Artists

Ant Brooks

Groovant / 1605 / Great Stuff

Ant Brooks

“Ant showed us with his remix why he is one of the freshest producers in recent times and destined for big things” Toolroom Records

Ant Brooks is a prime example of why hard work, dedication and an undeniable talent are key to progressing in the EDM scene. Since bursting on to the radar three years ago where Pete Tong kick started Ant’s support with his debut release, ‘Shuffle’, Ant Brooks made an immediate impact on the global house stage, and has quickly become one of house music’s most desired suppliers of smooth, sexy and quality house music.

Since, the Coventry based artists impeccable introduction continued through delivering more of his effortlessly sublime productions such as ‘Size, ‘Filtered’ ‘El Surco’ and the ‘Wired’ E.P, releases that found themselves signed to numerous labels like CR2, Mark Knights Toolroom Records, Michael Woods’ Diffused Music imprint, Monique Music, 303 Lovers and more reputable labels. With each release receiving nationwide radio support and completing their journey through being featured on numerous compilations including Steve Angelo's Size Matters, Toolroom Ibiza and more. A lifelong lover of all things music, Ant Brooks discovery of Electronic sounds came in the form of mixtapes of Carl Cox and Ratpack sets in the early 90’s, it was through these that Brooks’ love and passion for dance transpired, and where the clarity to what his dream career was, was born. Brooks began to DJ Hard House with Beltdrive turntables and a healthy stack of vinyl before moving on to the industry standard Technic 1210 direct drive turntables where he learned the building blocks that resulted in him becoming the skilled DJ he is today. He knew that creating his own music and designing his own signature sound was the key to success, so locking himself away from the world he self taught how to produce which was the next logical step in Ant Brooks’ path to international success. Considering Ant only started producing four years ago, his rise through the ranks is far from over. Ant Brooks is one of few breakthrough producers whose relentless production consistency has been matched by a sustained level of quality with productions and remixes spanning across House, Tech House all the way through to Techno lending his talent to artists such as Michael Woods, Axwell, Groove Armada and Robbie Rivera’s Juicy music imprint to rework their pieces with Ant Brooks’ signature sound, one that is evident in every production that leaves his studio. Ant’s calendar is littered with performances across the globe in some of the most iconic venues including Ministry of Sound, Space, Pacha and Mint Club where Ant’s exceptional craft in the studio is rounded off superbly by a finely tuned DJ performance. Scattered with original tracks, remixes, re-edits and bootlegs, he brings them together to create a Techno-infused set, enveloped in the groovyness that defines Ant Brooks.

The future is ever evolving for this artist, and we can only anticipate bigger and better from a producer whose discography already boasts championed releases. This is not only an example of Ant Brooks’ extraordinary pace of progression, but a fact that cries out that Ant Brooks is undoubtedly one of House music’s future stars. “Ant is one of the industry’s freshest producers; he is going to be a BIG name!” Michael Woods

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  1. Zul
    Bilbao, Spain

  2. Ministry Of Sound
    London, United Kingdom

  3. The Source Bar
    Maidstone, United Kingdom

  4. Level 6 Club
    Darmstadt, Germany

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Axel Karakasis

Remain / Respekt / Phobiq

Axel Karakasis

Axel Karakasis is the most recognisable Greek name in the Techno scene. His career is marked by a number of classic themes and a series of appearances that have established him as an international DJ.

The rise to his present status did not happen overnight, but goes back to the 80s and the 90s, when Techno made its first appearance. Fascinated by this new wave, Axel’s courtship with electronic music saw a very different light… By the late 90s, he was already known through various DJ residencies in Athens, as well as through his regular events with his team “Bubbles” –to be remembered to this date by many! This was when the techno wiz-kid earned his place among the top Greek DJs and appeared in numerous events in the biggest clubs of the Greek capital! He soon became the most wanted Greek Techno DJ, playing regularly in the biggest venues in Athens, Thessaloniki, Mykonos, Crete and all over his native Greece.

Being a restless spirit led Axel to new avenues in music production. He always wanted to play unique music in his sets. That’s what drove him to get into the studio and begin his own productions. In 2000, he had his first release on Pornographic Recordings and this was only the beginning, as a string of classic releases followed in the likes of MB Elektronics, Primate, Intec Records, etc. to establish himself in a genre he referred to as “Groovy Techno”! With his very own mark on discography, Axel’s international career took off. Confirming his status as the most sought after Greek Techno DJ of his time, Axel headlines events in some of the best clubs in the world, such as the Rex Club (Paris), Womb (Tokyo), Turnmills (London), tours regularly countries like Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, Korea, Croatia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Holland and Malta, to name a few, and has appeared in top festivals like Awakenings (Netherlands) Rabac Festival (Croatia), Apokalypsa (Czech Republic), etc.: he keeps exciting crowds all over the world!

At present, Axel releases his music in top record labels, like Kombination Research, 1605, Respekt Recordings and others, whereas his tracks have featured in well known compilations and mix CDs, such as Extreme Euphoria (Ministry of Sound), Cream Ibiza, I Love Techno, and many many more. However, his work wouldn’t be complete without his own imprint! In his first venture, he was the co-founder of Omega Audio Recordings, which received rave reviews and support by top DJs world-wide, as well as being a platform for new talents to see the spotlight. In September 2007, Axel decided to channel all his energy into his very own brainchild, Remain Records, which is gradually transforming into a brand encompassing both vinyl (Remain Records) and digital (Remain Records and Remain Limited) releases by Axel, The Advent and Industrialyzer, Marco Bailey and Tom Hades, APaul, as well as newer talent.

Axel’s strong reputation is based on his consistency towards the genre that established him. Always faithful to techno, Axel Karakasis delivers all-fresh, brand new sounds that evolve. Having earned strong support by clubbers and his peers worldwide, Axel keeps challenging the clubland with his releases and his full of energy DJ sets.

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  1. Extreme Club
    Kranj, Slovenia

  2. Evolution / Warehouse
    Athens, Greece

  3. TBA
    Bogota, Colombia

  4. TBA
    Athens, Greece

  5. Noize Embassy / Dhoem Dhaam Warehouse
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Broombeck

ELEVATE / Sphera / Octopus

Broombeck

Marcus Schmahl is a music and video producer who has created chart topping music and video material for several projects, labels and publishers over the past decades (with labels such as Mistakes Music, Terminal M, MBF, Traum, Craft Music, Plastic City, Big City Beats, PUNX Records, Starlight, Mole Listening Pearls, Elektrolux and many more).  Marcu's music styles range from an ambient and downbeat sound to club-oriented music (elektro, techno, house, breaks, drum'n'bass, pop, etc.), or commercial tracks & band music (for advertisements, film and background music).

As Guardner Marcus produced several very successful albums and created music videos with this music for german tv broadcasters. Broombeck is a solo project founded 2008 by Marcus Schmahl, a true musician who is working as a composer, sound designer and producer since 1992 and is the driving force behind music projects of different genres such as hip hop, downbeat, jazz, lounge, house, techno, electronica, electro and drum'n'bass.

As Broombeck he has concentrated on Electronic Dance Music and released his successful tracks on influential labels like Mistakes Music, MBF, Opossum Rec. and Terminal M. "The Clapper" one of his most successful track so far and "Mono Turn" that topped the Beatport.com charts more than 6 weeks in Sept./Oct. 2008 and reached # 8 at the Beatport.com 2008 sales charts, followed by a re-entry into the Top 10 in Jan. 2009, are played and found in nearly every playlist of international DJ icons like Richie Hawtin, Deadmau5, Axwell, Carl Cox, Joachim Garraud, Dubfire/Deep Dish, Sébastien Léger, Monika Kruse, Karotte, Ricardo Villalobos, Steve Lawler, Funkagenda, Marco Carola, Bodzin, Loco Dice, Umek and many many more. It is not easy to describe the sound of Broombeck, or even to put it into one genre. It is influenced by his background of different styles of music, combined with percussive grooves, deep bass lines, huge breakdowns and a lot of experimental sounds - it is like a composition of various music genres that are combined to create a new track. In 2009 Marcus started to introduce Broombeck live at selected clubs like Cocoon in Frankfurt or Berghain in Berlin. His deep understanding of music, let him create an atmosphere and Live act that Sébastien Léger commented with the words: “Broombeck's live shows are incredible. Proper techno.” (DJ Mag),

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  1. Broombeck BDay Bash / New Basement
    Wiesbaden, Germany

  2. BUKOWSKI LIVE
    HEILBRONN, Germany

  3. Level 6
    Darmstadt, Germany

  4. Club Charlotte
    Münster, Germany

  5. tba / tba
    Stuttgart, Germany

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Christian Cambas

1605 / Toolroom / Great Stuff / Sabotage

Christian Cambas

Scene-defying player. The original sinner. Christian Cambas is one of the few things that Greece can still be proud to flaunt to the outside world. From being a Top100 DJ when it actually mattered, to topping Beatport charts, Christian has carved his own path through countless peaks and troughs of this industry. When name dropped now, he is mostly associated with the groundbreaking 1605 label, led by Slovenian Techno overlord Umek. It's not all about maintaining that studio tan though. From the days of the San Francisco Love Parade to tours of the Americas and from countless WMC's to European sweatboxes, Christian has grown wings of steel and the miles keep clocking. His discography reads like a who's-who of trendy (sic) labels. From Toolroom and Great Stuff, to his debut on Bedrock at a year that time forgot, it is quality that's synonymous with his name and why he doesn't pump out cookie-cutter tracks by the minute. Also working behind the shadowy scenes, Christian is also involved in Press & Play which also acts as home to his own label Sabotage.

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  1. Blaze
    Tinos, Greece

  2. Skull
    Athens, Greece

  3. TBA
    Murmansk, Russia

  4. 7 Sins
    Athens, Greece

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Da Fresh

1605 / Freshin / Toolroom / Definitive / Blufin

Da Fresh

Traditional course of a young man who grew in the eighties... Born in a small french provincial town, middle class music lovers family, big brother as teacher and dealer of good sounds, Arnaud (his real surname) will quickly combine a passion for the music with an immoderate taste for computers and music machines. Afterwards attempts of rock band quickly fallen through, strong of the traditional high-school pupil influences of the time (The Cure, Anne Clark, Depeche Mode...), the young man will succumb very quickly to the french touch success in the nineties. Fascinated by the "Homework" of Daft Punk or the "Pansoul" of Motorbass, then student in an art school, its under the name of Da Fresh that he will begin the first tentatives of solo composition. Determined and hard worker, he will produce quickly the titles which will launch him on the international electronic music scene : his first album "Supa Feeling" released in 2002 on the Lyon based label Weaked Records will receive excellent criticisms, the hit "Fuckin Track" will make the remainder... Then he will be divided between a full-time job of DJ, while keeping a real knowledge of producer and remixer. Oriented to originality and effectiveness : he always continues with a lot of tracks (Broken Dream, Spaghetti Groove, Tattoo, Age Of Love, Yesterday, Right On Time, Once Again...) and remixes for great labels (1605, Definitive, Toolroom, Armada, Funk Farm, Hot Fingers, BluFin, Moonbeam Digital...), and create his own label Freshin Records.

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  1. SUN RELOAD - POOL PARTY
    Morelos, Mexico

  2. LE PETIT BAIN
    Paris, France

  3. PROMISE LAND FESTIVAL
    Leeuwarden, Netherlands

  4. NOUVEAU CASINO
    Paris, France

  5. YES CLUB
    Prague, Czech Republic

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Dave Vega

Exone

Dave Vega

Dave Vega started DJing in the late 90s in Karlsruhe in the south of Germany. It was here that Vega and friends organized illegal techno parties at secret outdoor locations with soundsystems so loud that people in other villages kilometers away could feel the bass. People would come from all over to party and would stay all day and all night. Inevitably these parties always led to fracases with the police.

After some years organising parties Dave Vega was bitten by the music bug and finally made the step from the dancefloor to the other side of the dj booth. In 2000 he moved to Frankfurt and began work as a music journalist. A residency in the famous Robert Johnson club soon followed and Dave started to play all over the world. Over the years he has played countless gigs in clubs like Berlin's Panorama Bar, Harry Klein and Rote Sonne in Munich, Rex Club in Paris, Nitza Club in Barcelona, Sugar Factory in Amsterdam, Space in Ibiza, and lately even a boat party in Honolulu, to list a few...

In 2007 Vega finally made the move to Berlin. Fueled by the energy of the city and a decade of DJing, he started producing his own music. Dave released his first EP in March 2011 on the Berlin based label, Exone. His second EP was released on the Canadian label Thoughtless Music in May 2011, followed by another EP on Exone in the beginning of 2012. After that he released a bunch of remixes on different labels. His roots have always been somewhere between House and Techno - that is what he plays and and still drives him after almost 15 years of electronic music experience.

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Dennis Bunas

Kombination Research / CodeWorks / Focus / Naked Lunch

Dennis Bunas

First contact with electronic music happened at the age of 15. After a lot of experiments with various types of electronic music, the Techno sound was the style that won him over. By playing as a Dj in small Clubs, he created a 10 year career for himself in the Greek Club Land.The acquaintance with the already known Techno Djs and Producers, Spiros Kaloumenos and Axel Karakasis, has led to the participation of the latter in their events in big Clubs of Athens,so far.In December 2007,Dennis Bunas made his debut release in "Omega Audio Recordings" with the track "Vital".But his love for Techno music couldn't stop. He couldn't just remain a Dj & Producer, so he is still delivering top quality releases on big labels such as CodeWorks Records, Focus Records , DSR , Naked Lunch and many more to follow...Dennis is definitely the future ! Keep your eyes on.

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Eric Sneo

Mudra Audio / Tronic / 1605 / MB Elektronics

Eric Sneo

When he was young the today well known international DJ Eric Sneo already started learning instruments like drums, piano and accordion. In 1998 he became a resident DJ in one of the most famous techno clubs in Germany; The Palazzo. In 2002 started his own party series “Tanz Der Familie”. Around this same time period together with Udo Niebergall, the labels Masters Of Disaster and Beatdisaster were founded. These labels featured releases from Gayle San, The Advent, Chris Liebing, Hertz, Rush, etc, and were also a platform for Sneos own releases. In 2003 the worldwide known clubhit ‚ciao bella‘ and the Germany chart hit ‚Tube Tech - The End‘ were released.

With his unique performance on the E-drums during his sets, Eric swiftly developed into a highly requested international player. After he presented his unique ‚Art of Life‘ show at the Nature One 2009 for the first time, he start with an exclusive festival tour in the summer 2010 and 2011. His performance combines Eric’s trade-mark echnoid, groovy style DJing with his live performance of acoustic and electronic instruments, e.g. E-Drums, Eaccordion, percussions & didgeridoo.

In 2011 he launched his new label Mudra Audio where he released his new and very successful album POLARITY in March 2012. Supported by international artists like Laurent Garnier, Len Faki, Dubfire, Christian Varela, Marco Bailey, Luciano, Gabriel Ananda or Cari Lekebusch, nobody else than Umek signed the album track „Shut up & Dance“ as single for his label 1605, which was released in August 2012

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  1. Technoflash Festival, Aranda del Duero
    Burgos, Spain

  2. Inox Club
    Toulouse, France

  3. MUK
    Giessen, Germany

  4. Palazoo Boat
    Stuttgart, Germany

  5. Festia Open Air
    Prague, Czech Republic

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Filterheadz

1605 / MB Elektronics / Intec

Filterheadz

Filterheadz are best known for their smash techno hits Sunshine & Yimanya as well as their highly energetic DJ performances.

It all started somewhere in the 80’s when brothers Bert & Maarten Wilmaers picked up their first musical instruments. Bert on guitar & Maarten on drums. Influenced by The Police, U2 & Simple Minds theytook their first steps on the way to Rock ‘n Roll stardom....

Well not exactly. After a decade of hammering away in rehearsal rooms and local stages their dream to become rockstars took a surprising twist. Almost by accident they discovered the groovy rhythms of US House Music, influenced by Roger Sanchez, Masters At Work & DavidMorales the boys started experimenting with loops and disco samples.Their very first US style house tracks saw the light.

Armed with those tracks, the boys approached Belgian record company Headroom Music who saw the potential and took them under their wings. After a few releases under several monikers, they decided to go with ‘Filterheadz’, with the idea of releasing some more ‘Filter Disco’ records…things turned out slightly different.

Two things happened almost simultaneously. First there was their remix of Minimalistix 'Struggle for Pleasure' that turned out to be an instant classic in the progressive house scene. Prolific labels like Hooj Choons, Platipus, Bedrock, Yoshitoshi and Renaissance stood in line to call upon their remix skills.

The second, and most important thing: They discovered Techno. Together with Belgian DJ Tomaz they embarked on a Techno Journey that would eventually lead them to Carl Cox’ Intec where they released their all time classic “Sunshine”. Two years later they would take their signature sound even further and release “Yimanya”, another big hit.

In the mean time extensive tours took Filterheadz to every corner of the globe and placed them high on the bill of events like I love Techno, Dance Valley & Tomorrowland and headlining clubs like Zouk, Womb, Ministry of Sound, Fabrik (Madrid) and so on.

Their remix engine kept running full steam: Green Velvet ‘La La Land’, Eddie Amador ‘House Music’, Delirium ‘Silence’, Faithless ‘I want more’ and Eric Prydz ‘Call on me’ just to name a few. Further releases like Cartagena & Endless Summer showcased their unique blend of techno beats and melodies.

The balance started to shift, less Techno & more melodic. Although tracks like “Day at the beach” & “Everything explained” on Sander Van Doorn’s label proved to be successful, clearly something was missing...

Looking back at their history and inspired by their heroes Marco Bailey & Carl Cox they decided it was time for a change. The Phoenix rises from the ashes. 2012 not only marks the 10th anniversary of Sunshine and a release of a smashing remix package on 1605. It also marks the return to techno. With a string of new releases

Filterheadz are once again ready to rock dance floors all over the world.

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  1. Triangle St Vith
    St Vith, Belgium

  2. Zul Club
    Bilbao, Spain

  3. MB Elektronics Showcase / La Palma
    Madrid, Spain

  4. M2
    Shanghai, China

  5. TBC
    Zwolle, Netherlands

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G.PAL

Swift / Evolution

G.PAL

George Pallikaris originally hails from Thessaloniki, one of the largest cities in northern Greece. George was first introduced to music at a very young age. By the age of 4 he was already training to play the piano. Although he was studying the likes of Jean Michelle Jarre and Vangelis he was also composing music on his first synthesizer. Once George reached his teen years, he got very involved with early dance music through buying house and techno records and playing them for his friends. After a few years of developing his skills composing and producing tracks, G. Pal decided to move to New York City so that he could pursue a degree in music technology at NYU. This educational experience, combined with his own interest in studio gear, hardware and software puts George way ahead of your average dance music producer. While attending NYU, George started shopping his tracks around the end of 1997. About a year later, a decent amount of respectable labels were knocking on his door. Soon after his first commercial record release, a double pack on the UK’s prestigious Low Pressings label, he started preparing material for labels. On a cold night in November at Mike Bryant’s Friday night party, G.Pal brought a demo down for Plastic City A+R Rick Salzer. After some small discussions, both parties agreed that G. Pal should join the UCMG NY artist roster. Since then he released many singles for Plastic City and the critically acclaimed album ‘Life by G.Pal’.

George had to leave New York City after six years of studying at NYU, to join the Greek military force for two years. At that time Swift recordings was founded as a joint effort by him and UCMGNY as an outlet for his club-minded tribal and progressive productions. Since its inception, Swift was steadily gained momentum and created quite a buzz within the dance music community.

George after completed his military service his focus was on building Swift into the label he has envisioned all along. Swift records would no longer be a part of UCMGNY, as George decided to run the label by himself from his own country Greece. Swift was then globally distributed by Intergroove UK. Concerning his productions and remixes, George started to work at his studio full time again. Remixes and productions for labels such as Yoshitoshi, Shinichi, Bedrock, Ovum, Low Pressings & many more were also in George’s agenda. With sales steadily increasing and licenses coming in from Deep Dish and Steve Lawler for their Global Underground mix albums as well as DJ mixes from David Duriez, Terry Lee Brown Jr., Oscar G. for the Space club compilation, Tim Fielding for JDJ, Hardy Heller, Pascal Feos, and Steve Bug to name just a few, Swift was booming until 2005.

But for 2006 life had different plans for George! He got married and had a beautiful daughter. Family life was the new big thing for George. Hence Swift was put on hold for a while! In January 2013 a new era begins for Swift Records. George is now working hard to relaunch the label with a new sound adjusted to today’s hottest trends! Expect to listen to quality deep tech, techno and house sounds! The label will be distributed exclusively by Baseware (Beatport). A new radio show called “Swift Sessions” will also be launched in Frisky Radio by February 2013.

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Matt Sassari

Deeperfect / Potobolo / Malicious Smile

Matt Sassari

Matt Sassari hails of Marseille - France. Born on March 08th, 1992, Always interested in the music world in particular by electronic sounds and the frenetic groove at age 14 began attending the local club's, becoming passionate people from out of the industry underground. At 18, he decided to start in seriously production, following the trail of house music, but not feeling it starts its own style elaborated with sounds that reflect the culture of funk, jazz, soulful to totally immerse yourself in the "tech house" considering it style closer to his ideas. The first results come out in 2011 where he started his career from the very beginning producer to release many singles and remixes that have come in the rankings of music stores. Then began collaborations with various artists and labels of developing projects.

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  1. WechselStrom / Club Auslage
    Vienna, Austria

  2. Excess / Sugarfactory
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

  3. Scander Pool Party / Private
    bandol, France

  4. Deeperfect Showcase SONAR 2014 / Sotavento
    barcelona, Spain

  5. Playtime In Paradise / TBA
    cape town, South Africa

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Pierre Deutschmann

XLR1507

Pierre Deutschmann

Pierre Deutschmann was born 1974 in Berlin. On the way to his style he passed early Hip Hop and Acid House and ended up with the sound he´s producing today. But there is hardly any „typical“ Deutschmann Sound: regarding the sound we can expect Techno, Minimal as well as Tech-Housetunes, even Break beats are no curiosity.

If we have a look at his work it is quite hard to imagine that all this is done by only one person - Deutschmann is definitely something we can call a musical workaholic! During his time as a producer he had the chance to work together with artists such as Robbie Rivera, Louis Vega, Justice, Rockers HiFi, Dj Pierre, Lützenkirchen and Paul van Dyk. 2008 Deutschmann founded his first label „k:lender“, 2009 the techno-edition „k:lender limited“ was following. After only a short while the next division of the k:lender music group was born: „XLR1507“- his youngest techno-label which was established in 2011 and is now growing fast!

When he is playing in the club Deutschmann has the ability to catch even the worst dancing grump in the last back corner his tool is a perfect working development in his set and therefore he doesn´t need all those well known club-hits but he can help himself out of his huge repertoire of own tracks.

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  1. Closing Party // PT1 / Madgalena
    Berlin, Germany

  2. tba
    Braunschweig, Germany

  3. tba / Club Rio
    Ulm, Germany

  4. w/ Pierre Deutschmann / Bukowski
    Heilbronn, Germany

  5. Downstairs All Nite Long / UB (unsichtbar)
    Saarbrücken, Germany

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Rena

Tronic / Evolution / We Play...

Rena

It is rare nowadays, in an increasingly cynical and competitive scene, for young and upcoming DJ's to get much recognition or opportunity to showcase their talents. In an industry where affiliation and endorsement from more established artists is key and where tastes and attention spans grow more fickle by the day it seems increasingly difficult for budding artists to break new ground. RENA has overcome these preconceptions and transcended a heavily male dominated arena by sticking to a strict work ethic and a healthy and imaginative approach to her music. A relative newcomer to DJing but with a lengthy and enthusiastic exposure to electronic tech house music, she brings a fresh, innovative and contagious brew of energy to her performances! Concentrating on gigging around her native Greece, she has steadily built herself a loyal fan base and developed her technical and programming skills. Having paid her dues and worked her way up from a consistent, dependable warm-up DJ she has effortlessly made the transition to peak time performer and crowd pleaser. Adding another bow to her resume, 2011 has seen her make her first forays into the studio, working on a few original productions. While the term "electronic house music" is an apt description of her musical directions, Rena\s sets can encompass everything from the deepest house to the funkiest, raunchiest techno-always blended and mixed with precision and soul! Beginning of 2012 Rena also entered Press & Play Company (Artists / Labels Management-Promotion-Distribution) as a Chief Operating Officer. Summer of 2013 seems to be quite determinant since her We Play… project, which was first presented through her monthly podcast show, takes shape as a Beach Party Project along with some of the most respectable and successful Djs of today’s dance music.

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Roel Salemink

MB Elektronics / Phobiq / Deeperfect / Bush

Roel Salemink

When you grow up in a small place like Gendringen/The Netherlands, there ís not much that will keep you busy unless you can find yourself an all-consuming hobby pretty fast. Roel Salemink chose to combat small town syndrome by developing his passion for music, spending his formative years obsessing over different styles of music.

By the early 90s he had become hooked on house, a habit he has never since managed to kick. After experimenting with various iterations of the genre he began to focus more on techhouse and techno, which to this day continues to be his greatest passion.

Professionally, his musical journey began when he started organising and promoting techno parties, booking headline acts like Marco Bailey, Secret Cinema, Peter Horrevorts, Takaaki Itoh, Christian Wunsch, Pacou, Recyver Dogs and Darko Esser to name a few. The success of these events gave Roel the confidence to develop his own event, the magnificent and memorable Magnifique.

This event saw him take to the stage alongside a whole host of famous names, including Secret Cinema, Bart Skils, Isis, Marco Bailey, Joey Beltram and many more. Keen to use his promotional skills across Europe and beyond, he has also hosted a stage at the famous German Festival Ruhr In Love which is attending by over 30.000 people.

It was not until 2008 that Roel Salemink seriously turned his attention to producing. It speaks volumes that his first ever release, techno tune Manalive, became an instant classic. Put out by the famous Bush Records, home to the likes of Carl Cox and Dave Clarke, the track spent a solid eight weeks in the number one spot on the Beatport chart. The track was featured on a number of compilations, including Carl Cox recorded live at Dance Valley, and Salemink's reputation was sealed. His tunes regularly receive big name support from the likes of Carl Cox, Pete Tong, Pig&Dan, Mauro Picotto, Tom Hades, Marco Bailey, Loco & Jam and a whole host more.

There are plenty of exciting projects in the pipeline for this exceptionally talented DJ, promoter and producer this year. This year Roel Salemink will do a lot of projects include his reworking of techno classic Love Story by Andrew McLauchlan. He will also release remixes he did for Mauro Picotto, Carl Cox, Dj Pierere and many more. Check out his online pages to see al of his forthcoming releases in 2013. This exciting foray into techno history, born partly from nostalgia and partly from a desire to keep the sound fresh and current, promises to be something truly special and certainly worth watching out for.

Roel Salemink already did some awesome gigs across Europe and there are more gigs planned for him already. Furthermore Salemink will release a lot of new tracks & remixes on some decent labels such as Intec, MB Elektronics, Phobiq, Driving Forces, Deeperfect, BlaBla, IAMT and many more.

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  1. Recode Labelnight / Kunstpark Köln
    Cologne, Germany

  2. Magnifique / DRU FABRIEK
    Ulft, Netherlands

  3. Magnifique Stage / Festivaart @ DRU Park
    Ulft, Netherlands

  4. Ruhr in Love / Olgapark
    Oberhausen, Germany

  5. Ruhr In Love After / Turbine Halle
    Oberhausen, Germany

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Spartaque

IAMT / 1605 / Toolroom

Spartaque

“Vitalii Babii, also known as Spartaque, is a leading Ukrainian DJ and sound producer. This blondy boy occupies the first place in national DJ ranking three years long. In 2005 he performed to a 30,000 crowd at Jeans DJ-Parade in Kharkiv (his native city at eastern part of Ukraine) and took second place. Thas was the event that launched his career. Since that time he was playing in local night clubs and in 2006 he became a resident DJ at Kharkiv’s leading underground-club “Maska”. In summer 2007 Ukrainian major label “VIRUS Music” took a notice of Spartaque and offered him to perform at Global Gathering Ukraine. That was the biggest dance event at past USSR region. He was a worthy representative of his country and his set was appreciated as a real success. Thereafter, he moved to Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.

Currently Spartaque is a worldwide brand that needs no introduction. Vitalii runs his own rising imprint called IAMT and has more then 130 releases at 60 different labels, and of course very big gig history in the bank: more then 200 clubs at 25 countries were destroyed with his unstoppable energy!

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  1. Milo Concert Hall
    Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia

  2. Saxon
    Kiev, Ukraine

  3. Villa Rouge
    Lattes, France

  4. ACES
    Helsinki, Finland

  5. Horosho Club
    Sevastopol, Ukraine

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Spiros Kaloumenos

Focus / Kombination Research / MB Elektronics / Respekt

Spiros Kaloumenos

Spiros lives & breathes techno. Born & raised in Piraeus , the biggest port of Greece. At an early age he discovered that music was more than just a hobby. This love showed him the way of his future. For many years Spiros was involved to the greek dance media by his articles on dance magazines , with radio and later some tv-shows . This was just the beginning... As a dj, ... a sure crowd pleaser... his set includes a combination of the newest forms of techno blended with unique mixing style! But sometimes djing is not enough …..The passion to create his own sound forced him to music production . In this way , he had the support of a main player like Marco Bailey is , and later became key member to MB group of labels. From 2002 untill today Spiro’s signs to some of the most respected labels like : Primate, Primevil, MB Elektronics, Patterns, Phobiq, Kombination Research, CodeWorks, Respekt to name a few and his tracks appears on the setlists of the biggest techno artists worldwide. This journey continues as Spiros create “ Omega Audio Recordings “ with his partner for many years Axel Karakasis. This label is a recent success story featuring international artists and huge dj support ! As a result, nowadays his music & dj set’s rocks the dancefloors worldwide. Next to his releases and dj gigs the idea of moving one step more, by starting a new label is getting positive feedback. This idea becomes soon reality, with the launch of his new imprint “ Analog Mode “ records which is planned to hit the market at the first quarter of 2008. So,you better keep an eye for this techno lover because there is lot more coming your way.

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Steve Mulder

MB Elektronics / Bush / Respekt / Teggno

Steve Mulder

“One of the most exciting new dj’s / producers out of Holland”, and “Producer of 2008 Carl Cox (DJMag Top 100 Poll).

"Producer of 2010" - Eddie Halliwell (DJMag Top 100 Poll)

Steve Mulder is the one to watch out for in 2013. The talented, driven and focused dj / producer has supported some of the biggest and most respected names in the industry like Carl Cox, Umek, Paul van Dyk, Christian Smith, Michel de Hey, Cristian Varela, Carlo Lio, Steve Rachmad, Dimitri, Joel Mull, Secret Cinema to name a few.

As a producer, his continues efforts in the studio have paid off. Steve has been releasing numerous quality hits, which have received global support. His unique signature style that’s driven by a funky, sexy, techy groove is sure to leave you mesmerized.

Steve has over 90 releases out and his tracks to date have received heavy support from Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Dubfire, Marco Bailey, Cristian Varela, Nicole Moudaber, Carlo Lio, Slam, Umek, and many many more. He has released tracks & remixes on major labels as Toolroom, MB Elektronics, Pornographic, Nervous, Cr2, Bush, Respekt, Global Underground (release featured on Global Underground mix compilation by Carl Cox), Incorrect and more. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, 2012 and 2013 tracks were licensed to the last 7 mix compilations by Carl Cox (including the latest Global Underground – GU38 - Black Rock Desert) and Carl Cox - Space Ibiza 2012 and 2013 album, Paul van Dyk’s Cream Ibiza 2008 CD, and Eddie Halliwell's Cream Ibiza 2010 CD.

It goes without saying that Steve Mulder is spinning at all the hottest places around the world: Space - Ibiza, Womb - Tokyo, Matter - London, Sankeys - Manchester, Ministry Of Sound - London, Privilege – Ibiza, Escape – Amsterdam, Dance Valley to name a few.

He also records his own radio show called “Technation” which is aired globally on DI.FM and syndicated worldwide, and has done guest mixes on Carl Cox’ Global Radio Show, Marco Bailey's Electronik Force Podcast, Cristian Varela's Pornographic Radio Show, Eddie Halliwell's Fire It Up Radio Show, Paul van Dyk’s Vandit Sessions plus many others.

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Tom Hades

Rhythm Converted / 1605 / MB Elektronics

Tom Hades

Tom Hades started to discover and experiment with electronic music when listening to DAF, Kraftwerk, Front 242 ... At the age of 15 he bought his first keyboard, the famous Casio CZ-101 and transformed his game-computer, Amiga 500, into his first DAW. Quickly he got experienced with MIDI-integration and sampling functions, which gave him even more urge for buying/selling new material as addition to his current setup.

During the same period, his old school friend, RedHead, was co-producing with Marco Bailey. He got in contact with Marco too which led them in 2000 to their first co release. And this was the start of a big period of releases, included the anthem of "I Love Techno" in 2001. Have a look at the discography for the complete overview ... In the same year as I Love Techno Tom started to do live performances. He got more & more experienced and started to play all over the world.

His live performance was fully appreciated in countries like Spain, Colombia, Brazil, France, Poland, Sweden, Mexico, Japan, Austria, Italy, Norway, Ireland, ... and on many known festivals like Nature One, I Love Techno, City Parade, ... In the first period of 2002, Tom also produced his first solo release. In the next years he continued to produce tracks on his own as well as his co-production with Marco on respected labels like MB Elektronics, Drumcode, Bedrock, Tronic, Excentric Musik, 1605, Pornographic Recordings, Rhythm Convert(ed), Lupp, ... In 2004, they decided it was time to take the next step, start a label. And so Rhythm Convert was born. Initially, the purpose of the label was to give an opportunity to new talents to release their stuff. After a long break of releasing Tom restarted the label again in 2010. Many big artists already signed to the label so loads & loads to come in the future !!

Guys like Virgil Enzinger, Submerge, Alan Fitzpatrick, The Advent & Industrialyzer, Brian Sanhaji as well as Axel Karakasis, Spiros Kaloumenos, Veztax, ... did a very good job to show the people what is was all about. End 2004, Marco & Tom released their full album, Rude Boy, caused a stir all over the world. The best proof was their live performance during Nature One where they literally "blew the place to kingdom come"! In the year 2009 E=mc2 was released as a second album on MB Elektronics.

Recognized world widely by the big players in the scene the album surely proofed the quality of the release.

His current releases on labels like MB Elektronics, Rhythm Convert(ed), Bedrock and Drumcode are oriented in the same way his musical taste changes: intelligenter way of drum programming with flavors of techno, minimal and tekhouse. Nowadays, Tom can be booked as a dj or a live-set performance. You can expect dj-sets with dedication and filled with energy, as known from his live-sets, to give his fans the pleasure of clubbing !

In the means of productions, future releases will certainly be done, so keep your eyes open on some new productions, because Tom will certainly surprise lots of people!!!

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  1. Old School Party 2 - The Missing Touch Album World Tour / Nuun Club
    Cuiabá, Brazil

  2. Dream Party / Sallas
    Primavera, Brazil

  3. Different is Different Records Showcase / Rodorama
    Campo Grande MS, Brazil

  4. Weerwolven / Boat Party
    Alkmaar, Netherlands

  5. Durbuy Beats Festival / Durbuy Beats Festival
    Durbuy, Belgium

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Collectiva Launched

As the new very promising season is just around the corner, we here at Collectiva have been tightening the nuts and bolts of our operations in order to bring you the finest in sonic artillery and initiate our relaunch with a bang.

Covering all the bases from powerful Techno to groovy Tech House, when it comes to the sound which we have collectively been involved in for more than 10 years, it's time to deploy our troops in serious style.