Tariq is a veteran of creative branding and partnerships, with 20+ years in consulting and collaboration with trailblazers in hospitality, design, music, film, and entertainment. A New York City native, he brings a depth of insight and connectivity to the cultural and artistic movements that originate in niche and micro-communities. Leveraging the undiscovered into the “next thing” that supports thoughtful, culturally authentic, longevity-based branding on a global scale.
As a young DJ, Tariq translated his influences into sonic storytelling, spinning at clubs and underground parties like subMercer, Sapphire Lounge, Happy Endings, and Nublu. He went on to co-found the Brooklyn Radio station Newtown Radio in the spirit of turning listeners far and wide on to new genres and sounds. And over the decades, Tariq’s creative vision has been inspired by the close mentorship of producer Steve Paul (The Scene, Blue Sky Records, Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters), jazz musician Idris Muhammad, DJ/producer Mark Kamins (Danceteria, Madonna), and filmmaker Albert Maysles.
Tariq’s firm, True & Deep is a boutique creative, consulting, and content label that balances the modern with the traditional. Built for the bold and curious in cultural branding, True & Deep defines art, music, film, design, and hospitality brands with reinvention, authenticity, and edge.
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New York house DJ, producer and label head Rissa Garcia has long bagged a reputation as a driving force within her hometown scene. Rinsing her vast stack of vinyl at clubs across NYC for the best part of two decades, she’s shared the decks with icons Danny Tenaglia, Danny Krivit, Tony Humphries and Kenny Dope, among more.
Rissa caught the music bug at a very early age. As she avidly recalls her childhood, memories of backyard parties within her close-knit Staten Island neighbourhood cut through with a real sense of fondness and pride. Experiencing that house party vibe long before she’d firmly implant herself on New York’s hallowed dance floors stayed with her.
In 2000 she discovered Club Vinyl with NYC linchpin Danny Tenaglia behind the booth. “My soul just seemed to come alive and it completely engulfed me. From the lights to the vibe to the dark walls and sexiness in the air, it was exactly what I had been searching for. This was my Paradise Garage.” Decidedly hooked, she was there without fail every Friday immersing herself in club culture with Tenaglia at the helm. Emboldened by a sense of growing intuition, soon it was clear that she needed to be the one controlling the room, manipulating and utilizing rhythms to invigorate the crowd.
Since landing her first gig in 2004 at an intimate lounge on NYC’s Lower East Side, she’s steadily risen through the ranks, laying down selections which dive between classics, house, funk, soul and everything in between at Cielo Club, Output, Avant Gardner, Good Room and Elsewhere Space.
From her earliest clubbing days, Rissa recognized and appreciated that the music itself is at the heart of the experience, and she shuns static crowds that favor the spectacle of watching the DJ. Preferring to remain in the shadows, she shrewdly selects tracks that incite clubbers to move, groove, flow and catch the beat to the last drop. Launching her own event series Dancing Room Only gave her that opportunity to come through with her own statement on what the clubbing experience should be. “DJs are there to make you dance. I started this event to get a message out to younger generations coming through the scene that it’s not all about the glamour – it’s about everybody being together. Quit staring at the DJ, put the phones off and dance.”
Re-Launching NightChild Records in 2018, Rissa’s label has become an exciting hub for top-notch material which reach across the house spectrum. Nearing its 100th release, recent highlights include a propulsive cut from house music icon Todd Terry, one which had the remix treatment from fellow New Yorkers Sean Cormac and Jon Billick, as well as Rissa herself. While she pours her energy into nurturing Nightchild Records, with this being where fans of her sound will find most of her club sounds, she’s also dropped releases through labels Plastik People Recordings, Jakdat Records, Rhythm & Culture and LW Recordings, among more.
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Meet Snehal Chudgar, aka A DJ Named Sné. Jersey born and NYC bred, Sné has been rocking nightclubs and underground warehouse events with his niche hard techno vibes since the birth of techno music in the early 90s. Having enjoyed the Peter Gatien era of NYC nightlife, Sné has adopted the original sounds of the underground and blended it with today’s dark techno scene fresh tunes. Sné has played alongside many greats in today’s techno, including Truncate, Parfait, Frankie Bones, Pawlowski, and so many other greats. Sné is also the boss of audio company Fully Funktional Audio, which exclusively provides large scale Funktion One systems to US nightlife. Sné also runs an event and recording label called Monkey Wrench Techno, a brand well known in New York as well as throughout many cities across the nation. For more info on Sne,
Driven by the NYC Rave Scene and his insatiable love for keeping parties fresh, DJ Atom C was born and bred as the underground scene’s jack of all trades. Since he began spinning at the tender age of thirteen, Atom C has been able to craft a clean and talented style void of sloppy beats to deliver a harmonically accurate mix. He has played across the east cost of the USA, hitting major cities like Miami, Washington DC, and New York City, to rural areas in Pennsylvania or as far north as Syracuse. He has headlined in clubs such as Webster Hall, Pacha, Governors island, Amazura, as well as many warehouses without names and large festivals.
Atom C is here to stay with his unique ability to flawlessly flow between genres and read the crowd in order to keep the party moving until the sun comes up. Not only is he an experienced DJ, he is also passionate about the scene. He was previously Head Staff of NYCRavers & Digital Distortion and has now moved on to create The Forbidden Fruit Collective. His Responsibilities include but are not limited to, Flyer design, Web design, Video editing & Special effects, Club & Stage lighting, Promotion, Djing and anything else needed to throw a banging party.As soon as the sun sets he is helping plan and promote the next party for all to enjoy. Currently lead production at Quantum Brooklyn, Vj at the Brooklyn Mirage, as well as involvement in DNA Illuminations, Fully Functional Audio and many many other production outfits. Atom C can be found working alongside a vast majority of notable artist who visit NYC.
Dali has been a driving force in the NYC nightlife scene for more than two decades. You may have seen him at Webster Hall performing for the legendary Girls & Boys events or deep in the jungle hyping up the drum and bass scene. He has held multi year residencies at some of the most noatable NYC clubs. There are really no limits to his range on the decks when it comes to music and he always leaves the crowd wanting more! His label Groove Therapy is still going strong to help you get the best therapy in the world, finding your groove on a dance floor!
A Lenny Fontana a true New Yorker learned his craft from Radio personality DJ Frankie Crocker, the program director of WBLS 107.5 In NYC. Inspired by DJ Larry Levan, Fontana went on to play at Studio 54 in the late 80’s and other NYC Clubs. Through the 1990’s he travelled the world and played at many famous nightclubs globally. 1991 he was the first US DJ to play at Pacha Ibiza and in Dubai.
1992 – Lenny had his first successful production with Butch Quick’s “Higher” (Strictly Rhythm).
1999 – he had his first crossover hit record, “What You Need” (Defected Records/Ministry Of Sound) with under the name Powerhouse Feat. Duane Harden. This was a Top 10 hit in the UK and was performed on the famous TV show, Top of the Pops and the Pepsi Chart Show.
2000 – Lenny recorded his hit, “Chocolate Sensation” (FFRR/Warner). Both singles crossed over from the House charts to the Pop charts with the videos on heavy rotation on MTV worldwide.
2005 – Lenny Fontana pres. Octah’via (of C+C Music Factory) “The Way”(Defected Records), which became a dance club hit. 2008 Germany’s Next Top Model TV Show used “Wait 4 U”
2010 – 1 500 000 views on YouTube & 1 000 000 streams on Spotify with “Nite Time”
2011 – BBC Radio 6 Documentary – Legends Of The Dancefloor – The Larry Levan Story – The World Premier of the unearthed five hour tape recorded live from the second anniversary of the Paradise Garage by Lenny Fontana. The radio documentary series produced by Eddie Gordon & Lenny Fontana was over a total of six nights with legends such as DJ Nicky Siano, Frankie Knuckles, Judy Weinstein, Manny Lehman and many others speaking about their memories of Larry Levan, Frankie Crocker WBLS & The Paradise Garage. World Tour – BBC The Larry Levan Story – UK, Germany, & Japan with a series of parties celebrating the release of the documentary. Dj Victor Rosado & Lenny Fontana on tour dates.
2013 – after some soul searching, Fontana founded Karmic Power Records.
2015 – Lenny Fontana & D-Train “Raise Your Hands” (Karmic Power Records) was a huge success as WMC Miami. Including remixes by David Morales and others, it received support from Louie Vega, Tony Humphries and many other DJ’s worldwide. At the end of 2015 the record hit the #3 position in The Music Week Club Chart UK, and #14 in the End of the Year Chart. Lenny also produced a successful single for Meli’sa Morgan, “So Good”(Fresh Entertainment/RFC Rec).
2016 and 2017 – , D-Train’s follow-up single “When You Feel What Love Has” (Karmic Power Records) received worldwide attention and hit the #4 position on Music Week Club Chart UK. With over 650 spins a week on daytime radio rotation in the USA, the song hit the #31 position on the Nielsen Billboard Indicator Radio Chart (USA) and the huge urban station WBLS 107.5 FM, Sirius XM Venus, Music Choice and many other FM stations added it to their daytime rotation. Currently, Lenny has had a release with the famous UK Artist Alison Limerick called Bye Bye (Karmic Power Records) with Phats & Smalls Remixes.
2018 – Recently he has touched his productions skills into creating a full pure disco record called “FIRE” with the lead vocalist Shirley Lites from Westend Records / Atlantic Records. This has been well received and played all over Ibiza and all Glitterbox parties making it tune of the month in Mixmag Disco column. It will now be released on Midnight Riot Records with a new package with remixes from Dr Packer, Yam & Who, Robbie Blanco and Ron Caroll.
2019 – Lenny has worked with Hitmaker Vocalist Chris Willis on a collaboration called “Top Of The World” which is scheduled to hit by Sept of 2019 and is signed to Double Up Records. Lenny has a weekly syndicated radio show called “The Karmic Power Records Radio Show” which is broadcasted around the world on stations such as Kiss Fm (Au), Radio Italia Network, Funky SX, Select Radio, Ibiza Live Radio, and more.
2020 -True House Stories is created and great interviews are achieved each and every week. Lenny invites his guests to chat about their musical careers to discover the true stories of working in the music industry. During these shows, Lenny unveils the true ‘behind the scenes’ stories on how his guests succeeded and continue to survive in this business. Some of the guests are Carl Cox, David Morales, Louie Vega, Norman Jay, Cerrone and many others. www.truehousestories.com
2021 – True House Stories Takeover Radio Show is simulcasted to over 65 Radio Stations worldwide and with over 71 Episodes we have now proven that the show has the strength and the viewership to stay on each and every week. Developing scripts for a television series is in the works. Lenny went out to play gigs again in New York City even though we are still working through Covid with fantastic turnouts. A huge signing with Bucks Music Publishing is now handling Lenny’s catalog of music. So the year has been quite positive.
2022 – Launching The World Tour of “The True House Stories Takeover” with dates TBA. Working on new productions and strengthening our position with Karmic Power Records and more news to be announced soon.
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