Ray Zuniga (Living, Output)
Remove Hyphen (PlusPlus Records, Frisson)
Joe Foxton (Fiction NYC, Frisson)
Frisson makes its 2018 debut with master of sophisticated grooves Ray Zuniga, and Frisson residents Remove Hyphen & Joe Foxton.
Frisson sounds: soundcloud.com/frissonnyc
Artwork by the talented Design by John Harman
Ray Zuniga – label owner, producer, record selector, and gentleman of the night. A Dj who refuses to be restricted by genre, Zuniga’s music brings you the full spectrum. His sets range from the finest house and techno, to electronica and disco. The result is heard in the artist’s stylistically diverse and consistent DJ sets.
Co-owner of internationally acclaimed, Touch of Class Records, and one half of Signal Flow, Ray has had the opportunity to establish a strong and growing global network through his music. In just 2 years, Ray Zuniga, has made his stamp on the New York music scene, quickly rising in the underground world, regarded as highly by his peers as he is by his global base of musically educated fans. His diverse range and depth in music selection are what sets him apart in both his production and DJ sets. With a musical presence already established in Berlin, Asia, Mexico and the West Coast, Zuniga, is planting his roots in his now, home, New York, as a resident at Brooklyn’s very own, Output. As a selector, he’s also shared space with New York’s finest crews, such as ReSolute, BlkMarket, Cityfox and continues to curate his own Touch of Class label showcases.
As Zuniga’s reputation continues to garner attention, he is working hard in the studio on new projects, while also operating the Touch of Class Label with Michael Tello, an imprint dedicated to presenting timeless music appreciated by any connoisseur of sound.
Sassy selections, with throbbing, lush bass and dazzling chords, Remove Hyphen crafts sets that are thoughtful and complex--creating a cathartic dance floor rich with sub-aquatic beats.
Remove Hyphen bought her first plane ticket to India. There she studied Tabla, traditional Indian drums, at a school in the southern jungles of Kerela. This initial adventure began a life long pursuit of creative self-determination that would lead to musical experiments in China with the Pipa, an ancient lute, to Spain where she sought a guitar making family of gypsies to craft a Flamenco guitar, and to Jamaica where her knowledge of stringed instruments led to jamming out Reggae skanks with Rastas on the beaches of Negril.
Remove Hyphen's understanding of sound has influenced her productions and track selections to reflect broad musical experiences. Dubby techno atmospheres alongside gorgeous chords combine to create the raw and the beautiful, satisfying the mind and the body. Her taste has led to invitations to share music at a wide variety of events appealing to different crowds. This open spirit is reflected in her productions, which span genres: deep acid, industrial, electronica grooves to cocoon room techno; Remove Hyphen seeks to dismiss the things that separate people, using dance music as a tool for freedom.
Joe Foxton likes to introduce new things to open minds and ears. Whether its via his respected deep house collective Fiction NYC, or his woman & LGBTQ techno talent showcase Frisson, or his dynamic DJ sets which range from melodic journeys, to hypnotic mind benders, to acid-infused rockers, Joe Foxton is dedicated to delivering the most innovative and nuanced musical experiences aimed to elevate the art-form of dance music.
Back in his native Australia, Joe was sucked deep into the vortex of the Sydney rave and club scene in the late 90s. An instant vinyl convert, Joe picked up a pair of Technics 1200s days after his first rave experience and set off on a music collecting obsession that continues to this day. His vast collection is full of rarities and classics alike. He brings this depth of music knowledge to his DJ sets, in which you’re as likely to hear an early 00’s minimal Kompakt record as a bleeding-edge Giegling cut, all mixed with an attention to detail and a penchant for surprises.
After moving to New York in 2001 Joe quickly found a home away from home at the notorious Vinyl where he’d fall in love with the uniquely New York sounds of Danny Tenaglia and the 112 crew, inspiring him to delve into deep rhythmic territory. Over the next decade he would hone his unique sound and mixing techniques with these masters as his muse, sharing the decks with the likes of Ripperton, Job Jobse, Davis, Ida Engberg, Aera, Eagles & Butterflies, and Sammy Dee.
In 2014 Joe joined the talented Florida transplant Steve Graham to launch the Fiction boat parties which became a mainstay in the NYC scene. Soon after that, the talented Gilles Wasserman and Irina Kotik joined the team, taking the Fiction collective to the next level with label showcases with the likes of Sohaso & Lossless, and a fast-growing music blog called Fiction Lab. The future is bright for Joe Foxton & the Fiction crew as their gaze turns inward to the studio, and outward to foreign shores.