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Steve Aoki @ The Boulder Theater | 2/2/11

The man behind Dim Mak Records who discovered artists like Bloc Party, The Bloody Beetroots, The Gossip, and The Klaxons also is the same man behind electro anthems like "WARP 1.9" and "I'M IN THE HOUSE" ft Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas. He wears many hats-label owner, club promoter, music producer, fashion designer-however, he is best known for his sensory-deafening DJ sets which have won such accolades as "Best DJ of the Year" and "Best Party Rocker DJ" from Paper Magazine, BPM Magazine, and the Ibiza Awards.

It goes without saying but nearly everyone has seen Steve Aoki's name by 2010. This year he's already released collaborations with Armand Van Helden (Brrrat), Sidney Samson (Wake Up Call), Afrojack (No Beef), Laidback Luke & Lil' Jon (Turbulence), not to mention his hardcore side project with the Bloody Beetroots under the guise RIFOKI. If that wasn't enough, his notoriously epic remix for Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness" was recently picked up by Vitamin Water as the theme song behind all of its nationwide TV ads.

A key figure in the rejuvenated US dance music scene, Steve Aoki has quickly become the most recognizable DJ in America by both the underground and mainstream audiences.

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Live Dead & Dead Guise Jam Into the Night At Ashkenaz

On Friday June 12, at around 9:25 I walked into Ashkenaz on San Pablo Ave, in Berkeley, to the sounds of the Dead Guise playing their opening set of acoustic Grateful Dead covers, in a style similar to the Grateful Dead’s early 80’s acoustic albums Reckoning and Dead Set.

The Dead Guise

Ken from The Dead Guise- for the Grateful Web

The Dead Guise formerly known by the name Ded Guise pronounced "dead guys" came about during a discussion from founding members; Ken Younger, Bill DeSmit, Dan Albers and Dan Cuervo- on what to name the band. "Since we're a bunch of guys who play Dead music, let's call us Dead Guys" exclaimed Ken. Dan noted that to be really "out there" and provide a more original approach that it should spelled the "Ded Guise."

The band came about in the Autumn of 1994 when Ken Younger, Bill DeSmit and Dan Albers got together for a friendly jam session. After a 2 hour jam of the Grateful Dead songs "The Other One-Dark Star", a decision was made to form a group. Dan knew a jazz drummer named Dan Cuervo and the early days were spent playing live at Abernathy's in Walnut Creek, California. Cuervo left after a year for other endeavors and after a brief transition the Ded Guise acquired Kenny Meagher. Kenny was a perfect fit and the group thrived for the next few years playing parties and gigs in the East Bay. They routinely hosted the Annual Jerry Garcia Memorials located in San Leandro, Livermore and Hayward, CA. and played various bars and parties in the East Bay.

In the Fall of 99 the most exactly perfect brother Jeff Faust replaced Dan Albers on bass and the band just kept on playing. More interesting gigs came about and the band would play in Santa Cruz (Brookdale Lodge) and Placerville (Grateful Bear Ranch). 2003 brought in some big changes, first Bill DeSmit left to start his own musical project called "Gravity" and was replaced by John Heffernan on lead vocals and guitar. Second, the band has officially changed it's name to "The Dead Guise"

In the fall of 2004 the Guise finally stumbled upon a keyboardist named James Miller who's talents now fill out for the complete "sound". Check the Gigs link to find out about their next performance dates.