We Love Ibiza / Duty Free Recordings / React Records // London (UK)
Inspired by her teenage years at the legendary Haçienda in Manchester she got her decks age 17, and after practising for years in her bedroom, by her twenties, Lottie had established herself firmly on the European club circuit
After a move down to London in 1993 Lottie got her big break at Turnmills with a weekly residency. She went on to guest at all the most exciting and talked about underground clubs across the World and then a hugely popular essential mix on Radio 1 showed her unique talents and broke her into the next level of headline DJ's.
Lottie furthermore went on to win Sony Ericsson Musik magazine best new DJ award, the Dancestar Best breakthrough DJ award, then followed the infamous missdemeanours night and label with Caroline Prothero. Artists featured within this highly successful project and who Lottie played alongside included: Daft Punk, Josh Wink, Felix Da Housecat, Layo & Bushwacka and Stuart Price amongst other regular missdemeanour guests at their weekly residency at Central Londons AKA.
Lottie who is possibly the most iconic female DJ to date, has since graced the cover of magazines I-DJ, DMC Update, Time Out, Jockey Slut, Muzik and more, has presented on BBC's Radio 1, including hosting the world-renowned Friday Night Essential Selection show for Pete Tong. During the past decade Lottie has DJ'd at every main club and event worldwide - including Glastonbury, Space (Ibiza), Pacha (worldwide) Tenax in Florence, The Loft in Barcelona, Sirena, Brazil, Miami, Fabric and Matter in London, twice at her favourite festival Exit, the Balaton festival Hungary and many, many more.
With regards to production after working with Serge Santiago on "Symptons of You" and the French rave classic "It's Magic" she went on to produce as half of Dr. Strangelove (with Coburns Pete Martin) remixing AHuman,The Infadels and City Of Lights, 2010 brought Dr Stranglove's own releases "Photograph" and "Banshee" Both massive electronic-techno-monster-tracks were released on one fierce E.P on Gung-Ho! Recordings and was championed by the legendary Laurent Garnier, Justin Robertson and Groove Armada to name but a few .
Currently working in the studio on new material with West London Deep and also with Space resident (and one half of RetroGrade) Serge Santiago which will no doubt take to the DJ airways and leave everybody wanting more, and there is more...
Geisha is her new project/promotion with fellow DJ Suze Rosser. Starting in the Summer of 2010 in London and Ibiza Lottie will reside and showcase the rising talent of female DJ's alongside already established artists. Her passion for electronic music is stronger than ever...
Just Jack // Crosstown Rebels // Cocoon // Cadenza / Leeds (UK)
Gavin Herlihy's music has been a constant feature on underground house and techno's most iconic labels for the last few years. Starting 2012 with EPs on Crosstown Rebels, Culprit and Leftroom his discography is backed up by previous outings on scene leaders like Cocoon, Cadenza, Get Physical and Buzzin Fly. As comfortable writing sublime deep house as he is at crafting no-nonsense future techno, few artists have achieved such a broad base of label support as this enigmatic Irishman.
Now based in the UK's capital of house music, Leeds, Herlihy (pronounced Herl-I-hee) is an established feature on the global DJ circuit. He earned his place thanks to a two year stint learning his trade as an up-and-coming producer in Berlin at the end of the 2000s where he notched up gigs at the Panorama Bar, Watergate and Bar 25. In the last year his tracks have been championed by a diverse array of DJs from Seth Troxler and Ricardo Villalobos to Jamie Jones and Pete Tong. A split EP with Detroit legend Delano Smith in the Summer was supported by the house and techno elite while his deep and dark bomb 'With Me' added fire to his ever evolving relationship with hot UK label, Leftroom.
It's a long way from his debut single 'Machine Ate My Homework' in 2006, hailed by DJ Hell and Laurent Garnier as one of the tracks of the year. However, his roots in dance music lie much deeper than that. Herlihy's teenage years were spent lost in the experimental rock of bands like Sonic Youth, Rage Against The Machine and Fugazi before uncovering electronic music during an eye opening festival pilgrimage to England at the tender age of 14. During this pivotal trip he remembers in particular hearing early drum 'n' bass on a north London pirate radio station. "It sounded like the future being beamed down the radio waves," he says. "And I've been chasing it ever since."
The coming months will find Herlihy's career as a DJ and producer entering the next phase. With his EPs on Crosstown, Culprit and Leftroom creating an incendiary start to 2012 and more big releases in the pipeline his star is set to shine even brighter than ever.
Say What Records / Highgrade Records / Noir Music // Livorno (ITA)
To define Nick Daring as an eclectic artist is reductive. A Young dj / producer who's developing a well defined identity, but very different and exclusive in his djs sets and in his productions. He loves wandering in the sounds, without limits. Variations express him completely. His music approach started soon, from his childood, when he'd began to mix tapes. The passion for the House and Techno music, follows him in all of his artistic growth, not only in his DJ sets but also in his productions, that fortunately belong to the musical baggage of the most important artists of the international scene. Sustained in his job by the great names in the industry, he devotes himself completely to this, trying to vary and to experiment more than ever, reaching his highest levels and more advanced musical concepts.
In 2009 it began a collaboration with some of the greatest clubs of the Tuscany, for example, the Tenax Club in Firenze. This is one of the most important moments for the career of Nick, because it comes to knowledge with some of the most famous artists of the world's musical scene. The years 2011 and 2012 have been such great years for the collaboration with some artists from all over the World, specially for the releases, that they put his name around the world. Pioneers of music like Richie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Carl Cox, they often play Nick's tracks into their dj set. In 2012 he decides together with his colleague and friend E-dward!, to unite their artistic tastes to create a new underground concept: Stream Theory. The words leave the place to the facts.
Suara / Defenitive Recordings // Paris (FR)
International DJ, charting producer, in-demand remixer, Beatport Music Awards nominee, Olivier Giacomotto is a proven integral player of the electronic music scene. He first got into production in 1999 working as producer assistant at Townhouse Studios in London, then went back to France with enough experience to start a career of music composer. His tireless need to evolve and grow as creative entity and forward thinking artist always forced this Paris based composer to constantly seek a new musical excitement. Therefore Olivier naturally crossed musical genres and trends always keeping an eye on the original definition of the underground.
In the last 10 years, he progressively found his path into techno, house, electro, tech-house, deep house, and forged his success with constant appearances in the highest ranks of the Beatport charts, the biggest online music store specializing in electronic dance music. His own solid productions and few special collaborations with major artists such as John Acquaviva, Umek, or Popof, have been released on famous labels like Definitive Recordings, Plus 8, Toolroom Records, Mau5trap, or 1605 Music Therapy.
On stage and in front of a crowd, Olivier gradually earned the trust of the most famous venues demonstrating his talent with an undoubtable versatility, and adaptability, always injecting groove and funk inside an inspired blend of electronic flavors. For that reason his name appeared as headliner of major events around the world such as Privilege in Ibiza, Rex Club in Paris, Ministry of Sound in London, Womb in Tokyo, Fabric in Madrid, Pacha in Sao Paulo, Weekend in Berlin, X2 in Jakarta, Zona in Moscow, Sensation White in Cali, or Kabbalah Festival in various cities of Brazil, to name a few…
His unwavering determination to push boundaries sets him apart from the others and his creativity span far beyond the music that’s brought him to international acclaim. Between the hits, Olivier composed several songs for mainstream artists and regularly sells tracks for top-selling video games or Hollywood box office movies : the multinational developer and publisher Rockstar Games licensed four of his tracks for their racing game Midnight Club Los Angeles. Olivier also produced for pop and reggae artists Terry Lynn and Tom Frager. One of his productions for Terry Lynn titled «Stone» was licensed for the soundtrack of Hollywood box office hit «Date Night» with Steve Carell, Tina Fey, and Mark Wahlberg, and «Give Me That Love», coproduced with Tom Frager on the major global music company Universal, have been charted during 2 weeks in the French TOP50 selling thousands of Singles and albums. Always a step ahead, Olivier recently showed once again his unique ability producing an entire movie soundtrack for the US film « The Red Man ».
Partner of the iconic John Acquaviva, they currently co-run the independent music label Definitive Recordings. Launched originally in 1991 by John Acquaviva, Richie Hawtin and Karl Kowalski, Definitive established the housier side of the electronic empire that Hawtin and Acquaviva started with Plus 8 Records in 1990. Definitive’s style of house music was the dominant sound of mid-west North America, being played in raves and after-hours parties everywhere. History has been kind and holds in high regard seminal anthems like « House 4 All » by The Blunted Dummies, « Do Da Doo » by Robotman and « Get House » by Calisto, with the tracks still getting heavy play and licensing action from the industry’s leading lights. After a hiatus in the late 90s, John Acquaviva relaunched Definitive in 2005 including Olivier Giacomotto as his main artist and partner, giving focus to seeking and presenting the latest emerging sounds and talent to the world via a reputable, consistent, and trust-worthy platform.
Get Physical / Future Classic // Lithuania (LTU)
I don’t recall how, where or when I met Vidis, but I am sure he was already around when I started writing about Lithuanian nightlife in 2004. He quickly went from being just another DJ, to someone who kept surprising those in the scene with neatly selected sets, parties with secret guests (who turned out to be well known international artists), late night radio shows, a track in Gilles Peterson compilation, and much more…
Vidis has never considered himself an inventor. Or a pioneer. Some say reinventing the wheel is not an option, but what if you take something that already exists and add a new direction, quality, and dimension to it? Who can complain? So here’s Vidis today - a DJ, producer, promoter, radio host, label founder, artist agency manager, and more. Put it plain and simple – a music enthusiast of the highest order, a local institution, and an apt advocate of his city and the scene behind it. The master of reinvention.
Foreign acts were brought to Lithuania earlier than Vidis began his career, sure. He booked Rune Linbaek and Daniel Wang before the term New Disco was coined. Ame and Dixon first visited Lithuania and his parties ahead of being praised and pigeonholed as the new Deep House idols. Vidis introduced Jazzanova, Atjazz, Charles Webster, Prins Thomas, Chateau Flight, DJ Deep and many others to the Lithuanian clubbers and, brought Caribou, Architecture In Helsinki, and Junior Boys to perform live for those who thought they’ve seen and heard it all.
A visit to the studio of one of the most prolific Lithuanian producers, Mario Basanov, resulted in the formation of one of the most influential and internationally established production duo's, Mario & Vidis.
Silence wasn’t the first Lithuanian electronic music label either, but the first one to cross over internationally with tracks being played by Laurent Garnier, Gilles Peterson, Jazzanova, Soul Clap, Sasha, Jamie Jones and the likes. The label began worldwide distribution, and an international booking schedule would take him to the metropolis' of Berlin, London, Moscow, Istanbul, Milan, San Paulo, and even some unlikely places in Siberia.
The videos accompanying the music were of course not the first in the country, but they instantly became the most viewed, blogged (even by Kanye West), and Youtubed Lithuanian music videos ever.
The wheel of reinvention keeps on turning and Vidis is setting a new standard again - he's the first Lithuanian DJ to deliver a high profile mix album for internationally renowned label, and tech/deep house embassy
Catwash Records // Bucharest (ROU)
Being an artist that continues to evolve and develop with consummate ease, Soundskin has been at the forefront of the house music fan’s attention since 1996.
Soundskin built his career step by step working as a Dj , standing out on the Romanian market from a very young age. With a big appetite for art, he easily became a promoter of quality music across a lot of music clubs in Romania.
Over the years, Soundskin, has been invited to plenty of successful events where he made some unforgettable nights.
His style remains perfectly emblematic of the dance floor dexterity needed in the modern club space, bringing the seductive groove and swing of classic house just as readily as the energy of deep,tech-house,techno, all along maintaining the vibe of authentic Dj.
Stimulated by his success, Soundskin decided to spend more time on productions and realizing tracks, based on years of musical experience.
Generally it is hard to find the perfect balance between a great Dj and a talented producer, but when the balance is reached you became a total artist.
In summer of 2012, he will release his own EP at Catwash Records from Paris, and he has already some other projects which will be released very soon.
With his far –reaching experience, following the house music of the 90’s, he succeeded to conquer his audience through his talent.
Soundskin is a great talent and a very devoted Dj whose aim is to give his audience a so called “Happy Experience”.
M_NUS / Plus 8 / COCOON / Form // Marseille (FR)
Julian Jeweil, a French artist based in southern France and Berlin, found his signature sound through his various productions and live sets, all characterized by a melodic style of techno.
The adventure begins in 2007 when he releases his first hit "Airconditionné", which quickly ranks #1 in Beatport sale
In 2010, Julian signs with two prestigious labels : Cocoon (Color EP, featuring "Soho", the #1 track of the techno Top 100) and Plus 8 Records ("Babou")
The same year, the Techno Corner EP is released with Form, his friend Popof's label, and a remix is commissioned by Moby (Stay Down).
In 2011, Julian confirms his standing in the Techno scene by releasing his second EP with Plus 8 records (Hermanos Ep).
In 2012, he releases his third EP with Plus 8 Records (Bastard EP), featuring five tracks ("Bastard", "Hey You", "The Gang", "Zoulou" and "Kanji") played and supported by the greatest artists out there.
Then, in 2013, Julian starts the year the best way he ever could have, with two remixes for the prestigious artists Deadmau5 & Pan-Pot that both chart #1 in the Beatport techno top 10.They are followed by an excellent EP with Form (Mad EP), which immediately appeals to a
significant number of listeners.
Julian also signs three releases with Minus, Richie Hawtin's renowned label. His first release is "Yoko", a track featured on the Minus' minMax compilation, bringing together several of Minus' artists such as Gaiser, Matador, Hobo and many others
The first EP with Minus is the Don't Think EP featuring three tracks: "Don't Think", "Boom" and "Flexx". This EP is met with critical acclaim and "Don't Think" climbs its way up to 1st place in the Beatport top 100.
One month later, Julian releases his second EP with Minus, She's Hot, also featuring three tracks : "She's Hot", "Green Room", "SnakeDance". Once more, the EP meets phenomenal success and within days, "She's Hot" finds itself ranking in the top 10 of the techno chart
Also in 2013, Julian releases a remix for the Techno Master, Adam Beyer, who produced alongside Ida Engberg the track "Unanswered question" on Drumcode.
In 2014, Julian Jeweil releases two more EPs with Minus: Rumble, featuring four tracks: "Rumble", "Frida", "Mistral" and "Funky style", and Los Pistolos EP, also featuring four tracks: "Los Pistolos", "#5","Rainbow", "The Light".
The year 2015 looks, once more, like a very promising year for Julian. Amidst an increasingly busy touring schedule, more releases are on the way: a new EP, Bird, is set to be released on Minus, and a remix has been commissioned by artist Marc Houle for his album Restored (release date: April 2015, also on Minus).
Wow! / Defrag // Barcelone (ITA)
Interacting with people by telling them a story made of music, behind two turntables, has always been his distinctive feature.
Bigpassion, refined style and maniacal attention for every detail, are the values that have always characterized Luca Donzelli, even when, only twenty years old, he made his first steps in the world of clubbing. Thanks to his engaging sets and to the originality of his ideas, he succeeded to make himself appreciate in the tuscany's music scenary since he was really young.
In the following years he became resident dj of some local clubs and, thanks to his dedication to job, "the bet" turned into a real talent! The next step came when he made music production has his workhorse. In fact, are tracks like "Bottle Of Truth", " Danzen Appeal", "Burn That
Gasoline",and "Daemonesque" that promote him worldwide, bringing him shortly to cooperate with more and more important labels, as Titbit Music or Wow! Recordings". Here started a big collaboration with Mar-t, Wow label's chief, and his crew. A high cooperation that brings Luca, with his amazing studio's ideas, to big important international music stages like the Sonar Week in Barcelona. His fascinating style behind the consolle and the success of his music works, played and supported by the best djs in the world, make us understand that these are just a few of the big surprises that this talented artist is keeping for the international electronic scenary.
One of the next big step is Amnesia Opening Party 2014 in Ibiza!
Que Tal Records // Bucharest (ROU)
Souvenir Music - BAYOU - Elenore - Berlin (DE)
The dramaturgy of the night with the most visceral sound.
It’s not only cauliflower, beans, salt or Yvonne Catterfeld what comes from
the southern skirts of
the Thuringian Basin, the aesthete at least knows that since Clueso and
Also Cosmo Braun alias Kenny Leaven, is a real Erfurt bloke.
According to quotation : „before we make the music, the music makes us“ by
Berendt, he was shaped by Synth and New Wave Sounds, which opened a gate to
colours for him.
Next up Kraken Clubmusic pounced remorselessly, never letting him, now
having catched fire, out
of his tentacles again.
Up from the beginning to him the sound of music and musical experience are
footsteps to self selffulfilment.
A promissing dj-career started and the heart in the right place he
commenced producing right
LA COULEUR DE LA CULOTTE - Toulouse FR)
Morgan AKA « KermAn » started his training at a conservatory. A drummer and fan of American music, he was a producer for a hip hop band for several years. Concerned with differences, he incorporated electronic music in his production and was successful in bridging the gap between Kraftwerk and Public Enemy.
tINI & THE GANG / VIVA MUSIC/ Yoruba Grooves // Ibiza (US)
For DJ and producer, Randall M, the calling to electronic dance music came more rapidly than most beginners. After starting to produce music just over a year ago, he's already gained the support and recognition of some of today's most sought after DJ's and producers, most notably, tINI, one of Desolat Music Group's leading artists along with Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich. With a strong debut relea