Christian Smith is one of the world’s leading exponents of inventive and diverse techno, both as a DJ and producer he is always bold and innovative, leading rather than following. In 2013 it is hard to imagine a list of prolific producers without his name towards the top.
He has consistently dominated charts and DJs playlists with a steady flow of releases on high profile labels like Plus 8/Minus, Cocoon, Bedrock, Systematic, Mobilee, 100% Pure, Soma, and his own Tronic imprint. Christian Smith has operated at the top of his game for over a decade now, with his trademark blend of high impact tech-house and groovy techno. His latest album “Omakase” (Tronic, 2013), the follow-up to his critically acclaimed “Director’s Cut” (Tronic, 2010), has secured worldwide praise with a superb dancefloor orientated selection of tracks that explore and showcase his various styles within the techno genre: groovy, musical, peak-time and minimal. The album also features “House This House”, which when released as a single in 2012 on Richie Hawtin’s Plus 8, became the biggest selling release on the label that year.
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Agile Recordings Podcast 024 with Christian Smith
Transmissions 002 with Christian Smith
Christian Smith @ Awakenings 08-10-10 Gashouder Amsterdam
Christian Smith @ Crobar Mar De Plata (Part 1)
It is warm, upbeat, energetic and most of all, irresistible: The Egbert-sound.
Egbert VanderGugten is an ordinary Dutch guy, except for the fact that he is THE Dutch
techno-act at this moment.
In his home in Noordwijk, Egbert produces one great dance floor track after another. However, no dance floor can hear it. The only witness to the magic he creates are the four walls of his loft until the Dutch techno legend Secret Cinema (Jeroen Verheij) finds him online. Verheij pulls Egbert out of his loft and gives him, at age 20, a stage to perform on and a record label. It turned out to be the start of an international victory tour.
Having hardly recovered from his first two releases in the Netherlands, Sven Väth calls from Frankfurt: ‘Can Egbert deliver a track for Cocoon, stat.’ Vreugdevuur becomes one of the most prominent releases of 2009 and after that things go fast. Really fast.
The loft quickly becomes history when Egbert closes the main stage of Time Warp, crushes
Awakenings for no less than a dozen times in a couple years and graces Club Womb in Tokyo. Additionally, he is a frequent guest in Cape Town, Budapest, Ibiza, Melbourne and Singapore… Not bad for a guy who before his first release only flew in a plane once. But understand that wherever Egbert comes, all (let me repeat: ALL) hands will go up, and they will stay there.
“Very proud of him to be the youngest Dutch techno-hero bringing quality music to
dance floors across the globe” – Rocco Veenboer, Awakenings Egbert sets a new standard when he singlehandedly performs for 6 hours straight in a sold out club Melkweg in Amsterdam. The question is: what is someone who achieved so much in such
a short period of time going to do next? No worries. Aside from the fact that he still has a
countless amount of tracks waiting to see the world (thank you, loft), Egberts’ ambition and energy are limitless.
The entire world is his next stop.
Egbert – Shake EP
Egbert Live – Loveland Festival 2014
Live Footage Secret Cinema b2b Egbert Awakenings Festival 2014
Egbert LIVE @ Melkweg Amsterdam 2013, album release “Warm” – 6 HOURS LONG!
“ENRICO SANGIULIANO IS A PERFECTIONIST WHOSE TRACKS HAVE AN AMAZING BUILD-UP WITH LOTS OF SUBTLE DETAILS.” MAURO PICOTTO
Enrico Sangiuliano is a Producer, Performer & Sound Designer born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, the exact period is not quite known to experts. Little Enrico spent his childhood manifesting a particular adoration for percussion, creating real performances on pots and pans, school benches, traffic signs and the drums. After hitting any kind of existing material he realized that computers could create sounds on surfaces unknown to reality and make them reverberate in virtual non-existent spaces.
He began performing through DJ-ing at illegal rave parties, playing at the most important raves held in Italy since 2003 and earning space thanks to his numerous unreleased productions that became the rave anthems.
In recent years, Enrico released his tracks on world’s leading labels like Drumcode, Truesoul, Alleanza, Gem Records, Octopus Recordings, Driving Forces and Rhythm Converted becoming one of the 100 most selling Techno producers in 2014. International recognition followed in the Techno scene due to his distinctive tracks that are big, multi layered and mind blowing. Gaining respect and support from the top notch artists like: Sven Väth, Adam Beyer, Joseph Capriati, Karotte, Gregor Tresher, Alan Fitzpatrick, Pan-Pot, Stephan Bodzin, Sam Paganini, Secret Cinema, Tom Hades and many more. Collaborations and remixes have been made with various music legends such as Armand van Helden, Mauro Picotto and Secret Cinema.
Next to his studio production work, Enrico’s national DJ career is constantly increasing. In addition to his residency at TECH Club in Parma, crowds have been proving the growing demand for his sound globally.
Be prepared, Enrico will be heard, seen and loved all over the world!
“Straight up no-messing techno that hooks us in and transports us to the Amnesia dance floor where we wait for the bass to kick and the CO2 blasts to take our heads off!” Those are the words of Richie Hawtin. He’s talking about one of techno’s most engaging new talents, Joop Junior, and of course he is a man who knows. As such it’s no surprise the Minus boss has snapped up the Dutchman when Joop was only 20, and featured him on his imprint with the New Horizons compilation, followed by his Sonus.1 EP.
Following that landmark release, Joop was featured multiple times on Dubfire’s equally influential SCI+TEC label. with his ‘itanimulli’ and ‘famous in amsterdam’ EP’s. Which the latter has been remixed by another prominent Dutch artist, Egbert.
Broadening up his repertoire, John Digweed picked up Joop by featuring a more alternative ambient cut, named ‘Sofie_Lucie’ on his ‘Re:structured’ compilation album on Bedrock.
The reason? Joop Junior’s music is all carefully sculpted from scratch. With every texture, drumhit, vocal line, and groove, being synthesized, recorded, and produced by the Hague man himself. Assuring his musical and sonic ideas are translated in the most personal way possible.
In the club Joop Junior deals exclusive in live shows, they help him transmit his message only a live performance could do. Frequently playing at at esteemed places like Crobar Buenos Aires, Output NYC, Arkham Shanghai, Showcase Paris, and let’s not forget festivals like Awakenings, Time Warp, Love Family Park and Metropolis plus many other cities around the globe.
Now he is here, he has even more to say and an ever-larger audience of people who are desperate to listen in.
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Presspack Joop Junior
Joop Junior (live) @ Awakenings NL – 30-12-2014 (Amsterdam)
Joop Junior @ Time Warp NL – 06-12-2014 (Utrecht)
Hailing from the south of Germany, Amsterdam based Kevin Arnemann found his true love for techno through his inspirational parents, who took him to Awakenings Festival with them at the tender age of 14. Soon after, he got his own pair of Technics and started to spend his spare time digging the crates at Outland Records. The result was a vast growing record collection, firmly rooted in the aesthetic of 90s European techno – raw, repetitive, yet refined.
In the years that follow, Kevin Arnemann developed a distinct musical identity that takes its cues from many different sounds and scenes. Always dynamic, intelligent and driven by a passion for dub techno in particular, influenced by the likes of Basic Channel, Chain Reaction and Thule Records.
This certainly helped him to earn the title of youngest winner of the renowned TWSTd DJ contest at age 16, leaving behind a whopping 160 contestants and winning both Jury and Audience vote prizes in a sold out Melkweg. As a result, he landed residencies at some of Holland’s most knowing venues, including Club Poema, late Studio 80 and even debuting at the main stage of Awakenings Festival in 2013.
From this groundwork, the young Dutchman keeps excelling in the industry. From 2011 till 2015, he was one of the driving forces behind the monthly club night Junction. At various venues such as RADION, Westerunie and Melkweg, he invited techno’s most revered selectors by the likes of Laurent Garnier, Norman Nodge, Shifted and the Zenker Brothers, just to name a few.
In 2015, Arnemann added a new chapter to his career. At age 23, he launched his own imprint by the name of Taped Artifact. The label – which he founded with Daan Kemp – is focussing on the artification of deep, atmospheric music and various visual art forms. Ever since the labels introduction it has received praise from the likes of Ben Sims, Eric Cloutier and XDB.
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Ramon Tapia, alias El Carlitto, is a funny character not to mention a very ambitious one. No one would have guessed that the young jeweler working behind the counter of an Antwerp record shop would one day release records on labels as renowned as Great Stuff, Craft Music, Turbo Rec, Abe Duque Rec, Corachi! and Equator, just to name a few. Yet, he believed and refuses to quit believing. He has multiple releases on I’M A HOUSE GANGSTER label, has worked with DJ Sneak in the studio as well as been a frequent label guest in events around the globe. With remixes for Band Özgür Can under his belt, things are looking more than good for the energetic player.
Ramon continues to rise in the industry with his own label ‘Say What? Recordings’ where releases from him alongside other talents can be found. Ramon has also started a podcast series to showcase tracks from his label as well as his current favorites. In addition, Ramon was also a Magna Carta Resident at Sankeys Ibiza.
With a happy past in gabba and Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones roots, Ramon has a firm understanding of diversity and a very broad taste in music, readily amplified by his open mind and soul. His Latin background and his Dutch upbringing perfectly explain his cultural curiosity and his deep-rooted sense for groove and rhythm. Shimmering through in his intrinsic productions is his love for structural buildups and breakdowns and harmonies that underlay the driving beats.
Mission: “To make people move by taking them on a trip in my musical head without even going into my head,” laughs Ramon, who started getting into making music to “have more feeling for the guy I knew from the shop then I learned step by step to create my own sound. After a while I got the impression that the people I worked with never did the things that I had flying around in my head, so I started to do my own stuff. It gives me a huge satisfaction when I see people smile when they hear my music.”
Reinier Zonneveld, known as a live-act as well as a DJ and producer from the Netherlands, is ready to take over the world with his unique view on the genre Techno. He is currently signed on labels like Stil vor Talent, Intec, Minus and Tronic.
Zonneveld is just as comfortable with producing electronic music as with composing classical music. These orchestral skills shine through in his productions. With this very versatile and talented aspect of producing music, he doesn’t get stuck in boundaries of one specific genre. Blending elements of Ambient to melodic Techno and from Minimal to warehouse pounding Techno, he creates a very diverse yet effective form of electronic music – it’s all in the mastermind and catalogue of Reinier Zonneveld.
Being a very productive music creator, Reinier plays almost only live sets, consisting of own original music. His energetic performances, perfect for peak time dancefloors, are highly in demand, with Reinier playing national and international gigs every week. This leads to bookings at, for example, the mainstage of Mysteryland in 2015, the Elrow stage in 2016 and the legendary Awakenings Festival in 2016. But also clubs like Watergate, Sisyphos, Uebel & Gefährlich and Westerunie are played by Reinier, sharing the stage with the same legendary artists that support his music. 2016 will see him play many more gigs throughout Europe and in the rest of the world.
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Presspack Reinier Zonneveld
Reinier Zonneveld (live) @ Stil Vor Talent Festival – 09-07-2016 (Hamburg)
Reinier Zonneveld @ Tronic Podcast 184 – 05-02-2016
Reinier Zonneveld @ Awakenings Festival 2016 – 25-06-2016 (Spaarnwoude)
The most skilled artists always have the ability to sense the anticipation and feelings of their audience. They go along and ride the musical palette like a surfer rides the waves of the ocean. It is precisely this skill that Roger Martinez has been praised with numerous times.
Especially in his own productions he tries to go beyond genres and formats. He approaches (dance) music from an emotional perspective and emotions can be hard to label. He explains: ,,Music must contain mystery, harmony and melody. These elements are the key to human emotions and feelings.” This vision lies at the basis of Roger’s initial and quick rise to the forefront of the dance scene. His first ever released record “The House” was immediately charted by Paul van Dijk, number 1 DJ at the time according to DJ Mag.
His music has been supported through the years by the likes of Fedde le Grand, Tiësto, Marco V, Paul van Dijk, Hernan Cattaneo, Stephan Bodzin, Laurent Garnier, Secret Cinema, Guy J and many more.
2011 saw the emergence of “RogerMartinezLIVE”, a LIVEset consisting of 100% Roger Martinez tracks. After releasing several tracks and a full EP on renowned techno label “GEM Records”, Roger Martinez was asked to join the GEM Bookings. As his recent tracks are leaning towards a Techno sound – although Martinez always keeps his musical crosshairs aimed at the full musical spectrum – he is gaining support and respect from an even wider scope of DJ’s and producers.
Evidence of his broad interest in sound is his Ambient project called Horizontal Excursions. Under this guise Martinez explores vast worlds of sonic emotions. Going full circle in the audio realm, he also occasionally designs sound installations and takes part in interdisciplinary art projects.
,,Music can affect people on a deeper, universal, emotional level and thus can unite people…”
For the past 20 years, Jeroen Verheij aka Secret Cinema has consistently been regarded as one of Netherland’s, if not the world’s top techno producers and live acts.
During this time he has produced some of the biggest techno anthems including Timeless Altitude, Sonar System, Mary Go Wild and two of the popular tunes on Sven Vath’s Cocoon Records – Shake Your Tech Ass & Kurzweil.
He has headlined many of the biggest festivals around the globe including closing the Awakenings Festival (a spot that only Secret Cinema, Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer and Dave Clarke have held since its inception).
Jeroen lives and breathes electronic music not to mention, he still holds as much passion and enthusiasm on stage as he did in the early 90′s.
After the lengthy success of his solo Secret Cinema project, Jeroen has focused his energy toward a new venture aptly named “Gem” which is a platform consisting of Gem Records (one of the fastest growing global techno labels) and the highly regarded Gem events which has built an absolute cult following over the past several years.
To put it simply, Secret Cinema is one of the brightest shining Gems of the global techno scene and will continue to shine for many years to come!
By just 22-years-old, Pim Van Horssen had seen more success come his way than many will in a lifetime. With a list of releases as long as your arm as well as gigs in all corners of the globe, his experience and expertise is a given. From shows in the massive Universo Paralello in Brazil and Eclipse Festival in Australia to gigs in India and Mexico, he has truly experienced it all.
While success is nothing new to Pim, 2009 is the year his talent came to the forefront. This was the year that his smash hit, Distorted Reality, found it way onto the playlists of the who’s who of the minimal world; including Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola. Distorted Reality even held the No.1 position for 6 weeks on the Beatport charts. He has also released tracks on Traum, Outpost, Get physical, Form and Greatstuff.
Blending cutting edge minimal, techno and house with fat production, hypnotic grooves and a unique view to the future of dance music, the sounds from the SQL studios are now in demand.
With international tours on the cards, a stunning live show and heaps more freshness on the way, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that this young star of dance music has a very bright future indeed.