A collaboration between three of Paris underground’s hottest exports, 2012 saw the launch of Apollonia, the imprint and DJ outfit from Shonky, Dan Ghenacia and Dyed Soundorom.
Presenting a back2back2back spectaculaire, Apollonia DJ together for extended sets of five hours or more, following a strict one-record-each concept for the full duration of the show.
Bringing their trio performance to only the most infamous clubs and parties around the world, some of their favourite annual events include DC10 Ibiza, Panorama Bar Berlin, BPM Festival Playa Del Carmen and Fabric London, for whom they mixed fabric 70 of the renowned compilation series.
Having left Paris in recent years in favour of Berlin, winters are spent locked in studio sessions in Kreuzberg, while summer it’s off to the hotter shores of their beloved Ibiza. Maintaining a long-standing association with the island’s original underground party Circoloco and holding a strong affinity for DC10, it has been their club of choice for the once-a-season Apollonia ‘All Night Long’ showcase. Appearing at Richie Hawtin’s ENTER. for the first time in 2014, they mix the Space Terrace CD of the party’s summer compilation, as well as be given the coveted honour of opening Amnesia’s Terrace, one of the biggest events of the Ibiza calendar.
To date the trio have put out their debut EP on the label, but the anticipation for 2014 undoubtedly centres around their first album. Coming in Autumn, the forthcoming release is sure to be the highlight of the year and Apollonia’s career to date.
French DJ and musician living in Ibiza, Marc Antona is founder of his own label Dissonant and artist of reknown Music On party. Marc has been spreading for years his unique sound across the world, producing advanced underground music and performing live and DJ-sets in world’s most famous clubs…
Marc Antona’s Iberian influence is laid bare throughout : having his own studio in Ibiza, he fondly says that the white island has “so much contrast between the peaceful nature and the amazing clubbing scene, with so much energy that ideas are plentiful when it’s time to make music.”
Throughout discoveries as a musician, Marc’s passion for “creating musical trips, taking people into his world and making them enjoy the changes of moods from happiness to melancholy, from energy-pumping moments to relaxing deep waves” has developed and is now clearly on point with his latest tracks.
2012 sees Marc Antona’s style recognition : music as a journey with tracks and DJ-sets full of hidden grooves and melodies within the beats and kicks. It has been a heavy year : parties from Australia to Womb Tokyo, collaboration with tINI (Desolat) on Dissonant and Moon Harbour, release on Adam Beyer’s label TrueSoul, remix for Re-UP on Upon You, releases on his own label Dissonant…
Peakpoint has been Marco Carola’s invitation to play for his Music On party at Amnesia in Ibiza. Music On has had a rocket-start and has quickly gained his status of most successful clubbing event and biggest revelation of this year ! Sharing with Marco Carola a full musical and personal respect, Marc Antona goes on with Music On after the summer season and enjoys being part of this geat adventure.
In 2010-2011, Marc Antona had decided to embark on his independent project and create his label, Dissonant, when he felt the time was right to stress on his own vision of electronic music. On that year, not only did Marc put out three highly praised EPs on his label, he also built and nurtured its concept to what has been the home of his first full length album ‘Rules Of Madness’. Thru this first album on Dissonant, Marc showed his own creative vision of what he wants to be sexy underground music : organic tunes full of hidden melodies and underlying emotional ambiance whilst keeping the pumping vibe experienced in his dj-live sessions.
Before, Marc had been producing and releasing his explorative electronic music on labels such as Mobilee, Highgrade, Freak N’Chic or Micro-Fibres for years. Nothing more than a few hits had already been produced through his former imprint “Micro-Fibres”, among them “Sharks” or “Neurons”, topped at all charts first places… In addition, Marc quickly added signings at prestigious labels which sounds fitted his universe : more hits came out of these releases, as “Xtension” on Freak N’ Chic, “One more sugar” on Mobilee or “Not a serious thing” on Sender records !
Matter of fact, for the mind and spirit, but also for the dance floor and everything in between, Marc has performed many times dj-sets at reknown clubs, such as Fabric (London), Panorama Bar, Watergate, Week-end (Berlin), Space, Amnesia (Ibiza), Rex (Paris), Goa (Roma), Tenax (Firenze), Barraca (Valencia), Goa @ Fabrik (Madrid), D-Edge (Sao Paulo), Street Parade (Zürich), Circo Loco (London, Lausanne), Space (Miami) … to name but a few…
Marc Antona’s music is the best proof that techno can be sensual… 😉
Olivier Mateu’s wide-ranging inspirations and interests find their ultimate outlet as Rodriguez Jr., positioning him as Mobilee’s new master of eclecticism.
As one half of French electro act The Youngsters – best known for their two studio albums and singles for Laurent Garnier’s F-Communications – Mateu has already received enough plaudits and praise to last a lifetime. The Youngsters’ award-winning productions catapulted them into the international arena, taking them to some of the biggest clubs and festivals around the world.
Rodriguez Jr. reveals a different incarnation of Mateu’s musical psyche, one that strides ahead, guided only by his kaleidoscopic vision; moving through shimmering, contemplative electronica, to deep and urgent techno, leftfield melodic accents and quirky pop refrains, Rodriguez Jr. is the by-product of an untamed brand of creativity and a thirst for the new and unexpected. Drawing inspiration from artists as diverse as Stockhausen, LFO, Carl Craig, Eric Satie, Kraftwerk, and Michael Polnareff, Rodriguez Jr.’s spirit of adventure translates as soaring creativity, and music that cannot be pigeonholed.
Mateu manifests Rodriguez Jr. in his MLab Mk5 studio, which brims with vintage synthesizers and dusty analog gear. Acclaimed Rodriguez Jr. releases for imprints such as Mothership, Boxer Records and Giant Wheels, prefaced the quirky melodies of his bass-driven house hit Princess Guacamole for mobilee records, and the tropical techno of Kids of Hula for it’s sister label Leena Music. Drawing both pleasure and inspiration from live performance, Rodriguez Jr. relishes the opportunity to realize his project on the stage, and has done extensively throughout Europe and America.
As he restlessly seeks out the ultimate intersection between all of his disparate influences, Mateu explains it best: “Good electronic music is not a jail,” he says, “It should be enjoyable everywhere, from dancefloors to living rooms, and by everybody.” Now an integral part of the mobilee family, Mateu will continue to channel his vision, passion, and love of music into all that he does, and all that will come.
Bloody Mary – Dj, producer, label owner Dame-Music and aka The Jaydes (live act) Always on the lookout for new sounds and fresh music, the sets of this French-born, Berlin-based Dj provide a fine example of what is happening at the moment.
Bloody Mary grew up in the region of Aix en Provence. Her favorite musical genre was new wave until she went to her first rave party and discovered the world of electronic dance music. Bloody Mary held a monthly residency at Studio88 (Aix en Pce).
Her subsequent move to Berlin in 2005 took her career to an international level. Having already focused on her Djing abilities, she set up her studio in 2006 to make tracks that will go along the lines of her favorite label! This led to her debut release, “Apparence” on Sender Records. Bloody Mary released her debut full-length “Black Pearl” in 2009, also the first artist album to appear on the label Contexterrior in its seven-year history.
The album revealed a wider picture of her personality to the public, filled with emotion, and it was her best experience so far as a producer! She and the label also released three vinyl EPs corresponding to the album, including remixes by Jay Haze, Sasche Funke, Shonky. After building up a successful DJ and production career, what’s a girl to do next? For Bloody Mary, the next logical step is to launch her own record label in 2010.
Dame-Music is a hub for tracks from talent she has befriended over the years in the worldwide techno/house scene. The major success of ” Spinning Around ” on her ”Arabesque Ep” (Dame-Music 004) out in november 2010 feat Eyke , played on the biggest German radios, has been a kick for Mary .
Leading to her first steps at the the notorious ”Panoramabar” (Berlin) her entry to the ”Wilde Agency” roster. In the end of 2012, she started a new project “ The Jaydes”. The Jaydes are based in Berlin and are compromised of two friends and studio partners – Bloody Mary & Attan. Their first remix of Anaxander’s EP “7 Ways“ on Dame-Music was a good introduction to their album, and now “Step On Light“ (Dame-Music 022) is a hint on what is forthcoming. The album “The Jaydes”, due in February 2014 will include nine tracks and some serious featuring artists. Their Live Act uses analog studio machines as their production.
Paul Ritch’s productions and performances, characterised by his powerful and harmonic techno with a touch of pure emotive soul, represent his true signature sound – the one that has projected him to global recognition.
In 2007, Paul Ritch took the techno scene by storm both on stage and as a producer. Ever since, Paul has been defined by his passionate musical rhetoric, projected in releases for labels like Drumcode, Sci+Tech, Saved, Cocoon Recordings, Soma Records and Bpitch Control, among many others, and remixes to classic tracks such as Ondu, Positive Education,Tropical Melons, Remainings III, Magic K, The Test and I’m Burning Inside. References that have led him to be included among Resident Advisor’s all-time Top 100 charted artists.
In 2008, Paul brought to life his own imprint, Quartz Rec, conceived as a platform of artistic expression for showcasing cutting-edge techno sounds and a broad vision of electronic music. With its first release, “Split EP Part 1” (Paul Ritch, 2008), the label held a top 2 position on Beatport´s Techno chart. And following hot on the heels of its fifth birthday, Quartz Rec has already published original tracks and remixes from Okain, Paco Osuna, Nic Fanciulli, Thomas Muller, Barem, Carlo Lio, Dubfire, 2000 and One and Anton Pieete.
While his label Quartz Rec is well on the way to earning a very important place on the techno scene, Paul has recently created a new project called “All Jacks”, a vinyl-only label with a special vibe for jacking beats.
Ritch’s musical delirium and his creativity on stage are two of his unique trademarks and these have been witnessed in his live performances on four continents including clubs such as Amnesia, Space and Pacha in Ibiza, Fabric and Egg Club in London, Womb and Circus in Tokyo, Berghain and Watergate in Berlin, Goa in Rome and Madrid, Rex Club in Paris, among many others.
He has also performed at festivals including Time Warp (Holland and Germany), Monegros (Spain), Awakenings, Voltt Open Air and ADE (Holland), SW4 (UK), Neo Pop Festival (Portugal), Amore Festival (Italy), BPM (Mexico) and WMC (Miami).
2013 was a year in which Paul continued to excel and reinvent himself with his very own musical mindset, and without a doubt, 2014 will be transcendental for Ritch as he looks to keep growing and achieve even greater goals.
I grew up in the 9th district of Paris in Pigalle. There I got in touch early with the dazzling nightlife scene around my neighborhood. But let us start in the beginning…
In the 1996s I listened to a lot of Hip Hop. Especially the New York stuff like Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest and stuff like that as well as OutKast. In 1997 when I was just fifteen the Prodigy album „Fat of the Land“ with their hit „Smack My Bitch Up“ was released. I listened to it three years later…like to almost everything. There are many albums I discovered which came out just a little bit too early for me.
„Consumed“ Plastikman changed my mind. Since then I listened to every single piece of electronic music. Pole 1,2,3, Alexander Kowalski, Squarepusher, Josh Wink, Jeff Mills, Laurent Garnier and many more. There is a big mess of artist names on my Myspace site that influenced me. Still, I have kept the “Sense of Silence Concept” from Plastikman for many years in my deck.
I think my deepest influences come from the period of 1999 to 2004. Like Mr. Oizo’s “Analog Worms Attack” in 1999.
In the summer of 2001 I experience my first club scene shock. I started using programs like Propellerhead and Ableton 2 and the Korg er1 drum machine. This was the second big change in my mind. In 2002 I decided to go to Ibiza with some friends and I discovered the happy punch techno of Carl Cox and the worldwide hugest smoke machine. During the same time I started to listen to Drum’n Bass music. Mainly to Roni Size. I like Dum’n Bass because it mixes my taste of HipHop together with Techno. I still listen to it from time to time.
Finally in 2003 I decided to seriously produce music. I started off with two close friends of mine: Okain and Paul Ritch. In 2005/2006 I became a sound engineer and on the 30th June of 2006 we were at the legendary “dimuschi” party in Paris. Live with my friends Okain and Paul Ritch.
In May 2007 I moved to Berlin. Ich bin ein Berliner. From there on it was only a short time till the 18th of February 2008 when I became an official BPitch Control artist with signing my exclusive contract and releasing my first EP „Ride On“. Now I am on the road!!!