Gabriel & Dresden is the project name of the DJs and producers Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden from San Francisco. Their popularity and activities are centered in the United States. They have created numerous hit songs and remixes in their 13 years together, many of which are considered all-time classics. They won the coveted Winter Music Conference IDMA award for "Best American DJ" twice in both 2007 and 2008, the same day the group split-up. The pair reunited in early 2011 and proceeded on a reunion tour, which began at Ruby Skye in San Francisco on March 4, 2011.
Early Years (1980-2002):
Dave Dresden's musical ability was developed through 15 years DJ-ing prior to forming the group, while Josh Gabriel has an undergraduate college degree in music composition from the California Institute for the Arts.
Dave's love for music was influenced by a local 1980's Westchester County,NY nightclub located in Banksville, NY called Krypton's. DJ Ralphie Gomez, the club's longtime resident DJ (1980-1994), played an eclectic mixture of new wave and early industrial music that drew crowds to this popular back road rural night spot. He also was inspired by watching a pre-fame Moby DJ at a teen club in Greenwich, Connecticut called The Cafe. One night while dancing at Krypton's to Anne Clark's Wallies, Dave had a revelation that would change his life forever; he wanted to be a DJ.
Dave's first gig was at another legendary nightclub located in New Rochelle, NY named Marty & Lenny's where the owners of the then predominantly freestyle music venue promoted a new music night. This became a trend in the outlying suburbs of NYC in the late 1980s with the popularity of groups such as Depeche Mode, The Cure, New Order and Pet Shop Boys. The night was promoted by Long Island's 92.7 WDRE, and Dave's eponymous DJ name "Dave the Wave" started to earn him recognition amongst fans of new wave, alternative and industrial dance music. From there, he landed a long standing residency at BAR in New Haven, CT which lasted for over ten years. This helped him to land a spot reporting his top tracks to the Hot Dance Club Songs chart in Billboard, a highly touted, and difficult title to earn amongst DJs in the US with only 95 DJs in total submitting their weekly charts. Dave also worked in many other facets of the music industry including radio, A&R, journalism and club promotions.
Josh started experimenting with synthesizers and computers in the early 1980s, achieving mastery of the Yamaha DX7 and TX816 by the age of 17. With an Apple Macintosh Plus, operating System 3, and the earliest of music applications like Mark of the Unicorn's "Composer" and "Performer", Josh was already on the bleeding edge. In the Netherlands, Gabriel's inventor spirit took shape as he wrote a computer application to control samples on an Akai S900 in real-time with a joystick. With this, the inception for what later became Mixman was born. Along with electronics whiz Jan Panis, (Karlheinz Stockhausen's tech-man) Gabriel and Panis built an apparatus which converted beams of light coming up off the floor into a MIDI control device and the 20 year old Gabriel dressed in black, wearing white gloves performed his real-time beat-trigger device in the clubs of Amsterdam. Josh attended the Institute of Sonology in the Netherlands and earned his degree from California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. He founded the music creation tool Mixman in the 1990s which was the first program to make music using loops of digital audio. Gabriel's patents for loop-based music remixing are the backbone of industry standard music making software applications used in virtually every producer's studio today.
Dave met Pete Tong whilst he was the music director of Swedish Egil's grooveradio.com in 2000. By 2001 Dave was working for Pete as a scout looking for new music for his radio show Essential Selection and label FFRR. At the Miami Winter Music Conference in March 2001 Dave stuck up a conversation with Josh at a party being hosted by grooveradio.com after seeing Josh hand DJ Leon Alexander a copy of his first vinyl record called "Wave 3". Dave liked the track so much gave it to Pete who immediately played it the next week on the Essential Selection and also used it for his compilation Twisted Beats. A few months later, as a thank you for the work he had done, Pete offered Dave the opportunity to do a remix of New Order's Someone Like You and Dave asked Josh to work on it with him.
Dave and Josh officially joined forces later in 2001 and quickly made a name for themselves by creating numerous remixes for artists as diverse as Tiësto, Paul Oakenfold, Sarah Mclachlan, Way Out West, Annie Lennox, Duncan Sheik, and Jewel (singer). In 2002 Gabriel & Dresden released "Lament" on Satoshi Tomiie's Saw Recordings imprint, their first single. The first Gabriel & Dresden gig was Arc in New York City.
Rise to fame (2003-2008):
In 2004 they released their first Mix-CD Bloom. 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 Jes Brieden, resulting in their signature song "As The Rush Comes" which vaulted to #11 on the UK pop charts. Their remix of Josh's side project Andain's "Beautiful Things" also became a club and radio anthem around the world. They entered the prestigious DJ Magazine Top 100 DJ's poll in 2003 at #43. They steadily climbed the Top 100 chart every year since then, placing at 40 in 2004, 33 in 2005, peaking at 20 in 2006. Also in 2005, they released "Without You Near" in cooperation with Markus Schulz and Departure as well as "Zocalo" with Armin Van Buuren which was featured on his album Shivers (album).
Their remix for Above & Beyond's "No One on Earth" was voted the #1 track of the year for 2004 on Armin Van Buuren's A State of Trance radio show.
in 2005 Gabriel & Dresden started their own label Organized Nature. This label was launched mainly to release their own material. Their first release on the label was the song "Arcadia" which gained immediate favor with DJs such as Tiësto and Armin Van Buuren. Josh and Dave spent most of 2005 in the studio recording their eponymous debut album Gabriel & Dresden (album) featuring vocals from Molly Bancroft and Jan Burton. The album was released in June 2006 and had two hits, Tracking Treasure Down and Dangerous Power which both topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs charts. "Dangerous Power" also won an WMC IDMA Award for "Best Alternative / Dance Single" in 2007.
In 2007 they released the highly regarded Toolroom Knights, Vol. 2 compilation on Mark Knight's label Toolroom Records which featured their exclusive remix of The Killers "Read My Mind".
Departure (March 30, 2008):
The duo finished their last tour with two appearances at the Winter Music Conference 2008 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.
Yes, the rumor is true. Gabriel & Dresden have parted ways for the time being. Over the past year, Josh and I have been moving apart as artists and we decided rather than milk it and be moderately happy together that we separate and examine ourselves as individual artists for a while. Our final date was the beatport pool party in Miami on March 30. For those who were there, I want to thank each and every one of you for showing Josh and I the love and support that you did. A lot of the set was songs that we have individually been working on interspersed with a few fan favorites. I will remember that hour and fifteen minutes forever because I certainly felt the love with all the hands in the air and the well-wishes.
-- Dave Dresden
The Solo Years (2008-2010):
In December 2008 Dave Dresden teamed up with long time friend and Mephisto Odyssey founder Mikael Johnston to remix Lily Allen's The Fear under the new moniker Dresden and Johnston. The new production duo went on to remix a number of artists including Nadia Ali's Love Story and Enrique Iglesias's Tonight (I'm Fuckin' You), all of which hit the #1 position in Billboard (Magazine)'s Hot Club Play Dance Chart. Dresden and Johnston's first original single called Keep Faith Featuring Mezo Riccio followed in early 2010 and went to #10 in Billboard (Magazine)'s Hot Dance Club Songs chart and top 5 on Sirius radio's BPM (Sirius XM) and Club Phusion. The single featured remixes by fellow producers Morgan Page and Harry Romero. A forthcoming full length album by the duo featuring guest vocalists Nadia Ali, Jan Burton and Skylar Grey was planned but is yet to be released.
Josh spent his time off from Gabriel & Dresden starting a label called Different Pieces (via Armada Music) and working on three different album projects. The first, his 2008 solo album "Eight" which was named after the amount of analog synthesizers used to record it. He also worked on an album project for Winter Kills, Josh's band project with vocalist Meredith Call. This yielded the song "Deep Down" which charted on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart and was on Armin Van Buuren's A State of Trance 2009 year-end compilation. He also produced the debut album for Andain "You Once Told Me" which finally saw a release in 2012 and spawned a sizable hit with the song Promises (Andain song) which Gabriel & Dresden remixed in 2011.
On December 31, 2010, Gabriel & Dresden reunited for special one off New Year's Eve celebration alongside ATB and Francis Preve at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
Shortly afterward, the duo were booked on the Anjunabeats WMC Miami party at the Ice Palace as a special guest. Since this event, Gabriel & Dresden have officially announced themselves as reunited.
Since the reunion, Gabriel & Dresden have performed at many clubs and festivals around the world including Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago & Orlando), Tomorrowland in Belgium, Electric Zoo Festival in New York, Sunburn Festival in India, Escape From Wonderland, Nocturnal Wonderland, Paradiso Festival, Creamfields Australia, ASOT 550: Invasion, Ministry of Sound, London, Zouk and a monthly residency at the Marquee Las Vegas in Las Vegas.
In 2011 they signed an artist deal with Armada Music which brought forth their mix compilation "Mixed for Feet, Volume 1" as well as numerous singles including 2012'a "Play it Back" featuring Betsie Larkin, "Tomorrow Comes" with Neil Ormandy (2013), "Shatter" (with D-Wayne) and a re-working of Tracking Treasure Down Revisted.
On February 3, 2014, they restarted their monthly radio show "Gabriel & Dresden present Organized Nature" on Digitally Imported's progressive channel. Since this show was already on the air in the past, it began this time around with Episode 30.