Sequence: Year One

On August 19, Sequence celebrated its first anniversary. The dark basement room dressed up a bit for the occasion with black balloons — this is a techno party, after all. Since I was fortunate enough to follow Sequence’s story, here is a brief version for the record.

Before

I first saw Ron Jackson spin at Dr. Clock’s in 2014. I don’t know exactly when it was, but I was meeting a lot of new DJs at the time and Dr Clock’s was one of the few places that I heard techno at the time — mostly mixed with tech house or a more deep/ambient groove, but there were a scattering of pure techno shows. Namely Doktor D’s Silicon Based Lifeform, Steve Kirn’s BaltoTroit… and Ron Jackson’s Void Archive.

I was at most of these parties. They were starting to gather some momentum throughout 2014, into 2015, and then I was fortunate enough to see a team-up that turned out to be historic: Ron Jackson and Damon Bradley playing back to back at Jimmy Valentine’s. I believe it was on August 1st. From what I’ve heard, they had barely even met at the time. It was Damon’s first set in DC.

The set was amazing. You can hear it for yourself as the first installment of the Grown Man Business podcast.

Soon after that, I met a slew of new-to-me techno DJs: Boss Ross, Tsurugi, Ben Jenkins, and of course Juana. New parties sprang up over the next year, both techno and ambient. And then came August of 2016.

The short-lived chillout room at Sequence. Photo by Tophatty.

First shows

The very first Sequence was unique in a number of ways. First, its location, which was new to the electronic scene. Second, it included a chillout room featuring ambient and live electronic performances — which were not something you saw often, at the time. Third, it was pure, unapologetic, eight-hour slab of techno.

The chillout room, sadly, fell off the roster after a few parties. But Sequence caught on quickly, and suddenly techno had a solid presence in DC. One of the early markers of Sequence’s influence was Headless Horseman’s appearance on October. It also regularly tapped the pool of local DJ talent to open the shows.

Discwoman

In my opinion, the turning point came in January of 2017, the night after the Women’s March. Sequence put together a slate of techno ladies, spearheaded by NYC’s Discwoman team — and prominently featuring Juana, who went on to join the Discwoman team a few months later.

The show earned a mention on Resident Advisor and Mixmag. That was also the first Sequence to pull a significant audience from New York. Actually, people were there from all over thanks to the March. The venue, that night, was one of the more traditional secret party sites (now gone) and there was plenty of room for everybody.

Onward & Upward

After Discwoman, the headlining names at Sequence kept getting bigger. Tommy Four Seven. Perc. SHXCXCHCXSH descended from Sweden to light up Sequence’s newly partnered-with sound system — the Grand Ancestor, a custom-built, Jamaican-style speaker stack with brutal bass capabilities.

And now we’ve reached the first anniversary. It’s been a hell of a trip so far, and while this fan is thrilled to see Juana touring with Discwoman, Damon Bradley landing his first international gig, and local techno showcases happening at DC staples like Flash and U Street Music Hall… there is a touch of melancholy. Organizing Sequence is a lot of work, naturally, and the DJs involved aren’t seen behind the decks so much anymore. I’d love to see friends strike out for fame and fortune, but I’d miss them.

The week before Sequence’s anniversary party, there was a last-minute get together of everyone at, yes, Dr. Clock’s. And that was a wonderful taste of the “good old days” of all of two years ago. Here’s hoping we don’t lose sight of that.

My top hat’s off to the Sequence crew.

DC House Grooves Top Picks August 17 to August 20

Really wish I had time to do this week’s events justice, but I’m out on the west coast, it’s late, and I won’t be back in time for the weekend, so this will just have to be a quick heads up. Serious business in DC this weekend, so pay attention. The term “legend” gets thrown around far too much these days, often to describe less than legendary talents. This Friday, however, some bona fide legends land in DC, and you need to catch at least one of them. Flash on Friday hosts the Chairman of The Rotter’s Golf Club himself, Andrew Weatherall for an open to close set in the main room, and if you consider yourself an electronic  music enthusiast, regardless of genre, you owe it to yourself to be there. Forget everything you think you know, leave your preconceptions at the door, and let arguably one of the best DJs on the planet deliver a masterclass in electronic musical bliss. I strongly recommend you get there at the beginning for this one, and don’t leave until the bitter end. The Chairman doesn’t come this side of the Atlantic Ocean very often, so this is a rare chance to catch him on our home turf. Advanced tickets are recommended, and right now they are a steal at only $8. Sarah MyersJubileeMazi RPhilco and Chris Felinski round out the line up for Friday night at Flash, so plenty to keep you grooving open to close.

Advanced tickets to Andrew Weatherall at Flash

Andrew Weatherall [Open-to-Close] at Flash with Sarah Myers, Jubilee & Mazi R in the Green Room and Philco & Chris Felinski in the Flash Bar

The other legend hitting U Street on Friday is none other than disco pioneer Jellybean Benitez, who’ll be sharing the decks with our own local legend Sam “The Man” Burns at A Night at the U Street Disco at U Street Music Hall. With around 70+ years of DJing experience between them, you can be sure of an amazing musical journey to keep you dancing all night. Advanced tickets are $12 from Ticketfly.

Advanced tickets for Jellybean Benitez & Sam Burns at U Street Music Hall

A Night At The U Street Disco with Jellybean Benitez & Sam Burns at U Street Music Hall

Also landing in DC on Friday night are the ReSolute crew, who are teaming up with Nomads OnlyFlash and Loop for Rhadoo with Maksim, Navbox, Jubilee, Taiga & Tom at a warehouse location in northeast DC. Serious minimal magic over a serious sound system all night long.

Advanced tickets for ReSolute & DC Friends Present Rhadoo

ReSolute & D.C. Friends Present Rhadoo with Maksim, Navbox, Jubilee, Taiga & Tom at Warehouse Location

Saturday night, get your night started off right by tuning in to the DC House Grooves Show #07 on Jus-Ed‘s Underground Quality RadioKatrina Mir and I are out of town for this one, but resident Ramirez will be joining by special guest Jubilee, and they’re gonna be getting deep! Look out for the live video on the Underground Quality Facebook Page, or tune in to the audio at http://bit.ly/UQRadio.

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Out on the town, highlights for Saturday night include SEQUENCE.010 with Mike Parker, Antenes, Rush Plus, Ron Jackson for those of you looking for some proper techno in a warehouse location, or for something a bit more intimate, Balance with the homies Kochi, Tim Jackson & Dj Double 07 at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club. Advanced tickets for Sequence are $15 and are highly recommended. No cover for Balance at Jimmy’s!

Advanced tickets for SEQUENCE.010_Mike Parker

SEQUENCE.010_Mike Parker, Antenes, Rush Plus, Ron Jackson at Warehouse Location

Wherever you end up on Saturday, make sure you find your way to Uncle Benny’s After Hours Express with Detroit’s LorenBenoit Hot Coffee in an incredible new super secret lcoation. You’ll have to figure out the rest for yourselves; I’ve already said too much!

OK out of time. Here’s my full list of DC House Grooves Top Picks for the weekend, Thursday through Sunday. The highlights above barely scratch the surface! You kids be good while I’m away, now. Hope to see you all on the dance floor when I return!

Thursday August 17

DC House Grooves Top PickHeadroom #011 at Flash

Headroom #011 at Flash

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1773971195953399/

DC House Grooves Top PickPlaylist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Playlist with Jubilee, Ramirez & Benoit at Eighteenth Street Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1249709165141138/

DC House Grooves Top PickPreview Rooftop Happy Hour ft. Jandro at Flash

Preview Rooftop Happy Hour ft. Jandro at Flash

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1925350967719442

DC House Grooves Top PickMatthias Tanzmann with DJ Lisa Frank in the Green Room at Flash

Matthias Tanzmann with DJ Lisa Frank in the Green Room at Flash

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/999777400200592

DC House Grooves Top PickHouse Music Happy Hour with Special Guest TMF at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

House Music Happy Hour with Special Guest TMF at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1404366212943930

DC House Grooves Top PickLeft To Right with Chris Felinksi & Philco at Velvet Lounge

Left To Right with Chris Felinksi & Philco at Velvet Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1902652420003638

DC House Grooves Top PickBassline Business with Kahn, Neek & Goth-Trad at U Street Music Hall

Bassline Business with Kahn, Neek & Goth-Trad at U Street Music Hall

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1349948958458733/

Friday August 18

DC House Grooves Top PickAndrew Weatherall [Open-to-Close] at Flash with Sarah Myers, Jubilee & Mazi R in the Green Room and Philco & Chris Felinski in the Flash Bar

Andrew Weatherall [Open-to-Close] at Flash with Sarah Myers, Jubilee & Mazi R in the Green Room and Philco & Chris Felinski in the Flash Bar

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/114438752522737

DC House Grooves Top PickReSolute & D.C. Friends Present Rhadoo with Maksim, Navbox, Jubilee, Taiga & Tom at Warehouse Location

ReSolute & D.C. Friends Present Rhadoo with Maksim, Navbox, Jubilee, Taiga & Tom at Warehouse Location

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/263093560853519/

DC House Grooves Top PickA Night At The U Street Disco with Jellybean Benitez & Sam Burns at U Street Music Hall

A Night At The U Street Disco with Jellybean Benitez & Sam Burns at U Street Music Hall

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/371034963299574/

DC House Grooves Top PickSweat Equity in DC with JX Cannon, Plebeian, Alien D, Sleepy G and DJ Freez at Safari Restaurant & Lounge

Sweat Equity in DC with JX Cannon, Plebeian, Alien D, Sleepy G and DJ Freez at Safari Restaurant & Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/109076883113685/

DC House Grooves Top Pick4 Hours of Funk with Graham Hatke & Fleg at The Windup Space

4 Hours of Funk with Graham Hatke & Fleg at The Windup Space

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/769429029900167/

Saturday August 19

DC House Grooves Top PickDC House Grooves Show #07 with Ramirez & Special Guest Jubilee on Underground Quality Radio

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Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1438021496281479/

DC House Grooves Top PickSEQUENCE.010_Mike Parker, Antenes, Rush Plus, Ron Jackson at Warehouse Location

SEQUENCE.010_Mike Parker, Antenes, Rush Plus, Ron Jackson at Warehouse Location

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1708672029436067/

DC House Grooves Top PickBalance with Kochi, Tim Jackson & Dj Double 07 at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Balance with Kochi, Tim Jackson & Dj Double 07 at Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2010599822502344/

DC House Grooves Top PickSebastian Mullaert [LiVE] with Maher Daniel and Jubilee at Flash with Navbox & Friends in the Green Room

Sebastian Mullaert [LiVE] with Maher Daniel and Jubilee at Flash with Navbox & Friends in the Green Room

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/490519661283729/

DC House Grooves Top PickJuan Maclean (DJ Set) with Philip Goyette and Trev-ski at U Street Music Hall

Juan Maclean (DJ Set) with Philip Goyette and Trev-ski at U Street Music Hall

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1696655277028543

DC House Grooves Top PickLENG Presents Lyeform with College Hill, Duolo & Lush at Backbar

LENG Presents Lyeform with College Hill, Duolo & Lush at Backbar

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1868127863450361

Deep Tech XIII: Pool House 5th Year Anniversary Tour with support from DJ Improvize, Mr Wright & Pershan at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

Deep Tech XIII: Pool House 5th Year Anniversary Tour with support from DJ Improvize, Mr Wright & Pershan at Mythology Restaurant & Lounge

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1571484106256801

DC House Grooves Top PickObsidian presents: Housework with The Elders, FAQ, Nathan Gorey, Ciara B, Mediumboy & Temporal Mental at Factory 17, Baltimore

Obsidian presents: Housework with The Elders, FAQ, Nathan Gorey, Ciara B, Mediumboy & Temporal Mental at Factory 17, Baltimore

Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1697981130497320

Sunday August 20

DC House Grooves Top Pick