Antal Heitlager Co-Founder Rush Hour Music Amsterdam…
Preferring not to put a name to his style, the most he’ll concede is that his music is about a diversity that feels soulful, raw & spiritual….
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Born and raised in Amsterdam, Maxi was introduced to music at an early age by his Indian father and Dutch mother, whose early life was informed by her father’s involvement in COBRA, a pan-European arts collective of free-thinking radicals founded shortly after the Second World War. Maxi credits his emotional, open-minded production style to the free thinking approach to life passed on by his parents and Grandfather, Constant. “There’s no theoretical approach,” he says. “I just make what I feel.” Maxi’s musical journey began in earnest when he fell in love with hip-hop aged 13. Trips to the Fat Beats record shop in Amsterdam ignited a life-long love affair with crate digging, and opened his eyes to the music that inspired his favourite hip-hop producers – a classic blend of disco, funk and soul, with a side order of bustling breaks from weird and wonderful rock, Afrobeat and Latin records.
As he grew up, his attention turned more towards house and techno. He was already an accomplished beatmaker, knocking out Kindred Spirits style experimental soul and hip-hop beats, but now he had a new focus. Utilizing his collection of analogue synths and drum machines – paid for through endless hours working as a chef in his home city – he began to create pulsating, stargazing house and techno tunes.In between late night sessions locked in his studio, he’d hook up with friends from the Amsterdam scene, fellow producers such as Young Marco, San Proper, Awanto 3 and, of course, Tom Trago. Like others in the scene, he relishes the chemistry that comes from like-minded friends having fun. It was through these regular studio and DJ sessions that he found himself signed up to Tom Trago’s Voyage Direct imprint, the label he runs with Amsterdam heavyweights Rush Hour. Maxi has already released two 12” singles through the label, with a third due later in 2014.
Having long since abandoned his job as a chef to concentrate on making music and DJing – his other great passion – there’s a feeling that Maxi is on the verge of a great breakthrough. He has a series of solo and collaborative releases lined up for 2014, and is beginning to get DJ bookings around Europe. After such an intense, impressive apprenticeship, there’s no doubt his time has come.
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Since Tim Hoeben started out djing he has been making waves in Amsterdam, as resident of the memorable Trouw, Studio 80 and Disco Dolly. Tims latest winning moment comes with his new club night ’33/45′ at Studio 80. This night gives him the opportunity to invite his favorite (inter)national artists for long out-of-the-box dj sets, on a bi-monthly basis.
Last summer was his best one yet, playing at six of the biggest festivals, like Welcome to the Future, Lowlands and Mysteryland. To pin point his style: it keeps evolving for the better, his sets are a guarantee for a collection of old and new house styles. Mixed with grimy acid, renowned disco and funky beats. Creating a playful atmosphere at any given place and time.
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Awanto 3, the alter ego of Steven de Peven, set foot on this earth just a few years ago, although his musical career has been ongoing for 20 years already. Growing up with two uncles on his mother’s side who had a disco drive-in show, and a father who played oboe in an orchestra, there was no escape from music whatsoever.
Those two foundations have contributed to his broad interest in music, from jazz, hip hop, soul and latin, to house, techno, juke and booty. He already had his first residency at the age of seventeen in a notorious club called Piranha in the northern Dutch city of Den Helder, where he spoiled the scum of the earth with his house records. Shortly after moving to Amsterdam at 22, he hosted his own jazz-oriented club night in the infamous Vaaghuyzen, which eventually got him into the legendary club Mazzo.
During this period of time he met Kid Sublime and both hopped onboard a musical rollercoaster, starting to produce music together; Steven on his MPC2000, which is still his most loyal tool for productions. They found themselves as true hit wonders and named their music Filterjazz, or big band on prozac. Dressed up like vagabonds they left a musical trace of absurd hilarity throughout Amsterdam, which resulted in the Nana EP and ended with their debut album Iller Dan Je Ouders. The album got great reviews internationally; Theo Parrish and Moodyman used to get high on it and even animals like cats and dogs stayed quiet for minutes listening to it. Also at that same time Steven started his own record label, Zephon’s Mom, on which he released Mocky amongst others. The electro label Klakson, in collaboration with Steffi and Dexter, was also born during that Mazzo era.
After his break-up with Kid Sublime, Steven found another musical soulmate: Aardvarck got him back on his feet to continue the Rednose rollercoaster ride. They released the album Euh with Benny Sings and Poes (featuring Benny Sings, Mocky and Deborah Jordan). Meanwhile he handed Klakson over to Steffi, quit with Zephon’s Mom, and started to work more and more with people like San Proper, Dexter, Jan Overlast, Maximillion, and Tom Trago.
Music-wise you can expect all ranges of dance music from Awanto 3: everything from 100 bpm to 170 bpm. House, disco, techno, booty and juke, there is only one condition: there has to be soul in it, even if it’s ugly, fast and loud. Keeping the women on the dance floor is not only for his own interest, but also to keep the atmosphere balanced. Speaking of which, Awanto 3 is kinda sensitive regarding decoration and lighting. In his view, every aspect in music and ambient conditions are just as important to set the right tone. He plays his records from his gut feeling, an intuitive reaction to what is going on on the dance floor.
With releases on Soulrock, Dekmantel, Rush Hour and Voyage Direct, Clone Royal Oak, Concrete to name a few, Awanto 3 grew up fast. His debut album is due to come out in 2013. What to expect? The absolutely unexpected.
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Dutch DJ Boris Werner’s love for house music runs deep – so deep, that his passion for house music is evident in every set he plays. A venue-filling personality with a decade of experience – armed with releases starting with his first one on Remote Area and continuing on Supplement Facts, Rush Hour, Moon Harbour, Soweso, Get Physical and a residency at the world famous club TROUW – his eager performances and crowd-pleasing antics keep him in high demand across dance floors the world over, from DC-10 to Studio 80 and beyond. Cutting his teeth across some of the most influential nights in Holland, his flawless reputation to work any crowd has marked him as an exciting figure – one that’s ready to inject club-land with a refreshing, restless approach to the dance floor.
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After more than a quarter of a century involved in electronic music, it’s not an exaggeration to say that Steve Rachmad has been integral to the development of the scene in his native Netherlands. Most often associated with Detroit techno, its warm pads, rousing strings and powerful grooves, Steve is the producer, remixer and DJ who among first championed such sounds in his home country.
Amongst his earliest achievements was releasing the full length Secret Life of Machines back in 1995. A definitive techno album that was very much an instant classic from Rachmad (under his STERAC alias), 2012 sees it getting touched up, slowed down and remixed by the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Joris Voorn and more.
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Born and raised in The Hague on the Dutch coast, Makam grew up with electronic music. With his family and friends being a constant factor of new musical input, Makam decided to take musical matters into his own hands. A fortunate decision, as he had struck a creative nerve that revealed his raw talent. Emerging himself in music, he mastered the art of music production and found his own unique style.
During his career, Makam shared his infectious vision of electronic music in some of the most respected clubs (Trouw, Panoramabar, Robert Johnson, Amnesia, Fabric, Rex) and festivals (Dekmantel Festival, Awakenings, Lowlands, Weather Festival) in the world.
With his residency at Dekmantel and in Hollands most respected club Trouw Amsterdam, Makam has fully established himself as a leading producer and DJ he is nowadays.
Makam steadily keeps working on interesting new projects like ‘Amulett’, his own label that just got introduced to the world.
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William Kouam Djoko has been active in the Dutch house scene for almost a decade. Starting off with his first solo 12″ on ThirtyOneTwenty in 2009, his “Hard Loving” really marked his first breakthrough. Being picked up by some of the world’s biggest DJ’s and starring on compilations like Watergate, Cocoon and the Balance Series. Apart from being a gifted producer, William is also responsible for TrouwAmsterdam’s successful Late Night Society club night. Together with Boris Werner, they welcomed guests like Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, Wareika and Mathew Jonson. In spring 2012, William’s career took another big step when releasing “We Are Your Brothers & Sisters” on Voyage Direct, which was without doubt one of this summer’s most hypnotizing anthems. William’s energetic live & DJ-sets in which he incorporates live vocals with a super contagious stage performance have earned him spots at every major Dutch festival and some of the most renowned venues in the world.
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Carlos Valdes has been at the heart of the Amsterdam scene for years, as a DJ, label boss and promoter. His DJ sets mix up everything from hypnotic techno to kicking house and, rather than playing all the big hits, he selects the records that make most sense at the time. He is well known for his classy and considered taste. This lead to him becoming one of the Techno curators for 22tracks.
Carlos has earned a fine reputation in his own country, around Europe and also outside the continent. He was one of the residents at Amsterdams foremost club, TrouwAmsterdam. Carlos is also a resident for LET, one of Amsterdams leading party organizations. Over the years he has played esteemed clubs like Panoramabar, Robert Johnson and Concrete. Aand festivals such as Awakenings and Nachtdigital. He was invited at label nights such as Cadenza and Dekmantel and he performed at Circo Loco. He went outside of Europe to perform at the infamous D-Edge, in Sao Paulo in Brasil.
Back in 2000 he started Studio Soulrock, a much loved organization and label. It put on countless parties and hosted myriad festivals stages in the years since. He is the man behind the Vreemd club nights, which have been the most vibrant and popular way to party on a Thursday night in Amsterdam for years and he keeps on coming up with exciting new concepts. Most recently these include …Is Burning, the gay night that started at Trouw, run by Carlos and friend Sandrien.This day and night party has now spread its wings form Cruquiusgilde to MMA in Munich and more. Carlos has been responsible for unearthing and bringing on many young talents on his local scene with the parties he organizes and the music he released on his label. To date the label has released fine EPs from the likes of Bootleg Bitches, San Proper & Steven de Peven, Young Marco and Tom Trago & Awanto 3, with remixes coming from classy operators such as Genius of Time and Axel Boman.
Carlos Valdes, then, is a true musical tour de force, a person powered by passion and someone constantly on a quest for party perfection. Whether it’s his storied DJ sets, acclaimed releases on Studio Soulrock or his continued dedication to the furthering of the Dutch scene, he is an essential pillar of the dance music community.
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DJ Harvey started off as a drummer in punk bands aged thirteen with names like ‘Ersatz’ and ‘Your Dinner’ John Peel was a fan and played their stuff on UK radio. By the late-eighties, Harvey had bought a pair of decks and began DJing as part of the Tonka Sound System he founded, a now legendary collective of DJs, musicians, sound people and artists throwing warehouse parties and a weekly at the Zap in Brighton, England.
Harvey’s sound can be described as a mix of classics, house and techno, an approach which led him to star at nights such as ‘New Hard Left’ and ‘Moist’ and be a resident at Ministry Of Sound in the nineties for both Friday’s techno night and Saturdays House night. He made his name through DJing in his own unique way and was an early instigator of re-edits for his now legendary Black Cock label. “I was aware of the whole edit thing that came out of the US and Paradise Garage era and there were tracks I would play two copies of or record them to the reel to mess around with as I was Djing and re-editing for me was just an extension of that,” says Harvey. “When you have a residency you are playing records week after week breaking new stuff and it’s a way to keep things fresh and exciting and put your personality on the music.”
Quoted as saying you can’t understand the blues until you’ve had your heart broken and you can’t understand my music till you’ve had group sex on ecstasy Harvey was called The Keith Richards of dance music by Rolling Stone Magazine as they named him one of 25 DJ’s that rule the earth.
Harvey has issued a number of pioneering leftfield disco mixes now considered to be classics, including DJ ‘Late Night Sessions’ on MOS  ‘Sarcastic Study Masters’ and New Testament all of which now fetch big dollars on eBay, adding to Harvey’s cult-like status amongst connoisseurs.
In 2005 Harvey released a rock and roll album – Map Of Africa and has since gone on to find success with his Wildest Dreams band project for which he writes, and plays all instruments. He has also achieved success as Locussolus where he sings alongside featured singers including actress Sam Fox and DJ Heidi Lawden.
These days DJ Harvey tours the world at his own pace leaving plenty of time off for his other hobbies, surfing and vintage motorcycles.
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Shed is a man of action, a living example how to reinvent oneself again and again within the boundaries of electronic music. At the same time, Shed does not follow shallow trends. The Berlin-based producer firmly believes in the power of techno music. When techno was invented, Shed was not present. Born in 1975 in Frankfurt/Oder in the former GDR, he was simply too young. And also too far away from where techno was happening. As it turns out, being afar from epicentres like Berlin or Frankfurt/Main, was a blessing. Listening to the radio, Shed could absorb all kinds of music, styles and genres without being aware of the music’s point of origin, the fighting and the bitching between various cities, crews and labels. Music is music. This is not only still true, but was at the time the most famous quote from Monika Dietl. She was the first DJ who played techno on the radio in Berlin. Like no one else, she was in this for new music only and perfectly ignored the past. She did not play cheesy disco classics, but focused on new tunes from Chicago and Detroit, celebrated local scenes like the Netherlands and, most importantly, played music from the UK. Shed was hooked instantly. The sample-based sound of UK-hardcore, a quick liaison with Gabba and the back catalogue of Djax Up introduced techno to him in it’s purest form possible. Then he finally discovered Chicago and Detroit. Deep inside the ever-fascinating triangle of beats, breaks and samples, he today identifies 1995/96 as the most important time in Techno for him,
It is this very love for the early days, for a time in which nothing had been decided yet, which is shimmering through and through on his second album for Ostgut Ton. “The Traveller” is not about the cultivated yet boring DJ-tool, but pitches those qualities of techno, which got us all going in the first place. Passion, surprise and the never-ending strive to push both the human being and the machines to the limit.
It is no surprise that this passion for innovation made Shed hit the brakes in the late 90s. The more commercialised the music became around that time, the more pissed off he got. Between 1998 and 2002 he did not buy a single record.
However, he never lost the love for the music, which had changed his life. He used these years to focus his own productions. Around 2000, he had finished some tracks, which combined and contained everything close to his Techno heart, things which were almost extinct in the real world. “I’m a techno-kid, through and through”, he says and laughs. When he started shopping his demos around, the idea of his own label was already lurking behind the door. “I suddenly realised how important it was to really do it all by myself.”
What followed was not rocket science. His first EP on his own Soloaction imprint sold well, soon after that he recorded two EPs for the Amsterdam-based Delsin label, and the more he released, the clearer his musical vision became. Shed melts and merges rough and demanding dance floor skeletons with shockingly detailed melodies, harmonic structures, irresistible hooks and airy arrangements. A formula you also expose yourself to when attending one of his DJ or live gigs. A never-ending climax of the groove. Like it was in the founding days of the music, which today is a part of our culture.
In 2008, Shed released his debut album. “Shedding The Past” is a monolith up to this very day, an unique musical statement. For him, the release of the album also flipped a new switch. Straight after the record hit the shelves, he started two new labels. On “Wax” and “Equalized” he has been releasing critically acclaimed dancefloor anthems ever since. An important step to clear the table. Having wiped the slate clean, he could then focus on “The Traveller”, on which he presents his most radical tracks ever. Up until now, anyway..
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Pascal Pinkert aka Dollkraut is a unique specimen in today’s world of clean and sterile music production. The Dutch producer is best described as an analogue sound wizard with a golden touch for pop moments. His music often sounds like a past that was more beautiful, more broken and more glimmering than it actually was. Dollkraut dares to sound like no one else, cinematic and glamorous, rough and haunting. His tracks are driven by a deep love for old lo-fi fuelled recordings, 70’s space age synths and John Barry or Ennio Morricone fuzziness galore.
He has released 2 EPs on The Gym’s predecessor and sister label Doppelschall, from which the song “Loot” was a massively charted deep house hit in 2010. But for those who are not familiar with Dollkraut, it should be pointed out that most of his songs can’t be labelled as house music. Forget style talk, it’s all about his unique sound and feeling that’s both nostalgic and futuristic.
Dollkraut also received a lot of attention for his stunning reworks of Brandt Brauer Frick and Paul Frick feat. Emika. He managed to create “fake originals”: many people were convinced that his versions were the originals and the originals were the remixes…
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Some people have no doubt about it: being a DJ is all they want to do. After learning the ropes at Amsterdam’s legendary club 11, Job began his adventure into electronic music with an internship at the renowned Innervisions label in Berlin. After moving back to Amsterdam to work as the booker of Trouw, things went uphill very fast. Job currently holds his own successful residency at the famous club – Drukpers, the first party ever held at the venue – and is also active as the label manager for the popular Life and Death label. With all Job has achieved so far and a current heavy touring schedule, including appearances spanning from Burning Man to Panorama Bar, one can only wonder where he will go next.
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Optimo started in 1997, though Twitch and Jonnie Wilkes had each been DJing separately for ten years. Both had started out playing different music – Twitch – electro, noisy rock and the eighties New York punk funk of Liquid Liquid (from who they borrowed their name) and Wilkes reggae, funk and jazz. Then techno came along and Twitch co founded Scotland’s first techno club, Pure, which ran for ten years, became legendary, was the first club in Europe to book Jeff Mills, Green Velvet and Richie Hawtin. The club also spawned thee labels which released music from amongst others Coil, Chris and Cosey, Jimi Tenor and Orlando Voorn.
In 1997 they founded the clubnight Optimo as a reaction to 4/4 techno all night long. Anything goes was the philosophy and the club night proved to be a hit. “I didn’t care whether it would work or not, or whether anyone would go, it was just something I had to do,” says Twitch. “I love DJing with all my heart but at this point I was so bored with seamless mixing – it was all just too obvious, too predictable and too easy – that I had to do something to preserve my (in)sanity.”
Don’t expect easy club hits at a night at Optimo, depending on the duo’s mood, the sound will veer from sleazy funk to post punk, electro, 50’s swing and anything inbetween. According to their bio, “Serious DJs would come and watch in horror while several times, seasoned trainspotters would come up to Twitch and tell him ‘You’ve lost the plot’ or ‘You can’t play this in the Sub Club – it’s sacrielige!’ or ‘But… you started Pure, how can you do this?’. People would get really angry about it which of course only fuelled the flames!”
These days Optimo is taking the sound to the world with dates across Europe, America and Japan. And while Twitch and Wilkes remain the residents, each week Glasgow is treated to Optimo guests, who have included the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Atom Heart, Luciano, Four Tet and Justus Kohncke.
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„The craze about the music…“
…the man called Prosumer is besotted with it. Since Achim Brandenburg heartily grabbed the microphone under this moniker in 2005 for Frankfurt’s then undisputed Label Playhouse, he showed that lasciviousness, a fever for Chicago’s Jack flavour and consciousness of tradition aren’t necessarily bound to a time and a place. Vision, passion and knowledge make Prosumer a guardian of house music history and one of the formative artists, influential DJs and important producers of our days.
While deriving his name from Alvin Toffler’s techno sci-fi-bible The Third Wave (producing and consuming at the same time), Prosumer lives up to his name. With more than a decade of Hard-Wax-Record-Store-enculturation on the clock (first in Saarbrucken, then Berlin), he spent countless nights in clubs, days looking for music and years refining his art and becoming in line with the “big three”. This is not a reference to Detroit’s car companies, but the city’s musical heritage that – together with the Big Apple and the Windy city – laid the foundation for techno and house builds with the Big Apple and the Windy City.
Prosumer oscillates between these poles. That holds true for his productions, which are affected by references and historical vertexes, but never feel to be out of time or place. An album with Murat Tepeli and collaborations with Tama Sumo expand his discography for labels like the aforementioned Playhouse, Running Back or Swayzak’s 240 Volts. On the other hand – and that might be far more important – this is exemplary for his DJ work since the mid-nineties. Prosumer connects the tracks and songs of this music’s golden age with the worthwhile pieces and developments of today. Accordingly to that special feeling which is so hard to couch, he gets engaged in it from tip to toe – and so does his audience. Proved by his mission as one of the residents in Berlin’s influential club institution, on his official mix CD for that place that describes his spectrum of sound perfectly and by this certain magic that travels with and in him everywhere.
„Through his body and through his veins…“
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Motor City Drum Ensemble is a unique kind of ensemble in that it consists of just one man : Simultaneously retro and futuristic German House pioneer Danilo Plessow . He was born in 1985 in a small town in rural southern germany and soon moved to Stuttgart , the world’s cradle of the automobile and Germany’s ‘Motor City’ (w. Mercedes, Porsche, Bosch headquarters). Hence, his best known artist moniker ‘MCDE’ obviously is a reference as well to his home-town as to his first love in music, the Soul, Jazz and Techno sounds of Detroit. The ‘Drum Ensemble’ is a link to his collection of classic drum machines, technical backbone of his accomplished and renowned electronic music.
Danilo Plessow was always incredibly young at taking up things: He started playing drums at the tender age of six and discovered his love for jazz in the school big band. From eleven , he started working on his own original productions using a computer and samples. Being influenced by Jazz, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop and House, the first complete results were already released five years later (2000) on Stuttgart’s ‘Pulver Records’ under his House and Broken Beat project ‘Inverse Cinematics’ : Seven 12 inch records (‘Slow Swing’ and ‘Detroit Jazzin’ among others), an album (‘Passin’ Through’) and many remixes and compilation appearances followed, and the project gathered fans like Gilles Peterson and Rainer Trueby, with whom Danilo would collaborate later on.
After several other co-operations and solo projects in the Nujazz vein, Danilo went back to his House music roots founding ‘Motor City Drum Ensemble’ (MCDE). In 2008 he exploded into the House scene with five releases: The now legendary ‘Raw Cuts’ series on his own MCDE-label ploughed a new furrow through the often derivative Deep House genre with their own warm crackly thump that defines the enjoyable , winning sound of the ‘Raw Cuts’ aesthetic. Till today, all three singles of the cult series feature within the top 6 of Juno Records all time top selling single charts and undoubtedly they are still belonging to the most played tracks on the dance-floors.
With his challenging remix work Danilo never ceased to amaze: Great tracks for luminaries like Caribou, DJ Sprinkles, Jazzanova, Tiga, Zero7 or recently Midland’s ‘What we know’ prove that few artists tie together a traditionalist sensibility with an amazing innovation as well as MCDE does. So it’s quite obvious why – despite his youth- he ranks among the Top 10 all-time charted artists on RA. With his buoyant remix of NUfrequency’s ‘Fallen Hero’ he’s even on top of the all-time charted tracks on Resident Advisor’s DJ charts.
Revered for his chameleonic composition skills, production finesse and remix mastery, Danilo compiled his brilliant DJ Kicks LP on !K7 in 2011, which also spawned the acclaimed MCDE single ‘L.O.V.E.’ Many highly estimated podcasts (for RA/XLR8R/Juno Plus/FACTmag. a.o.) prove his impressive selection and exquisite mixing skills.
As Danilo consequently stays true to his underground roots with a variety of projects, he meanwhile has published on no less than 25 labels – on the most renowned as well as on small, homegrown imprints. For his brand-new EP ‘Send A Prayer’ he logically chose his distinguished MCDE Recordings imprint, home of the ‘Raw Cuts’, which he co-runs with his close French friend Pablo Valentino, who also releases tracks on the label as ‘Creative Swing Alliance’.
Over the last couple of years MCDE has made plenty of waves and lots of friends around the world with his incredibly mature and inventive music. He’s managed to create his own signature , deep and haunting sound injecting his tracks with an amount of roughness, energy and gritty soul which has become uncommon in times of digital production. With his deep knowledge of electronic music, his open mind and a great ear for melodies, Danilo Plessow now shows off his broad-reaching tastes and mixing chops, which made him a mainstay of the contemporary Deep House scene.
Always proving his emotional and melodic side without forgetting how to make people dance, he’s equally accomplished as a DJ . His technical ability and vast and diverse musical taste has taken him all over the globe to showcase his turntable skills playing the premier venues and festivals on all continents.
Today MCDE is renowned for his eclectic taste in music and his technical wizardry in producing, both of which have made him a globally profiled DJ and producer, who has been re-defining House music over the last years.
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Tom Trago’s relationship with music is particularly intense. “I couldn’t imagine life without music,” he says. “I feel this physical need to make music every day. It’s like my body needs it as much as it needs food, water or sunshine.”
Right now, Trago’s immersion in music is almost total. An internationally renowned DJ, producer, live performer and label owner with three critically acclaimed albums to his name, the Dutchman divides his time between all-day studio sessions, DJ gigs and live shows all over the world, and a steady stream of musical collaborations with friends from Amsterdam and beyond. You sometimes wonder how he finds any time for sleep.
Bicep are a duo that hail from Belfast, brought together through a common obsession with all things analog. Their blog, Feel My Bicep, has grown to be the first port of call for those searching for cutting-edge and hard-to-find disco (nu and old) / chicago-house / detroit techno / italo / edits and the like. Growing with an amalgamation of jazz, rock and funk helped Bicep form an obscure approach and understanding of music. After each picking up a pair of Technics turntables in their early teens, Andy and Matt set about collecting records and experimenting to find their own style. Skip forward several years and countless DJ gigs and they realized they needed to make their own brand- succumbing to, as Bicep describe it, “80s inspired analog house“
Their first 12″ on Citizen Kane’s Ghost town records sold out within a week gaining worldwide support, whilst their debut on New York’s Throne of Blood records, was among the most downloaded tracks on xlr8r.com (currently still highest rated) topped the charts on boomkat.com, and also made Tim Sweeney’s Favorite LP’s and Singles list over at Beats In Space!
In addition to a busy schedule producing original tracks (look out for Bicep’s EP2 coming early 2011 on Throne of Blood, and forthcoming releases on Mystery Meat and a host of other labels), remixing, and DJing around Europe, Asia, and the US, Bicep along with their co-pilot Rory find time to update their, FEELMYBICEP.com, providing a window into the singular aesthetic that is Bicep.
Daan Donk has been deeply involved with the house & techno culture at the infamous Beach club Woodstock 69′ and has never hesitated to look beyond the turntable platters for inspiration. Inspired to play the deeper old school house sounds and mostly obscure records which combines with proven skills on the decks and a natural ability to pick the right tune at the right time. This also means spending hours in hidden vinyl vaults to find hidden Gems and refreshing records which are timeless.
He played and performed across and beyond the country at famous venues like Club der Visionaere, Wilde Renate, Trouw, Studio 80, Paradiso, and holding his own residency at Woodstock 69′ for some steady 8 years now.
Amsterdam: Trouw, Melkweg, Paradiso, Studio 80, Chicago Social Club, Woodstock
Berlijn: Wilden Renate, Club der Visionaere
Londen: Half Baked
After receiving widespread recognition for books like “How Does He Do It?” and “Glorious Misunderstandings,” Maurits Verwoerd decided to start a career as a music producer. Though few doubted his skills as an artist, most of Maurits neighbours thought different about his compositions, causing him to start producing music in the underground dungeons of Amsterdam. Coming out occasionally, but only at night, slowly made him well known among friends and enemies as Nachtbraker (Dutch for night hawk).
The signs of exposure to a wide range of genres are clearly hearable in his music, ranging from ecstatic slow grooves to unconventional dub tracks. Critics often praise him for adopting a wide pallet of sounds and subtle, detailed percussion. While his rare but celebrated performances receive increasing recognition, it’s unquestionable that Nachtbraker will keep a lot of people comfortably awake for the coming years.
Netherlands: Studio 80, Chicago Social Club, Radion, Undercurrent etc.
Europe: Russia, Turkey, Germany, Belgium, France etc.
World: Azië, South-America etc.
Psyk, aka Manuel Anós, is nowadays firmly pegged to the actual techno scene. He doesn’t seem to deviate from his trajectory justifying thus his precocious artistic ascension (signed his first release with MINUS, at the age of 19) Getting starched in his Birthplace Madrid, very close to the home where he have been initiated to Plastikman ́s musical melancholy and Jeff Mills boiling techno he’s actually continuing serenely his career. Where many artists would have been disoriented, contented by weak ambitions, he have been refining his art, submerged passionately in underground clubs but goes back home to breath out fresh air.
Shifted is a producer with many faces. In just a few years since his first release on Luke Slater’s Mote-Evolver imprint, the UK artist successfully managed to develop his own distinctive voice within the constantly evolving techno genre. Soon after his 2011 debut he set up the Avian imprint together with fellow UK producer Ventress – an outlet bringing focus to a more stripped back and textured side of British techno. Releases on Sigha’s Our Circula Sound imprint and the Frozen Border sub-label Naked Index soon followed, as well as a one-off self-released EP for his more dance floor focussed project Pacific Blue.
Jay Daniel is a young Detroit DJ on the rise, and undoubtedly a name that will be heard often in the next couple years. Jay’s mother, singer & songwriter Naomi Daniel, is the voice behind Planet-E classics “Stars” & “Feel the Fire” which were released in the early 90’s.
Some Chemistry is Ridzert Beetstra, a producer, DJ and live act from Amsterdam. For ten years he lived in Africa and South America, where the rhythm got in his system. At the age of 14 he sharpened his sense for melodies and harmony playing as a (bass) guitarist in several punk/rock bands. These days, his electronic productions sound similar to his personality: warm and colourful. ‘The feel’ of music is more important than the quality of the kick, he says. He likes to compare his music with the experience of eating a mango. By 2012 he has obtained residencies for Next Monday’s Hangover, Morgenavond & De Nachtdivisie events throughout Amsterdam.
I started out in a bar called Drama in Kreuzberg, which has been an important hang out for the scene and one of the first bars ever to feature its own djs at the weekend. The Drama has been one of the few locations featuring house music, instead of techno dominating all the other clubs and bars at that time.
I used to play a lot of soulful vocal house and quickly became a resident at Globus/Tresor, as well as at the gay Saturdays at Café Moskau.
„My motivation is and has been a mixture of fun and communication. Verbally as well as non-verbally. I love to create and play with different moods and atmospheres. I’m still fascinated by the fact that music can release a huge amount of energy and how music creates fun, jollying anyone along without any reason or principle. Music and bass in particular make people happy!“
Since 1997, when I have been a resident at Globus/Tresor, I gradually opened up stylistically and didn’t feel the need anymore to go along the lines of the techno and house division.
Since 2001 I regularly played at the gay/lesbian „Dance with the Aliens“ parties at the old OstGut and consequently at the end of 2004 I became a resident at the new Panorama Bar and later at Berghain.
In the meantime I developed a varied style ranging from new and classic House to Techno with and a pinch of Acid, Electro and sometimes (Italo-)Disco. Altogether in my sets i want to display a
lot of bass with an optimistic swing and melody.
It is fundamental to my work as a dj that I manage to let the music, the crowd and myself run freely. I have to turn off my head and go with the flow. This always is the challenge and if it works it is big fun. Me and my crowd have to get cosy with each other.
And if I manage to build my set up and down, to go to lots of different places, it is perfect!
Longtime advocates of sonic terrorism even before banding together as the Advent in 1993, Cisco Ferreira and Colin McBean’s assault on conventional techno flourished in part because of abundant glimpses into related styles, from electro and hip-hop to techno.
Niels Luinenburg has been releasing music as Delta Funktionen since 2008. For several years before that, though, he worked in an underground vinyl store in the northern part of his native Holland. It was here that he tuned into, and began to be influenced by, rare early Detroit techno and Chicago house pressings before finally getting infected to the point of needing to contribute to the electronic music community in his own right.
Rødhåd has been socialized by Berlin’s looptechno nights and always finds the perfect balance of timeless techno to lift the dancefloor higher and higher.
His style is always deep, powerful and melancholic – from dub to techno and back to house.
At this point it is difficult for us to sum up the multi-faceted career and personality of Tony Rohr. He is Brooklyn’s bang mixed with Mid-Western politeness, and is easily one of the most original and well-liked artists in the industry.
Label owner of Prime Numbers and creator of soul edged House & Techno choice cuts, Mancunian music head, Trus’me, has seen tremendous success both for his debut LPs, ‘Working Nights’ and ‘In The Red’ as well as his hypnotic, eclectic sets around the globe.
Tsepo is coming… The charismatic and big afro’ed Dutch man born Jan van der Lugt has been bubbling under in his native Dutch scene for a couple of years now, but with a new batch of music soon to be unleashed into the wider world, it’s likely house music lovers around Europe will be soon to pick up on his talents.
For the last year, Tsepo, which means ‘hope’ in South African, has been holding down a residency at Nuno Dos Santos’s Something Happening Somewhere label nights, but has also turned the head of important people at Amsterdam’s foremost club, Trouw. As such, he has recently been installed as resident there and has already warmed up for kingpins like Laurent Garnier and Michael Meyer, which is testament to his dexterous and flexible talents as a DJ.
Influential online magazine DJ Broadcast named the talented young DJ and producer as one to watch this year, and for good reason: the music set to be released on labels including Something Happening Somewhere is deep, paired down house with plenty of raw soul, analogue roughness and subtle synth work. Inspired by classy selectors including Move D and Gerd Janson and producers like Roman Flügel, rather than rushing out his first creations into the world, Tsepo has taken his time to really find his own sonic identity. Because of that they ooze real atmosphere and, alongside his considered DJ sets, are sure to win him many fans in the coming months.
Staying within one genre or style is something that doesn’t work for Olff. There are some basics, like house and techno from Chicago and Detroit, but Olff’s interests go a lot further. Driven by a heavy bass addiction, an unconditional love for analogue synths and a craving for dusty drums, Olff discovers more and more old and new gems by the day.
Like every other creative music lover, Olff doesn’t stop at just playing records; he is building his studio bit by bit and spends more and more time discovering the secrets of old dusty machinery whilst giving in to the almost magical lure of weird little machines that, in the right hands, can be more powerful then any plug-in or software program.
Huxley, born Michael Dodman, is a name you’re sure to continue to hear more and more off after firmly cementing his place in the UK house scene this past two years. Raised on a diet of UK & US Garage, House and early rave music- Huxley has moulded his music into what is his can be called his own distinctive mark on house music.
Many deep-sea fish are bioluminescent, with extremely large eyes adapted to the dark….
Göteborg’s Alexander Berg and Nils Krogh have led the way for Swedish live house outfits in the last year, playing gigs around the world with an orchestra full of vintage drum machines and synthesizers, weaving their deep intergalactic house grooves with a distinctly human touch.
Emiel Zwart got influenced with the Techno virus in the late 90’s. Inspired by great Techno pioneers he started mixing for himself and sent a lot of demo’s to different clubs and organizations. Not long after that he was invited to play at the infamous former club Nighttown Rotterdam.
After a couple of successful gigs in Nighttown he was also performing at other clubs and party’s in and around Rotterdam and later on also contending at several DJ contests. The biggest contests were the Backspin DJ contest in Nighttown and a couple of years later the contest Q-Factor from the big organization Q-Dance. In both contests he made it through the finals. His talent was not getting unnoticed and from then he was expanding his territory throughout the whole country. Loaded with a bag full of records he was performing at famous clubs and party’s like Defqon1, Q-Base, FFWD Dance Parade, Kozzmozz (Belgium) and many more!
In 2008 Emiel Zwart has started his own organization DNA. These famous DNA party’s are held at different locations throughout the country. Some respectable quality artists like DVS1, Peter van Hoesen, Markus Suckut, Abstract Division and Invite already performed at DNA and a lot of other artists will surely be announced! In 2013 Emiel Zwart is also starting his own label named DNA_rec with his companion and friend Arjan van Rij. So watch out for some quality tracks from the man himself and other quality artists in the near future!
“When I make music and I play out, I have to open up my heart and be able to spread the same love that I get when I’m on the dancefloor,” he admits. “That warm feeling that hits my soul is the thing I aim for when producing my tracks or when I play in the club. Music is a highly emotive way of expressing myself, and when people recognize that I’m the happiest person on the planet.”
Though no release have yet surfaced, Elias is working on his debut EP with the same sort of love and understanding that he displays in his DJ sets. It could well land this year, but in the meantime catch the man at any number of his upcoming gigs and prepare to be wowed. “People need to dance more, let themselves go” Elias says. In his capable DJ hands, it would be hard not to.
Dusky are London based musicians Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman. As comfortable writing elegant orchestral pieces or stirring piano motifs as they are jackin’ house and epic techno grooves, Dusky’s diverse sounds are united by the duo’s singular aim – to compose electronic music with depth, soul and originality. Influenced by everything from classical and jazz to avant-garde electronica, the duo’s emphasis on musical depth rather than genre restrictions has seen their compositions played by DJs as diverse as Pete Tong, Vincenzo, Zane Lowe, MJ Cole, Dubfire, Sasha and Laurent Garnier. Also existing as progressive/melodic house entity Solarity, they conceived their Dusky moniker as an outlet for their more organic, wide-ranging sounds – a deeply musical expansion of their nocturnal inspirations. Always intelligent, effortlessly intricate and often emotive, Dusky’s sound glides across genres easily.
With their debut single ‘Lost In You’ (feat. vocalist Janai) offering a soul-drenched summer house anthem, the duo’s debut album ‘Stick By This’ was described as “an intoxicating album full of flashes of brilliance and innovation” by DJMag. With the album touching on ambient, dub, electronica and their organic take on house and techno, Dusky have quickly marked themselves out as producers with a uniquely broad appeal. As dance legend Pete Tong bigs them up on BBC Radio 1 and DJs like T. Williams and DMZ’s Loefah hammer their tracks on urban phenomenon Rinse FM, the future is looking bright for Dusky.
Egbert van der Gugten is making music since he was 8 years old, and nowadays have grown into one of the most promising talents within the field of electronic dance music.
He is now in the roster of the worlds biggest technolabel “Cocoon”, the dutch label “GEM” and close to be releasing his first album.
Secret Cinema, whose attention was drawn to Egbert via Myspace, invited him on the spur of the moment to his parties and his studio in 2008.
His very first vinyl was released and went down like a bomb on the dance floors and belonged to the basic vinyl inventory of Sven Väth.
With a age of just 26 he played almost every festival and club all over the world and did remixes with big international artists like; Funk D’Void, Secret Cinema, Carl Cox and Marc Romboy.
Lars Dales & Maarten Smeets have had quite a run the last few years. From making music for the hell of it, to making tens of thousands of fans all over the world happy with their releases, mixes and perfomances; It’s almost like they appeared out of thin air. With a string of releases on renowned labels like Dirt Crew, Freerange and Tsuba, they’ve sucker punched the house scene and waved around their 12” scepter to rule them all.
Jonge, bescheiden en beide voeten op de vloer kinda guy. Als hij draait komt het uit zijn tenen en dat heeft hij de laatste paar jaren steeds veelvuldiger mogen laten horen in Rotterdam en erbuiten. Recentelijk heeft hij zowel op een uitverkocht Benny Rodrigues 4U mogen openen en ook op een Balans event van Darko Esser gestaan. Tevens was hij het afgelopen jaar regelmatig te vinden in de line up van de welbekende Hey! feesten van Michel de Hey. Afgelopen jaar heeft hij met de Eigenwijs crew op Extrema Solar mogen staan en verder is hij regelmatig te gast in Rotterdamse Hotspots Toffler en Perron en mag hij ook de steun genieten van Rotterdams fijnste familie,Triphouse.
English Deep House producer Dale Howard first burst onto the scene in 2009 with his debut EP on Neurotraxx Deluxe ‘Gotta Be Deep’, which topped the Beatport Deep House chart reaching the Number 1 spot. Since then he has been making waves with an array of releases on world renowned labels like Fear Of Flying, Loco Records and many others. Aswell as having countless top 20’s and 50’s Dale has also reached Number 2 and Number 3 on the Beatport Deep House Chart with his tracks ‘Dropout’ and ‘4 Hour Bang’, which also stayed in the Top 10 for 9 weeks. In 2010 Dale launched his own imprint ‘Static Audio’, which is a hotbed for established and up and coming Deep and Tech House producers alike and features some of the biggest Deep House artists in the world. With his productions having support from artists like Richie Hawtin, Nic Fancuilli, Mark Knight, Florian Meindl, Funkagenda, Karol XVII & MB Valence, Ekkohaus, Robert Owens, Filthy Rich, Ronan Portela, Soul Miniority and a load more, Dale continues to make Top notch Deep House and has forthcoming releases on even more of the worlds finest House labels.
‘A New Jack Swing project that got progressively housier’, Citizen is the alias of Midlands-born producer Laurence Blake. As innocuous as it may sound, Citizen is anything but run-of-the-mill. As one of the house scene’s new prodigies Citizen has made quite a name for himself in a short space of time. He exploded onto the music scene with a slew of releases via Kerri Chandler’s Madtech label, Waze & Odyssey’s Street Tracks and London-based party people Love Fever Records. Support for his music has come from far and wide, with Radio 1’s Pete Tong throwing his weight behind him as well as many of his peers and, of course, the godfather Mr. Chandler.
“Hi, my name is Daan Groeneveld. I’m an Underground House DJ from Amsterdam. I grew up with electronic music which I got from my brothers, made a switch to Hiphop in my puberty and came back to house and techno through the infamous club 11 (Amsterdam, R.I.P.). I have always been inspired by the raw and more obscure sounds in electronic music. Filthy high-hats, hard kicks and nasty snares preferably out of the TR-909 drummachine. It was the introduction to ‘My Love Is Underground’ that opened the biggest door to the house sound I like the most. Nowadays I play this sound as a resident of the ‘Tomorrow is Now, Kid!’ & ‘Hideout’ party’s as well as in Amsterdams finest underground club, ‘Studio 80’! Here I try to accomplish my biggest goal: make people dance like crazy to music they don’t know!”
(Co)Creator of Fightclub, Monsters!, Katapult & Backstage. 50% of The Heykids.
Now hosting the infamous Backstage night at Chicago Social Club after throwing Katapult at Studio 80 for over three years, Chris knows a party when he sees it.
A steady presence in clubs, a host of mixtapes and a monthly radioshow POP CTRL on Red Light Radio have given Chris’ wide-ranging love for electronic music an outspoken presence in Amsterdam. He sports a sound as intelligent as it is humorous, fusing the hypnotic grooves of deephouse with the appealing hooks of popmusic. It’s a combination that intrigues the connaisseurs and charms the crowd.
For many years now, Brent Roozendaal has been seen as a strong electronic musics contender, known for his outspoken, diverse and original musical relevance. On stage, as a dj, or as the promoter of several concepts. Pushing underground dance music from the hearth. Movings crowds everywhere.
As one of the co-founders of Hessle Audio, Ben UFO has been responsible, alongside Pearson Sound and Pangaea, for some of the most varied and ground breaking releases of recent years. Having become immersed in the still emerging dubstep scenes in London and Leeds in 2005, his musical taste was shaped primarily by the DMZ and Sub Dub nights taking place in those cities. However, as tastes have shifted and scenes have fragmented, Ben UFO’s approach to the music and to Hessle Audio itself has developed.
Aril Brikha (born 1976 in Tehran, Iran) is one of the world leading Assyrian Techno musicians, he is nominated for the Best Dance album in the Swedish National radio Gold Gala award in his adopted country of Sweden.
Ibiza based Leeds bred DJs, producers, record label owners and music enthusiasts.
It’s a familiar story: A chance meeting over 10 years ago in Ibiza (where else?) forms the basis of the duo now known as Audiojack, a Leeds-based DJ and production outfit made up of Richard Burkinshaw and James Rial. Over the last decade the twosome’s initial link-up on the White Island has evolved to become a formidable outfit; rocking dancefloors from Brazil to Australia, unleashing a consistently high level of their own music and managing a label, Gruuv, that has maintained a sterling reputation for nurturing the very best in talent, new and old.
It was her older brother who introduced Barbara to vinyl when she was 13 years old. The love for music was born. When he left the parental house, his music equipment went as well. Tirelessly, she continued practicing long hours at the piano, but deep inside she craved for the stronger beats.
Barbara got captivated by the Amsterdam nightlife when she was 16 and with it she discovered Minimal and Techno. She loved its dark tones and raw beats, already played by some of her heroes.
Later on, Barbara was taught how to digitalise her sets by her close friend (and mentor) Joris. The first small gigs – mostly afterparty’s – came her way.
It was her performance two years later at an after party of Zeezout, that gave her a big head start, resulting in a position as Resident DJ at the bookings agency Zeezout.
Currently she is focused on producing her own music; music with a feeling.
Alex Salvador (Born May 1987, Amsterdam) was very young when he decided to pursue a career in music. He grew up in a musical environment because his father owned a recording studio where he often stayed.
At a young age he was influenced by house music from the 80’s and early 90’s, so it’s no wonder that some classic signature house sounds can be heard in his style. At the age of 14, Alex bought his own turntables and got many 2-Step and UK-Garage records from a DJ friend. These styles have a great impact on the way he mixes records and on how he wants to produce electronic music. Heavily addicted to music and anything that has something to do with it, that is how his friends would describe him. You should definitely keep an eye out for this guy!
Abstract Division is a young and exciting collaboration between two veteran techno artists; Paul Boex and Dave Miller. Paul is label-boss of the respected Dynamic Reflection imprint, experienced DJ and producer, and the driving force behind the series of successful Mental Evolution events in the Netherlands. Dave had earned his stripes through his longstanding career of (vinyl-only_ DJ-sets, productions with Damian Keane and as part of the Audiosculpture collective. Combining their love of and keen ear for techno that stands out from the gray majority, Abstract Division knows how to surprise, teach and get people dancing their faces off all at once.
With music being a basis of a relationship that goes way back in time, L’Atelier is here to stay. Paul Veen en Gijs van Willigen are based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and use their love for the music, starting with Hip Hop, to do what they do best; make people dance. Both coming from different corners of house music and both taking their own road towards today makes L’Atelier a duo with an own, new sound. Various influences created and shaped this sound. A sound that evolves and grows every day.
With their first tracks being finished quite some time ago, it was De Sluwe Vos’ label VEEE Music that released their first track “Ca Banera” in the beginning of 2011. Another remix followed on the same label that picked up quite some support and air play on national radio. Nowadays their releases are supported by names like Dixon, San Soda, Nicholas, William Kouam Djoko, Detroit Swindle, Robert Owens, Audiojack, Taras van de Voorde, Bas Amro, Emanuel Satie, Michel de Hey, Luciano and Mihai Popoviciu. Peak moment for 2011 clearly was hitting the number one spot in the deep/tech house chart on trackitdown together with Flavourables. “What I See” from the Ensemble EP on Manchester Underground Music received great responses and reviews and was a definite crowd pleaser.
With a future sight on some great releases and having found love and a home at ZeeZout/SALT, L’Atelier is on top of their game. L’Atelier’s DJ sets at multiple, different venues throughout the country made them one of the new homecoming talents from Amsterdam. What sets L’Atelier apart is their sense of flow. If you have ever seen L’Atelier spin, you know that what separates them from the rest of the pack is not just their skills, but their limitless energy!
Amsterdam: Studio 80, Chicago Social Club, Air, Heineken Music Hall, Westerunie, Het Sieraad, Club NL, Club UP, Barkode, Odeon & VLLA
Rotterdam: Toffler & Cultuurpodium Perron
Utrecht: TivoliVredenburg, Hal16, Winkel van Sinkel & Lux
Labels: Carnivale Music, Quanticman Records, Natural Rhythm, Klopfgeist & 4lux
Tijn is one of those DJ’s who stays till the very last moment when it comes to clubbing and isn’t afraid to dance behind the decks. He is a devoted vinyl collector and with his energy he invites the audience to go further then the feeling of euphoria. Maybe it’s because of his warm beats in combination with the drive to create an explosion on the dance floor. This will force you to listen deeper to the music he plays. Disco music from the 60’s and 70’s has taking him where he now is, creating an old Chicago / Detroit sound. But he will also surprise you with HipHop, Soul, Funk or Techno from his continued growing record collection.
Amsterdam: Studio 80, Chicago Social Club, Air, Het Sieraad, Club NL, Club Up & BAUT
As a true kid from the 80’s, I remember starting to love music while dancing in the living room to the sounds of bands like Wham! and Toto. Over the years my focus changed from Rock music to Hiphop but in the background there had always been this interest in a type of music I simply could not place. I remember describing it as ‘the jungle sound’, based on my association with energetic and rhythmic drums.
Just before my 18th birthday I discovered that what I had been looking for, were solid techno beats. After this followed many hours of looking for mixes, listening to music and visiting countless events. This went on for a couple of years until I felt it was time to contribute and give back what I had taken. As such I started collecting and playing music in front of crowds from around 2008. Over the years I noticed that the many hours that went into the music, my preferences started to become more and more puristic and experimental. The artist in me started to play an important role in collecting and playing. Around this time I started to heavily collect vinyl.
It was in 2010 that my love for this medium brought an entirely different perspective to music. It brought along the ability to be even more critical towards the music that I bought. The true digger in me arose and has brought me to a point where I can say to be quite satisfied with my collection and the path which I’m currently following. Specifically when realizing that building up a sound and solid collection, is a matter of time, dedication and knowledge. Three elements that go well hand-in-hand and with which I’m far from finished at the moment.
Nowadays my aim is to collect from deeper house or techno sounds, to dry beats, to groovy minimal. Most important however, is that the puristic artist from some years back has made place for a dj whose main focus it is to provide his audience with both a broadening musical experience and the possibility to dance their tits off.
Amsterdam: Undercurrent, Chicago Social Club, Barkode, BAUT
The last few years have been as experimentally freewheeling as any in the history of electronic music, and there are few finer examples to support that argument than London-born and bred beatsmith, George FitzGerald. With releases on Hotflush, Aus, and his own imprint, ManMakeMusic, his productions combine with exceptional style and grace both the warmer, melodic sides of house and garage with the more heated, pounding drum patterns of dubstep and techno. All the best producers have hallmarks, and FitzGerald’s are evident in his measurement, his awareness of light and space and his use of searing chord lines.
Prins Thomas is responsible for a swag of the eclectic ‘space-disco’ sounds emanating from his homeland, Norway.
Thomas is producer DJ and remixer, for himself with his own releases, Way back in time, he started playing around as a DJ at a puerile age. Viewing it as an extension of his break-dancing efforts, Thomas began mixing hip hop, electro and the likes of Arthur Baker and Shep Pettibone. He then took up the bass and played in more bands than Norway has trees.
He joined forces with Hans-Peter Lindstrøm in 2003. They both have backgrounds in different Norwegian band projects, ranging from punk to gospel to heavy metal to folk and psychedelia, but they also shared a passion for collecting records and run their own labels Feedelity, Full Pupp and Internasjonal.
So good he is known only by his first name, Serge is the man responsible for large swathes of the best electronic music out there thanks to his Clone empire. A store in Rotterdam as well as a whole network of labels, he A&Rs everything from classic house to banging basement tracks to seminal electro from the most respected names in the scene. His own productions maybe few and far between but never fail to impress, whilst his greatest skill might be as a DJ: he is someone who unearth tunes you’ve never heard before from across the ages, threads them together almost magically and has done so at every major festival and club around the world worth its salt.
Owner of Wilson Records & B4Beat Party, with a particular passion for Old School sound. Playing strictly with vinyl records only, Fabio will remind you of one of those old school DJ’s that are not afraid to experiment and add flair to their set.
His maniacal obsession for analogue machines characterizes his productions which are permeated from an old school aura. His Firs track “All Star” has been released on the American label ” House Sound Recording”, managed by Nicholas and Simoncino, two names that don’t need to be introduced, who immediately saw his great abilities from his first works.
On February, the first EP of Wilson Records has been released exclusively on vinyl and it contained tracks of: ALEX AGORE, WASHERMAN and naturally one track of the owner Fabio. A great concept and four tracks of high quality brought this EP to the top of the European Charts reaching the first position in UK (Juno) and in Germany (Decks), selling out during the pre-sale period. The big success obtained after the EP makes has left fabio a busy man with a lot of forthcoming releases.
The Massive support received from many international artists brings Fabio and his Wilson Records into the international House Panorama, making appearances at lots of parties all over the Europe.
This year sees fabio reach new levels of success, appearing at one of the most prestigious clubs in the world: Watergate.
The two aerospace engineers behind this project Tim Miles & Jaap de Laat are both very familiar with space and its mystery’s. Miles has a history of experimenting with radio waves and people say that Jaap actually sent his hamster into orbit. They both met during a lecture on Rocket Motion, which is where they also decided to take over the universe.
Their plan of attack? Expose the general population to a high dose of what is known as interplanetary music.
Their favorite quote is:”It’s not a matter of if, but when….”
Amsterdam: Air, Chicago Social Club, Studio 80, Het Sieraad & Club NL
Rotterdam: Cultuurpodium Perron
Utrecht: Soenda Festival & Hal16
Delft: Ohm Festival
Labels: Natural Rhythm & 4lux and more coming soon on Danse Club Records
Agressieve kicks, Rollende snares en Hats die door je trommelvlies snijden. Dit zijn de kenmerken van het geluid dat De Sluwe Vos produceert. Twintig jaar en met een enorme dosis passie en ervaring is Robert Vosmeijer klaar om zijn stempel op de Nederlandse House Scene te drukken.
Opgegroeid in een klein dorpje in de mist en schaduw van Deventer raakte hij op jonge leeftijd in contact met Techno en Minimal. Het was een Cd die hij kreeg van zijn Nederlands leraar wat hem deed beseffen dat dit is waar hij verder mee moest gaan. Na het aanschaffen van zijn eerste dj-set vond hij het nodig om zich op te geven voor Kunstbende. Waar hij 2e van Nederland werd. Dit gaf hem de kans om op erg jonge leeftijd in oa. Studio 80 en het westergas terrein te draaien.
In de loop van de jaren ontwikkelde Sluwe zijn geluid steeds meer. Tot op heden blijft zijn sound niet in 1 hokje te plaatsen. Dit zorgt ervoor dat hij erg flexibel is. Met een enorme muzikale kennis en een platenkeus die uit een hele andere dimensie lijkt te komen tilt hij op elk moment de avond naar een ander niveau.
Ook de dingen die uit zijn studio komen blijven niet on-opgemerkt. Zo heeft hij al veel lof ontvangen van oa: Laurent Garnier, Horatio en Florian Kruse. Maar het begon pas echt te rollen toen zijn track : “All for the $$” op nummer 1 verscheen van de chart van Shlomi Aber en vervolgens te horen was in oa. The Womb in Japan. Met een opkomende release op Assembly Records en een remix voor Strøm kan je gerust stellen dat de wereld nog lang niet af is van zijn tracks.
Als dj heeft Sluwe al een aardige bagage aan ervaring. Zijn draaistijl is het best te omschrijven als hoogst energiek. De beste man is namelijk pas tevreden als hij bloedend zwetend en totaal gebroken de club uit gaat. Hierin neemt hij zijn publiek graag mee. Dit plan van aanpak heeft hem dan ook op veel plekken gebracht: Sziget, FORMAT, Studio 80 en met zijn gloednieuwe residentie bij Club Junx op zak kan je gerust stellen dat je de komende tijd nog veel van De Sluwe Vos gaat horen!
Before the runaway success of club hit ‘Criticize’ which exploded everywhere at the beginning of the year from Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show to being featured on Beats in Space Best of 2010 Sam Watts had been DJing, putting on parties and working hard in his studio for a number of years in his home town of Brighton.
Locally Sam is known more for the schtumm! parties which he runs with long time friend and DJ partner Neal Lewis which have brought many exciting acts (often for their debut show) to Brighton over the years, from Radio Slave to mulletover and Tensnake to the Idjut Boys.
Club nights aside his studio work began more intensely when working with Thomas Gandey in Cagedbaby, which he toured with playing live in 2008 and co-write a live version of the tour which performed several shows across the globe including Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Barcelona, Rockness, Glastonbury and the O2 Festival in Hyde Park. Sam & Tom regularly still work together.
With a strong drive to be creative and improve on each project Sam has been putting long hard hours in his studio this year and already remixed Wax Motif & Neoteric, Hercules & Love Affair, The 2 Bears and Retro/Grade. As a follow up to Criticize, Maxxi Soundsystem has been signed to Nervous Records new imprint Nürvous which is dedicated to the sounds of old house music (EP out this summer). Currently working with Miami man of the moment Danny Daze on new material and London vocalist Royston there’s some really exciting new music about to drop.
Catch Maxxi Soundsystem playing live in 2011 with shows including Glastonbury, Glade, Disco Bloodbath, Ministry Of Sound, Garden Festival Croatia, We Love… @ Space Ibiza and Creamfields; proving he can rock any dancefloor that’s put in front of him; playing a set made up of his own edits and remixes plus music plucked from his 8 years experience playing in clubs.
Super productive, rather outspoken and always restless – that’s Gerd, the man who is as at home crafting classic house bangers (as NY Stomp) as he is Chicago indebted tracks (as Geeeman) and deeper fair under his given name on labels like his own reliable 4Lux, as well as Clone, Aus and many others. Such versatility in the studio also makes him a much in demand remixer, live act and DJ, with people everywhere keen to get their own slice of the magic that has produced a number of seminal tracks in the past. In fact, so hot was his ‘Palm Leaves’ track that verified legend Larry Heard was moved to remix it. With more solo productions in the pipeline and a full length album on the way, Gerd is now as acknowledged for his club-owning dexterity on the decks as he is his skills in the studio.
We are Wildkats. We come as 3.
We are not a cheerleading team, We are not a sports team, We are not fictional superheros, We are not High School Musical.
We like bass, we like synths, we like groove, we like stabs, we like disco, we like house, we like techno, we like expression, we like harmony, we like pads, we like voice, we like diagonals, we like edits, we like colour, we like loops, we like tomorrow, we like spots, we like stripes, we like steps, we like motion, we like shape, we like to run naked in the desert
We like to make music to make you dance.
Hellie Berry begint haar muzikale tocht op jonge leeftijd. Waar ze als kind door haar moeder wordt gevoed met de Soul van Aretha Franklin en Etta James, de Funk van James Brown en Sly Stone, zo zet ze de groeiende honger naar muziek voort in haar puberteit. Niet wetende dat de verhuizing naar Amsterdam haar in een bolwerk van creativiteit, spontaniteit en muzikaliteit zou brengen, stond ze uiteindelijk op menig feest als feestganger. Dansend, luisterend en boven alles de muziek en sfeer absorberend.
‘Muziek komt uit het hart’ en dat is overduidelijk te zien wanneer Hellie Berry plaatsneemt in de DJ booth. Een glimlach van oor tot oor, gloeiende wangen, tel daarbij op de karakteristieke ‘soul claps’ en het charme offensief is begonnen. Uit het geluidssysteem schellen klanken van weleer gemengd met een onmiskenbare hedendaagse groove. Van Nu-Disco naar Deep House en alles daar aan verwant, dansen en genieten zal je!
Ralf Kollmann is mobilee’s secret weapon; the quintessential double-threat who has taken the imprint to lofty heights with his business prowess, and to dancefloors worldwide with his renowned DJ skills.
Ralf Kollmann formed mobilee in partnership with Anja Schneider, and what began as a side project quickly expanded into a fully-fledged career as mobilee blossomed from a small, homegrown label into a full-on music and entertainment enterprise. Kollmann earned his stripes within the mid-1990s techno communities of Cologne and Frankfurt, before moving to Berlin in 2002; since then he has become a central figure in the development of the capital’s musical identity. Under Kollmann’s guidance, and with his discerning ear, mobilee records and offshoot label Leena have risen through the ranks since 2005 to become one of the brightest stars in Berlin’s glittering galaxy of electronic music labels.
Kollmann is a lifelong DJ and the lynchpin of mobilee’s excursions beyond its Berlin base, with appearances throughout Europe, North America and South Africa, and at the helm of extensive international tours, label showcases, and special events at Sonar and WMC. Kollmann is a meticulous DJ, with infallible technical skills and a record collection unparalleled in both depth and magnitude; its vast range colours his sets with stone-cold classics, underground favourites, exclusive cuts, and the newest of the new. It’s no coincidence that as requests for his podcasts and DJ mixes increase, that the number of his worldwide headlining gigs rises in kind.
Equally adept at packing dancefloors as he is at predicting tomorrow’s underground hit, Kollmann works tirelessly behind the scenes to hone the mobilee sound, championing the label’s artists and unearthing the future-forward new talent that will contribute to pushing the mobilee vision forward. Unafraid to journey off the well-worn path, he continues to move the label and its ever-growing collective in dynamic directions.
Throughout five years of mobilee’s history, one thing has become crystal clear: whether he is running a label or commanding a club, Ralf Kollmann hits all the right spots; he continues to be an integral part of mobilee, behind the vision, passion, and love of music that drives the extended mobilee team in all that they do, and all that will come.
Joyce Muniz is a Vienna-based, Brazilian Dj, vocalist and producer, who is currently one of the leaders of a new undefined musical style which fuses European club sounds with tropical rhythmic influences from Brazil, South America, Africa and the Carribbean, while built on a solid foundation of percussion and heavy bass.
Born in 1983 in Sao Paulo, Joyce Muniz arrived in Vienna during the mid nineties and was soon introduced to the vibrant Viennese electronic music scene. Short after her first DJ gig at the tender age of 16, she began collaborating as a vocalist with Markus Dohelsky aka Shanti Roots (Vienna Scientists) and I-Wolf (Sofa Surfers/Klein Records). In 2006, Muniz teamed up with Stereotyp and created the first Funk Mundial 12” “Uepa/Jece Valadao” (Man Recordings) and Ku bo Ep 1 and 2. In 2007, she and Shanti Roots started producing under the name of Monte Laa Prod and released their first 12”.
In 2008 she contributed her vocals to the Cusmos (Herwig Kusatz ad Karl Möestls) track “Garoto,” which is was released on the Kruder & Dorfmeister label G-stone. Joyce Muniz also did some collaboration with Flore, Buscemi and Skero. Her first solo release “Party Over Here” debuted November 2010 on Shir Khan’s well known label Exploited and received massive DJ support throughout Europe. DJ Mag has hailed it “the electro single of the month”.
Joyce Muniz second release “Bedstories” was heavy pumping big-boned party house with some serious momentum reminiscent of Mr.G, Cosmin TRGs rework went somewhere far more abstract and intriguing with an Actress-alike Detroit/South London swingjackers’s mix, while Mr. Ho gave it the filtered disco-house treatment for fans of Toby Tobias or Wbeeza.
Joyce Muniz is featured as a singer on the current Munk Album “The Beat and the Bird” out on Gomma, remixed the classic house anthem “Lovely Daee” by Blaze out on Defected and just scored No.4 in the Deephouse Beatport-Charts with her “Malicia”-Single.
“Pulp Fiction” is her 3rd release on the Berlin label Exploited. With “Pulp Fiction” Joyce shows the variety of her production and music taste. For Example: Louie Austen meets Joyce Muniz: a definite must hear. The perfect mix between Sinatra, Barry White and Leonard Cohen on Joyce’s melodic house steroids. In “New in Town” Joyce teams up with Sketch who was already featured on her Top4 Deephouse-Beatport-single “Malicia”. “Pray for Peace” is pure tropical future afro house while “Back Down” is jacking house in the sense of Sneak but with those melancholic Julio Bashmore moments.
“Messing With My Mind“ Ep (part 1 and part 2) were released to the top of the Beatport charts in March and June 2012. It features a Joyce Muniz exclusive remix of the MFiddler track “When the Morning Comes“.
In addition to her DJing and production work, Joyce earned an Amadeus (Austrian equivalent to a Grammy) for her vocal work with Austrian rapper Skero on the hit single “Kabininparty”, which won the “Best Song of the Year” award, as well as 2 other nominations.
It’s fair to say that Homework, the duo born and raised in Amsterdam’s Concerto record store, have slowly been securing their place in the national and international house music stratospheres. With releases on labels like Berlin-based Exploited, 2020 Vision, Jesse Rose’s Made To Play, and Riva Starr’s Snatch! and strains of remixes erupting from their studio, the two gentlemen have garnered continuing support from a wide array of artists like Soul Clap, Axel Boman, Oliver $, Jimpster, Derrick Carter, and many others.
Both in their productions as in their dj sets Homework are always opting for an ‘anything goes’ approach towards house music. Equally passionate about both Chicago-infused vintage as modern-day deep house, it’s clear that their years as record store employees have bestowed upon them a broad taste in music.
With a globetrotter’s touring schedule to boot – from Berlin’s Panoramabar, Social Club in Paris and Amsterdam’s Studio 80 – a bright future seems to shaping up for the two cosmopolitans.
It all started, when Doctor Dru was a little boy treating his mothers pots and pans with his drumsticks. Three priorities dominated his youth, the Snare, Skateboarding & Soul Music. Soon his professional drumming career took him around Europe, supporting artists like R.Kelly in sold out concert halls. A skateboarding accident left him with two broken arms and put an abrupt end to drumming. Tweaking a mixer was still possible, and so the affair with an atari and a drummachine began. The subsequent years were about honing his production skills and spinning vinyl at numerous parties and clubs. Before long he was producing a wide variety of artists including one of his heroes, Bootsy Collins.
In 2010 he founded the label JEUDI Records, with like minded friends from Baalsaal, Hamburg and the following year saw him ghostproducing for other DJ´s and debut his own material. “Ooh Gosh!”, his debut EP sat in the Top 5 of the dancecharts for weeks. Doctor Dru was also the producer behind “Juicy Fruit”, the 2011 summer hit and success story of Exploited’s new sub label Blackjuke Box; and of the “Anymore” EP in collaboration with his buddies Adana Twins, which came out on BAALSAAL records. Recently he has teamed up with Adana Twins again for their breakthrough: the “Everyday” EP on Exploited. With his current release “The Voice Of Dru”, a smashing deep disco edit, at Nr 1 on the Beatport, Deep House Charts and with so much behind him already, we’re excited to see what the future holds for Doctor Dru.
Renowned for merging cutting edge sounds with vintage accents, Sebo K is both mobilee’s longest serving artist and its beating heart of house music.
Sebo K is a unique and influential figure within Berlin’s densely populated music community; both crowd-pleasing and credible, he is a bona fide tastemaker who distinguishes himself by exploring the connective threads between classics from Chicago and Detroit, and modern European tech house, minimal, and rolling percussive grooves.
Sebo K launched his DJ career in early-90s Berlin, as an integral member of Alec Empire’s Bass Terror, the city’s first UK-style drum & bass and breakbeat club nights. By the middle of the decade Sebo K had fallen under the spell of stateside artists like DJ Sneak, Glenn Underground and Mood II Swing, and his growing love for Chicago house and Detroit techno began to reveal itself within his club appearances throughout the city. Sebo K has been a resident DJ for internationally renowned Berlin club Watergate since 2002, and through his ‘Sebo K and Friends’ nights, his relentless international touring schedule, and with mobilee’s Back Up Vol. 1 and Watergate’s 04 mixes to his credit, a growing legion of fans both close to home and further afield has been captivated by his unique mix of the old and the new.
Despite a relatively limited discography of original productions, quality over quantity has always been the credo for Sebo K. His debut for mobilee, Too Hot, recalled an era of underground warehouse anthems and launched the then-fledgling imprint into the stratosphere. Its follow-up, the instant classic collaboration with Anja Schneider, Rancho Relaxo, established Sebo K as the up-and-comer worthy of close attention, further cemented by his breakout hits “Diva” on mobilee, and “Saxtrack” for Cecille. Alongside his timeless original productions, Sebo K has remixed some of the most respected labels and artists on the planet, including Poker Flat, Mule Electronic, Radioslave and Efdemin.
Effortlessly transitioning from deep soulfulness, to tough stripped-down sounds, and back again, Sebo K has reinforced the enduring importance of house music throughout the perpetual cycles of trends, and this ability to command a club crowd has been equaled by his exceptional productions.
As Sebo K continues on his journey with mobilee, his rising tide of successes reflects the the vision, passion, and love of music that drives him and the extended mobilee team in all that they do, and all that will come.
Heavily rooted in hip-hop, jazz, disco n funk, his view on house, minimal, and techno can be considered quite groovy with a nice dose of soul. His dj-sets have a unique blend of stripped down 909 grooves with sexy hi-hats and swingin’ bass lines occasionally drenched in catnip funk which will surely make you bounce, rock, skate n roll.
Larry’s productions follow in the same vein. Thanks to a studio filled with vintage gear, his tracks have a warm and an analog sound. After having kicked his habit to hide under cars, Larry de Kat is now slowly but surely claiming the spotlight with releases on Slapfunk, Times and Ruff.
With future vinyl releases on Lazare Hoche and a new Slapfunk EP this baddest cat is making leaps in the scenery and we know you like it.
Anil has always been a true music-addict. At the age of four he started his musical journey by playing the violin. His curiosity to discover new sounds then led him to playing the piano as well as learning the basics of drums from a good friend.
Listening to a broad variety of music Anil discovered his special love for electronic music. Back in the old days he was already listening to hardcore, which was a rage in the Netherlands at that time. Some years later he fell in love again with electronic music, but this time it was much more intense. In particular the new techno sounds in the year 2000 gave him inspiration to combine his own unique style with this kind of music. This passion has led to a continuous collection of records and a desire to never stop with this true love.
He currently stills loves the sound of older techno. However, in the last couple of years he has also started to collect house records. Anil feels these are like the older techno: “the tracks may be different, but for me it has the same old, deep and raw feelings. That’s why I really like both styles. And in my opinion one thing is for sure; old love never dies…”.
Rahaan has been dropping disco and funky house beats to retro music heads since the 80’s when he and his friends use to dance at the best house parties in Chicago – Rahaan’s home state and most importantly, the place which gave birth to House music.
Playing at house parties in Chicago obviously done Rahaan some good, as he is now a successful DJ and music producer in his own right. He recently released Rahaan Edits Vol. 1 and 2 in 2008/9 on Stillove4music record label as well as putting out some remixes on the KAT record label.
The thing about Rahaan is that he defiantly knows his art, and it is his outstanding skill behind the decks that has brought him from the Chicago underground circuit out onto the international playing field of Japan, Australia, Amsterdam, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, England, throughout America.
But before Rahaan made his presence on the global dance floor, Rahaan was playing his music from his cassette tapes with his dance crew called the Chuck Brothers. He then moved to the state of Wisconsin whereby he started to grow a serious collection of disco and house records. In 1996 Rahaan moved back to Chicago started hanging out with his old friends, forming the reunion of the Chuck Brothers once again.
During the 90’s Rahaan was building up his reputation as one of Chicago’s finest Disco/House DJ, playing at a hot club called “The Spot” and the infamous loft parties with Mr.Bill, Pee Wee and friends. This opened the door for Rahaan to perform on guest spots for Sisterz of Vision and Soul In The Hole club nights, followed by a residency “Budda Lounge” – one of Chicago’s best nightclubs.
In the year 2000 Rahaan started producing tracks for his own personal collection but this soon gained him the attention of Fourplay records who signed him up straight away. His first major track releases on this label were ‘Coming Hard’ and “No Time for Love.”
Since then, Rahaan has released numerous mixes on various websites such as Deep House and Bring The Heat, which gained him attention from other record labels and music lovers across the world. His performances have included the Southport Weekender, Northern Soul and Bring The Heat parties, which you can view on the website.
In between touring Rahaan is busy producing soulful disco and house music for Australian singer Christine Eva and Atlanta based singer/songwriter Ozara Ode’. It is fair to say that Rahaan is well and truly on his way to accomplishing bigger and better things for the year ahead.
Born and raised on jazz, funk, soul, disco, house and hip-hop in Bucharest, Romania, Andrei started The Legendary 1979 Orchestra in 2010, when his passion for all things deep was bursting to materialize. Whenever he can set aside his addiction to vinyl purchases, he produces lush musical arrangements that blend the emotion of deep house with the infectious grooves of disco. As the name states, his biggest inspiration is found in the 1979 state of mind. Andrei is currently living in Utrecht, Netherlands, pursuing his mission to make and play music that moves mind, body and soul.
“A lot of things have changed” says fast rising UK born, Australia based producer Lee M Kelsall. It was with ‘On the Road’ that LMK first got noticed though. He sent the track to Lee Foss for feedback but the Hot Creations hero quickly replied asking to sign the track to Hot Waves. The compilation featuring “On the Road” became a number one selling new release on Beatport and also led the legendary “Nervous Records” (NYC) scouting Lee M Kelsall and signing him on under their Management Worldwide.
LMK is now back working hard in the studio with future releases on Kenny Dopes Dopewax and Nervous Records (NYC) in 2013
LMK has recently DJ’ed across the World including everywhere from Sonar (Barcelona) to Hideout (Croatia), Ministry of Sound (Egypt) to Space (Ibiza) for Carl Cox….Of course not forgetting the Big UK Festivals such as Creamfields, Glade and Global Gathering
With his Sound in the Club, the same as in the Studio – LMK is not one to stick to a certain genre… expect anything from House, Disco and Garage slip in and out of this man’s sets.
As DJ support continues to pour in from the likes of Jamie Jones, DJ T, Maya Jane Coles, Solomun, Crazy P, Miguel Campbell, Lee Foss, David August and many more
Lee M Kelsall is officially one of the New School House Heroes.
M A N I K is a New York City born and bred Music Producer/Songwriter/DJ who’s tastes reach beyond the dance floor.
With releases on Ovum, Culprit, Hot Creations, and Real Tone, M A N I K had a huge 2011 and 2012. In his short time on the scene, he’s received accolades from XLR8R, VIBE, Mixmag, DJ Mag and more.
M A N I K’s innovative sound covers all genres. His diverse synths and analog gear mimic Electronica, House, Nu-Disco, Funk, Deep House, and Acid. His Free download//Edit series on Soundcloud has also garnered much attention from blog sites like Hypem, Golden Scissors and more.
Chris has played in renowned venues such as Fabric London, Gipsy Moscow, Cielo NYC, Standard Hotel L.A, Panorama Bar Berlin, and has filled clubs in almost one hundred cities across the globe from Tokyo to Milan to Miami to Chicago.
M A N I K is currently working on his sophomore album, which includes brand new solo material. He is also collaborating with fellow house giant, Burnski, on two singles for Culprit and Real Tone. Additionally, M A N I K is expanding his musical genius and launching a guitar-electro band based out of Brooklyn, NY.
Undoubtedly, 2013 is going to be a massive year for M A N I K, as he continues to enhance the EDM landscape.
Hamburg duo The Adana Twins have been in the limelight of every chart over the past year, topping the poles of Beatport and Resident Advisor respectfully. Their ‘Juicy Fruit’ hit last year took the deep house faithfull by storm picking up huge support across the board from DJs of all genres.
The unexpected success of their ‘Everday EP’ in February 2012 resulted in a huge tour schedule, a bunch of new remixes and masses of press attention for The Adana Twins. Aside from their hectic worldwide touring schedule, the guys were recently being hosted on Pete Tong’s Radio One and have just remixed tracks for Tiger Stripes, Ilves & Migiva, Viadrina and Kasper Bjoerke.
Adana Twins are playing in sold-out venues now and are causing sit downs during their sets when they pull out their anthems ‘Everyday’ and ‘Strange’.
Daniel Zuur is an electronic musician and live composer based in Amsterdam.
The magic year 2012 was just a great year for him: He was the winner of Dutch biggest competition for producers, Vinylized, he played at Paradiso, Studio 80, Perron and Tivoli. Daniel also had some releases on Manual Music, Cinematique and he is owner of his own records label, Zauer Records.
As a teen Daniel played the drums and percussion in several bands. Aside from the drums, Daniel developed an interest in making electronic samples and sounds which led him to becoming the live performer he is today.
Daniel composes each track as an individual story that creates its own unique atmosphere. These stories are full of exciting melodies backed by warm beats. His style can be described as deep techno with a touch of melancholy. Daniel’s music distinguishes itself by delivering a characteristic sound and structure. Throughout his music the emphasis is made on tension and melody rather than repetition. Each track is treated with precise care and proper timing, allowing them to build up to a climax. All of these facets contribute to a highly dynamic techno set. Daniel has a numerous variety of original tracks that he is able to adapt to live on stage. Therefore, he is able to collaborate with musicians such as pianist Jan Vayne and singer/songwriter Florian Wolff. Consequently, no set will ever be identical.
With a lot of ideas for the future, Daniel proves himself a worthy player in the world of electronic music.
These gentlemen have been widely known for some years now within the Amsterdam club scene. The pounding floor-fillers of KERK! have ensured that they have become top-of-mind by the Dutch party crowd.
Thanks to their positive energy and tight DJ sets KERK!-Boys (Robert Mulder and Juri Mirales) gained various residencies. Both WKND (Studio 80) and Backstage (Chicago Social Club) get their montly doses beats now by “KERK!”. They work closely with Amsterdams finest house producers like Lauhaus, Brand!, Du Chatinier and Francesco Robustelli. One would be wise to keep a close eye on this upcoming youngsters.
The success these boys relish reaches far beyond dance floors of clubs. Last summer KERK! & Du Chatinier already rocked several festivals and produced their first remix on the legendary OFF Recordings. Upcoming December, the first EP of these young musicians will be released on the Spanish Movements Label.
A DJ duo that consist of Bart van Manen & Michiel Lancee based in Utrecht, started in June, summer 2009. They just started dj-ing, but already played in several well known venues in the Netherlands and beyond…you can expect some Nu Disco and House music with some crazy energy. Started working on own productions, edits en remixes to really let our own sound speak….
Hot Since 82 is a Leeds based DJ & producer making some of the finest house music in the UK. He first came on to the scene in early 2011 with the underground hit “Let It Ride” on Noir Music, which became an Ibiza anthem picking up support left, right and centre.
He then went on to release “Hot Jams Vol.1″ and “Houze Thiz” on Noir Music and has remixed Pete Tong, Friendly Fires, Russ Chimes, Yousef, Toky and Los Suruba.
Hot Since 82 has enjoyed huge support from Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Joris Voorn, Jamie Jones, Richy Ahmed, Laurent Garnier, Pete Tong, Heidi, Seth Troxler, Maceo Plex and Audiofly to name a few.
Having this year played some of the hottest clubs in the world, touring Brazil, Australia, Ibiza, and Europe and having some killer new productions up his sleeve, 2013 bodes very well!
Faysal Nadif, better known as La Vondèl, literally made his first steps in music at the age of 10. He cut and pasted old school cassette tapes to create his own mix-tapes, so he could practice and perform his dance moves. During his successful dancing career he came in contact with electronic music at the various clubs he was performing at. The performance of the Wighnomy Brothers at Awakenings Festival triggered him to start producing his own electronic music.
Coming from a hip-hop and garage background and being a frequent flyer at underground party’s made him a multiform producer with his own deep, melodic and energizing sound. His charismatic presence and award winning smile always shine through in his beats. La Vondèl’s surprising sound and presence always turns his performances into an overflow of electronically charged energy!
Halve Soul is the musical collaboration between Roberto Balzarelli and Dieuwer Duijf. Coming from complete different musical angles they somehow found each other in Amsterdam. Their sound evolved to a highly danceable four quarter funk with a small obsession for the bass line. This did not go unnoticed and they got picked up by local promoters ZeeZout and have been part of this crazy family ever since. From warm up duties to closure bonanza; Halve Soul knows which record to drop to get that crowd grooving. Together with Tijn Benedek they also organize Culture of Souls. A bi-monthly club night in the Canvas, Amsterdam revolving around 360 degrees disco.
Amsterdam: Paradiso, Chicago Social Club, Undercurrent, Club Up, Canvas, Radion, Closure, Woodstock
Den Haag: Beachclub Indigo
Utrecht: Tivoli, Hal16
Festivals: Buiten Westen, Into the Woods, Nomads, Valtifest
Labels Kolour LTD, Whiskey Disco, Spare change disco
When I play music,
to provide you,
the just amount of energy.
I play techno, tech-house, house & deep house,
as long as the vocals tinkle, tell, trigger & yell,
the hi-hats spin, slap, roll & clap,
the mids grind, groove, grasp & move and
the basses smash, crash, wrap & clash.
Feel welcome to dance along.
Don’t forget your dirty face!
Amsterdam: Chicago Social Club
Utrecht: Soenda Festival & Hal16
Delft: Ohm Festival