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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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 loft in Rotterdam, 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.
“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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Suddenly there he was: Kevin Arnemann. Just 22 years young, this techno wunderkind is already familiar with all the tricks of the trade. By playing some of the best venues and festivals in the Netherlands, both as peak-time and as a warm-up, this all-rounder has shown he’s capable of surprises in every situation and is one of Holland’s true talents to keep an eye on!
He found his true love for Techno through his inspirational parents who took him to Awakenings Festival with them at the tender age of 14. This certainly solidified his strong sense for music, which later helped him earn the title of the 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, he kick-started his career.
Following this initial success, things 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. Soon after, he was stumbled upon the chance at a b2b session with the legendary Adam Beyer at the afterparty in the TWSTd cafe. Since then he has played regularly at Studio 80 as well as held residencies at Amsterdam’s Sugar Factory and Poema in Utrecht.
Kevin continues to excel in the industry. Seven years after his first encounter with techno at Awakenings Festival, he played the main stage of this festival in 2013. Furthermore, he currently holds a residency at Junction and has started his own label, Taped Artifact where he controls the release of quality techno tracks.
With compliments coming from Derrick May, Stacey Pullen, Nina Kraviz and Adam Beyer and the honest support from almost every Dutch techno heavyweight, he feels strengthened to work towards his ultimate goal: conquering the techno scene.
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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.”
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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Welcome To The Future 2009
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.
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.