Junior Boys [DJ Set]
Kings of any genre you can think up, Junior Boys returned after an extended hiatus with arguably their best release yet, Big Black Coat. Seamlessly integrating everything from Detroit techno to the intelligent funk of mid-1980’s Prince, their return is as soulfully passionate as it is dynamic and energizing. The marriage of soul, disco, and industrial pop makes a Junior Boys set unmissable - they’re cutting loose, reconnecting, and ready to make you move.
The Moment Maker
A perfectionist's perfectionist, Brad Oberhofer’s latest release Chronovision, is named for a highly concentrated dose of pure memory. It’s unsurprising then, that his eclectic live performances are colored with brilliant, bright bursts of unbridled joy, perfectly balanced with the deeper rhythms and musings of a musical genius. Just like the memory you can never forget, Oberhofer’s blend of psych-pop tinged with orchestral flourishes, New Wave flare, and grungy fuzz leaves you constantly longing for more.
roy davis jr
Chicago-raised, internationally respected: since the early 1990's Roy Davis Jr has been cultivating a well-deserved reputation as one of the OG kings of soul-electronic. His masterful mixes have routinely lit up dance floors from Tokyo to London, drawing in a powerful hybrid of garage, disco, house, r&b, hop hop and soul. In addition to his skills behind the decks, Davis Jr is responsible for the timeless jam, 'Gabriel' and also penned chart-topping releases for artists such as Eric Benet/Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, Seal, and Morcheeba. Expect an unmissable set from an expert at his craft.
The Body Movers
Body Language has long proven they are more than just a synth dance band. The band's first album, Social Studies, came out in late 2011 on Om Records - which earned the approval of everyone from NPR to The New York Times to The Guardian. With their diverse mix of uptempo dance beats, pop hooks and soulfully funky vocals, Body Language has something for just about everyone, provided they don't feel like sitting still.
AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA
What started as a blog highlighting hidden gems uncovered in African marketplaces has evolved into a wholly unique record label and inspiring DJing career for Awesome Tapes From Africa. He mixes the most bombastic folkloric pop, leftfield dancefloor gems and hip-hop bangers on twin tape decks to celebrate the continent’s music and musicians and explore regional sounds not seen or heard anywhere else. This is analog-anchored agility that has the power to change the way you think about world music – and your new favorite tunes might only exist on cassette.
‘Bliss’. ‘Like floating through clouds’. ‘Something that should be used on Cosmos’. If the reviews don’t make it obvious, let’s be clear – listening to Conrad Clifton will have you feeling lifted. His distinctive hybrid of house, electronica, soul and R&B is unmistakably evocative without losing its trippy lightness. This is electronic songcraft made with skill, joy, and accessibility in every beat. Make time for what Earmilk calls ‘One of the most exciting electronic artists to watch in 2016”.
Discwoman co-founder Umfang was born in the Bronx, grew up in Kansas and has been living in Brooklyn since 2010. She holds the monthly residency Technofeminism at Bossa Nova Civic Club focusing on emerging local talent and an affection for vinyl. Recently she has played break out parties Sustain Release, Fine Time LA, and a 7-hour open to close set at Hot Mass in Pittsburgh. Her amorphous polyrhythmic techno productions have been released by 1080p, videogamemusic, and Phinery.
Yaeji is Kathy Yaeji Lee, a 22-year-old pop producer who splits her time between New York and South Korea. "New York 93" is her first official release – a woozy track sung both in English and Korean that explores the contours of her own half-remembered identity, and the sense of isolation one can feel when living in a big city. Yaeji joined the GODMODE roster in 2016 alongside Shamir, Malory, Yvette – "the most eclectic and exciting label NYC has thrown up since DFA Records," according to NME.
It’s time all of New York gets to experience the passion of a set by Occupy The Disco (OXD). Founded in 2011, the New York-based DJ collective of Tad Haes, DJ RuBot, and Josh Appelbaum sought to re-connect the city’s huge and diverse LGBTQ community with an ever evolving underground dance music scene. Their bold repertoire of dance floor essentials celebrate the rich musical history within the gay community, and they can be found creating moments and masterpieces from Le Bain to the Fire Island Pines’ Pavilion and everywhere in between. OXD's musical repertoire spans from techno to disco; they have an appreciation for the past with an eye towards the future.
OCCUPY THE DISCO
Harsh environments tend to create rugged beings. But now and then they can construct polished products. Just as sandpaper can smooth out an unrefined stone, North Philadelphia’s rigid culture has spawned a duo whose sleek and fluid grooves are consistently contagious. Consisting of a once traveling blues pianist and touring hip-hop DJ, P.S. 118 aims to preach the gospel that we call house. Creativity, abstraction, and simplicity are at the core of their back-to-back DJ sets that are heavily inspired by classic New York and Chicago sounds filtered through the lens of London and Berlin.
Bold, clever, and unforgettably stunning, Pneuhaus create large-scale immersive environments that are designed to be wholly interactive. Formed by a passionate group of architects, designers, and artists, Pneuhaus are experts at challenging your understanding of structure, perspective, and shape. Their contribution to Variance will be an unmissable yet fully integrated part of the day.
what will you leave behind
What Will You Leave Behind is a sculptor, collage artist, and photographer with a current focus in creating simple, sustainable mixed- media sculpture. The core backbone of his work revolves around making art that will inspire and challenge the viewer to contemplate the things we leave behind in this life, and how we treat our environment along the way. His recent collage works and sculptures are made solely out of what other people have discarded and miscellaneous debris from the streets of NYC. WWYLB’s hope with his body of work is to continue inspiring others to incorporate sustainable values into in their own lives and passions.
Master craftsmen of beautifully fabricated, functional works of art, the NODUS collective are reimagining the way we think about design. Their seamless integration of digital development and prototyping into everything they create reflects a modern aesthetic that sits on the cutting edge of elegance and style. Variance is thrilled to showcase their one-of-kind woodwork pieces throughout the festival grounds.
A fresh voice in the growing yarn art scene, pieces by Crochet Butter bring a colorful, whimsical voice to both wearable art and the streets of New York. Her soft, playful riffs on pop culture, music, and life in general are instantly recognizable, bringing new life to a long-standing craft.