The past year has seen RÜFÜS DU SOL’s profile rise to new heights on the back of their universally acclaimed third album SOLACE. While celebrated for their grandiose live sets to rapturous mainstage festival crowds, it’s the rare DJ sets where they dive into their record box and showcase the project’s club culture roots, exploring the sounds and sonics that continue to influence their music. Closing DJ sets at Coachella’s Do LaB over consecutive years, a Mixmag cover feature, a coveted Radio1 Essential mix, and globetrotting DJ sets at Space Miami and Amnesia in Ibiza further prove the trio’s seemingly endless breadth and musical depth. Tyrone Lindqvist, Jon George, and James Hunt are now bonafide stars the world over, but it’s their next move that proves yet again why RÜFÜS DU SOL are well on their way to becoming one of the defining acts of this generation.
Always rooted in club culture and inspired by long nights spent lost on the dancefloor, 2019 saw RÜFÜS DU SOL further explore a darker, experimental side hinted at on SOLACE with a deluxe edition of the LP featuring 21 remixes wrought from the far flung corners of the underground dance world. After conquering global charts, festival stages, and the world’s biggest clubs, the trio’s role as curators is laid front and center with handpicked, standout remixes from the likes of Hot Since 82, Justin Martin, and Rose Avenue labelmates Cassian and Lastlings that span the spectrum of club culture—from brooding techno rollers to beachside house jams—with a tastemaker’s touch.
At a time when the DJ sits firmly at the center of popular culture, A-Trak stands out as MVP, a passionate leader who holds together all facets of the craft. Very few share his mastery of turntablism while also sitting at the forefront of musical innovation, looking keenly to the future with history tucked in his back pocket. A true connector, the DJ (born Alain Macklovitch) hops effortlessly from colossal festival stages to sold-out concert venues and sweaty underground clubs, building links between hip hop and electronic music while watching genre barriers crumble.
After spending years as Kanye West’s tour DJ and consigliere, he founded the celebrated record label Fool’s Gold in 2007 and developed the careers of artists such as Kid Cudi, Danny Brown and Flosstradamus. With its string of releases and events, Fool's Gold broke down bygone rules of the record industry, paving the way for a new wave of independents and helping North American fall in love with festival culture. As a Grammy-nominated producer, A-Trak’s seminal mix of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll” marked an entire generation’s introduction to dance music. Duck Sauce, his irreverent supergroup with Armand Van Helden, flipped the bird to chart-topping formulas and reached #1 in 12 countries with the ubiquitous "Barbra Streisand", electronic music's first true viral music video. He is just as comfortable churning out soulful house jams with Jamie Lidell (“We All Fall Down”) or Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt (“Push”) as he is crafting rap bangers with Quavo & Lil Yachty (“Believe”) or Cam’ron (“Dipsh*ts/Federal Reserve”). The common thread is an inherent funkiness, as well as a consistent sense of tasteful branding and design. That might explain the 3 VMA nominations that he picked up along the way.
Not bad for a kid from Montreal, Canada who was once known as a 90’s turntable prodigy. As a teenager, he won every DJ battle known to man, starting with the 1997 DMC World Championships and holding a record-breaking 5 titles by the time he was 18. Meanwhile, as his older brother Dave morphed into the lead-singing lothario in the acclaimed electro-pop sensation Chromeo, Alain grew from a nerdy teen who created an elaborate scratch notation system to a bona fide style icon and one of the most recognizable figures in the DJ scene. He has appeared in TV campaigns for Adidas, Grey Goose, Mountain Dew and Cadillac and graced the covers of Billboard and Complex.
In a lot of ways, A-Trak created the image of the modern multi-tasking DJ – equal parts maestro and entrepreneur. Now based between New York and Los Angeles, Alain’s interest in the lifestyle of his generation has certainly made its mark. As one of the first blogging DJs, he was also a long-time contributor to the Huffington Post and ran his own travel website for five years (Infinite Legroom). Through Fool’s Gold, he cemented his reputation as a cultural curator: he personally books the label's legendary events – most notably the Day Off series – which are like a knighting ceremony for new talent. Artists like A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, Action Bronson and Flatbush Zombies all got huge early exposure on his stages. FG also has its own clothing line and a beautiful Brooklyn storefront which doubles as an art gallery.
A-Trak’s latest endeavor ties the loop around the twenty-plus years of his career: Goldie Awards, a new championship for DJs and producers, one that reflects the evolution of the craft. The battling scene was Trizzy’s stomping ground in his early years, and the task of updating it for the current musical landscape is one that only he can achieve.
It is the accumulation of all these projects that defines who A-Trak is: someone who cares as deeply about #RealDJing and the lifestyle of his Fool’s Gold audience, as he does about redefining the very role of the DJ and of independent companies.
Often called “hometown heroes” by many of their peers, this Denver DJ duo has been a driving force in the city’s music scene for nearly a decade. An original in every sense, brothers Aaron and Brian bring a unique blend of house and deep tech that mesmerizes any crowd.
The concert will be held in the South Gondola Lot at Breckenridge Ski Resort, located at the intersection of N. Park Ave. and Watson Ave. Free parking at the Airport Lot; 5-minute shuttle ride to the BreckConnect Gondola.
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