Dame Music - Time Has Changed Records - Paris (fr)
“Timid Boy shows us that he's a great producer, and he's an artist to follow in 2012." (Agoria, about Timid Boy's remix of Tom Budden "Choco Swing" on Time Has Changed – September 2011)
Cajual Records / Classic // Chicago (US)
"I like to keep myself pretty invisible. You may think I'm somewhere, but I've already left."
Derrick Carter is widely acknowledged as one of the better DJs of the world. With innovative productions, flawless technical skills and an effortlessly joyful attitude of rocking a crowd, his influence has infiltrated throughout the spectrum of dance music.
Although known as one of the key players of Chicago's house music wave in the '90s, Derrick began DJ'ing at the age of nine, spinning disco and funk records at family reunions. Raised in the western suburbs, Derrick was into music from a young age. During his teens, "Chicago house" sucked him in and before long he became a strong presence in the city's underground dance scene.
Derrick's sets are rooted in house, but he freely travels outside standard club tastes, incorporating old-school disco, soul, jazz, new wave, and whatever else catches his fancy.
By refusing to accept conventional standards and instead choosing to simply do his own thing he has built a reputation as one of the underground pioneers, becoming a celebrity among dance-music aficionados.
Suara / Noir Music // (UK)
In a short space of time, North West UK-based Bontan has notched up an impressive set of achievements that’d leave most old school acts green with envy. With headline supporters including Pete Tong, Annie Mac and Carl Cox his music is talking loud and helping him to develop a reputation that’ll be the foundation for many years to come.
Things started to go mad with THAT remix for long time friend and collaborator Josh Butler which saw them score the biggest selling remix of 2013 on Beatport and scoop the coveted Best Remix of the Year in the retailer’s awards to boot!
As it stands, the remix is Beatport’s second best-selling track EVER which is an amazing achievement and has naturally led to a wave of enquiries from labels worldwide but Bontan only has his sights on the best and is choosing his moves wisely…
Bontan’s Beatport Award was just one of many highlights in 2014 with another being his first ever solo Beatport chart topper called ‘Move On Out’ on Toolroom, a release which went on to become one of the year’s biggest sellers worldwide and licensed in Australia.
‘Move On Out’ dominated the Beatport Deep House charts but not long after the talented Northerner also saw his remix of Nice7’s ‘Time To Get Physical’, released on Defected, hit top 10 but in the Tech House genre at the same time – another great achievement as there’s not many acts that can claim a double genre header like this.
On top of all of this, Bontan finished 2014 off in true style seeing his sublime remix of Coyu and Ramiro Lopez’s ‘1,2,3…FIRE’ on Suara shoot to No.1 in Beatport’s Tech House chart and a remain there for a whole month, plus enjoy the first official Butler & Bontan collaboration release entitled ‘We’ve Found A Place’ on Chase and Status’ MTA imprint – a track which featured the soulful vocals of Josh Barry and garnered heavy radio support from BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Danny Howard and Toddla T.
With an impressive first full year on the scene, the talented northerner continued his formidable form into 2015 by announcing a special back2back ‘Be True’ tour with Josh Butler. This saw the dynamic duo pay their respects to true House music and play to sell-out crowds across some of the UK and Ireland’s most iconic clubs such as; Ministry of Sound (London), Sankey (Manchester), Mint (Leeds), Button Factory (Dublin), Lush (Portrush), Arches (Glasgow), Chibuku (Liverpool).
Accompanying the tour, the duo released their second collaborate single entitled ‘Live My Life’ on Ultra Records. This time, Vula from Basement Jaxx fame stepped up to provide the stunning vocal line and the track was met by great acclaim, scoring massive BBC Radio 1 support once again from the likes of Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Danny Howard and Toddla T.
Additionally, whilst Butler & Bontan were midway through their ‘Be True’ tour, the multi Grammy award-winning music legend Nile Rodgers came across the their music and was so impressed he asked them to warm-up for him and CHIC during their UK tour, this was a huge honour for both artists and will always remain a top career highlight.
Aside from Josh Butler, Bontan’s sought-after studio skills have also seen him team-up with the likes of Sonny Fodera to deliver their ‘Always You’ EP on Suara and the legendary House hero Yousef to create their superb collaboration entitled ‘Believe’ on Circus Recordings.
In amongst his collaborate releases, the UK-based DJ/producer has also worked hard to deliver several killer solo releases such as ‘Activated’ and ‘My Memory’ on Kerri Chandler’s MadTech imprint, ‘Firefly’ on Mark Knight’s Toolroom Records plus stellar remixes of Eagles and Butterflies ‘Love’ (Noir) and the House classic ‘Do You Feel Me’ by NY’s Finest (Toolroom) to score further support from BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong.
Outside the studio Bontan’s gigs diary has never been busier, boasting 2015 event highlights such as; playing back2back with House master Roger Sanchez at Pacha Festival (Amsterdam, Holland), performing at the last ever Southport Weekender (Somerset, UK), securing no less than six peak-time Ibiza dates across Amnesia, Sankeys and Privilege (Vista Club) and landing key slots at top festivals such as; Creamfields (Liverpool, UK), Secret Garden Party (Huntington, UK), Lovebox (London, UK), Kendal Calling (Lake District, UK) and Mutiny Festival (Chichester, UK).
With continued support from key industry players, a jam-packed gigs diary including a brand new monthly residency at Sankeys (Manchester, UK) and several performances during ADE (Amsterdam, Holland) plus an imminent ‘Mind Dimension’ EP release on Suara and a Roger Sanchez remix to come on Stealth, Bontan is on a roll and there’s no sign of him stopping anytime soon!
Les Singes Batteurs // La Rochelle (FR)
FRAN (Singes Batteurs) is a member and co-founder of the fresh new DJ’s collective « Les Singes Batteurs ». He was born in La Rochelle but quickly relocated to Bordeaux and Paris. He was already see many differents artists and places. Inspired by the music of differents styles (dub, dnb, soul, hip hop, punk…) he make techno-mix influenced dub techno and music with heart and soul.
SCI+TEC / 1605 // Barcelona (ES)
Originally from France, Florian Gasperini has spent the last decade living in Barcelona, one of the most vibrant scenes in the world where he is for sure a reference. He regularly plays in the best clubs of the city, as La Terrrazza, City Hall or Sala BeCool. Florian played at Space Ibiza’s Mondays Calling in Summer 2010, has his weekly session on Ibiza Global Radio every Sunday and every Tuesday on Vicious Radio.
His music is the perfect combination of rhythmical energy and imposing basses turning this techno sound with a lost atmosphere into a wonder. Always functional and neat, dark but also groovy. This charismatic and highly experimental DJ and Producer knows how to amaze and read the audience. As he says: “I need to feel the dance-floor, to see the people enjoy, I try to transmit emotion, and my only objective is to make people feel it and dance all night long”.
His productions and remixes are always supported by the biggest names: “Wonderland EP” (Deep Circus) by Paco Osuna, Martin Eyerer, Sasha Carassi and Richie Hawtin himself, plays “Trago” very often, the first time during Time Warp at Mannheim. “The Crypt” supported by Florian Meindl, Wehbba, Miyagi and defined by Oliver Shories as a swinging lovely sound. “Loco Carnival” (Collage Recordings) was charted by Umek and seen as a strong release by Slam. Released on Deeperfect (Stefano Noferini), Definitive Rec (Olivier Giacomotto), an EP on Agile Rec (Uto Karem) will be out on March 4th including a remix of Marko Nastic. Some upcoming releases on Night Light Rec (Sinisa Tamamovic) and Dark Face Rec (Gaga) including a remix of Gaga himself. A proud “Connection” with Miguel Bastida on 1605 Music Therapy and "Sunday 2pm", often played by Dubfire should see the light before Summer on SCI+TEC Digital Audio..
Performed along with Extrawelt, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Martin Eyerer, Tube & Berger, Patrick Kunkel, M.in, Nick Warren, Hernan Cattaneo, Oxia, Edu Imbernon, Pan Pot, Timid Boy and many more... Everything is about experience and discovery. Keep your eyes open
Stick Recordings // Palma De Mallorca (ES)
Born in Palma de Mallorca on the 26th of May 1985
Alberto began playing as Resident Dj of the Ibiza weekend parties in the Mega club BCM located on the island of Mallorca. He was also the resident Dj for the IN nights in Titos Palma from 2006 to 2010 but had to stop as the Mallorcan Techno scene came to a halt because of the economic recession. This is when Alberto began to spend much more time in his studio, acquiring all types of classical synths and rhythm machines of brands like: Korg, Moog, Roland etc. in order to experiment and produce music at a professional level. In 2012 he decides to open his own record label called stick recordings which begins to build momentum in Beatport and hits its climax in May 2013 when Dubfire decides to chart Alberto’s track Alien. It only takes a week for Alien to get to number 1 of the Techno charts and then stayed at that position for 9 consecutive days. Is also included on TopTracks of 2013: Techno , Beatport Charts. From that moment Alberto began to get noticed by bigger record labels such as Suara, Elevate,Terminal M,Noir Music, Deeperfect, Bla Bla, Transmit recordings and has produced and remixed with world renowned artists such as: Pig&Dan, Monika Kruse, Coyu, Noir, Axel Karakasis, Dj Boris, Dj Anna, Sinisa Tamamovic and Skober.
Alberto’s tracks are constantly hitting the top 50 techno charts and his talent in the studio seems to be evolving at a blinding pace. Only a few weeks ago he hit again the number 1 spot in the techno charts with a remix of Quentin Dourthe’s Full Vision after being charted by the legendary Green Velvet. His tracks have been played by Artists like Dubfire,Green Velvet, Richie Hawtin,Adam Beyer, Marco Carola, Carl Cox,Joseph Capriati, Pan Pot, Marco Bailey, Solomun and the list goes on and on for this young and very talented producer with a bright future ahead of him in the world of techno
Moral Fiber // Leeuwarden (HOL)
Andreas has an Interresting career so far. He started playing music late 90's and played on the biggest festivals and clubs all around the Globe.
Leeuwarden (Holland) is his homebase for the music. Together with some close friends Andreas started a party organization in 2004 named 'Arthouse'. This organization concentrates on deephouse, techhouse and techno. Or as we say it: 'Cutting Edge House Music'. The monthly Nights at Doozo (Leeuwarden) are not only popular for the music but even more for the ambience Arthouse creates and were he became Resident Dj.
To bring his productions skills to the next level, Andreas locked himself up in the studio for some time. This resulted in a more techy, yet deep sound. In 2007 he joined the label Klopfgeist. He released a number of tracks like: 'I Want To Buy A Dog (including a Lauhaus Remix), 'Slippery When Wet' or 'The Big Hangover' which gained lots of support with Artist like Richie Hawtin, Magda, Troy Pierce and many others.
Andreas Launched Moral Fiber, a record label on the love for electronic music, early 2012. What previously went under the name Progressive House, now evolved to Tech House and Deep Techno without losing its forwards thinking spirit. Moral Fiber and her artist will continue to create something meaningful for electronic music enthusiasts. It's no wonder Moral Fiber means doing what is right, no matter what the circumstance..
Nowadays Andreas is Resident Dj of one of the best underground clubs in Holland called 'Paradigm' (www.paradigm050.com) and start his own Night called 'Framed'.
Dystopian / Crossing / Pure Traxx // Barter Town (GER)
Despite being from Italy’s sun-blessed southern coast, Distant Echoes developed his passion for the darker side of electronic music at a very early age. When he was only 14 years old, he already owned a turntable and a mixer. It was only a few years later that he had become a passionate record collector and a DJ who would organise his own local parties. Setting up his first own studio was just a matter of time.
After leaving his hometown his way led to Milan, later to Berlin which to him feels like a “musical home”, nevertheless he resettled in Italy.
Those who watched attentively might know the House and Techno tracks the skillful producer has released under various monikers. In the studio he is a real workaholic, untiringly working on the music he’s so passionate about: Techno filled with melancholic melodies, hypnotic patterns and strong grooves.
Get Physical / Kina Music / Viva Music // Londres (UK)
Driven, focused and a perfectionist are credentials that have been etched into the soul of John from a very young age. Living with his grandparents in a sleepy village in the New Forest, South England, John become independent and mature early in life.
Socialising with a much older age group was what exposed him to all aspects of youth culture when most his age were at home playing with toys and being read bed time stories. Although left to his own devices, John somehow remained grounded and disciplined when it mattered - life could have quite easily led him to self-neglect and destruction as many others do.
Heavily influenced by that of his older peers, including his brother, an interest developed in electronic music and at that time the rave scene in clubs and parties around the UK. Obviously too young to attend such events, mix tapes and recordings available from his local record shop were the only way to follow the development of the music. As dance music culture at the time became increasingly popular John was able to watch his brother practicing making mix tapes prior to his local gigs in Southampton and Bristol, which inevitably lead to him trying his hand at it himself. Slowly an addictive obsession and interest developed not only to practicing but also to buying vinyl, which still exists to this day.
When you are a teenager with very little money, the only way to feed a habit like this is to work in a record shop. Buying and selling the popular genres of electronic music to the aspiring and established local dj's, and in turn developing his own unique style, sound and understanding of djing and music progression. Not wanting to be pinned to one subgenre of 'house' music, and in an ideal position to experiment with the resourses at hand in the shop, the result is a dj who understands how to build energy, atmosphere and emotion buy playing music to a crowd of people. A style that is unique in feeling but always showcased with the danceflood in mind.
Johns desire to create seamless dj mixes and live performances that focus on the development of different moods, emotions and energies is what eventually gained him recognition with some of the top UK clubs. After a few years of playing locally, a need to perform to a more educated audience developed.
At this time, sending demo CDs out and being an excellent dj is all you needed to get the chance to play, and when johns first demo cd got into the hands of a handful of clubs it wasn't long before he was on the bill and holding down residencies at Turnmills in London, Club Class in Maidstone and Maison in Bournemouth - brushing shoulders with the elite of dj circuit at the time, serving his time as 'apprentice' and furthering his understanding of set building and warming up and supporting the headline performers.
A natural progression into music production followed, as a handful of successful colaborations under various alias' found their way into many djs record boxes and compilations CDs around the world. However, shortly after this time house music, and dance music generally began to take a hit as the music cycle turned away from dance music. Popular UK clubs closed their doors and many underground parties came to a end. Getting gigs and releasing music became more challenging. Mass vinyl releases were replaced by the digital format and free downloads. A club night in Bournemouth was Johns outlet for music expression for the next 3 years. Electric Playground was organised and promoted by himself and many talented and established DJ's were invited to entertain the local community that developed at the parties, the only one of it's kind in south England at the time.
Johns steady progression into music production over the last 3 years has become a key point in his profile, with releases on credible labels Viva Music (Faith In Music EP) and Metroline Limited (Midnight Souls EP & Lonely Knights EP) all of which have supported by the cream of electronic DJ’s worldwide. This has enabled him to release consistently and continue to develop his sound. Inevitably John’s DJ schedule is increasing and you can certainly expect to hear a lot more of him over the coming months.
Ibiza Talents / Music On / Tenax Recordings // London (ITA)
Tommy Paone & Marko Kay are the Neverdogs…
This two artists started to play separately in the early nineties. They met each other in 2000 in Florence where the Neverdogs project was born.
Breaking into the electronic/dance circuit in 2005, with the musicians Alessio Monizza and Davide Ruberto. This Italian duo has continued to advance their incredible reputation as both djs and producers. Now renowned in underground and influential industry circles, their dynamic sound is sought after by the most clandestine gatherings in Italy, Ibiza, London, Miami, Punta del Este and beyond. They regularly headline the globes finest establishments and seminal parties, and have honed their production skills with several exceptional releases. It’s been a special journey and mind-blowing trip…
Catapulted into the limelight during the summer of 2005 via a collaborative project with Italy’s most sought after events, the DocShow (a decadent melange of music, art & performance), the Neverdogs were suddenly on the radar. Next, taking flight to Ibiza and London, they relocated for the summer and winter seasons in 2006. On the white isle, the first of many residencies and regular appearances began at Ibiza institutions Privilege, Space, Zoo Project & Underground. In 2009, their already burgeoning Ibiza status exploded with the launch of the most exclusive Katamaran parties. Hosted by Sexy’n’Chic, guests including Villalobos, Jose De Divina, System of Survival and a host of others, joined Marko & Tommy for a musical voyage marvelled as one of the islands not-so-best-kept secrets…
Back in London for the winter months, they soon established regular appearances at two of the Capitals coolest parties, Retox (RIP!) & Follow Me, the latter of which they still hold down today along with it’s sister event, the elite and super secret ‘costume’ parties…
Keeping their first material to themselves and only to select dj friends, artists such as Steve Lawler, Pascal Feos, Satoshi Tomiie and many more became instant fans. Now releasing their productions onto labels, current material on Idea, Eukatech Records have found homes within Richie Hawtin, Timo Maas, Bushwacha!’s playlist’s. Next releases “Deep like you” on Digital Traffik, “Still in my town” on Pleiadians records and “Bram Land” will come out soon on Viva Music.
Also they have been playing alongside various artist such as: Locodice, Behrouz, Tania Vulcano, Dan Ghenacia, Shonky, Audiofly, Luna City Express, Lucio Aquilina…
2012 is looking very exciting indeed. Following a winter tour of South America and many more exquisite events back in Europe, Tommy & Marko recently played alongside to Craig Richards at Tenax (Italy) and at Move On Festival in Uruguay.
In the summer season 2012 so far they will be guests at the “Music On” the new party hosted by Marco Carola, being held at world famous Amesia in Ibiza. They are resident for the “Senses” party hosted by SexynChic at Ushuaia (Ibiza) and they will also play at OHM Festival in Croatia.
Their summer is shaping up to be bigger and better then ever before – watch this space!