On November 4, Gabriel & Dresden hit the streets of Chicago and took to the stage at the Mid for an epic three-hour performance. So tune in to this incredible set!
More about Gabriel & Dresden:
“Gabriel & Dresden is the project name of the DJs and producers Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden from San Francisco. Their popularity and activities were centered in the United States. They won the WMC award as Best American DJ twice in 2007 and 2008, the same day the group split-up. The pair reunited in early 2011 and proceeded on a reunion tour, which began in San Francisco, CA on March 4, 2011.
Rise to fame (2002–2008)
In 2004 they released their first Mix-CD Bloom. They entered the prestigious DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ’s poll in 2003 at #43. After having their seventh #1 Billboard Dance Chart Hit with the Madonna & Britney Spears collaboration “Me Against the Music” they worked on their own group Motorcycle with singer and songwriter Jes Brieden, with their track “As The Rush Comes” in 2004. They have steadily climbed the chart every year since then, placing at 40 in 2004, 22 in 2005, and 33 in 2006. In 2005 the single “Arcadia” was released although it was also the first track on Bloom. At the end of the same year the track “Without You Near” was released at Coldharbour Recordings. This track was produced in cooperation with Markus Schulz and Departure.
In 2005 they created the Gabriel & Dresden logo, known for its keyboard shape was designed by Bruno Silva. The logo features the pianos key notes with dots on the keys for the notes G and D. It includes the name of the group, Gabriel above and Dresden below. They launched their record label Organized Nature that serves primarily to release their own music. Gabriel & Dresden produced the track “Zocalo” with Armin van Buuren which was released on his album/LP Shivers.
They presented “Gabriel & Dresden bring you Organized Nature”, on March 24 during the WMC. The Winter Music Conference, Realivze Tribe Productions, and Polka Dot present the Official Record Label Launch of Organized Nature. The event lasted for five hours, Live PA From Motorcycle and BORIS MD of Departure Appears on Without You Near by Markus Schulz on the track were Gabriel & Dresden has left a mark as well as Zocalo by Armin Van Buuren. Gabriel & Dresden were lauded as “America’s Best DJs” at the Miami Winter Music Conference’s International Dance Music Awards.
They also took home an award for Best Alternative / Dance Single for their hit “Dangerous Power” featuring the voice of Jan Burton. This is not the first time they have been cited for their DJing, winning the Best New DJ award at the 2005 Dancestar awards and performing on the show as Motorcycle with Jes Brieden. They have also worked with Pete Houser, a friend from the California Bay Area which created the Alias Bigtop. They released ORG004 also known as Sub & Tidal, with Sub appearing on their DJ Mix Compilation “Bloom“. Dave Dresden has appeared as Summit with Peter Lorimer. The self-titled Gabriel & Dresden was released in 2007 bringing them a great year as America’s #1 DJ’s, the same year saw the releases of “Tracking Treasure Down” and “Dangerous Power“. They had a Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number one hit in July 2006 with the song “Tracking Treasure Down”, written by Molly Bancroft, who was also the vocalist on the track. Bancroft also wrote and sang on their hit “Let Go.” After the success of the album, the duo decided to tour around the globe to emphasize their support for electronic dance music which is still considered an underground genre.
Departure (March 30, 2008)
The duo finished their last tour with two appearances at the WMC in Miami. They played a 5+ hour set at the Pawn Shop on March 28, 2008 and a closing 1 hour set at the Beatport/Remix Hotel Pool Party at the National Hotel on March 30, 2008 (with visuals provided by VJ Psyberpixie). The Andain project will be completed and released in 2008
Influences and Legacy
Throughout the careers of Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden, they have been a big influence on electronic dance music. Unlike other deejay groupings/bands such as Above & Beyond who are dedicated to trance based composition, Gabriel & Dresden mixed club and house music like Deep Dish, another duo that created many #1 charting songs and remixes.
Gabriel & Dresden were both influenced by Alexander Coe, musically known Sasha, who inspired them to write a more minimal tone of tracks. This influence can be heard in their only self-titled studio album, Gabriel & Dresden (album) with tracks like uplifting “Eleven” with Scarlett Etienne, “Enemy” with Jan Burton and the repetitive “Mass Repeat”. They also have rock-based influences which make some songs sound indie. Josh Gabriel was influenced by the producer James Holden as well as Depeche Mode and The Cure. Dave Dresden was also inspired by Jonathan Peters.
Gabriel & Dresden have been a great influence on various artists like Christopher Norman, Blake Jarell, Tim Grube, Chephren Blake, and Brian Martinelli. In 2006 a compilation of Gabriel & Dresden remixes was created by Geyser & Massa and released in Russia on the Music1st label.
Christopher Norman, who mixes under his own name and the alias Retrobyte, works as part of Organized Nature. Due to the breakup of Gabriel & Dresden, the expected full length Retrobyte album was delayed to an unknown date in 2008 or 2009. Gabriel & Dresden named Christopher Norman as the breakthrough DJ of 2008 in the 2007 DJMag awards.
Even though they took separate tracks, on October 29 when the results of the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ’s of 2008 were announced, Gabriel & Dresden came in at the 65th position.”