Philip Bader was born in Berlin and fell in love with electronic music in 1998. He already gave his DJ-debut in 1999 at the old Tresor club. Just spinning records was not enough so he launched „Max und Moritz“ with his friends. They organized quite a few parties in this constellation, the most famous event in Berlin is „Karneval der Verpeilten“ for sure. Altogether, their Sunday afternoon parties in the old Casino Hof called „Gelee Royal“ were the beginning of the legendary “sunday after” parties in Berlin.
In the end it was just the next logical step for Philip Bader to start producing his own music. And now he is only con- centrating on dj-ing and producing. His production debut was a release with Perry Roden on Monika Kruse’s Label Electric Avenue, followed by successful releases on Kindisch, Saved, Stil vor Talent etc. For instance, a remix for Raz Ohara on Get Physical and „Mumba Drums“ together with Sascha Braemer on Kinisch (sub label of Get Physical). Philip’s productions are characterized by his deep minimalistic Berlin techno style and the really creative and smartly placed vocals – he uses his own voice quite a few times. His DJ sets are like his productions: consistently deep, playful and powerful.
After six years of running the respected Cécille Records and establishing it as a go to label for fans of a certain strain of house music, the label is going on something of a hiatus. As such, Nick Curly is now focussing on his other main interest, 8Bit Records, and it will be here that the German DJ and producer will hone in once again on the deep and tracky tech house sound that made him so well known in the first place. As well as releasing more of his own EPs, he will of course continue to A&R new talent for the label at the same time as continuing to work with friends and peers like Johnny D and Marcus Fix, who have been a constant throughout Curly’s musical life.
In 2014 the Nick Curly also enters a pantheon of DJ greats with his entry into Defected’s hallowed In the House mix series. It’s a perfect hook up given his close relationship with the label – not only did Defected re-release his debut artist album, Between The Lines, in 2012, but they also helped serve up some killer remixes of it from seminal acts like Larry Heard. On top of this, of course, Curly is a long time DJ who first cut his teeth during his teens with a residency at the legendary Vibration Club in the Karlsruhe region of Germany.
Since then he has gone on to hold down residencies in Ibiza with Kehakuma at Space, where he helped define that night’s sound for a number of years, as well as turning in an official mix CD for them in the past. He’s also mixed an official CD for Cocoon, another Ibiza night at which he has been a popular guest, whilst outside Ibiza he has played the world’s biggest and best festivals and most connoisseur clubs including Womb in Tokyo, Sonus Festival in Croatia, D-Edge in Brazil, Eastern Electrics Festival In London, Love Family Park in Germany and Gypsy Club in Russia.
Curly’s productions and the music released on his labels has come to be known as the Mannheim sound – a deep and tracky tech house style that is loopy and involving, folding you into the groove with each rotation as various elements of soul and melodic beauty infuse the spaces left behind. Whilst tech house is a genre much maligned; Nick Curly has been, is, and always will be a shining example of just how the genre should sound.
“I have a new EP coming out in that style,” says the man himself. “It’s back to more like the stuff I started with; the Mannheim sound that helped launched my international career. People, especially DJs, expect this from me and I know DJs are playing it already.” With a renewed focus on his boutique 8Bit label, plenty more productions in the pipeline and an ever busier DJ schedule, Nick Curly becomes an ever more essential member of the global house community with every passing week.
Carlo Andrea Raggi, aka Cirillo, is one of the best representatives of the Italian techno sound. In more than 30 years his career has taken him around the world travelling side by side with the biggest names in terms of techno music: Carl Cox, Danny Tenaglia, Fatboy Slim, Sven Vath, Paul Van Dyk, Timo Maas, Luciano, Ricardo Villalobos, Loco Dice and many many others. He has participated in some of the most infamous musical events including Love Parade, Ravecity, NRG, Evolution, Mayday, Universe, Love Nation, Union Rave and Odissey. The last such event was in summer 2004, at the Heineken Jamming Festival, in Italy, where he was joined by the Cicoloco Crew and artists such as Massive Attack, Fatboy Slim and Timo Maas. In Ibiza he is resident dj of Circo Loco at DC10, the party that has been defined as being number 1 in the world. He has become unmissible for all of the DJs and people of the island. With the Circolco World tour he has played in the world’s largest capitals, throughout Europe, America, Australia and Asia. His DJ sets have taken place in some of the biggest world clubs, such as Amnesia, Space and Pacha in Ibiza, Limelight, Shelter and the NY Arc in New York, Roxy in Amsterdam, Omen and Dorian Gray in Frankfurt, Palazzo in Bingen, Tribehouse in Dusserldof, E-Werk and Columbia Hallee in Berlin, Heinzkaftwerk, Babalù and Pacha in Munich, Park Cafè in Wiesbaden, Ministry of Sound and The End in London, OXA in Zurich, Warehouse in Tokyo, Zouk in Singapore, Drop in Shangai and Hong Kong to name but a few, all are well remembered by everyone for their great energy, perfect technique and high musical quality. In Riccione, Italy, Cirillo is resident inside the Cocoricò, club that he has launch in the 1990.
Cirillo is also a successful producer. His releases and remixes have travelled around the world thanks to the multiplicity of the musical genres of his productions: techno, progressive trance, acid and house. His individual productions are known as well as the famous musical collaborations he has taken part in. For example let’s remember the collaborations with Lenny Dee AKA Lenny Desiderio; PCP, aka Mark Arcadipane; with the Datura, Italian known duo formed in 1991 by Ciro Pagano and Stefano Mazzavillani; with DJ Ricci Cirillo has produced a series of hits, like the first single from summer 1991 “Nu Style”, “Yerba del Diablo” and “Eternity”; Save the Vinyl Project from Logic Record; Eye Q Record first Sven Vath label. Not forgetting The Pogo, the first name of the Italian group Sensoria, of which the alias was used for hardcore and techno productions, on which Cirillo occasionally collaborated. Cirillo’s last huge success was the tune “Accelerator”, made together with Ricky Montanari for Anodyne Records, it became an essential part of the summer 2002 soundtrack. And now, after 30 years o career, togheter with Athletic Duo will coming out on label LED the relase “Por Obaluae”, with the remixes of Andrew Grant, Renè and Sossa, Luca Baldini.
Sasha Carassi is one of those artists who exudes the air of a seasoned veteran, but this is not just because of the years he has been making noise in the industry; it’s his unparalleled skill and work ethic that places him in such a revered position.
2010 was a seminal year for Sasha, as he managed to rise above the flux of producers hailing from his native Napoli. By leaving his mark on labels such as Drumcode, Harthouse, Sleaze, Weave and many others, he established himself firmly in the world of serious Techno which nods slyly to the dark side.
All of this well-deserved hype brought on remixes and collaborations with the most important world techno artists who, along with Sasha, lead the way in this scene.
Sasha Carassi’s plan could not be complete without his Techno love-children, Globox Recordings and Phobiq Recordings. Artists such as Jerome Sydenham, The Advent & Industrialyzer, Secret Cinema, Slam, Samuel L Session, Mikael Jonasson, Space Djz, Matador and a slew of talented producers pushing the Techno envelope have all graced the labels over the past few years.
No stranger to the road, Sasha has been a staple in major festivals and prestigious clubs worldwide, with the added bonus that you can catch him showing off his skills on the decks with actual vinyl, since he himself has been an avid collector since the late 80s.
Hito is a Berlin-based electronic music artist and vinyl DJ with a unique style and aesthetic. Full of colour and character, she was born and raised in Himeji, Japan, and is loved for her sophisticated record collection, her deep techno style, and her incredible ability to entertain crowds with charm and energy.
After moving to the German capital in 1999, she developed her passion for minimal and emotional music pressed on vinyl. Hito connected with electronic music icon Richie Hawtin and became a resident and integral part of his ENTER. experience at Space Ibiza from 2012, the island’s most forward-thinking party concept.
Hito took full ownership of the ENTER.Sake Bar at the outdoor Space terrace with epic sets – sometimes playing all-night long to an incredulous response. The room was modelled on a Japanese Sake Bar and her performances, both in sound and vision, added huge authenticity to the concept, performing in formal dress with a beautiful range of kimonos.
Hito has now evolved into a unique artist of her own right, in-demand around the world for the touch of class she delivers. Her contribution to the Minus release “ENTER.IBIZA 2013” combined with a series of live streams from Ibiza on the Resident Advisor / ENTER. channel resulted in this fascination in her career.
People don’t just like Hito – they LOVE Hito. She recently completed a tour of North American Soho House’s with Hawtin to present the ENTER.Sake concept and she has become an unofficial ambassador for Japan. Her background has seen her strive to share her culture, defining a palette of sounds which she relates to the five senses that have coloured and shaped her life.
Paolo Martini’s career spanned over 30 years where he started spinning in many important clubs throughout Italy and exploring his ability as a producer, first going solo and then joined with his long time friend and collegue Gianni Bini.In few time the duo Bini & Martini released hits like “Dancing with you”,”Happiness”,”Burning up”,”Say Yes”,”Stop”.
Starting to become popular in the business Paolo and Gianni began working for different labels like Defected,AM÷PM,Strictly Rhythm,Emi,Peppermint Jam,Universal,Sony,Azuli,Z Records,Nervous. They established the labels Ocean Trax,handled the remix of records from Kylie Minogue,Jamiroquai and achieved record results in the world charts throught different projects like”House of Glass”,”Goodfellas”and “Eclipse” while his reputation
as a DJ brought him to spin in prestigious clubs throughout Italy and Europe.
Paolo has been a testimonial for several clothing brands such as Diesel and Adidas,the mixer Rane MP2015,Nokia and hit the roads with many MTV Tours.Throughout the years his radio mixes have been played on the most popular national networks including Radio Dee Jay,Radio Italia Network,Radio M2O (Italy),BBC Radio One (London,UK),Radio FG (Paris,France),Ibiza Global Radio (Ibiza,Spain)
Since 2008 Paolo establish his new label Paul’s Boutique and work in the studio constantly with Paul C. Since then, the pair have worked tirelessly in the studio and not only seen their music supported by many of the industry’s biggest names, but also seen their work feature on labels including Area Remote, Terminal M,100% Pure, AMA Recordings, Great Stuff, Kiara Records and of course Paul’s Boutique.
2013 is the year of the boyz! After the great response of “Take Some Time” on Terminal M, they strikes again with both tracks “Spunk” on Materialism and “We Repeat” on Cecille Numbers so the duo increase their fame even more : “Spunk” reach # 2 on Beatport Tech House chart and Top 20 on Beatport Main chart as well,sitting there for quite a long time, while”We repeat” became one of the most played tracks for few months,from clubs to festivals and it has even been choosen as the original soundtrack for the trailer of “Love Family Park 2013″.
New releases and tracks in the forthcoming months will be release on labels such Hot Creations,Moon Harbour,Terminal M and Material.
PACO OSUNA was born in Barcelona. His passion for music started out when he was very young,at the tender age of 14 he was part of a regular crowd at Studio 54, where the most carismatic dj, Raul Orellana, was spinning Acid House, marking Paco in the way of understanding djing. In ’94 Paco moved to Valencia where he had his frist contact with the decks as a hobby. In ’95 Paco made his first dj set as a profesional at the ACTV club, where he gained a year residency. After that, he started playing in many different clubs including Heaven and Universal. In the meanwhile he worked in a record shop, where he got access to a recording studio in wich he produced three singles for the label Lucas Records. In ’99 he got a residency at Amnesia in Ibiza. There he had the brillant opportunity to be line up with the biggest djs and could learn the different styles looking to build his own. Amnesia was also the place where Paco got in touch with the person who most influenced his future as much personally as professionally, Sven Väth, who soon discoverd Paco to be very talented and introduced him in his Cocoon Booking agency. Paco was the frist Spanish dj to play for this prestigious agency. In 2001 Paco decided to leave house music moving closer to techno. From then on Paco’s career has gotten better and better, leading him to the best clubs and festivals in the world and giving him a ‘seat’ in the techno scene.
Claudio Di Rocco nasce a pescara e a 15 anni comincia a seguire la musica dance e a provare i mixaggi in casa. Dal 1983 inizia a suonare nei club di pescara e abruzzo seguendo la scia Baia Degli Angeli,e subito dopo discoteche come Cosmic Typhoon e Chicago.
La sua avventura come dj cominciò nel 1986 in piccoli localetti della sua provincia, passando soprattutto house prima maniera e funk. Nel 1993 passò a suonare al Club dei 99 e ben presto fu portato nella consolle del Cocoricò di Riccione dove è tutt’ora resident al “Titilla safè priveè” Ora che è un dj molto affermato suona praticamente in tutti i migliori locali italiani e molto spesso è chiamato al Ministry of Sound di Londra dove è molto stimato ed è considerato uno dei dj più forti in Italia. Definito un dj “molto fashion”, piace molto per il suo sound glamour, composto principalmente da molta house melodica ma con una buona base ritmica.
“I try to apply a punk ethic to my own music…it has to be groundbreaking, futuristic, unique, and organic.”
Grammy Award-winning recording artist Dubfire is renowned for his innovative DJ sets, revolutionary music, and much-lauded SCI+TEC label. Widely recognized as one of electronic music’s most versatile artists, Dubfire initially brought a pioneering sound to the masses during his days as one-half of the distinguished DJ & production duo Deep Dish, which led to a catalog of timeless dance classics and numerous international awards to their credit.
Dubfire has always been a risk taker, and his decision to go solo in 2006 at the height
of Deep Dish’s success was a precarious one. But staying true to his convictions,
he created a visionary new style of “techno” that defied genres, crossing over into the hearts, minds and performances of the world’s leading tastemakers. The cadence of his early solo productions came in the form of a relentless string of releases, including “RibCage, “Roadkill, and “Emissions,” collaborations with Underworld and Oliver Huntemann, and the now-classic remix of Radio Slave’s ”Grindhouse” to name just a few. He has shown no signs of slowing the pace, with a host of originals, remixes and collaborations that have subsequently been released to great fanfare.
After more than 23 years behind the decks and in the studio, with deep roots in the genesis of electronic music, Dubfire continues to evolve in new ways that have helped shape the industry.
Born in late 1988 under the beautiful Livorno’s sun (italy), the “enfant prodige” Ilario Alicante starts to raise is passion for music at the earliest years of his life,when his mother educated him to listen music for his own pleasure.
Time goes by and Ilario takes his first steps into italian nightlife and dj world,first with some average media,experimenting D.I.Y. mixes within the four walls of his own “epic” room and then digging a personal sound style until he gained the resident-title at “Pachamama Club” (in Pisa).
From this springboard he started hangin around the best italian,german and spanish clubs,finally landing into Cocoon’s family,falling in love at first “sight” with house music and her thousand shades,waving from latino-ispanic from a minimal-electro sound.
At this point he devoted his production style only to these rhytms,also if his dj-sets are stuck to the quest of something special everytime.
Hardly inspired from artists such as Hawtin,Marco Carola,Villalobos and Luciano. The great bunch of Ilario’s production are really estimated inside the international dj-system claque.
“Vacaciones en Chile” directly throws Ilario into the house music business,defining his supernatural talent with “Living Near Africa” (Cecille).
Playing also in 2008 at Rotterdam’s Time Warp as the youngest act of ever,now he’s unexhaustedly performing just in the best world clubs,under the flag of Sven Vath’s Cocoon family and Deep Moves Rec.,his own record label.
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.