This month's Deep Crates features expert vinyl spelunkers Gold Code and Caltrop, both recording artists on the fine Cascadian label Nude Photo Music. Holy shit this is going to be fun!
Rafael Zevallos-Crowe, as Raf_One has been a staple of the San Francisco underground dance music scene since the mid 90s. He played his first warehouse rave in 1996 and graduated a couple years later to residencies at some of San Francisco’s most infamous house, techno and electro parties such as Mainframe, UP, Vehicle, Impulse, Tokyo Electric, Activ and FreeRange.
Taking the artist name Gold Code, he made a strong debut at the celebrated As You Like It parties, performing a stand-out live set at San Francisco’s Compound, followed by taking the dance floor by storm at the Nude Photo Music‘s Music for Dancers+Lovers label showcase in Portland, Oregon.
2010 culminated with two releases on Nude Photo Music, a remix of Sergio Gregori, “She’s an Operator” and his own debut, “The Day After” with remixes by Audioelectronic, Basskittens, Chris Fierenze and legendary producer Jonah Sharp.
2011 is off to a great start with the release of remix for J0be, “Deeply Agnostic” on Nude Photo Music, a new live set and more releases to come.
The Bay Area’s Christoph Caominh – aka Caltrop – is a German transplant originally from Munich. Growing up on synth pop and radio jingles from the 80s, he later discovered he’d been listening to the music of Alan Parson Project, Jean Michel-Jarre, Kraftwerk, and Moroder.
The explosion of techno originators LFO and 808 State landed on the European charts launched Christoph on a journey to learn more about the “pioneers of the hypnotic grooves”. Armed with an early PC and the legendary Fast Tracker II, Christoph began his musical journey.
In 2000, Christoph released “Manta Romantix” on the “Sid Musique” compilation from Erkrankung Durch Musique, the label run by Munich’s cult art and music promoter Dottore Mooner of Zombie Nation fame.
From 2001 on, he made a name for himself in the Bay Area’s electronic underground for his DJ Sets, which combine diverse sounds ranging from Detroit Techno, Chicago Acid, Disco, and long-forgotten Italo and Synthpop classics.
As a resident of classic San Francisco Electro Clubs Tokyo Electric and Club Activ, Christoph further developed his dj skills and became known as a tastemaker of the highest caliber.
For their “Supreme Master” EP on Tigerbeat6, Bay Area dance-noise stars Eats Tapes recruited Christoph, sharing the bill as Caltrop with Kid 606 and Strategy.
2006 brought another stand-out remix for the acclaimed Bay Area producer Mochipet. The Disco Donkey EP on Daly City Records, included remixes by Smash TV, Phon.o, and solid dancefloor cut reworked by Caltrop.
Deep Crates is a showcase of DJs that connect the dots of dance music's history with the latest cuts and jams. We are genre agnostic. Expect house, techno, disco, italo, boogie, freestyle, hip hop, electro, funk, soul, bass music and anything else that makes you want to move!