Flash Recordings // Berlin (AUT)
Florian Meindl is a DJ, producer and sound designer from Austria, based in Berlin. In addition to numerous collaborations with international artists he is busy with producing remixes (for Röyksopp, Hot Chip, Dave Seaman…), running his label FLASH Recordings and composing new music. He has successfully completed his BA studies at the London College of Music where his Loops & Samples brand “Riemann Kollektion” was found. By now you can find 20 releases with many guest producers such as Pan-Pot, Shlomi Aber, Christian Smith, Popof, Wehbba and Ramon Tapia.
Till now his productions have been released on labels such as Trapez, Herzblut, K7, Kling Klong, Tronic, EMI France, Wall of Sound, Boxer, Hell Yeah, Great Stuff and his own imprint FLASH Recordings.
If you ask Florian about the origin of his exceptional career, he will describe it as an "early identification with electronic music" which occurred in a small village in beautiful Upper Austria. In the age of 13 he bought his first House Record and in the age of 16 he played already in local clubs as a warmup act for big import DJs. His international career took off when he released on Trapez in 2006 and collaborated with Berlin head honcho Oliver Koletzki.
From his home-base Berlin he tours the world's top clubs, his DJ sets are known more than anything else for his precision in creating driving, surprising and diversified DJ sets. Closely following the present development, this demanding representative of the next generation of electronic music is presently focussing on the expansion of his international work.
Every year Florian is working on a main project, on a milestone, in 2012 it clearly was his debut album WAVES – in 2014 he will move into the new “Riverside Studios Berlin” and start new collaborations - watch out and be up to date with Florian’s Twitter @florianmeindl
Figure / Deeply Rooted / Tresor // Paris (Fr)
French newcomer Roman Poncet makes is debut on figure
Pryda Friends / Pryda Recordings / Drumcode / Sudbeat / Toolroom // Stockholm (SWE)
Described by fans, media and industry alike as the saviour of the true progressive style, Jeremy Olander captivates audiences from a festival stage and within an intimate club environment. Born in Stockholm, he’s leading the host of next generation artists that continues the Scandinavian capital’s dance music lineage, a pedigree represented by countless DJs and producers who’ve gone from local underground prospects to globally recognised main stage superstars – a trajectory followed by Olander.??
A jack of many sonic trades, Jeremy effortlessly floats between his eponymously released deep and emotionally charged progressive house, big vocal-infused belters and drum-oriented techno. Shunning the industry tendency towards commodification, Jeremy rejects the idea of succumbing to what’s hot right now over his own identity. Driven by integrity, longevity and a crystal clear vision, he’s carved out his own niche that distinguishes him from the pack.??
Brought up in Stockholm, but born in Fairfax, VA in America to a Swedish father and an Indian mother, Jeremy’s sources of inspiration are as much of a melting pot as his background. Ranging from world-class musicians like Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and Quincy Jones, East Coast Hip hop acts like NAS and Notorious BIG all the way to contemporaries such as Adam Beyer, John Digweed, Sasha and Grammy-nominated Eric Prydz, Jeremy’s frame of reference for achieving excellence could arguable not be better. ?
Further solidifying his diversity as a producer, he also boasts techno moniker Dhillon. The productions under this alias are darker and grittier, and caught the early attention of techno juggernaut Beyer and his Drumcode label. A worthy co-sign and one that joins an increasingly long list of industry peers and fans singing the praise of the 27-year old.?
After bursting onto the scene in 2011, he became the first producer to be signed to a multi-release deal on Prydz’s coveted Pryda Friends imprint. His inaugural outing, the Evade EP, became the label’s biggest seller and since then he’s continued to elevate himself as a producer, achieving the elusive balance of crossover appeal and underground reverence. His material has resonated with artists from both ends of the dance music spectrum, from Tiësto, Above & Beyond, Steve Angello, Avicii and Axwell to Eric Prydz, John Digweed, Henry Saiz, Carl Cox, Nicole Moudaber, British tastemaker Pete Tong and more.?
Notable releases that attest to Jeremy’s variety and consistency include one of the biggest records of 2013 in infectious overall Beatport Top 10 anthem “Let Me Feel”, his remix of Henry Saiz’s “Afraid” on Natura Sonoris, and the exhilarating interpretation of legendary Swedish pop band Kent’s “Petroleum”.
In 2014, he made his long-awaited comeback return to Pryda and once again broke new ground by becoming the first artist other than Prydz to release music on Pryda Recordings, a label home previously reserved for head honcho Prydz himself. The EP, entitled Jackie, gained widespread appeal amongst the EDM generation and old school house music purists alike, and in a time when many claim it’s all about the singles, the EP went straight to number 1 on the overall Beatport Top 100 Releases chart and stayed there for 10 days, ousting Aphex Twin from the top spot in the process. ??
Adding to last years musical release feats, 2014 also played host to Jeremy’s first headline tour in Australia, two club tour stints in North America at legendary venues such as Beta in Denver, Avalon in LA and Habitat in Calgary as well as visits to Nairobi, Ibiza, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Shanghai, Tokyo, Delhi and more.?The festival circuit also got their taste of his progressive goodness at Mysteryland, EDC Las Vegas, Electric Zoo, HARD Day of the Dead, Creamfields and VH1 Supersonic, where he played a celebrated B2B set together with Bedrock staple Guy J. Jeremy also made time to include a gig at the venue of all venues that’s likely to remain a dream for most; Madison Square Garden in New York City. There, he became one of a select few to have taken the iconic stage when he was invited to play alongside Prydz at his groundbreaking EPIC 3.0 show. ?
With a stacked catalogue of unreleased material waiting to see the light of day, a returning radio show in the form of the highly rated Vivrant Radio, an ever surging demand for DJ performances, remix requests, collaborations and rumours of his own record label, 2015 is there for Jeremy’s taking, who says’s he’s only getting started.
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
Relief Records / Play It Down / Toolroom Records // London (UK)
DEEP JACKING GROOVES, WARM RUMBLING SUBS, SWEET SHARP PERCUSSION, DELICATE VOCAL TREATMENT… WHATEVER IT IS ABOUT HOUSE MUSIC THAT STIMULATES YOU THE MOST, YOU’RE GUARANTEED TO FIND PLENTY OF IT ON A WEISS RECORD.
After a spectacularly successful intro to the scene which saw Weiss (pronounced ‘Vice’) being championed by the likes of Groove Armada, Loco Dice, Green Velvet, Kenny Dope, Pete Tong & more, the hit single ‘My Sister’ rotating on BBC Radio 1, whilst staying strong in the Beatport top ten chart for over four months, and countless gigs all over Europe, it was plain to see that Weiss was here to stay.
Following this lead, Weiss has risen to even greater heights, with his releases inspiring support from the most respected & freshest names in the industry, including Gorgon City, Shadow Child, Shiba San, Claptone, Hot Since 82, Claude VonStroke, Tensnake, Bontan and more.
'Guitar Man' stormed up the Beatport charts and remained an essential in clubs for months after its release; whilst Pete Tong continues to champion Weiss' remix of Green Velvet & Riva Starr's 'Robots'. The 'Weiss City' series have been picks of the summer, with tracks like 'I Feel Better' proving to be fan favourites at the likes of We Are FSTVL. Similarly, his remixes of MK's iconic 'Always', Tube & Berger's soulful 'Come On Now (Set It Off)' and Deadmau5’s anthemic ‘Raise Your weapon’ have set the industry alight with accolades from all corners of the scene.
With the new year comes an even stronger sound, ‘Our Love’ follows on from where ‘I Believe’ left off, a driving onslaught of Jackin’ beats with that irrepressible Weiss bass rumbling through, premiered by Pete Tong on Radio 1 with a frenzy of hype around its release.
Trends in dance music will always come and go, and during a peak in the deep synth sound Weiss is an ambassador for real House music, championing the original Jackin’ Chicago house sound, and with a string of exciting projects, collaborations and hotly tipped releases on their way, expect nothing but the hottest and most underground cuts from this rising star…
DEEP MIX MOSCOW / PROPAGANDA CLUB // Moscou (RU)
Dmitry Pushkarev known under nickname Izhevski is a Moscow based dj.
PoleGroup Recordings / Planet Rhythm // Oviedo (ES)
The biggest challenge a musician or producer of any musical type or style has to face, whether they like it or not, is to see whether their work can create a path that other artists will follow or lay the foundation for the work of other artists. Juan Rico, the Asturian known within the scene as REEKO, is well aware of this.
Born in Oviedo (Asturias) in 1981, Reeko is a dj who has rapidly attained the recognition other artists have taken a long time to gain. In his case it’s not been a matter of chance or coincidence, but the result of his innate and incredible capacity to be prolific, alongside his obsession for perfection. He marks is his birth as a dj about 1997, but it wasn’t until his first release in 2002 under the Swedish label Emergence that he became known professionally.
There is no need to name all the aliases that Juan Rico has used to release the diverse artistic sensations which flow from him, but these are characteristic which define his personality and are a part of REEKO himself. Producing and performing under different names allows him to concentrate fully on each individual event by devoting himself completely to an idea or style to which he is totally faithful, putting aside for a moment sounds and influences that don’t belong in the particular character which he is mutating into at the time.
The result is a knock out. Under the name of REEKO he has released huge techno productions which have charted and been played by the best djs in the world, right from the first tracks and EPs for labels as reputable as Theory, Main out, Integrale Muzique, Deafmosaic, Inceptive, Rxxistance, Trece Records, Symbolism, Planet Rhythm, Warm up or Palicavonzvreca.
Reeko created Mental Disorder, his “pathological” label/laboratory, in 2003 under which he has released 12 works of ever increasing quality. The latest (The Day After, 2010) received a wonderfully warm welcome as one of the best releases in Hispanic Techno of the year. Artists such as Gennaro le fosse, Pacou, Oscar Mulero have collaborated with his very personal label.
Next came the label Evidence in 2005, where he opens up to his passion for the darkest and sickest part of the human mind. He looks deep within the human psyche where most of us would never go or dare explore. That is where the laconic, aggressive and totally sweeping sound that characterises him stems from. Reputable artists who have published with Evidence are Function, Paul Bailey and Trolley Route, to name a few.
He has received great praise for his collaborations with the Humano project and the Belgian label MusicMan, home of the purest of European techno. During this last decade, his most outstanding performances have been in Awakenings and Monegros 2005, Aquasella, Tresor and his Brazil tour of 2008.
The story so far reaches a climax when Reeko joins the cream of techno: the PoleGroup, formed in 2008. On the frontline of this group is Oscar Mulero, indisputable leader of the darkest Iberian techno, joined by the Asturian duo Exium and the surprising and experienced Christian Wünsch. The most recent addition to this team is Architectural, someone who will give us lots and lots to talk about.
Reeko finds himself, unexpectedly but deservedly, among the elite of Hispanic techno.
Catwash Records / Lust Recordings // Canary Islands (ES)
Adrián Rodríguez aka Adrian Rodd was born in Spain, in Canary Islands.
He may be younger than House Music itself but Adrian started to make it in 2010.
Rodríguez made his debut in Idea Records with ''A songfor her'' with his buddy Alex Kaddour. He continued producing, his second record in Belgium's ''Homecoming'' with remixes by the Hot Creations newcomer Vernon Bara & Massimo Da Costa, labels like Catwash Records, Vibe Me, Act Natural, Moan, Pura Music and many more have gone through this last year career.
He also played live in some international clubs. With 21, he started his career as label owner with a team full of talents from his natal Spain, and his friend Isaac Silva, socalled the ''Movements Label'', with artist like Javier Carballo, Hanfry Martinez, James Cotterill, Gulivert, Mussen, and many more.
We can't expect nothing more than a brighter future for this young kid
with his Soul infused House and deep blended patterns and productions.
A as in music, is the creator of the identity of the Movements Label,
in which using their skills to create art, the young producer tries to
communicate with people using geometric figures, landscapes, photos and
any ideas you have abstract influence. Moreover, its creative design has
led him to work in different clothing brands and labels.
In 2013 has started a new project that fuses fashion, with music, and
art, called Alma Co. (www.almacompany.es).
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.
Dame Music - Lima (US)
It's difficult to summarize Jay Haze's ten-year musical career, but in concentrated form: producer, DJ and record label owner. Whether working in the studio or behind the decks in the club, he is a pro at getting people to react. Jay left Philadelphia in the early 00s and is now based in Berlin, also home of his house/techno record labels TuningSpork and Contexterrior. He DJs several times per year in the city's famed Watergate club, and also holds a quarterly residency at Fabric, London – in addition to his stops throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America.
Jay has also released tracks and remixes on literally dozens of other labels, often under a variety of pseudonyms, such as Fuckpony (for BPitch, Get Physical and Cocoon) and Sub Version (for Soul Jazz). Apart from his solo work, Jay has collaborated with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos and Samim, and has remixed numerous other artists such as DJ Hell & P. Diddy, Gui Boratto and even Yann Tiersen's theme from Amelie, which became a crossover hit. Haze's productions constantly find their way into the sets of top-tier DJs like Richie Hawtin and M.A.N.D.Y.
Starting with his debut full-length Love for a Strange World (Kitty-Yo, 2005) and continuing with Love & Beyond (TuningSpork, 2008), Jay stepped outside of dance music into other realms such as pop, hip-hop and dubstep. His adventurous mix compilation Fabric47 (2009) brought immense praise, and it also launched his new campaign DJs for DRC to help victims in the war-torn Congo: he donated all his money from the CD sales toward the charity Merlin, and having encouraged a number of other DJs to donate money from gigs, aims to travel to the Congo to shoot a documentary and raise awareness. Still active on the music front, of course, Jay has just released the second Fuckpony album and has been focusing on crafting new sounds for other vocalists.
Get Physical / Compost Black Label // Basel (SUI)
DJ LE ROI official facebook fan page // infos, gigs, book contact, releases, dj mixes & more !! labels: get pysical music, katchuli, 1trax, compost black label, loss, mn2s, muak, polytone, ultra, tapas rec.
DJ Le Roi is one of the most booked artists from Switzerland and his name on the international dance music scene is growing. At the young age of 18 years, Le Roi began to fulfill his dream and mixed hip hop and house music, which in turn developed into mixed strictly house music!
Although he has published only a handful of music, Le Roi had great success, with releases on Get Physical, Compost Black or Ultra and singed tracks on compilations such as Fabric Comp. by DJ T.
As a native of Basel, Switzerland, Le Roi soon played in all good places in his hometown as well as in Zurich. In Basel & Zurich usually in clubs, which regularly host Jimpster, Nick Curly, Kerri Chandler, DJ T. Solomun etc.
Due to his successful releases he also gets to perform outside Switzerland, such as Berlin, Miami, London, Amsterdam, Tirana, Utrecht, Stuttgart, Bordeaux, just to name a few.
What's Next? In 2012, Le Roi is coming on Get Physical with the re-release of his smash hit I Get Deep incl. DJ T. & Joris Voorn remixes. More tracks are also in the pipeline for Gorge `s Katchuli imprint, an EP for Muak London Records, for whom he regularly flies over to London for djing at they Label Nights, a Collab with Benn Moss for Loss Audio and more collabs with great artists + friends.