Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Andrea Atzeni at Italiansgroove Radio Show #31

Andrea Atzeni, Class '90, Sardinian, is the co-founder with Andrea Porcu of SOMEWHERE. RECORDINGS and SOMEWHERE EVENTS. Fascinated since childhood by the landscapes and the nature that surrounds him, Andrea decides to draw fruit from his sense of observation just throwing himself into the music. His sound is open, without a necessary style to encompass many genres that influence the artist himself. He's also a member of the Band 'The Smiling Strangers' with Andrea Porcu. The band released the debut EP 'Where The Stars Do Not Fall' in Japan for the record label AY based Tokyo. In 2012 he published his first Album lenght on SOMEWHERE. RECORDINGS, "Venus Transit" in which he collaborated with Marascia, Katsuyuky Taguchi and James Shain (Lilmanjs).

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Exium at DSNT Podcast 037

Valentín Corujo + Héctor Sandoval = Exium. The success formula employed by this duo of deejays and producers from Asturias, Spain, that have yet to experience a setback in their career ever since in 1999 they decided to work together, is one of determined and solid effort.
Their early work attracted the attention of national labels Tsunami and Warm Up, and the fact that twelve years later they are still working side by side, speaks volumes. In 2000 they released their first 12" in the English label Zet, which was followed by a long list: Equator, Numb, Audio Assault, Planet Rhythm, Labrynth, Main Out, Rxxistance, Recycled Sound, Reaktor or Infecta have released their creations. Their productions made their way into the sets of the most representative DJs and producers and nowadays feature in the sets of artists such as Dave Clarke, Oscar Mulero, Surgeon, Laurent Garnier, Luke Slater, Aphex Twin, and many more. Their career as producers continued to grow and, after releasing several EPs on different labels, 2004 saw the birth of Nheoma, a label for them to give expression to their style with total freedom. Nine records later, amongst the names they have worked with we find artists such as Oscar Mulero, Christian Wünsch, Reeko, Fanon Flowers, Radial or Gayle San. In 2003 they took part in Oscar Mulero’s Warm Up Tour, and in 2008 they set up a new project called “Selección Natural” together with fellow countrymen Oscar Mulero, Christian Wünsch and Reeko. This laid the foundations for a great relationship between the five, whose work makes up a very important part of the best and purest techno that has been produced in the peninsula over the last decade. This affinity materialised in the creation of the PoleGroup platform, nowadays essential in terms of techno.
Their music and sets have undergone constant evolution. From an outset marked by hard, rough and minimalist sounds, now they aim towards downtempo, minimal, detroit or electro, a shift which has taken them to pursuing solo projects which allow them to give free rein to all their influences. In this facet, their work is signed with the aliases Lasik (Valentín Corujo) and Komatsu or Metazoo (Héctor Sandoval).
2011 sets a new and important milestone along Exium’s path with the publication of their first LP album: Roots of Time. The record will be released by Nheoma and is a demonstration of their incredible capacity and the degree of maturity they have reached after over a decade of working hard and with patience. Having received passionate critiques and a warm welcome only weeks after its release, this record is proof that Exium have made themselves some space amongst the greatest artists of the Iberian techno and makes sure that a great future lies ahead of them.

Alex Mason - Detroit Session 02.2014

I started 1990-91 my DJ career. In the beginning more attached to UK-Hardcore/Grindcore ,followed later my faible for dark electronic music like EBM and Industrial. 
After when i was the first time in the legendary club Omen in Frankfurt in 1993 i was totally infected to Techno. This experience was so impressive to me while i enjoyed the spirit between the DJ and the crowd. It shifted me completely into another world full of energy and trance. 
Consequently delighted by the following partynights in different other clubs also i bought my own first turntables and a lot of records every month. I had the honour to get bookings in some of legendary german and british clubs like Ultraschall (Munich) , Club 8th May (Chemnitz), Tresor (Berlin), Prag (Stuttgart), Rhythm Factory (UK) and many other locations to play alongside acts like Anthony"Shake"Shakir, Jay Denham, Robert Görl (D.A.F.), Oliver Lieb, Scan 7, Stephen Brown, DJ Bone, Oliver Huntemann, Joel Mull, Terence Fixmer, 
Jerome Sydenham, Robert Q. Ingram. Johannes Volk, Myon, Colin Dale, John Heckle, DJ T-1000 and many more.

Luke Slater - Episode 2 The Spacestation Radio Show [05.02.2014]

Luke Slater (born 12 June 1968, Reading, Berkshire, England) is an English electronic musician, DJ and record producer, who has concentrated on techno since the beginning of the 1990s. Born in Reading and raised in Horley, Slater's early sound dalliances with his father's reel to reel tape recorder and his drumming stints led to work in local record shops, including Jelly Jam in Brighton. By 1988, Slater was immersed in the embryonic acid house scene, DJing in London's Heaven nightclub.  Slater began releasing original tracks under various monikers, and his single debut came in 1989 with "Momentary Vision". Releases followed on DJax as Clementine, on General Production Recordings as 7th Plain, and as Morganistic (with Alan Sage), and especially on Peacefrog Records, with nearly a dozen of releases as The X-Tront and as Planetary Assault Systems. After releasing four albums on Peacefrog, he issued 1997's Freek Funk and Wireless two years later. 

Takaaki Itoh at BTE Podcast Series Episode 351

Techno hit Japan hard in the early 1990s. Surprised, Takaaki Itoh was quickly impressed and intrigued with this new sound. The unique style of beats revealed the gateway to a new world of underground music in Japan - something he had never heard before. Surprise slowly gave way to addiction when Takaaki Itoh was exposed to the sounds of such artists and labels as Underground Resistance, Derrick May, Jeff Mills, Hardfloor, Sven V?, Harthouse, Warp and Rising High. This was his sound, and deciding he just couldn't get enough of it, in 1994 Takaaki began to organize his own techno parties in his home of northern Japan. By providing a fantastic lineup, his parties quickly became a success.
In 1996, having decided that it was time to start making his own tracks, Takaaki Itoh emerged to purchase the vital instruments to begin production. After sending out three finished projects to various labels, Electracom UK was fortunate enough to put Takaaki?s first material out. This moment was something he will never forget, as he was finally able to hear his own music on vinyl. Several releases followed with Electracom as his tracks began to appear in magazine DJ charts in well known DJs from around the world. In 2000, Takaaki Itoh made his European debut in Slovakia. People recognized that he had his own style. His Japanese style of techno was pure, unique and underground - nothing that had been heard before in Europe. His reputation and popularity quickly spread all over the continent. He was becoming recognized as Japan's most underground and respected techno DJ.

Dj Say at Italiangroove Radio Show // TWO YEARS STROMKRAFT

Alessandro Ferranti aka Dj Say is a Disc Jockey since ’91 and Producer since ’93.
Say DJ mixes Ambient, Deep Techno, Electro and Acid.. a roman Braindance he likes to define as “electronic ritual dance”. He was active since the start of the underground scene in Italy and played in the first Rave parties of the 90s back to back with artists like Lory D, Luca Cucchetti, Paolo Zerla, Eugenio Passalacqua, Leo Anibaldi as well as others. He's been guest DJ in clubs located in Brighton, London, Winterthur, Rome and all over Italy.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

D. Carbone Liveset at Tresor [25.01.2014]

Carbone's sound come from the decay of society and evolves finding dub elements, deep drone and glitch sonority creating raw and industrial sounds. Carbone is one of the labelhead of -REPITCH Recordings- alongside Ascion and Shapednoise, and of the new one 3TH records. Carbone worked with Ascion for years and will appear together again with other aliases as the last -Repitch-

Monday, February 03, 2014

Alhek at Dark Underground Podcast 036

ALHEK is Alessandro Sisti, a producer, sound designer and mastering engineer from Italy. His first approach to electronic music production was in the early 2000. For few years he left the production, but in 2008 he returned and attended a course in sound engineering in Rome to improve his professional skills.
After working as sound engineer in various projects, he decided to come back to electronic music production, getting to work with some labels and producers from all around the world. At the begin of 2012 he released his first solo album as"ALHEK" called "Work One" produced by Neurotraxx Recordings. Afterwards he get contacts with important records label such "Genesa Records" and "Soluxion Records" where he released several works, both original and remixes, also in collaboration with Dubit.  Now he lives and works in Berlin, where he already worked for labesl such: Wall Music (official mastering for vinyl releases), Genesa records, Silent Steps, Kaputt, B55, Several Reasons Recordings, Soluxion Records and much more. 

Emanuele Pertoldi at Aremun Podcast 21

Emanuele Pertoldi was born in a small village in the North East of Italy. Since he was a child he had a strong passion for music and it became stronger and stronger. He took a degree in Modern Music – Music Production in Bologna. Sound research, creativity and passion are the keys of his tracks.
 He founded Evasion Room Records with Riccardo D’Agostini in 2011 and Evasion Room Live with Riccardo, Daniele and Andrea, a live based on improvisations only with hardware machines and synths. He is doing other projects with these guys. With Andrea as Tripsolate & Redundænt and with Riccardo as Synkät. 
In 2013 he started a new alias, S/EXP (Shaded Explorer), with the aim to represent himself in a more intimate way. 
The description of the project says: “S/EXP lives in a place where the music is hidden behind a dense fog and dreams are suffocated by an unpromising reality. This stimulates him to continue his research of magical places around the world, being them ethereal landscapes, deep cenotes or blue seas. In those places he discovered and created new sounds, melodies and rhythms that melted together create soundscapes for escape.”
The first release is an album on eclipsemusic that was also played live by him (just with hardware) at Club To Club in Turin, one of the most rapresentative festivals in Italy. Following this concept in 2014 he founded his own intimate imprint Shaded Explorations. 2013 was important also for another new project, Mørk, with his Berlin based friend Devincenti Francesco. The project is focused on hardware only live acts too, but with a more experimental edge than the other projects. Field recordings, modular synths and textures are the keys of this new duo.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Dalglish at Secret Thirteen Mix 041

Chris Douglas (born 4 August 1974), known primarily for his work as O.S.T., is an electronic musician from San Francisco, California. He is noted for helping develop the style of music that came to be known as IDM.
Douglas was introduced to the all-night rave party scene in 1990. This inspired him to start to DJ and make tracks, and at just sixteen he began throwing the first Techno/Ambient parties in San Francisco. At the age of 17, Douglas left for Detroit to find creative freedom. While there he worked with several of his heroes; Mike Banks of the fabled Underground Resistance and the late James Stinson of Drexciya.
Adopting the pseudonym O.S.T., Douglas recorded his first EP for Detroit-based Switch Records in 1992. This was the beginning of a 20+ year career spent pushing the boundaries of electronic music. He later explained to The Wire magazine “I have been alone since an early age and through my work I learned a lot about expression, humanity, emotions.”
In 2002, Douglas was invited by Autechre to join them as support act on their Confield tour. Following this, they also requested that he perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival they curated in April 2003.Douglas relocated to Berlin following an undisclosed "tragic event" and has remained there ever since.
2012 was a period of hyperactivity for Douglas; in the space of one year he released a double album and EP on Icasea, compiled several DJ mixes, performed live at Roskilde, Exotic Pylon and CTM Festivals, self-released the album Onsime via his Amhain Bandcamp page, and contributed a remix to Ektoise's Distortions album.

Mad Alba, Darkcube liveset at Tresor / Detroit Techno Militia / The Grid Episode 23

Madalba, was born in July 1985 in Bari. Since she was very young her interest in different musical cultures such as house and dance trends of the moment spread through rock and punk, leading to Techno and club-culture. ?At 22 she approaches the local scene as dj-girl with numerous performances in the club circuit in collaboration with some of the most renowned local promoters. Than she developed a continued and careful research into the musical experience in Rostock and Berlin, where she has been impressed and inspired by the radical Techno sound of Berghain. The musical experience gained over the years brought her to start djing only with vinyls building up a strong reputation as underground Techno dj, allowing her to play in clubs such as Tresor, Abount Blank, SK Robinson, Mikz and Tacheles in Berlin where she basically lives. In July 2011 she created T_MooD, a podcast dedicated to the underground techno culture's diffusion from Berlin to Italy. In September 2011 she moved to Detroit where she played in the most popular clubs such as The Works, Exodus and other in collaboration with Dj Seoul and Tom Linder - Detroit Techno Militia.This travel has definitely and radically changed is approach to the Techno concept, wich she cosiders more a social phenomenon and a means of complaint then simply a musical genre. 
In December 2011 she started the collaboration with the female crew Femme Fraktale. Since January 2012 she is resident of the party Homopatik in About Blank, Berlin. InMay 2013 became official member of Bang Tech 12, Detroit.

Notorious for his darkside jungle sets as well as his ability todynamically span a broad spectrum of techno and electro, DARKCUBE's gotquite the rep in both Detroit and the San Francisco bay area. He's heldresidencies in both cities, year after year, and played his share ofunderground warehouse events. DARKCUBE's been repping Detroit alongside international headliners since 1999, all across North America. His DJ sets have run the gamut of techno, electro, industrial, and ghettotech; He's also an accomplished drum and bass DJ, securing several residencies in San Francisco and Detroit, as well as playing a large number of underground events all across North America. During the last several years, Darkcube's been quite busy in the studio, with a techno release on the DTM imprint under his belt (DTM004 : Amygdala); he also has forthcoming techno releases on Mineral Musica (NYC), and an absolutely tearout upcoming drum'n'bass release with partner SPKTRM on Gein's Bad Chemistry label. He also is part of several live collaboration projects, most notably Death Squad / Guys On Drugs (with fellow Detroit artists E. Spleece and Vacuum/SECRETS).

In early 2007 Detroit Techno Militia formally launched their record label in a partnership with Cratesavers Muzik. After three very successful 12" vinyl EP releases, DTM001, DTM002, and DTM003, they amicably split with Cratesavers and took all of the responsibilities in-house. Their next two 12" vinyl EPs, DTM004, and DTM005 were independently released and distributed. Many of these releases have been charted and played by some of the biggest international names in techno music. DTM's music is regularly featured by legendary DJ, Dave Clarke on his radio show "White Noise" on the Dutch national radio station, 3VOOR12. Today, the Detroit Techno Militia continues to release music on their own vinyl label, their digital label: "DTM Digital", and other internationally distributed record labels.

"It's a battle for the soul of the music"

Mike Stern // World Disaster Satellite Monitor [01.02.2014]

Mike Stern discovered house and techno music at the start of the 90’s through Laurent Garnier’s shows on the French FM radio Maxximum. Intrigued by these new styles of music, he began to form his own personal musical tastes spending his spare time in record shops and rave parties. He began djing in 1994 and his love quickly grew for the underground techno sound which was coming out of England, Germany and US. In the late 90’s, bored by the techno sound, he discovered drum & bass/jungle and started to dabble in these genres. After a 6 year break from music, he went back to business. He refined his style and began to mix seamlessly between genres (techno, industrial techno, electro and UK Bass) in his sets. In 2011, his meeting with Tyler Smith aka Black Smith Craft allowed him to become resident of the B-Side show on and moderator of the Technotherapy group, a rising musical group on Soundcloud. At the same time, he makes some podcasts and some sets for other radio shows, and continues his musical quest.

Ed Vertov - Exclusive Mix - 2b Continued

ED KARAPETYAN was born in Moscow in 1977 and moved to Los Angeles in 1998, where he went to school to pursue his dream to become a filmmaker, but in 2003 Ed and his old time friend Anton Kubikov of SCSi-9 (Kompakt) decided to set up an international electronic music record label PRO-TEZ RECORDS. It was launched in 2005 and became first Russian /American exclusive Kompakt label. Now the record label is getting world wide recognition and with number of releases proved to be an exquisite music vessel for young and never heard before musicians.Ed also works at Amoeba Record store in Hollywood where he is deeply involved in electronic music department , keeps djing around LA and making music which will come out one day.