you use for DJing (or producing)?
Two Technics 1200’s, a old Pioneer 600 mixer, an ever growing record collection and Traktor timecoded vinyl. I just ordered a new CDJ and I hope to be moved away using my laptop by the end of this year. I don’t trust my computer and don’t want to be dependent on it. I love the feel of records and the timecoded vinyl was a great tool for incorporating digital tracks in. I am not a purist and will use digital tracks but dammit, nothing sound as good as wax; snap, crackle, pop!  

What goals do you have for yourself when it comes to music?
Last year my goals were to figure out the scene, support other artists, and basically start playing out again. I felt I accomplished that well and had some great learning experiences. For example my first show at Red Door my computer failed and I closed it and played all vinyl for the first time in 8 years. I forgot the joy in doing just that and people seem to dig it. Since then I’ll happily play on CDJ’s but will try to use turntables as much as I can. This year my goal is to try to continue to check out other DJ’s, start listen to more of the live sets (producers who playing their own beats) and to try to continue to play out more hopefully some b2b sets as well. And to do a techno show! 

What kinds of music/artists do you like to listen to or support when you’re not playing out?
At home my partner and I listen to a lot of motown, old jazz singers and soul. I like buying old records too to play for her. During the period where I stopped djing I basically stopped listening to new dance music. It was really good for me because I feel more balanced now in my musical tastes.

Locally I’ve been supporting other dj’s. I love your sets Jesse because they remind me of Chicago, Red Spectral is great a inducing emotion in his music, Artemis’s has tons of passion which is contagious, and Jeff Larson knows how to play a crown well and get them dancing. My buddy Siak is producing some cool electro beats in a great style.  

How would you describe your style of selecting and mixing?
Mixing=Fast and raw. I love the third space. It’s the space that happens while two tracks are playing at once. I also try to mix into tracks in the middle sometimes rather than just safely mixing end of one track with the begining of the next. I use my ear rather than some computer algorthim that “suggests” a track. Selecting tracks is was makes me love mixing.  It is never the same and leads to infinite possibilities depending on mood, audience, etc. I firmly believe two different dj’s can make the same track sound different depending on how they play it, what they mix it with,what they layer with it.  
    Selecting = I spend a lot of time listening to music before I buy it. Even then, I’m constantly weeding out music that I don’t like from what I play and bringing in new stuff. When my fiancee reads this she’ll roll her eyes because she knows how much time I spend on this. And I love her for that! 
    I use a lot of sites to find music, Bandcamp, Resident Advisor, Bent Crayon Record Store,, talks with my friends, Beatport (a lot of heads get down on that site but you can dig so well in there I have to use it). I have the philosophy that I try to only buy vinyl that I can’t get digitally, a byproduct of this is it keeps my sound more underground. There are so many great producers putting out music it’s hard to keep up. I miss the records stores in the midwest.  You can get lost in them!  

Anything else you want to share about the mix you made for NCM?
I mixed it in one go after spending some time picking out what records to play. The hope was to make it sound like a live warehouse dj set that I love.  I also tried to throw in old Detroit records I dug up with newer vinyl tracks to keep the old sounds going.  My hope was to make a mix of house and techno and that it becomes it’s own sound. Thanks for reading this and letting me rant;  I appreciate the opportunity and everyone that has a passions that allow them to grow and support others. As always big thanks to my homies from the midwest who are the reason I became a dj, and anyone who has supported me by coming out even when sitting at home is so nice! And special thanks to Victoria for allowing me to be who I am and the loud music that comes with it.

Catch Matt this Friday the 16th of January at Zest. Info >


NOW-iD Presents Pecha Kucha, SLC No. 14 

2.13.15 | 7PM

Publik Coffee Roasters

975 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101



PKN is an international event with nearly 700 participating. Events give creative minds an informal forum to present their projects, ideas, and inspirations and provide a place to meet, network, and share a drink with a growing community of like minded people.

The founders of "PechaKucha Night" describe the event: "The idea behind PechaKucha is to keep presentations concise, the interest level up and to have many presenters sharing their ideas within the course of one night. Therefore the 20x20 PechaKucha format was created: each presenter is allowed a slideshow of 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each. This results in a total presentation time of 6 minutes 40 seconds on stage before the next presenter is up...Presenters (and much of the audience) are usually from the design, architecture, photography, art, and creative fields, but recently it has also stretched over to the business world." – Klein Dytham Architecture, founders of PechaKucha Night.

PechaKucha Nights bring together a diverse community of professionals as well as local businesses, non profits, entrepreneurs, students and more. The idea is to connect people from a variety of backgrounds and interests and expose everyone to the great things that are happening in our city.

Mark Farina visits Salt Lake on Jan 31, 2015

V2 Presents & Live Nite Events
feat. Mark Farina

Purchase pre-sale tickets here:

Modern day record minstrel, Mark Farina, has thrilled crowds globally, entertaining over 1 million fans per year. As one of the most ubiquitous DJs in Dance Music, Farina's known for both his unique style of mixing Jazz, Downtempo and House Music as well as being the creator of Mushroom Jazz: West Coast jazzy, organic productions combined with East Coast Hip-Hop, Urban beats. We can’t wait to get down to his highly refined sounds on January 31st!

155 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT
This event is 21+
Doors open at 9:00pm

Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

Good looking documentary screening for free tonight at Rose Wagner as part of KUER's Through The Lens series. Here's a description:

In an isolated, high-plains community, a brilliant mathematics professor disappears from the local college without a trace. Three months later his body is discovered tied to a tree and burned beyond recognition in the remote hills south of campus. Iconoclastic author Poe Ballantine searches for clues related to the case while reflecting on his life of wanderlust. directed by Dave Jannetta Official Selection: Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Traverse City Film Festival, DOC NYC, Bend Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Kansas International Film Festival.

Pixel Dance Combines Movement With Technology

"Pixel" show - Collaboration, 2014

11 dancers moving in a visual environment to the virtual border of the living. Work on the illusion that combines power and poetry, fiction and technical prowess, hip-hop and circus to create a show at the crossroads of the arts, and the universe Adrien M / Claire B and Mourad. Production CCN Créteil and Val-de-Marne / Compagnie Käfig.


A Prelude To Intensity

I think most people would enjoy this mix of pre-show music for Plaza Francia the new multicultural band from the man behind Gotan Project. Perfect for cocktails or dinner and conversation.

Here is, in a little over an hour, the atmosphere which I like the audience to be surrounded by before Plaza Francia's concerts begin. It's a way to start the trip smoothly, by listening to some of my musical influences, teasing the public's curiosity, slowly but without concession, as a prelude to the intensity of the live show, a kind of foreplay.


Wanderers is a vision of humanity's expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available. Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea of the film is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds - and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there.

OP Rockwell Music Hall on Main Street, Park City

OP Rockwell "An alluring, speakeasy music hall, with outlaw roots."

Swanky facelift of the Epic Nightclub, previously 'The Star Bar' on historic 268 Main Street in Park City, Utah.

Press Release:


Park City, UT – Main Street Park City is now home to O.P. Rockwell, a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge and live music venue. The newly renovated bar is announcing new nationally touring musical acts each week.

Park City locals Scott Thomson and Craig Eddins have teamed up with The State Room owners Darin Piccoli and Chris Mautz in the venture that is committed to bringing quality live music and craft cocktails to Main Street. 

“We have always wanted fill this niche in town,” says Thomson. “When I went to college in Boulder we had the Fox Theater and the Boulder Theater, and O.P. Rockwell fills that same genre here for music lovers,” he adds.

Co-owner Chris Mautz agrees, “We have long wanted to be a part of this community, and this venue fits our core values for live music. The comfortable lounge, quality sound system and craft cocktails are a combination our discerning music fans are after,” he says.

Much of the renovation of the venue was focused on preserving the history of the building by unearthing original rock walls, exposing beams, adding reclaimed barn wood finishes and Edison blub and vintage chandelier lighting. 

The historic location has truly returned to its original roots. When it first opened in 1889, it debuted as a dance hall.

O.P. Rockwell’s cocktail lounge is open seven nights a week, with doors opening at 5pm.  Tickets and concert calendar information is online at

Space Life Luxury Outerwear


SPACELIFE is a newly founded luxury brand that draws its inspiration from this fact, utilizing advanced technology and future proof engineering to create products that will allow you to explore the frontiers of the past, present and future.

The design of the SPACELIFE jacket takes inspiration from the classic spacesuit and offers many technical features as well as excellent protection from the elements. The exterior of the jacket is made from a unique trilobal fiber which is both waterproof and light-reflecting. The hood includes built-in speakers, controllable via Bluetooth® or via the integrated remote on your sleeve which also allows you to effortlessly control your phone. The jacket comes in a special SPACELIFE ambassadors kit, containing various space-inspired accessories.

Delivery: September 1st, 2015

[Source: Notcot]