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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Egbert Van Der Gugten is currently one of the most promising talents within the field of electronic dance music.
Jeroen Verheij alias Secret Cinema, whose attention was drawn to Egbert via myspace.com, invited him on the spur of the moment to his parties and his studio in the last years. The student learned the way to perfection and worked on the way for Egbert into the Dutch Techno scene.
After his debut on Lo-Fi Stereo, it was mainly his “Vlammen-EP” on Michel de Hey’s EC Records in February 2009, which went down a bomb on the dancefloors and belonged to the basic vinyl inventory of Sven Väth’s record case in this season. With “Vreugdevuur”, Egbert still tops this and provides Cocoon Recordings with a musical exclamation mark that sets standards in harmonic but consequently demanding Tech-House somewhere in between Dub, Progressive House and Detroit.
With his album release coming up in 2013, Egbert will take it even bigger!!
“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 of which is not yet 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 with computers he could create sounds on surfaces unknown to reality and could make them reverberate in virtual non-existent spaces.
Enrico began his career through illegal rave parties. He has played in the most important raves created in Italy in the last 11 years, earning space thanks to his numerous unreleased productions that became “party hits”. In recent years he has started putting his releases out into the international techno scene.
His tracks are rhythmic, deep, hypnotic and technological… Techno from the heart.
Supported, selected and played by: Adam Beyer, John Digweed, Carlo Lio, Karotte, Monika Kruse, Christian Smith, Gregor Tresher, Joseph Capriati, Tom Hades, Ramon Tapia, Steve Lawler, Davide Squillace, Mark Reeve, Joel Mull, Alan Fitzpatrick, Umek, Tony Rohr, 2000 and One, Mihalis Safras, The Advent, Kyle Geiger, Stephan Bodzin, Mauro Picotto, Sasha Carassi and others.
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KAAP (Kaap de Goede Hoop) consists out of Robbert v.d. Bildt and Bobby v. Putten. Two thriving forces behind this diverse alias that brings a deepness galore with a perfect amount of energy.
These musicians work with originality through sound and appearance. Next to DJ’ing, you might see them on stage sweating above their drummachines, external effects and mixing desks to elaborate the full experience of house and techno music.
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Suddenly there he was: Kevin Arnemann. Just 20 years young, this techno wunderkind is already familiar with all the tricks of the trade. By playing some of the best outdoor festivals in Holland this summer, both peak-time and as a warm-up, this all-rounder has shown he’s capable of surprising in every situation and is one of Holland’s true talents to keep an eye on!
As the youngest participant to win the renowned TWSTd DJ contest, he convincingly kick-started his career. Following this initial success, things have only continued to get better for Kevin. At his festival debut at Rockit Open Air, he easily won over the audience with his disarming performance in combination with the characteristic big-room techno. Since then he has landed residencies at Amsterdam’s Sugar Factory and the Poema in Utrecht. He has also performed regularly at Studio 80 nights Rebellion and Linke Soep and Juan Sanchez’s FORMAT night in club AIR.
With compliments coming from Derrick May, Stacey Pullen and Adam Beyer and the honest support from pretty much the whole Dutch scene, he feels strengthened to work towards becoming one of Holland’s next techno heavywheights.
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Stephan Bodzin on Horrevorts’ latest EP ‘Bloody Hands’ (Gem Records): “The original could be one of the best techno tracks I heard lately. Inspiring! Respect. FULL FULL support. 6/5.” Some of the world’s greatest DJ’s play his tracks, some of the world’s greatest producers request his services as a remixer and for years his music has featured on world renowned labels. None the less, Peter Horrevorts has stayed in the background whilst studying Modern Music Production at the Rock Academy, evolving and developing into the artist he is today.
After setting his mark with a full abum on Kanzleramt in 2007, followed by appearances on labels such as Global Underground, Ministry of Sound, Rena Underground Resistance, Horrevorts’ name is starting to echo around the globe.
Ramon Tapia alias El Carlitto, son of a Chilenean musician who had to run from his home country as he stood up against the regime, and a Dutch woman who was brave enough to fall in love, is a funny character, a very ambitious one: No one would have guessed he, 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!, Pocket, Yellow Tail and Equator, just to name a few. But he does! And he does not stop there! With remixes for Band Özgür Can under his belt, things are looking more than good for the energetic player.
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 which 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.”
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!
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At just 22-years-old, Pim Van Horssen has 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, from the massive Universo Paralello in Brazil, the clubs in New Dehli and everything in between.
And while success is nothing new to Pim, 2009 is the year his talent came to the fore, with his smash hit Distorted Reality finding its way onto the playlists of the who’s who of the minimal world, including Richie Hawtin, Marco carola and eventually it held the No.1 position for 6 weeks on the Beatport charts.
Blending cutting edge minimal, techno and house with fat production, hypnotic grooves and unique view to the future of dance music, the sounds from the SQL studios are now in demand by imprints from throughout the globe, including Form, MBF, Trapez, gem, Microtonal and more.
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.
Australian born DJ, producer, label owner and radio host, Steve Ward is one of the most hardest working and well respected figures in his home country since the late 90′s.
Throughout his colourful career he has collaborated on projects with many A-list artists the likes of Carl Cox, Dj Pierre, Tim Taylor, Technasia, Psycatron, Peter Horrevorts & Jamie Stevens, not to mention has performed at some of the most forward thinking dance events throughout the southern hemisphere to crowds of 20,000, all whilst hosting one of the most successful weekly radio shows on Australia’s Kiss Fm.
From a performance perspective, Steve’s live shows are nothing short of electric! Utilising his complete control over cutting edge technology fused
with his passionate background of traditional instruments, live keys andvocals, a performance which he has cultivated over the past 8 years!
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Hailing from the Midwest but now living in Brooklyn, Tony Rohr initially started performing in the early nineties when he launched a successful weekly techno night in his Illinois hometown with some friends. He continued to live in the region throughout his College studies and eventually moved to Philadelphia for a short time before deciding to call Brooklyn home. It was during these early days of his budding DJ career that his friend Dietrich insisted he begin experimenting with music gear; Tony followed his friend’s advice and became instantly hooked on the freedom it provided to express his creativity. It was not long before he started producing his own music and doing the Live PA shows that he became renowned for worldwide.
Throughout his career Tony has collaborated with other like-minded artists both in the studio and alongside them in the DJ booth including various projects with Paul Birken (Professor Plurby and Dr. E-tard), Dietrich Schoenemann (Side Four), Dave Shokh (Dirka Dirka), Tim Xavier (Afternoon Coffee Boys) and Alexi Delano.
His productions have appeared on a number of well-known compilations over the years such as Cocoon’s Sound of the Second Season. He has also released mixes including the 2005 I Love Techno CD, Tony Rohr Loves You All and Greetings from Brooklyn in 2006, plus his most recent release Oddlantik Avenue on Hybrid in 2011. Tony’s studio work has been showcased on his own Hidden Agenda label as well as other established imprints including Drumcode, Plus8, Clink, Cocoon, Sleaze, Weave, Hybrid, International Sound Laboratory, Tonewrecker, Genau, Remains and Macintosh.