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Ardalan & Sepehr

Monarch San Francisco

Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:00 PM



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ARDALAN: Range, appeal and a massive dose of nasty, gritty bass are the three chief weapons every Dirtybird artist has in his quiver, but Ardalan seems to be the peak culmination of all those assets in one wieldy point. This young archer has had the incomprehensible luck to fall into crew with his idols, be reared by their best and given some of their most guarded musical secrets, then hoisted to a platform to blare his prodigious beats from places where most creators can only dream of being. Born in Tehran, Iran, Ardalan Noghre-Kar possesses a peculiar, fresh perspective on music genesis without even trying. His mixes, remixes and dubs are known for their sass, energy and wickedly wry samples that snap like a wet towel to the face, but his original tracks are where his efforts shine, like those released with Justin Martin-“Mr. Spock,” a 2010 party anthem charted by Diplo and Jesse Rose, and “Lezgo,” charted by Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boyz Noise)-and those soon-to-be-released on his own EP with Dirtybird. It's no wonder he's been given the nod by everyone from Papa Dirtybird himself (Claude Von Stroke) and A-Trak to those who are charting his remixes, like Maya Jane Coles, Audiojack, and Riva Starr, the last of whom he has an upcoming remix for to be released on Snatch. The greatest strength in Ardy's music is his ability to whip out hits that work equally well from the dankest basements to the most opulent dancefloors; sounds that satisfy those with diverse tastes who can unite under his single agenda of having a good time. SEPHER: Sepehr's first encounter with humanity was when a confused Japanese fisherman had to untangle his limbs from a fishing net. The first vinyl he purchased was at age 4: Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing. The inherent soul of that vinyl let Sepehr find his inner nature, and he tamed a dolphin for the first time at the age of 5. Inspired by the squeaks and sirens of dolphins, he connected pots and pans to Ableton by age 6 and began producing at 9000bpm. This lead to back-to-back 16 hour sets with German classmate Franz in 1st grade on the school jungle gym. As years passed, the general debauchery of the 90's and the Bay Area's hedonistic hyphy movement set Sepehr up with much inspiration for his future in music. In 2005 at the age of 15, Sepehr first met a scruffy young Vulcan named Ardalan. Also known at the time as "The Godfather", Ardalan bestowed upon Sepehr a new perspective for what is possible with about 8,880 less BPM. Frolicking the days away with a hackeysack and Magda in the earbuds, this Vulcan helped Sepehr lay the true foundation of his musical endeavors. Sooner than later, they were drawn to the San Francisco scene where they would then be exposed to the 808-fueled Dirtybird BBQs. Embracing this sound, Sepehr dove into the deepest depths of the SF underground and experienced an evocative psychedelic metamorphosis at a now defunct legendary venue lost among the warehouses of San Francisco. With all of this arcane musical knowledge accumulated and flowing through his veins, Sepehr stepped up his creative vision and drive in producing the tracks he released. After dropping a track that was supported by the likes of Claude VonStroke, Sascha Robotti, Justin Martin, Danny Daze, Catz n' Dogz, Noir, Pezzner, Tom Budden and more, the exposure of Sepehr's sound soared and more and more people are now paying attention to what is sure to follow. We've yet to see the full spectrum of Sepehr's abilities, and we can all expect to witness his plethora of inspirations and ideas coming together to shake dancefloors for years to come alongside his seabound friends and family, Tech Dolphin.


101 6th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States (Directions)