FRIDAY AUGUST 04 // 1015 FOLSOM // SAN FRANCISCO
“Some artists make music really rapidly—they put out mixtapes on SoundCloud, like, every few months,” Alex Frankel ruminates. Of course, Frankel and his Holy Ghost! bandmate Nick Millhiser do not fall into this category. “We’re so envious of that.”
The duo may be methodical in their output—shimmering bursts of disco, synth-pop, and lingering grooves—but that doesn’t mean Holy Ghost! is not prodigious. Over nearly a decade, they have gone from being DFA’s rising sons to triple threats. They are indefatigable DJs WHAT HERE. They’re producers frequently recruited to remix new life into tracks like Cut Copy’s “Hearts on Fire,” LCD Soundsystem’s “Drunk Girls,” and even Katy Perry’s “Birthday.” And they’re inventive musicians who’ve released countless original singles (such as 2010’s critically lauded “Hold On”) and albums (beginning with 2010’s Static on the Wire EP). They are once again adding to their thinking-man’s dance repertoire with the vibrant Crime Cutz EP (out WHEN, DFA Records). The objective, Nick says, was singular: “Aesthetically, Alex and I were musically, melodically trying to do something that felt like fun.”
Nina Las Vegas (Nina Agzarian) has become one of the most influential figures in the Australian music scene, passionately dedicating herself to promoting and celebrating the sounds of underground dance music from both Australia and abroad.
Nina spent 10 years in broadcast radio as a host and programmer on triple j, hosting her own weekly radio program House Party every Saturday night. After producing mixtapes, podcasts and radio specials, she was eventually coerced into becoming a DJ.
Since then she has played every major music festival in Australia including Big Day Out, Stereosonic, Splendour In The Grass, Groovin' The Moo and Parklife. She is sought after overseas and has played US festivals Coachella, HARD, Holy Ship!, Voodoo Fest and SxSW. Nina also promotes her own tours in Australia and abroad under the banner of NLV Presents.