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Meow Wolf’s Saturday night Halloween party. Featuring Catz ‘N Dogs and Billy Kenny with local dance floor slayers Ana M. and BadCat. Beneath the Mastodon, we have the Cave Rave. This year’s Halloween party will feature the Trick or Freak experiential theater, a costume contest, and a $500 prize plus trophy for the winner! See you on the dance floor, monsters!! It’s our biggest Halloween yet!
It’s a plain fact – close friends Grzegorz and Wojciech have had a stellar and prolific career as the house outfit Catz ‘N Dogz. Since 2003, the Polish producers and Pets Recordings’ label owners, known for electrifying performances and catchy cuts, have achieved a stratospheric rise through the ranks of DJ hierarchy, succeeding in all their sonic missions and boasting an enviable music pedigree.
Taking a firm lead in the Eastern European electronic music revolution, the pair have previously graced the cover of both Mixmag and DJ Mag Spain. Their international recognition has never lacked momentum, whether gaining a spot in the revered RA Top 100, to their LP ‘Basic Colour Theory’ being nominated in the Top 10 Albums of 2015 by DJ Mag, to being nominated for Best Track at WMC Awards 2013 with ‘They Frontin’ feat Monty Luke, to Producers of the Year 2013 from Muno.pl… The duo have even bridged the gap between underground and mainstream, with their recent
release ‘Get It Right’ feat. Tanika featuring on Channel 4’s ‘Sunday Brunch’.
Catz ‘N Dogz are one of the few acts famed for both technical skill and ability to engage a live audience. Their knack for reading a crowd just right has seen them lording it on stage at some of the most prestigious festivals worldwide including SW4, Park Life, Bestival, Snowbombing, Electric Daisy Carnival and BPM, and has also resulted in them being booked for the iconic Movement Festival 2015 (Detroit) and Exit Festival 2015 (Serbia). On top of this, they continue to host their Pets Recordings label showcases from Berlin to Ibiza, Sonar to BPM and beyond, whilst the label goes from strength to strength.
Meanwhile their top-notch production capabilities have ensured them a place in any electronic music aficionado’s record collection. The dynamic duo already have a number of remarkable accolades under their belt, such as their acclaimed Essential Mix in 2013 and their previous two LPs ‘Escape From Zoo’ and ‘Stars of Zoo’. They’ve also released weighty remixes for a veritable who’s who in music, electronic or otherwise, including Basement Jaxx, Kings Of Leon, Friendly Fires, Kim Ann Foxman and Thomas Schumacher’s ‘Hush’, which was entrenched at #1 on the Beatport tech house charts for five consecutive months.
2015 was a significantly prosperous year in their musical odyssey, thanks to their studio album ‘Basic Colour Theory’. A fruitful collection of evocative melodies and gorgeous vocals, this fifteen-track voyage through experimental sounds
was a new approach to electronic music. With the likes of the legendary Green Velvet, Peter, Bjorn & John featuring as guest vocalists, this album marked a pivotal moment in their career, as traditional songwriting meets Catz ‘N Dogz’ signature infectious basslines; a natural result of extensive sonic exploration and the osmotic process of years of DJing worldwide, all the while developing a deeper understanding of what they want to say through their music. Leading track
‘Get It Right (feat. Tanika)’ in particular caused a storm, being picked as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1,and featuring on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.
Following on from the huge success of the album, 2016 saw the release of ‘Basic Colour Theory Remixed’, offering an alternative flip to the much loved original and featuring explosive remixes from the likes of Claude Von Stroke, Jamie Jones, Maurice Fulton, Anja Schneider and Jay Shepheard. If the strength of the remixers and their remixes tells us anything, it’s that Basic Colour Theory is an album that will continue to excite as the years go on.
Yet that’s not all – the acclaimed ‘Upsi Bubsi’ EP came out half way through 2016 and ‘It’s Happening’ towards the end of the year, showing the duo’s continued on-point production and sonic progression, and to finish the year in style, they brought their Pets Recording crew to Szczecin for an unforgettable Boiler Room party – once again proving the unrivalled passionate dedication to their craft, which continues to push them higher into the DJ stratosphere.
As 2017 dawns, the duo show absolutely no signs of dwindling with a hotly anticipated contribution to the much loved Watergate mix series, as Grzegorz and Wojciech look to leave their paw prints on electronic music for the rest of the year and beyond.
British producer, DJ and engineer Billy Kenny is widely accustomed to the lower, more aggressive frequencies in the amalgamation between UK Garage, House and Techno. His hit track “Work” has reigned over the bass heavy side of festivals ever since its release in August 2014, and continues to do so while more recent releases on Dirtybird, Sweat It Out and his co-run imprint This Ain’t Bristol circulate the globe.
Hailing from Leeds, Billy now resides just across the channel in Germany, although his sound still remains more Radio 1 than Berghain. This prolific writer now has to be seen as one of the most influential ambassadors in Germany for the sound he represents, despite the fact that over the last year he’s been touring more than ever across four continents.
He and friends hold the reigns to their flourishing label This Ain’t Bristol, which has turned more than a few well respected heads since its launch in late 2014 and continues to pump out high quality releases to their ever-growing audience.
Unlike many producers on the circuit, Billy has perfected his craft behind the decks. His endless edits, live sampling, looping and unexpected choices of weaponry always make his unique set’s one to remember for those listening.
Albuquerque hotshot, Ana M, loves the booty bass! Ana has been steadily rockin’ the New Mexico scene in recent years, having played and promoted numerous underground parties in Albuquerque and Santa Fe–most notably opening up for J.Phlip at Meow Wolf earlier this year. Aside from DJing, Ana has been a Contributing Editor for Music is 4 Lovers the past couple years or so–writing music reviews and running in our Hometown Heroes series.
She Bumps House.
Originating in the high mountain deserts of New Mexico and spanning a decade of music projects, there came Zenova. A DJ/Production fusion of genres ranging from Midtempo bass, world/glitch hop and expansive atmospheric trip hop, with a predominate “Burqueno” flare. Recently signed to the Party Time Society label with the debut EP The 100th Monkey, the album represents the journey through the audio-collage of life and a culmination of years of musical development. Articulating the nature of emotional expression in sound continues to progress the project to new heights. ~Namaste~
Meow Wolf resident DJs and Dance Monster hosts are inspired by the deserts, forests, mesas and mountains of their home and a deep love of dancing. Spoolius invokes dance floor playfulness and vivacious movement with a blend of robust, sensitive and organic tracks. The boys proudly carry the flag of hometown label Mesa Recordings, dj-ing and producing music for friends new and old.