HAMZA / AUDIO UNITS / SPIRIT CATCHER / SATYA HINDUJA
Wind Horse Records / WHR022
With their backgrounds in mind, the meeting between Audio Units and Hamza is that of two Indian house heavy weights, if not royalty, and the results reflect this. Chez Guru gets its title from Ashriths nickname Guru and the french word for in the home of, basically a stamp for the place of the studio meeting. The vocals are also in French, which somehow always seems to lend an understated cool to any track, but when accompanied by slick productions such as these collaborators it becomes undeniably clear. The bass sounds are the foundation for Chez Guru, with two different levels responding to, and sometimes talking over, each other. The pads and key stabs are swirling, funky, and deep as ever except for wild, climatic moments perfectly paced throughout. Hand percussion finishes things off with a NY house style groove.
ALEX NIGGEMANN / QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT / CHYMERA / LEE JONES
Aeon / AEON009
AEON009 is expertly crafted by AEON labelboss and veritable wunderkind of the multi-faceted anologue electronic, German DJ and producer Alex Niggemann. As a firm believer that a collection of music should unravel and develop like the plot of a good book, this EP is an apt offering from the German maestro, who has recently seen (and is still seeing) underground chart success with his release 'Materium' on Poker Flat, as the likes of Sven Vath, Tale of Us and Mano le Tough continue to drop it to revering masses across the globe. Following successful releases on Poker Flat, Compost Black Label and Last Night On Earth to name a few, 'Abaton' carries on his chameleonic success. The title track highlights Niggemann's affinity with texture and genre- defying sound, as he mixes ethereal chords with stark ashen synths for a truly goose bump- inducing musical experience. First on remix duty is the outfit Quantum Entanglement, comprised of Lee Jones and Fink, who provide a somewhat mellow interpretation, leading into a satisfying deeper progression. Irish producer Chymera evokes an eery landscape with his rework of the track, with the tentative sound of synths juxtaposed with murkier sonic trails and a tiptoeing bassline. Niggemann rounds off the EP with 'Tripping Minds' - a maze of rhythmic curlicues that dance around melancholic pads and descend over a bassline that truly packs a punch, causing the listener to yearn for a dancefloor, or reminisce on a past moment of musical clarity that can only come from the most prolific of music. The fifth track is a Beatport exclusive in the form of a Lee Jones remix. This collection of intelligent, almost lugubrious sonic expression is a fitting display of how far Alex Niggemann, and indeed his AEON label have come; catapulting you into a darker, more aggressive and impressive world of musical capability.
Cadenza Records / Melisma Records
FELIPE VALENZUELA BIO :
Felipe Valenzuela has already proven to be amongst Chile’s finest new talent. Now, after joining Cadenza’s roster, he has the chance to showcase his art around the world.
Felipe was born in Viña del Mar, Chile, and has been close to music since his early youth. At the age of 8, he started classical piano lessons and, when he was in his teens, he nourished himself from the sound of bands like Rush, Yes, Pink Floyd and Kraftwerk. It was at this point when he began venturing with synthesizers and learned about composition and arrangement. By 1998, his musical search took a turn and he projected his interest towards other musical trends - closer to Detroit and Chicago House and derivatives. This interest made him start his Dj career in 2002. Nowadays, he is accustomed to performing in Chile’s hottest clubs and festivals alongside renowned international talent.
Felipe’s computing engineering and sound studies were a perfect complement to his musical development and, by 2006, his first EP was released. Currently, he has edited for record labels like Cadenza, Metroline, Room 9, Sound Architecture, Climatic Sound, Isgud Records, House Republic, Andes Music, Fumakilla and Fumalab (German label in which he actively participates). His latest releases have achieved international success on sales lists and DJ charts and gained support from artists such as Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Loco Dice and Laurent Garnier among others.
Felipe’s own label, Melisma Records, is already highly spoken of in underground circuits. Melisma explores the finer points of house, deep and techno. Don’t think that this wide musical range means that the label is without focus. There is a clear and strong aesthetic cohesion that leads the imprint in its evolution - release after release. Melisma already counts with the work of talented producers such as Markus Fix, Alex Kid and Leon and has new collaborations with great artists like Cesar Merveille, Tolga Fidan, Arnauld Le Texier and DJ Wild.
The label was created in collaboration with Swiss colleague Dani Casarano; a long time partnership that lead to the smash hit La Tulipe EP on Cadenza Records.
DANI CASARANO BIO :
Dani Casarano is a bona fide DJ/producer who has traversed this planet in search of perfect beats since the late '90s. His perpetual swing is informed by a seductive musicality that, without fail, lifts spirits and stirs feet. Born in Switzerland, he was based out of Santiago, Chile for over a decade, before returning back to his roots. Now signed to Cadenza, he has represented the label during showcases at such venues as Ushuaia in Ibiza. He has also played for Circoloco at DC10 and Cocoon in Chile and holds a residency at Mad Club in Switzerland.
Often collaborating with like-minded musician Felipe Valenzuela, together they formed a brotherhood that has produced wave after wave of dancefloor defining tracks, most recently including Tia Anita on Andes Music, Will Be on Fumalab, and Otra Vida on Fumakilla. Then there’s La Tulipe on Cadenza, with its eternal bloom of youth that has touched such makers of taste as Raresh and Ricardo Villalobos, as well as Cadenza label leader Luciano.
Dani Casarano was born in Morges, by Lake Geneva, near Lausanne, to Italian parents. At 12 years old, he began absorbing hip-hop and acid jazz. He also soaked in the sounds that resounded at home, which featured, among others, Italian composer Ennio Morricone. Taking his destiny into his own hands, at just 14, Dani was inspired by house music and invested in Technics turntables. He also took guitar lessons and learnt musical notation.
After leaving school, which he attended with Luciano, he decided to take the trip of a lifetime. The year was 1997 and the country he chose, after receiving an invitation from long-time compadre Luciano, was Chile. Magical, metaphysical, and volcanic, it was not unlike the rolling grooves that he loved and played. And it was here that he first met Ricardo Villalobos, Dandy Jack and Argenis Brito.
Dani soon began making his own productions, a servant to a universal groove. Always approaching electronic music with organic and acoustic elements. Always adapting to new places, faces, ideas and seasonal flavours. Yet always preserving the story and soul of the dance, the foundations of the scene. His debut was a CD album entitled In Transit 8 Track, which he wrote and produced under the alias Tony Mass, released on South American label Sum Records. He also contributed a single called Break Sense to the Love Parade Santiago – Chile 2005 compilation on BMG.
Dani's first track to land on his beloved vinyl was Oiseaux Sans Ailes, produced with Ernesto Albacete (Ernie), which came out on Spanish label Deep Explorer in 2006. He then produced the techy, synth-heavy El Zapo Hablo or ‘the toad speaks’, which is a Chilean expression for when everyone knows a secret about you. This was released in 2006 on Germany’s Connaisseur Supérieur, and the ‘undisclosed’ became self-evident: the man may be modest but his music was now speaking for itself.
Besides solo work, Dani regularly forms a DJ/production partnership with Chile’s Felipe Valenzuela. They are akin to brothers, born just one day apart, and have signed music to such labels as, among others, Bond, Recycle Records, and Metroline, where they were remixed by Oslo Records’ boss Nekes. They produce lush funky sounds with earthy Latin American and African undertones – global dance music – that has impacted on heads, from John Digweed to Ben Watt to Nick Curly.
Plus, as we speed towards 2010, there’s a boatload of fresh material on the horizon. For example, their Santi EP will break on Fumakilla, and a remix will drop for M.in on Berlin-based Waldliebe Musik as well as for Iranzo Lasia on Italy’s Frequenza Limited. Meanwhile, Dani looks forward to kick-starting a second artist album, and even has an ambition to create film soundtracks. He will also continue to build upon his DJing, having already played everywhere from Ibizan superclubs (Pacha, Privilege and Space) to Berlin’s underground (Club der Visionaere) to Latin American hotspots (including D-Edge and Mint) and festivals (such as Creamfields and South American Music Conference (SAMC)).
Yes. In his hands, he’s got history, the future, yesterday and tomorrow. Dani Casarano: someone you’re sure to hear much more about from now on – and rightly so!
Desolat / Cadenza // Turino (ITA)
In the era of digital revolution, the geography of individual stories draws the lines which blend cultures, lifestyles and different rhythms. Yaya’s geography unravels on three essential cardinal points: Benin, where the roots of his African blood come from, Torino and Ibiza, places of training and achievements.
Within Yaya’s electronic work, the echoes of his aphrodisiac background, of a clearly tribal African nature, mix with the sunny Balearic rhythms of new house, deepened through several summers in Ibiza.
Yaya grew up in Torino, in the resonant Babylon which was his home, where the rhythms of his father’s drums, singer and leading voice of the renowned group M’bamina, ensemble lining up Italian musicians coming from Zaire, Cameroon and Benin, prophesied a multi-ethnic Italy. With rhythm in his blood, Yaya approaches the sound turmoil which is setting the kinetic nights of Torino’s underground on fire and falls in love with electronic music. Like a child lost in the minimal wave overcoming the techno house scores, Yaya spent his summers in the mid 2000s within Ibiza’s electronic ferment. On the white Island his vivacity lead him to play at several afterhours and his musical assertiveness, reflecting his heterogeneous origins, allowed him to be noticed by the enterpreneurs of the white island’s big electronic circus.
An electronic mix combining a full commitment towards all techno house dialogue’s horizons seasoned with tribal influences soaked with an intrusive sound of Italian demand: this is the identikit of the afro-sabaudian lion’s sound. Yaya became part of the Zoo Project in the summer of 2009; the following winter, on Friday nights next to the river Po, Yaya’s roar sets the nights on fire during his slot at Savana Potente.
In the afternoons, Yaya spends hours mixing synths of his hybrid sound, storing up a vast library of tracks. The arias of Yaya’s scores reach the ears of Loco Dice, who falls in love with the Afro Latin rumba of Fresca de l’Agua and decides to record the Vecute ep. Yaya thus becomes part of the Desolat family. In December 2009 Do you know Telespalla? is his track in the Desolat X Sampler, double vinyl signed by all the artists of the German academy: Loco Dice, Martin Buttrich, tINI, Guti, Livio & Roby. In 2010, thanks to Desolat and Zoo project, Yaya lands in the big meccas of European electronic music: Miami Music Conference, Sonar Barcelona, Fabric London, the Iarmaroc Fest in Romania, the Bermuda festival in Berlin, Goa in Barcelona , Sankeys in Manchester, Mint in Leeds, Silo in Liverpool, Mad in Lousanne, Cocoricò, Magazzini Generali in Italy... In the 2010 summer season in Ibiza, Yaya plays weekly with his residency at the Zoo Project, at the We Love Savana Potente at Space on August 15, and at Ushuaia at the tINI & the gang during Desolat’s Wednesday. During Autumn 2010 Yaya spends his weekends alternating between the Independent Republic of Savana Potente, his gigs around Europe and playing often with Loco Dice around Italy. For Christmas 2010 Loco Dice puts the second Desolat X Sampler under the tree in the Desolat offices of Hoffeld Strasse in Dusseldorf: Talk to your heart is Yaya’s track, which fulfills the work of the Desolat ensemble, set up by Dice, Martin Buttrich, Guti, Livio & Roby and which features the collaboration of big names with guests such as: Dj Sneak, Frank Roger, George G. ( third member of Prominesku together with Livio & Roby) and Audiofly (who sign their track together with Guti). In 2011, the housedisiac roar of the afro sabaudian lion is ready to make all electronic Europe bounce.
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"
Crosstown Rebels/ Defected / OFF // Leicester (UK)
They say that strength comes in numbers - and two is certainly mighty when it comes to dynamic duo Him_self_Her.
Hailing from Leicester in the UK, the astute combination of Claire and Leon came together after honing individual skills for many years on their local scene. All that it took was one studio session to realise the potency of their union; and what a union it is.
Infusing all genres of underground house, from deep grooves, to driving tech - right through to disco enhanced techno, they love to play with bold house vocals, be it through well sourced samples or self penned hits.
And those hits are what have sent them stratospheric.
Best known for their release 'Gone Too Long' on Cream Couture records in 2012, the track spent 11 weeks at no1 in the Beatport New Disco chart, and spent a mind blowing 7 months in the top 10.
Support came from the likes of Pete Tong, who billed it as his 'Essential New Tune' and Jamie Jones, who played it in his Hot Creations closing set at DC10. The track was soon picked up by Damian Lazarus, who has since signed the pair to Crosstown Rebels.
Big things are set to come with their signing, with a track not too far in the distance featuring a stellar remix. An album is also planned later in the year, as well as a re-release remix package of 'Gone Too Long'.
In the mean time their studio has been kept busy with releases for Eskimo, Love Matters, Runnin' Wild, Love Not Money and Circle Records - all achieving Beatport charting and peer respect from the likes of Pete Tong, Hot Since 82, Solomun, H.O.S.H, Lee Foss, Jamie Jones and Sandy Rivera.
The Him_self_Her tour schedule is also ever increasing, with gigs passed in cities across the globe, including Russia, Romania, Denmark, Belgium and Germany. Looking forward they have secured bookings across the UK and Ireland, as well as Berlin, Switzerland and Ibiza.
Him_self_Her...house music with feeling.
Stalwart Records - Paris (FR)
House Music is a passion, a vocation we like to say, this is what has always driven DJ RORK since the late 80's when he heard his first electronic beats. World global DJ, remix master and label manager, he's one of the true pioneers in France to have lead the way bringing house music to the French scene. After more than 15 years, DJ RORK has kept his refined influence over the electronic music scene in France. His passion and understanding of quality house music lead him to regular bookings at famous worldwide venues, spreading and sharing widely deep and soulful vibes, always aiming at touching people's "Body, Heart & Soul".
1988: RORK attends the first rave parties in France where he gets to feel his first emotions through electronic music. Back then he becomes aware of the empowering and rising influence from DJ's over different music styles of the likes of garage, techno, house music... And that's what he loves... RORK then got his own turntables, worked his technique out and eventually started mixing at home. 1992: He works in a parisian record shop which allows him to dig into record crates listening to imports from Detroit, Chicago, New York... This was just the perfect way to get multiple influences and narrow its musical style as a DJ. 1993: For his very first gig in public, he spins for a crowd of 3,000 people at the New Year's Eve party at Palais des Papes in Avignon. The right next day some media create the buzz around the event raving about "an hysteric moment". This really means his debut as a professional DJ. 1994: He joins Radio FG, first radio station in France dedicated to underground house music, and hosts his own weekly residency mixing live from the FG studio. Years later, he still has his weekly show that finally became a most-recommended rendez-vous for versatile and fresh selected groove-lovers, broacasted every Monday from 1am to 2am. In 2000, french talented vocalist Lady Bird joined him.
*** DJ / Producer / Remixer ***
RORK likes to blend into his dynamic sets his eclectic influences coming from the roots of R&B, soul, funk, disco, deep house and house music. He strives to reach only one goal: move people's body & soul through the sensual and rhythmed melodies of his timeless refined music. His unique technique of mixing soulful grooves and vibes gave him the opportunity to play all over the world since 1993 in the most prestigious clubs in Paris (Rex Club, Queen, Djoon...), New York, London, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong-Kong, Bejing, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, the Caribbeans, Copenhagen, Köln, Geneva, Milan, Kuala Lumpur, Marrakech, Beirut, Praga, Zurich, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Soweto...
1998: He produces his first single on Serial Records "I Wanna See You Come Down" which quickly became a hit. He drew interest from french musician Demon Ritchie and vocalist Lady Bird who joined him to form the musical trio "Soldiers Of Twilight". Together they produced and released many records but 2 tracks "Believe" and "Drive On" hit high positions in the radio charts (Radio FG, BBC Radio One, Kiss FM...) and received big support from international DJ's in the likes of Osunlade, Kerri Chandler, Tony Humphries, Martin Solveig, Masters At Work, Danny Krivit, Pete Tong, Dennis Ferrer... As well they are some of the most requested tracks to appear on CD compilations. 2001: He mixes his first CD compilation on Distance Music's "French Sessions Vol. 6". 2002: The follow up comes with the CD mixed compilation project "Paris Calling", still on Distance Music. 2003: He is asked to produce some remixes such as Miguel Migs "The Night" on Naked Music. Remixing Cesaria Evora's "Sodade" on BMG gave him the opportunity to take part into Cesaria Evora remixed album project with Kerri Chandler, Carl Craig, François Kervorkian, Osunlade... 2004: Release of "After Dark Paris" on KinkySweet Music exclusively mixed for the USA. Sold out within a month on the shelves in New York and Miami! 2007: World acclaimed top French chefs the Pourcel brothers give him total freedom to create a new concept of CD compilation which comes out as "Sens / Repas Contemporain". 2008: After 2 remixes for new french pop sensation Christophe Willem on SONY/BMG, he actively collaborates with South Africans KentPhonik to release later his rework of "Hiya Kaya" which rised high interest at the Miami's WMC 2008 and intense support from Roger Sanchez, Osunlade, Frankie Feliciano, DJ Spinna, Jamie Lewis... That track is quickly requested and playlisted in all continent, staying number one on Traxsource chart for 10 weeks and eventually earned a Grammy Award in Portugal. 2009: RORK keeps on producing remixes for major house music labels and artists such as Purple Music, Women On Wax, Barcoda for Musol & Central Avenue, Pete Simpson & Natascha Watts, Kentphonik "Uthando" on Stalwart... 2010: Projects include new remixes and productions: 2010 - Deep Djoe feat. Veronica Larrenne "Sing 4 U Everyday" - DJ Rork Rework (Stalwart) / Salvatore Agrosi & Fast Vision Soul "Soul Fantastic" - DJ Rork Remix (United Music) / Jerk House Connection feat. Akram "Each & Everyday Day" - DJ Rork Shore Club Sunrise Mix (Defected/Antho) / El Prevost feat. Jannae "Choose You" - DJ Rork Remixes (Stalwart) - 2011: Diva Down Entertainment ft. Susu Bobien "Praise Always" DJ Rork Remix (GKF) - Franky Boissy ft. Akram " Mama Used To Say" DJ Rork Classic Mix & DJ Rork 1993 Mix (Antho Records).
*** Label Manager ***
2004: He creates his own music label « STALWART » with JCN (creator of the Agency Style) and Olivier Velay (former A&R for Distance Music). This label is set to be a reference for quality soulful and refined house music, incorporating the heritage of its roots while reaching out more people. Aaron Ross, Byron Stingily, DJ Fudge, Kentphonik, Michelle Weeks, Rocco, Casamena, DJ Meme are some of the artists that have released on STALWART.
House Music, Deep House, Soulful, Black Music...
Teknologik // Windsor (CAN)
Ante Ujevic is a Tech House Producer and DJ born in 1991 in Windsor, Canada. His understanding and love for electronic music came at an early age. After discovering his father's cassette collection filled with the sounds of Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd, he immediately connected with the raw emotion and beauty that was projected in the music.
This connection became even stronger when discovering the afterhours clubs in downtown Toronto. The atmosphere and energy of the people and music was beyond words. After these many years of inspiration, he has begun to produce his own music. He is constantly improving his sound and moving forward with one main goal in mind, to create music that will translate emotion and feeling to the dance floor.
CLUB7 MADRID - GROUND LEVEL MANAGEMENT - Madrid ESPAGNE (ES)
Ever since he started, supporting high quality music , his career has been influenced by several styles within electronic dance music.
Lola Ed // Paris (FR)
A club kid in Paris in the early 00s and inspired by great artists of the time Dan Ghenacia, Ivan Smagghe, Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano, Djebali was ultimately drawn into life, first gracing the decks of a club in 2001. Since then he has evolved into an accomplished house producer, launching his self-titled imprint in 2011 and making his Circoloco debut on the Terrace at DC10 Ibiza.
Developing a taste for deep and groovy house, Djebali cut his teeth at some of the finest hangouts in Paris, making numerous appearances at Rex Club and holding a residency at Freak n’Chic’s Batofar parties between 2008 and 2010. Further afield, Djebali has brought his bounce and charisma to the likes of (how do u say dead) Bar25, Space Red Box Ibiza, KamaKama, Harry klein Vertigo Costa Rica, Gipsy Moscow, alongside influential names including Seth Troxler, Tania Vulcano, Visionquest and Christian Burkhardt.
On the production front, Djebali caught the attention of none other than Jay Haze. Totally charmed by Djebali’s warm and fluid style, his first EP ‘Fanfare’ was released on Jay’s label Tuning Spork in 2008. Releases on Freak n’Chic followed, the inaugural label of quality Parisian house talent, delivering his 4 track ‘LAX EP’ to wide critical acclaim. With ‘Sorry, I Missed The Sky’, Djebali further cemented his signature smooth, organic house sound.
2011 saw the launch of ( djebali ), a limited vinyl series of only his music, produced, arranged and mixed exclusively on analogue gears. The first two releases received support from the likes of Jimpster, Burnski, Kate Simko and Sebo K, while the third release, comprising of two deeply hypnotic tracks, is just about to drop. On the remix front, with noteworthy labels like Monique Musique and Nordik Net already under his belt, Djebali has a number of forthcoming releases on Turquoise Blue and Limonada, as well as a rework for Inland Knights on Homecoming Music.
2012 looks set then to be another exciting year for Djebali, and what better way to kick things off than New Year’s Day with Circoloco, as he heads to Ibiza to rock DC10 once again.
Escada Music / Ibadan Records / Rekids / Plastic City // GREECE
Part of the exciting wave of Greek talents coming up in house and techno over the last decade, Nikola Gala is a prolific producer whose impeccably produced tracks have become big releases for Ibadan Records, Rekids, Freerange Records and Plastic City; all labels which represent true quality in the world of underground dance music. Armed with little more than a mixtape of random techno tunes and the first two albums of The Prodigy as a teenager, Nikola Gala embarked on his musical journey which has lasted over 15 years. Producing since 1995, DJ since 2000, Gala founded his own record label called Escada Music, has traveled with his music around to the world serenading dancefloors in Tokyo, London, Madrid, Moscow and Stockholm, and impressed even the most hardened dance music journalist and critic with his clever productions, and a comprehension of sound that knows no borders.
Nikola's musical output and DJ style has evolved and reinvented itself many times over the years, always incorporating fresh new elements while remaining relevant and interesting. In fact, after a perusal of Nikolas back catalog, one might wonder if there's something he isn't capable of producing! Nikolas first records of progressive house music were released on the most spotlight labels of the genre including Armada, Lost Language, Rennaisance, Intrinsic and Audio Therapy. In 2005 after switching to a more sophisticated, deep house style, Nikola was gaining attention for making rich tracks with a sharp tech edge, like "Everything Is You" on Stripped Records. "What helps me most in developing my sound" Nikola explains, "is the music scene itself. There are so many good producers releasing amazing material week by week, it's what pushes me to explore new sounds." This is precisely what he did in 2008 after dancing all night long to Âme. Nikola came home and wrote Kilo Tango the EP that would signify a major turning point in his career. Techno producer Jerome Sydenham would release Kilo Tango on his renowned label Ibadan, and later commission Nikola for yet another release. "Beyond Nikola's diverse creative talents", remarks Sydenham, "I really appreciate his inner balance as an individual and wish him only the best."
Since then, more excellent releases under Nikolas belt and a relocation to Berlin have only encouraged and fostered his promising career. Consider the passionate vibes of the track "Broken Chords" on Freerange, or the experimental ethno-mesmeric collaborations with Claap Records founder and good friend, GummiHz. Nikola is especially proud of his releases for Rekids - regarded by many as one of the leading record labels in the entire underground scene. Nikola acknowledges the move to Berlin has influenced his sound, but is quick to reassure us of another constant characteristic of his music: "I like to play energetic music with an uplifting character, even if I play deep or tech-house beats. People are going to clubs to have a good time and enjoy themselves, so bringing a smile to peoples faces is priority number one for me." Armed with undeniable talent, imagination and the gift of soulful expression, we can only imagine what the future holds for Nikola.
Illusion Records // Manchester (UK)
Tom Craven hails from the northern strong hold of Manchester, UK. From the Stone Roses to the Hacienda to the house parties of modern times, the city's ever-changing music scene has always been a major influence, be it inspirational or reactionary! The Hacienda was the club that first sparked Tom's imagination at the age of 16 as he began his journey through all things house, but the clubs subsequent demise and the inability for the city to fill the void created by the loss of its favourite son, made Tom look further a field for inspiration and direction. In 1997 Tom moved over the Pennines to Leeds to study Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds. As the Manchester party scene was living on past glories, Leeds was on the crest of a wave with seminal clubs like Back2Basics and Hard Times leading the way - it wasn't long before Tom was hooked and started DJing and spending his entire student loan on his new vinyl addiction! But as house music got more saturated and more formulaic in the late 90's, Tom explored the more experimental, dubby, stripped down beats synonymous with Basics and the Hacienda and, it was these years that played a major influence on his future musical development. This evolutionary process is still pivotal in Tom's music today, always trying to push things forward, , whilst staying true to his roots.
The last few years have been something of a whirlwind. After graduating from University in 2002, Tom put all post-University job ambitions on hold, packed a few bags of records and headed off to live in Ibiza for four crazy summers. Over four amazing years he gradually worked his way up through the ranks from cool bars and villa parties to landing a much lauded summer residency with close friend Dave Sandford as DAT Elektronique in the Red Box at We Love... Sundays at Space. Things would never to be the same after this point! Tom came home that summer and found himself DJing at some of the coolest parties across the UK and, inspired by the music, people and parties of a crazy summer, Tom became influential in developing the foundations of two of the best parties in the UK. The amazing Below parties in an open-aired Victorian warehouse in Birmingham and, the Space Ibiza inspired line-ups of the Dirty Disco in Leeds. Both parties, held in some of the most amazing venues in the UK instantly became the two most talked about parties in England, booking the freshest, most cutting edge DJs/artists in the world, whilst pushing the music forward and creating that special party atmosphere.
With the huge success of Below and the Dirty Disco, Tom decided it was time to create his own legacy in his hometown of Manchester and in the summer of 2006 BackToFront was born. Created out of necessity and the need to create a small, intimate, fun party; BackToFront showcases forward-thinking house music in some of the craziest and most interesting venues in Manchester (and the UK). Through carefully selected residents and guest DJs/artists from around the globe, BackToFront has become one of the most loved and talked about parties in the UK. For its first year BackToFront was held at the now legendary but now defunct CAST skateboard shop (ramp included!) in Manchester's bohemian Northern Quarter, introducing to Manchester for the first time international luminaries such as Mike Shannon, Jay Haze, Cassy, Guillaume & the Coutu Dumonts, Mara Trax and Agnes, whilst introducing some of best new talent the UK has to offer in residents Adam Shelton and Adam Proctor and good friends such as Jamie Jones, Matthew Styles, Hector, Inxec, Subb-an and Matt Tolfrey. Since the early days of the CAST skate shop parties, BackToFront has taken residence in quirky art galleries, dance studios, transvestite hotels and even proper clubs (!) but wherever BackToFront resides there are always a few constants; good music, quirky venues, a great crowd and a fun party! The success of BackToFront and his other residencies in Leeds, Birmingham and London has bought Tom many plaudits and recognition and has made him one of the most in-demand, up-and-coming house and techno DJs in the UK, keeping Tom and his deep, groovy, intelligent house sound on constant rotation around the coolest parties in the UK and Europe; from London to Glasgow to Barcelona and everywhere in between.
Tom has recently set up a new side project with fellow BackToFront resident Adam Proctor called Protocol, a new production and DJ duo focussed at exploring all facets of house music! These guys have been tipped for big things in 2009, so watch this space (www.myspace.com/protocolbeats) ! With a busy DJ schedule taking in all corners of the globe, Tom is definitely one to watch for 2009.... but don't take our word for it!
Get Physical - London - Barcelona (GBR)
Although widely regarded as a member of the true A-list of dance music, both in terms of production, DJing and label management, it was a chance meeting led to Anthony Middleton and Luca Saporito, an audio engineer/musician and working dj respectively, becoming Audiofly back in 2002.
Middleton was, in typical boffin style, experimenting with live surroundsound while Saporito was acting as in-house music selector at prestigious London store Selfridges but the pair decided to down tools and throw everything at their shared love of house music.
A bold move, but one which immediately began to pay off. The Audiofly name started to crop up regularly in the London scene and beyond via a series of edits, remixes and releases for underground imprints such as Fantastic House
Music Man Records // Zagreb (CRO)
Born in Zagreb in the early ‘70s, his career in dance music stretches back the best part of 20 years, but it’s only in the new millennium that he’s been using his own name for his productions. Over the years he’s graced many of the world’s most prestigious and best-loved techno institutions – including mega-festivals I Love Techno, EXIT, Awakenings and Wire, and cutting-edge clubs like Berghain, Matter (RIP), Womb, Air, Fuse and Space. He counts a longstanding relationship with Belgium’s legendary Music Man label amongst his achievements, an imprint that has also played host to releases by everyone from Jeff Mills (for whose label Tomorrow he created the Sculptures mini-LP) to Green Velvet to Robert Hood, and after completing his acclaimed debut album Escapements in 2008, he’s got the follow-up in the works (for completion by the end 2010).
To Dundov, “techno is music that precedes movement. It is dance music, solid enough to carry emotions through the dance floor and abstract enough to be a template for ever”. And indeed his breathtaking productions embody this ethos, serving the inherent function of making your body pulse spontaneously while also challenging your brain with its complex melodies and slow-burning, hypnotic progressions. It’s the antidote for anyone who thinks that techno is about senseless, dull looping.
Petar Dundov makes intelligent electronic music that breaks boundaries, moves feet and twists minds. He is without a doubt one of the most inspiring, original and daring producers in electronica, and with the likes of Sven Väth, Francois K, Laurent Garnier, Adam Beyer, Josh Wink, Guy J, Glimpse, Hernan Cattaneo, Brendan Moeller, and Danny Tenaglia amongst his fans, it would be hard to disagree.