Suara Music / Cocoon Recordings // Barcelona (ES)
To quote the British Tilllate (the nightlife community), “he reigns in Spain”. Celebrated Catalan DJ and producer Coyu has made his mark on Suara music by helping it to become one of the most prominent labels in the world of techno and house music. The label’s resounding success has been proved by the fact it has reached #1 on both, Beatport and Resident Advisor. The electronic music scene has surrendered to Coyu’s constantly outstanding efforts. What began as a dream is now becoming a reality.
His studio skills are ever more in demand. The impact of his remix of the Fatboy Slim‘s classic “Right Here Right Now” has been huge (#1 Tech House on Beatport). While his X-Press 2 “Muzik Xpress” remix became massive floor filler as well. Releases on Cocoon, Get Physical, Noir Music, 100% Pure, Tronic or his own Suara plus being one of the most charted artists of Resident Advisor's history has put Coyu on the map as one of the best producers of the moment.
Meanwhile, the incomparable Spaniard will continue to take his tasty sets across the globe. He’s recruited fans from every corner of the world are following his spectacular performances at Sónar Festival (2012 and 2013) or his exciting Summer DJ residency joining at Pachá Ibiza (Insane parties on Fridays) alongside artists such as John Digweed, Steve Lawler, DJ Sneak or Fritz Kalkbrenner. Coyu is also day in day out touring across the planet, from South America (Brasil, Peru, Mexico), Asia (Japan, South Korea, Thailand), Europe (Germany, Italy, France, UK), North America to Africa… and of course Spain, his country of birth where is considered a visionary with honour. Coyu, a king on a lifelong learning.
White Noise / Deconstruction Rec / Pias // Brighton (UK)
He may be known as The Baron Of Techno, a moniker given to him by renowned BBC Radio DJ / journalist John Peel, but Dave Clarke has an anarchist streak a mile wide and punk in his soul, having no truck with establishment figures or authoritarianism. A hard working purist, forward thinking futurist, technology geek, part Gothic and gadget lover who embraced the digital revolution in an early stage while his peers where still sniffing the smell of vinyl, a format he hasn’t used professionally in eleven years. It’s unsurprising he revels in the libertarianism of the World Wide Web. It gives symmetry to his savvy techno vision.
Dave Clarke was born and raised in Brighton (United Kingdom) but currently resides in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), where Clarke found his comfort zone and revitalized him after moving from rural sedate Conservative Sussex. Being the offspring of a technology loving father and a disco-soul loving mother, it was evident that Clarke would “do something” in music eventually. Not knowing what the “do” part was but blessed with a high doses of determination, Clarke evolved from being a runaway boy sleeping in car parks and on beaches, via lousy jobs in shoe shops living off 5 pounds a day and via underpaid Brighton gigs into a world class artist, maintaining a flourishing career spanning well over two decades.
Carefully starting off a career as a producer, Dave Clarke saw his debut release in 1990 on the legendary XL Recordings under his Hardcore guise which gained him moderate success. As a result, Clarke was approached by Belgian techno label R&S and released various EP’s under the aliases Hardcore and Directional Force in 1991. A year later, Clarke shaped the contours of his own label Magnetic North on which he unveiled the classic Alkaline 3dh (as Fly By Wire), amongst many releases.
Clarke’s career took a 180 when his Red trilogy was unleashed on Bush Records in 1994; undisputed landmarks in the techno genre and for Clarke personally, a life changing event. It comes as no surprise that DJ Mag incorporated one of the Red’s in its All Time Techno Top 100 list. The Red instalment catapulted Clarke’s status; the Briton suddenly found himself in his studio remixing for the likes of Kevin Saunderson’s Inner City, The Chemical Brothers, New Order, Depeche Mode, Moby, Leftfield and Underworld, to name but a few.
The debut album Archive One followed, flecked with hints of breakbeat and electronica, a novelty in the puritanical techno scene of the time. His mix CD’s included the two best-selling World Service outings (one of which made it into the top ten of best mix compilations of the 00's in Resident Advisor) which showcased his dual love for electro and techno, one of them sold close to 100k copies no less. He briefly signed to Skint Records resulting in 2004’s Devil’s Advocate album, jammed with dark techno energy but laced with hip hop beats. When his production pace ebbed, Music Man Records gathered together Remixes & Rarities in 2007, making Album Of The Month in Mixmag and receiving critical plaudits all over.
Clarke’s vast determination to stubbornly follow his own path in the music industry, along with his outspoken opinion on many a subject, was not hailed by his peers with enthusiasm on many occasions. Criticized for being a futurist in the early zeros - he was the first techno artist to release an internet only single in 2000 - his main motive was, and still is, to deliver music to the ears of his global audience oblivious to pigeonholes, politics, prejudice or other people’s opinions. As Clarke explains: “This is techno, it’s supposed to be forward-looking”.
As a DJ, he plays out every weekend everywhere. At every event there’s the same attention to detail, his sets swooping whip-smart along the cutting blade of techno and electro, backed up by a seasoned bag of DJ tricks in which his early hip hop roots clearly show. Aptly nicknamed The Man In Black, Clarke blends into the background upon arrival and lets his music do the talking. That’s where he comes alive, where skills honed for years blow venues apart. It might seem from appearance that Clarke is not enjoying what he does but don’t let the grumpy image fool you. He loves every minute of it and feels humbled and blessed he’s able to do what he does. Whether on prolific festivals like a.o. Tomorrowland, Awakenings, I Love Techno, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, Glastonbury and Nature One, in acclaimed venues such as Fabric, Fuse or Berghain or in dark, sweaty, small capacity clubs: Clarke feeds and nurtures his extraordinary relationship with the crowd.
After things eventually went quiet on the production front, Clarke felt that today’s technology finally allowed him to use studio gear to the maximum, next to the urge to reinvent himself rather than repeat himself. In late 2011, Clarke picked up where he had left off. He came across the young Amsterdam based talent Mr. Jones who consequently fed Clarke with his demos. Clarke noticed his potential and soon formed a duo named Unsubscribe.
The twosome got to work and delivered remixes for artists such as Black Asteroid, Detroit Grand Pubahs, Gesaffelstein, Phil Kieran, Erol Alkan, Boys Noize, Octave One, Simplicity Is Beauty, Marc Romboy and Ken Ishii. Early 2013 saw the return of Dave Clarke as a solo producer by revamping These Days Are Mine by Manchester band I Am Kloot, electro style. The re-release of Wisdom To The Wise (Red 2) on Boysnoize Records in March 2013 (with ground breaking remixes by Boys Noize, Marcel Dettman, Steve Rachmad and A.Mochi) and Unsubscribe’s debut EP on Fabric’s imprint Houndstooth in April 2013 showcases that Clarke finds himself back on the international music map.
As the flag bearer of his successful event concept Dave Clarke Presents, Clarke and his handpicked line up reign the booth in the Amsterdam venue Melkweg during the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) for eight consecutive, sold out editions, duly representing techno and its subgenres during the annual conference. Dave Clarke Presents cranked it up a notch in 2012 as ID&T finally, after many attempts, managed to seal the deal with Clarke to host the second biggest (outdoor) stage on Tomorrowland 2012. With a rammed floor on that memorable Sunday the 29th of June, it became evident that Clarke and ID&T again will collaborate on Tomorrowland 2013 by hosting this area for the second year in a row.
And then there’s White Noise, Clarke's weekly radio show. For many years, White Noise has been and still is an absolute institution for techno and electro globally and an indicator of where the scene is headed. The thrust of the show is to cast light on new talented producers and exciting new music; music by both established as well as aspiring producers Clarke discovers in his Dropbox each and every day that won’t have normally be given a chance. Since the split up with Dutch radio broadcaster VPRO (3FM), Clarke moved White Noise to the Irish radio station 2FM RTE and French online and airwave station Radio FG. In February 2013, White Noise was expanded to wider grounds when the show joined the award winning web radio Digitally Imported (DI.fm), with many more additional stations to follow in 2013.
As an official ambassador for global brands like Denon, Serato, Soundtoys and French gear manufacturer Arturia, Dave Clarke will continue his newfound love for making music in 2013, gather airmiles by the gallon and preach his vision on techno both on the decks and on the radio, whilst never forgetting the long and bumpy journey he had to undertake to get where he is now: on top of the game, respected by both fans and peers and very much relevant in today’s scene. He might be established, but he will never be establishment.
Noir Music, NM2, Klimaks - Aalborg, Denmark (DNK)
Whether he is travelling the world DJing at some of the finest parties on the planet or producing tracks that gain support from the cream of the world’s dj elite, Noir (a.k.a. René Kristensen) remains one of the industry’s most respected and hard working individuals.
Already with over 10 years experience under his belt, Noir gave up his daytime job at the end of 2003 to focus and concentrate on his dj + producing career and he has never looked back. After spending most of 2004 concentrating on perfecting his sound, Noir got his international debut in 2005 and today he has got releases on big labels like Toolroom, Neurotraxx Deluxe, BluFIn, Global Underground, Parquet Recordings, Defected, Stealth, Monique Musique and of course his own imprint Noir Music.
Fantastic Friends Rec / Mainakustik // Offenbach (GER)
Born 1987 in Offenbach
Fall in love with electronic and Techno Music in 1995 (with 8 years) as he listen to a set from Sven Väth at the Radio from an Big Event called "Hessentag".
In 1999, when he was only 12 years old, he started to contribute actively and played at various parties – at that time rather at private and illegal ones. He made his first musical attempts using a Play Station. While his mates were playing Super Mario and Pac Man, he tried to get crazy sounds out of the console and he was quite successful at it. 1 year later he began to produce his first tracks on his computer.
In 2006 he released his first record "The art of M" on Weave Music. And just at its predecessor "Anin", the records were played by many well-known Djs.
Matt Star describes his musical style as follows: “Everything I like or Microphunk“. He plays everything from Ambient and Trip Hop stuff to rather hard Techno – everything he likes, depending on the mood. But in the clubs he mostly goes ahead in a pretty strict and determined way: "it’s got to make people dance! it has to be groovy!"
Up to now, Matt has already released a couple of records (see discography) He is also in high demand as a remix artist and is always busy creating new, amazing interpretations for his colleagues.
Safari Numerique / Serialism Records // Berlin (UK)
Onirik and Pablo Tarno, passionate music lovers, started spinning wax to gether in London, building a strong reputation for coherent and unexpected dj sets, showcasing their taste for minimalist / dub techno and chicago / detroit house with a soft spot for jazzy influences, performing together or individually in clubs and warehouse parties such as Fabric, ToiToi or Half Baked.
Now in Berlin, in less than a year these two have increasingly started to turn
heads and gain momentum while playing at the city’s hot spots in the likes of
CDV, Watergate, Tresor, Weekend Club, Renate, Prince Charles or Kater Holzig.
While Onirik is working as A&R for both Half Baked Records and Serialism
Records, having released his acclaimed “Broken EP” on the latter, in addition to a handful of appearances on Safari Numerique and Musik Kollektiv, Pablo has been busy finishing off is his long awaited EP “Back 2 the Roots” co produced with Anthony Constans on Serialism, which will be released in April.
Last but not least, the duo are starting their own imprint, Finest Hour, a platform for like minded individuals and friends, with a first release date planned in June.
Smoothy Grooves // Bucharest (ROU)
Ioana developed her natural born talent and musical taste from an early stage of her life.She was surrounded by music at a young age as she began studying piano, guided mostly by her mother.
Eager to learn more and develop her musical skills, Ioana found out about dj-ing from her father who played music as a side passion, during summertime.
Partying and going out in clubs allover the country ga ve her the possibility to know people that work in the field and also gave her the feeling of what it means for a DJ to play music to clubbers waiting to be impressed.
Therefore, about five years ago, she began gathering her own vinyl collection and in 2006 she had her first gig.
In 2008 she began the project Groove On with her friend Jo.E and till now they made their studio and lots of cultural and musical projects under that name.
Techsoul Records / Electrica Recordings / Kote Records// Plovdiv (BUL)
Melizma / Cadenza // Santiago De Chile (CHL)
Felipe studied classical music and theory at university in Santiago, but his true musical education took place outside the classroom, in clubs where the likes of Luciano, Dandy Jack, DJ Adrian and Ricardo Villalobos were creating a new culture of sound. Felipe spent his weeks studying Beethoven and Stravinsky. But at the weekends he escaped to the underground electronic music scene, soaking up the spirit of techno, house and acid.
A much-in-demand DJ, Felipe is accustomed to gracing Chile’s hottest clubs and festivals alongside the likes of Massive Attack, the Human League, Ricardo Villalobos, Tobi Nuemann, Dinky, Tania Vulcano and Luciano.
It is natural the Cadenza Records boss should notice Felipe’s explosive talent
Already a veteran of some of the world’s most respected clubs including, Fabric-London, Watergate, Weekend, Harry Klein, Tresor, Pacha, and many others.
JESUS LOVED YOU / SLOVENIA
House - Tech HOuse
The undisputed king of Slovenian underground electronica. If you're not a newby in the never ending game of beatmatching and scratching,
Melizma / Cadenza Lab // Santiago De Chile
Born in Santiago, Chile, Andre Butano originally came from the world of gastronomy. As we all know, the worlds of food and music are tightly intertwined. This meant that, as he was working as a chef for some of Santiago’s finest restaurants he began cultivating a deep love for music and sound.
Initially inspired by artists such as Depeche Mode, New Order, Orbital and Kraftwerk, his palate quickly evolved. Now Andre admires producers like Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Terry Lee Brown Jr., Kevin Jost, Brett Johnson, and Mathias Kaden among many others.
Butano quickly established himself as a talent of Chile’s underground house scene. His style was very much appreciated as his sets were always directed towards groovy house and tech-house sounds, supported by uplifting percussions and organic melodies. The trademark that made him famous was the use of his own vocal tracks recorded specifically for each occasion. These would often comment on specific things unique to Chile’s scene and were very humorous and popular amongst club-goers.
His productions have been released all over the world on labels such as Kling Klong, 8Bit, Brise, Amam, Robsoul, Monza Ibiza, Suruba, Trapez , Bla Bla, Resopal ,Paul’s Boutique and by Chilean labels like Drumma, Melisma and Disco Royal. His tracks are being played by some of the best Djs of the circuit like Luciano, DJ Sneak, MANDY, Mathias Kaden, Dubfire ,Reboot , Richie Hatwin , Karotte , Laurent Garnier , Mendo ,among others.
Andre has a duo project with Felipe Venegas (Cadenza, Drumma) called the Jhabas. With Felipe on a live set and Andre behind the mixer they form a very interesting act that combines sounds from house, deep and tech in a very intuitive and improvised fashion. The show is marked by its spontaneity and creativity and is a favorite amongst crowds.
He is currently the resident DJ of La Feria, Chile’s most respected establishment for electronic music and a regular part of any respected line-up in the country. This has lead him to share stages with some of the best visiting talent like Luciano, Reboot, Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Steve Lawler and many more.
His career has also lead him to play all around South America and he is a fixture of some of the main festivals such as Creamfields and Mysteryland. This year, he completed his first European tour having played in some of the best clubs in the world. Highlights include being a guest DJ at Cadenza Vagabundos in Pacha Ibiza and sharing a stage with Luciano at Ushuaia.
Melizma / Safari Electronique / Vinyl Club // (FR)
Born In France, it is in Ibiza/Spain that Luc Ringeisen started to produce music and did his ?rst experiences as a DJ in the outdoor rave scene and founded the records store Vinyl Club in 2003, wich has been an important element in the spread of new styles of underground electronic music in Ibiza in the past decade together with promoters and club owners such as Circoloco, Ibiza Underground or Cocoon. (The underground dance scene in Ibiza was till then limited to outdoor Goa-Trance parties, while the island mega clubs were famous for their comercial house music).
This key position of Luc Ringeisen and his shop in the Ibiza musical renewing made him do his ?rst steps as a "club DJ" at Space Ibiza back in 2004 with a friday night residency and being one of the early DJs of the new born Monza Ibiza, his avant- garde vision of dance music made him play in all the Ibiza clubs but Luc very fast identi?ed himself musicaly and found his home as a DJ at the club Ibiza Underground, and in 2007 he had his ?rst gigs at DC10 at the mondays legendary Circoloco party.
The record label Vinyl Club Recordings he created in 2005 helped to discover some of the best underground music producers of the moment such as Petre Inspirescu, Jonas Kopp, Anthony Collins and was an expression tool for the DJs - producers of the club DC-10. Also Luc started then to elaborate his very own musical production style powered by a wish to experiment new ways of approaching dance music.
The rise of music on digital formats in the DJ world and the decreasing vinyl records sales as a consequence pushed Luc Ringeisen to sell his records store in 2008, and he relocated the label in Berlin where he found a new home where he could focus his work on music production and on his imprint. Just as the Underground Club in Ibiza, the Club der Visionaere in Berlin became fast the location Luc Ringeisen indenti?ed his music and friendships with, being faithful to his non-comercial and human vision.
Nowadays Luc Ringeisen still DJs in his favorites Berlin and Ibiza clubs The Club der Visionaere and The Underground and does label nights too in Berlin at Katerhozig or Channel Zoo in Ibiza and selected spots in Europe.
Since the very ?rst productions Luc Ringeisen developed a very own musical style, often deep and experimental and often made for psychedelic after-hour sessions, on his own imprint Vinyl Club and other labels such as Safari Electronique, Movida, Darkroom Dubs, Recycle ...
Hemlock Recordings // London (UK)
In a short time, North Londoner Randomer has built up a small but heavy hitting catalogue of work – releasing ‘Brunk’ (on Hessle Audio’s 116 & Rising compilation), the acid tinged ‘Obtuse’ and most recently his dance mania-on-steroids EP for Numbers, 'Real Talk'."
His debut for Hemlock Recordings found him taking things even further back to basics, dropping two heavyweight trax of pure beats and bassline indulgence. With more uncompromising raw cuts to follow this year Randomer is set to redefine the boundaries of House, Techno and Jungle.