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Raw District

Raw District is the fledgling house project from Belgian duo Vernon Bara and Massimo DaCosta. No newcomers to dance music, under the Vernon&DaCosta, the pair have released music on labels such as OM Records, AMA Rec, Robsoul, Aroma, OFF, Icon, Doubledown and many more. They have remixed artists including Brett Johnson, Fred Everything, Style of Eye, Miguel Migs and JT Donaldson, garnering support from great DJs like Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Jamie Jones, Mark Farina and DJ Sneak. Vernon has also made more techno-focussed tracks for Hot Creation and Supplement Facts under another moniker, Ultrasone alongside Igor Vicente. Early in 2013, they decided to start the new side project as ‘Raw District’ in order to focus on the deeper and darker side of house music. In their own words, “Raw District tracks feature fewer samples and more organic influences…the trademark soul, funk and disco influences are still evident, mixed up with the fresh European sounds.”

With a few releases on some of the most established labels such Crosstown Rebels, Souvenir Music or Defected they undoubtedly secured themselves as in-demand and talented producers. Alongside their production and remixing credentials; Raw District’s reputation as a DJ has reached heady proportions following their appearances at renowed Belgian festivals such Extrema Outdoor or Wecandance and their fresh residency at Labyrinth Club. Beside their own releases, Vernon and Massimo set up and run their own imprint, Homecoming Music, in 2010, which has been home to releases from Brett Johnson, DJ W!LD, Chris Carrier, Djebali, DJ Sneak, Phil Weeks, Tripmastaz and Inland Knights amongst others.