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meakusma at Recyclart - 13.12.08
13.12.08 - meakusma at Recyclart
T++ LIVE (Erosion, DIN, Skull Disco - GER)

Torsten Pröfrock aka T++ is the forward mind behind 12 years of genre shaping and defining Techno music out of his base at Hard Wax in Berlin. From early appearances on the fledgling FatCat records under his Various Artist guise to Dub Techno blueprint setting work on Chain Reaction using his Erosion moniker, via proto-dubstep as Dynamo, then onto his role as half of legendary production unit Monolake, Torsten's music had an indelible impact on the course of Techno and rhythm bassed Electronica that can be considered as influential as the work of Autechre, SND, Basic Channel or Photek.
T++ has only played a handful of live shows recently at Fabric and Berghain.
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Aardvarck (Rush Hour, Delsin, Kindred Spirits - NL)

From the early 80's upto the present he's been in the avantgarde of all major dance genres.

Over the years, Den Bosch (The Netherlands) born Aardvarck (Mike Kivits) has built up a solid reputation of uncompromising quality and versatility in the electronic scene, first in The Netherlands as a DJ and later also internationally as a producer. Starting in the mid eighties as a DJ, playing ALL forms of dance music, he went through all the genres and trends dancemusic has seen over the past 20 years and has played about every club in Holland, including residencies at clubs like the Roxy, Vriesuis, Paradiso, Club 11 and Bitterzoet.

Early nineties saw his first release as a producer, a Techno record on the legendary Djax-Up-Beats label. It went quiet for a while on the recording side, until both Delsin and Rush Hour Recordings picked up on his music late nineties. The releases of some 12s on both labels led into the release of his much acclaimed Find The Cow album on Delsin in 2002, an eerie sounding electronic beats album.

Not much later, Aardvarck made the move to reside in Amsterdam. It was here where he became really prolific on the club scene, partnering with the Rednose Distrikt DJ collective, creating artistic freedom for themselves, playing anything from Jazz, Soul and Hip Hop to Broken Beat, House and Techno.

Being inspired by many different genres of music, he picked up one of his old loves; Techno. Once again he started producing some Techno tracks, reminiscent of the early nineties Detroit sound, one of his big inspirations. He handed the first results results to Rush Hour, and the Cult Copy series was born, with Cult Copy 2 being the highlight so far, with many a big club DJ playing and charting this dancefloor monster. Now an album is cultivated. Nobody knows what the Cult Copy series will lead into or what Aarvarck will bring us next, but he sures lives on to being the legend they call the Aardvarck.
Shed LIVE (O-Ton, SOA, Hard Wax, Berghain - GER)

You simply cannot pinpoint the moment in history when Techno established itself as a new genre in dance music. Not anymore, anyway. Go ahead and try telling the story "the migration of the bassdrum". You'll realise quickly that all you get is a very pale picture, watered down by notto-be-trusted records of oral history from the cities, which played a major role in Techno. Historic developments are overshadowed by local characteristics and gossip.
The bomb exploded. It splintered into thousands of little pieces, was absorbed by the mainstream or took the next available flight back into the underground. While House re-established itself over the course of the last couple of years as a clearly defined term for a very specific pool of ideas, the term Techno is still in hibernation. Too many genres and micro-trends are blocking the way. All the more important that there are producers out there who work hard to bring that primordial soup, of which hardly anybody knows anything anymore, back into the focus of the dance floor, taking cover behind the ecstatic firebrands. Shed is one of them.
His background is as classic as his music. Born in Frankfurt/Oder in 1975, he was fascinated by the new music played on the radio in the early 90's - a very typical thing for anyone from this generation who grew up in Berlin or its surrounding counties. DJ's as diverse as Westbam, Marusha or Monika Dietl mixed styles and genres into a musical encyclopaedia. While everybody around Shed focussed on Hip Hop, he himself was addicted to the sample-based sound of UK-Hardcore. Then there was a quick liaison with Gabba and through the back catalogue of Djax Up, he finally discovered Chicago and then Detroit. Deep inside the ever-fascinating triangle of beats, breaks and samples, he today identifies 1996/97 as the most important time in Techno for him, although he hit the brakes straight afterwards. While the mainstream did what it could to commercialise the music, Shed closed the door on the Love Parade, cheesy remixes and mega raves. Between 1998 and 2002 he did not buy a single record.
However, he never lost the love for the music, which had changed his life. He used these years to focus his own productions. Around 2000, he had finished some tracks, which combined and contained everything close to his Techno heart, things which were almost extinct in the real world. "I'm a Techno-kid, through and through", he says and laughs. When he started shopping his demos around, the idea of his own label was already lurking behind the door. "I suddenly realised how important it was to really do it all by myself."
What followed was not rocket science. His first EP on his own Soloaction imprint sold well, soon after that he recorded two EP's for the Amsterdam-based Delsin label, and the more he released, the clearer his musical vision became, now culminating in his debut album "Shedding The Past" on OstGut Ton. On this album, he melts and merges rough and demanding dance floor skeletons with shockingly detailed melodies, harmonic structures, irresistible hooks and airy arrangements. A formula you also expose yourself to when attending one of his DJ or LIVE gigs. A never-ending climax of the groove. Like it was in the founding days of the music, which today is a part of our culture.
Shed is one of the few producers and DJ's out there, who knows that you cannot write about the future without a nod to tradition.
Bachel (ampoule, Talent Hoover - UK)

Bachel's debut has been released as a limited 3" CD on Talent Hoover in 2007. Many years ago already, he released a fantastic record on Ampoule as The Actor's Pedantry. When it comes to DJ'ing, the passionate record collector Bachel can play in almost every musical context providing a mix of Electro, Techno, House, Electronica and beyond.
Will O'Brien
Will O'Brien (Sub-Scape - BE)

SUB-SCAPE founder, organiser and resident DJ Will O'Brien, originally from Ireland and now based in Belgium, has been buying and spinning records since he first discovered electronic dance music in the late 80's.
His first proper DJ gig took place at the infamous Club Kaos night in Galway and he has since gone on to play at some of Ireland's leading venues and events such as The System, Club Mono, Traffic and the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival.
Since relocating to Antwerp a few years ago he has established the SUB-SCAPE concept and he has played at Pier 19, Café Capital, Fake Bar, SOS, The Australian Bar, Kaaiman, Petrol, Café d'Anvers, Decadance, Silo and Laundry Day.
SUB-SCAPE is now regarded as one of the best underground club nights in Belgium and is renowned for its emphasis on quality music and great atmosphere. Will invites guest DJ's and producers such as Fabrice Lig, Carl Craig, Dan Curtin, Ame, Marco Passarani, DJ S2 of Underground Resistance and many others to join himself and fellow resident Lee Holman every month at Café Capital in Antwerp.
Heavily inspired by the deep Detroit Techno sound, he incorporates many other influences from Electro to Acid, House, IDM and Minimal into his DJ sets.
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