Emerging electronic music website & community based in Washington, DC. Dancing insanely since 2000.
Washington, DC-based DJ and producer WILL EASTMAN is owner of U Street Music Hall, named “best dance club in the region” by the Washington Post and the 2nd best sounding club in the United States by Beatport. As 1/3 of house trio Volta Bureau, Eastman topped the Beatport indie dance charts in 2012 with “Alley Cat” and has been featured by NPR, BBC Radio 1, FACT Magazine, Urb and Pulse Radio. He has appeared in clubs throughout the U.S. and at major festivals like Virgin Mobile Freefest and Identity Festival. He is also founder of DC’s longest standing emerging electronic music party and blog, Blisspop.
While the District of Columbia has seen a fluctuation of creative types recently, few artists have influenced the scene as prolifically as OZKER. Organic and locally grown, Ozker has established himself in the past few years as one of DC’s hardest working DJ, producer, graphic designer and mural artist, all the while spreading that undeniable aura of being a loveable, huggable type of guy. His devotion to the infectious groove and its counterpart, the bottomless beat, is matched only by his devotion to that trademark follicle foliage that you’re bound to see bobbing up and down behind turntables throughout the city. Ozker has opened for such noted talent as Dillon Francis, The Bloody Beetroots, Will Eastman, Gigamesh, Classixx, Tensnake, Oliver, The 2 Bears, Bit Funk, Anna Lunoe & Nickodemus, amongst many others. He holds several monthly residencies in the city, including nights at Eighteenth St Lounge, Dodge City, Marvin and the Velvet Lounge.
Since 2005, BARONHAWK has served as an Artistic Director, DJ, and producer for Urban Artistry Inc., a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. In partnership with U Street Music Hall, he has opened for artists such as: Disclosure, Oscar G, Grandmaster Flash and local DC legend Sam “The Man” Burns. He has held residencies at U Street Music Hall, Tropicalia, Satellite Room, Velvet Lounge, Mova Lounge, Phase 1 Dupont, the Forward Festival, and the International Soul Society Festival. Due to his background in competitive dance culture, Baronhawk earned opportunities to play at respectable events such as: “The Book of Styles” (DC), “Smoking Permitted 2″ (Indiana), “Think Big Battle” (Denmark), “Who Can Roast The Most” (DC), and the USA qualifier for the “Flow Mo Anniversary.” While working as an Assistant Manager at The Record Exchange, he began collecting vinyl, CDs and other forms of media, gaining a deep respect for the art of digging.
Washington, DC native, CALEB L’ETOILE, is a resident DJ for Blisspop & Kick Kick Snare, a producer with official remixes for several of music’s brightest up and coming artists (including a release on Universal Music), and a promising young DJ who has shared the stage with names like Holy Ghost!, The Magician, Ben Browning, & Will Eastman. He has played at venues all over the district while developing a reputation for sets packed with unexpected energy and infectious grooves.
HARRY RANSOM (Harry Schrecengost) is a resident DJ for Blisspop, and DC-based podcast Expansion Broadcast. Starting out as a drum’n'bass obsessed vinyl and mix tape collector in the mid-1990s, Harry became involved in many local event productions and college radio at UMD’s WMUC 88.1 FM. Nearly 18 years later, he has remained active in the DC music scene, continues to collect a wide range of music, has a DJ resume rivaled by few, and regularly plays U Street Music Hall on diverse bills that have featured acts such as Eats Everything, Amon Tobin, Four Tet, Falty DL, Bok Bok, Kingdom, Sinden, Switch, Jacques Greene, Designer Drugs, and S.P.Y. Additionally, Harry is one of the new contributing writers to the Blisspop blog, and is also working diligently on his own music production.
BRIAN BILLION is a partner in U Street Music Hall and has been a regular BLISS guest DJ for the past decade.
A sampling of past Blisspop Presents guest DJs and performers
Maya Jane Coles
Tiger & Woods
Catz N Dogz