Brian 'Halo' Vargas & Eric 'Hipp-E' Galaviz
The DJ/production duo from Chicago and San Diego respectively joined forces through their mutual admiration and passion for house music. One of their earliest productions, the seminal "Here Dis Sound", on the respected San Diego based Siesta Recordings, has become the blueprint for much of the current wave of dub-influenced house music, a sound that has been picked up in the UK and Europe by scene stalwarts such as Pete Tong and Carl Cox. Both Halo & Hipp-e have also carved their own niches with solo productions, including Halo's huge underground hit "My Sound" on Siesta and Hipp-e's work with Tony (Tango Recordings) on labels such as Grayhound and Tango. Other producers from the West Coast scene to collaborate with Halo & Hipp-e include DJ Dan, Onionz, Master D, Terry Mullan and Angel Alanis. Collectively, this crop of producers have formed the 6400 crew for releases on Yoshitoshi, Electrik Soul, Shaboom & Siesta.
Follow up EPs on Chicago's Moody Recordings and Toronto's Camouflage imprints have solidified the duo's place at the top of the heap of new U.S producers. Most recently their sound has had a massive impact on U.K audiences, and labels such as Low Pressings (Peace Division), Soma, Shaboom and NRK have enlisted the production talents of Hipp-E & Halo for productions and remixes. NRK's nite:life 02, a continuous DJ mix from Halo & Hipp-e, was an excellent introduction to those still new to the tech-house phenomenon, and to those in the know it was a fantastic collection of some of the most ground breaking and powerful house music sounds around, as mixed by two of the scene's most charismatic and dedicated followers.
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