Marcel Dettmann, born on the 26th of October 1977 in Pössneck, Germany, is a techno producer and DJ. At the age of 14, Dettmann was introduced to electronic music via friends whom he planned on going to parties with in Berlin.
He discovered the likes of Depeche Mode and The Cure and later the work of Detroit techno artist Jeff Mills. By 1994, Marcel began to spin vinyl.
In 1999, when Berghain club opened in Berlin, Marcel Dettmann secured a residency that he continues to hold to this day.
In 2006, Dettmann took on the production aspect of music and his first release ‘Dawning / Dead Man Watches The Clock’ was signed to Ostgut Ton.
Also in 2006, he founded his own Marcel Dettmann Records as an outlet to release his own productions, as well as the work of fellow Berghain resident Norman Nodge, and T++.
Marcel Dettmann has also produced several remixes for labels such as Rekids, Bpitch Control, and Global Underground.
In 2008, Beatportal named Marcel Dettman as its top techno artist of the year.
Marco Carola is a global ambassador of techno. From Napoli in the south of Italy, Marco was instrumental in the development of the electronic scene in the early 90s, he took the flourishing techno Neapolitan scene to the rest of the world. Over twenty years later and Marco is still one of the most respected artists amongst the techno scene, widely regarded as one of the key factors in driving the genre towards worldwide recognition within electronic music.
As a revered producer and successful label head, Marco has spearheaded imprints such as Design Music, Zenit, Question, One Thousands and Do.Mi.No whilst releasing music on a selection of the world’s finest labels such as Minus, Plus 8 2M and Primate Recordings. In addition to five critically acclaimed albums, including his most recent Play It Loud, Marco has also been responsible for a clutch of seminal mix compilations. In 2006, his mix for legendary London club Fabric’s series was a lesson in sleek, future-facing minimalism. That was followed up by well received compilations for Time Warp in 2009. In 2010 Cocoon label boss Sven Väth asked him to mix the Frankfurt based label’s Party Animals CD alongside Nick Curly, which took Carola’s dj taste and skills to new heights.
Famed for his energetic and impressive three-deck style of mixing and long journey set, Marco has remained one of the most in demand DJs on the planet throughout the last two decades. Favoring mammoth eight hour plus sets, Marco is predisposed to a subtle working of the crowd that has made him a favorite among fans from Ibiza to New York, South America and beyond.
30 year old LEON from Italy is a man that has been making major waves in the house scene since his breakthrough at the beginning of 2009. Bursting onto the scene with a bang, LEON has carved out quite a reputation in such a short period of time., and this looks set to grow and grow. Releases for Steve Lawler’s Viva imprint kicked things off, followed by releases with Nick Curly’s much talked about Cecille label in Manheim, and the highly successful ReBirth records in Italy as well as remixes for artists such as Audiofly, Felipe Velenzuela & Ali Nasser. If that wasn’t enough Leon’s track ‘Rain In Rio’ was recently licensed to Cocoon’s ‘Green & Blue compilation’.
In 2009 Leon is one of the producers that is helping re-invent the house sound, and as such his tracks are getting support from all the major players right now. Steve Lawler, Luciano, Carol Cox, MANDY, Loco Dice, Ricardo Villalobos, Tiefschwarz Matthias Tanzmann and many more are all fans of Leon’s work, so its not hard to see why people are already talking about him as a future star.
Born and raised in Teramo near Rome Leon’s obsession with house music started at a young age after discovering the music of Danny Tenaglia, Todd Terry & Laurent Garnier – something he still regards as a major influence on his sound to this day. Djing in Italy from a young age would inevitably lead to production for someone of Leon’s ability. At the age of 23 he took his first steps in the production world. However rather than rush things he knew he needed to hone his talents. 3 years of hard work later and he is starting to bear the fruits of this work, and starting to show the world that he means business!
With over 10 years experience behind the decks, its not hard to see why LEON’s reputation as dj, which was outstanding in Italy before his productions broke through, have now skyrocketed in the past year. Already djing in some of the worlds most famous clubs such as Cocorico in Italy, Pacha & Cielo in New York, Ministry Of Sound London, Zouk Singapore, Arma 17 Moscow, Sunwaves Romania, Monza Frankfurt and many many more.
Get ready to be hearing a lot more about LEON, as forthcoming releases with Viva Music – Cecille – Saved…
Nato a Milano, comincia il suo lungo cammino nei clubs piu’ prestigiosi della sua città facendo subito parlare di se per il suo sound ricercato, cool e dalle “intrusioni” di musica dance anni 70′, un MIX di nuovo e di appena passato che facevano esplodere la pista.. Nel giro di poco tempo Riccione capitale indiscussa delle discoteche lo kiamo a sè, in particolare il Byblo’s, localico storico per gente fashion, lo volle resident, ed in contemporanea a questa nuova esperienza Massimo produsse SUENO LATINO uno dei dischi piu’ importanti sia per originalita’ che per interesse degli addetti ai lavori di tutto il pianeta, considerato ancora oggi un must, grazie al quale seguirono tanti remix di importanza internazionale, per citare solo il più famoso MALCOM MCLAREN etc.
In questi anni si moltiplicano anche i Top clubs che lo vogliono in consolle: Mazoom, Area City, Cenerentola, Desideria, Matis diventando gia’ dai primi anni ottanta un’icona dell’house, tanto da essere uno dei primi dj italiani a varcare le consolle di ibiza nel 1982, Pacha’, Space, e tutti i Top clubs europei, volevano lui.
Infatti gli anni novanta furono la conferma del suo successo come dj, producer, remixer, un ottimo lavoro che gli valse il Disco d’oro come miglior dj 1989/90.
Sicuramente un pioniere dell’house, segue e anticipa le evoluzioni della stessa, ma non rinnega mai i suoi inizi con la disco, mai banale si muove dalla House alla disco piu’ classica ,valorizzando nelle sue perfomamce il lato piu’ black.. e nei suoi dj set sentirete sempre in chiusura almeno un DISCO DISCO.
Le sue collaborazioni fuori Italia Erano:Ministry of Sound ,Hardtimes Leeds, Cavo Paradiso Myconoss, Pacha-Amnesia-Space Ibiza ecc.
Guest in vari storici after hours negli anni 90″- Vae victis, Diabolica, Club di 99, e per molti anni “pilastro” del al Peter Pan, forse la sua storica House club, resident guest anche in Colazione da Tiffany e Starcake Echoes. Attualmente resident Star dj alI’ echoes e Magic Monday, , e Top guest in tutte le migliori serate House d’Italia, un dj intramontabile che col suo suond emoziona e diverte sempre!
Riccardo Montanari, in arte Ricky, è da tempo uno dei dj più acclamati del Belpaese ed è un nome ormai riconosciuto negli ambienti della musica house di tutto il mondo. Nato a Rimini, si appassiona sin da giovane al mondo della musica, alla fine degli anni ’70, quando la professione di dj non era ancora molto diffusa e definita come oggi – almeno in Italia – e le attrezzature e le tecniche del mixare erano “uso” solo di pochi appassionati, Montanari è stato, uno di quelli che con serietà hanno contribuito ad introdurre quella “specie” di creativi musicali.
Questa passione, porta Montanari a passare interi pomeriggi ad ascoltare vinili, cominciando a collezionarne febbrilmente a centinaia fino a 40 mila di oggi, facendogli acquisire quel gusto e conoscenza dei vari linguaggi delle melodie, che apportano tuttora al suo lavoro diverse contaminazioni, dandogli uno stile sempre nuovo ed unico. La storia professionale di Ricky Montanari inizia a metà degli anni ’80, esordendo a fianco del vecchio amico Cirillo all’Insomnia di Cattolica. Subito dopo è al Peter Pan di Riccione, dove inizia a farsi notare dagli addetti ai lavori. Il suo noviziato coincide con l’esplosione anche in Italia della House music, ed è proprio in quel periodo che Ricky muove alla volta della capitale della musica, Londra, da dove importa direttamente le più ricercate produzioni introvabili sul mercato italiano, facendo conoscere, anche pubblico italiano, sonorità assolutamente nuove, con rivisitazioni moderne della vecchia funky e della musica nera. Così facendo Ricky Montanari va a costituire una delle punte di diamante di questa schiera di professionisti. Nel 1988 diventa resident all’Ethos Mama Club di Gabicce Mare e nello stesso periodo é protagonista assoluto del primo after hour italiano, il “Diabolika’”.
Pensando più in grande, sulla scia delle Mattine, arriva poi il “Vae Victis” il nome di Montanari si lega in maniera indelebile a questo after hour (evoluzione del primo) facendo davvero “Epoca” tanto da essere Votato alla rivista specialistica inglese “DJ mag” come uno dei Club più belli del mondo. Agli inizi degli anni ’90 e tra i protagonisti dell’Echoes di Misano Adriatico, e del Matis club di Bologna, e nello stesso periodo torna a Londra per stringere rapporti professionali con molte di quelle figure di “spicco” dell’house fra i quali: Kid Batchelor, con cui divide la consolle del CONFuSION. A partire da questo periodo la bravura di Ricky viene riconosciuta in tutta li mondo portando a suonare un po’ ovunque: da Los Angeles a Manchester, Tokyo, Rotterdam, Barcellona, Monaco, Bruxelles, Zurigo, Singapore, Miami senza tralasciare il famoso “Dance Valley” di Amsterdam e il club “STEREO” a Montreal considerato dai “grandi” della musica House come il miglior Club del momento nel mondo. Di pari passo ai Club Ricky (come naturale crescita professionale) si confronta con il lavoro di remixer e produttore discografico. Tutto questo a conferma della sua acquisita eccellenza del suo lavoro.
“The curtain went up before I knew I was on stage.”
Ambivalent aka Kevin McHugh
Currently working out of Berlin, Kevin McHugh has spent the last decade living in the German capital or New York and in a sense; these two metropoleis represent the contradiction at the heart of his Ambivalent persona. On the one hand the reckless freedom and hedonism of the Berlin subculture, on the other the more considered, conceptual approach of its New York counterpart. As a result his idiosyncratic sound lies somewhere between the two, a precarious balancing act that manages to infuse stripped down, finked up minimal techno with a distinct sense of purpose, often defined by a pearl of an idea around which his skeletal grooves revolve.
After growing up in Washington DC on a balanced diet of Acid House, Go-Go and Punk, his active involvement in the electronic scene began in New York in 2002, producing a series of memorable parties for Creative Time in the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. Fusing house and techno with experimental multimedia and urban installations, Kevin was quick to recognise connecting patterns of value between these art forms, with temporal, physical, spatial and minimal elements among the most obvious common denominators. If one person embodied these principles through music it was Richie Hawtin. The pair were soon working together, co-producing the Plastikman show at Mutek in 2004. The planning process meant spending the best part of a year in Berlin during which time Kevin assimilated into the scene. Energized, he returned to New York and besides co-presenting the Nerd Tank on East Village Radio, he began working on his own compositions, which quickly led to a debut release on Camea’s Clink label in 2006. His event organising activities also intensified, buoyed by the network of DJs and producers he’d met in Berlin.
It was after one particularly intense party, that Kevin set to work on a new track. Extreme images from the event were still flickering across his mind as he picked up his studio mic and, in a flash of inspiration, laid down a twisted, one-sided conversation in a single take. He passed the resulting track to Troy thinking it was just a bit of fun, a tongue-in-cheek parody for his friends to play. Within days Richie was telling him – the track was blowing up, the dancefloor reaction to R U OK was unbelievable. What followed was beyond his wildest imaginings as the track went global, topping charts around the world aided by Ali Demirel’s tripped-out video interpretation. By 2008, the gravitational pull had become too strong to ignore and he returned to Berlin, hooking up with the Minus community and embarking on a non-stop schedule of live shows and DJ gigs. 2009 also saw him join the line-up for the London Contakt special as well as the release of several remixes, a JPLS collaboration and his own follow up EP is 5.
2010 holds even more promise for Kevin, with back-to-back releases. Rumors shows another quirky wordplay, voiced by a character twisted in knots trying to learn the meaning of all the gossip floating around. His second release of the year comes on strong with a dancefloor bouncer Down accompanied by an aggressive vocal challenge. With a DJ mix and an album in the works, it’s already becoming more interesting by the day.
Ambivalent by name, ambivalent by nature, Kevin McHugh insists we shouldn’t read too much into his ideas, but as long as he continues making such bold musical statements, that stimulate the instinct and intellect in equal measures, he’ll just have to get used to the attention.