A fixture in Resident Advisor’s top-10 DJs for the best part of a decade, Ben Klock needs little introduction. Having become a Berghain resident in 2005, he has since established himself at the forefront of Berlin’s modern techno movement, an ever-present symbol of the city’s vast musical landscape. His long-standing relationship with the notorious techno institution has formed the backdrop to his success, providing an invaluable platform that has allowed him to become one of the most in-demand DJ-producers of the current generation.
Those who have witnessed him perform will note not only the diversity in his track selection, but also his ability to create a room rather than just play to it. Though intense and powerful, his DJ output reflects a certain kind of fervour, capturing an artistry, sensibility and emotion that can often appear absent from the Techno genre. Maybe it's because he trained to play the piano at an early stage resulting in his first dream job aspiration ever - jazz pianist? He possesses a wonderful understanding of how to adapt his music to the circumstances, a competence that means he can be found at both large-scale festivals and small intimate club settings around the world. He says his hope is to add colour to the world of music - a deeper and darker one but always with a certain sexiness. What’s important to Ben is finding your own voice and inspiring others what you really feel you want to do.
Over recent years his focus has been on touring and coming back to Berghain every month to delight the gyrating crowd with his hypnotic, pulsating music. He also travels with his new Photon project, billed as "multi-sensory experience”. The events explore the "marriage between sound, light and architecture" and feature artists outside of the Klockworks roster. Apart from DJing, Tom produces music - most of which was released via renown Ostgut Ton (including „Warszawa”, "Czeslawa" or „Subzero” beloved by his fans), BPitch Control and Stroboscopic Artefacts. Additionally, Klock also runs Klockworks, a label he founded in 2006 as a home for his more raw and minimal productions. The focus, however, has shifted over recent years, with the label becoming a medium for him to present his more diverse personal tastes and support developing talents. Trevino, DVS1 and Etapp Kyle have all released on the imprint during the earlier stages of their careers. His skills as a remixer have also seen him rework tracks by a wide variety of artists, including Kerri Chandler, Depeche Mode, Robert Hood and Kenny Larkin.
It will be his second performance at Audioriver Festival - he's already captured our hearts and minds in 2015.
Audioriver Festival in Plock will be the only place in Poland where you will have an opportunity to see Bonobo live in 2018. Simon Green combines the elements of electronic music with warm sounds of jazz, soul and pop. Upon releasing his first album in 2000 he has been hailed the pioneer of downtempo genre. His latest album „Migration” is nominated for 60th Annual Grammy Awards. By turns lush, manic, beautiful, melancholic, joyful, packed with both emotion and technical skill, this is perhaps his most ambitious attempt yet to capture the very textures of human existence in his work. As Bonobo says about his music: ”Life has highs, lows, loud and quiet moments, beautiful ones and ugly ones. Music is a reflection of life.”
„Migration” is a lush, sometimes manic and joyful, full of emotions and technical skill. It is a proof of Bonobo's top position - not only in electronic music scene. In particular, there is a theme here of migration, eruditely put by Green as “The study of people and spaces,” he expands, “It’s interesting how one person will take an influence from one part of the world and move with that influence and effect another part of the world. Over time, the identities of new places evolve.” It is a theme with a personal as well as a sociological aspect to it. Last year, a close family member passed away. “My family and I are all disbanded and spread to far corners of the earth,” explains Green, “In the end we did the funeral in Brighton. My own personal idea of identity, where I am from, and what home is, has played into this record and its migratory themes. Is home where you are or where you are from, when you move around?”
A contemporary of artists of the status of Four Tet, Jon Hopkins and Caribou, A contemporary of artists of the status of Four Tet, Jon Hopkins and Caribou, Bonobo counts among his famous fans the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Skrillex, Disclosure and Warpaint, as well as exerting a formative influence which can be heard in the music of acts as diverse as Flume, London Grammar and Nils Frahm.
British duo Fred Vahrman and Josh Jackson has debuted in 2011. Soon after, at the beginning of their third year of university, they got signed by acclaimed Hospital Records label. They have taken the drum&bass lands by storm, sweeping through with their melodic and euphoric waves in a whirlwind of musicality.
As two keen musicians with Fred on guitar, piano and vocals and Josh on guitar and drums, unique instrumentation has become somewhat a trademark for their production. Influenced by a wide-spanning range of sounds outside of the realms of drum & bass, from rock, funk, soul & jazz; Fred V & Grafix cite artists such as Arcade Fire, Bombay Bicycle Club, Alt-J, Ben Howard and The Naked & Famous as key inspirations, alongside fellow Hospital D&B artists, Logistics and High Contrast - it was the latter's sophomore ‘High Society’ and Pendulum’s controversial and genre-changing album ‘Hold Your Colour’ that converted the pair to Drum&Bass although both initially into live music.
2017 saw the release of their 3rd album ‘Cinematic Party Music’, confirming the status of Fred V & Grafix as versatile, open-minded artists. Coupling the release is a brand new live show that sees the gents take a multitude of live instruments to the stage and showcase their unique talent. This is how you will experience their music for the first time in Poland here at Audioriver.
DJ and producer from Hamburg, Germany, where she used to run a club night called Birds and Other Instruments at the Golden Pudel Club. They say she has a thunderstorm inside her. Helena’s sound as a DJ can’t be nailed down as she unpredictably and eclectically cuts between genres with ease. Dirty Acid, Chicago, Electro and Wave mixed in an obsessive way. Having developed a reputation as an adventurous DJ and releasing a couple singles, Hauff published her cassette-only debut, entitled A Tape on Dallas-based label Handmade Birds in 2015. Soon after Hauff dropped her debut studio album, Discreet Desires, via Actress’s Werkdiscs, a subsidiary of Ninja Tune.
She's an avid collector analog machines, with which she produces exclusively – just a Juno-60, a Roland-303, an MPC, and a couple of other classics. The aesthetic of machines is appealing to her. She says they fascinate her. She likes when they come to life and become something with its own soul.
Helena is obsessed with the subaquatic experimentations of James Stinson and his duo with Geral Donald, Drexciya. She is also enthralled by Kurt Cobain’s misanthropic grit. “I’m looking for the perfect sound,” Hauff said. "Something grainy and rough and a bit fucked up". But the sound her first priority; her first priority is the energy of a track.
Based between New York and Berlin, Honey Dijon is a DJ and fashion muse who had carved a distinct niche for herself in the world of underground electronic music. As a child she collected both vinyls and art albums. Honey has come to be associated with exquisitely curated cross-genre sets, happiness and total dance-floor chaos wherever she plays, along with transgender rights activism and collaboration with the greatest in fashion. Together with the legendary Giorgio Moroder she has produced music for Louis Vuitton and she's good friends with Kim Jones, the Artistic Director of Men's Collections at LV. "He’s given me Keith Harings and I’ll give him Frankie Knuckles mixes that never came out. We share culture", she says. Antony Hegarty described her as a bridge and a role model for the youngest generations.
Born and raised in Chicago - the home of house music - the city's influence on Honey’s style is deeply ingrained. Like many in the scene, her love affair with music began upon hearing her parent’s soul and R&B records at home. Soon, it was clear to her that she needed to be the one dropping the needle on the record at her parent’s basement parties - at which point there was no turning back - club life beckoned.
Before long she was obsessively collecting tracks from hallowed stores like Imports Etc and Gramaphone in Chicago - developing the taste and style that would become her own. Through digging at these legendary stores, Honey met and formed a long lasting friendship with Derrick Carter, who became a mentor. It was he who introduced her to the underground of Chicago where she was exposed to the sounds of jacking house and Detroit techno. After relocating to New York City, Honey also met another music giant Danny Tenaglia, whose legendary sets at Twilo were also a major source of inspiration. "It’s this combination of Chicago and New York that has helped me develop my signature sound", she says. DJing makes her feel free. "It’s almost like when you’re having really good sex with somebody, and there’s no inhibition, or there’s no thought. You’re not thinking, you’re feeling. I have no concept of time. When I’m DJing sometimes, I don’t know if 10 minutes have gone by or 10 hours. I feel really free, and I feel really lustful. I get so sexually turned on when I get in the zone.", said Honey Dijon.
Drum & bass activist from the capital of Lower Silesia. He has been a part of Polish drum & bass scene continuously since 2000, being one of the most active promoter of this genre in our country. He is engaged in creating the most important drum & bass events in Wroclaw, plays in cities all over Poland and outside the country - he visited, among others, Outlook - the largest bass festival in the world.
MacBeat’s sets are always a multithreaded story told with recently less used vinyl records. Expect a large dose of energy, deep sounds and the selection in which modern experiments with the classics of the genre.
A mix of pure vibrant energy, heated passion and true love for techno, T A K A is the artist behind the stomping dance floor weapons taken over with her Korg. Her tracks are a flavour of her life journeys carefully expressed through synths and heavy drums, yet sometimes have a calm emotional spirit... Her electrical live performances using two Korg EMX-1 spread powerful energy onto the dance floor, creating rave-like vibes.
TAKA is also part of the BIAS project, a techno party and community based in Warsaw, Poland which have a fast-growing monthly event called Proces.
In 2010 Juan Rico, previously known as Reeko, presented his new project to the world. Architectural got off the ground without the need to reveal who was behind the alias. The man who took DJ booths and festivals by storm under the Reeko moniker, needed a new alter ego to channel his effervescent spells of creativity. With Architectural, the Asturian living in Catalonia walks a very different artistic path from the one he was on before.
Over the last few years, Architectural has become a more defined and mature project. After the first releases, all of which were published by his own label Architectural Records, he laid the foundations and the structure has become strong and solid. Juan's next step in 2013 certified Architectural's maturity: he published The Blue Album, bringing Reeko & Architectural together. A fusion of his two projects results in a spatial and futuristic sound, with jazz hues and the feel of a movie soundtrack.
He draws inspiration for his music everywhere. His split album La Metamorfosis, published under Reeko alias, was influenced by Franz Kafka’s ‘Metamorphosis’, recommended to Juan by his brother. He also listens to Danny Elfman and Angelo Badalamenti and cites Birmingham techno scene, including Surgeon or Regis, as a reference for his early live sets. According to Resident Advisor, "Rico is a producer of rare skill, one who completely understands the functionality and emotional resonance of techno."
One of DnB's most prolific producers, having released music on many of scenes top labels - Commercial Suicide, Metalheadz, Soul:r, Subtitles, Shogun Audio and Exit Records. His amazing remix skills have been regularly commissioned, leading to remixes of commercial artists such as Bloc Party, Miss Dynamite and Sigma & Rita Ora.
Acquiring a love for the breakbeat through jazz and funk records, Break learned the drums and piano at a young age and took to the turntables at the age of fourteen. A talented musician with a wide range of influences, Break looks to push the barriers in whatever he’s doing. Crisp breaks, heavy bass and strong melody are trade marks of his productions making him a firm favourite with a variety of the scenes top DJs. Collaborating with vocalist Kyo on many of his album tracks, singles and other non DnB projects has added a talented and familiar voice to the Symmetry sound.
Raised in London, Break lives in Bristol, where he runs his label Symmetry Recordings. He says he was drawn by Bristol's sounds and vibes and admits being under a huge influence of Portishead and Massive Attack. Celebrating 10 years of his label in 2016, Break released “Ten Years Of Symmetry L.P.” to mark the occasion, with collaborations and new solo tracks making this one of the strongest releases to date.
British DJ and D&B producer. He's starting to become a common name in the minds of drum and bass heads around the world, but don't be fooled - DLR has been around pushing the sonic & technical boundaries of this music for some time now. He debuted in 2009, joining Dispatch Recordings. He's also present in the other labels' catalogues, like Symmetry Recordings or Utopia Music. DLR often works with other artists, stating that collaboration is a chance to learn and inspire everyone participating.
His 2012 album with Octane 'Method in the Madness' set the bar for drum and bass to come. 2016 included the debut of his OneMind project with Mako. Their OneMind project sees them unveiling their live show and forthcoming album, contributing as the 4th full-length release DLR has under his belt so far and this time releasing on the mighty ‘Metalheadz'.
Playing a big part in an ever growing, moving and electric musical landscape in Bristol, DLR knows that this is no time to be slowing down, now is the time to push things even further striving to keep the sounds of minimal, rolling, tech funk at the forefront of the drum and bass sound spectrum.
A true veteran and leading tastemaker in D&B, Doc Scott has been an essential and pivotal figure in the scene since before its inception and continues to push things forward. Founding member of ‘A Bunch Of Cuts’, his DJ sets in the mid-90s became legendary, notably at the Metalheadz Blue Note sessions and ‘Speed’. He says he was buying records and collecting music before there even was a rave scene or DJ scene. When the rave scene came along in late ‘88- early 89’ and parties started cropping up, promoters needed people that could DJ and Doc was one of those guys that had the music and some turntable skills.
Although primarily a DJ, his productions are definitive classics within the scene, such as ‘Here Comes The Drumz’ on Reinforced, the first ever Metalheadz release ‘VIP Drumz’, to the more mellow sounds of ‘Tokyo Dawn’ on Good Looking Records. His own label 31 Records, sparked by Scott’s ground-breaking ‘Shadow Boxing’, has also been a hub for new talent, pushing some of the biggest artists today in their early days.
Marina Rubinstein loves to DJ, but even when she’s perched in the booth, weaving together a invigorating assortment of hypnotic acid, ’90s rave and pumping techno, her mind is on the dance floor. After all, it was on dance floor that this Russian-born, Israeli-reared artist fell in love with techno in the first place. Long before she started playing records and adopted the Dr. Rubinstein moniker, she was a self-declared “true raver” in Tel Aviv, and it was during those long nights of partying that she eventually came to see dancing as a kind of meditation. “When the music is right,” she explains, “you can free your mind and just dance without thinking of anything. For me, it’s the best feeling in life, something that brings absolute happiness.”
That “special feeling,” as she describes it, is something Rubinstein is constantly seeking, not just for herself, but also for those who come to see her play. While her ceaselessly cheery personality certainly goes a long way in this effort, it’s her adventurous spirit – not to mention her unabashed love of all things acid – that truly sets her apart as a DJ. Now based in Berlin, she’s become a regular at places like ://about blank and Berghain, but her talents have increasingly taken her around Europe and the globe to spin alongside a wide array of techno luminaries.
John Talabot has become one of the biggest revelations of the last years, all thanks to his effusive house tracks in which Moodymann, J Dilla, Chicago house, disco and northern soul intertwine to produce organic and humane songs, full of life, and that make your hands and heart dance. People say that Talabot's work reminds them of warm and sunny Spain, his motherland, but the artist says that music is just a reflection of his emotions and state of mind.
Borrowing the name from his school as an alias (his real name is Oriol Riverola) and a diverse amount of samples for his music, his first compositions brought him to Permanent Vacation. “My Old School”, his debut on the Munich label, gave him instant recognition in the electronic galaxy and James Murphy, Âme and Aeroplane were including his music in their sets. On Hivern, he released the now mythical “Sunshine”, which has become one of the songs of the summer and Philip Sherburne has included the track as one of the best maxis of 2009 on Pitchfork (the website already states he’s one of the biggest names in the current house music scene).
But if 2009 has been an intense year, the following ones were full of surprises. His relationship with Permanent Vacation were blossoming and they will released a 12” with the beautiful (and acidic) song “Mathilda’s Dream” and a remix by Jacques Renault, halve of Runaway and member of the DFA label.
2012 definitely was his breakthrough year: The release of his album “Fin” left critics, press and fans stunned in astonishment and is already a classic. Many Magazines regard it to be one of the best records of the year, including Groove, Pitchfork, Debug and Resident Advisor. He then toured with one of the hottest bands at the moment, The XX.
One of the recent accomplishments of John Talabot is the excellent album „The Night Land”, recorded in collaboration with Axel Boman under the Talaboman alias.
KAMP! debuted in 2009 with the "Thales One" EP, the first attempt in Poland to go against the then-popular trends in electronica. Its follow-up, "Breaking A Ghost's Heart", is considered a milestone in the Polish history of the genre. Not attaching themselves to labels, in 2010 members of KAMP! released a double A-side "Heats/Distance of the Modern Hearts" a bit by accident, fitting into the role of "a new hope in Polish electronica" and attracting attention from international labels. The first international Kamp! release was out in 2011 on Portuguese label Discotexas. The premiere of "Cairo" was an impulse for KAMP! to head out in new directions that led to their debut album "Kamp!", released on the band's own Brennnessel label. Dream-pop musings, fitting the album just as well as house tracks, earned KAMP! over 10,000 copies sold and huge demand from clubs and festivals, starting in Shanghai, through London or Prague to Los Angeles.
Summer 2014, KAMP! released an EP by New York City based Cascine, becoming this way one of a few Polish bands so much asserting their presence in the western music industry. This release opened the door to be regularly able to promote their material abroad.
KAMP! released their second album "Orneta" day-to-day, finishing October 2015. "Orneta", as each and every sophomore, especially the one following a commercial success of its older brother, was being awaited and rated even before the first listen. It’s something no band can escape. "Orneta", indeed, is a dancefloor sort of album, but also a contemplative and melancholic one. And, as we’ve seen with KAMP! so far, it blossoms into a rather energetic piece when performed live.
The gleam of cosmic light reflects on polished surfaces, which sometimes trace long smooth curves, other times end in edges, outlining a powerful machine piercing a path between the gravitational pull of a black hole, and the attraction of the brightness of a newly-born star. If Lewis Fautzi´s sound could be materialized, it would look something like this.
And you draw a similar parallel to his career so far. Lewis Fautzi has a meteoric ascension in the world techno scene, like a projectile fired into space at the speed of light: in 2013, the same year as his 1st noteworthy edition in his birth country, Portugal (and from the start establishing the norm of always releasing on well-respected labels, Soniculture in this case), Fautzi started a lineage of releases on a classic label in techno´s history, Slam´s Some Quality. A year later, in 2014, it was time for his 1st album, an artistic step many in techno fear to take, “The Gare Album” (named after the club in Porto which has served as his creative impulse and launch platform for his career), on Soma as well.
By 2015, Lewis has in his log, 2 EP´s on Len Faki´s Figure, 2 works on Oscar Mulero´s Pole Group (an EP of originals remixed by Exium and Kwartz and a track on the Unknown Landscapes Vol.2 comp), with an added one on Warm-Up (Mulero taking care of 2 remixes), a collab with Pär Grindvik on his “baby” Faut Section, the same label where we get an Oscar Mulero EP with 2 Lewis Fautzi remixes. Crucially, he put out a 2nd album on Soma, “Space Exploration”, a conceptual work, as personal as it feels alien, where he displays his unsatiable thirst for musical knowledge and exploration, by broadening his horizons towards more ambient and experimental sound forms. He´s also provided interstellar tourism experiences, both as a DJ or as a live-act, at dancefloors like Tresor, Gare Porto, Lux Frágil and the “final frontier”, Berghain, amongst many other notable spaces.
All these facts almost lead us to forget that Luís Gonçalves (his actual name), from the small town of Barcelos, is still in his twenties. It makes you ask “where did all this world of music come from?”. Most likely it´s due to Luís breathing and living techno. Not just producing it himself but also studying and absorbing the form in all it´s perspectives, taking hold of an arsenal of ideas and notions synthesized into a sound that while adhering to the fundamentals, ends up as very much his own, appealing to technoheads of various outlooks. Yes, there´s the Mills-ian cosmic tones, the subterranean echoes of Berlin, the impact of the british industrialists and the peculiar groove of the Spanish scene, but it all has a definitive Lewis Fautzi stamp.
No matter how many years a techno producer has been at it, he knows he´s doing something very right when, still early in his career, the “alien” Jeff Mills plays multiple productions of his in a single set. It´s the definitive seal of approval for what you are creating. But Lewis doesn´t seem at all fazed by the responsibility. The growing amplitude of his vision and maturity of his output, and the recognition of his peers, prove that his explorations have just begun. Where will he take us next?
He's on a quest to fulfill his need to inject feeling and funk into the world, and he’s already proving to be quite productive. With deep and funky works of audible engineering for the label Crosstown Rebels in the form of a full length album titled “Life Index”, a night with Maceo Plex will be one of galactic proportions.
To explain the evolutionary process behind Maceo’s existance we must travel back to 1993, to the beginning of his creativity. Eric Estornel, better known by his stage names Maceo Plex and Maetrik, is an American DJ and producer. At the start... Maceo was intrigued by a pair of circular shaped objects designed for holding discs created from vinyl that produced vibrations resulting in sound and music. He started working as a DJ when he was 16, only 2 years after being gifted a set of Technics gramophones by his father.
Soon he began conjuring up mixes of techno, electro, and house music that quickly gained him popularity within the early 90s rave culture. But in 1997, while Heavily in uenced by the sounds of other modern funk theorists such as Model 500, Kenny Larkin, Idjut Boyz, Convextion, etc. Maceo began experimenting with hardware modules containing knobs and keys to form his early musical compositions. Seduced by the sounds of techno & electro, Maceo grew into a technologically advanced being later to be known by various names such as Mariel Ito or Maetrik.
After many years of prolific works on such labels as Treibsto , Dumb Unit, Cocoon, Audiomatique, Modern Love, Mothership, to name a few, Maceo travelled the world playing in some of the best clubs such as Rex, Cocoon, Fabric or Womb.
The profound change has taken Maceo Plex from the complex and dark life in America to his current homebase of Spain. The sunny and relaxed atmosphere has been quite useful to Maceo in his lengthy inward journey that is very apparent in his music. After a much needed retreat into the funky sounds of Parliament Funkadelic, Moodymann, Atjazz, Isolee, and Luomo, Maceo has finally completed his transformation and his newest musical output reflects his radiation in a variety of beautiful colors.
In late 2010, Maceo’s single “Vibe Your Love” was finally released on the very foward thinking label Crosstown Rebels and includes a hefty funk remix treatment by Zev of the Wolf & Lamb clan. 2011 kicked off with the full length debut album aptly titled “Life Index” which chronicles Maceo’s life long transformation into the soulful ball of energy he is today. Once experienced, the album will make it abundantly clear the level of versatility Maceo Plex posesses among his many auditory shells. And the world will understand Maceo’s pristine vision of house music from beyond.
Maceo says that Maetrik is a much more futuristic project and that he's most inspired by the evening SF film screenings at his home. He's also a great fan of James Brown and loves to watch Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.
He's one of the most recognized artists of the genre, as confirmed by the top locations in the world's best DJs rankings published by Resident Advisor. Maceo also runs his label Ellum Audio, where he published Agoria and Agents of Time, among others. Recently the world has found out that Eric Estornel will be reusing his old alias Mariel Ito and will soon publish the new material at R&S Records and his own Lone Romantic label - the one that also published his excellent "Solar" in 2017.
Despite growing up in the same picturesque village in Hertfordshire, Chris Davids and Liam Ivory aka Maribou State customarily ignored each other at school, but discovered their shared passion for music when they both went to university in Leeds. There, they've made friends and started a band, giving it a name inspired by "Marabou Stork Nightmares" experimental novel by Irvine Welsch, that Chris was reading at a time. Ever since then they have steadily built a glowing international reputation via a string of well-loved EPs and a fistful of remixes, including ones for Kelis, Ultraísta and Lana Del Rey.
Intrigued by the dynamics of electronic music for the dancefloor as much as with the richness and human quality of live instrumentation and song-craft, they have worked tirelessly to evolve and forge a unique, compelling and deeply soulful marriage of the organic and the synthetic, showcased on their breakthrough debut album Portraits. They describe the album as a presentation of their experiences, memories and life events - portraits of their personalities.
They say they draw influence from all kinds of places: "In anything creative, your output is a product of what you consume. We listen to all kinds of music, we like to travel a lot, we just try and stay happy and healthy to be in a good headspace to write music."
Krzysztof Golinski (real name) is a Polish drum&bass producer with many years of experience under his belt. His music is a combination of energetic and tech severity, electro melodiousness and deeper breath of atmospheric. The breakthrough in Radicall's career came in 2007 with the release on legendary atmospheric label Covert Operations. He became one of the top DJ in Poland and released music on such labels as Drone Audio, Red Mist, Levitated, Offworld Recordings and his own Nightworks Music. He released two albums on Absys Records: "Emotive" (2010) and "Ghost Notes" (2015).
Tommy Four Seven
British born, Berlin-based Tommy Four Seven has established himself as a leading name in today’s techno scene. The widespread reception of his DJ sets, a skill much refined during his early years as resident of London’s Fire club, has seen him play at some of the world’s leading venues. Tommy’s sets invariably encompass a rich variety of styles, drifting seamlessly between the straight up techno required of the hour, and his signature, more broken form that is laced through his ever-expanding discography.
His career fast-forwarded when T47 moved from UK to Berlin upon graduating in Music Technology. Chris Liebing invited him to record for CLR and supported Tommy's work. Tommy leaves Germany's capital often these days - not only to impress crowds at clubs and festivals, but also to enjoy vegan cuisine around the world.
The final part of his artistic repertoire is 47, an established party series with a supporting label. The aim is to encourage emerging talent, whilst also recognising established artists in the scene who have helped to shape Tommy’s sound. Previous acts have included Ancient Methods, SNTS, UVB, Shlømo, Killawatt and I/Y. 47 began as a regular event Berlin’s Arena nightclub, but 2015 saw the series grow and cross international borders to Paris and Amsterdam, with more events slated for 2016. Guests are also invited to contribute to the label’s renowned Various Artists compilations.
The British duo JD (James Davidson) and Morphex (Greg Hepworth) is at the top of their game. They know each other since 2001 and first published music together in 2009. They record for Goldie's cult label Metalheadz. Their debut album ‘The Fourth Wall’ was exceptionally well received by press and fans alike, with 3 Drum&Bass Arena award nominations and UK Top 40 Chart success following its release. At the end of 2014 the album regularly appeared within top 10 lists across all genres, a triumph for all concerned. It was inspired by funk sounds, loved by both James and Greg.
Viken Arman LIVE
Pushing the boundaries of electronic music not only towards the future, but also towards the past. Fusing ancient melodies with electronic beats to create magical vibes that go beyond dance music brings rich cultures together in mystical musical journeys.
Growing up with jazz and classical music, he draws influence from a very versatile music background from Keith Jarrett, Erik Satie, Bill Evans, Jay Dilla, Ricardo Villalobos to the Arabic diva Oum Khalthoum. His knowledge of piano as well as his time at the music conservatory contributed to his wide musical culture.
As an artist, Viken is really close to this roots & history. «Never forget, never, but stay turned towards the future, rebuild yourself and go forward» he said regarding TIME, the 100 min. musical creation he composed for the 100th year anniversary of the Armenian genocide.
When he’s not making music, Viken focuses his energy to nurture this particular and rich music scene even further. He founded Denature Records which, as he describes it, is more than just a label but more of a family of artists. He also pledged to support young and upcoming talents from around the world as well as organizing his own events with the SOUQ Festival. "Your grandma can visit a couple interesting shops and your mom can dance with your friend, when your dad drinks rakia with one of the artists. Everyone is welcome here", Viken says about what happens at SOUQ. The festival migrates and has already visited Los Angeles, Nowy York, Dubai, Tulum and Berlin.
His music is engrained with ethnical influences and reveals the passionate explorer that he embodies.
Members of the European techno revival, Ukranian duo Woo York produce a powerful, driving, dark yet sophisticated sound with a unique live performance placing them amongst the leaders in underground, electronic music.
Local heroes in their hometown of Kiev since 2009, Andrew and Dennis have been able to connect the world with their trippy, melodic techno through a string of releases with likes of Dystopian, Afterlife, Life & Death and Soma. They’ve performed numerous showcases around the world with a club and festival portfolio that resulted in their debut listing in Resident Advisor’s Top 40 Live acts for 2016.
Moving between pure dance, techno and more experimental material, Woo York’s hardware driven live performance shows an experience and dexterity that allows them to challenge a crowd’s perception of contemporary live performance. Their aesthetic, although rooted in techno, is left- field focused and driven by electronic music’s vast influences; from the avant-garde to the fundamental creators of Detroit, Berlin and beyond.