Sébastien Devaud, aka Agoria, entered the world of electronic dance music at a peculiar moment in time. Unlike the first generation of techno producers, he’s too young to have been actively listening to early 80’s electronic pop by groups such as Depeche Mode or New Order. But unlike younger DJs and musicians, he’s been exposed to house and techno more or less since the start of these genres. He started producing and releasing his own tracks in 1999 and first gained international recognition with a series of 12´s on Pias Recordings in 2002, which were followed by the acclaimed album Blossom a year later. Since then, Agoria has released tree more long-players The Green Armchair (2006), soundtrack Go Fast (2008), Impermanence (2011) all showcasing Agoria’s talent for creating deep, stripped-back, melodic, techno tracks. Recently, Agoria has released several EP on the best techno labels ( Innervisions, Kompakt, Hotflush) and remixes for artists such as Moby or Metronomy.
One would be hard pressed to find another artist whose meteoric rise parallels that of Belgium’s most exciting new export, Amelie Lens. She has, in a little more than a year, soared from relative anonymity to one of todays most in-demand DJ/Producers the world over. Lens’ rise to the top may seem to have happened in the blink of an eye, but her work ethic, composure at the controls, crowd engagement and an incredible prowess in the studio have proven to be the perfect ingredients for her swift ascent. As if it wasn’t apparent after all this, Amelie is just getting going and there seems to be no decrease in her pursuit of world wide dance floor domination.
The way Analodjica communicates is typically feminine. She dismisses the need for words, especially when choosing music during her energetic and seductive DJ sets. She instinctively knows what the audience is thinking, or what people’s next move will be. This “female intuition,” for many considered a true “Midas’ touch,” is contagious throughout her playlists.
Considering his meteoric rise to fame, it would be easy to stereotype Black Coffee as just another black diamond. But as he proved on his South African Music Award-winning album “Home Brewed”, this DJ and producer defies convention. Sidestepping Afro-house clichés, Black Coffee’s penchant is for true Afropolitan house: home-brewed but fresh and future-focused. Expect almost sculptural balance and beauty. From family, to community, to clan, to culture, to country, to the world; all are blessed with the prodigious talent and productivity of such a great creative genius, as is Black Coffee.
Caroline Lethô, real name Carolina Mimoso, was shaped by Algarve’s warmth, where she was born and raised. The simultaneously dense and light atmosphere of the South transpires to the music she makes and the music she chooses to play: her spiral of references has melody and depth as focal points of a free (but skilfully driven) journey through the most captivating corners of dance music. Sweat out your worries and use your head for one thing only: memorising her name.
Charlotte de Witte
If there’s one DJ about to take the world by storm, it’s Charlotte de Witte. Never shying away from a challenge, always malling her career and music the way she envisions it. No surprise then, that the rest of the world is calling for the belgium amazing talent. After already having toured Asia and Canada, she’s ready to conquer the world. Her release on Tiga’s Turbo Recordings “Weltschmerz EP” gained massive national and international support. For now, with her upcoming releases, her ongoing radio show, Fuse residency and a packed tour diary de Witte shows no sign of slowing down. Despite her love of all things dark, the future for Charlotte de Witte looks very bright indeed.
Nicodimas Sekheta Mogashoa is a self-taught producer & DJ who first fell in love with house music at an early age enabling him to have a good ear for music and the unmistakable ability to create blazing sounds to keep masses salivating for more and earned him his spot amongst South Africa and the world over as a highly regarded producer at the tender age of 21. Da Capo has set on a journey to create his mark on the House Music scene.
Dave Clarke is a DJ with an anarchist streak a mile wide and punk in his soul. Nothing says this as potently as his new album, ‘The Desecration of Desire’. Electronic to the hilt yet full of rich, dark songwriting, it’s been almost two years in the making and comes 14 years after his last full-length outing. Technologically, he’s an early adopter with the studio to prove it, but he also embraces sounds outside the staunch electronic dance remit, from Nick Cave to Savages to old favourites Bauhaus.
Dekmantel Sound System
The Dekmantel Soundsystem crew have firmly established themselves as kings of high quality musical enjoyment in more ways than one. The Dutch collective spearheaded by Thomas Martojo and Casper Tielrooij are responsible for a revered underground label, much loved festivals and a Soundsystem DJ crew that cover many different bases. Dekmantel Soundsystem, play mesmeric back to back to back sets that are fully of seductive surprises and groovy gems, offers a tasteful and 360 degree take on electronic music that has truly helped put the Netherlands and its scene on the map in recent years.
Founder and A&R of Life and Death, Manfredi Romano grew up tour-managing punk bands and organising left-field music events in Italy around the turn of the Millennium. Drawing on two decades of experience behind the scenes, Romano shifted focus in 2010, establishing himself as a DJ in his own right. As a performer, Tennis valiantly showcases an astute ability to create intimacy in even the vastest of gatherings. Fine chef and restaurant owner, Tennis splits his time between Miami and Barcelona, where he enjoys riding motorbikes, collecting vintage action-figures and building upon his vinyl record collection – which now numbers over eleven-thousand strong.
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DJ Vibe started mixing early. It was back in 1983 that António “Tó” Pereira got his first ever club gig at Lisbon’s Bataclan spot. Today he still dedicates his 30 talented years of music to all of us crowd people! Considered by everyone the most sought after and well known of the Portuguese Djs, Vibe had been also involved in the launch of the most important Clubs in Portugal in the last 20 years. At the studio work, DJ Vibe “Global Grooves” was a CD’s trilogy on Kaos Records which sold more then 45,000 copies in a small country like Portugal. After four years in a row entering the DJMag Top100 Chart, DJ Vibe achieved the 40th place in the 2007 edition. His excellent mixing ability and style playing a wide range of Dance Music with his set had made him unique!
Enoo Napa aka Siphiwe Mkhize, is a self taught producer from the township of Umlazi, Durban in KwaZulu Natal. After taking up production in 2013, his remix of Jackie Queen’s “Conqueror”, an ambient, dark afro sound with a hint of techy synths, caught the attention of Black Coffee in early 2015. His quick ascent was no small feat. Enoo Napa quit his job as a CCTV operator to pursue music full time. Challenging himself to the busiest year of his career to date, he produced 15 remixes and 12 originals within 18 months.
Jake Fairley aka Fairmont is an electronic music producer, live performer and DJ from Toronto, Canada. He began his career in the early 2000s making records under his own name for labels such as Kompakt, Sender and Dumb- Unit. However, it was his 2005 smash-hit Gazebo under his Fairmont pseudonym that solidified him as a heavyweight in the global underground scene. Released on James Holden’s Border Community label, Gazebo sold 20,000 vinyl copies, made Fairmont a household name. Since Gazebo Fairmont has released 2 albums and several EPs, mostly with his new home base – My Favorite Robot Records, but it’s his latest EP that is sure to be his biggest hit.
Farrago surfaces as a new name on the Belgian techno scene, albeit with a familiar face. In 2013, Sam Deilaert formerly known as Talbot Wood was picked up by Other Heights and Curle Recordings, under who’s flag he played multiple showcases and live shows across Europe. The name change justifies by the meaning of the word Farrago, literally meaning ‘a perplexing mixture’, is the alignment and legacy of his earlier work merged with new ideas and recent development. Arpeggiated melodies reverberating endlessly to the point where they are deemed tangible driven by the resonating sound of a classic 4/4 kickdrum. It’s the perfect marriage between body and soul.
A DJ with versatility, knowledge and aptitude to impress who listens to him, for the coherence and quality of what he presents, adapted to the occasion in which he does it. This can only frighten those less knowledgeable of Gusta-vo course.
Dj, born in Lisbon in 1986, since early was influenced by various musical styles and by the world that surrounds him, his greatest characteristic is the willingness to share music and make people dance. Since 2005 HNRQ draws attention from the country’s best clubs and festivals and he’s work goes beyond the clubs, working with renowned contemporary artists and fashion designers. HNRQ’s music should not be described, should be listened and appreciated.
Some DJ careers are built on hype. John Digweed’s career is built on substance. One of the planet’s most popular DJs, his sets never fall out of favour with clubbers the world over, as his relentless global gig schedule testifies. From ethereal, swirling cinematic soundscapes to energy-infused bass-bothering tech growlers, a new generation of clubbers are learning what we already know – that there’s nothing quite like being locked into a John Digweed set.
Mafalda is one of those DJs you stumble across and instantly fall in love with. Originally from Portugal, Mafalda grew up listening to music and started to learn English from her father aged 5, so that she could translate Pet Shop Boys lyrics. She moved to London two years ago and immersed herself in London’s music scene – first inspired by seeing Sadar Bahar and Floating Points playing together at Corsica Studios, she became a regular at the latter’s Plastic People party and early You’re a Melody parties.
Motor City Drum Ensemble
Motor City Drum Ensemble is a unique kind of ensemble in that it consists of just one man: Simultaneously retro and futuristic German House pioneer Danilo Plessow. He was born in 1985 in a small town in rural southern germany and soon moved to Stuttgart, city known as the “Motor City” of Germany. Hence, his best known artist moniker ‘MCDE’ obviously is a reference a well to his home-town as to his first love in music, the Soul, Jazz and Techno sounds of Detroit. The ‘Drum Ensemble’ is a link to his collection of classic drum machines, technical backbone of his accomplished and renowned electronic music.
For aspiring DJs and producers, or indeed anyone who appreciates a good story, the genesis of Palms Trax couldn’t have read any dreamier. You know the one; curious yet naive son of the English Riviera lands a job at one of London’s leading record stores and discovers the masters of Chicago house and Detroit techno. A gradual but steady stream of EPs courtesy of Dutch dance music powerhouse Dekmantel have allowed his productions to blossom in richer, smoother directions.
Berlin’s Paul Kalkbrenner is a unique international talent. In fact, with seven studio albums and more than 2.4 million Facebook fans, he is one of techno’s biggest superstars. Paul Kalkbrenner’s demanding compositions are full of energy; they exist to take listeners away from the weekly grind, into rapture—into art, ecstasy, absurdity friendship, hope and love. Paul Kalkbrenner’s eighth album, Parts Of Life (released May 18), comes a decade after his Double Platinum selling LP Berlin Calling, and feels similarly definitive for an artist who has spent the last 10 years topping charts and performing his singular strain of grand techno to ever growing audiences.
Perel’s path has led her from her native Saxony straight into the center of Berlin’s vibrant club scene, where she has steadily made a name for herself as an eclectic DJ and cunning producer. A truly captivating performer, Fiedler lets the audience’s energy guide her sets, regardless where she is performing, making her shows unpredictable and unique. Her new album for none other than DFA record, showcases a profound knowledge of dance music’s inner workings and a willingness to dive deeply into the fringes of Pop music old and new. Both as a DJ and as a producer of distinctive and eclectic tunes, Perel challenges the current sonic landscape.
Rui Trintaeum, born in Porto, became a reference in the music scene as owner, programmer and resident DJ of the electronic music club Trintaeum. From an early age, he was a bass player for the post-punk band Culto da Ira, who stood out in 1984 in the first edition of the legendary modern music contest organized by Rock Rendez-Vous, a milestone for generations of Portuguese musicians and music lovers. He remains active as an agitator of the national electronic scene, now especially as a regular DJ in clubs such as Gare, Plan B, Indústria, Lux and others.
Passionate for different electronic music tendencies, from the abstract house to the purest and elemental techno, Pedro Rebelo and Hugo Bastos distinguish themselves on how they embrace and fuse different musical influences. The shaping of these elements ends through a rhythm blast where music is a shuttle towards an inner voyage. Their performances are deliberately and wittingly selected in order to proportionate to the audience an unusual and unique musical experience through the hard trails of electronic music meander.
In addition to other landmark names that produced memorable nights, Serginho has come to stand out among them- under an assumed low profile – as an inescapable cultivator of the most spatial and stylized side of house in the North of Portugal. Having started his career in the mid-1990s, together with the most innovative and sophisticated initiatives of the decade, such as the UrbanSound itinerant club or the extinct Voxx radio, Serginho is, perhaps, the most outstanding exponent of the most intelligent house in Porto. For that reason, the passion for the m usic gave him 10 years of work in Discomundo, store where it began in ’98 and that later would be called Vinyl Market, where it remained until 2008, next to privileged musical sources.
Seth Troxler is one of dance music’s most recognisable characters, the guy with the big hair and the even bigger personality who doesn’t take himself, or life, too seriously; a straight-up human being who plays by his own rules. These qualities, alongside with his passion and seemingly endless knowledge of house and techno, have established him as a figurehead for a new wave of underground electronic music.
SININHO is a digital media researcher from Porto. Currently living between Porto and Berlin she has a backgound in biological sciences and developed a great passion about biology and music, that led her on a demand to find synergies between nature and sound. Bridging these two worlds she pretends to find new musical approaches, not only to musical producing but also for sound installations and live performances. She is also the Co-founder of the collective Openfield Creative Lab, Resident DJ at Plano B Porto.
With a real life that has taken her to numerous places, Sonja carries the psychic and romantic weight of a scattered cartography to the right side of the track and the radio waves, in a relation of escapism with the music that is reflected in deep knowledge of the most diverse typologies and languages, with true historical, human and social weight – from the disco and in the wave to techno and house, from the NY cellars to the beatific luminosity of the Balearic Islands, always with an unshakable devotion and faith.
Temudo is a producer and DJ son of the new generation of Portuguese Techno. The music he has developed characterises him as an artist with his own textures, combining in his compositions tension and a psychedelic feeling to a meticulously technical component – which is justified by his degree in Sound and a Master degree in Musical Arts Music and Technology – and the incessant search for new methodologies in the production of sound objects. Temudo’s music has the seal of mythical labels such as Planet Rhythm and Synewave, and is played by a variety of artists from the Techno scene. He’s one of the minds behind HAYES.
South African native Themba is certainly making a name for himself, having burst onto the global dance scene in 2018 with a string of high profile gigs & music releases. His sound is forged from his African roots, incorporating local singers, songwriters and percussionists to create his own unique & distinct take on house & techno. His debut EP is scheduled for release on Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound label in Spring, followed by remixes for Black Coffee and Nick Curly. Summer will see the release of another Themba EP on Yoshitoshi and more to be announced soon. 2018 will see a string of high profile gigs for Themba.
In the business for almost 20 years, Tiago is one of the main voices of the portuguese underground scene as a Dj, producer and label manager. Besides releases on his own and Alain Ho’s Composite Records, he saw some of his releases as Mindz Kontrol Ultra (alongside Dj Yellow) in stamps like Ovum Recordings, Freerange Records, Plastic City, compilations from Cocoon to Global Underground and collaborations with names like Jay Shepheard, Tracey K, My Favorite Robot, Josh Wink and Kasper Bjorke. His recent solo work added Compost Records and HFM Music to his discography and also the support of guys like Maya Jane Coles, Jornis Voorn, Hot Since 82, Steve Bug among many others.
Tiga is the stage name of Montreal-born DJ and producer Tiga James Sontag. His album Sexor won the 2007 Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year. Before producing music, he was involved in the promotion of rave parties in his native city and in the creation of world-renowned afterhours club SONA. He opened a record store named DNA Records, and founded his own label, Turbo Recordings. He is widly knowned for is the song “You Gonna Want Me”, aswell for his collaborations with Zyntherius, Richard X and Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters. Tiga also delight his fans with his remixs of Tomas Andersson’s “Washing Up” and Scissor Sisters’ “Comfortably Numb”.
Violet is a Portuguese producer and DJ based in London, co-founder of Rádio Quânticaand half of all-girl rap crew A.M.O.R. Since debuting via Wicked Bass Records, Violet’s music managed to grab the attention of key figures of the scene. Violet’s DJ sets and hybrid live acts create journeys that embrace classic house as well asabrasive techno, mutant jack beats and her own melodic, percussive productions.
It’s been a good fifteen years now since Vitalic (aka Pascal Arbez-Nicolas) took it upon himself to redefine techno using his native French sensibility, mixing energy and melody to forge his own recognisable style. Vitalic has constantly tried to reinvent himself, pushing his idea and vision of disco to the extreme. This constant renewal is no doubt where the producer finds his strength, exploring every facet (like a disco ball), the myriad possibilities of what he calls metal disco, or more prosaically “disco-poilue” – fuzzy disco.