COLOUR - Sydney AUSTRALIE (AUS)
SARI AMIA (COLOUR PARTIES - AUS) In recent years, Sari has become a name synonymous with first-rate house music of all kinds.
White Noise / Deconstruction Rec / Pias // Brighton (UK)
He may be known as The Baron Of Techno, a moniker given to him by renowned BBC Radio DJ / journalist John Peel, but Dave Clarke has an anarchist streak a mile wide and punk in his soul, having no truck with establishment figures or authoritarianism. A hard working purist, forward thinking futurist, technology geek, part Gothic and gadget lover who embraced the digital revolution in an early stage while his peers where still sniffing the smell of vinyl, a format he hasn’t used professionally in eleven years. It’s unsurprising he revels in the libertarianism of the World Wide Web. It gives symmetry to his savvy techno vision.
Dave Clarke was born and raised in Brighton (United Kingdom) but currently resides in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), where Clarke found his comfort zone and revitalized him after moving from rural sedate Conservative Sussex. Being the offspring of a technology loving father and a disco-soul loving mother, it was evident that Clarke would “do something” in music eventually. Not knowing what the “do” part was but blessed with a high doses of determination, Clarke evolved from being a runaway boy sleeping in car parks and on beaches, via lousy jobs in shoe shops living off 5 pounds a day and via underpaid Brighton gigs into a world class artist, maintaining a flourishing career spanning well over two decades.
Carefully starting off a career as a producer, Dave Clarke saw his debut release in 1990 on the legendary XL Recordings under his Hardcore guise which gained him moderate success. As a result, Clarke was approached by Belgian techno label R&S and released various EP’s under the aliases Hardcore and Directional Force in 1991. A year later, Clarke shaped the contours of his own label Magnetic North on which he unveiled the classic Alkaline 3dh (as Fly By Wire), amongst many releases.
Clarke’s career took a 180 when his Red trilogy was unleashed on Bush Records in 1994; undisputed landmarks in the techno genre and for Clarke personally, a life changing event. It comes as no surprise that DJ Mag incorporated one of the Red’s in its All Time Techno Top 100 list. The Red instalment catapulted Clarke’s status; the Briton suddenly found himself in his studio remixing for the likes of Kevin Saunderson’s Inner City, The Chemical Brothers, New Order, Depeche Mode, Moby, Leftfield and Underworld, to name but a few.
The debut album Archive One followed, flecked with hints of breakbeat and electronica, a novelty in the puritanical techno scene of the time. His mix CD’s included the two best-selling World Service outings (one of which made it into the top ten of best mix compilations of the 00's in Resident Advisor) which showcased his dual love for electro and techno, one of them sold close to 100k copies no less. He briefly signed to Skint Records resulting in 2004’s Devil’s Advocate album, jammed with dark techno energy but laced with hip hop beats. When his production pace ebbed, Music Man Records gathered together Remixes & Rarities in 2007, making Album Of The Month in Mixmag and receiving critical plaudits all over.
Clarke’s vast determination to stubbornly follow his own path in the music industry, along with his outspoken opinion on many a subject, was not hailed by his peers with enthusiasm on many occasions. Criticized for being a futurist in the early zeros - he was the first techno artist to release an internet only single in 2000 - his main motive was, and still is, to deliver music to the ears of his global audience oblivious to pigeonholes, politics, prejudice or other people’s opinions. As Clarke explains: “This is techno, it’s supposed to be forward-looking”.
As a DJ, he plays out every weekend everywhere. At every event there’s the same attention to detail, his sets swooping whip-smart along the cutting blade of techno and electro, backed up by a seasoned bag of DJ tricks in which his early hip hop roots clearly show. Aptly nicknamed The Man In Black, Clarke blends into the background upon arrival and lets his music do the talking. That’s where he comes alive, where skills honed for years blow venues apart. It might seem from appearance that Clarke is not enjoying what he does but don’t let the grumpy image fool you. He loves every minute of it and feels humbled and blessed he’s able to do what he does. Whether on prolific festivals like a.o. Tomorrowland, Awakenings, I Love Techno, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, Glastonbury and Nature One, in acclaimed venues such as Fabric, Fuse or Berghain or in dark, sweaty, small capacity clubs: Clarke feeds and nurtures his extraordinary relationship with the crowd.
After things eventually went quiet on the production front, Clarke felt that today’s technology finally allowed him to use studio gear to the maximum, next to the urge to reinvent himself rather than repeat himself. In late 2011, Clarke picked up where he had left off. He came across the young Amsterdam based talent Mr. Jones who consequently fed Clarke with his demos. Clarke noticed his potential and soon formed a duo named Unsubscribe.
The twosome got to work and delivered remixes for artists such as Black Asteroid, Detroit Grand Pubahs, Gesaffelstein, Phil Kieran, Erol Alkan, Boys Noize, Octave One, Simplicity Is Beauty, Marc Romboy and Ken Ishii. Early 2013 saw the return of Dave Clarke as a solo producer by revamping These Days Are Mine by Manchester band I Am Kloot, electro style. The re-release of Wisdom To The Wise (Red 2) on Boysnoize Records in March 2013 (with ground breaking remixes by Boys Noize, Marcel Dettman, Steve Rachmad and A.Mochi) and Unsubscribe’s debut EP on Fabric’s imprint Houndstooth in April 2013 showcases that Clarke finds himself back on the international music map.
As the flag bearer of his successful event concept Dave Clarke Presents, Clarke and his handpicked line up reign the booth in the Amsterdam venue Melkweg during the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) for eight consecutive, sold out editions, duly representing techno and its subgenres during the annual conference. Dave Clarke Presents cranked it up a notch in 2012 as ID&T finally, after many attempts, managed to seal the deal with Clarke to host the second biggest (outdoor) stage on Tomorrowland 2012. With a rammed floor on that memorable Sunday the 29th of June, it became evident that Clarke and ID&T again will collaborate on Tomorrowland 2013 by hosting this area for the second year in a row.
And then there’s White Noise, Clarke's weekly radio show. For many years, White Noise has been and still is an absolute institution for techno and electro globally and an indicator of where the scene is headed. The thrust of the show is to cast light on new talented producers and exciting new music; music by both established as well as aspiring producers Clarke discovers in his Dropbox each and every day that won’t have normally be given a chance. Since the split up with Dutch radio broadcaster VPRO (3FM), Clarke moved White Noise to the Irish radio station 2FM RTE and French online and airwave station Radio FG. In February 2013, White Noise was expanded to wider grounds when the show joined the award winning web radio Digitally Imported (DI.fm), with many more additional stations to follow in 2013.
As an official ambassador for global brands like Denon, Serato, Soundtoys and French gear manufacturer Arturia, Dave Clarke will continue his newfound love for making music in 2013, gather airmiles by the gallon and preach his vision on techno both on the decks and on the radio, whilst never forgetting the long and bumpy journey he had to undertake to get where he is now: on top of the game, respected by both fans and peers and very much relevant in today’s scene. He might be established, but he will never be establishment.
GET PHYSICAL - Berlin (DE)
Catz n Dogz, previously known as 3 channels, formed by Wojtek Taranczuk
and Grzegorz Demianczuk define their own style as a contemporary
mixture of dance music. You are likely to find them playing
disco/deephouse at the small parties they organise frequently in Berlin
and Szczecin as well as techouse and techno at festivals and big clubs all
over the world such as Fabric, Panorama Bar, Watergate, Studio 80...
Damage Music // Berlin (GER)
d_func. is the dark side of the Berlin based Techno producer Alexander Kowalski.
Mobilee Records - Berlin (DE)
A 'pan-pot' is a simple, functional dial that governs the left and right axis of the stereo field, useful
but unremarkable; mobilee's Pan-Pot is an entirely different proposition, a duo whose mastery of
audio principles allows them to turn conventions on their heads, casting functionality aside as
they plumb the deep, uncharted depths of pitch-black techno.
Since their inception in 2005, Pan-Pot have become a dominant presence in modern
techno, an ascent mirrored in the rise of their home label mobilee records to the top tier of
electronic music. Tagging themselves as "the dark side of the force," Pan-Pot have melted minds,
warped perceptions and reinvigorated the dancefloor with their heady, unorthodox sound; within
their work, subtle pitch manipulations square off with wall-of-sound distortion, the dark stomp of
4/4 is tamed by intricate sound design, and minimalistic frameworks duel with throbbing bass
lines, epic builds, and murky, off-kilter melodies.
Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix met at Berlin's SAE, and their studies in the production
and manipulation of sound aided them in identifying Pan-Pot's overarching sound aesthetic.
The duo booked Anja Schneider for an ill-fated party in 2005, but the unfortunate circumstances
helped forge a fortuitous connection with Schneider and her then-fledgling mobilee imprint.
Within weeks, mobilee's second ever release was Pan-Pot's official debut, „Copy and
Paste". The steady stream of original tracks and remixes that followed on mobilee and
Einmaleins, charted the duo's unwavering commitment to precise, undulating and kinetic grooves.
The defining moment of Pan-Pot's career came in 2007 with the release of their debut artist
album, Pan-O-Rama. The aptly named long-player offered a 360-degree view of techno at its
most twisted, balancing somber atmospherics with a lightness of touch, and spawning the
overground hit "Charly". More recently "Confronted" and "Captain My Captain" have
demonstrated their classic, strong and timely production style, presenting them as the most
consistent purveyors of techno around.
Pan-Pot are ceaselessly working and endlessly inventive. When not in the studio writing
original material or remixing tracks by a myriad of artists, they can be found on the road,
touring. Their DJ sets reveal a keen understanding of the dancefloor's needs, and they are
unconstrained by boundaries, traversing techno, house and everything in between.
Pan-Pot may have taken their name from an unexceptional element of studio equipment, but as
with their music, they have rewritten notions of form and function through their own idiosyncratic
language; once you've experienced Pan-Pot's colossal, haunting soundscapes you will never
forget them. Their vision, passion, and love of music continues to drive Pan-Pot — and the
extended mobilee team —in all that they continue to do, and all that will come.
Circus Recordings / Cocoon / Saved Records // London (UK)
The new decade sees Yousef consolidating his status as an international DJ, Producer, Club Promoter and Music aficionado with ever greater impact. Running one of Europe’s premier clubnights co-exists alongside manning a record label of the same name, whilst his reputation as a DJ grows with increasing stature and a constantly escalating global calendar.
His productions continue to leave an indelible imprint on the world; the release of second artist album ‘Indigo Child’, the follow-up to 2009’s impressive LP ‘A Collection of scars and situations’, is scheduled for later on in 2011. A hugely expansive collection much like its predecessor, it marks a return to Circus Recordings after Yousef took a twelve month sabbatical to work exclusively with a select band of record labels, including Saved, Cocoon, Harthouse, and Monique Musique.
The return will be kick-started with the release of one 8 track EPs entitled ‘Yousef’s Circus Reworks’. The focus is simple; transformations of several productions with the Circus dancefloor specifically in mind, Jamie T, Fourtet, Giles Peterson, Moby and Sven Vath among the producers contributing material for Yousef to re-jig alongside his own peerless ‘Come Home’. Each track represents a certain time of the night or certain room; painting a personal musical projection of what Circus means to Yousef and an ideological snapshot of the clubnight’s musical DNA.
The event is quite the beast. Now in its ninth year, it’s quickly moved from being the best night in Liverpool to one of the most talked about and well respected soirees on the continent, the flagship for the refurbished and Funktion One equipped Masque. The high profile nature has seen shows with Planet E, Bedrock, Meganite and Teutonic techno institution Cocoon, not to mention a superlative collaboration with the BBC for the 500th Essential Mix.
Loco dice, Pete Tong Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Sven Vath, Ricardo Vilalobos, Laurent Garnier, Luciano, Carl Craig, Adam Beyer, John Digweed, Davide Squillace, Raresh, Dennis Ferrer, Heidi, Nic Fanciulli, Tim Green and countless others have all played for Yousef and his party in the last 12 months. Many more are slanted for future shows in 2011 and beyond as it nears an unprecedented ten years of rave carnage.
And Yousef continues to push further ground as a DJ. 2011 will see his second year as one of the residents at Carl Cox presents... at Space, arguably the internationally renowned nightclub’s finest party of the season. A recent tour of South America saw a consolidation of his status as one of the premier foreign DJs for the continent (a debut at Warung Beach a particular highlight), and he remains a huge draw from the sun kissed shores of Melbourne to Miami to the sweat soaked basements of Manchester and Munich.
One thing’s for sure; Yousef will continue to leave a huge personal footprint upon electronic music both behind the scenes and behind the decks of the world’s finest clubs, whilst creating the musical soundtracks that pulsate through their clubber’s ears. He simply knows no other way.
Grand Canal Records // (ITA)
Max D. Blas is the main resident of AltaVoz, in the last years one of the best events of electronic music in Italy.
He starts djing in the 90's and in the past ten years he plays in the most important italian and international clubs.
This background makes of Max D. Blas a complete artist with a great feeling of the dancefloor.
Since 2010 he starts his career of producer and publishes his first single "Do My Best" on the world famous Acumen's label Time has Changed together with Cosmic Cowboys.
This year he has uno vinyl coming out on berlin based labels Waldliebe Familien with the EP "You Belong To This" with remixes by Dorian Paic and Markus Fix.
In may 2012 he starts his first label "Grand Canal" with the VA "Sounds of AltaVoz" that includes several AltaVoz artists and his track "Banquero".
His sound is a fine blend of precious and powerful deep and techy
grooves perfect to inflame every dancefloor.
Gran Canal records:
Grand Canal Records is a label founded by Max D. Blas, promoter and co-founder of AltaVoz, one of the most innovative electronic music events, famous all over Italy.
In the last years AltaVoz has given a big contribute for the development of a variety of new artists and Grand Canal is ment to be the container for their experiences and for artistic expressions of new talents in the Italian and international scene who intends music as a passion and not as a business.
The first release of Grand Canal is a Various Artists of the AltaVoz producers that wants to be the manifesto of the label and of its differently shaped styles that move between house, deep house and goes to tech house.
The following releases, published sometimes on vinyl and digital, will host not only AltaVoz artists but new names of the Italian and international scene as well as international well-known artists such as Markus Fix, Dorian Paic and more.
Souvenir Music, Upon You - Berlin (DE)
Ruede a child of Berlin, almost that is. Actually born in the rural surroundings of the capital he
decided to move inside Berlin in the year 2000. Nevertheless call him a city-dweller cause the city
is where he feels home. After civil service he left ´mean´ Brandenburg trying to find work as a
ricochet in web-agencies, movie-shakes and magazine night-guides.
GET PHYSICAL - Berlin (DE)
There is an air of mystery shrouding the true meaning behind the acronym of
M.A.N.D.Y., an alias which embodies the mutual talents of childhood friends Philipp
Jung and Patrick Bodmer. The pair readily indulge this curiosity by toying with various
clever possibilities, including Me AND You, but the truth is likely a giggle under each of
their talented breaths. P and P have carved a unique niche in electronic music by
consistently selecting productions that induce their audience into a somatic frenzy. On
the platform of their aptly titled Get Physical label, M.A.N.D.Y. has achieved massive
success in colluding to create music that simply makes bodies move. Their foot
stamping, hair flying passion is the ultimate expression of a dance music phenomenon
for many years.
When M.A.N.D.Y. and Booka Shade joined as musical soul mates with DJ T., first in
Frankfurt, then in Berlin, Get Physical produced a caliber of electricity that rippled
throughout the EDM community and into the relative mainstream. Philipp's charm and
savvy, Patrick's allusive artistry, DJ T.'s killer entrepreneurial sense and Booka Shade's
collaborative genius combined to form a masterpiece of intelligent design that reflects
romantic sensibility and technical virtuosity. Together, they push the boundaries of
dance music to compile an enviable arsenal of electro kissing house while caressing
disco and flirting with techno. Body Language was the ubiquitous hit of 2005 and
M.A.N.D.Y.'s Fabric Series three years later cemented their reputation as two of the
most captivating selectors on the planet. One of their most recent prestige was a
complication for Renaissance in 2009 which was met with tremendous accolades and
described by Resident Advisor as "maturity, smarts, and cohesion...that is rare these
Aella Music / Brise Records / Kina Music // Italy (ITA)
Massimo Cassini was born on August 23rd 1984.
He’s had a strong interest for music since an early age.
He started listening to music with a driven rhythm as well as dance music.
Now, after years he confirms his style in House with rhythmic nuances of technohouse music.
His most important step was to begin work as a producer, his sound is characterized by very powerful and well-twisted groove, he loves to work the track "as the flour to make pasta"
Also in April 2011 opened his label "Medicine Musique" with really great name inside.
His track are supported by artists like Mendo, Maceo Plex, Marc Antona, Gel Abril, Paco Osuna, Yaya, Subb-an, Daniel Sanchez, Danny Serrano and more great artist ...
"Rhythm or melodie..this is the question"
Poker Flat / La Vie En Rose // Gran Canaria (ES)
Carlos Sanchez’s music wouldn’t sound out of places like Japan, Berlin, Amsterdam, Ibiza, Madrid, to name a few, and indeed, his intricate Underground House constructions have caught attention of regular visitors to those countries, including Villalobos, Raresh, Steve Bug, Richie Hawtin, Danny Tenaglia, Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, Dan Ghenacia, Shonky, Dyed Soundorom, Franck Roger, Terence Terry, D’Julz, Audiofly and each of whom have alternately played and praised them at length.
This prowess has manifested in a prolific release schedule consisting on labels such as 8bit Records, Plastic City, Supernature, Terrence:Terry:’s flagship La Vie En Rose (with remix of the big shot Jovonn) Akbal Music, Time Has Changed, Inmotion Music, Overall Music, Lust Recordings, Superfancy Recordings, etc.
As a DJ, he’s set his sights equally high, appearing at storied venues such as GOA Fabrik (Madrid), Vinyl Club (Switzerland), Warehouse702 (Japan), Clapper (Japan), Weekend (Berlin), Treibgut (Hannover/Germany) and Studio 80 (Amsterdam) to entertain crowds with his deep, driving sets. Carlos is a solid concept of the timeless word (musically speaking) His ability to transcend genres and trends has seen him hold one of the most consistent levels. Undoubtedly, one of the most versatile, deep and energetic djs .
However, Carlos in fact hails from Gran Canaria, and it’s here that the Spaniard mastered his trade lending his productions a rare musicality without straying into self-indulgence. Which isn’t to say that he can’t move a crowd. Nick Curly singled out Carlos’ relentless ‘Put Your Soul In Front’ as his go-to dancefloor-filler, and elected to include the track in his recent Defected compilation- a pretty serious endorsement from the Mannheim maestro.
-With an arsenal of forthcoming releases lined up for the coming year, a great collaboration with the acclaimed Hollis P Monroe and Overnite on Stranjjur (NYC), his debut on Poker Flat Recordings, one of the world's most respected labels directed by mister Steve Bug, and upcoming material on Time Has Changed, Overall Music, Electronique, Just Jack, Three Fingers, etc.
Limikola / KMS Records / Soma // Münster (GER)
Many techno artists’ biographies start off by singing the praises of an extremely early, extraordinary talent on synthesizers and other electronic devices. In Heron’s case, things are a bit different.
Martin Spittel aka Heron, has been shaped musically since his early childhood; his influences are as diverse as you can possibly imagine (hint: it ranges from Trash Metal to Detroit Techno). Martin has an extraordinary passion for nature, wild life and especially birds. This symbiosis from the love of nature and musical influences from his childhood are a direct reflection of Heron’s entire life and career.
Following the scream of the waders (limicoline birds), he moved to picturesque island Norderney in Germany back in 2005. There, exploring the island’s national park, he decided to live up to his ever-growing enthusiasm for nature by studying landscape ecology at the University of Mu?nster. It was this relocation to Mu?nster that initially sparked his music career: the months in Norderney served as inspiration for his own label “Limikola” (founded in 2008), which now achieves enormous support from both DJs and fans all over the world.
Producing his own music, running a successful label and club night, doing a radio show and DJ’ing, are all skills Heron has crafted to perfection over the years. This hard work started to pay off in early 2008 during the season’s opening at Time Warp, when Richie Hawtin played all three tracks from his Retro EP.
Heron’s journey continued with his bombshell track “Welcome to the Adventure Club” and pushed further forward with other big releases for Synewave, Supdub, Swap, micro.fon, Prosthetic Pressings and Hans Bouffmyhre’s Sleaze Records, to name a few.
Besides all these projects, Heron felt the need to keep focus on his old school roots more and more. With remixes for Damon Wild's Techno classic "Avion", Tim Grothe and Ziel 100 as well as with his release Rivie?re du De?troit on Kevin Saunderson’s KMS Records, Heron showed us where he truly comes from.