Friday, July 19th • Flash Bar 8PM, Green Room 9PM, Club Level 10PM.
Perlon founder, minimal aficionado Zip is joined by partner in crime Thomas Melchior as they land in DC Friday, July 19th. Support comes from Navbox.
In Flash Bar, Cadence presents their unique driving mix of house, tech and dnb. Underground Quality’s first lady, the multi-talented Jenifa Mayanja and Katrina go deep in the Green Room.
Advance Tickets on sale Friday, June 21st @ noon.
🎵 Club Level:
Thomas Franzmann aka Zip (Perlon | Berlin)
Thomas Melchior (Perlon | Berlin)
Navbox (Flash | DC)
🌿 Green Room:
🍸 Flash Bar: Cadence
Thomas Franzmann aka Zip aka Dimbiman, co-founder of the label Perlon, is familiar with the dancefloors around the world and famous for his tremendous minimal shifts within the 4/4 scheme. He has an illustrious musical history which began in 1986 as singer in the band Second Voice. In 1992 he moved to Frankfurt and joined the EBM band Bigod 20. After several releases the band split. In 1996 he got together with Markus Nikolai and Chris Rehberger to form the audio-visual project Pile. In 1997 he and Nikolai founded the Perlon label, on which he has released under the pseudonyms Dimbiman, Pantytec (with Sammy Dee) and Narcotic Syntax (with James Dean Brown). In 1999 the SuPERLONgevity compilation was released, featuring 'Bushes', a track that has since garnered chart-topping remixes from the likes of Derrick Carter and Fatboy Slim.
Franzmann also recorded with Peter "Baby" Ford and has appeared on Ford's label PAL SL. He is a regular guest DJ in clubs around the world and holds residencies at Robert Johnson (Offenbach) and the Panorama Bar (Berlin). He participates in the Narod Niki project, occasional collective laptop live jams initiated by Ricardo Villalobos and Richie Hawtin. He has released tracks and remixes on Perlon, Playhouse, Force Inc, Novamute and others.
Born in Germany Thomas Melchior partly was raised in the USA, Spain and finally England. There in 1982 Thomas finished his high school years at the Waldorf school in Sussex. At school he also started his musical career as composer /singer and keyboarder before moving to London where he soon formed his first Jazzfunk five-piece band (Blipvert Bigtop). Releasing records on his own Label (Earworm) they performed in London warehouses, clubs and pubs.
After getting married and becoming a Father, Thomas’s next project Ohm experimented with and fused electronic and funkadelic sounds with Soul and Jazz. Catching the attention of the likes of Africa Bambaata, Acid Jazz and Talking Loud’s Gilles Peterson. Ohm’s “Heady Volt Experience EP” had a strong influence on the later emerging trip hop scene (James Lavelle, Mo Wax often mentioning it as a blueprint). But times were a changing and Melchior moved on to pioneer and explore other moods and grooves.
With the arrival of a computer, he began to discover the world of reduced music making, leading him to work and hang out with weird beat master J. Saul Kane (Depth Charge, Bomb The Base), introducing him to the early London Acid House and warehouse underground. He hooked up with people like Peter “Baby” Ford, Mark Moore, Big Audio Dynamite, Carl Craig etcâ€¦ soon he was on his way to making tripped out Electronica. In ’92 Thomas hooked up with multi instrumentalist Tim Hutton and started recording as Vulva/Yoni. Quickly Vulva caught the attention of the Aphex Twin’s Richard James and his Rephlex label, who promptly released the now legendary “From The Cockpit” album. Vulva/YONI basked in the lights of success releasing records on San Francisco’s Reflective and Germany’s Source Records as well as gigging alongside Armando, Aphex Twin, Black Dog (Plaid), Autechre, Global Communication, Orbital etc.
As the years went by Thomas’ musical interests shifted towards producing more minimal deep- and tracky style House tunes and after touring the USA as member of Lady Miss Kiers’ (Dee Lite) band, Thomas moved to New York in 1996 familiarizing himself with some of the American House and Techno scene before returning to London in ’97 to work with old friend Peter Ford. With the releases quickly mounting under various pseudonyms namely Deepah, Sunpeople, Soul Capsule (all Trelik), Ifach Collective, M-core (all Ifach) etc., Thomas established himself as a pioneer of Minimal House.
His more personal London speed garage influenced deep hypnotic and sexy micro house cuts set a new manifesto on his label Aspect Music in 2000. His sound soon was reaching cult status, being supported by producers/DJs like Daniel Bell, Luke Solomon, Ricardo Villalobos, Akufen, Richie Hawtin etc. By now Melchior Productions was being released on the mighty Perlon and Playhouse labels in Germany.
During the years Thomas also followed some of his other interests and studied to become a psychological Astrologer, Masseur and Sculptor. Finally in 2003 Thomas moved from London to Berlin after having set up a second home in Brazil where he now has a new family. Throughout Thomas’s career he has stayed dedicated to the underground, maintaining a low profile, allowing him to stay clear of trends and thus remaining, after more than 20 years of music production, at the cutting edge of music.
Navid Zahraie was born in Tehran.