by Sol Power All-Stars
The Sol Power All-Stars are inveterate (and perhaps even obsessive) curators of sound. The whole crew comes from widely different backgrounds and origins, but we found a shared area of interest based on organic recordings of international rhythms, particularly of Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. We like connecting the dots, as common threads wind through disco, soukous, merengue, house and all the genres we love exploring. We all love smashing a great party as well.
While we were all DJing around DC and beyond for many years before Sol Power came together in 2009, since its inception, we’ve had the pleasure of sharing our sound throughout the globe. Our record label, Sol Power Sound, has made our global reach even greater and allowed us to foster relationships with world-class DJs, artists, producers, and other labels from London, Benin, Spain, Martinique, Colombia, Ghana, and Israel, just to name a few. The endeavour really has connected us with the globe in the best way possible and introduced us to an amazing network of individuals and entities that share our passion – Meso Creso (most definitely) included.
A number of our peers are already friends of Meso Creso so a connect was happening naturally. We’ve worked with Jim Thomson on many events, Dj’d with Jim and Mettabana, and rocked Geko Jones tracks in our sets. So with those values in common, it was probably long delayed that Sol Power and Meso Creso linked up. Further, we’d seen the success and passion Meso Creso put into their events and enjoyed watching them build in DC and beyond. During the summer of 2016 Sol Power-member Marc Meistro was invited to play one of Meso Creso’s 1001 Beats parties, and then the Sol Power All-Stars (repped by Marc Meistro and Stylus) rocked the Bayt during Nomadico 2016.
As producers and DJs, we love taking our listeners to a deep place with a compelling journey. Our best nights are when a curious, open and energetic dance floor follows along and eats up whatever we craft. It’s a feedback loop of freedom and energy between the selector and the dancers that creates a memorable, shared experience. And that’s exactly how it went down at Nomadico 2016.
We were really hyped to play under the Bayt at the first Nomadico and prepped some loose ideas of how we wanted to play. We anticipated high spirits and openness, so that process was a treat. Our set started a little late due to weather and the need to change the staging in the Bayt, yet the vibe was still thick. Even when the skies opened up (and they did indeed!), the dancefloor didn’t stop grooving. We hit the heavy afro-house and deep cuts pretty hard and the takeaway for our next appearance was that we need not hold back from touching on any of the further reaches of our arsenal. We’ll get even deeper this go round, and maybe a little weirder too.
Perhaps our greatest takeaway from our first Nomadico experience was that Meso Creso are an unbelievably dedicated group of individuals that are really in it for the love and for building a memorable communal experience. Beyond that, what really sets them apart is that they are also so incredibly thoughtful and hyper-organized which is apparent in every single detail of every endeavor they undertake. As DJs, this makes our experiences with them truly unforgettable.
Since 2009, the Sol Power All-Stars (Marc Meistro and DJ Stylus) havebeen sharing their love of the sounds of the African diaspora with party-goers around the world. Their exhilarating sets effortlessly connect Cuban barrio beats to the beaches of Rio, the discos of Lagos, and the warehouses of Detroit and Chicago. The crew has held residencies in hometown Washington, DC at Dahlak, Eighteenth Street Lounge, and Tropicalia, and appeared at other world-class venues from Paris to Bogota to Brooklyn. Since 2012, the crew has been just as prolific in the studio. Their productions have appeared on taste-making labels including Fabric Records, Bastard Jazz, G.A.M.M., Rocksteady Disco, Cultures of Soul, and Rcord Breakin’. The All-Stars have also provided official remixes for Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, Chicago Afrobeat Project (featuring Tony Allen), Cheick Hamala Diabate, See-I, Rocky Dawuni, and others. In 2015 the crew launched their own imprint, Sol Power Sound. The record label’s output reflects the global sounds of a Sol Power All-Stars’ DJ set – percussive anthems inspired by rhythms from around the globe. Sol Power Sound releases have earned the endorsement of the world’s top taste-making DJs including Soul Clap, Kerri Chandler, Atjazz, Karizma, Gilles Peterson, Jose Marquez, and Laurent Garnier.