Mat dos Santos and David Sternesky are Two Dudes in Love. We each have long histories of production, DJing, and promoting. Now we are sharing our love for each other and our love of music with the world.
We use whichever medium gives us the appropriate kind of creative expression depending on the situation. For this recording we used Serato Itch and an Allen & Heath Xone DX controller.
This live set is from a party we produced at Burning Man for Comfort & Joy on August 28, 2012. The party was called The Mechanization of Fertility. The party began as an celebration of human sensuality with groovy, soulful house music setting the vibe - but that's not what you'll hear in this recording.
At midnight, when this recording begins, the music abruptly changed to mechanistic, driving techno as bright strobe lights suddenly filled the tent. The garden of earthly delights was invaded by a procession of interstellar robot sex workers. The mechanical hustlers presented a mating dance to the human natives to awaken their sexual desires. Human fertility was usurped by mechanical fertility, and the human citizens willfully gave themselves over to robotic pleasure. Man and machine danced vertically and horizontally until the early hours of the morning (when the power source failed and the recording got cut off).
We are currently building out our studio and preparing a variety of production projects. Follow us at http://www.facebook.com/twodudesinlove for original songs, remixes, DJ mixes, and more.
I have nurtured a lifelong passion for music. From a very early age I experimented with recording music, and began learning about music production in earnest at the age of 13. I've since produced music for myself and others in genres spanning house, disco, electronica, and rock; check out my profile at soundcloud.com/heskanen to hear select examples of my work.
My DJ experimentation began while immersed in the club scene of Munich, Germany in 2006 and 2007 as the minimal techno scene was at its peak. Soon afterwards, I acquired turntables, started honing my mixing skills, and developed a DJ aesthetic that encompasses disco, Chicago- acid- tech- and deep- house, and techno.
I moved to San Francisco in November 2009 and immediately felt at home in the city’s alternative queer club scene. I joined the Solid crew (www.solid.dj) in January of 2011. Recently I joined forces with fellow GHT-ers Trevor Sigler, Mat dos Santos, and Brian Maier as Rocket Collective (www.rocketsf.com).
Since starting my DJ career in January 2011, I've played at venues including the Stud, Qbar, Rebel, Powerhouse, and 222 Hyde, and I've contributed podcasts to Honey Soundsystem and Electronic Music Bears.
I typically use Serato Scratch Live with control vinyl. It marries the convenience of digital storage with the satisfaction of manipulating the turntables. However I'm continuing to grow my vinyl collection.
In January, Rocket Collective launched our new event called ROCKET, which is a party every fourth Saturday at Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco for queers who like underground dance music and radical creativity (as practiced at events like Burning Man, for instance). ROCKET is every fourth Saturday at Rickshaw Stop.
I'm part of a rotating crew of resident DJs at JOE, the Friday night party at Lookout.
I frequently play guest gigs around San Francisco.
I'm continuing to upload new songs and mixes to www.soundcloud.com/heskanen.