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BrianBrendaBRIAN GARDNER & BRENDA DSoul Foundation Rec

[BRIAN GARDNER] Most people look one in the eye to try to sum up a person’s soul or read emotions. To read Brian, you would be wiser to listen to one of his sets. Brian’s range of emotional expression is wide and deep and his sets reflect what he is feeling at that moment. Whether his set is comprised of the jazzy, soulful grooves of content and harmony, or the hard hitting intensity and angst of industrial techno; at the end of the day, to Brian, it’s all HOUSE.

People have described Brian as, “a big ball of energy, giving himself over the turntables, as he tries to let the spirit be it”. That kind of spiritual energy, focus, and drive has lead Brian to his current position among Chicago’s finest. Brian gained knowledge of the underground sound while he worked as a buyer at Chicago Record store staples (Hot Jams, Hip House, WaxADDICT) from 1999-2006. During that time, Brian made many connections that lead to a series of successful residencies and bookings at various Chicago Venues, Lofts, and club nights such as; Mad Bar (Music-101), Boom Boom Room, Darkroom, Smart Bar, ROOTS, Sub-T, I Love House Music Wednesdays, along with many others.

For the past two decades, Brian has consistently performed throughout North America alongside some of the greats for packed crowds in internationally recognized venues. He dipped his hands into the realm of theater in 2000, when he worked with Asylum 137 on a dark theatre production featuring European and Native American clowning. The
diverse soundtrack encompassed house, techno, classical opera, and a “cirque du soleil” style of music. Through ownership of Soul Foundation Recordings in Las Vegas, a highly respected collective of artists based in Chicago with a global following, Brian is dedicated to reviving what some would say has “been lost” in house music.

With productions on labels like Farris Wheel Recordings, Minuendo Recordings (Spain), RealDEEP Recordings, hought Records & remixes on Black Error Recordings (SA) or his own imprint Soul Foundation Recordings, this Disc Jockey/Producer is undoubtedly tied to music as a part of his being. According to him, “Music is the only religion I have; it definitely saved me.” Whether Brian is spinning or producing, his sound is unmistakably from the soul.

[BRENDA D] With over 17 years of experience on the decks, Brenda D. is a recognized name amongst the top DJ’s of the Chicago underground scene. If you know Chicago, its vast history and high standards for its disc jockeys, then you know that she is a cut above the rest. Her versatility and ability to adapt to the crowd, along with her flawless mixing skills, have landed her gigs in nearly every Chicago hotspot. She has played alongside all of Chicago’s hometown heroes and in various clubs and underground parties from coast to coast.

In 2005, Brenda put her marketing skills to the test by becoming one of the driving forces behind Soul Foundation’s city wide residences in Chicago at Venues such as, Darkroom and Moonshine. While in that role, Brenda oversaw the creative process of design, DJ bookings, online promotions, and event planning; all the while, she maintained her own DJ residencies and hosted various nightlife events. Currently, Brenda is responsible for Soul Foundation Recordings’ A&R division & promotions.

Stylistically, she beats a unique blend of sound, merging all of the strains of House to make the crowd move. No matter what Brenda plays on any given evening, you can bet that it will represent Chicago’s voice and soul to the fullest, while maintaining its underground integrity. Over the last 10 years, Brenda has contributed creatively in the studio. Not only has she collaborated with her husband and DJ partner Brian G, she’s recorded vocals with world renowned producer, Kate Simko (Spectral Sound, Hello? Repeat) with remixes by Tevo Howard, Bruno Pronsato & Daze Maxim. Be on the look-out for Brenda’s own debut EP in 2014.


Apart What / where / who was your first experience of electronic music?

Brian Gardner Growing up in Chicago I was exposed to House Music in the early 80’s on WBMX Radio. But our culture, The 90’s Midwest RAVE scene; In 1993 at a party called Rejoice held in the Rainbow Roller Rink. TheVibe,Freaks, Different types of Electronic music like Jungle, Techno, Trance &Underground House. It changed my life forever
Brenda D In 1988 right before I moved to IL from WI, my friend gave me a cassette tape. It was a single of Lil’ Louis’s French Kiss. I was only 11 years old so I didn’t really know what it was… but all I knew is that it moved me. I had no idea at the time how much this man and music would shape me into the artist I am today. I started going to parties first in Rockford and then Chicago in the early 90’s. The rest is history

Apart Which artists had the greatest impact on your decision to pursue being a DJ?

Brian Gardner Jevon Jackson & Mr Melvin Oliphant aka Traxx. Jevon helped me score my 1st residency at Chicago’s Mad Bar in 97′ and continues to be an inspiration & close friend to this day. Melvin aka Traxx blessed me with a great honor by bringing me into Soul Foundation in 96′ & then handing the name & legacy over to me and the rest of the family in 2002
Brenda D Traxx aka Melvin Oliphant, Jevon Jackson & my hubs, Brian Gardner

Apart Describe ‘your sound’ in three words?

Brian Gardner Deep Electronic HOUSE
Brenda D Deep Electronic Tech

Apart What are your top favorite 3 clubs (or cities) that you have performed at?

Brian Gardner Avalon Afterdark in LA, Smart Bar Chicago & any Underground Coast to Coast
Brenda D Avalon Afterdark in LA, Smart Bar Chicago & Underground Mid-West Loft Parties

Apart What’s one place or club that you haven’t DJ’ed at yet, that you really want to?

Brian Gardner / Brenda D – Fabric in London 😉

Apart Do you have any of your productions out? If so on what labels? Otherwise any podcasts / radio shows?

Brian Gardner We recently started up Soul Foundation Recordings as a digital imprint but we’ll be releasing limited pressings of 12″ Vinyl runs. I’ve also released music on RealDEEP Recordings (LA/Chi) Minuendo (Spain), Black Error (South Africa), Ferris Wheel Recordings (Chicago) and others through the years. We also do a monthly LIVE on-line broadcast in Las Vegas from 6th & Fremont on every 2nd Friday 😉
Brenda D I have songs out on Spectral Sound & Hello? Repeat with Kate Simko, RealDEEP Recordings, Minuendo, Black Error &

Apart Youtube us one track that we can expect to hear you play in Milwaukee?

Brian Gardner Ron Trent feat. Robert Owens – Deep Down (DJB Dub)
Brenda D Osunlade ft Divine Essence – My Reflection [Deetron Remix]

Apart When your not listening to electronic music, what do you like to listen to?

Brian Gardner Jazz-Dub-Reggae-Punk-Rock-Hip Hop-pretty much everything. As long as I feel it, I bump it
Brenda D Classic Rock-Rock-Alternative-Reggae-HipHop-Classic R&B-Jazz, just to name a few 😉

Apart What is your favorite thing about the Midwest?

Brian Gardner The People! The Midwest has some of the most down to earth people in the world. It will always be home
Brenda D The no-bullshit attitude. Mid-westerners keep it real 😉

Apart Finish this sentence: Nobody would ever guess that I _________

Brian Gardner Nobody would ever guess that I like to play Drum & Bass too 😉
Brenda D Nobody would ever guess that I am terrified of flying 🙁