Don’t Try This At Home – DJ Tennis / Rebolledo at The Great Northern.
A new Friday night weekly presented by Great Northern, Deep Blue, On&On.
A Portion of proceeds will go towards Compute For Cancer
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DJ Tennis born in the 70’s and raised between New Jersey, Sicily and Parma in a family who paid just a passing attention to music. No relatives played any musical instruments, nor were there any around the home – music was never given any special amount of love in the Romano household. But despite this, and perhaps as a direct result of this, Romano’s creative and artistic attitude has always centred around music: singing, creating and collecting weird and noisy musical instruments at every turn.
In 1988 before embarking on computer science studies he was already playing and singing in college bands and had an indie rock radio show on a local radio station in Palermo.
Recording with bands, organising events and DJing at the local tennis club where he used to play semi-professionally (his DJ moniker comes from his passion for the sport) became his way to support the costs of his studies, though when he graduated he never imagined he would turn that hobby into his fully-fledged career. Whilst starting out as a DJ he began focusing on promoting new underground music in his country, founding and developing some of the most important Italian underground musical events such as the Elita festival in Milan and the Dissonanze festival in Rome – at the same time creating forward-thinking new promotional concepts around the Italian clubbing scene.
In the early 90s Romano also started producing music for theatre, movie soundtracks and TV commercials, his production skills always taking inspiration from the psychedelic, dark and melancholic sounds of the 60’s, thru to early 2000’s IDM. The range of influences paint a picture of his musical worldview: The Beach Boys, The Who, Talk Talk, Ultravox, XTC, Fugazi, June of 44, Suicide, Radiohead, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada and Plastikman – into every musical project he poured elements, sounds & feelings from all of these artists and many more.
In 2010, after growing tired of the the more overtly generic output of the contemporary scene he decided to collect all of his musical works and, along with Thugfucker’s Greg Oreck, started a new techno and pop label called Life and Death. The name of the label has a specific meaning, inspired by the socratic method of the maieutic process to turn ‘dead’ elements into a new life, and referring to the hypnotic power of music used in the mesmeric processes for brain therapy. Life And Death was alive.
Romano bases himself in Berlin where he also shares the label experience and a studio with the innovative deep electronic duo Tale of Us, whilst he working hard to create a crew of young and inspired musicians like Clockwork and Esperanza, amongst others. On top of all of this he still maintains his main job is still being a Promoter and a Booking agent in 2012. He may go by the name Tennis but he continues to be a hugely talented all-rounder.
Rebolledo, born and raised in Xalapa, Mexico, is resident of the legendary “Santanera”, in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. There he developed his very own style of playing, mixing old and new odd dancetracks, driven by a persistent disco groove Feeling the necessity of links between tracks he used to play in the club, he started developing his own rough and edgy rhythms. Matias Aguayo, whom he had played with several times at his night in the “Santanera” got interested in his material, helped him to develop it and to share it with people via his label “Cómeme”
As resident at Paris’ legendary Rex Club, Molly has established herself as one of the city’s brightest talents, combining passion, integrity and talent to launch a successful DJ career and producing several key releases for labels such as Rekids, All Inn and Karlovak. Through hard work and dedication to her craft Molly has built up a sterling reputation, traveling across Europe to play at some of the continents most influential clubs, as well as picking up bookings further afield in South America, Asia and Canada.
Molly’s long-running love affair with house and techno began in London. When she returned to France, Molly began to delve deeper into electronic music. After finishing her Masters in Communication, she picked up a permanent role at Rex Club, where she became head of the venue’s communications and PR, she has now left the post but continues to A&R for the recently launched Rex Club Music label.
Molly’s growth as a DJ has been steady and natural. Her life can often be like an endless quest to find rare records, digging for precious material whenever she has the opportunity. This inquisitive side to her nature comes through in her diverse sets, made up of special treats resulting from her penchant for digging. Molly’s sharpe taste can be approached with her monthly playlist on 22tracks whilst her ability to weave together tracks from sultry house to tougher techno has landed her gigs at clubs such as Panorama Bar(Berlin), Concrete (Paris), Space (Ibiza), Amnesia (Ibiza) and Robert Johnson (Frankfurt). Not to mention appearances as far afield as Japan, Canada, Peru, Russia and Chile. Festival performances are also becoming a regular fixture in her tour diary with bookings at Weather Festival in her native France, Amsterdam Dance Event and Awakenings (Holland), Piknic Electronik(Canada), Amore Festival (Rome), Mission Festival (Romania) and many more. Demonstrating her ability to command the big stage as well as more intimate venues, as she did during her appearance on Boiler Room Paris.
Molly has also been responsible for several impressive releases, transferring her DJ skills to music production effortlessly. Releases with Radio Slave’s Rekids label, Karlovak, All Inn and more have all been well received throughout the industry and showcased her skills as a producer. Looking forward, Molly is keeping one foot in the studio and one in the clubs, as she maintains both strands of her growing career and makes steps towards a successful future.
On top of all of this she also finds time in her busy schedule to curate the lineups for her own party residency at Rex Club, called HEAD_ON. The monthly soiree has welcomed the likes of Delano Smith, Cassy, Fred P, Tobi Neumann, Losoul, Adam Shelton, XDB, Levon Vincent, Dyed Soundorom, Mandar and many more.
Inspired, motivated and buoyant as her career goes from strength to strength. Consistent, knowledgeable and naturally gifted, Molly is a French powerhouse.