Detroit Techno returns to Columbus

An up and comer from the birthplace of techno, Patrick Werden, better known as Dink, focuses on a soulful blend of techno with groovy house rhythms to create a mood that is distinctly Detroit. He made waves at this year’s Movement festival, and if his Turnstyle EP out on Brian Kage’s Beretta Grey label is any indicator, he’ll keep making them for some time.

Providing support for our guest from the north are Squared’s Lower Frequency and Coma Coz. Body Language resident Lower Frequency will deliver his own brand of Detroit techno – a mixture of diverse beats that never fails to impress. Coma Coz will cover the other end of the spectrum with his reliably upbeat, driving house jams.

Body Language is a monthly dance party thrown by the longest-running purveyors of electronic events in Columbus, Squared Entertainment. Occurring the second Saturday of each month at Victory’s Live at 543 S. High Street in the Brewery District, Body Language features the most future forward electronic music in the city and is always 100% free.

More on the November Body Language can be found here.

Squared Provides Soundtracks to Popular Franklinton Festivals Again in 2015

This past month, Squared once again brought the underground sounds of Detroit, Berlin and beyond to the masses at the two best summer festivals in Columbus – Urban Scrawl and Independents’ Day. Over four days covering two weekends, Squared talent such as Lower Frequency, Coma Coz, Lights Out, and Jason Allen shared the stage with other local favorites like DJ Trueskillz, Druid Cloak, Kevin Brugger, Ororo, and Jenny Arcade.

Squared is a longtime contributor to Franklinton’s Urban Scrawl, having provided the soundtrack for 5 of the festival’s 9 incarnations. Working closely with the Franklinton Arts District and other participating organizations, Squared curates the local talent behind the decks, on the dancefloor and on the mic, extending beyond its own roster, to ensure a unique experience that captures the diversity of sound heard throughout the city.

Amidst a backdrop of fresh paint brushed on murals evolving before attendees’ eyes, youngsters danced among b-boys and old funk samples intermixed with disco, soul, house, techno and more. Not even periodic rains could stop the flow of people, as the weekend-long event drew even larger crowds than ever before.

Taking place in Franklinton itself for the second year in a row, former downtown resident Independents’ Day continued to settle into its new home over the last weekend of summer. The new location is a welcome change that led to a much less congested experience for those looking to enjoy all that the underground Columbus music scene has to offer. Like previous years, Squared managed the electronic presence at ID15, bringing in sound, talent and production. Echoing throughout food truck alley, house, techno, and drum & bass drew in those looking to dance and those looking to eat.

Over the course of the weekend, early sets from Ororo b2b Dingo8 and Beckett got people in the groove, while the ragga jungle and Drum & Bass of Mister Shifter had the entire crowd skanking before sundown. Even Druid Cloak’s deeper, darker, experimental sounds kept heads bobbing. It was another successful year for Independents’ Day and Squared, as techno thumped late into the night throughout Franklinton. With two more successful festivals etched into its long history, Squared looks forward to showcasing the best in Columbus electronic music to even more new fans next year.

Highlights from Body Language, August 2015

On August 8th 2015 in Columbus, Ohio, Body Language resident DJs What the Bleep and Coma Coz, along with special guest, Mattimoe from Toldeo played to a packed house. BBX hosted the evening with his signature blend of MCing and beatboxing, which always gets the crowd fired up. In anticipation of the next Body Language on September 12th at Victory’s, here is a short video put together by our photographer, Tim Evans of some of the highlights from the night, set to the music of Coma Coz. Body Language is a free, monthly dance party, the second Saturday of every month.

Columbus-based Squared Entertainment today announced an official 2015 Movement Pre-Party featuring Joshua Harrison and the Fallen

Squared, Columbus’s premiere electronic music event production and artist management company, announced an official Movement Pre Party in conjunction with Paxahau, producers of Detroit’s internationally renowned music festival. Founded in 2002, Squared has been a continual source of quality electronic music for the Columbus music scene. The Official Movement Pre-Party, slated for Saturday, May 9th at Victory’s Live, continues this tradition and, like most Squared events, is 100% free.

Detroit-based DJ, producer and live artist Joshua Harrison is a member of Beretta Music, a Detroit collective focused on the future sounds of techno. With productions on D Records, Beretta Music and Psycho Thrill, and operating his own label, NONCOM with Keith Kemp and Neovalis, Harrison is known for moody techno that explores the dark soul of Detroit.

Filling out the bill are The Fallen, the duo consisting of FBK and Plural of MDR (Marcell Dettmann Records) and Metroplex fame, and Lower Frequency from Squared’s own roster. “Bringing cutting edge techno on Hi-Fi, reinforced sound systems to Columbus is at the core of Squared’s mission,” said Scott Litch, Founder and President of Squared Entertainment. “When we can bring an Official Movement Pre-Party to the city for free, we’re really firing on all cylinders. This is why we produce techno events.”

The event coincides with Squared’s monthly Body Language dance party, and kicks off at Victory’s Live, located 543 S. High St. in the Brewery District of Columbus, OH, on May 9 at 9pm. Your host for the night is local beatbox phenomenon, B.B.X, the Beatbox Extraordinaire. Squared invites all those in search of a good beat as it continues to deliver the highest quality electronic music found in Columbus.

 

Highlights from March 14th Body Language – Mister Shifter, foi oi oi & What the Bleep, Coma Coz, BBX, with Visuals by Matt and Nikki Swift

On March 14th 2015 in Columbus, Ohio, Body Language brought out the Drum and Bass with special guest DJ, Mister Shifter. Also, throughout the night resident DJs foi oi oi & What the Bleep, and Coma Coz kept the party going. BBX made a few appearance with his Beat Box straight from the mouth and the room was lit up with visual by local moving image artists, Matt and Nikki Swift. In anticipation of the next Body Language on April 14th at Victory’s, here are a few photos from the March event as well as a short video of BBX’s beat box. Images and Video provided by Nicolette Cinema Graphics.

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Plural “Shifting Forward” Record Release Party Set for the Next Body Language Event

Columbus­ based DJ and producer Plural celebrates release on Metroplex November 8th at Squared’s monthly event at Victory’s Live

Columbus, OH (October 30, 2014) ­ Squared, the Columbus­ based electronic music event production company founded by Scott Litch in 2002, announced details for the November installment of its monthly Body Language party at Victory’s Live today. A special record release party for Columbus’s own James Johnson, also known as Plural, whose new single “Shifting Forward” will be released on Metroplex this December, is slated for Saturday November 8th, 2014. Plural himself will be headlining with support from FBK and Lower Frequency.

A veteran DJ and producer hailing from Louisville, KY, Plural has been making a name for himself in Columbus since arriving on the scene. Starting in 1995, he has built a reputation around his DJ skills and production savvy, both of which will be on highlight at the next Body Language. “I consider it an honor to have my latest record released on the label of one of the original Belleville Three. Hopefully it brings some deserved attention to Columbus too. There is good techno happening here and I encourage people to come out to Body Language to see for themselves,” said Plural. Plural’s “Shifting Forward” will be released on Metroplex, the record label of legendary techno pioneer Juan Atkins of Model 500 and Infiniti fame.

Kevin M. Kennedy, otherwise known as FBK, will bring his funk­infused minimal techno that has been published on labels such as Frictional and Xplor to the mix and Squared’s own Lower Frequency will get things started with the dubby minimal musings we’ve come to expect from the Columbus transplant.

Squared invites you along as it continues to deliver the highest quality electronic music found in Columbus.