A fixture in Resident Advisor’s top-10 DJs for the best part of a decade, Ben Klock needs little introduction. Having become a Berghain resident in 2005, he has since established himself at the forefront of Berlin’s modern techno movement, an ever-present symbol of the city’s vast musical landscape. His long-standing relationship with the notorious techno institution has formed the backdrop to his success, providing an invaluable platform that has allowed him to become one of the most in-demand DJ-producers of the current generation.
Those who have witnessed him perform will note not only the diversity in his track selection, but also his ability to create a room rather than just play to it. Though intense and powerful, his DJ output reflects a certain kind of fervour, capturing an artistry, sensibility and emotion that can often appear absent from the Techno genre. Maybe it's because he trained to play the piano at an early stage resulting in his first dream job aspiration ever - jazz pianist? He possesses a wonderful understanding of how to adapt his music to the circumstances, a competence that means he can be found at both large-scale festivals and small intimate club settings around the world. He says his hope is to add colour to the world of music - a deeper and darker one but always with a certain sexiness. What’s important to Ben is finding your own voice and inspiring others what you really feel you want to do.
Over recent years his focus has been on touring and coming back to Berghain every month to delight the gyrating crowd with his hypnotic, pulsating music. He also travels with his new Photon project, billed as "multi-sensory experience”. The events explore the "marriage between sound, light and architecture" and feature artists outside of the Klockworks roster. Apart from DJing, Tom produces music - most of which was released via renown Ostgut Ton (including „Warszawa”, "Czeslawa" or „Subzero” beloved by his fans), BPitch Control and Stroboscopic Artefacts. Additionally, Klock also runs Klockworks, a label he founded in 2006 as a home for his more raw and minimal productions. The focus, however, has shifted over recent years, with the label becoming a medium for him to present his more diverse personal tastes and support developing talents. Trevino, DVS1 and Etapp Kyle have all released on the imprint during the earlier stages of their careers. His skills as a remixer have also seen him rework tracks by a wide variety of artists, including Kerri Chandler, Depeche Mode, Robert Hood and Kenny Larkin.
It will be his second performance at Audioriver Festival - he's already captured our hearts and minds in 2015.
Audioriver Festival in Plock will be the only place in Poland where you will have an opportunity to see Bonobo live in 2018. Simon Green combines the elements of electronic music with warm sounds of jazz, soul and pop. Upon releasing his first album in 2000 he has been hailed the pioneer of downtempo genre. His latest album „Migration” is nominated for 60th Annual Grammy Awards. By turns lush, manic, beautiful, melancholic, joyful, packed with both emotion and technical skill, this is perhaps his most ambitious attempt yet to capture the very textures of human existence in his work. As Bonobo says about his music: ”Life has highs, lows, loud and quiet moments, beautiful ones and ugly ones. Music is a reflection of life.”
„Migration” is a lush, sometimes manic and joyful, full of emotions and technical skill. It is a proof of Bonobo's top position - not only in electronic music scene. In particular, there is a theme here of migration, eruditely put by Green as “The study of people and spaces,” he expands, “It’s interesting how one person will take an influence from one part of the world and move with that influence and effect another part of the world. Over time, the identities of new places evolve.” It is a theme with a personal as well as a sociological aspect to it. Last year, a close family member passed away. “My family and I are all disbanded and spread to far corners of the earth,” explains Green, “In the end we did the funeral in Brighton. My own personal idea of identity, where I am from, and what home is, has played into this record and its migratory themes. Is home where you are or where you are from, when you move around?”
A contemporary of artists of the status of Four Tet, Jon Hopkins and Caribou, A contemporary of artists of the status of Four Tet, Jon Hopkins and Caribou, Bonobo counts among his famous fans the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Skrillex, Disclosure and Warpaint, as well as exerting a formative influence which can be heard in the music of acts as diverse as Flume, London Grammar and Nils Frahm.
British duo Fred Vahrman and Josh Jackson has debuted in 2011. Soon after, at the beginning of their third year of university, they got signed by acclaimed Hospital Records label. They have taken the drum&bass lands by storm, sweeping through with their melodic and euphoric waves in a whirlwind of musicality.
As two keen musicians with Fred on guitar, piano and vocals and Josh on guitar and drums, unique instrumentation has become somewhat a trademark for their production. Influenced by a wide-spanning range of sounds outside of the realms of drum & bass, from rock, funk, soul & jazz; Fred V & Grafix cite artists such as Arcade Fire, Bombay Bicycle Club, Alt-J, Ben Howard and The Naked & Famous as key inspirations, alongside fellow Hospital D&B artists, Logistics and High Contrast - it was the latter's sophomore ‘High Society’ and Pendulum’s controversial and genre-changing album ‘Hold Your Colour’ that converted the pair to Drum&Bass although both initially into live music.
2017 saw the release of their 3rd album ‘Cinematic Party Music’, confirming the status of Fred V & Grafix as versatile, open-minded artists. Coupling the release is a brand new live show that sees the gents take a multitude of live instruments to the stage and showcase their unique talent. This is how you will experience their music for the first time in Poland here at Audioriver.
DJ and producer from Hamburg, Germany, where she used to run a club night called Birds and Other Instruments at the Golden Pudel Club. They say she has a thunderstorm inside her. Helena’s sound as a DJ can’t be nailed down as she unpredictably and eclectically cuts between genres with ease. Dirty Acid, Chicago, Electro and Wave mixed in an obsessive way. Having developed a reputation as an adventurous DJ and releasing a couple singles, Hauff published her cassette-only debut, entitled A Tape on Dallas-based label Handmade Birds in 2015. Soon after Hauff dropped her debut studio album, Discreet Desires, via Actress’s Werkdiscs, a subsidiary of Ninja Tune.
She's an avid collector analog machines, with which she produces exclusively – just a Juno-60, a Roland-303, an MPC, and a couple of other classics. The aesthetic of machines is appealing to her. She says they fascinate her. She likes when they come to life and become something with its own soul.
Helena is obsessed with the subaquatic experimentations of James Stinson and his duo with Geral Donald, Drexciya. She is also enthralled by Kurt Cobain’s misanthropic grit. “I’m looking for the perfect sound,” Hauff said. "Something grainy and rough and a bit fucked up". But the sound her first priority; her first priority is the energy of a track.
Based between New York and Berlin, Honey Dijon is a DJ and fashion muse who had carved a distinct niche for herself in the world of underground electronic music. As a child she collected both vinyls and art albums. Honey has come to be associated with exquisitely curated cross-genre sets, happiness and total dance-floor chaos wherever she plays, along with transgender rights activism and collaboration with the greatest in fashion. Together with the legendary Giorgio Moroder she has produced music for Louis Vuitton and she's good friends with Kim Jones, the Artistic Director of Men's Collections at LV. "He’s given me Keith Harings and I’ll give him Frankie Knuckles mixes that never came out. We share culture", she says. Antony Hegarty described her as a bridge and a role model for the youngest generations.
Born and raised in Chicago - the home of house music - the city's influence on Honey’s style is deeply ingrained. Like many in the scene, her love affair with music began upon hearing her parent’s soul and R&B records at home. Soon, it was clear to her that she needed to be the one dropping the needle on the record at her parent’s basement parties - at which point there was no turning back - club life beckoned.
Before long she was obsessively collecting tracks from hallowed stores like Imports Etc and Gramaphone in Chicago - developing the taste and style that would become her own. Through digging at these legendary stores, Honey met and formed a long lasting friendship with Derrick Carter, who became a mentor. It was he who introduced her to the underground of Chicago where she was exposed to the sounds of jacking house and Detroit techno. After relocating to New York City, Honey also met another music giant Danny Tenaglia, whose legendary sets at Twilo were also a major source of inspiration. "It’s this combination of Chicago and New York that has helped me develop my signature sound", she says. DJing makes her feel free. "It’s almost like when you’re having really good sex with somebody, and there’s no inhibition, or there’s no thought. You’re not thinking, you’re feeling. I have no concept of time. When I’m DJing sometimes, I don’t know if 10 minutes have gone by or 10 hours. I feel really free, and I feel really lustful. I get so sexually turned on when I get in the zone.", said Honey Dijon.
Drum & bass activist from the capital of Lower Silesia. He has been a part of Polish drum & bass scene continuously since 2000, being one of the most active promoter of this genre in our country. He is engaged in creating the most important drum & bass events in Wroclaw, plays in cities all over Poland and outside the country - he visited, among others, Outlook - the largest bass festival in the world.
MacBeat’s sets are always a multithreaded story told with recently less used vinyl records. Expect a large dose of energy, deep sounds and the selection in which modern experiments with the classics of the genre.
A mix of pure vibrant energy, heated passion and true love for techno, T A K A is the artist behind the stomping dance floor weapons taken over with her Korg. Her tracks are a flavour of her life journeys carefully expressed through synths and heavy drums, yet sometimes have a calm emotional spirit... Her electrical live performances using two Korg EMX-1 spread powerful energy onto the dance floor, creating rave-like vibes.
TAKA is also part of the BIAS project, a techno party and community based in Warsaw, Poland which have a fast-growing monthly event called Proces.
In 2010 Juan Rico, previously known as Reeko, presented his new project to the world. Architectural got off the ground without the need to reveal who was behind the alias. The man who took DJ booths and festivals by storm under the Reeko moniker, needed a new alter ego to channel his effervescent spells of creativity. With Architectural, the Asturian living in Catalonia walks a very different artistic path from the one he was on before.
Over the last few years, Architectural has become a more defined and mature project. After the first releases, all of which were published by his own label Architectural Records, he laid the foundations and the structure has become strong and solid. Juan's next step in 2013 certified Architectural's maturity: he published The Blue Album, bringing Reeko & Architectural together. A fusion of his two projects results in a spatial and futuristic sound, with jazz hues and the feel of a movie soundtrack.
He draws inspiration for his music everywhere. His split album La Metamorfosis, published under Reeko alias, was influenced by Franz Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’, recommended to Juan by his brother. He also listens to Danny Elfman and Angelo Badalamenti and cites Birmingham techno scene, including Surgeon or Regis, as a reference for his early live sets. According to Resident Advisor, "Rico is a producer of rare skill, one who completely understands the functionality and emotional resonance of techno."
One of DnB's most prolific producers, having released music on many of scenes top labels - Commercial Suicide, Metalheadz, Soul:r, Subtitles, Shogun Audio and Exit Records. His amazing remix skills have been regularly commissioned, leading to remixes of commercial artists such as Bloc Party, Miss Dynamite and Sigma & Rita Ora.
Acquiring a love for the breakbeat through jazz and funk records, Break learned the drums and piano at a young age and took to the turntables at the age of fourteen. A talented musician with a wide range of influences, Break looks to push the barriers in whatever he’s doing. Crisp breaks, heavy bass and strong melody are trade marks of his productions making him a firm favourite with a variety of the scenes top DJs. Collaborating with vocalist Kyo on many of his album tracks, singles and other non DnB projects has added a talented and familiar voice to the Symmetry sound.
Raised in London, Break lives in Bristol, where he runs his label Symmetry Recordings. He says he was drawn by Bristol's sounds and vibes and admits being under a huge influence of Portishead and Massive Attack. Celebrating 10 years of his label in 2016, Break released “Ten Years Of Symmetry L.P.” to mark the occasion, with collaborations and new solo tracks making this one of the strongest releases to date.
British DJ and D&B producer. He's starting to become a common name in the minds of drum and bass heads around the world, but don't be fooled - DLR has been around pushing the sonic & technical boundaries of this music for some time now. He debuted in 2009, joining Dispatch Recordings. He's also present in the other labels' catalogues, like Symmetry Recordings or Utopia Music. DLR often works with other artists, stating that collaboration is a chance to learn and inspire everyone participating.
His 2012 album with Octane 'Method in the Madness' set the bar for drum and bass to come. 2016 included the debut of his OneMind project with Mako. Their OneMind project sees them unveiling their live show and forthcoming album, contributing as the 4th full-length release DLR has under his belt so far and this time releasing on the mighty ‘Metalheadz'.
Playing a big part in an ever growing, moving and electric musical landscape in Bristol, DLR knows that this is no time to be slowing down, now is the time to push things even further striving to keep the sounds of minimal, rolling, tech funk at the forefront of the drum and bass sound spectrum.
A true veteran and leading tastemaker in D&B, Doc Scott has been an essential and pivotal figure in the scene since before its inception and continues to push things forward. Founding member of ‘A Bunch Of Cuts’, his DJ sets in the mid-90s became legendary, notably at the Metalheadz Blue Note sessions and ‘Speed’. He says he was buying records and collecting music before there even was a rave scene or DJ scene. When the rave scene came along in late ‘88- early 89’ and parties started cropping up, promoters needed people that could DJ and Doc was one of those guys that had the music and some turntable skills.
Although primarily a DJ, his productions are definitive classics within the scene, such as ‘Here Comes The Drumz’ on Reinforced, the first ever Metalheadz release ‘VIP Drumz’, to the more mellow sounds of ‘Tokyo Dawn’ on Good Looking Records. His own label 31 Records, sparked by Scott’s ground-breaking ‘Shadow Boxing’, has also been a hub for new talent, pushing some of the biggest artists today in their early days.
Marina Rubinstein loves to DJ, but even when she’s perched in the booth, weaving together a invigorating assortment of hypnotic acid, ’90s rave and pumping techno, her mind is on the dance floor. After all, it was on dance floor that this Russian-born, Israeli-reared artist fell in love with techno in the first place. Long before she started playing records and adopted the Dr. Rubinstein moniker, she was a self-declared “true raver” in Tel Aviv, and it was during those long nights of partying that she eventually came to see dancing as a kind of meditation. “When the music is right,” she explains, “you can free your mind and just dance without thinking of anything. For me, it’s the best feeling in life, something that brings absolute happiness.”
That “special feeling,” as she describes it, is something Rubinstein is constantly seeking, not just for herself, but also for those who come to see her play. While her ceaselessly cheery personality certainly goes a long way in this effort, it’s her adventurous spirit – not to mention her unabashed love of all things acid – that truly sets her apart as a DJ. Now based in Berlin, she’s become a regular at places like ://about blank and Berghain, but her talents have increasingly taken her around Europe and the globe to spin alongside a wide array of techno luminaries.
John Talabot has become one of the biggest revelations of the last years, all thanks to his effusive house tracks in which Moodymann, J Dilla, Chicago house, disco and northern soul intertwine to produce organic and humane songs, full of life, and that make your hands and heart dance. People say that Talabot's work reminds them of warm and sunny Spain, his motherland, but the artist says that music is just a reflection of his emotions and state of mind.
Borrowing the name from his school as an alias (his real name is Oriol Riverola) and a diverse amount of samples for his music, his first compositions brought him to Permanent Vacation. “My Old School”, his debut on the Munich label, gave him instant recognition in the electronic galaxy and James Murphy, Âme and Aeroplane were including his music in their sets. On Hivern, he released the now mythical “Sunshine”, which has become one of the songs of the summer and Philip Sherburne has included the track as one of the best maxis of 2009 on Pitchfork (the website already states he’s one of the biggest names in the current house music scene).
But if 2009 has been an intense year, the following ones were full of surprises. His relationship with Permanent Vacation were blossoming and they will released a 12” with the beautiful (and acidic) song “Mathilda’s Dream” and a remix by Jacques Renault, halve of Runaway and member of the DFA label.
2012 definitely was his breakthrough year: The release of his album “Fin” left critics, press and fans stunned in astonishment and is already a classic. Many Magazines regard it to be one of the best records of the year, including Groove, Pitchfork, Debug and Resident Advisor. He then toured with one of the hottest bands at the moment, The XX.
One of the recent accomplishments of John Talabot is the excellent album „The Night Land”, recorded in collaboration with Axel Boman under the Talaboman alias.
KAMP! debuted in 2009 with the "Thales One" EP, the first attempt in Poland to go against the then-popular trends in electronica. Its follow-up, "Breaking A Ghost's Heart", is considered a milestone in the Polish history of the genre. Not attaching themselves to labels, in 2010 members of KAMP! released a double A-side "Heats/Distance of the Modern Hearts" a bit by accident, fitting into the role of "a new hope in Polish electronica" and attracting attention from international labels. The first international Kamp! release was out in 2011 on Portuguese label Discotexas. The premiere of "Cairo" was an impulse for KAMP! to head out in new directions that led to their debut album "Kamp!", released on the band's own Brennnessel label. Dream-pop musings, fitting the album just as well as house tracks, earned KAMP! over 10,000 copies sold and huge demand from clubs and festivals, starting in Shanghai, through London or Prague to Los Angeles.
Summer 2014, KAMP! released an EP by New York City based Cascine, becoming this way one of a few Polish bands so much asserting their presence in the western music industry. This release opened the door to be regularly able to promote their material abroad.
KAMP! released their second album "Orneta" day-to-day, finishing October 2015. "Orneta", as each and every sophomore, especially the one following a commercial success of its older brother, was being awaited and rated even before the first listen. It’s something no band can escape. "Orneta", indeed, is a dancefloor sort of album, but also a contemplative and melancholic one. And, as we’ve seen with KAMP! so far, it blossoms into a rather energetic piece when performed live.
The gleam of cosmic light reflects on polished surfaces, which sometimes trace long smooth curves, other times end in edges, outlining a powerful machine piercing a path between the gravitational pull of a black hole, and the attraction of the brightness of a newly-born star. If Lewis Fautzi´s sound could be materialized, it would look something like this.
And you draw a similar parallel to his career so far. Lewis Fautzi has a meteoric ascension in the world techno scene, like a projectile fired into space at the speed of light: in 2013, the same year as his 1st noteworthy edition in his birth country, Portugal (and from the start establishing the norm of always releasing on well-respected labels, Soniculture in this case), Fautzi started a lineage of releases on a classic label in techno´s history, Slam´s Some Quality. A year later, in 2014, it was time for his 1st album, an artistic step many in techno fear to take, “The Gare Album” (named after the club in Porto which has served as his creative impulse and launch platform for his career), on Soma as well.
By 2015, Lewis has in his log, 2 EP´s on Len Faki´s Figure, 2 works on Oscar Mulero´s Pole Group (an EP of originals remixed by Exium and Kwartz and a track on the Unknown Landscapes Vol.2 comp), with an added one on Warm-Up (Mulero taking care of 2 remixes), a collab with Pär Grindvik on his “baby” Faut Section, the same label where we get an Oscar Mulero EP with 2 Lewis Fautzi remixes. Crucially, he put out a 2nd album on Soma, “Space Exploration”, a conceptual work, as personal as it feels alien, where he displays his unsatiable thirst for musical knowledge and exploration, by broadening his horizons towards more ambient and experimental sound forms. He´s also provided interstellar tourism experiences, both as a DJ or as a live-act, at dancefloors like Tresor, Gare Porto, Lux Frágil and the “final frontier”, Berghain, amongst many other notable spaces.
All these facts almost lead us to forget that Luís Gonçalves (his actual name), from the small town of Barcelos, is still in his twenties. It makes you ask “where did all this world of music come from?”. Most likely it´s due to Luís breathing and living techno. Not just producing it himself but also studying and absorbing the form in all it´s perspectives, taking hold of an arsenal of ideas and notions synthesized into a sound that while adhering to the fundamentals, ends up as very much his own, appealing to technoheads of various outlooks. Yes, there´s the Mills-ian cosmic tones, the subterranean echoes of Berlin, the impact of the british industrialists and the peculiar groove of the Spanish scene, but it all has a definitive Lewis Fautzi stamp.
No matter how many years a techno producer has been at it, he knows he´s doing something very right when, still early in his career, the “alien” Jeff Mills plays multiple productions of his in a single set. It´s the definitive seal of approval for what you are creating. But Lewis doesn´t seem at all fazed by the responsibility. The growing amplitude of his vision and maturity of his output, and the recognition of his peers, prove that his explorations have just begun. Where will he take us next?
He's on a quest to fulfill his need to inject feeling and funk into the world, and he’s already proving to be quite productive. With deep and funky works of audible engineering for the label Crosstown Rebels in the form of a full length album titled “Life Index”, a night with Maceo Plex will be one of galactic proportions.
To explain the evolutionary process behind Maceo’s existance we must travel back to 1993, to the beginning of his creativity. Eric Estornel, better known by his stage names Maceo Plex and Maetrik, is an American DJ and producer. At the start... Maceo was intrigued by a pair of circular shaped objects designed for holding discs created from vinyl that produced vibrations resulting in sound and music. He started working as a DJ when he was 16, only 2 years after being gifted a set of Technics gramophones by his father.
Soon he began conjuring up mixes of techno, electro, and house music that quickly gained him popularity within the early 90s rave culture. But in 1997, while Heavily in uenced by the sounds of other modern funk theorists such as Model 500, Kenny Larkin, Idjut Boyz, Convextion, etc. Maceo began experimenting with hardware modules containing knobs and keys to form his early musical compositions. Seduced by the sounds of techno & electro, Maceo grew into a technologically advanced being later to be known by various names such as Mariel Ito or Maetrik.
After many years of prolific works on such labels as Treibsto , Dumb Unit, Cocoon, Audiomatique, Modern Love, Mothership, to name a few, Maceo travelled the world playing in some of the best clubs such as Rex, Cocoon, Fabric or Womb.
The profound change has taken Maceo Plex from the complex and dark life in America to his current homebase of Spain. The sunny and relaxed atmosphere has been quite useful to Maceo in his lengthy inward journey that is very apparent in his music. After a much needed retreat into the funky sounds of Parliament Funkadelic, Moodymann, Atjazz, Isolee, and Luomo, Maceo has finally completed his transformation and his newest musical output reflects his radiation in a variety of beautiful colors.
In late 2010, Maceo’s single “Vibe Your Love” was finally released on the very foward thinking label Crosstown Rebels and includes a hefty funk remix treatment by Zev of the Wolf & Lamb clan. 2011 kicked off with the full length debut album aptly titled “Life Index” which chronicles Maceo’s life long transformation into the soulful ball of energy he is today. Once experienced, the album will make it abundantly clear the level of versatility Maceo Plex posesses among his many auditory shells. And the world will understand Maceo’s pristine vision of house music from beyond.
Maceo says that Maetrik is a much more futuristic project and that he's most inspired by the evening SF film screenings at his home. He's also a great fan of James Brown and loves to watch Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.
He's one of the most recognized artists of the genre, as confirmed by the top locations in the world's best DJs rankings published by Resident Advisor. Maceo also runs his label Ellum Audio, where he published Agoria and Agents of Time, among others. Recently the world has found out that Eric Estornel will be reusing his old alias Mariel Ito and will soon publish the new material at R&S Records and his own Lone Romantic label - the one that also published his excellent "Solar" in 2017.
Despite growing up in the same picturesque village in Hertfordshire, Chris Davids and Liam Ivory aka Maribou State customarily ignored each other at school, but discovered their shared passion for music when they both went to university in Leeds. There, they've made friends and started a band, giving it a name inspired by "Marabou Stork Nightmares" experimental novel by Irvine Welsch, that Chris was reading at a time. Ever since then they have steadily built a glowing international reputation via a string of well-loved EPs and a fistful of remixes, including ones for Kelis, Ultraísta and Lana Del Rey.
Intrigued by the dynamics of electronic music for the dancefloor as much as with the richness and human quality of live instrumentation and song-craft, they have worked tirelessly to evolve and forge a unique, compelling and deeply soulful marriage of the organic and the synthetic, showcased on their breakthrough debut album Portraits. They describe the album as a presentation of their experiences, memories and life events - portraits of their personalities.
They say they draw influence from all kinds of places: "In anything creative, your output is a product of what you consume. We listen to all kinds of music, we like to travel a lot, we just try and stay happy and healthy to be in a good headspace to write music."
Krzysztof Golinski (real name) is a Polish drum&bass producer with many years of experience under his belt. His music is a combination of energetic and tech severity, electro melodiousness and deeper breath of atmospheric. The breakthrough in Radicall's career came in 2007 with the release on legendary atmospheric label Covert Operations. He became one of the top DJ in Poland and released music on such labels as Drone Audio, Red Mist, Levitated, Offworld Recordings and his own Nightworks Music. He released two albums on Absys Records: "Emotive" (2010) and "Ghost Notes" (2015).
Tommy Four Seven
British born, Berlin-based Tommy Four Seven has established himself as a leading name in today’s techno scene. The widespread reception of his DJ sets, a skill much refined during his early years as resident of London’s Fire club, has seen him play at some of the world’s leading venues. Tommy’s sets invariably encompass a rich variety of styles, drifting seamlessly between the straight up techno required of the hour, and his signature, more broken form that is laced through his ever-expanding discography.
His career fast-forwarded when T47 moved from UK to Berlin upon graduating in Music Technology. Chris Liebing invited him to record for CLR and supported Tommy's work. Tommy leaves Germany's capital often these days - not only to impress crowds at clubs and festivals, but also to enjoy vegan cuisine around the world.
The final part of his artistic repertoire is 47, an established party series with a supporting label. The aim is to encourage emerging talent, whilst also recognising established artists in the scene who have helped to shape Tommy’s sound. Previous acts have included Ancient Methods, SNTS, UVB, Shlømo, Killawatt and I/Y. 47 began as a regular event Berlin’s Arena nightclub, but 2015 saw the series grow and cross international borders to Paris and Amsterdam, with more events slated for 2016. Guests are also invited to contribute to the label’s renowned Various Artists compilations.
The British duo JD (James Davidson) and Morphex (Greg Hepworth) is at the top of their game. They know each other since 2001 and first published music together in 2009. They record for Goldie's cult label Metalheadz. Their debut album ‘The Fourth Wall’ was exceptionally well received by press and fans alike, with 3 Drum&Bass Arena award nominations and UK Top 40 Chart success following its release. At the end of 2014 the album regularly appeared within top 10 lists across all genres, a triumph for all concerned. It was inspired by funk sounds, loved by both James and Greg.
Viken Arman LIVE
Pushing the boundaries of electronic music not only towards the future, but also towards the past. Fusing ancient melodies with electronic beats to create magical vibes that go beyond dance music brings rich cultures together in mystical musical journeys.
Growing up with jazz and classical music, he draws influence from a very versatile music background from Keith Jarrett, Erik Satie, Bill Evans, Jay Dilla, Ricardo Villalobos to the Arabic diva Oum Khalthoum. His knowledge of piano as well as his time at the music conservatory contributed to his wide musical culture.
As an artist, Viken is really close to this roots & history. «Never forget, never, but stay turned towards the future, rebuild yourself and go forward» he said regarding TIME, the 100 min. musical creation he composed for the 100th year anniversary of the Armenian genocide.
When he’s not making music, Viken focuses his energy to nurture this particular and rich music scene even further. He founded Denature Records which, as he describes it, is more than just a label but more of a family of artists. He also pledged to support young and upcoming talents from around the world as well as organizing his own events with the SOUQ Festival. "Your grandma can visit a couple interesting shops and your mom can dance with your friend, when your dad drinks rakia with one of the artists. Everyone is welcome here", Viken says about what happens at SOUQ. The festival migrates and has already visited Los Angeles, Nowy York, Dubai, Tulum and Berlin.
His music is engrained with ethnical influences and reveals the passionate explorer that he embodies.
Members of the European techno revival, Ukranian duo Woo York produce a powerful, driving, dark yet sophisticated sound with a unique live performance placing them amongst the leaders in underground, electronic music.
Local heroes in their hometown of Kiev since 2009, Andrew and Dennis have been able to connect the world with their trippy, melodic techno through a string of releases with likes of Dystopian, Afterlife, Life & Death and Soma. They’ve performed numerous showcases around the world with a club and festival portfolio that resulted in their debut listing in Resident Advisor’s Top 40 Live acts for 2016.
Moving between pure dance, techno and more experimental material, Woo York’s hardware driven live performance shows an experience and dexterity that allows them to challenge a crowd’s perception of contemporary live performance. Their aesthetic, although rooted in techno, is left- field focused and driven by electronic music’s vast influences; from the avant-garde to the fundamental creators of Detroit, Berlin and beyond.
What’s in a name? For Adrian Shala and Adrian Schweizer, it’s a decade – and counting – of joint creativity. After getting to know each other in Zürich in 2008, Adrian & Adrian became inseparable, not just as friends, but also as artists. The two men carved out a career as one of the most consistently delivering DJ/producer duos in the house and techno scene: Adriatique. The key to an enduring partnership is, of course, to complement each other, and the two Adrians do so admirably. They met in a club where they often performed at the same events. They complimented each other's sets and admired each other. Then they decided to join forces and make music together. Music-wise, their various tastes combine into one unique sound. Adriatique’s DJ performances as well as their productions are long, meditative, relentlessly building affairs, ever challenging the listener with subtle twists interrupting their hypnotic groove. There is more to the duo than just a well-oiled electronic music machine.
As they say about their relationship: „Everyone knows what to do. We connect even more and more because we live together – we started off as DJ colleagues, then we became friends, and then it evolved into a business relationship, so we almost have a full-time relationship when it comes to our music and work and friendship-wise. We know each other really well and we know what to do.”
After almost a decade of joint work, 2016 saw the fulfillment of Adrian and Adrian’s long-held wish: the founding of their very own music label annex platform for the arts. Called Siamese, their imprint releases Adriatique’s own music as well as productions by others, as long as it adheres to the Adrians’ creed: that music should be meditation. Going above and beyond the average for a label, Siamese also supports visual and performance artists, organizing club nights that place these collaborators in the spotlights just as much as the musical stars.
Drawing from their own experience as strangers turned fulltime partners, Adrian and Adrian know that it is the bridging of differences that breeds creativity. This is why, in the future, they plan on expanding their network of collaborators as well as the creative scope of Siamese’s activities. They may be a decade in the business, but Adriatique’s true mission has only just begun.
“You don’t want to get bored of your music, and that happens very easily so we still explore and we try a lot. There are a lot of other projects that we want to finish, but we just wait for the right moments to finish them or to put anything together which fits.”
One would be hard pressed to find another artist whose meteoric rise parallels that of Belgium’s most exciting new export, Amelie Lens. She has, in a little more than a year, soared from relative anonymity to one of todays most in-demand DJ/Producers the world over. Lens’ rise to the top may seem to have happened in the blink of an eye, but her work ethic, composure at the controls, crowd engagement and an incredible prowess in the studio have proven to be the perfect ingredients for her swift ascent to the apex of her trade. The fact that within one month she can take up to 27 flights to the furthest corners of the world shows just how hard-working she is.
The love for electronic music came to Amelie when, at the age of 15, she visited the Belgian festival Dour and entered a tent full of people dancing to repetitive electronic music. After returning home she immediately became interested in these sounds, and soon after she started to go to clubs. One of the memorable events was the Tiefschwarz performance, to which she went by train, and there for her 16th birthday she received their latest album. Soon her life significantly sped up, because as a model she moved first to London, then to Paris and Milan. In 2010, she even appeared in the "Vogue's Model Faces To Watch in 2010" ranking, which is a great honour. Then she understood that she wanted to devote herself to music and broke up with the world of modelling.
“I knew from the very beginning, I did not want to be the model that also DJs. So I chose anonymity in the form a unisex stage name. Renée, the name of my mother. But I underestimated the emotional weight that came with this name. When I quit modelling, I went on to use my own name. I removed all the model photos on my social media, I emailed sites to ask if they could take away my photos and I started over.”
With her debut release on Italian imprint Lyase gaining a massive amount of attention, Amelie seized the moment and quickly delivered her first release on Pan-Pot’s highly lauded label Second State and followed shortly after with a stellar EP on one of the undergrounds most championed outfits ARTS. At the same time her releases started to flow consistently on high level labels, Amelie started her own event EXHALE at Labyrinth Club where she invites today’s hottest acts as well as her “All Night Long” sets which prove she embodies an equal mastery to that of her peers with years more experience. With these critical foundations laid, it was no time before she began headlining the industries most acclaimed events. From Awakenings and Circoloco to today’s best clubs like DC-10 Lens commands an intense touring schedule trotting to all corners of the globe on a weekly basis. As if it wasn’t apparent after all this, Amelie is just getting going and there seems to be no decrease in her pursuit of worldwide dance floor domination.
As he claims, the beginning of his adventure with music was the moment when, at the age of 9, he visited his uncle's house with his parents and got to know the music his uncle played then. A year later he received his first turntable. A little later, during the holidays in 1988 Arnaud accidentally met a person who showed him Frankie Knuckles’ records and he quickly fell in love with house music, and a few years later he had the opportunity to work in a record store. In that way, he broadened his musical knowledge and formed this perfect taste, which he had the opportunity to present as a DJ during rave parties. His residency at Paris’s Queen and memorable sets around the world perfected Arnaud’s DJ skills, earning him his spot in the worldwide scene where he continues to this day to be a prominent figure.
“You have to be open with all the new styles that are coming and not to repeat yourself too much and if you make music, trying to find different techniques, sounds. I think the most important thing of this job is that you always have to know how to renew yourself and be really open & creative, curious.”
Since 2006 Arnaud lives in London where he is a regular DJ at Fabric since 10 years. Arnaud runs Children Of Tomorrow since 2011, a label created by Emmanuel Ternois in 2008. A timeless rawness is the main element of the label. Arnaud is releasing his own music and confirmed talents such as Terrence Dixon, Oscar Mulero, ROD, Jonas Kopp, Ryan Elliott, Samuli Kemppi, Zadig, Antigone, Tensal, Exium, Savas Pascalidis, Antonio De Angelis or Birth Of Frequency. Almost all the releases have been played or charted by artists such as Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, DVS1, Ben Sims, Rodhad, DJ Deep, Chris Liebing or Dave Clarke.
Together with his partners and colleagues Arnaud organises a series of Children Of Tomorrow events in London & abroad that focus on talent.
Since 1999 Arnaud produced different EP’s & remixes for Affin, Cocoon, Children of Tomorrow, Chronicle, Syncrophone, Bass Culture, Safari Electronique, jus to name few. Since 2013 Arnaud is also producing with Antonio De Angelis under Detect Audio’s alias. Arnaud is one of the true veterans of the London underground music scene. Having been associated or played at every major techno party over the last ten years, Arnaud has kept himself at the very forefront of the scene.
Born Bjarki Runar Sigurdarson, 19 September 1990 in Reykjavik, Iceland, Bjarki grew up in Blönduós, a small town in North Iceland. He first surfaced under the name Kid Mistik near the end of 2000’s. Bjarki has kept a low profile in releasing his music, until he met the Russian DJ Nina Kraviz in 2014, who became a fan of Bjarki’s tracks, and began releasing his archive on her label трип (Trip). It was a chance encounter with Nina that resulted in his signing to трип. It was Bjarki's girlfriend that gave Nina, who was DJing at the Copenhagen Culture Box club, a USB with his tracks. "Nina was also playing a nine-hour set, and I can’t be in a club for nine hours because I drink and I don’t stop”, he said in one of the interviews.
Bjarki began making music when he moved in with his dad at age 12. He changed school to improve his grades. They never rose, but Bjarki learned his most important lessons from a friend's older brother who taught him how to make basic beats — hard trance on a home computer, and introduced him to Chemical Brothers and the Prodigy. This started his adventure with music production and led him to creating one of the greatest clubbing hits, „I Wanna Go Bang”. Written in 2012, it was published on 2015 ‘Arthur And The Intergalactic Whales, Bjarki’s first proper release.
Rolling Stone magazine included Bjarki in its 2015 "10 New Artists You Need to Know" report. The world has classified him pegged as a techno artist, but in 2016 he confounded everyones expectations of his musical path and instead he released widely praised LPs that mapped out a broad musical landscape for him - one that runs from ice cold ambient soundscapes, through melodic techno, exuberant breakbeat and on to classic rave. He's also taken a hauntological approach to re-moulding the scents of breakbeat, rave, jungle and IDM into sounds that are entirely his own. Bjarki’s not a fan of boxes - he jumps out and stamps all over every single one that critics put him into.
It’s a plain fact – close friends Grzegorz and Wojciech, who met a dozen or so years ago in Szczecin. How did this happen? As Grzegorz says: "Through our friend in Szczecin.In that time Wojtek played his first parties in clubs, and I was collecting records. So we started to exchange music and then our own productions that we made at home. When I became a resident in the new club - "Mezzoforte" - I invited Wojtek there. We started DJing together and then producing our own songs together." This is how it started, and after a few years, taking a firm lead in the Eastern European electronic music revolution, the pair has previously graced the cover of both Mixmag and DJ Mag Spain. Their international recognition has never lacked momentum, whether gaining a spot in the revered RA Top 100, to their LP ‘Basic Colour Theory’ being nominated in the Top 10 Albums of 2015 by DJ Mag, remixing Basement Jaxx, Kings Of Leon and Friendly Fires, to Producers of the Year 2013 from Muno.pl. In 2013, they were also invited to record their Essential Mix and two years later they had the opportunity to perform on Carl Cox’s Music Is Revolution event.
Asked by one of the journalists to reflect on the performance with Carl Cox, they replied: "We had such a reflection when we were at his villa in Ibiza, when Carl sat with us and we watched Discovery together. The artists who inspired us are now our friends, we play with them and it makes us happy. For example, Laurent Garnier tell us that he was inspired by something from us and it is motivating and very nice, but we do not live it. When one goal is achieved, we're looking for another one! That's the whole fun of it...”.
There were many performances with great artists. Grzegorz and Wojciech had the opportunity to perform at such events as SW4, Park Life, Bestival, Snowbombing, Electric Daisy Carnival and BPM, and has also resulted in them being booked for the iconic Movement Festival (Detroit) and Exit Festival (Serbia). On top of this, they continue to host their Pets Recordings label showcases from Berlin to Ibiza, Sonar to BPM.
Last year was important in their career. Their remix of Marlena Shaw’s classic, “Woman of The Ghetto” became a Summer ’17 anthem, played on the dancefoors by the finest selectors of our scene. In the fall, Catz ’N Dogz collaborated with Seth Troxler on a new production as part of Boiler Room / Ballantine's True Music project and played an unforgettable BR set in Warsaw. The duo completed the year on a high with the release of their Rave History EP on Pets Recordings.
As 2018 begins, the duo shows absolutely no signs of slowing down with a hotly anticipated return to Dirtybird, a 4th album planned for this year and a 3rd edition of their own Wooded festival project in Poland.
The mysterious Claptone is a mythical, little known figure who slips in and out of the shadows, leaving in his wake lasting musical experiences. Since hatching in 2012, he has continued to send people into a frenzy with his DJ sets are coloured with real soul and can jack you up or zone you out depending on the mood. Such an emotionally spectrum of sounds comes from many musical inspirations. Speaking of them, Claptone mention about works of such artists as Wu-Tang Clan, The Doors, Kraftwerk, Michael Jackson, Radiohead, Depeche Mode, Jay-Z, The Beatles and Portishead, but also chicago house, detroit techno and funk. To stay so private and unknown in the visual modern world of likes and photos is no mean feat, especially considering he plays more than 260 shows around the world each year. In 2017 he brought his own immersive and otherworldly 'The Masquerade' events with special guests including Black Coffee, Claude von Stroke, MK and Pete Tong all joining the fun to various places around the world - in Brazil, at Melt Festival, in LA for Halloween, and at the giant Tomorrowland where four million people tuned in to the live stream that saw him play with invited guests and friends. Because of his strong shamanistic powers, Claptone always leaves people lost in music, rather than concerned about who or what it is they see before them. For that reason he still remains proudly anonymous.
In terms of studio work in the last year, Claptone has served up plenty of stylish remixes of huge and influential artists like Depeche Mode, Gorillaz, New Order, Disclosure, Faithless. His track “The Drums” was one of the tracks of the summer at festivals around the world as well as across Ibiza. All this lead to him being invited by the BBC to perform live to the whole UK during the legendary BBC R1 Ibiza Weekender, and comes off the back of Claptone winning Best House Artist for the 3rd year in a row at the Ibiza DJ Awards, and scoring the highest placed house DJ position in DJ Mag’s celebrated Top 100 DJs Poll (next to being the second highest ‘underground’ artist in the same poll, after Carl Cox).
2018 is sure to be just as busy for Claptone and rewarding for his fans, because it will bring with it ‘Fantast,’ a brand new and hugely anticipated album out in June. If you think you knew everything about Claptone let him prove you wrong. As he says: “I just try to produce music for me to clean my soul, to translate my inspirations into sound and for the listeners to supply music they can incorporate into their lives, a soundtrack to their very own special moments.”
Born in Puglia, also known as the heel of Italy's boot, Giorgia is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. After a classical music education Giorgia developed in a short time a deep interest in the electronic music and she started experimenting new live techniques. As she says: “I had a classical education and I grew up listening to a lot of classical, rock and pop music… and of course Björk, one of my favourite artists! She influenced me strongly because she created a unique sound between pop and electronic music. Then I got some albums from my friends and I started to listen to artists like Ellen Allien, Apparat, Autechre and The Chemical Brothers, amongst others. After that I really fell in love with this new sound. So I decided to buy new equipment to produce this kind of music and I bought a sound card, a laptop, synthesizers and Ableton live”.
In the year 2010 with her audio-visual project WE LOVE she concluded an exclusivity agreement with the label BPitch Control performing in many clubs internationally. In 2013 she started her residency at TENAX club (Florence, Italy). This experience gave her the chance to test a new style, creating always different live acts and having the opportunity of constantly improvising on stage. Giorgia Angiuli composed also soundtracks for movies, commercials and fashion shows collaborating with many well-recognized musicians. In 2014 she became a part of Kevin Saunderson’s legendary techno label KMS and in the last years she released music on many labels as: Stil vor Talent, Harry Klein, Crosstown Rebels and more.
Stylistically Giorgia ́s solo project moves between pop, techno and house. As she said some time ago: “I am big lover of melodies and my music is a mix between deep, techno and pop music…in this period my influences are Chopin, The Cure, Dj Koze and Just Her”. Moreover, Giorgia is known for using old toys (!) to produce her music, which generate a very unique sounds. „I truly love sound toys, especially vintage ones and I do believe that if you play with unusual magic objects, sounds become even more fascinating. Using colors in music is fundamental to me.”
Moreover, she uses her voice to create a dreamy dimension intensified by the use of unique toy instruments. During her set she combines keyboards, drum pad and theremin with the sounds of toy flute, sax, trumpets and many other toys. Mixing all these samples and loops she shapes a vibrating and energetic groove that sets the dance floor on fire.
Having established themselves as one of the most in-demand acts in the industry, Gorgon City have enjoyed stellar success over the past 5-years thanks to their unique blend of bass-driven house music and addictive vocals. The UK duo, consisting of Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott, have developed a huge international presence, playing to enormous crowds of dedicated fans around the world. Asked about their biggest music inspirations, Matt and Kye always mention British electronic scene. “Even though we make house music, we kind of approach it sort of like jungle. For instance, we always make sure that there’s a lot of sub-bass in our bass lines, rather than it just being a kick drum. That comes from us growing up around jungle and drum n bass, grime and garage. Having that influence how we make music, as well as on our more vocal tracks, we’re influenced by those sort of Bristolian acts like Massive Attack, Portishead, and stuff when we’re making more downtempo music. When we’re making more up-tempo stuff that’s more inspired by what someone like Basement Jaxx was doing in the late 90s.”
Following their debut single releases on Black Butter Records in 2012, things went into overdrive in 2014 with the release of their album ‘Sirens’ which also birthed their huge single ‘Ready For Your Love,’ ft. MNEK, peaking at #4 on the UK chart. The album marked a pivotal moment in the duo’s career and spawned five more UK hit singles through tracks like ‘Here For You’, ‘Unmissable’ and ‘Go All Night’, which all achieved Top #20 positions in the UK Singles Chart.
The pair have continued to thrive in recent times with their recent Duke Dumont collaboration ‘Real Life’, providing the soundtrack of summer 2017 from the UK to Ibiza and beyond. Equally adept at catering to the underground scene, Gorgon City have showcased their prowess for more rugged, minimalistic beats, through club-orientated releases, on Crosstown Rebels and Suara, proving their diversity in both sides of the scene.
Matt & Kye’s ‘Kingdom’ party brand sees a return to their roots where they play extended DJ sets instead of the full live band, channeling the essence and energy of the UK’s underground house and techno scene. The global event series has previously seen sell out UK, USA and European tours as well as hosting their own Kingdom Stage at SW4 and legendary party at The BPM Festival in Mexico with Kerri Chandler, Solrado & Latmun.
The brand also encompasses Gorgon City’s well established Kingdom Radio show heard on SiriusXM in the US. Broadcasted in over 40 countries to over 14 million estimated live listeners, Kingdom Radio showcases all of Gorgon City’s favorite tracks and unreleased gems from the duo each week.
Having enjoyed a seminal couple of years, Gorgon City have channeled their roots in London club culture to emerge as a theatre-filling, chart topping live act. From grimy London basement rooms to headlining NYC’s Central Park & Brixton Academy in London, plus a residency at Amnesia Ibiza, it’s been a prodigious ascend for an act birthed in the UK’s underground electronic scene, with the future only hinting at further success on their meteoric rise. Many fans will be happy to hear that their next full-length album will be released this year and Polish fans will hear this new material at Audioriver in Plock.
“Be original. Don’t follow the fashion and jump on the bandwagon of doing what everybody else is doing. Nobody wants to listen to the same old stuff. Find what you like, what makes you – you and keep at it, just keep going.”
Over the past few years his intricate production skills have helped place Bulgaria firmly on the D&B world map. How did this happen? “I started doing some music related stuff when I was at early age of 13-14. I remember listening to some drum and bass when I was a bit older (15-16) but I didn’t even realize what kind of music is that. I was like 'I need to get into it!' and yeah after some time I was obsessed with drum & bass.”
His impressive catalogue has seen releases on highly respected labels such as Program (belonging to RAM Records) Eatbrain, Rise Audio and Lifted. Supported by the the likes of Andy C, DJ Hype, Dillinja & many more, this young producer is an artist to look out for. In 2016 he released highly appreciated album "Karate", on which he had been working for a long time. – „roughly around year and 2-3 months… or so. The harderst part of it was polishing all the stuff and get it ready for the final phase. Because you are never happy with the things you’ve done so far and you want it more and more perfect, so it’s like an endless circle.”
There's so much more to come from L 33 and those signature dark and futuristic vibes certainly won't disappoint. „I think the key is to really enjoy what you are doing and don’t take it too seriously”, he says.
Singer-songwriter and electronic music producer. To many that might sound like two very different aspects of modern sound culture – which in turn makes Monolink a fascinating character, because he’s both rolled into one. His style seamlessly connects the narrative structure of a song with the compelling forward thrust of electronic rhythms. Guitar chords merge into synthetic pad sounds, hypnotic bass vibrations meet emotional vocal parts, passionate physicality meets sublime stimulation for the mind.
Steffen Linck comes from a background that is often described with the wonderfully vague term “guitar music”. “What first got me into music making was a boy at my school in Hamburg who I heard playing the guitar in a break. I was fifteen I think and he was a year younger. He was so good that I was immediately touched. I asked him to give me lessons and teach me how to play like him. So I got into the world of playing guitar and writing songs, we covered the Libertines, who were awesome songwriters to learn from. Later then Bob Dylan and Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, just to name a few. After I graduated from high school I traveled for a year playing guitar and singing and then moved to Berlin. That's where I first got in touch with the world of electronic music. I felt like I was fifteen again, discovering what were to me very new and different ways of listening to music and storytelling.”
That’s why the Berlin based producer is fascinated by electronic dance music. Its hypnotic rhythms create a very physical dance experience during long party nights. Already being active as a DJ besides his activity as guitarist and singer in various bands, it’s an obvious idea to connect both principles with each other.
A typical Monolink production evolves around a song written on his guitar. It serves as the backbone for percussions, samples, and vocal parts which are usually recorded during spontaneous jam sessions. When performing live he plays this original song in real-time, putting emphasis on a listening experience that is as clean and smooth as possible. The result has great impact on the dance floor, both in terms of sound and stage appearance. Monolink stirs serious euphoria at Fusion, Fuchsbau and 3000° Festival, as well as many other open airs. Also his gigs at trend-setting clubs of Berlin, like Ritter Butzke, Sisyphos or Keller, are highly applauded.
DJ Patife was born in São Paulo, Brazil. Since his youth, he was already connected to music. When he was 14, he was already doing parties at his neighborhood. He also used to do thematic parties such as school prom and weddings. Many different genres influenced his music, e.g. jazz and soul. He is also an old school fan and enjoys styles like Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, going to some new styles like John Legend and Alicia Keys.
He started his career as a Club DJ in 1995, playing at Arena Music Hall, in São Paulo. In 1997, he went to England for the first time. He wanted to know the jungle roots. He returned to the county in 1998, when he finally did the Movement party in Brazil. “Sounds of Drum & Bass”, DJ Patife`s first CD got ready in 1999, when he also hás his firsts experiences in the studio. He opened Chemical Brothers` show and started his tours also in 1999.
New steps happened in 2000. Starting by the song “The Vibes”, that he did together with his friend Mad Zoo. After this song, he did his first remix of the song “Pra você lembrar”, from Max de Castro. This song was a big success and it was one of the most played songs that year. A new experience came in 2001, when he was playing live at Bat Rumba, a club in London, and all the world could listen through BBC the songs Sambassim and Carolina, Carol Bela (from his friends Marky, Xrs & Stamina MC). His CD “Cool Steps” got ready also in 2001, bringing the song “Torch of Freedom”, with Cleveland Watkiss. Patife has done lot of tours around the World. He was also part of festivals like Skol Beats and its six editions, Glastonbury, Big Chill, Exit, Homelands, The Montreoux Jazz Festival and many others.
In 2002, Patife did the “The Drum & Bass Fiesta” album with DJ Suv. The “Trama Sessions” was published in 2004, with songs that Patife created with Mad Zoo. One of the most important tours of Patife`s life happened during this year. A mobile company called CLARO together with Motorola gave him a bus to travel around Brazil, doing gigs during the day, for free. A year dedicated to tours, shows, the “Na Estrada” album studio sessions and music lessons was 2005. Finally in 2006 the album was ready and Patife started international and national tours.
For the last three years, Patife is taking his time, putting some ideas togheter, taking care of his body, mind and soul, doing just a few appearances in Brasil, Europe and creating music. Basically, these were the steps of DJ Patife`s career and he says he still has a lot to. „I try to be honest with myself. Got to do what I like and feel comfortable with. I would say I love music for the heart. Genre doesn’t matter”, he says.
Christian Hoffmann's initial venture into the world of music started out with a guitar whilst at school, and after various attempts attract bands with his passion, he went on a solo mission to produce electronic music after buying Enter Shikari’s first album “Take to the Skies”. After receiving a cracked copy of FL Studio 8 from his guitar teacher at the time, Christian went on to produce IDM, Glitch and Ambient music but had no actual knowledge about the genre apart from a minute handful of tracks. He decided to to do some research on Myspace into IDM artists which later led him to discover Spor, and his first ever D&B track: Spor's remix of “Stompbox” by The Qemists. It was following this that Christian bought his first D&B album, “The Acts of Mad Men LP” on Viper Recordings which sowed the seeds for his passion of 174bpm.
Several years of work and perseverance later, Christian went on to be picked up by the UK bass label Sub Slayers, ran by former Kiss FM and Ram Records resident Jay Cunning. His first release “The Move It EP” received high praise throughout the scene which featured “Spirit Song 2012”, played by everyone from Paul Oakenfold to Sub Focus. “Spirit Song 2012” was also used as the main piece in the Arcadia Spectacular show at festivals all over the world. After several EP’s, remixes and singles on Sub Slayers, Christian went onto release his debut album, “Section Nine” that featured the tracks “A Place in Time, LV-426, Die for You and Field Of Poppies”. It was a concept record that tells the story of a civilisation that falls apart due to their dependence on technology and social networks. This opened many doors for him that led to releases on the prestigious Viper Recordings and Technique Recordings, as well as a wealth of DJ’s who continue to supporting his work in clubs and radio globally, especially his recent string of “post-Section Nine” singles “Original, Voyager II, No Gyal Tune, The Antidote & SXN”.
Following the success of “Section Nine” it wasn't long until Futurebound snapped up Christian exclusively to join the already mighty artist roster on Viper Recordings and set Toronto Is Broken to work on his second album, and sequel to his first album entitled “You Are (Not) Alone”. “YA(N)A” tells the story of an individual’s personal struggle with depression and isolation, trying to find their place in a world that was collapsed in on itself after the events of “Section Nine”.
This enigmatic Mancunian duo famously rose to prominence in 2011 after a slew of ground breaking releases characterised by their refurbished, stripped back and Dave Clarke inspired brand of techno. True vinyl purists, the two maintain strong analogue production ethics and showcase this in their heavy hitting live show.
AnD’s modernistic approach has been endorsed by trailblazing UK imprints Project Squared and Idle Hands, whilst their purist ideologies have been employed by the visionary Horizontal Ground, Black Sun Records, Electric Deluxe and Repitch labels. Embracing the shadowy outskirts of techno, AnD’s covert productions on their own self-titled white label series looks to push them even further into their own brand of sonic destruction. In doing so AnD follow in the footsteps of UK luminaries - Surgeon, Regis, James Ruskin and The Black Dog by continuing to shape a genuine and unflinching vision of techno.
In recent years they’ve been stepping out under the banner of Speedy J’s respected Electric Deluxe brand, culminating in the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Cosmic Microwave Background’. The record sewed up AnD’s uncompromising sound into a long form dance floor contemplation of the cosmos. But it’s from the booth that AnD have been making their presence truly felt. As on point vinyl selectors and potent live performers they’ve been storming their way across Europe, from Berghain in Berlin to the mammoth Gashouder at Amsterdam Dance Event, leaving no floor unscathed by their wrecking ball sound and sledgehammer ethics.
„We would say that our music has a transcendental quality, for us we definitely go into a trance like or meditative state when we make music together. (…) We like to be spontaneous, so nothing is ever thought about at great length, we like the idea of no preconceived ideas just to make music and see what comes out. We always try to maintain the original energy in our tracks and hope that these energies are passed on to the listener as well", they said.
It was spring 2010 when the Cologne natives decided to kick their ass into gear and get out of their Studio to bring their beats to the world. Less than 12 months later Andhim were voted in the top-ten German newcomers of Groove and Raveline Magazine and their records were found in the cases and remix-wishes of many unknown and famous DJ’s alike. Their sound, which they self describe as “Super House” has become its very own genre built from their soul and passion. Andhim’s unique sound, party proven and of reduced nature, is organic with an emphasis in the finer detail. The boys grassroots ow from Hip-Hop, and they work mainly with samples which makes their tracks one of a kind. This individuality has earned them a home with Labels such as Monaberry, Terminal M or Sunset Handjob.
When performing live one can really feel the full commitment and passion of the boys. Energetic, creative and always entertaining, they present their very own interpretation of electronic dance music that makes dads cheer and mums scream. The boys see the record player as their instrument, which they use to create new sound worlds, which separates them from the standard reproductive character of a DJ.
„The most important thing is to be passionate first of all. Be passionate for the mixing, be passionate for being in the studio all night long, be passionate about digging and cutting samples, recording noises and working on your skills. You have to do it for yourself, for your own pleasure. Nowadays people start to DJ for the wrong reasons. We all love money, fame and sex, but if this is your only intention you will never make it. Be original and try to find your own style. Give love and you will get love. And if nobody wants to hear it then do it only for yourself.”
Their musical talent and knowledge of technique comes from their musical resume: When other kids were playing at the pool eating French fries on their summer holidays, 16 year old Simon was scratching with several jazz-musicians through Europe. When he was 20 he became known as Simon² tempted to electronic music. Similarly, but on a different level, Tobias developed in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. As part of the Turntable-Crew “Noisy-Stylus” he became a multiple ITF- and DMC-Champion and influenced the Turntablism scene of the time with Noisy-Stylus in their own Battlebreakrecords and album “Table Manners”.
After massive gigs through Europe and Asia, the boys continuously work on their sound and development in an effort to explore the new worlds of sound. With strong support from many Artists and Labels of the scene they are looking forward to the future with optimism and are excited to make the people of the world dance, smile and go crazy!
At the the forefront of the French techno scene, Antigone is today a leader and mentor for a whole new generation of electronic music producers and DJs. His meteoric ascent and the warm reception to all his productions (released in Token, PoleGroup, Dement3d and Soma Quality make Antigone an emblematic player in the world techno scene.
Tracks like „As I Walk to You” for Construct Re-Form or his EP, „The Day the Sky Fell” (for Indigo Aera) illustrate this very personal melodic and melancholic style of his productions. His powerful dj skills has guided Antigone to the doors international clubs and festivals, rewarding him a residency since 5 years at Concrete, where he continuously gathers captivated public with a diversified and intense tracks selection, which definitely brought him a solid artistic reputation.
Digging for more than ten years this young vinyls collector really knows the sevens ways to make you jack. Open to many genres, Antigone belong to this young Parisian DJ/producer at the vanguard of French techno. Focused on the emotions and the atmosphere of his work, Antonin act with a real concern of sincerity and authenticity.
A key protagonist within Paris’ underground scene. Since making his production debut in 2009, the Parisian has gone on to establish his inimitable blend of genre bridging Techno, most notably via DJ Deep’s renowned Deeply Rooted imprint as well as his own label DEMENT3D. With his versatility fueled by a rich knowledge, his rapid rise has seen the DJ establish himself as a key resident at Concrete Paris, not to mention regular appearances at the likes of Berghain, Fabric and Robert Johnson.
Before becoming a DJ, producer and label owner, François is first and foremost an artist impassioned by music. Inspired by the Detroit, Chicago and NYC club scenes, the talented Frenchman cut his teeth as a compulsive record digger, which aided in the development of his rich and eclectic musical knowledge. It was in the record stores that he met French electronic music pioneer and close friend DJ Deep, and before long his recording ethos and skills quickly convinced the Deeply Rooted founder to release François’ debut records. Starting with ‘Future Roots Vol.3’ in 2009, François went on to provide a total of three releases for the seminal Parisian imprint. The final EP featured a remix by Marcel Dettmann, who would later invite François to appear on his own label Marcel Dettmann Records.
Before long, François, in partnership with longtime friend Heartbeat, launched his own imprint DEMENT3D; a vivid record label providing avant-garde Techno to the masses and promoting established artists such as Polar Inertia alongside new talents such as DSCRD. The label also provided the perfect platform for François to release both solo and collaborative work, including his debut album “Irregular Passion”.
Current Value stands as one of the producers at the very forefront of experimentation – a creator truly reaching the top of his game and one who has walked an unmistakable path across the D&B landscape. From beginnings that included extensive training in classical piano and SAE qualification, Current Value has made it his life’s work to consistently evolve and explore new possibilities in both sound design and arrangement: „I had a classical piano education of 16 years starting at the age of 6, which helped me a lot in terms of reading notes and understanding music when I got into making electronic music. It all started very simple - with a Casio keyboard in the early nineties that I got for Christmas. From that time on I spend every penny I had on musical equipment.”
His long career has seen him working with Björk and remixing her as part of her Biophilia LP, remixing Noisia and Foreign Beggar’s track ‘Soul Purge’ for Mau5trap and having his tracks dropped by Aphex Twin. He established himself as one of the most consistent and essential voices of harder, more experimental forms of D&B - being a core part at the center of the heavier end D&B for many years and releasing countless records on labels such as Position Chrome and Freak Recordings, as well as being a figurehead in the past for Therapy Sessions. In 2017 he announced the CVAV project - a 60 minute audio visual showcase of Current Value’s work that sets a new bar in electronic music with a mind-shattering sensory experience that changes the context of one of the most unique artists of our time.
„If things get too serious you forget why you’re doing this. There’s humour to be had here! And if you think of the people who go to the raves, they’re young, they want to play and have fun. I’m twice their age now. If I turn up like a science professor saying ‘I am going to make you dance to this!’ that’s really fucking sad. You can never get away from the pure functionality of the music – to make people dance. And if you can do that with humour, silliness and the ability to laugh at yourself then all the better!”
Born in Greece, living in Krakow. As a teenager he spontaneously came into contact with trip hop music and such bands as Portishead and Massive Attack. Exploring music he meets the work of electronic music producers – Dubfire, Plastikman, Lutzenkirchen, Sebastien Leger and later Robert Hood, Kevin Saunderson and Anthony Rother, who change forever his perception of reality. A young man, fascinated by music, develops interest in club culture and djing. Soon he started playing in clubs as well as exploring the nature of music – what is sound, how it is produced. While analyzing recordings, he learned about music production and began to develop also in this direction.
As an artist, DEAS is never a subject to stereotypes and cliches. He’s not afraid to think different, as the purpose of his work is continuous development. Walking down his career path he recorded in such prestigious labels as Pan-Pot’s Second State, Kevin Saunderson’s KMS Records, British BUSH Records (that also released Joey Beltram, Felix DaHauscat, Dave Clarke).
In 2016 he released his first album - Community LP for Bush Records that collected positive reviews from many artists (Paul Ritch, Pierre Deutschmann, Drumcomplex, Len Faki and many others). Apart from working on his own tracks, which were remixed by such artists as Pig & Dan, Harvey McKay, and Martin Eyerer, he also remixes other artists – including Carl Cox or Inner City.
For his achievements he was appreciated in one of the best rankings of Polish electronic scene - Munoludy 2016, where he was in the forefront as a producer and the author of a podcast year.
The godfathers of D&B and legends of modern music who are idolised worldwide. Industry heavyweights, fans and artists regardless of genre will readily respect and praise the ongoing influence of the two. The scene in general owes much to Fabio & Grooverider’s dedication, focus and longevity. They were part of the very few UK DJs to first play House music, and to then fuse and formulate something entirely new which would eventually evolve into Jungle/Drum and Bass. It is no understatement to say that the respective streams and offshoots of D&B that Fabio & Grooverider both represent from those early times now stretch so wide - liquid, jump up, technical, minimal and half-time styles to name a few – that it’s effectively the fabric of D&B itself.
From their first venture into pirate radio on Phase 1 a simple template was established: fuel the energy of the streets, the illegal, massively-attended raves of the late 80s – legendary raves such as Fantasia, Biology and Sunrise – instantly back to the airwaves. The early days of ‘Jungle Techno’ graduall became the world’s first weekly Jungle night at Rage in London, where the boundaries were pushed into the red every week, so much so that the scene became notoriously hard, even intimidating.
As such, Fabio channelled the kinetic soul of the music to a new outlet, Speed, alongside comrade LTJ Bukem and, in conjunction with Groove Connection, eventually lead to Swerve in the late 90s as his ‘Liquid Funk’ vibe grabbed hold and took flight, and the vocal element successfully ignited with the unique musicality of D&B. Over the years, Fabio & Grooverider’s influence on new and upcoming artists is simply incalculable: key figures such as Goldie, Bailey, Matrix, John B, Calibre & many more will attest to the influence of the pair as they first entered D&B and established their own career in music, ongoing. And to achieve a play of one of your tunes by Fabio or Grooverider: It was simply a pinnacle, a sign that you’d arrived.
Radio was always a natural outlet for the pair and their vocal, extrovert styles: the perfect gift for the airwaves. So, via major UK stations Kiss FM and BBC Radio One a breathtaking era of new talent and styles emerged week after week on their show over the course of a decade and a half, all owing to the deep down ‘finger on the pulse’ dubplate-driven culture of the pair. Names such as Chase & Status, Pendulum, Calibre, Camo & Krooked, Nero, Alix Perez, High Contrast, Sigma, Sub Focus and countless more all know that their key exposure is down to the pair’s organic love of D&B. Not schedulers, playlisters nor stats.
Fabio & Grooverider were voted in the top 25 Greatest DJs of all time in a recent Mixmag poll, and December 2015 saw the pair win the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to music award at DJ Mag’s Best of British awards.
The Romanian DJs and producers captured the electronic music scene since the 00’s. Influenced by the past roots, but staying strong in the present, the twins evolved as artists developing their own signature in styles they have been experimenting over the years; from techno to house, from acid to minimal.
„We are twins, real twins! And in Romanian language twins is translated like ‘gemeni’ and from here the name Gemini! Brothers? We are twins, brothers, best friends who argue sometime but best friends! Is not a long story, is just the truth! We are Gemini Brothers!”
Their complex and intense rhythms, bass line twists and drive fusion materials drawn in legendary record labels to get their releases on Moodmusic, Skint, Eskimo or Miami’s Bad Barbie Records. Known as Gemini Brothers or Francis and Francois, they interconnect like no-others, plus, being twins, the mother-heart connection goes beyond same music tastes and continues into never- forget journeys sets and mixes.
Their various genres, combining techno with minimal and ambient, always transition with tracks that never ends gives them the trippy trips to many European places to share their sounds and experience. Now you can find them traveling to various clubs from Barcelona to Warsaw, from Belgrade to Tel-Aviv, from Mamaia’s Sunwaves Festival to London’s Lovebox.
Jan Blomqvist, born in the 80s is a Berlin-based solo-artist and bandleader. He and his band is into dancy electronica and club soul. As a kid Jan sang 24 hours a day. His parents approved and bought him his first guitar. Just as he had learned to play like Keith Richards, he realized he’d rather be like Mick Jagger. He founded his first band in a little village in northern Germany.
„I guess I was educated by these fascinating brit pop bands in the ‘90s like Radiohead Blur, Suede, Pulp, The Verve. Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and Kurt Cobain impressed me a lot over the years with their text writing skills as well. When I moved to Berlin, I was 19 and just fascinated by electronic music. James Holden and Stephan Bodzin were my heroes. I had the idea to combine electronic club sounds with those melodic and thoughtful brit pop styles. And I really wanted to bring piano into the clubs without sounding cheesy.” At the age of 21, being an aerospace technology student, he gets acquainted with techno. It dawns on him that music could be a profession. “Being a teacher is riskier if you don’t like to get up in the mornings.”
In the daytime, he sleeps. At night, he constructs his tracks for hours on end. He earns money as a bartender at weekend club and spends it on ‘educational trips’: Radiohead open-air concerts, Bar25, After Hours. Someday it’ll work: “to shatter the boredom in the clubs, to bring a concert feel to their dance floors, with simple vocals and minimal beats. Rock ‘n’ Roll in the club. Everything kept simple with finesse end details.”
In 2011, a gig at fusion festival in front of 3000 people, releases on the Dantze and Stil vor Talent. In 2012 a rooftop concert at weekend club; the YouTube clip is going to be seen by millions. 350 gigs in three years. Jan remembers them all: New York, LA, San Francisco, Moscow, Paris, Istanbul, Rome and many more. For his first album „Remote Control“ (Released in 2016) he took as much time as it was needed. He loves half beats but hates half measures. For him, being in the studio means to draw from his experience playing live.
„Music to me is kind of like love and hate. It keeps me young by forcing me to use my brain so much, but it makes me old by stealing my time. Without music, I would not have met all these nice people all over the world. On the other hand, I spend so much time in the studio that music really prevents me from meeting with my friends. So it is tricky… Music, art and culture in general make us different from animals. Humans were dancing and partying long before they had language, so music is maybe the oldest language on earth.”
Setting standards in the industry ever since they first collaborated in 2005, Matrix & Futurebound aka Brendan Collins and Jamie Quinn possess one of the most impressive track records in Drum and Bass history. The duo can boast over 30 million combined Spotify Streams, one critically acclaimed album, ‘Universal Truth’, and many productions in Top 40 UK tracks.
As two of drum and bass’ brightest stars, Matrix & Futurebound have remixed the likes of Emeli Sande, Tine Tempah, Jess Glynne, Eric Prydz and Birdy. Their remix for Emeli Sande gained huge support from daytime Radio 1 making its way onto the A list and with extensive specialist play from Annie Mac and many others. This culminated in a highly successful Live Lounge appearance where the pair performed ‘Breathing Underwater’ live with Emeli at Maida Vale. Adding to their remix credits the guys did a remix of Paloma Faith’s new single which was released in January.
Summer 2018 will see the release of the second Matrix & Futurebound artist album and a jam-packed release schedule.
Formation created by two producers - CLS & Wax and the specialist of turntablist tricks - K-Size. From the very beginning of group's existence – year 2000, all three of them were interested in popularizing positive sounds of drum & bass genre, which they currently enrich with heavily dubstep content. Formation contributed to the development of the Krakow club scene, inviting the brightest stars of the genre and exploring new places that could accommodate a larger public than more than one club's basement in the city. They are also co-creators of the series of events, BassTheory, taking place in Warsaw, which received a nomination for the Nocne Marki Award in the category of Best Event of 2007.
CLS & Wax, thanks to their music, have become a producer duo recognizable outside the country. They debuted in 2003 for the British Hospital Records, and played on the 10th anniversary of its existence in the London club Heaven in 2006. Since the debut on the compilation Weapons Of Mass Creation with "Why Do not You" track, they continuously create new sounds, and their work has repeatedly visited the BBC Radio and mixes of such artists as LTJ Bukem, High Contrast, London Electricity or Artificial Intelligence. However, K-Size fascinated by the technical aspects of the game on turntables, enriches performances of the three with scratches and other turntablist tricks.
Combining production experience with a turntablist show, group serves music on three turntable plates using additional mixers and CD equipment, creating and rewriting their own songs. They developed such formula of performances by looking for a new way to use technological possibilities, to give their DJ and production skills an outlet, and to deny the myth, according to which, a DJ is a modern embodiment of the jukebox.
A brilliant multi-dimensional Berlin duo currently twisting house and techno fans into rapturous fits. In just a few short years, Pan-Pot—comprised of Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix—have developed a dominate presence amongst the top tier of electronic dance music, with an ascension paralleling the rise of their native label, mobilee records. After booking Anja Schneider for an infamously ill-fated party in 2005, the duo established a connection with Schneider’s then recently formed imprint and within weeks had released the EP on mobilee—their first release and the label’s second. Graduates of Berlin’s SAE, their initial musical efforts placed a primacy on integrating electronic experimentation with minimal stylings while simultaneously establishing the ominous, murky sounds that have since become synonymous with their name. The next few years saw the release of a steady stream of original tracks and remixes on both mobilee and Einmaleins.
The defining moment of their career, however, was the release of their debut artist album, Pan-O-Rama. Serving as a playground for their experimental leanings, the album was a definitive statement of Pan-Pot’s past, present, and future: an affirmation of the possibility of a wider sonic spectrum that suggested a move towards stripped-down techno while simultaneously hinting towards a newly developed sense of melody.
When not in the studio writing original material or putting their unique spin on tracks by a myriad of artists, the bad-boys of impassioned, pitch-black techno can be found on the road touring at a near ceaseless level. Their dance floor oriented DJ sets see them playing back to back and are unconstrained by boundaries as they effortlessly transition between techno, house and everything in between, demonstrating an immaculate understanding of the audience’s wants and needs.
Their willingness to expand the components of their productions while staying firmly rooted in what they do best—colossal, haunting techno tracks overflowing with noise and static, throbbing bass lines, and epic builds that manage to be both tasteful and restrained—is only part of what differentiates Pan-Pot from the hordes of other techno producers currently flooding the airwaves. They may name themselves after a piece of gear, but Pan-Pot’s music is ultimately about moving bodies, not knobs, all the while giving way to an unprecedented degree of dynamism on dance floors around the world.
Richie Hawtin, one of the most important artists in electronic scene, challenges the distinction between DJing and live performance with a new 75-minute audio-visual show which takes you closer to his unique way of performing. The show, CLOSE - SPONTANEITY & SYNCHRONICITY, explores the relationship between human creativity and the innovative technologies that enable the freedom of improvisation. Using intimately placed cameras this man versus machine relationship unfolds onscreen in real-time bringing the audience closer than before to Hawtin’s intuitive gestures.
“I’ve always thought of DJing as an art form, it could elevate to an extreme form of creativity and spontaneity. CLOSE is my attempt to let people have a better understanding of what the art form can strive to be: through the cameras, by taking away the table and letting people see my form and how I’m interacting with my machines, even if someone’s at the very back of a field with 10,000 people.”
HAWTIN's career has continually evolved and innovated over the last 25 years through his own music as Plastikman, his co-creation of Final Scratch which led the huge shift of DJing to digital, a co-founder of the Beatport retail platform and more recently the analogue MODEL 1 mixer he designed for his own PLAYdifferently technology company. Co-designed with Andy Rigby-Jones, who designed the X-One for Allen & Heath, the MODEL 1 has seen many of the world's most creative DJs change their central choice of instrument after many years.
In recent times as a performer, Hawtin took Plastikman to the Guggenheim in New York, performed at the Grand Palais in Paris in response to work by sculptor Anish Kapoor and recently worked on two sound installations with famed German artist / photographer Andreas Gursky.
5-piece electronic outfit Vessels made a welcome return with their fourth album before summer 2017. The Leeds-based act signed with Different Recordings (the electronic imprint of [PIAS]) at the beginning of 2016, who reissued their critically acclaimed third album Dilate. The band quickly followed the album’s success with two new singles in ‘4AM’and ‘Are You Trending?’ both rising to the top of the Hype Machine Chart and picking up big BBC 6 Music support. Appearances at Glastonbury + Melt! plus support slots with Battles and Flume have further helped establish them as one of the most exciting live electronic outfits.
„We became Vessels in 2005 after a number of years playing together in a post-hardcore band. We realised during that period that we wanted to be making interesting and dynamic instrumental rock music. At the time we were listening to bands such as Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky and the Appleseed Cast among many others. Gradually our passion for electronic music has creeped into the Vessels sound.”
Their latest album "The Great Distraction" was released last year and a lot of material from this album will definitely be heard during their performance at Audioriver.
Alegria & Artiztix represent the Poznań-based DrumObsession collective which promotes the best strains of jungle & drum & bass. Alegria is its driving force and mastermind, Artiztix - its founding father. But that’s not all they do. Alegria hosts two weekly radio shows and Artiztix runs the Drum And Bass Poznań project. Both of them boast versatility in their sets, but the former is definitely most partial to the futuristic vibes of Autonomic to soulful melodies, while the latter loves to roll it out in a darker Metalheadz style, intertwined with raw and techy rollers.
DrumObsession were the first in Poland ever to book artists like Halogenix, Icicle and Technimatic. The event name obliges: both Piotr and Grzegorz are obsessed with this music as well as honing their DJ skills. This year marks the third Audioriver appearance for Alegria, while Artiztix makes his festival debut. What will come out of their joined forces? One thing’s for sure - it sure as hell will be interesting!
Lasse Bruhn Svendsen (that's his full name) produces an organic, melodic and nomadic style of groovy techno, which paints tonal stories that invoke the primal parts of your feral imagination. After starting his solo project in 2011 releasing a series of EPs and remixes on various labels, the ripples spread via live performances, and a breakthrough into the international scene came in 2014.
„I was never trained in any instrument, but always fooled around with them, learned a bit of guitar as a kid, but only standard stuff. I was very attracted by the thought of playing multiple sounds simultaneously and experimented with old turntables and reel-to-reel tapes found in flea markets, effect pedals and such. Finally, I saved enough money to get a pair of 1210’s at the age of 15 and started mixing. Then bought my first sampler and HD recorder in 96, and here we are 20 years later, ha!”
Touring through Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa, performing at festivals such as BOOM, Fusion and Burning Man, the world quickly awoke to his enchanting vibrations. While exploring a myriad of styles and musical traditions, Be Svendsen’s live showdowns has developed into a melting pot of hypnotic desert-circus-shaman-cowboy- techno, incorporating elements of vocals, teased field-recordings, nostalgic samples and live instruments.
His performance takes the audience on a deep experimental journey, allowing the receivers to celebrate the light and dark parts of existence. It never fails to create an intense, shared experience that evokes big smiles and open hearts on the dance floor. „The music should ultimately connect you to a bigger picture. The goal is to express and convey a feeling, and to behold the moment – the essence of oscillating between a smile and a tear. I like to bring tragedy and humor together, and invite them up for a dance”
Constantly evolving and eager to experiment, both musically and in life. He often balances on the verge of trashiness, trying to do it with style that takes roots in Tarantino movies - another big inspiration. Looking for his own sound across genres, he stretches his compositions from deep house, through tech-house, to the more melodic kinds of techno. Keywords: jungle, anxiety. His sets are varied, as he tries to incorporate different musical currents that permeate both his head and his music collection.
Although collecting vinyls and slowly acquiring skills since 2008, he counts as his first serious performance an illegal rave under Wrocław's Millenium Bridge in summer 2015. Later that year a DJ contest put him behind the decks of his favourite Polish club, Das Lokal, where he could finally present his set-building skills to a wider audience. After earning local recognition quite swiftly, he was invited to support many artists he admires (such as Patrice Bäumel), line festivals he loves (like Plötzlich Am Meer) or play in clubs in his musical mecca - Berlin (e.g. Club der Visionäre’s Hoppetosse). While he attaches significant importance to the kind of gig he's playing and adjusts accordingly, he enjoys dark sweaty clubs quite as much as green open spaces.
DJ, producer, and record label owner who helped launch the underground club scene in Asia during the early 1990s, and today plays at nightclubs across the world. „It was the true beginning of me making my life of music. I loved Hong Kong of course and ended up staying for six years. The DJ gig was, again, in a commercial bar but during the first few years there I started playing most nights incognito across the road in another empty club. I was lucky enough to be a part of the earliest dance music movement in that country and really helped shape the scene there. I was also fortunate to discover Koh Pha Ngan in Thailand really early on in 1992. Think hippies playing drums on the beach for full moon and two hours electricity a day. I visited that island, Haad Rin in particular, for months, playing sunrise sets on the beach and then for days at a little hidden club. Well, a wooden shack that was a snooker venue before it transformed, called the backyard.”
In 1997 he had returned to the UK to attempt to start a DJ career there. Renowned for his DJ sets that mix varieties of electronic dance music into the early hours of the morning, as well as for his antics behind the turntables in the DJ booth, Burridge was a member of England's Tyrant Soundsystem (along with DJs Craig Richards, ATTICA (Graham Duncan) and Sasha) and has mixed albums for labels such as Global Underground and Balance.
In 2011, Burridge launched a new project encompassing daytime events and a record label. Titled 'All Day I Dream', Burridge began investigating a new musical direction that leaned towards the more melodic and melancholic sounds of house and techno which have since grown enormously in popularity.
"I wanted to create a place for people to get to know each other again. Back in the day when people use to use chat room boards, people from London would know people from New York having never met them. I would like to create that sort of community where you travel around the world and people have common ground."
Burridge's popularity has grown exponentially once again in recent years, both through his ADID brand but also through his affiliation with Burning Man festival. Burridge's seven to ten hour DJ sets each closing Sunday are one of the playa's best kept little secrets. All Day I Dream continue to grow and support and nurture emerging artists such as Yokoo, Lost Desert, Bedouin, Gorje & Izhevski, Hoj and many more.
DJ with over 15-years’ experience, who is not only performing in Polish and international clubs and festivals but also co-creating and promoting many electronic events’ around Poland.
He’s one of the promoters behind Audioriver, engaged in creating the festival programme and responsible for artists’ bookings. Thanks to his effort, during the last 12 years artists like Underworld, Richie Hawtin, Sven Väth, Ben Klock, Dubfire, Solomun, Tale Of Us, Nina Kraviz and many more have performed in Plock.
Nowadays, as a DJ he holds residency in one of the best known Polish clubs - Smolna, where during his sets he’s switching between many different electronic music genres – going from deep house to techno.
He made his first steps in electronic scene in 2001. That’s when he started co-operating with legendary Warsaw clubs, like Klatka, W5 and Piekarnia.
DJ and promoter of events associated with the Polish club music scene since 1996. He has played a countless number of events in all leading clubs in Poland, as well as at festivals and during events organized abroad (e.g. London, Tokyo, Stockholm, Dubai). Together with Bartek Winczewski he co-founded the DJ-event agency and a series of events IMPORT! The event featured such artists as Nic Fanciulli, James Zabiela, Lottie, Seb Fontaine, Desyn Masiello, Gus Gus, D Ramirez and many others.
Glasse is also a co-author of the "Feeva!" compilation, four "IMPORT!" compilations and the mixed compilation "Solar Classics" prepared for the Solar club. Moreover, he’s also known from Radiostacja radio station, where in 1999-2004 he co-created the famous programs "Starter" and "Houserka".
Upcoming drum & bass producer with first official release on Viper Annual 2017 compilation which was also premiered by DJ Mag. His DJ sets presents wide spectrum of genre from groovy liquid rollers to highly energetic bangers with everything in between and can be listened on his show at dnbradio.com.
His works were featured on 2017 Technique Summer and Viper Summer Slammers compilations, made their way into BBC Radio 1 and were played by top names in the industry like Drumsound and Bassline Smith, Miss Trouble or Benny L.
His first EP “The Night” was released earlier this year on C Recordings and got great feedbacks from respected artists like Radicall, Silence Groove or Flite. Forthcoming tracks will be featured on this year's Technique Summer LP and Logams imprint – Santoku.
His pioneering 2-step sound went on to influence everything in British electronic music, from grime to dubstep, to bands like The XX. His breakthrough track, “Sincere”, was one of the first proper garage songs to penetrate the UK top 40, and even now it is the track played religiously at 6 AM during every house party from Hackney to Hartlepool.
Cole grew up in West London. His family home was always an intensely musical environment. Dad was a singer and actor, starring in West End musicials, his grandparents both played piano and so did his mother. He ended up studying at the Royal College of Music, and that classical background still informs much of the way he crafts electronic music. “Those earlier years learning in the classical world really trained my ears to understand how music works and learn the language of musical expression.”
As a teenager, Cole and his mates got a hold of a music program called Octalyser for the Amiga. They would set up two computers with a DJ mixer in the middle and start switching between different chunks and samples to create their own tapes. Quickly they upgraded to the Atari and got Cubase. “I’d go out to raves, then I’d come back home to my little computer in my bedroom and try to re-create what I was hearing the clubs.” After sending his demos around, he ended up with a job at the cult label Sound of the Underground, and the rest, as they say, is history. By 1998, “Sincere” was into the top 40 and in 2000 he got his first top 10 single with “Crazy Love”.
Over the years, Cole has established himself both as one of the most consistent producers in Britain and a mastermind for bringing through new talent. He’s produced tracks across the spectrum for artists like Dizzee Rascal, Katy B, and Example. In 2014, he co-wrote and produced “Nobody But You” for Mary J Blige, alongside Sam Smith.
Looking back on a twenty year career, it would be easy for Cole to become entrenched in the past and just try to re-create those 2000s days, but instead his obsession is the new. He talks glowingly about D&B, Amy Winehouse and early Radiohead, but what happened yesterday is still what is inspiring him the most when making music. His record label, 892, is one that rapidly adjusts to the changing face of the modern music industry, and when you add that to The Gin Factory, he’s created a innovative platform not just for himself, but for new artists as well. “The best stuff right now is coming from the underground. The artists making stuff that’s real and connected to their lives, without this industry point of view. I am trying to capture that in this record.”
British drum & bass icon and one of the most recognisable talents in all of underground electronic music. He is a pivotal figure who has been at the heart of his genre for many years and was a pioneer in the earliest days of jungle, who has continued to showcase the genre to crowds around the world. He was aged just 14, way back in the 80's, that Nicky started playing records. Initially mixing up electro, he moved on to house music, rave and much more on the booming London pirate scene, playing on various radio stations.
As a producer Nicky has turned out sporadic but essential tunes such as his Spam EP, but primarily he has focussed on DJing. In his time he has showcased his skills on many official mix CDs for everyone from Azuli to Ministry of Sound and he also runs the label Kartoons, which put out his anthem ‘Two Degrees’. Still influenced by his mother’s jazz collection, Nicky has formed DJ partnerships with the likes of Clarky and Stevie Hyper D and recordings of some of their sets are still regarded as classic of the genre. Always playing high profile events, clubs and festivals all over the world, Nicky Blackmarket is very much an essential part of the global drum & bass scene.
„I'm still playing out almost every weekend, which is a blessing. Back then we didn't know so much about what was happening and what would happen, but there was a core of us and we were just happy to be playing music, just like I am today.
MC FATMAN D
One of the scene’s most imitable MCs. Resident at Warning, one of the UK’s longest standing D&B events, his lyrical and performance dexterity still carry the same heavyweight impact when he first picked up the mic nearly 20 years ago.
A versatile MC flexing numerous styles – high energy, reggae twist, ragga, double time, rap – his rise to the top was as fast and as furious as the music itself. The late 90s was a golden time for MCs establishing their key role in drum & bass and Fatman secured his place in rave history both as a solo artist and as battle maestro with fellow lyrical luminary Foxy, forming the mighty New Breed outfit. New Breed remains one of the most notorious MC/DJ performance outfits as Fatman and Foxy are joined by Majistrate, Rekless, Dazzler, Herbzie, Evil B, Eksman and Shortston.
Firing into the 21st century, Fatman grew from strength to strength adding new stamps to his passport on the roving regular. From Ultrafest Miami to Sunbeatz Ibiza, Fatman’s chiselled a sterling reputation to rouse crowds of thousands on all corners of the globe.
More recently he’s also developed his reputation on the business side of the scene; his label Biological Beats has been a solid platform for the most exciting new producers such as Macky Gee, Jayline, Turno, Dominator and Hizzleguy. With regular rotation from the tastemakers far and wide (Hazard, Hype, Crissy Criss, Logan D, Bailey, Sub Zero, Blackmarket, the list goes on…). Biological Beats comes armed with its own agency, parties and an exciting new sister brand Young Guns.
Raidho is one of the twenty-four runes that comprise the oldest form of the runic alphabets. It represent important changes and personal development in all spheres of life. Raidho is a manifestation of rhythm and cosmic equilibrium, determined by the cyclical movement of sunrise and sunset and the changing seasons. It supports and surrounds the protection of dreams, it also helps in their proper sense. This is where the name of the new musical project came into being, founded by one of the already known tech house artists –Simon Mattson. Inspired by the music of such producers as Satori, Sabo, Acid Pauli, Bedouin and Rampue - slower electronic music with ethnic elements. In his recent work and sets you can expect magical raptures, hypnotic sounds and ethnic vocals. The first EP was released by the Bar25 music label, which is named after the legendary Berlin Bar25 Club. All the tracks from the release got featured in Top30 Electronica / Downtempo Charts on Beatport and was supported by such names as Acid Pauli, Audiofly, Blond:Ish, Be Svendsen to name a few.
His story could be a techno fairytale: starting out with teenage bedroom productions, now playing around the world. People love his music - not only because he still is the congenial guy with a trashy sense of humour, but also because with his no frills, tender live-sets, he invades everyone’s hearts and minds. Techno reacting to the sun like the sea reacts to the moon. House inhaled by pop music, descending over the dance-floor like schlepp-bass thunder. Rampue is not only the first to play this internationally-hyped sound, but also the best.
Being part of Audiolith Records, Rampue proves that the techno pie is no longer divided between the same old labels. During the past years, he played around the globe and managed to win thousands of friends and fans in all corners of the world. Fusion Festival, Burning Man, Beirut, Istanbul, Kiev: Rampue doesn’t orbit from club to club, but from continent to continent, leaving traces of love behind. What else is there to know about him? Oh yes, his tomcat has got his own Facebook page.
UK Garage pioneer, broken beats fanatic, dub connoisseur. His pseudonyms include Zed Bias, Phuturistix, Funk Bias, Daluq, Talissman, Ruffcut Bias, Nu Design, 7 Wonders, Almighty Beatfreakz, Dekata Project – just some of the names Maddslinky, aka Dave Jones, has recorded under in the last 20 years as himself or in collaboration with others.
With a slew of seminal releases on his own Sidewinder and Sidestepper imprints, Jones then hit the UK Charts as Zed Bias in 2000 with Neighbourhood, now widely regarded as one of the all time classic UK Garage tracks.
He is cited as one of the pioneers of breakbeat garage but is always moving with – or ahead of – the times and his recent productions still grace the playlists of Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac, Benji B, Nick Grimshaw, Gilles Peterson and Mista Jam, as well as into the record boxes of DJ / producers like Toddla T, Loefah, Skream, Pearson Sound, Oneman, Julio Bashmore, Kode 9 and Martyn.
Throughout his career he has traversed genres with ease whilst all the while retaining his signature sound. It was in 2016 that he debuted on Exit Records with a three tracker featuring Zoe Violet, the release was a sign of things to come. The format was Modern U.K. soul delivered in the 160bpm axis, its this aesthetic that has now been developed with the Different Response album.
A musical talent from Manchester. Cutting his teeth on the whirlwind come-up of grime in the early part of the millennium as part of the notorious Mayhem Crew, a then teenage Slay decided that he would stay the course while his counterparts steered towards finding the crossover potential of pop-rap and attempting to fit into an industry which up until recently was not designed for grime in its pure form. This gritty determination and honesty in Slay's music has cemented a spot for him in Northern Grimes hall of fame.
Slay is a product of an era where grime was all but outlawed, ostracised by the mainstream and hit hard by the law and local authorities for its unforgiving nature and critique on todays society. The integrity and intensity of Slay is what makes him a special proposition in an era where MC's want to come up quick and make a quicker buck. This is an artist with heart and soul, and the underground credentials to back up every word.
With his recent inclusion in Red Bulls Grime-A-Side competition as part of Manchester’s semi final team, fresh announcements on music with bass heavy producer Chimpo and Coco and continuous work on his own solo efforts with legendary producer Zed Bias, Slay is an artist ready to take the culture beyond the fast hype of the internet and into making music with strength and fortitude.
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Bass Astral x Igo
Project created by Kuba Tracz and vocalist Igor Walaszek, who impressed Polish fans with their acclaimed albums "Discobolus" and "Orell". They have featured such tracks as "Juno", "It's only emotion" or "Free World".
Bass Astral and Igo form a very characteristic duo - Kuba is a producer living far from the hustle and bustle of the city, who creates sounds full of dance floor energy, and Igor is a great rock vocalist, whose voice many electronic producers would like to have on their records. They say their music is difficult to classify and it is true. Their friendship was born in the rock band Clock Machine and later, using various inspirations (including The Knife, Nicolas Jaar and John Frusciante), they created a completely innovative project. Not being familiar with electronic music before, they show a fresh perspective on this genre and bring to it completely new solutions, far from patterns and trends occurring in a similar style.
The original approach of the duo can also be seen during live performances. Their concerts are full of dance and improvisation live acts, which warm up the audience all over Poland. Bass Astral x Igo have performed in many places in the country and abroad, gaining increasing popularity among both listeners and reviewers.
Butch, aka Bülent Gürler isn’t a man interested in playing into one musical community. Born and raised in Germany’s Mainz, his foray into music began aged 11 when he witnessed a DMC championship final on TV. From then on Bülent pursued “Breakdancing, graffiti, then DJing. I stuck with DJing as it seemed to be the one I was good at.” Apparently so: succession of DJ competitions later and Bülent was a local club resident by 2002, touring as far as Japan by 2005.
By 2008 Butch’s production had synced with his DJing, following a similar route of “Trip hop, some cheesy harder techno then this kind of house and techno crossover”. That same year saw Butch commit to making collaborations a major part of his output – a trend he’s continued to this day. Collaborations have included Riva Starr, Johnny D and “a whole load of others I forgot to officially add my name to.”
Small wonder then that the list of labels Butch has worked with is equally extensive, including Moon Harbour, Visionquest, Hot Creations, Desolat, Watergate, Rekids and others. Despite the extensive discography, he regards himself outwardly at least as more of a DJ than a producer. “It’s probably fifty-fifty. When I first started touring promoters were surprised a producer could actually DJ. That’s normal now, but I want to keep that element - of surprising people with sets, not just extensive releases.”
It’s this constant drive to deliver on the dancefloor as much as on the mixdowns that sees Butch embark on a blaze of activity in 2016. His own label, Otherside, launched with a debut EP featuring himself and Ricardo Villalobos. In tandem, Butch launched a residency series titled Down The Rabbit Hole at Watergate Berlin. In a world where positioning, strategic bookings, branding and personal image are increasingly as important as the music itself, Butch, aka Bülent Gürler refuses to conform. The name means nothing – because he’s not here to dazzle or intimidate, he’s here to play.
„Well, in the words of the immortal Forrest Gump: “Butch is like a box of chocolate, you never know what to expect.” I am versatile in my taste and buy loads of different styles of music and like sorting the tunes. That way I learned how to mix different styles and still create an in-itself fitting whole. When I play a set, I also wander from style to style, but in a flow-like fashion – I won’t create cuts that waken people up from their hypnosis.”
Charly (Adam Dębski) – a representative of the drum'n'bass and jungle scene of Łódź. A surgeon of vinyl juggling. Classic rock and 80s pop-culture lover, a collector of classic and unique cars, fascinated with the history and architecture of his home city.
He started taking DJing seriously in the end of the 90s to have his first club gigs in 2000 and 2001 in Łódź. Together with his friends Krusty and Dusky, he founded Triada. Their self-distributed mix CDs "Rada 3ech Puchaczy" and the 3-decks recorded "As One Family" have already achieved cult status (burned on home PCs most of the copies aren’t playable any more). A series of events promoting them in different parts of Poland as well as projects such as "Summer Breeze" or "Unique" gathered hundreds of people in clubs. In 2004, they took the East Movement Tour in Switzerland, representing Polish scene in the country of fondue. Until the very end of one of the most famous electronic music radio show by Adam Kołaciński - "Nocny Trans" in Radio Łódź, Charly was its regular guest.
He does not like long mixing from cover to cover. He plays with music mixing styles. Do not be surprised then if you hear him smuggling breakbeat or hip hop into a drum & bass set. Today he performs so rarely that each of his sets contains unique highlights. He returns to the Audioriver stage after 12 years.
"Each gig now is an opportunity to dig through a vast collection of vinyls and rediscover the tunes that I haven’t put a needle on even for a dozen years. This is often an emotional journey" says Adam. So it will be on Audioriver!
According to billboard.com Damian is “a man who has spent the better part of two decades mystifying audiences with his DJ sets and world-class events”. Crosstown Rebels, Day Zero, Get Lost, Rebel Rave, his own DJ and production career, the discovery of a wealth of influential talents… all of these achievements and more make him not only one of the most respected exponents of the contemporary house and techno scene, but also one of its key tastemakers and pathfinders.
As a DJ, his mastery is unsurpassed. A true storyteller, Damian often holds court at those special times of the day when only his kind of DJ sets are required. Besides playing at the world’s best clubbing institutions (resident at DC10 in Ibiza for almost 10 years), Damian also specialises in performing beyond the confines of the walls of a club. He is an expert in performing his magic in extraordinary outdoor locations; jungles, beaches, the Robot Heart bus in the Nevada desert, Mayan ruins in Mexico and a whole host of other spellbinding sites around the world.
Damian’s visionary abilities are no more apparent than in the curation of music and his discovery of artists via the seminal label, Crosstown Rebels. During its 12-year lifespan, the label has been responsible for launching the careers of some of our scene’s best-known names; Jamie Jones, Art Department, Maceo Plex, Deniz Kurtel… His A&R skills are second-to-none, in direct correlation with the curation of his DJ sets. It’s his dedication to seeking out unique talents that has helped to make his label one of the most influential outlets of recent times.
Crosstown’s sorcerer-in-chief has also applied these same bewildering powers to the development of his latest collaborative artist project, Damian Lazarus and The Ancient Moons. Lazarus has been joined at the production controls by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Arctic Monkeys, Florence), with album recording sessions completed in Mexico. Taking inspiration from Lazarus’s Lazpod series, Get Lost events and Day Zero festival, this is music for deserts, jungles and sunrises.
In tandem with the album project, Damian has also conceived a live show, with band members Zulu, Ben Chetwood and Rob Gentry who perform live alongside the chief wizard himself. Damian Lazarus And The Ancient Moons hit the road in the Summer 2015, bringing a whole new dimension to festival stages and intriguing outdoor locations such as Glastonbury, Wilderness, III Points Miami, Crssd Festival and many others.
“As a DJ, you have the constant opportunity to take the easy road. You play in a club for a couple of hours, and you know ahead of time that there are a couple of tracks that will make the people’s hands go up in the air, and everyone shouts and screams. And there are easy way to make those tunes, the kind that might go to the top of the Beatport charts. But that’s not the kind of artist I am. I don’t really go for that kind of easy sound; I think I’ve always been a bit more subtle. So working in the studio, for me, has always been a slightly more difficult process. I don’t have an end game in mind, and I want to experiment.”
One of the very first artists to sign to the fledgling Hospital label way back at the turn of the millennium, Danny Byrd’s own inimitable take on soulful, vocal Drum + Bass has become a staple in the scene. His use of hip-hop, house and R&B influences has turned heads ever since his inception – he has been responsible from some massive rave anthems over the years, which has gained him Radio One success and international recognition.
Having signed to the Hospital label in the early noughties, Danny Byrd released a number of singles, such as “Do It Again” (2000), “Changes” (2001) and “Dog Hill” (2006), However, it was not until 2008 that Danny delivered his long awaited debut long player “Supersized”. Having spent years honing his craft, the album was an excellent display of his skills and featured massive anthems such as “Shock Out”, “From Bath With Love” and “Red Mist (feat I-Kay)”.
Danny’s next important release was an update of liquid rave classic “Sweet Harmony” (feat. Liquid). The hit single reached number one in the UK dance singles chart and took Danny’s sound to a whole new audience. Championing a revival of classic dance music sounds along with his own unique and forward thinking production the second Danny Byrd studio album “Rave Digger” was unleashed October 2010. His latest album, ‘Golden Ticket’ features a high calibre supporting cast of featured artists and a broad sound palette. It takes in the full spectrum of UK garage, house, hip-hop and has ensured his lasting status as a Drum and Bass icon.
What is the most important thing he has learned after all these years? “Just to work hard really, drum and bass is a full-time job. You must get up in the morning and get on with it. If you have a big track, you must make sure you have another big track coming up. I have seen producers that made a big track but just didn’t follow it up. There’s nothing better than following it up. That’s the thing I learned and that also comes back to working with Hospital: Those bigger labels, you just got to be on it”.
Simon James and Ben Hall first met at Nottingham University back in 2003. It’s a friendship and partnership that’s proved pivotal to both of them both personally and professionally. As a duo, their respective skill sets were perfectly matched: Simon was the one with the more traditional musical background while Ben had a penchant for sound engineering. United by a love of underground club nights like Stealth and Detonate in Nottingham, their passion for music from drum ‘n’ bass to house was honed after many a night and early morning dancing ‘til dawn. Needless to say, after they graduated, Messrs James and Hall made their way to London. Wasting no time with their electronic ambitions, both acquired computer software. “Because we both had the same interests in music, we thought we’d align our knowledge.”
The dance-floor-fuelled d ‘n’ b tear-up ‘Abort’ was their debut release on Viper, which made so much noise that the duo duly signed to Andy C’s Ram Recordings. With a super-successful debut album for Ram Records, remixes for Avicii, Rita Ora, Chase & Status and Nero and Winners of Best Producers as the 2016 DNB Awards, the Delta future is all about music and touring. But beyond – and also before - that, what they’re really looking for is their own lane.
“When we started coming through via Ram, the genre barriers had dropped around bass music a lot and we were keen to bridge those gaps and work across different genres: we said to Ram at the very beginning that we didn’t want to just make pure drum ‘n’ bass music, we wanted to do something different. Some people aren’t happy when you do a lot of different stuff so finding a way that incorporates different genres that feels like us took some time. When we made our album, we found that comfortable space.” says Simon.
In the end, it’s about balance. “We grew up going to dirty little raves! Because we play so many territories, in some places they like it more underground and others more mainstream. Varying what you play to suit your audience is important. A short high-powered festival set can be great but we also love Fabric. I live in the US now and we have been doing some big shows in America and Australia, but this Friday I headline Fabric – so I will get to play some old classics that wouldn’t necessarily fit in at a US festival.” I have been going since I was 16! So yes, it’s still a huge deal for us. It also inspires us to go away and write more music, whether that’s a club banger or a track with real depth.” Both Simon and Ben are wary of DJs who “play the same set for 18 months. The idea of that numbs my mind! I will spend half of Friday preparing songs for Fabric… it’s not a chore.” That same dedication goes into their new radio show, which airs Friday nights on Evolution/iHeartRadio.
Connoisseur of fine cuisine and hot sauces. When he’s not in the kitchen, he can be found running the Astrophonica label and releasing on pioneering British dance music labels such as Metalheadz and Exit Records.
As for the music Fracture makes, it isn’t easily categorisable. From stripped back rhythmic workouts to sweaty dancehall riddims via emotive compositions and catchy sample flips, Fracture’s music has a little of everything. Fresh from it’s ‘DJ Mag Breakthrough Label’ nomination Fracture’s own imprint ‘Astrophonica’ also embraces this open-minded ethic. Focused on releasing music across a spectrum of tempos it has been home to Dawn Day Night, Machinedrum, Om Unit, and Fracture’s collaboration with Sam Binga and Rider Shafique. It’s also given a platform to new talents, including Paris’ Moresounds, Sully and Tehbis & Touchy Subject.
2017’s ‘Gradients’ saw Fracture curate the label’s first various artists compilation with appearances from Astrophonica regulars, newcomers and heavy hitting guests including dBridge, Stray and DJ Earl. ‘Gradients’ encapsulates and solidifies the sound which Fracture has pushed through Astrophonica since its conception and this curating mentality has seen him provide mixes for BBC R1, Solid Steel, XLR8R and Fact and start his own live mix series.
How he describes his own sound? „Erm, kinda different? I’ve never really stuck to one style or sound within D&B. I’ve always tried to draw for outside influences. As far as I’ve been told my records have a particular sound. I guess that’s what I’ve always gone for. I like music with character. As much as I love party music, I’d say a lot of my records in the past have been a bit more psychedelic and sound scape orientated.” And what is his favorite thing to do when he’s not active in music? „My heart says it's being with my family, but my Instagram says it's drinking beer”.
One of the most known DJs and producers, Loco Dice merges other sound perspectives via his DJ sets and in his productions on labels like M_nus, Cadenza, Ovum, Four Twenty and Cocoon. There’s something there for the dreamers, as well as for those who just want to lose everything in a moment of abandon on the dance oor. His DJ sets, whether at Germany’s biggest rave Timewarp, Cocoon in Ibiza or a beach party in South America, are spontaneous orchestrations fueled by the nuances of a night/venue/crowd.
He began a fruitful studio partnership with Martin Buttrich in 2002 leading to tracks like Phatt Dope Shit, Menina Brasiliera, and Seeing Through Shadows. It’s a directorial, cinematic outlook, which permeates Dice’s everyday life, and comes not just from the outlandish escapades and scrapes that he has sometimes found himself living out in real life. It also stems from elaborate film scripts imagined as a young Loco Dice on the streets of Düsseldorf and the Kerkennah Islands in Tunisia. This continues to be a habit of Loco Dice’s today: to close his eyes for just one minute, and see a whole cornucopia of scenes and atmospheres. As one manifestation of this, visitors to Düsseldorf were early 2008 able to see an exhibition of photographs taken by Loco Dice & Martin Buttrich during the year they spent in New York City to work on the Loco Dice album. It’s an album that re-imagines the soul of a city, built from careful observations of urban tribes that crisscross and sometimes clash, of minute details and sensory impressions.
His love for music stems from hearing soul and funk in the kitchen, and holidays with his mother to Tunisia, where he ab sorbed North African and Middle Eastern folk music and occasionally sneaked away to watch his grandfather playing dice at café tables on the street. Family is how he’s always regarded the people close to him, and it’s how he regards subcultures too. A football player, he’s inspired by those who build strong teams of creative people around them. This sense of family is what he wants to create with projects like his and Buttrich’s label Desolat, and an artist management agency he run with Tom Preuss called Artist Alife. When you visit the office of Desolat and Artist Alife, you’re struck by the fact that everyone seems to come from a different cultural background. Loco Dice’s experience of Germany is one that includes friends and collaborators, who are of African, Eastern European, Italian or Turkish descent. Dice’s innate understanding of people: what they sense, what they feel, what they want to imagine, is a part of what distinguishes him from other DJs.
Loco Dice is similarly capable of inspiring, of creating that heady atmosphere that can only be experienced in a crowd of thousands. This skill of his, first cultivated at DC-10, is also no doubt informed by his experiences touring with big name hip hop artists in the ‘90s. Mark Spoon used to promise him that at some point Loco Dice would shuffle sideways from his beloved house and hip hop to “come over and be one of us”, one of the techno believers. In a sense, he was right, though Loco Dice never leaves anything behind: he still brings out classics, whether classic techno from Maurizio to Basic Channel or gritty boompty house by DJ Sneak.
The complete MC, LowQui is a genuine host, lyricist, and audience entertainer. Regarded by many as a true DJ’s MC, his ability to read crowds, compliment mix structures, and facilitate the transfer of energy between DJ and audience is second to none. Now deep into his second decade as an MC, LowQui has con nuously worked on a global scale as MC of choice for the best. Goldie, S.P.Y, Andy C, DJ Marky, dBridge, Black Sun Empire, Skream, Benga, Storm, the list goes on.
LowQui breaks down the barrier between performer and attendee like no other. His journey through breakbeat and drum & bass began back in the days of the UK hardcore scene, when the emerging sounds of jungle introduced a new wave of ragga-influenced toasting and hosting in London’s raves and club nights. Inspired lyrically by the changing face of the city around him, LowQui developed his own style to bring conscious lyrics with maximum effect on the dance floor.
Many people who know the LowQui MC, are unaware that he is also the Chelone Wolf the photographer. „I am a human with two creative outlets that I love deeply, music & photography. They are distinct art forms that luckily cross paths every now and then. On stage with my microphone I am a different person to when I’m behind my lens on a photoshoot, as the roles demand different techniques and skills. If someone knows me as MC LowQui that’s really cool, maybe one day they will find out about my photography as Chelone Wolf, and vice versa.”
International DJ, producer and remixer Tino Piontek aka. Purple Disco Machine has been on a whirlwind of a musical journey since the conception of his Deep Funk branded Disco House music project in 2009.
The Dresden-born Deep Funk innovator has racked up numerous achievements, although it was his 2013 breakthrough hit ‘My House’ that really propelled PDM onto new heights; landing the No.1 Spot within Beatport’s Deep House. Proving he’s was no one-hit-wonder, the German native recreated his previous chart domination over the next years with a series of classic original tracks including his collaborations with Boris D’lugosch and Aaeroplane and on his own tracks (“My House”, “Body Funk”, “Devil In Me”). Furthermore, over the years he has unleashed remixes for great artists such as Gorillaz, Jamiroquai, Two Door Cinema Club, New Order, Claptone, Faithless and many more.
However, it’s important to mention that Purple Disco Machine’s impressive Deep Funk grooves might not have even existed if it wasn’t for his father introducing him, at an early age, to the classic funk sounds of the 70s and 80s. This early exposure had real influence on Tino and by the time he was a teenager, he didn’t just want to listen to great music but also play it, produce it and be connected to the scene.
Tino says “This was a really important time for me as I managed to land a job at a local record store and gain a DJ residency at my local club in Dresden. Neither job paid me any money but I could have as many vinyls as I wanted from the record shop, so I had more than enough new music to play out on the weekend.”
Outside the studio, Tino is a very in-demand touring DJ and his schedule has never been busier. He’s still bringing his unparalleled Deep Funk sounds and unique mix of Disco, Nu Disco, Funk, House and Deep House straight to the dancefloor at some of the world's finest clubs festivals and events in countries. Purple Disco Machine is a longstanding resident at the hugely successful ‘Glitterbox’ events in Ibiza.
Celebrating 20 plus years since she first stood behind the turntables, Rebekah has established herself as one of the leading exponents of techno currently operating on the global circuit. Her love affair with the harder sounds stretches back to the legendary Que Club in her hometown of Birmingham where she drew influence from the likes of Dave Clarke, Derrick Carter, Richie Hawtin and Billy Nasty.
“I was 16 and I’d been out clubbing a few times. Just kind of looking at the DJ, I was like yeah that’s what I want to do. I didn’t know about the music or understand it, I just felt like DJing was for anybody. You didn’t have to go to university or have any special kind of privileges to do it. I just thought anyone off the street could do it, and that really appealed to me. I remember telling my dad, like «Dad, I wanna be a DJ! I want decks». He looked how much they were and was like, «No you’re not having those, you should have a computer!». I was like, «No I don’t want a computer! I want decks!» I really stuck with it. I was working and saved £150 or £160 which was probably the only time I ever saved up any money in my life, so I think my parents were like, «Ok, I think she’s serious about this», and they got me some turntables and then it began.”
Having made early inroads with EP’s on Naked Lunch, Smut Music, and Cult Figures, it was perhaps her remix of Matador’s “Blond Slackers” on Stolen Moments that really awakened a wider consciousness. Techno luminaries such as Chris Liebing, Adam Beyer, Tommy Four Seven all had it as a feature of their record boxes. With his interest piqued, Chris Liebing invited Rebekah to do a podcast for the infamous CLR Podcast series, and this signalled the start of an ongoing relationship with the monolithic label. Her relationship with CLR continued next years reasserting her position on the global techno scene.
In 2014 she released her first “Elements” EP which represented her holistic outlook on life by releasing a series of EPs that trace the input of the four elements of Fire, Air, Water and Earth have on the lives of people. In 2016 she continued the narrative started with the EP and launched her own event series of the same name with such guests as Truncate, Perc, Paula temple, Dax J. Rebekah notes is all about “bringing all the ‘elements’ together that make the experience of techno so exciting and exhilarating, be it visuals, lighting, and of course the sound system”.
In 2017 she released her first album „Fear Paralysis”. Moving partly away from the dancefloor, Rebekah has delved in to the deeper side with more ambient and breakbeat tracks, some vocal overlays but not forgetting that the dancefloor is where her heart will always be.
“Techno matches my energy and moods; I can then share this through my DJ sets and productions. It’s aggressive in many ways, and deep in others. As a genre I love the fact it’s so varied, the range of techno out there at any point is astronomical, it’s still open to so much interpretation and from a creative standpoint this is an inspiring prospect.”
Tipped as being one of Rotterdam's best kept secrets in techno, DJ/producer 'stranger' moves in mysterious ways and has quickly proven to be one to watch. His style is stronly influenced by rave scene. As Four Four Mag describes him: „Stranger tracks never quite sound like they’re straight from the 90s or straight from 2018, but they’d fit in in both eras simultaneously.”
His first musical appearance in 2014 was quickly picked up by established names as Dave Clarke, Sven Vath and Marcel Dettmann, giving his career as well as his own Self Reflektion label a major kick-start. While remaining in the background pushing forward talented artists and working on various projects such as the highly anticipated Paling Trax label, his DJ career is on the rise. His name can be found on the line-ups of some of the biggest clubs and events in techno such as Awakenings, Tresor and many others. This is not your average 'unknown artist'...
He says: “That’s what you want to do; you want to put stuff out because of your vision, not because of money. You don’t want to make any concessions because of money.”
The Los Angeles-based trio comprising Justin Boreta, Ed Ma, and Joshua Mayer continues their forward movement into 2018. Boreta, edIT, and Ooah came together around 2006, passing through various members until settling on this core trio of musicians. Together, they combined their different skills and aesthetics into the compellingly collaged whole that has become one of the most beloved live electronic acts, and distinctive recording artists, working today.
“The process between us is quite fluid at this point as its been so long. It’s a musical conversation that’s based on trust, surrender, and discipline. In fact, it’s more about the process than the final result. We challenge ourselves, dive deep, and express.”
After releasing two well received albums, many impressive concert tours (their performances are always accompanied by an impressive multimedia technique) and publishing popular remixes (today their edit of "Seven Nation Army" originally by The White Stripes, has over 60 million views on YouTube), three Americans finally satisfied the hunger of fans. This year and in May The Glitch Mob presented their latest album "The White Strip". "See Without Eyes", which boldly refers to the past work of the group, but also combines other directions.
What does one of its authors, Justin Boreta, say about the album? “See Without Eyes has elements of our first two albums, but explores new territory. We aimed to have it be a full body listening [experience] as well as have impact live. The album is a piece of us combined with all of the lives of the people who have brought it to life. We hope people connect with the music and feel something their own way, like the comfort looking at the stars.”
The final result was very positive, which is confirmed not only by the fans, but also by the reviewers. As Alexander Dias wrote at Magneticmag.com – “What these songs exemplify is The Glitch Mob’s innate ability to find the balance between music that is emotionally transcendent and poised to cause complete annihilation to a dance floor.”
Agim Dżeljilji is one of the most experienced electronic music producers in Poland. In 2004 he was one of the founders of Őszibarack group, and since 2004 released four LPs. In the meantime, as a producer, he has worked with the Husky team.
In recent years, together with Igor Pudło, Skalpel and Janek Młynarski he co-created the Nervy project, combining his fascination with the sound of synthesizers with live instruments. Today, he continues his activities under this name alone, supported by a brass section, with which he performed live in Berghain in May last year. He has also recently collaborated with techno producer Deas - they released a debut EP on the famous international label Suara as a Blooma project.
AGIM is also a great remixer - in the past he has edited tracks from Novika, Hey and Baash. Although his group work has been exceptionally successful, which is also reflected in his recent work as a member of the Męskie Grania Orchestra, the artist finally decided to try his hand at performing solo. The result of his work is a great EP titled "Votulia".
The electronic music producer, sound designer and live performer An On Bast (Anna Suda) is one of the most dynamic live talent as well as one of the deepest sound explorer of the Polish electronic scene. The year 2006 marks the beginning of her career: she publishes her first album and she is picked from thousands of applicants to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy Melbourne Edition. Her challenging approach in the research of the most high-powered sounds combination is the cornerstone of her techno live groove and experimental concerts. She abandoned gradually the use of the laptop to experiment pure freedom in her live set-up. She moves from the sampler to the drum machine, from the modular synth to effects, showing a natural and confident connection with her machines. What comes up is a performance that represents not only high-quality entertainment for the public but a complete immersion in An On Bast ́s energetic music flow.
The wide scope of An On Bast's projects allows her to compose music of different genres, delicate, surrounding, ambient (also for a theatrical and modern dance performances) and more lively, energetic, perfectly connected with the expression of the dancefloor. She also works with classical music readaptating "Sacre du Printemps" by I.Stravinsky, music of F.Chopin, film music by Krzysztof Penderecki, bringing them to the electronic music scene.
Polish producer, DJ and radio journalist based in Berlin, collector of vinyl records and items with potential to generate music. In his work he’s obsessed by the musical genres related to techno and deep evolving forms. Co-founder of Fűnfte Strasse project, which includes a radio broadcast to promote techno and electronic music. Founder and curator of Why So Silent events which include live electronic music and avant-garde silent movies. He collaborates with The Gods Planet, Semantica, Silent Season, Phorma, and Kontrafaktum labels.
Deaf Can Dance
The new project of Phil Jensky, this year's ambassador of BURN Residency. He began DJ-ing in 2005 and since that time has to become one of the most renowned DJ's in Poland. Phil was born with a significant hearing loss, forcing him to wear hearing aids which led to him creating an alias, “Deaf Can Dance”, to promote the downtempo and oriental scene, and overcome the challenges he faced.
As he said about himself: “I never wanted to be perceived as a person with hearing difficulties. I wanted to be treated the same as everyone else. For a very long time, even my friends were unaware of my dysfunction and using the hearing aids. But, over time, I noticed that I had gained a greater distance towards this situation, changing my weakness into my strength. The main idea of this project is a musical trip through the world of sounds - unusual and uncommon ones."
Project founded in 2015 by Norf, Ald and Jah. Norf is one of the godfathers of the famous Audio City (2006 - 2013) taking place in the raw spaces of the Browar Mieszczański (Wrocław). Ald was associated with the legendary Wrocław club, Droga Do mekki. He’s also the co-founder of Plug / Play and a promotor of dozens of events. Jahu is a gray eminence of the Deep Depot crew with a strong musical background although he prefers to stay out of the spotlights. Together, they are well over 100 years old, but thanks to that, they also have a great experience and heart to promote deep and often exceptional sounds among the audience.
As they says: „Norf origins are acid, Ald grew up on punk plus had an episode of drum & bass and the third one knows the notes for every Mike Oldfield tune.” And now they are carrying this nice mess to the dancefloors. So far Deep Depot hosted: Gabriel Ananda, Rampue, ANNA, Kalipo, Lee Van Dowski, Sebastian Mullaert, Einmusik, Johannes Brecht, Ripperton and The Drifter. And this list is still open and growing. They also had their share at many other events and visited clubs with their absurd sense of humor (and music) all over Poland. They are the founders of the first, two-day festival in Wrocław - Hedone Festival.
A new collective of two DJ and producers. Marcin Chumowicz and Paweł Sowa, who are well-known on Polish music scene as for their solo projects - Cocolino and Sovinsky. Under a new name they create smooth and oriental ethnic sounds. This year they signed with leading Los Angeles record label Pipe&Pochet and in the nearest future they will release 3 new pieces including remixes for foreign artists.
As they say, „Foxall is not only a producent’s duo but a name of a tribe. A tribe that is built on something far more important than its geographical location. A tribe built on shameless, cross-cultural love for music, the celebration of the beauty of the people around us and the world, and a deep, intimate relationship with Mother Earth. Slow and deep sounds sourced from the farthest corners of the world take listeners to an unique state of mind.”
DJ, producer and promoter influencing polish electronic music scene for almost 15 years. Most often you can meet her on the stage, seducing club audience with sets full of melodious compilations and mood changes. Her tunes show an unrestrained curiosity about the world of sounds and delight of its discovery. Inherent sense of aesthetics dictates the choice of only the most outstanding and sublime sounds.
Joana is permanently connected with Poznań, where she actively works in the field of electronic music promotion and club culture. For many years she has been co-organizing events under the International Day Off brand and was involved in the activities of the City Inside Art Association. In 2013, Joana made her debut as a music producer by publishing the "Save Your Tears" EP, which was released by Rec.Out. Three years later in cooperation with An On Bast she released "2 Hearts 4 Eyes" EP. Joana is striving to fulfill further musical dreams and goals.
In 2015 she founded Tama Club, which is inviting to Poznan the largest names of modern electronic music.
Kacpa - co-founder of the HeartBeats collective, as well as a resident at the Wrocław City Port rave’s, promoter and DJ. With his sets he visited most of the cool spots in our country as well as several foreign ones. He loves to intertwine deep house and techno with afro motives.
Raev is resident of the best underground club in Poland Das Lokal, also hosting a radio show called Dirty Dancing with weird, low-bpm and psychodelic music, finding his way as a producer. As a DJ he loves to play deep house and disco as much as acid techno or ambient. Vinyl & mp3 lover.
Komitet Obrony Disco
K.O.D. — Disco Defense Committee (Komitet Obrony Disco) is a collective formed by Pitti Schmitti and Kovvalsky, two DJ friends whose music is characterized by warmth and pure joy. Their broad-ranging sets include elements of disco, italo experiments, as well as house inspired by Paradise Garage. In addition to their home country of Poland, the K.O.D. has previously performed in Tel Aviv, Taipei, Berlin and Prague. They’re not afraid of good melody and vocals; they seldom say no to vodka or pizza.
Known for his own sound he carefully channels intriguing melodies striated with deep bass showcasing ability to deliver sets packed with freshness and ideally refined selection.
Over the years resident of Warsaw’s legendary Nowa Jerozolima club mastered his skills rubbing shoulders with the likes of Âme, Dixon, Etapp Kyle, DVS1, Tobias, Fur Coat, Adriatique, Vaal, Jon Hester, Mind Against, Recondite, Rebolledo, Baikal, Locked Groove, Woo York, Gaiser, Stephan Bodzin, Robert Babicz, H.o.s.h, Oliver Huntemann, Anja Schneider, Pig & Dan,Loco Dice, Martin Butrrich, M.a.n.d.y, Monika Kruse, Kaiserdisco, Damian Lazarus, Ten Walls and more.
Producer and musician from Silesia, Poland. 2007 is the year when his first musical experiments were presented under the pseudonym Psi-Acoustic, where he created ambient and down-tempo music with elements of IDM, dub and minimal techno. Two years later, he began his career making music under his real name and creating detroit techno, deep house, acid house, minimal, tech-house and future jazz. This led-him-on to collaborate with legendary Detroit label, Matrix Records.
His continued music production has focused on collaboration with the Chicago Mathematics Recordings label, which presents his more jazzy and soulful face, but not only through the "Bright shadow of a star" EP, but from a bigger thanks to the album "Mysterious Intrigue". That release boldly displayed how Kuba can combine a bit of the artistic world in jazz and underground club sound of Detroit techno and Chicago house.
Kuba often works with Minimalsoul Recordings on production and performance as well as releasing for the London based Souliner Records. The wide range of music that Kuba provides in his performances gives him the ability to improvise, which displays his live and dynamic persona and is appreciated by a variety of audiences. He not only intends to present his musical productions, but he encourages others to seek new sounds and quality aesthetics in music.
The collaboration between Keytov and Sim.on, two residents of the Poznan based Tama Club. First one is a DJ with 15 years of experience, the other is a young rascal, who in a short time became famous on the local scene. Their sets are balanced mix of sounds from deep house, through minimal to techno and trance. They are distinguished primarily by very promising productions, which they often play in their sets.
In the near future, the duo will be publishing their debut under the care of An On Bast. They are very active on the Polish underground scene, playing practically every week in the most interesting clubs in the city. Each performance, whether together or solo, is coherent and playful, which made these two stars of local afterparties, and party popping became their thing.
Two Warsaw DJs - Bert & iRobot. They've come together over 15 years ago but each of them has clocked more individual DJ-miles previously. Bert used to be a resident in legendary club Piekarnia and that was the place where Bert and iRobot created their own project (previously known as Electricity!).
Both are DJs and producers - they record under Last Robots name but they also run separate projects like Piona or Holiday 80. Their DJing cooperation evolved into studio work and now Last Robots are not only out and about at parties, but more importantly for them they also create their own sounds and remixes for other musicians, including Plastic, Fox, Artybishop and Novika.
They have also clocked several well-received edits and bootlegs: their version of the "Piosenka Młodych Wioślarzy" by the Polish all-time cult band Kult went down a storm with audiences at festivals and parties in 2008-9.
Bert is also a radio DJ and can also be heard on national radio - Czwórka Polskie Radio.
The beginning of her musical career took place during her university studies, when she discovered the broadly defined electronic music and played her first vinyl. She was affiliated with drum & bass, jungle and breakbeat for years. As Green Rose she performed in Poland supporting artists such as Roni Size, London Elektricity, John B, TeeBee, Calyx, Ed Rush, Q-Project, Pendulum, Blu Mar Ten, Lenzman, Chris Su, Utah Jazz.
In the recent years there was a turnaround in her career. The artist put her attention towards house, deep house, melodic techno, tech house and techno. The connection among her positive energy, amazing stylisation, love for oriental and flowing sounds can spice up the crowd, which cannot take their eyes of her.
Her distinctive style and sense of music is not the only factor that affects her image. It’s also strong feminine energy and charismatic expression that you can see in every minute of her performance. The energy you can feel from the people dancing to her music is the best proof of her skills. She occasionally takes part in radio shows in Polskie Radio Czwórka and Radio Kampus.
DJ and fan of slower sounds in electronic music. During his sets, he often uses a mixture of downtempo and deep house, bravely breaking the genre boundaries. With his musical selection, he has traveled several thousand kilometers and performed over a hundred gigs in various parts of Poland. Finalist of the Polish edition of the Burn Residency competition and debutant at the Audioriver festival in 2017. Since 2015, a student at the Warsaw’s Academy of Sound and the piano class at the Music School. He plans to release his debut EP in the autumn of 2018.
Meg & Discox
Two different characters sharing passion and love for music. Their sounds have recently evolved towards deep, melodious sounds with oriental accents.
Meg and Discox have been playing together for almost 30 years. On the DJ booth they feel like teenagers and the most important thing for them is to share their fresh, positive energy with the audience.
Both of them have been closely associated with the Prozak 2.0 club in Krakow for many years, where they have had the opportunity to perform with such artists as Michael Mayer, Dixon, Dominik Eulberg, Robag Wruhme, Extrawelt, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Ame, Guy J, Agoria, Apparat, Mind Against, Saschienne, Miss Kittin, Vitalic, Barnt and many others.
Musician, composer, culture activist and music producer focused on deep, detailed varieties of techno, ambient, and experimental music. He is associated with internationally recognized music labels. He creates solo, as well as in cooperation.
He's the founder of Minicromusic Rec., a music label dedicated to techno music, with a focus on its atmospheric variations, and curator of a series of cultural events devoted to experimental music, titled "Laboratory". Since 2010, he has been co-creating a radio programme devoted to electronic music, entitled "Fünfte Strasse", which is broadcasted every Sunday on Radio Kampus.
In his artistic work he uses various experimental techniques, including his personally designed modular synthesizers. He has performed at festivals in Poland (including Unsound, Up To Date Festival, Warsaw Music Week, Audioriver, Warsaw Electronic Festival), as well as abroad (China, Germany, Holland, the United States, Lithuania), and during countless cultural events at music clubs and other cultural institutions.
This duo has been active on the Polish club scene for years. They are well known to the audience of Audioriver Festival. Novika is a well-recognized vocalist; she has received three solo albums and collaborated with many producers including Hot Toddy and Lovebirds. They both work in the radio where they give additional support to the electronic scene in Poland.
One of the key player in the Polish electronic music scene, both solo and performing as Chrono Bross, with her brother Kinzo Chrome. The originator of the fabled Kraków club night, Radar, Olivia, together with her confrère Chino, remain fully committed to growing the local scene.
Many will recognize Olivia as Unsound's resident DJs, she has recently started performing live as Morskie Oko, with Steffen Bennemann and Chino, and is also the main booked of Kraków's Szpitalna 1 club. Her reputation has steadily amplified over the years thanks to her idiosyncratic track selection and excellent technical skills. Through raw and dark techno, liquid acid, deep cosmic reaches, the simplicity of electro and the warmth of house, her sets shine with originality and a strong belief in the sound she delivers.
She draws inspiration from both music and the world around her. From the future shock of Detroit techno (Mad Mike, Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, Juan Atkins, Scan 7), the distinctive Dutch sound (Clone, Creme, Bunker, Viewlexx and Rush Hour) through to the images and ideals of science fiction and technological progression throughout the 70s. The infinity of space, the unfulfilled promises of robot designs and the unexplained mysteries of paranormal phenomena all inform her approach to sound and her search for music.
Piotr Bejnar is a producer, live-performer, DJ, soundman, owner of two labels (Otake Records and 2529 KM) and definitely one of the most eccentric figures of the Polish clubbing scene. He experiments with various innovative techniques, presenting a generous spectrum of sounds, making Piotr’s live-acts a truly unique experience. It is a live improvisation to which Bejnar invites the audience to quite literally generate sounds together with him.
The idea of playing among the crowd came up accidentally. The story goes back to a gig where Bejnar had no space to place his MIDI controller and had to play with it in his hands. Since that night his friends and fans bestowed him with the title of the “Modern Talking” DJ, “Wizard from Korgland” and “Unstoppable Korg Rider”.
The tipping point in Bejnar’s career was in 2006, when his brilliant way of performing started to become popular in Poland. In 2010 he created a year-round voice-over season schedule for TVP Kultura and released his second EP “Faces in Water” and in next few years produced many new tracks. In 2014 Piotr opened his record label Otake Records releasing his debut single, “She’s Crazy”.
In 2016, Piotr who got used to shock the audience with the extraordinary format of his live acts, decided to use 3D printing and special technologies to involve listeners in the process of creating music. So the unique musical project Stay True project “Heartbeats” was born. At first, Piotr used his own heartbeat as the main musical rhythm. Then he wrote down the palpitations of his friends. After a successful experience, the track information reflected on how to make sure that during the performances the heartbeat of listeners was transmitted on his laptop.
For two years of existence of the label, Piotr managed to release 16 releases with artists from Poland, Belarus, Germany, Ireland, Thailand, Austria etc. In May 2017 Piotr came back with his first full LP which is called “Album”, where six of the twelve tracks involve a featured artist (the most recognizable voice in Poland - Krystyna Czubówna; singers Baasch and Weronika Dziedzic, guitarist Kasp and violinist Angelina Nartowska).
The shamanic alter ego of Truant, a resident of well-known Warsaw clubs Smolna and Luzztro. His musical inspirations range from oriental mantras to the wild sounds of the jungle and you can discover incredible amounts of energy mixed with slomo, downtempo and dub music in the sets.
DJ, promoter and booker of the Wrocław Project Pralnia. His music style, which he has been working on for over 15 years, is sensitive to the emotions hidden in the tracks - depending on the place, the audience and the specific event, includes such genres as minimal, tech house, house and techno. Behind the DJ booth he feels great in different roles - he can provide both strong, long-lasting closing, as well as the right warmup, patiently building the atmosphere of the event.
On the Krakow’s scene since 2002, previously known as Jolly Roger, had been a resident in such places as: Roentgen, Ministerstwo, NoBar, early Cień or the first Prozak, also he was a regular performer at the legendary Warsaw’s club Klatka or solo performances at the first three editions of the Audioriver Festival. After a few less intense years as a DJ, he returned in 2011 as Roger and ever since, you can regularly hear him in the reincarnation of Prozak - 2.0 and many other places in Krakow and all over Poland as well.
He is the originator and co-founder of the project named Narrenhaus initiated in March 2015, which during that one year won the 4th place in the Munoludy plebiscite for the 'Discovery of the Year 2015 and performed on the ‘Cities’ scene during Audioriver Festival where has gained sympathy for the club audience all over Poland. In 2018, Roger could be heard not only in Krakow, but in the whole country in such clubs like legendary Das Lokal or Sfinks 700, as well as the Smolna 38 for several times.
She was born in Berlin, but spent most of her life in Poznań. In her music, she mixes American r&b and hip-hop inspirations of the 1980s with passion for new electronics.
Her first single, produced by Mateusz Gudel "This Thing Called Love", was very well received, quickly reaching the number of 20,000 views on YouTube. Another songs (guest "Watching You" with Mentalcut and solo "Do It Right" and "123") also resulted in great interest from the music media and the first live performances.
After another great song and concert in Poland, Rosalie's debut album, entitled "Flashback", was finally released in 2018. The album was very well received by the fans and also resulted in a nomination for Fryderyk award 2018 in the category of Phonographic Debut of the Year.
A collaborative project of two influential DJs and producers – SLG and Eltron. Following their spontaneous initial collaboration ‘Otwórz Oczy’, enthusiastically received by the scene, the pair of long-time friends embarked on a string of intense back-to-back sessions across the country with a single goal in mind – to transcend their individual acts and truly melt into Seltron 400. Studio sessions feeding on that unique energy followed, yielding a series of releases on MOST Records. Lately, the duo have been busy with creating a full-on live show, one that may have a stimulating effect.
Warsaw-based artist known as a hypnotic and powerful DJ, producer and A&R of the Berlin based label voxnox Records. His unique eclectic sounds are supported by the biggest DJ’s in the electronic music scene nowadays.
2017 was a big year for Sept, he played many of the most respected venues and festivals in Europe, the highlight in his career was the debut at the dungeon of Tresor Berlin. His vinyl release on voxnox, caused major waves in the techno scene and he got signed to Elite Music Management for the worldwide bookings. To this day, he has released his music on high profile record labels such as Voxnox Records (DE), Sonntag Morgen (IT), Flash Recordings (DE), Abyss Recordings (UK) and 2651 Records (UK). In 2018 he releases his next EP on voxnox and is working at the moment on his debut album.
Warsaw-based DJ and producer mainly focused on house and techno genres. He has produced in such labels as Steyoyoke, Mono Noise or Balkan Connection and was a finalist of Burn Residency contest in 2014. He’s a part of Titan International agency ran by Philipp Straub, as well as a member of Warsaw’s dj trio T2P.
As a resident of Smolna club (Warsaw, Poland) Sincz had an opportunity to play warm-ups before such stars as Guy Gerber, Joris Voorn, Loco Dice, Ten Walls, Rodriquez Jr., Âme, Nic Fanciulli, Paco Osuna, Adam Beyer, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Magda, Jan Blomqvist, Chaim or Andy Buttler (Hercules & Love Affair). He gained his experience alongside with development of Polish club scene since he was 18 years old. Back then, in 2006, he played his first set in famous Piekarnia club and only one year later he started to organize bookings for afterparties in legendary Tomba Tomba club. A breakthrough point in his career came with participation in Burn Residency competition in Ibiza. He was honored to learn from Carl Cox, John Digweed, Pete Tong and Philipp Straub and played in best clubs on the island.
Nowadays Sincz focuses on his producing career in the studio. His cooperation with Pysh resulted in two successful releases: “Kawalerskie” in Steyoyoke and “Panieński” in Mono Noise.
Originally from Poland, Sound Traveler creates music with instrumentalists and singers in Cuba and Caribbean. He publishes fusion projects on his own label Sound Traveler Records, where electronic beats meet Aafrican rhythms, jazz improvisations and indigenous vocals. His song „Trip To Cuba” won the Dubspot New York and Ninja Tune Records contest.
As a DJ he creates hypnotising musical journeys into disco, house and techno music, topped with African and Caribbean sounds and other surprising themes from around the globe. He draws inspiration from dance meditations and shamanic ceremonies. Since starting his career in 2001 he shared stages with exceptional artists who influnce his style: Dixon, Coldcut, The Orb, Digitalism, AtJazz, James Blake, Trickski, Groove Armada, Jose Gonzales, Daniel Bell, Patrick Pulsinger, Jori Hulkonnen, Jazzanova, among others.
He traveled to over fifty countries on six continents while performing DJ gigs, digging into local cultures, searching for inspirations, finding little known music.
Cracow-based producer with a large number of EPs to his credit. Having lived in Cracow for several years, he used to organize events at NoBar music bar, as well as host parties with international headliners in Bledne Kolo and the original Prozak club, among other venues.
Years ago, Langner released his debut tracks on vinyl in the British labels Twisted Frequency and Baroque Records. Following the debut, his productions enjoyed support of Sasha, John Digweed, Herman Cattaneo and Nick Warren, who frequently included them in their tracklists. Moreover, Langner hosted his very own show on the New York-based Proton Radio, being the very first Pole to do so. Foreign reviewers often list Langner among the most experienced Polish Djs.
Thomas’s production skills gained recognition of the British Dusky duo, who included his ‚Dirty Talk’ in their Top Ten Tracks Chart published in the FACT magazine. This led to remix work with top deep house producers and releases on Swedish Spirit Soul Rec. and British Anjunadeep.
Thomas has always been inextricably associated with the cyclical gigs ‚Communication’ and ‚AURA’, hosted in Rura Klub, Czestochowa, and Prozak, Cracow, respectively. When producing, he draws inspirations from the sounds that have shaped his musical taste over the years.
Lucjan began DJng in one of Cracow’s iconic venues - Antykwariat. Since the very beginning, his sets have been dominated by melodic tracks and over the years, he has been rocking Cracow’s crowd with his blend of deep house, progressive and melodic techno.
In mid 2004 Lucjan emigrated to Jersey island, where he continued to host parties in one of the local clubs. He returned to his hometown, Cracow, in 2006, and soon afterwards started to compose his own tracks, which got released by Baroque, Dust and Audio Tonic labels.
In the following years, Lucjan became the resident DJ at Prozak and Bledne Kolo, Cracow, and was regularly invited to play at the most famous Polish clubs such as Piekarnia, Rura and Sfinks. Moreover, he intensified production work and cooperation wth Dust label. The tracks released by the label gained widespread support of world-famous artists such as Hernan Cattaneo, Andrew K, Flash Brothers, Tony Thomas, Mashtronic, MOS and Luke Porter.
For many clubbers, Lucjan and Thomas Langner b2b sets are the epitome of never-ending stories and unforgettable moments of iconic events in Southern Poland.
Electronic music duet created by Łukasz Zieliński (VACOS) and William Malcolm (NIGHTRUN87). Their dark and brooding compositions will take you on a journey into the void of the synthesized unknown. Their show is a fully hardware-live act with no computer on stage. Vacos Malcolm debut album “Lost Reflections” will be out in 2018.
Polish DJ, promoter and producer, based in Płock, member of Audiobar Collective. As a DJ, he spent many years behind turntables, playing around the country, he has played the biggest clubs and festivals. This year, he made his debut as a producer in Default Position record label. The label is based in London and works with such artists as Sebastian Mullaert aka Minilogue or Terry Francis. He also worked with Polish label White Widow. He will also soon release his materials in Piotr Bejnar’s label Otake Records.
Vidno is a true music aficionado, fully dedicated to the discovery and promotion of the electronic music community. His sets are known for having a predominance of deep sound and well-considered selections.
She landed in Berlin following a wavy voyage down from planet techno many BPMs ago. A purveyor of hypnotic grooves, Vonda7 speaks in synthesised melodies and laughs in heavy basslines that wash over you like what can only be described as a seriously slick musical baptism. Her talent in the studio, vast record collection and innate ability to shake up the driest of crowds with her diverse eclectic sets is leading to international acclaim.
In a previous life, she earned her stripes interviewing DJs & producers, and shooting videos from the parties in her home town Poznan (PL). Her never-ending bond with electronic music led her straight to the front doors of the very prestigious SAE in Amsterdam, which in turn kicked off a new chapter for her within house & techno. She loves her analogue setup and combines it with digital technologies.
“A producer who accomplishes that weird postmodern trick of making music that is so rooted in a specific time and place it induces sensory throwback for events you weren’t even around for. As it turns out, this is good solid techno one can imagine from many halcyon nights of yore, yet it also sounds so current.” (Decoded Magazine)