AJ Christou has already accomplished what many artists strive to achieve. A master on the decks, skillful producer and successful label owner- AJ has garnered support from many of the biggest names in the industry and rightly so. With Loco Dice and The Martinez Brothers fully championing his music, he is set to become one of the main players in tech music.
AJ’s entry into the music scene started with a weekly residency at the renowned Sankeys in his hometown Manchester. Firing out captivating sets from the age of 17, AJ’s drive and talent was instantly noticed by many. He briefly relocated to New York in 2016 to focus on producing and was signed to Cuttin Headz within a year. His EP ‘What you think’ was an instant club smash and was shortly followed by a remix of Jesse Calosso and Jean Pierre’s ‘Under the Covers’ EP on Leftroom. More recently AJ teamed up with Caleb Calloway to release their ‘Sweet Senses’ EP on Rawthentic and featured on The Martinez Brothers album series- Remixed Part 3.
In 2014 Christou founded Celesta Recordings- a label focused on underground minimal and progressive techno. Within 3 years the label has accumulated some of the world’s biggest artists including Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, wAFF and Davide Squillace. Next year the hype is set to continue with European showcases, a Celesta Sounds mix series and major releases in the pipeline.
Anané, Cape Verdean born dj/singer/songwriter has achieved an incredible variety of noteworthy success, which includes the full length solo album "Ananésworld" & singing the opening song “One Dream” as she and the "Elements of Life band" opened up Superbowl XLI. She was honored with the invitation to perform at the President Obama’s Ambassadors Ball as well. Her global appeal also grew as she was invited by Nelson Mandela’s party, African National Congress to appear as the only female dj on the bill to perform and speak in front of 10,000 kids for a large community event. Anané is responsible for her music labels, Nulu Music and Nulu Electronic. Nulu (an acronym for Nothing Ultimately Leaves Us) already boasts an impressive roster of talent from all over the world as well as over 150 releases burning up the charts. Most recently, with the launch of Nulu Movement party Anané is focusing her energy on spreading her musical journey to the worldwide market through a party full of art and a magical music atmosphere.
Siberian born Anfisa Letyago is fast becoming one of the leaders of the new school when it comes to delivering cutting edge electronic music. Adopted by the Italian city of Naples, her musical journey began back in 2010 where she began making a name for herself on the Italian club scene as a DJ.
In 2016 Anfisa made her debut single release ‘Stop Talking’ with Leroy Styles on Spinnin’ Records which instantly propelled her into the spotlight. Demonstrating her prowess behind the decks at a young age, Anfisa has already performed alongside huge names such as Martin Garrix, Don Diablo, David Guetta and Axwell & Ingrosso, among others, performing at festivals such as Rock in Roma, Reload, ProjectX, City Fest, Mates Festival and many more.
Moving on into 2018, Anfisa has been cultivating her own unique and sophisticated sound, moving away from the more commercial edge of her early beginnings and embracing her love for underground House and Techno. She recently releasedher solo Tech House bomb ‘I Feel EP’ on Natura Viva, winning the support of top DJ’s worldwide and has a Powerful new Tech flavoured release titled ‘Bright Lights EP’ forthcoming on Nervous Records in 2019.
Recently this rising star has caught the attention of a certain Mr Carl Cox who has been supporting her music regularly in his DJ sets and as a result he's snapped her up for 2 EP releases on his acclaimed Intec label for 2019. Add to that a busy DJ diary with gigs already flying in for the new year, 2019 is looking set to be a hugely exciting one for Anfisa!
Representation: World, Ex North & South America
Dancing all night and experiencing a feeling of community and togetherness is something countless generations can relate to.
Ben originally fell in love with house and techno in his late teens losing himself in the music and exploring his deep seated passion for electronic music through self-expression namely, raving.
Ben spent many years on dancefloors back home in Germany and in the UK.
As time went on he became more involved behind the scenes, progressing from the dancefloor to the decks and into the studio.
Having a solid grounding in club culture from such a grassroots level means Ben's connection with the dancefloor runs deep, likewise his studio endeavours are aimed squarely at those who dedicate their time to dancing the night away.
A Berliner born and bred, Ben moved to the UK originally to study.
He immersed himself in the highly influential east London party scene, having made the decision to dedicate his life to pursuing a career in music.
While Ben was living in the UK, Berlin had become the global epicentre of house and techno and he felt a strong calling to return home.
He decided to move back home to build a studio and returned to Berlin with a fresh outlook , a renewed desire to succeed to truly pursue his dreams.
In 2016 Ben took charge of his destiny, setting his focus on his self-release imprint Inkal and sister label Meta.
Both labels continue to grow in stature with every release, topping record shop charts and resulting in multiple represses for each offering.
Ben continues to build his reputation in the studio as a producer to watch out for and as a DJ equally at home in the club and bigger stages.
With such a strong foundation, an unerring passion for his craft, Ben continues to garner the attention of tastemakers and clubbers alike onto the Global stage.
Ceri's rising reputation as a DJ, has seen her grace the decks at parties all around the world. Playing alongside everyone from Ryan Elliot and Objekt, to Mr. G, Jeremy Underground and Paranoid London.
She has played at clubs, parties and festivals such as; Fabric, Percolate, XOYO, Lion & Lamb and Pickle Factory in London, Back To Basics in Leeds, Hiddenin Manchester, Bristol In:Motion, DC10 Ibiza, La Santanera Mexico, TreeHouse Miami,and Ipse and Renate in Berlin.
Ceri's diverse DJ style was crafted playing nine hour sets during her 5 year residencyat Corsica Studios, in Jaded's second room. Carving out her distinctive reputation by moving from deep and moody, atmospheric grooves via heavyweight peak time house, on to psychotropic techno abstractions.
Alongside her DJ career, Ceri’s also been immersed in production for many years. Early releases garnered support across the scene, with support from everyone from Richie Hawtin to Jamie Jones.
Her own label; 'Find Your Own' Records, launched in 2017 with her sold out and repressed Life Holstee EP, featuring a remix from Fred P.
Early support for the label came from the likes of Ben UFO, Midland, Move D and Paranoid London. Label parties at the Lion and Lamb in London and Renate in Berlin were followed by a second release featuring none other than bonafide dance music legend Mr. G, with early support coming from Ryan Elliot, Steve O'Sullivan, Jackmaster andK-HAND, amongst others.
Despite all these achievements, it seems certain Ceri’s ambition will take her to ever-greater heights in pursuit of exciting new pathways, through the electronic landscape and beyond.
Already a legendary figure in electronic music, Chez Damier has played close witness to many of the pivotal moments in the history of house and techno. Jointly responsible with studio partner Ron Trent for both Prescription Records - widely recognised as one of the greatest house labels of all time - and The Morning Factory - one of the most ethereal jams ever to rock a room - Chez Damier carries abound the soul of house music.
KMS, The Music Institute, The Bellville three: the Chicago DJ has played pivotal roles in the development of all three hallowed pieces of musical history. However, his natural artistry and constant need to outdo even himself has led to him passing off such seminal tunes as Can You Feel It as just a stage in his artistic development. It is this development that he also sees in running a label, allowing other talents and close kindred spirits the benefit of the platform he has built.
For as an artist Chez Damier represents a unique blend; he is as impetuous and daring as now as in 1989 and being able to qualify this with his own unique heritage makes his releases and DJ performances doubly formidable. Today his sets are entirely unique, not just because of the experience and knowledge he can call upon. Sitting on a mountain of his own edits, nothing he plays is untouched by his hand. Whether it be a stomping disco loop or a jacking Chi-town monster, his own electronic wisdom embedded in each track.
When The Music Institute opened in Detroit in the late '80s it provided the home for a developing music scene. It proved just as important for the development of techno in the city as The Warehouse and The Music Box had been for house music in Chicago and the hedonistic experiences in that club have gone onto shape much that has happened to Chez Damier's ever since. He is indeed able to bring those experiences to bear on the hottest clubs of today from Berlin to New York, London to Tokyo.
After a few years managing the KMS studio and label for Kevin Saunderson, he returned to his hometown of Chicago and, alongside Ron Trent, created the musical legacy that has guaranteed his legend. Immortal cuts like "Sometimes I Feel Like," "The Choice" and "Be My" remain unparalleled examples of the genre and are now seeing finding a new wave of fans after being reignited around the turn of the last decade. After taking an extended break from the music industry either side of the turn of the millennium, the house music impulse returned to Damier. A handful of releases in 2004 and the odd DJ date hinted that a return was on the cards.
In 2009, the last year of the decade Damier found a trusted outlet for his talents. A series of releases for the German label Mojuba signalled that he was on his way back to show the young pretenders the way. Taking up the torch of Prescription, Damier launched Balance Alliance as a home for some of the most forward thinking and talented producers he deems ft to join him on the imprint. Studio partnerships with Parisian Ben Vedren has reignited the production fame and under several alias, he shows signs of putting the past firmly in the past by bettering his classic work. Indeed, productions on French label Popcorn are already becoming anthems at clubs like Rex – Paris and the notorious Balearic den of DC10.
With momentum building firmly behind him, Chez Damier will continue to push the boundaries for both himself and those he gathers near to him.
Representation: World, Ex Italy
“I am creating a place for people to forget their troubles for a while. It is important in the world we are living in today.” – David Morales
Representation: World, Ex North & South America
Quickly rising to the top of the very saturated and competitive NYC club circuit, it is Jean Pierre's productions that have clearly set him apart from his peers. From his debut release on the reputable Younan Music some years ago to some of his most recent releases on industry leading imprints such as Cuttin' Headz, Desolat, Transmit Recordings, Waveform Recordings, Defected, Deeperfect Records and Terminator Records to name a few, Jean has garnered industry wide support with his unique and invigorating sound. With his productions regularly finding their way into the playlist of dance music's finest, Jean's releases have received support from industry leaders such as Marco Carola, The Martinez Brothers, Loco Dice, Jamie Jones, Victor Calderone, Luciano, Steve Lawler amongst countless others.
Not only has Jean's releases established him with his fellow artists, it's his marathon sets that have also caught the eye of promoters around the globe. Starting with regular appearances on established NYC dance floors such as the Electric Zoo Festival (Awakenings Stage), Pacha, Cielo, Output, Marquee & Space Ibiza New York to name a few, Jean has been booked at many international destinations such as Spain, Germany, Venezuela (Partai), Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico (BPM Festival), Puerto Rico (Movement Festival) while regularly touring domestically. Renowned for a sound that contains elements from both his NYC upbringing and his Colombian roots, Jean has successfully created a unique style influenced by the factors of his multicultural upbringing.
While currently holding a post at the world-renowned Brooklyn based record store, Halcyon, Jean has risen to become one of the more distinguished selectors of his generation.
Born in 1986 in a Parisian suburb, Jeremy is a passionate record collector and music lover whose collection and knowledge of house, disco, soul, and funk surpasses his years of collecting it. First inspired by listening to Radio Nova in Paris, he spent his formative teenage years in record shops with a sole idea in mind: unearthing hidden house music treasures, leaving no stone unturned. Then, later on applying the same process with other musical styles such as jazz, soul, and funk…
Jeremy started “My Love Is Underground” in 2010, a vinyl-only label dedicated to his first love: the authentic New York/New Jersey house sound. His mission was to bring these warm vibes back and showcase the spirit of this golden era in house.
His honesty and dedication towards music has rocketed him to the forefront of international DJing, with the now extremely rare feature of being a DJ only and not a Producer/DJ. His landmark debut compilation in 2014, the stunning “My Love Is Underground” 3xLP, features Jeremy’s hand picked selection of rare & out of press house jams. A defining moment in his burgeoning career, it was ranked by Resident Advisor #1 best compilation of the year, winning praise from DJ’s and collectors alike for the depth and raw quality of the selection.
2016’s ‘Jeremy Underground Presents Beauty’, released on Spacetalk, was another career milestone. The largely downtempo mix displayed a broader love of music, received rave reviews from the likes of Resident Advisor, Gilles Peterson, and beyond, and confirmed him once again as one of the world’s finest music curators.
Jeremy's live sets share similar class and passion, one look at either of his Boiler Room performances shows an exceptional ability and connection with the dance floor, and his now classic b2b set with Motor City Drum Ensemble from Robert Johnson (recorded by RA for their podcast) is considered a “DJing master class” (RA). This year he was reunited with his friend and inspiration, Kerri Chandler, for a limited series of back-to-back sets under the Underground Kaoz banner, with shows so far for Awakenings, Nuits Sonores and Lovebox, and this month’s Mint Festival in Leeds.
In June, Jeremy took over Phonox for a weekly residency at the South London institution. He invited a string of his own favourite DJs to join him across the four Friday night shows – including Inner Sense (My Love Is Underground); DJ Dirty Hans; The Mighty Zaf, andRoger Thornhill. This year’s edition of Sonar saw Jeremy join MCDE for a special closing set on the Resident Advisor stage, with their set streamed live and later archived as one of RA’s key streams of this year. Jeremy also gave a candid interview to RA for their Exchange feature, opening up about his life and career so far: https://www.residentadvisor.net/podcast-episode.aspx?exchange=414
Joey Negro has been producing with love for over three decades. Arguably house music’s major proponent of soulful, disco-tinged, vocal records and without question instrumental is its development and popularisation, no-one treats a loop, groove or hook with as much care and attention as Joey Negro.
Joey Negro is the most well-known pseudonym of master British DJ, producer and remixer Dave Lee. Under a plethora of other monikers including Akabu, Doug Willis, The Sunburst Band, Sessomatto, and Z Factor, Dave was one of the first artists to incorporate disco samples in house music when he began his production career in 1988. Indeed, he was in the studio making credible and outstanding British house music when many luminaries around him were still busy getting to grips with their decks. Little has changed since then and Dave is still widely regarded as one of the most credible and in-demand artists on the global scene.
Intrinsically linked with the birth of disco and house in the UK, Lee set up the dance music division of Rough Trade, Demix and through this link, he began working with the Rhythm King label, which had had a number of hits with acts like Bomb The Bass, S-Express, Cookie Crew and Beatmasters. This experience and intimacy with other leading house labels led to Lee establishing his own imprint, Republic Records in 1988. Republic was one of the UK’s first soulful house labels releasing classics such as Phase II ‘Reachin’ and Turntable Orchestra ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’. And after producing several acid house favourites - including ‘1666’ and ‘Get Acidic – in 1989, Republic then put out Lee’s most widely-recognised work during this time: ‘Forever Together’, released under his Raven Maize alter ego in partnership with Mike Cheal and Mark Ryder.
Lee’s unashamed love of disco began decades ago via an unusual source. “I was 13 when I first heard “Boogie Nights” by Heatwave on a children’s TV show called Multicoloured SwapShop and it started a love affair with disco music that has lasted all my life. Despite being derided in the media the best disco is undoubtedly some of the finest music ever created.
“There’s so much to love in disco, be it the funky live bass lines, the amazing level of musicianship, the wonderful orchestration and arrangements, the warm organic sound, the way the tracks build and go somewhere and that’s before we even get to the incredible vocals and songs. 40 years later I still hear plenty of sample tracks based around disco records but what I don’t come across much of is actual original new material made to the disco blueprint. When I DJ I don't want to play a whole set of old stuff or remixes of classics, and similarly as an artist it's important to write, produce and release some totally new songs.”
Joey Negro, as an entity, was born in 1990 with the release of ‘Do It Believe It’ on US cult house label Nu Groove. The track was a breakthrough success and was followed by ‘Do What You Feel’, which was released on his second label and successor to Republic, Z Records. ‘Do What You Feel’ eventually crossed from a club hit to a top 40 pop hit. Another Top 40 track followed with ‘Love Fantasy’ and an album Universe of Love soon after that.
Throughout the 90s and 00s right up until today, Dave Lee has produced an astonishing number of records and remixes under various names and for some of the world’s greatest artists, including Roxy Music, Bob Marley, Roisin Murphy, Diana Ross, Grace Jones, Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey. Alongside the likes of Nile Rodgers, Daft Punk, Jamiroquai and Dimitri From Paris, he’s one of the few artists to have been keeping the disco fire burning fiercely into the 21st century.
In 1997, Lee met Taka Boom, Chaka Khan's sister, when she relocated to the UK, and the pair collaborated on ‘Can't Get High Without U’, which after release on Lee’s ZR label was licensed to Erick Morillo's Subliminal Records. That same year Lee’s new project The Sunburst Band released their debut EP, ‘Sunburn’, which included ‘Garden Of Love’, one of the band’s most successful songs. Eschewing programmed beats, Lee opted to gather many of the session musicians with whom he’d worked over the years – among them Viv Hope-Scott, Jessica Lauren and Tony Remy – to record the first album, Here Comes The Sunburst Band, in what was a conscious departure from electronic music. Three further Sunburst Band albums followed, all of which employed a similar approach of live instrumentation.
One of Lee’s most notable pop successes came when was approached by boy band Take That’s label with a view to working together. Although the Dan Hartman song ‘Relight My Fire’ had never been a hit in the UK, it had become a popular club track on the house music scene, so at Lee’s suggestion they covered it, with Lulu also being brought in to take the cameo role that Loleatta Holloway had performed on the original.
Lee’s first solo brush with the higher echelons of the Top 40 came in 1999 when TV series Ibiza Uncovered used a portion of Z Factor’s ‘Gotta Keep Pushin’ as its theme. Lee reworked the song, with Taka Boom on vocals, and re-released it as ‘Must Be The Music’, which eventually peaked at No.8 on the UK singles chart. The following year, Lee scored an unlikely hit with an underground smash called ‘American Booty’, sampling two Thomas Newman pieces (‘Dead Already’ and ‘American Beauty/Paper Bag’) from the soundtrack for the film American Beauty. It was eventually reworked with added vocals from Swati Nektar using the Jakatta alias, delivering the biggest hit of Lee's career, peaking at No.3, with the following Jakatta album going on to break the top 10 in the albums chart.
Not content with producing music, Lee is also an avid collector and compiler with many a compilation under his belt. These include ‘Joey Negro In The House’ released on Defected, ‘Disco Spectrum’ 1 – 3 (BBE), Kings of Disco (with Dimitri From Paris) ‘Jumpin’ 1 & 2, ‘Disco (Not Disco)’ 1 & 2, Southport Weekender Volume 1, ‘Nite:Life’ and ‘Back In The Box’ releases on NRK plus his ‘The Trip’ and ‘Lust: Art & Soul’. He has also compiled a number of highly regarded genre specific compilations on the Z Records label, sometimes put together with long time digger friend Sean P. ‘Remixed With Love’, ‘Destination Boogie’, ‘Supafunkanova (Vol 1&2)’ the ‘Soul of Disco’ (Vol.1-3) albums, ‘Back Street Brit Funk’, ‘GoGo Get Down’ ‘Italo House’, ‘90’s House & Garage’, ‘Electro’, ‘Le Freak’ - all of which continue to further cement him as one of the foremost authorities on this music old and new.
2016’s Remixed With Love 2 – a follow-up to the hugely popular first compilation, and which included exclusive reworks of Robert Palmer, Grace Jones and Christopher Cross all from the original master tapes – proved that JN’s powers were as sharp as ever, with the collection going on to be Traxsource’s best-selling of 2016, reaching top 30 on iTunes album chart, and also being named DJ Mag’s compilation of the year.
2017 saw the release of Produced With Love: only the second ever Joey Negro album to be released, and the first for more than 20 years. As the electronic music scene threatens to be overrun with faceless, bland and forgettable productions, Produced With Love proved that dance music with character still exists. And rather than rely on sampling older records, the overwhelming majority of music was newly recorded: a real rarity when it comes to modern disco and indicative of the level of detail involved in the project.
When it comes to making an album, Lee admits that he’s his own harshest critic, with tracks re-worked, tweaked, honed and sometimes scrapped altogether in order to deliver the best he’s capable of. “I judge my music against the stuff I liked the most, such as Chic, Patrick Adams, Rinder & Lewis, Mario Malavasi. I’ve noticed some people I’ve gotten into musical conversations with seem to be constantly looking for “new” sounds and stuff that’s never been done before. I get that, of course we all like to hear something fresh, but the bottom line for me is “is it any good?”. I’m not really a weird reversed noise over a distorted drum beat kinda guy, even if it is considered groundbreaking. I’m more into crafted, well delivered songs and don’t really care if it was recorded yesterday or 40 years ago, the bottom line is that I enjoy listening to it.”
Unfortunately between starting and finishing the project the supremely talented Diane Charlemagne, the singer and songwriter with whom Lee co-wrote many songs with over last 10 years very sadly passed away. “We had a great working relationship, which was both fun and honest. Most of my final collaborations with Diane, ‘Overnight Sensation’, ‘Prove That You're Feeling Me’ and the partly re-written remake of ‘Must Be The Music’ are on this album.”
“When making an album from scratch you begin with nothing but a few ideas floating around in your head” says Lee of the process. “All the music, melodies and lyrics need to be written, the instruments and vocals recorded (often re-written and re-recorded) before you even get to the mixing point. Sometimes it is a daunting amount of work and as with any big project you convince yourself at points that it’s not any good. However, as a producer/artist, you can't beat the buzz when a song finally comes together and you feel you’ve created something special that didn’t exist before.”
Further album highlights include a completely remade Must Be The Music’ (one of Joey Negro’s best-known records), which is utterly transformed from its previous incarnation, whilst things get both dubby and jazzy on the Arthur Russell-evoking ‘Distorting Space Time’.
2018 saw Z Records release the long awaited follow up to Backstreet Brit Funk with Volume 2 showcasing more from the underground Brit Funk scene of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Vol.2 was released on double CD and Gatefold Double vinyl Part One and Part Two.
2018 also saw Joey Negro release the hugely anticipated Remixed With Love Volume 3 which was three years in the making and featured 20+ tracks of classic disco records all lovingly remixed by JN from the original master tapes. The album included tracks from Gladys Knight, Earth, Wind & Fire, Gwen McRae, Slave, Eddie Kendricks, Booker T, Brenda Russell plus many more released on Double CD and Gatefold Double Vinyl across three parts.
Still going as strong as ever after nearly three decades in the game, the Joey Negro discography is undoubtedly one of the most impressive in dance music, while his deep understanding as a selector of all things disco and house on the dancefloor have ensured his status as one of the most important dance music artists of all time.
Raised in New Jersey and cutting his teeth at some of the hottest clubs in NYC, Junior Sanchezhas meticulously perfected his craft to become one of the most in demand DJs in the music industry. His relentless work ethic and innovative, forward-thinking style has attracted attention & respect from his peers and major players alike including Madonna, Gorrilaz, and Katy Perry. After launching his own imprint Cube Recordings, to which released the critically acclaimed album Kitten & the Glitz by Felix Da Housecat (Co produced by Sanchez) he went on to remix a spread of iconic artists like Daft Punk, Jamiroquai, Moby, Chvrches, to name but a few.
His career to date boasts releases on some of the most legendary and acclaimed labels house music has seen, Strictly Rhythm, Nervous, Yoshitoshi, Relief, Defected and Kerri Chandler’s Mad Tech Records to name a few.
2018 is already is proving to be a big year for Junior, His collaboration with Roger Sanchez & Dj Sneakas the Iconic Smen has already created a buzz in the culture with their reunion debut at Southport Weekender being one of the highlights and blowing the roof of the festival , numerous solo singles released and forthcoming on labels such as Circus, Robsoul, Relief, DFTD, W&O,Hot Creations to collaborations with Ninetoes, Demuir, Mark Jenkyns ,Harry Romero all set for 2018/19 all his recent works being supported by such a diverse artists as Dave Clarke, Carl Cox, Cassy ,Anja Schneider , it’s very easy to see the why his sound still resonates today and the demand getting to a boiling point. It’s junior’s house just the way we like it.
"Everything has a tone. What you create in your tone will determine whether anyone will listen."---- K-HAND
As a way of staying ahead of the curve, today's precocious house and techno DJs have taken to digging up underrated classics and serving them up side by side with contemporary offerings—In over two decades as a producer, K-Hand, has been responsible for more than a few of these vintage gems. No wonder the Detroit City Council named Kelli Hand “the First Lady of Detroit,” citing her "skills within a male-dominated industry" as a business woman and multimedia artist.
It's true; K-Hand's work is being celebrated once again, with brand new music for Nina Kraviz’s трип (Russian for “trip”) label and her own Acacia imprint on deck after 25 years of releasing undeniable techno and house tunes that remain in demand to this day.
Her turn-of-the-century cut "Clap Yo Hands" found its way onto Ostgut Ton's Panorama Bar 06 mix compilation by resident Ryan Elliott; going on to receive the best mix of 2014 by Resident Advisor and reigniting interest in her music. “DJ’s DJs” Ben Klock and Ben UFO have also mined K-Hands classic catalog, utilizing “Starz” and “Project 5 (Untitled B1) for their respective Fabric 66 and FabricLive 67 mix CDs.
The media also caught on, with Little White Earbuds declaring K-Hand "criminally overlooked"—a sentiment Fact Magazine later echoes when stating, "Detroit's first lady has still never been matched." It's hard not to agree, but it's something that Kelli herself brushes off, keeps busy, and believing “Everyone will have their time”.
This pairing of patients and confidence no doubt comes from over three decades operating in techno’s boy’s club. In an industry sparse in female counterparts, Kelli took on the pseudonym "K-HAND" in 1990 to avoid gender stereotyping. Today, those boys have grown into men (some even legends) and Hand has grown right along with them, embracing her role as a female pioneer who challenged the status quo. "For me, it’s all about the music, not about how someone looks with or without any business, producing or djing skills. But, being “true” to yourself, and having the ability to express yourself creatively through your own self confidence that is within you”.
From the beginning, Kelli's childhood revolved around music, specifically the drums. Her growing passion for rhythm culminated in her moving to New York to study music theory in college. While in the Big Apple, she picks up another kind of musical education—soaking up the sounds of Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage and absorbing the songs she heard on that legendary dance floor into her own record collection. Later, she picks up the pieces of the club scene from the late Ken Collier in Detroit, a considerable legend to the pioneering generation of house and techno first-wavers.
In a move that exemplifies her do it yourself ethos, Kelli turned down an offer from Jeff Mills to release her very first record on Underground Resistance saying, "I wanted to start my own label to see how the business worked. " This quest for knowledge resulted in the Acacia label which became a platform for her own musical output as well as a launching pad for producers like Claude Young, Sean Deason, and the Wamdue Kids. Soon she forged aworking relationship with Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva, who supported label distribution and events through their IntellNET company.
Truly ahead of her time, Hand continued to rack up many accolades. From being the first woman to release house and techno at the start of the '90s, she became the first producer from Detroit to release on Warp Records in '94, and then the first artist to release an album to Studio !K7 in '95. She also regularly represented her heralded city on compilations from Astralwerks, Sublime Records, Ausfahrt, and Tresor —going on to release entire Techno albums on the latter two Berlin-based imprints..
Other labels lined up for music, including London’s Third Ear, Paris imprint Distance, and Loveslap! from San Francisco.Her hometown peers kept her working as well, including Norma Jean Bell’s Pandamonium label., which released the "Super Natural" single in 1999, along with remixes for both Bell and Sharon Jones, and a collaboration with Kenny Dixon Jr. on Bell’s Come into My Room album,. Much of this music is hard to find, but repressings remain in demand, with the 1997 Acacia Classics compilation finding its way into Juno Record’s "Best of 2014 Techno" list.
When not releasing (or re-releasing) records, Hand continues to maintain a vigorous touring schedule, delivering sets at iconic venues like Ministry of Sound and Fabric (London), Club Yellow (Tokyo), and Tresor (Berlin)—plus regular hometown gigs during Movement Festival—that bridge the gap between house and techno while providing clarity to an often-confused industry as to what those genres really mean.
As Fact put it, "In her hands, the differentiations between different strands of house and techno become irrelevant: it’s all just source material for her sterling sets."Or in Kelli's own words, "I like to play different musical perceptions to the kids. It’s all just good dance music”.
Those who haven’t had the chance to experience K-Hand live can catch her celebrated set on Boiler Room. Or hold out for first time visits to Dubai and South Africa, as well as long overdue returns to Italy, Australia and Japan. Wherever she lands, fans can trust that K-Hand will continue to deliver the goods.
-“It's not final until it's on Vinyl” --K-HAND
-“The Music Business isn’t for everybody. Life processes are natural, yet simple. My life lane has amazing experiences without force, thus, leads me to who I am today. ---K-HAND".
Representation: World, Ex Italy, Spain & Portugal
No one unites a club like Kerri Chandler. No one’s kick kicks harder. No one’s keys carry more emotion. No crowd reacts with more energy than when the New Jersey great is behind the decks. His life-long obsession with sound makes him famously meticulous about the setups of the clubs he plays, and that always results in electrifying sets of soulful, authentic, positive house music.
Chandler has unquestionably helped shape the house landscape, not only from the booth and the studio, but also as an A&R. His Kaoz Theory label has worked with contemporary talents like Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers, while his influential MadHouse Records has just celebrated 25 years of agenda setting releases with a storytelling anniversary album. Proving he is at the vanguard of the scene are his critically acclaimed back-to-back sets with French protégé Jeremy Underground as Underground Kaoz at flagship festivals. His residency at the world famous DC10 and an ever full DJ diary that takes him on endless trips around the world are also testament to his on going vitality as an artist.
Next to various awards and recognitions for his outstanding contribution to house music in recent years, Kerri has been on the cover of Mixmag, DJ Mag (UK and USA), and featured on Resident Advisor’s respected The Hour podcast series. In 2017, he served up a standout entry into the hallowed DJ-kicks mix series with a seamless selection featuring his own keys over an autobiographical and hugely personal mix that was like spending an afternoon in his living room with the man himself.
Of course, Chandler came up in a different era, when no one cared about genres and all that mattered was bringing people together. His hometown was a cultural melting pot with different scenes round every corner, from funk to soul, jazz to hip hop. Those essential early learnings have stayed with him and mean he remains one of house music’s must see acts. He is someone who can join the dots and take you on a true musical adventure. He never fails to draw unreserved reactions from the dance floors he plays to, and always with a beaming smile of his own.
As a producer, he is just as vital and unmatched, having started out as an impossibly young man working in studios. From his 1990 debut right up the present day, his peerless discography reads like an evolution of deep, soulful house music. Rather than mechanical grooves, he lays down spiritual rhythms that permeate every part of your body. He combines powerful, driving drums with heart swelling hooks to devastating effect.
He is affectionately known as the ‘Stevie Wonder of house music,’ and for good, reason: over the years, he has laid down countless timeless tracks and albums that exude a rich musicality, brim with character and reach way outside the confines of the dance floor for their inspiration. His definitive cuts on labels like Atlantic, King Street Sounds, Nervous and his own Madhouse have spawned legions of copycats and generation after generation of new fans. Kerri Chandler, then, has been a house legend for many years, but what sets him apart is his unique ability to blend tradition with innovation in fascinating new ways.
A leader in global dance music, Louie Vega has painted an award-winning career from a palette mixed with everything from house, salsa and afro-beat, to jazz, hip hop, gospel and soul.
What happens when a house-music icon takes a small, talented bunch of musicians and mixes it with a savory blend of jazz, funk, dance, and soul music? You get a hearty serving of Louie Vega & The Elements of Life.
The Elements Of Life led by musical director and conductor Louie Vega, is the live-band project, which over its tenure has released three albums, won a Grammy award in 2006 for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical (Curtis Mayfield, “Superfly (Louie Vega EOL Mix”), and performed the song “One Dream” for a globally-televised audience of 145 million viewers during the 2007 Superbowl pre-game show.
"I wanted to produce and perform music inspired by groups and artists like War, Cymande, Johnny Hammond, and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, but with the Vega Family Elements of Life twist and style. I created Elements of Life with my studio musicians and rhythm section of Elements of Life and Nuyorican Soul. I want to take this band and perform in festivals and venues like The Blue Note, Jazz Café, Ronnie Scots, and BB Kings. Louie Vega & The Elements of Life. will bring you future grooves with a tinge of the musical landscape from our rich past, and yes, there will be experimentation—get ready for it. You never know just who will show up to play in the finale!”
Mickey Pearce is one of the most singular producers to emerge from the UK in recent years. Always ahead of the curve, his tracks can be heard in the playlists of tastemakers including Jackmaster, Ben UFO, Jamie XX, Benji B and Joy Orbison. His DJ sets pull together wide-ranging styles into a percussive and physical racket that has laid waste to dancefloors around the world and with recent releases on Ten Thousand Yen and Crème Organization’s Jericho One it’s easy to see why he’s always ahead of the curve.
Gaining notoriety with remixes of Wiley and JME, Mickey has always maintained a tradition of reworking and flipping other artists’ work. His take on Dat Oven’s Icy Lake was an underground hit in its own right, and his remix of Denzel Curry’s Threatz led him to work with Denzel on original material. His releases with Swamp 81 has defined a particular sound, with early releases Don’t Ask Don’t Get and his remix of Boddika’s Soul What paving the way for others to follow. Refusing to sit still, Mickey broke rank to release his Up West mixtape in 2014, followed soon after by the Instructions EP.
In 2015 Mickey led with the infectious Wam Barzz EP, featured on every specialist Dance music show on BBC Radio One and 1Xtra, alongside a collaboration with DVA for Hyperdub. Mickey’s LP, Michael which was released in the summer of 2016 saw him exploring new territory; crafting a strange and melancholic landscape of beatless textures and leftfield House & Techno.
Towards the start of the summer of 2017, Mickey Pearce launched his monthly specialist show ‘Box Of Toys’ on London’s leading online radio Radar Radio. With his forward thinking curation he’s managed to host the likes of Randomer to Machine Woman to Airhead to Meuko Meuko! to Code Walk in the short space of time. The show really plays off the eclecticism of Mickey Pearce and every month he manages to keep the listeners on their toes!
Moodena’s production for Tropical Disco Records, ‘Strawberry Jam’, was released in July 2018 on ‘Tropical Disco Edits Vol 4: Sound Of The Summer’, receiving heavyweight support from DJ’s such as Joey Negro, Danny Krivit, Chez Damier, Soul Clap, Razor N Tape, Get Down Edits, Marshall Jefferson, Faze Action to name a few. It also skyrocketed to the Number 1 spots on the deejay.de vinyl chart and the Traxsource Nu Disco chart, swiftly becoming the label’s best-selling release of 2018.
The three vinyl releases that followed (Tropical Disco Edits Vol. 5, 6 and 7) were equally successful, with each release hitting the Number 1 spot in vinyl sales at deejay.de. Moodena started 2019 with a bang, with ‘Boogie Monsta’ and ‘What Da Funk’, the producer’s first two digital releases of the year, both hitting the top spot in sales on Traxsource within days of their release. A massive vinyl junkie, you can see Moodena spinning vinyl-only sets at his London residency for Tropical Disco held at Number 90 while holding down regular guest slots at Ministry of Sound and abroad. 2019 is set to be Moodena’s year...watch this space.
“Sitting the drums in the bass is an art-form,” says Colin McBean. If that is the case, he is the Michelangelo of dance music—an old master both literally and figuratively. During his long career he’s perfected the art of reducing dance music to its core elements and is still making an immediate impact. “The drums and the bass and a good top line are the things that turn me on in a track, so when you hear a Mr. G tune, the speakers are really working.”
Representation: World ex Germany
Muallem is no new name in the Music Circus. Having traveled extensively, lived in New York, London, Tel Aviv and Munich, produced for over 20 years and worked as a DJ for even longer, Muallem’s passion, musical expertise and understanding of the nightlife were responsible for propelling Bob Beaman, the club where he was in charge of the creative direction for over half a decade, to a top spot on the list of Europe’s best clubs. After having left his former residency, he has recently been popping up more and more as one of the minds behind the brand new BLITZ Dance Music Club that opened doors in Munich in Spring 2017. They say that we are shaped by what we love, and that life prepares us for what is to come – This seems to have proven true in the case of Muallem. This love is where he took his motivation for creating another mothership, solely built in order to dance together. He has put his years of experience and love for music towards fostering a welcoming musical community in his hometown of Munich. If you ask David for the recipe of a club’s success, his simple answer is: "Passion", which is also the main ingredient for his DJ Sets. Muallem’s vision for clubs and his passion for music have infected Munich with a newfound love for dance music culture. His sets are sure to keep you sweaty and moving all night. "I love it, when I can play all night; to be able to tell a story from the first beat to the last record of the night is an amazing thing. You can really create a feeling of unity. An ideal night is when people are just letting their hair down, letting themselves go and getting lost in the music - and me with them". Muallem surely gets there, well balancing the elements of a dance floor: from deep to obscure, pumping to soulful, subtle to obvious, classic to avant-garde. Muallem paints the night an array of colors, from the softest tones to the brightest neon. Never too shy to be catchy, but never crossing into cheesy or ironic territory, you will get a pure passion and love for music that is infectious on the dance floor. It is these expertly mixed sets from an experienced soul that make you forget about having to, at one point, wake up and return to reality. Music you want to spend the night with.
Paul Cut is definitely not the newest avatar of French House’s wonderkid. No, despite his ‘moma’s boy’ profile, his classical and jazz piano training, his proximity to legends such as Kerri Chandler or Chez Damier and his central role within D.KO, a key label of the electronic music renewal in France, Paul has definitely better to sale than just a nice resume. Infact, he might perfectly embody, yet in real humbleness, the purest essence of France’s best House Music.
One of the main reasons to this is that Paul Cut built up a bold sense of his musical environment. Not only being fully integrated into the Parisian microcosm, one can also easily recognize that his sound is truly resonating with the electronic tradition of the French capital. Unless much of his peers from his generation who have discovered House Music over Internet diggings, Paul Cut has literally incorporated all of its fundamental elements. After teenage years having fun in Jazz and Funk bands Paul was introduced to electronic music by his older brother and started working behind machines at the age of 18. His influences do not deceit. Going from Stevie Wonder to DJ Deep via Matthew Herbert, I:Cube, Playing 4 The City, The Crusaders, Dego & Kaidi, Moodymann, Akufen... they are showing a versatile and abiding enthusiasm for the groove. Looking at the best from his mentors’ work and subtly mixing it with his piano mastery, he is able to combine the best of a sturdy sample-based House and the harmonic finesse of a more Soulful style.
By some happy coincidence, one evening of 2014, Paul Cut finds himself on stage alongside Kerri Chandler... A friend encourages him to join the master for a jam and he unleashes the dance floor accompanying him on the keyboard. It's an electroshock. Starting as a producer in 2015 on Ondulé Recordings, the label of underground veteran Joss Moog, he begins his career with a forthright statement: his passion for Jazz in all its forms will be the sustaining background of the various facets of his musical identity. And the least we can say is that he is seducing by his keyboard player talent. Flabaire, head of D.KO invites him to participate in Secret Value Orchestra, the live band project bringing together the label’s artists and in which they cheerfully mix House, Jazz, Soul and Funk. Joining team D.KO, Paul will first release a split EP with his Lyon comrade Labat in 2016, then « Doum Doum EP » in solo in 2017. With Secret Value Orchestra they will release the same year « Serious Intentions EP » followed by the album « Unidentifiyed Flying Object ». Flabaire and Paul Cut are today gathered in a new live project named Lou Chang. Inaugurated at Concrete this live set meeting electronic and organic instruments has already put fire over a few French dance floors.
But Paul Cut's musical vision does not stop here. Able to produce songs in collaboration with artists like Vadim Svoboda for Popcorn Records, the label of his friends Siler & Dima, he proves that his sense of groove does not limit to a style. It is thanks to them that he met Chez Damier with whom he shares the stage from time to time. Enthralled by Paul’s performances and his precise and vibrant style, the Chicago guru signed him an EP on Balance Recordings. « To Brothers » released in 2018 will be a consecration and the first of Paul’s discography released outside his Parisian core. Chez Damier pursues further their association and integrates him into his Heart 2 Heart project alongside Ben Verden, another French artist with an unmistakable talent. Today, Paul Cut intends more than ever to continue on this path, grateful to an environment in which he feels good and evolves naturally. Despite his short but eloquent discography, and thanks to his hybrid DJ sets (mixing turntables and keyboards) and thrilling live sets, he proves that his meticulous pianist talent is not just a simple line on his resume but fits perfectly in a passionate vision of music, which assures him as a complete artist.
Santé, hailing from Berlin, is part of a new school of artists championing musicality, skillfulness and creativity over mindless loops and endless repetition. His productions, like those on his record label AVOTRE, ooze character, charisma & humor, feelings so often overlooked in the realms of house music.
Santé’s career trajectory has grown hand in hand with AVOTRE’s reputation. His success has allowed the brand, founded in 2012, to grow incredibly quickly, to the point where it is now an established label selling out at least two international showcase events every month while continuing to act as a ‘go-to’ label for the undergrounds hottest acts. 2015 saw the release of two further successful House Lessons releases – One from long term friend Russ Yallop, and the other, touring and production partner Sidney Charles. The House Lessons concept itself comes from one of the label’s first releases AVTR003 – Sidney Charles’ genius track of the same name that has led to a musical concept, fully embraced by Santé and the AVOTRE family. Culminating in the February 2017 with the release of Santé’s own House Lesson’s LP, the twelve track concept album is a compilation of collaborative tracks, featuring some of house and techno’s most influential artists including wAFF, Marshall Jefferson, Ann Saunderson, and Solardo amongst others.
Beyond AVOTRE, label boss Santé has continued to build his already impressive repertoire of releases with a number of Beatport top ten records including a hit track for Hot Creations – ‘Forever’ - and the era defining ‘Stay’ on Nic Fanciulli’s Saved Records, which went on to take a place among the label’s most successful releases of 2015.
Looking to the year ahead, Santé’s 2017 calendar is already filling up with key events such as Glastonbury, several dates with Elrow at their newly announced Amnesia residency, and BPM Portugal. Continuing to push boundaries with his electrifying live shows, Santé launched event concept ‘Cave Rave’ at newly opened Leeds venue The Church in late 2016. Incorporating 3-D projection and an altogether deeper sound, Cave Rave is set to make a return in 2017 with a series of yet to be announced summer dates.
It all started when Santé bought an Akai MPC-2000 aged 16 and set the ball rolling for a life entrenched in electronic music. “I was totally into sampling and house”, he recalls of those early days of button bashing and experimentation. He left his hometown when he was 21 to immerse himself in the dance music mecca that is Berlin. A studio internship blossomed into a full-time career, with the emerging talent spending six years producing jingles and ad music and nurturing his passion for house music at any opportunity. Nothing was released, however, until one of his demos found its way to Matt ‘Radio Slave’ Edwards. His first ever release came out on Edwards’ acclaimed REKIDS imprint, setting the bar incredibly high and garnering him a lot of high-profile attention in the process.
The next major stepping-stone for him was meeting Tiefschwarz. “They were looking for a new engineer and hired me to oversee all projects for their label Souvenir, where I got the freedom to release my music and a platform to experiment” he explains. This fruitful, intense relationship lasted three years, a time Santé describes as being “a fantastic experience”. After working on many of Tiefschwarz’s releases, including remixes for Richie Hawtin and Grace Jones, Santé decided to fly the nest in search of new pastures. His subsequent release schedule spells out what a diverse producer he is and how far his popularity ranges - from bastions of techno like Cocoon to the kings of big room house Defected, through to underground darlings like Desolat, all the way to acclaimed remixes for huge stars like Depeche Mode. Few producers can claim such a breadth of imprints to be associated with at any one time. When you ask Santé to describe his musical style, he says he doesn’t really know how to - which goes someway to explaining his widespread appeal.
Representation: World, Ex Italy & Japan
Satoshi Tomiie has been a pioneering and driving force within the global electronic music community since the early days of house music. Now, decades after his ‘Tears’ alongside Frankie Knuckles, the Japanese born, New York and Paris based DJ, producer, remixer and label boss is still regular feature in the sets of many of today’s underground elite.
A student of jazz and classical piano, Satoshi is musically adept and accomplished producer who constantly evolved how he works. Experimenting with a new hybrid Modular DJ setup which sees him effortlessly fuse live analogue modular synthesis and with traditional DJ sets.
Regularly playing clubs such as DC10, Rex and from South America to Tokyo while releasing music on labels such as YoY, Yoyakuza, Kaoz Theory, No19, MFR, Holic, and his own Abstract Architecture. Satoshi is as relevant as ever and continues to make waves throughout the electronic music community as only he knows how.
Now synonymous with quality house music across Australia – S*A*S*H has cemented itself as the premiere event in the country.
Each week S*A*S*H take over two of Sydney’s most grand venues across day and night each Sunday. The Greenwood Hotel hosts S*A*S*H by Day within the courtyard of its 150 year old school at the footsteps of glass and aluminium business buildings as the backdrop. S*A*S*H by Night follows within the bellows of the monster that is HOME Nightclub overlooking the iconic Darling Harbour.
On a regular week 1,400 revellers shuffle through its doors every Sunday. Long weekends span 22 hours with over 5,000 people across the 7 rooms over the two venues all coming to a close with the now infamous S*A*S*H Breakfast.
With two venues S*A*S*H by Day and S*A*S*H by Night share different musical ideals.
In the last 8 years, S*A*S*H has called 5 different venues home in Sydney with regular visits to Brisbane and Melbourne.
Recently completing its 3rdworld tour – the horse has galloped off to London, Berlin, Paris, Ibiza, Barcelona, Prague and many more prancing alongside the likes of OFF WEEK, Unusual Suspects, Renate, fabric, Café Del Mar along the way.
Giving Sydney siders another reason to hate Monday – S*A*S*H has started to have its presence felt globally.
Open for 27 years between 1989 and 2016, Space Ibiza ruled over the dance world with pioneering authority.
Space became a springboard for many of the biggest DJ´s in the world. A melting pot for emerging sounds, nurturing subcultures of all genres and propelling them on a global scale.
Its inclusive and positive values welcomed people from every walk of life and encouraged them to express themselves without fear of judgment from the very first party all the way to the last.
After 27 years, thousands of parties and over 19m attendees, in our Ibiza home we threw our last closing fiesta in 2016.
10,000 people partied with us in Ibiza, 6,000,000+ joined online, making it the most watched music live stream ever and one of the biggest parties in history.
A music culture milestone in its own right.
This defining moment made us reconsider Space. After two years restructuring, Space has evolved into a 21st century media company.
Distill the magic that inspired decades of music and nightlife culture, to innovate at the intersection between experiential, Social, content and innovation.
Music history in the making, again.
Representation: World, Ex North & South America
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If you’ve stepped into a club during the past year, there’s a strong chance that you might have heard a Wheats record. This dynamic new talent has gone from being a local mainstay in England to receiving recognition from some of the world’s most eminent musical talent
Heeding his father’s example from a young age—a dedicated vinyl collector and well renowned DJ in his own right—Wheats’ passion for music was incubated before he’d even stepped foot in a nightclub after the musical blueprint was laid out for him by his close family.
At 18, he managed to accumulate frequent bookings in his hometown, Portsmouth, where he quickly gained a strong local following and won a residency at Love Amplified. This caught the attention Mutiny Festival, who swiftly enlisted his talents.
It was, in fact, during Mutiny festival that he would happen to meet New Jersey house legend Kerri Chandler in a rather fortuitous turn of fate. After listening to Wheats’ demos on the spot, Chandler immediately played his tracks during his set the same afternoon. Chandler subsequently signed him to MadTech records—an off shoot of Kerri’s MadHouse record label—specialising in tech-house, minimal and big room.
Wheats continues to impress with each release, showcasing an inimitable talent and signature sound that has proved increasingly popular in recent memory. Forthcoming releases have been planned on Nic Fanciulli’s Saved, Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep in Sound and Lee Foss’ Repopulate Mars.
Wheats has amassed a worldwide following and cultivated broad international gigging experience. He has performed in Miami, Berlin, Amsterdam, Ibiza, London and Montreal, gracing the decks at some of the most renowned clubs across the continent; 338, EGG, and Hi Ibiza have all played hosts to his talents. He was also invited to play at Elrow festival, one of Wheats’ crowning achievements.
Wheats has built up an enviable following, garnering support from industry heavyweights such as Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Calvin Harris, Lee Foss, Alan Fitzpatrick, Solardo, HotSince82, Nicole Moudaber, Adam Beyer, Green Velvet, Eats Everything, Jamie Jones and Yousef. He clearly seems to have made a strong impression on the music establishment, winning over top DJ’s with his sets and original productions
One thing is certain; this young man is showing no sign of stopping just yet, his potential clear to see and his talent untapped and raw. With support in all the right places, Wheats can firmly assert himself at the crest of the tech wave, a stalwart performer and producer who continues to dazzle critics and crowds with consistently solid output.