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D-Lav, a.k.a. David Laven, comprises half of Shlavens & D-Lav, the production force behind Slanted House Records. D-Lav is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont, where he used his time in Burlington to refine his mixing ability behind the decks and to develop an ear for the tracks that can drive a dance floor crazy. Between 2000 and 2004 D-Lav earned his reputation as one of the best around through his residencies at Metronome’s Sunday Night Mass and at 135 Pearl along with his now legendary afterhours parties.
Shlavens & D-Lav are the co-founders of Slanted House Records, and are the production force behind the Slanted sound. Started in 2003, Slanted House Records has quickly developed a worldwide reputation for slick, progressive drum programming and clever, funky melodic, vocal and bass writing. With nearly 30 releases under their belts and recent releases on Distraekt Records (UK) and Sound Groove Recordings (USA), Shlavens & D-Lav’s original productions and remixes continue to garner strong support from a wide variety of superstar DJ’s including John Acquaviva, Satoshie Tomiie, Hector Romero, Saeed & Palash, Angel Moraes, Stephan Grodin, Jon Gurd, and Craig Mitchell. Their tracks have been featured on a several worldwide dance music charts including Beatport’s Top 50 Tracks of 2004, John Acquaviva’s Top Ten on Beatport, 2005, and the Balance Record Pool Top 40. The Slanted House artist roster continues to grow with some of the world’s most established production talents including Lance Jordan, Trendroid/Brick City, Orange Facotry, Cytric, and Bassmint.
As DJ’s, Shlavens & D-Lav are currently holding down regular gigs at Rise Afterhours (Boston), Underbar (Boston), Vertigo/Analog Lounge (Boston), 360(Boston), 33(Boston), and have played numerous other venues including Webster Hall (NYC), Metronome (VT), 135 Pearl (VT), Embassy (Boston), Stereo Bar (Montreal), Club Velvet (Montreal), Happy Valley (NYC), and Rage (MA). Shlavens & D-Lav have appeared at the Pride Vermont, Pride Worcester, and Abundance Dance Music festivals, and from 2001 to 2003 they were weekly residents at Brooklyn’s Bar Below (NYC) where they showcased their live, improvised performance show using turntables, synths, drum machines, and laptops for live production.