Eric Galaviz and Brian Varga have both been mixing since their formative years. Galaviz was DJing and throwing parties by age 16 under the moniker Hipp-e, while in high school Varga was playing shows as Halo, recording his first original tracks on an MPC 2000. The two met through mutual friends in Varga’s native Chicago and developed a bond over similar musical interests in both old school techno and Chicago house. They began producing songs together and in 1999 named their project H Foundation; their sound was a unique, fresh hybrid of jack beats and the smoked out sounds of the West Coast. Their first offerings came via Siesta Music in their new home of San Diego, as well as for labels located all over the world including SOMA, Moody, NRK, Yoshitoshi and Camouflage.
Environments, their debut album, was released in 2003 to great acclaim and quickly the international house community’s attention was piqued by H Foundation’s dub-influenced vibes. They became known as pioneers of the period’s dominant West Coast sound and were invited to play shows around the world, as well as to hold down a residency at London’s legendary Fabric superclub. In 2005, after years of fruitful collaboration, the duo decided to amicably part ways and focus on their busy solo careers.
In recent years, beginning around four years ago, the duo have come back together, matured and ready to develop their sound in new ways. Last year they released Passages [1999-2004], a retrospective showcasing their early work and earlier this year, they came out with a compilation of remixes of “Hear Dis Sound,” one of their early tracks that has retained its popularity even over a decade after its release. They also continue to land features on compilations such as Maya Jane Coles’ Heatwave, while also playing live shows around the globe.
H Foundation brings their thumping beats to Cielo this Thursday along with soulful Calgary house producer/DJ Bru (aka Matt Caine) and New York’s own Harry Dana!