Diynamic / Connaisseur Rec // Hamburg (GER)
When Nico and Christian of Kollektiv Turmstrasse start working the crowd, it’s like somebody dumping a bucket of energy on the dance floor. For more then ten years now, these two have spread their good vibes from Reykjavik to Moscow and further to Tokyo with no plans of slowing down. Some call the duo Berlin‘s new wonder-boys, but actually they come from a small town on the Baltic Sea, and have been residing in Hamburg for some time now.
Kollektiv Turmstrasse draws a lot of influence from the people around them, so living in Hamburg has greatly influenced their music. However, these guys can‘t be easily classified: Kollektiv Turmstrasse makes music for the moment and for eternity, for indoors and for open air, for the soul and for the dancefloor, for you and for me. Along with releases on Connaisseur, Diynamic, Cocoon and Ostwind, Kollektiv Turmstrasse
has also been working on their very own label Musik Gewinnt Freunde, which they started in 2006.
With their big tunes „Tristesse“ and „Grillen im Park“, the guys had already played themselves into the hearts of their permanently growing fanbase. However, their big breakthrough came in 2009, with the „Kollektiv Turmstrasse Let Freedom Ring Rmx“ for Federleicht‘s „On The Streets“.
In November 2010, the duo presented their long-awaited first longplayer „Rebellion der Träumer“ (Rebellion Of The Dreamers), which came out on Connaisseur Recordings. On this album they reflect their progress of the last years and another great site of what they are doing. A lot of love, time and passion left their marks on that album for it to reach your heart and head and to take you on a musical journey.
Furthermore, Kollektiv Turmstrasse released remixes of „Rebellion der Träumer“ by Jimpster and Robag Wruhme on Connaisseur Recordings in June 2011.
FHD Recordings // Paris (FR)
TRAMA (FHD recording / Bonzai Basiks / hermine records / Bembe records / Greenslash records / Sounds of earth / Beat rude/ Blend it records/ Totem Traxx/ Bus Records/Pumpz )
TRAMA is a French Dj and producer, owner of F.H.D recording. It's not just about deejaying but delivering a full Live-produced experience with the concept" Ultimate Breakers" . A lot of Festivals and night clubs around the world have already witnessed TRAMA Live energy, such as H2O (Belgium), Pepe'sBodega (Sweden), Sala Pagoa (Spain), Batofar (Paris), 4 Elements (Paris), Wax (Belgium), ADE (Amsterdam), SUDUKA (Mexico city) etc...
Since December 2011, TRAMA started to release music on several labels like Blend It records, Bonzai records, Bonzai Baziks, Greenslash records, Off the records, Hermine Records, Sounds of Earth.. A few remixes for Charles Schillings, Vazik, Marcelo Cura, Wehbba, San Proper also helped promoting the vibrating TRAMA style.
With his love for rolling basses, catchy percussions and fat grooves, TRAMA is getting high among the international tech-house/Techno scene....
Dame Music - Cadenza rec- Soma - Berlin (DE)
DJ/producer Philippe Quenum is a long-time player with a resume that could kill a rainforest! You would need a lifetime to track down his extensive discography, from his own recording labels to other highly recognized imprints. He founded Access 58 in London with Paulo Nascimento, Cadenza with Luciano and Num records in Geneva. Together with Luciano he composed the first release on Cadenza, 'Orange Mistake' - one of the most successful techno tracks of the last ten years. In all, Quenum has released over 60 records, including on Contexterrior, Cadenza, Orac, Soma, Trapez, Alphahouse and Toys for Boys. His tracks appear on close to 20 compilations on recording labels such as Fabric (Carl Craig), NovaMute and Cocoon. His most recent project is Clapper, a new label founded with his friend and frequent studio partner Dachshund.
Going back in time, Quenum has worked professionally as a DJ since the early 80's. He gained a decade of experience living in London in the 90's before settling with his family in Geneva. He credits his childhood in Africa and his family background for his musical taste. He was also influenced by hip-hop culture and an early career as a breakdancer.
In his sets, Quenum takes techno and house into tribal heights with a more or less experimental edge, both slamming and deep. His flawless mixing technique and live sets are constantly redefining and upgrading abstract electronic dance music.
Apart from DJing and his recording work, Quenum is always open to new challenges. He has composed music for documentaries, as well as played live for fashion shows in London (Natural History Museum Fashion Week). Quenum is a keen experimenter, and his productions are known to be simple yet rich in detail. As a DJ, he never forgets that his first duty is to the crowd of people who have come together looking for a joyful experience and a moment of freedom. He is, first, a crowd-pleaser.
Realtone Records - Desolat - Planet E - Paris (FR)
It must be deliciously bewildering to get recognition from those who inspired you in the very beginning.
Just Jack / Visionquest // Nottingham (UK)
Nottingham based DJ / producer Nick Lawson tirelessly devotes himself to the endless possibilities of electronic music. His meticulous approach to DJing and production has seen him hone a versatile style that explores the deepest realms of House and Techno.
Nick's early releases on Romulus Schwarz's Shrink and SheWolf Music imprints saw him develop a sound that was both organic and nostalgic. His low-slung groover 'Daphadandilly' achieved wide support, despite being released only digitally, and has since appeared on Matt Tolfrey's mix compilation for 1trax. Nick's collaborative works with Matthew Burton has seen them both explore different corners of House music, breaking the typical methodologies they normally adhere to with their solo efforts. Their first two releases together, 'Mischievous Moustache' (2009) and 'Playdo' (2010), appeared on MultiVitamins and Leftroom offshoot Left’d respectively. After both featuring on another Left'd release with 'Snuff It' (2011), the pair continued with their warehouse style in the shape of the moody Tech House track 'Gruff It' (2011) released on Visionquest. Other releases in 2011 included ‘Take Me Away’ on Fear of Flying, another collaboration with Matthew, and ‘Ma Feelinz’ on Morris Audio. Currently developing new material, 2012 has been a relatively quiet year for Nick so far, with two Spring-time releases in the shape of a remix of Jordan Peak's 'Got Soul' on Morris Audio and a solo EP on Back To You.
In 2009, Nick and Matthew broke out of the studio and put their heads together to form Busta Groove. This paved the way for the pair realise a mutual objective to run their own night that encourages guest DJs to dig deep into their collection and present quality deep music far into the early hours without the predictabilities normally expected of other House and Techno nights. With Berlin’s spanking new Dice Club as their setting, Busta Groove played host to Seth Troxler, Ekkohaus, Deepchild and Simon Baker during its time in the German capital. Since Dice's closure however, Busta Groove has set up camp at the much hallowed Eleven in Nottingham and has also held a series of parties at The Nest in London, welcoming the likes of Ethyl, Kassem Mosse, BLM, murmur, Leif, Baaz, Giles Smith and Christopher Rau, amongst others.
Aside from Busta Groove, Nick also currently holds a residency at the Wherehouse? in Notts where he shares his own style of deep yet groove-laden House and Techno, showing he is just as at home playing a carefully crafted warm up set as he is at knocking out a more energetic peak timer.
Diligent and passionate, Nick continues to pursue his sensibilities for deep music, constantly developing and refining his sound. Expect a deep and gritty style with a constant nod to dubby influences.
Systematic Recordings / Diynamic Music // FR
French dj / producteur of techno music..
Catwash Records // Melbourne (AUS)
JAMES WINTER :
Born and raised in one of the UK's best clubbing destinations...Leeds, James has put in a relentless amount of effort and refuses to give up his passion as a DJ and producer. Rising fast as a DJ since 2010, his hard work saw him get to the final of the Movida Corona DJ competitionin the UK which saw him play at London's superclub - Ministry of Sound. He also held a residency at the now well established Apogee Presents... at the Lightbox and at Leeds clubnight In:vision, which saw him warm up for Jordan Peak, Adam Shelton, Franck Roger, Audiojack, Hot Since 82 and many more. Wanting to push himself further as an artist, James took up music production and within a few months, he was releasing on one of Leeds most talked about labels - Love Not Money. This saw him release his first track, plus an EP on the label a year later.
Now in early 2014, amidst relocating to Australia, he has been signed to DJ W!lds label Catwash Records among other labels with tracks he's made on his own and with friend Gav Whitehouse. He also now holds a residency at one of the most respected clubs on the Melbourne house music circuit - Onesixone, co-running a monthly rooftop event "Digital Sunsets" and DJ'ing at various nights and festivals in Australia.
GAVSTA : (Gavin Whitehouse)
Hailing from Preston, Lancashire in the UK, Gav's music roots lie predominantly in the hard trance/hardstyle/techno scene. Previous years saw him promote various parties and eventually running his own night "Rotation" for four years in his home town.
Wanting to expand with the UK brand he first founded, Gav moved down under to pursue his musical interests further. He organised a hard trance/hardstyle event in 2008, hosting a VS night with hardstyle brand "3D", but after hearing what hardstyle producers were currently producing, Gav started to stray away from the sound and eventually grew out of it, listening to different, more melodic sounds with more groove, feeling and soul.
Having educated himself in many different areas of house music and nailing down what he loves playing today, Gav bought himself a pair of decks and a mixer and started to put on regular parties in Melbourne.
The parties that Gav organised were a complete success. He persevered with the idea of running his own night right here in Melbourne, DJ'ing at Maitreya Festival for Killing Time, OnesixOne, Revolver, New Guernica, Circus Nightclub and many more. He's now finally found a venue he can call his home for house music. You'll be hearing a lot more from Gav in 2014 and onwards. Check out his Soundcloud to keep up to date with tracks and mixes.
IBÁN MENDOZA. This Dj was born in Lleida and living in Ibiza since 2003 where he has his residence in Km 5, Sexy'n Chic, Ibiza Dance and also as a guest session at Space, Amnesia and also Pacha.
Iban Mendoza began his career at the legendary after hour "Lucifer" in which a resident for 2 years, in 2006 is becoming the benchmark dj Island of Ibiza and it will grow in the electronic scene.
Besides in Ibiza and spain, over past years he has a meetings in other countries like United States (space, wall etc) ,Uruguay, Turkey, Italy, UK, Germany, Holland, Ukraine, Belgium.
Dj Ibizan this is characterized by its energy and technical booth and the strength and freshness in music selection. VICIUS AWARDS nominated for the REVELATION DJ 2011.
Rusted / Kompakt / Traum / Trapez // (ISR)
Roy Rosenfeld was born and raised in the magical Jerusalem.
Every day he was getting plenty of influences from the inspiring air and energy around him and was becoming more and more artistic in everything he was doing since the early years of his childhood. MUSIC of course, as the greatest part of art, couldn’t be dismissed from Roy’s hands and spirit.
He started playing and creating electronic music, conquering and developing many styles around it. From Techno to Tech House and from Minimal to Melodic Electronica, it is all about quality and energy.
His love and talent have given him recognition from huge audiences. Having released music on the greatest labels around like Kompakt, Traum, Bitten, Trapez, Formatik, Kittball, Form, Great Stuff, 1605, Definitive, Agile, Sphera, Rising Music just to name a few. From hitting top chart positions, winning awards, collaborating and being continuously supported and incredibly respected by legends like Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, UMEK, Joris Voorn, Format:B, Popof, Sebastien Leger, John Acquaviva, Kaiserdisco, Chris Lake, Stefano Noferini, Tocadisco, Tube & Berger, Uto Karem, Boris, Hobo, Michael Woods and the list goes on even up to Groove Armada and Tiesto. Roy RosenfelD is managing to become better and better every single day. Alongside with his home record label Rusted he is taking over the world and is still only on the first pages.
2014-2015 is becoming really interesting with a big album on Rusted and more projects to be announced. Roy is on fire, a fire of never ending love and energy.
"These days there are plenty of genres and styles within the electronic scene, which cause our minds to be fixated / square and stuck into the "rules" of those music genres.
We can always pursue those styles and learn from them a lot, but always keep a warm place for our unique sound and style. We need to preserve and protect the uniqueness and specialties of each one of us. Do not let it run next to you. I believe this is the way to success". Roy Rosenfeld.
Melizma / Visionquest // Berlin (US)
Ryan Crosson makes house and techno inspired by the historical precedent set in his native city of Detroit and his adopted hometown of Berlin. His musical output is shaped by pioneering artists like Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson and Moodymann in the US, in addition to European heavyweights like Pantytec, Ricardo Villalobos, and Thomas Brinkmann. Situated loosely between these two defining poles, alongside his partners in Visionquest: Shaun Reeves, Seth Troxler and Lee Curtiss, Ryan delivers a obsessive attention to the constant progression of his sound and embodies a ceaseless energy that carries itself from the studio directly into his live set and DJ performances. Whether it’s solo in the studio or as a guiding hand in the Visionquest label and DJ/production partnership, Ryan consistently chooses to steer away from the predictable circuit of so-called “underground” club hits, instead favouring a process of constant renewal, returning both to early influential material and to emerging sounds that depart from well-trodden trends. As a key member of Visionquest, Ryan is responsible for much of the concepting and day to day running of what has rapidly become one of dance music’s most cherished new labels. Between them, Ryan and his partners in Visionquest have honed a whole new landscape of lush, organic techno and more esoteric leftfield electronica, gambling against the predicable to introduce emerging talent like Tale Of Us, Maceo Plex, Footprinz, Laura Jones and Mathew Burton to the record buying public. Their efforts were rewarded when their label was voted number seven in Resident Advisor’s 2011 label poll, no mean feat given that it’s back catalogue has only recently hit double digits.
In the studio, Ryan’s production and sampling practices depart from the world of electronic music by accessing histories of sound, referencing musique concrete, 1970's funk, and East African jazz. This is best demonstrated by the evolution of his sound from minimal hits like ‘Gotham Road’ and ‘Hopskotch’, through to the organic underground house strains of his ‘Visionquest’ remixes of Kiki’s ‘Good Voodoo’ and more recently via his Visionquest remixes of David Lynch’s ‘Pinky’s Dream’ and Guy Gerber and P Diddy’s forthcoming ‘Eleven Eleven’ project. In addition to dancefloor bombs like ‘You’ve Got Me’ EP on Supplement Facts he’s also capable of conjuring up the haunting cosmic beauty of his recent ‘Birds & Souls’ project on Spectral Sound alongside the genre-busting sonic experiments that make up his recent DRM album collaboration with Cesar Merveille released at the start of the year on Visionquest.
In the past Ryan has released tracks on diverse and groundbreaking labels like m-nus, Telegraph, Trapez, and Wagon Repair and more recently Soma, Spectral Sound and Supplemental Facts. From the outset Ryan immediately gave himself over to a life of touring and performance that keeps a steady focus on both the avant-garde aesthetics and deeply emotional bonds of dance music subculture. Ryan’s back-to-back live sets with Lee Curtiss, at the sold out Visionquest showcase at fabric last year and at Movement in Detroit, stole both these shows boding well for 2012 which will see him repeat his live show at some of the world’s most famous clubs and festivals alongside a packed schedule of DJ gigs, both solo and as part of Visionquest, including his much anticipated new residency at Circo Loco at DC10 this summer.
Electronik Circus - London (FR)
Since more than 15 years, music and design have been the main focus of
his life. Captivated and intrigued by elektronic beats since an early
age, he felt the need to express himself, by dj'ing then producing. He
begun by playing acid house then techno later on. The year 1997 was for
him a revelation, the discovery a new musical style "MINIMAL TECHNO".
Thrilled by it's glitchy sounds, unpredictable changes and subtle build
up, he found in this musical style a creativity comparable to jazz with
the energy of techno.
After a Master in Arts to fulfil his needs and curiosity, he moved to
London to pursue his quest: accomplish and share his musical and art
performances. He is one of the founders of Electronikcircus, an artists
collective dedicated to broadcast and and favour an understanding of
underground electronic music.