Every artist has a signature. Mihai Popoviciu is no exception. For over a decade the amiable Romanian producer and DJ has built a body of work characterised by deep grooves, crisp precision, and irresistible energy.
Mihai's singular vision was born in his home town Sibiu (still his home base) which, at the time, lay on the fringes of Europe's thriving dance scene. It was the early '90s. Electronic music was flooding London, Ibiza, Berlin but only a trickle reached his ears. "We would tape German TV shows onto cassette and listen over and over," he recalls.
With no clubs, record shops or dance culture to speak of Mihai's dream of being an electronic artist seemed remote. He studied architecture and briefly worked in the field, but it was house and techno, not house-building, that was his true calling . "I couldn't DJ, because there were no clubs," he says with a chuckle. But he could buy software, so he started making records. Lots of records. Sometimes one per day, for months on end. The work of the determined young artist began to catch people's ears. His first track was signed to International Deejay Gigolo in 2005, and dozens of releases followed on imprints including Bondage, Highgrade, Poker Flat, Bedrock, Dessous and also his own label Cyclic, established in 2012.
This calm determination became Mihai's trademark as his career blossomed from production to DJing. After honing is skills in the studio he learned to DJ (on borrowed decks) and began drawing attention in Romania and across Europe. Playing international gigs was a big move for someone who grew up only seeing clubs on TV but Mihai stepped up with professional aplomb. His CV now includes the best clubs in Europe and around the world, from Berghain and Watergate in Berlin; to London's Fabric and The Egg; to D-Edge, São Paulo; DC-10, Ibiza; and more.
Mihai's ambition with every track and every DJ set, is to transmit the joy and energy that fuels his dream. "It feels great to see people dancing, smiling, having a good time. No matter what I do, that's the main thing."
He is equally at home in underground clubs or on festival stages. The one thing that stays the same is his artistry and irresistible delight in music. "Mihai was on his sound from the beginning," says friend and booking agent Benny Grauer. "It has a unique quality. Any time you hear it you know, "That's Mihai". He's done it for years, and it is perfect."
Labels: Highgrade, Poker Flat, Cyclic, Bondage, Dessous, Bedrock
The Unexpected Truth // Highgrade Records // 2011
Home // Bondage Recordings // 2016
We are very happy and proud that we're going to have the possibility to experience El Perro Del Mar and her live show on Saturday the 28/7!
"El Perro del Mar (The Sea Dog) is the nom de musique of Sarah Assbring, a Swedish pop thrush whose recordings are glorious aural confections that combine Brill Building pop and the influences of Brian Wilson, Burt Bacharach, and Smokey Robinson with lyrics that speak with a sweet, ineffable sadness of the pitfalls of love and life. According to Assbring, the name El Perro del Mar came to her during an ill-fated vacation in Spain; she was alone, depressed, and out of sorts when a stray dog came up to her while she sat on the beach, and the dog's efforts to bond with her inspired her to express her feelings through songwriting. Assbring began recording her new songs on her own, playing most of the instruments herself as well as singing, and in late 2006 Sweden's Hybris label issued her debut release, a three-song EP. The EP earned enthusiastic reviews and respectable sales, and Assbring's next project was a split single with Jens Lekman, released in North America by the prestigious indie label Secretly Canadian.
You Gotta Give to Get A second EP, 2005's You Gotta Give to Get, was a hit in Sweden, thanks in part to a charming animated video for the title tune, and the disc helped spread the word about her music in England and the United States. Later that year, Hybris compiled El Perro del Mar's single sides and EPs into an album, Look! It's El Perro del Mar!; then, El Perro del Mar, a mostly reworked version of that first release, was issued in the U.K. by Memphis Industries in the fall of 2006, with an American version from The Control Group following shortly afterward. All of this was enough to get the singer signed to her fellow Swedes the Concretes' label, Licking Fingers, and she soon began working on new material. From the Valley to the Stars, her second full-length album of new material, arrived in early 2008. When she next returned to the studio, she signed up Rasmus Hägg of the group Studio as a collaborator. The album the duo created in 2009, Love Is Not Pop, was inspired less by her previous influences and more by disco and modern club sounds, though it still retained all the warmth and drama she had become known for. The 2012 album Pale Fire expanded on the electronic landscapes of Love Is Not Pop, pushing the singer further away from her indie beginnings into increasingly dark synth pop waters.
Assbring was pregnant during the recording of the Kokoro album, and soon after she gave birth to a son. After spending the next couple years raising him, she was inspired to get back into music by a trip to a musical instrument museum. Her next album incorporated Chinese string instruments, various Asian flutes, Arabic strings, dulcimer, and sounds inspired by Ethiopian and Indian music. Built using samples she recorded at the museum and through collaborations with bassists Andreas Söderström and Johan Berthling, drummer Mattias Bergqvist, and multi-instrumentalist Per "Ruskträsk" Johansson, KoKoro was released by The Control Group in September of 2016. A year later, El Perro del Mar recorded an EP that Assbring considered a companion to KoKoro, deeply political and reflecting the troubled times it was recorded in. The songs on 2018's We Are History were written by Assbring on electronic tabla box and co-produced by Jacob Haage."
- Mark Deming
You can buy plate pockets, but not attitude! Not so many years ago, Pauli Pocket stood with a plastic bag from the discounter in the club and pulled out the discs, with which she started the dance floor. Attitude meets Alditüte. Besides the records, she still had her dad in her luggage, because she was not old enough to go to clubs alone. Perhaps this story from the early days of Pauline's career also touches us so much because it reminds us of how many years ago we dragged the heavy vinyl in laundry baskets, boxes and postboxes to the first gigs and because these stories are now in the makinghighly professionalized and well-organized techno-circus have become so rare. In the meantime, there is hardly a club in Berlin, from Kater Blau and Sisyphus on Suicide Circus, Watergate to Renate, in which Pauli is not regularly on the decks. Pauline now has a record case, posture as ever, and otherwise she's all in her pocket with her straight, forward-setting sets anyway.
Every scene has its hypes that come and go; hypes that rise to a euphoric zenith, only to fall once they reach a state of supersaturation. The perfect substrate for this is the esoterically charged club culture of Techno-Mekka-Berlin which threatens to blow at any moment. However, every climax refers to a golden mean. We may not always recognise this constant at first sight, but it is undeniably the basis for everything that Berlin ever brought forth.
David Dorad is part of this basis. He is one of the characters that have kept the scene very much alive in the past decades. Born and raised in Halle, he came to the capital city after the reunification as a squatter in 1994 and began DJing. After having foraged through all facets of contemporary music with youthful zest, he commenced to play his first gigs. In 2004 he founded the party collective "Bachstelzen" with friends. The great attention to detail and homely atmosphere of their events extended their name well beyond the city limits. For some years now, they have been a constant at the Fusion Festival, too. And wherever the Bachstelzen showed up, the Bar25 was never far behind. At first David Dorad was a guest here, then a DJ and soon a valued friend. Ultimately the in-house booking agency of Bar25 (nowadays known as SASOMObookings) offered him a home base. By now he plays every weekend. And not just within German borders! He's well underway in expanding his international status.
David is what we would call a charismatic thoroughbred DJ, far from being the business type. You won't find any Twitter messages or pictures of his cat online. He is so very Berlin: down-to-earth and versatile. When he plays a set, his wish is for everyone to enjoy themselves, regardless of wether they're Hippy, Yuppie or Punk. Be it techno, deep or funky; he won't submit to any musical dictate within a given scene and prefers to take on the long afterhour shifts. These are most ideal for weaving a soft but vivid soundscape whose colours are characterised by the season, the setting or the crowd. His harmonious sets are packed with honest energy and don't shy away from knocking forth a sassy electronic version of the Berliner tongue. Sometimes a bit cheeky or brash, but always meaning well.
He determines this diction by aptly intertwining well-tried classics with new, carefully chosen records, weaving away, until the bigger picture reveals itself to his listeners. It's as if his magic hand commands the art of splitting synapses and rejoining them as desired. That would put him ahead of most brain surgeons! David doesn't bask in the past or in the future; he's a man of the moment. And this moment he gladly lets drift.
◦ Nico Stojan, David Dorad - Bankrobbed on Tonkind (2012)
◦ Bellevue (David Dorad) on Katermukke (2013)
◦ The Wilderness (David Dorad Remix) on URSL (2014)
Ask anyone located in Hamburg and Northern Germany and having embraced Techno and related electronic club music around the mid-90s about this man and you will get rave reviews of underground clubs, semi- or illegal festivals and legendary sets enlightening and inspiring, spreading the message of a perfectly blended, neverending flow of 4/4 bassdrums.
Ask anyone in his new hometown Berlin, the place Sven Dohse re-located himself to in the noughties, attending places like Ritter Butzke, Kater Holzig and the world-famous Bar 25, a place he played the first ever record that came through their P.A system, or event series like Bachstelzen or Klangsucht and you‘ll hear the stories written in the same key but with a different sound which is the new sound of Berlin that is not only his passion but – partly – his creation as Sven Dohse is one of the cities key figures, ever active albeit not ever in the spotlight of media attention. Dedicated to music as well politics and charity, regularly playing charity events for a good purpose, weighing in with his name and popularity for support.
Not to mention big scale festivals like Fusion or Nation Of Gondwana – both of them and all of their attendess celebrating his DJ-sets like huge homecoming fests as he‘s been involved in their history from day dot – and international appearances in places like Stockholm, Zurich, Istanbul and all over the place.
With such a firm and staunch followship standing strong and worshipping his skills and vibes spread with love and dedications whenever he‘s on the decks it‘s surely time for the next step.
And it is true that his Don Shtone track „Barcese“ being signed to the soundtrack of the highly acclaimed Bar 25 documentary „Bar 25 – Tage Ausserhalb Der Zeit“ and his DJ-sets supporting the Bar 25 showcase tour are only the first rays of light announcing a new dawn, the rise of a new era - the era of Prestige Weltweit.
A name carefully chosen and perfectly convenient with the cliche of the well-busy, widely travelled and hyper-hedonistic DJ-lifestyle of today that makes „being a DJ“ not only a job option but the dream of every kid beyond the age of 7 these days that outnumbers „being in a band“ by far.
Sven Dohse has been a part of the travelling rat pack for years, has wowed thousands and thousands of people with massive DJ-sets and still found the time to hit knobs and machines of his studio regularly, building a foundation for what shall be recognized as the sound of Prestige Weltweit – his own label, a place for his very personal musical visions, his homebase and his castle, being the leading artist with no borders to his overflowing creativity.
The first two releases of Prestige Weltweit are scheduled for late 2012 serving a refined and retuned view on todays TechHouse and related club music with a special playful twist, influenced by endless Berlin nights and his playful excursions into freestyle realms. You can tell that this man is on fire, ready to take the world by storm - with quality and understatement.
These terms always played an important role in his productions from the early 90s onwards when Sven Dohse started early projects such as Emojonal, Nordreform Sound System or Greenman under which moniker he also released his first long player.
From the mid-90s onwards he also explored the musical realms of Downtempo / Future Jazz and Freestyle Breakbeats alongside Malte Möller a.k.a.Waldmeista under the Conzooma-moniker, later focusing on these styles with his solo project Don Shtone which was introduced to the world in the year 2000 with the album „Serious Fool Music“ on Cylence Records, followed by the next long player „Beware Of The Cat“ released via Off in 2007 whilst he was embracing quality TechHouse with quality 12“es under his real
From her years of past experience in the US House scene, combined with her current involvement in Europe, she has an eclectic ear for high quality dance music. She holds a residency at Oslo’s world-renowned club Jaeger and graces clubs around the globe, from London to Berlin, to New York, LA, San Francisco, Miami and Chicago.
Della has played along talent such as Miss Kitten, Magda, Ellen Allien, Maya Jane Coles, Jesse Rose, and Seven Davis Jr., to name just a few. In the production area DELLA is currently in full focus as a vocalist as producers are flocking after her sultry vocals. Make sure to check out her latest track, a colab with mr Homero Espinosa, ”Burning Hot”, that has been skyrocketing the deephouse-charts for a couple weeks now. And stay tuned as there is more to come from DELLA!Ask anyone located in Hamburg and Northern Germany and having embraced Techno and related electronic club music around the mid-90s about this man and you will get rave reviews of underground clubs, semi- or illegal festivals and legendary sets enlightening and inspiring, spreading the message of a perfectly blended, neverending flow of 4/4 bassdrums.
Say hi to a local hero, Arkajo! - A stellar surfer and sound sculpting virtuoso, who is already well known for his work with Dorisburg, in the one-of-a-kind house duo Genius of Time. With his background in jazz composition, live performance and behind the scenes studio work, he is equal parts producer, musician and technological wizard, but he is also a brilliant DJ! A keen understanding of sound, rhythm and harmony is evident on recent releases for Swedish BROR Records, London-based Brotherhood Sound System, and of course in transmissions from his home base Aniara Recordings, run by close friend and long-time collaborator Fabian Bruhn.
Performing live in a hybrid setup, he combines the kinetic rhythms and vivid soundscapes of his own material with carefully unearthed gems and on the fly overdubs on the TR-909. Music that locks your body into rhythm, exploring distant vistas of the mind. We can't wait!
Jonty SkruFFF started DJing in 2004, soon picking up residencies at London´s fabric (DTPM) and Pacha Ibiza. Moving to Berlin in 2008, he’s nowadays well established within Berlin’s underground tech/ house scene, becoming a resident at Sisyphos in 2012.
Rapidly becoming one of Sisyphos' best known DJs, he's renowned for spinning uniquely eclectic, deep techno (and occasional house) sets, created by looping, layering and re-editing tracks together live, simultaneously on three and often four CDJs.
Back in London he's since teamed up with new UK label What Came First to release double-tracker Jellyfish Invasion/ Warpaint (including a tough techno remix from Mute legend Daniel Miller), following on from previous releases on Sisyphos’ label (Sisyphon) and acclaimed remixes on Black Butter, Punch Music and Shitkatapult (his remix of Motor’s ‘Death Rave’ picking up a French Quartz Award (equivalent to a French GRAMMY).
He also co-produces and co-presents the weekly radio show Berlin Soul, which is broadcast across an expanding international network spanning 55 terrestrial FM stations plus web broadcasters including Pioneer DJ Radio (Ibiza), Underground FG (France), BLN.FM (Germany) and Dance Paradise (Brazil / South America). He's also widely recognised for his parallel multi-faceted career that started in the 90s when he became of the first specialist dance music journalists.
Selecting him as one of their '11 most important people in Berlin's music scene' feature in 2015, Dutch magazine DJBroadcast suggested ‘you probably know Skrufff best for his residency at legendary club Sisyphos’ though singled out his media activities for additional special mention.
‘Skrufff’s international presence combined with his broad range of expertise has led him to be acclaimed as an‘industry guru’ (Resident Advisor) and ‘dance music mogul’ (DJ Magazine),” DJBroadcast noted.
Alongside helping launch Muzik magazine in the UK he created a unique global syndication network that included 6 Australian nightlife street newspapers, Brazilian, Italian and Thai style/ music magazines and even European TV network Superchannel (where for 2 years he interviewed virtually all the remaining living jazz legends including Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea and Weather Report for a TV show called Talkin Jazz.
Switching to the internet early (in 1996 he set up the first major label club culture site Dancesite for EMI) he next went fully independent in 2001, pioneering e-zines and blogging via his own operation Skrufff.com.
He has also since curated numerous music conferences including Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), Sochi Winter Music Conference (Russia), IPM (Rome) and Rio Music Conference (Brazil) and regularly speaks on panels worldwide.
With a history in fashion and photography Christine already has an on point sense for selection which can also be heard in her DJ sets. There she moves effortlessly between warm trippy minimal-tech house and groovy, classy house, stretching all the way to dark techno suitable for late hours on the dance floor. This one-woman powerhouse is the sorceress behind Hokus Pokus, empowering club concept lifting up female talents of the scene.
Besides starting Hokus Pokus, Christines success in the booth has resulted various highlights, such as gigs in Gothenburg's underground parties as well as other clubs around Gothenburg and Stockholm. She also played her first set abroad in October last year at club Kaiku in Helsinki.
words by: Paula Koski
Say hi to Disco Noir Gbg, a gentleman who's been around since 2011 and has grown mature like a good vintage wine over the years, as seen in the picture. - The concept is perhaps most famous for small intimate gigs where dancing has not always been in focus, but Disco Noir has developed a dynamic style throughout the years, that rarely leaves anyone unmoved. Get yourself prepared for a deep emotional journey that includes dark disco & deep electronic music wit loads of swing, emotions and organic rhythms.
The Foxx makes no major habitat requirements and therefore occurs in a variety of environments such as woodland, nightclub, grassland, cropland, festival, and urban. Born in the 80´s, developing his skills in the 90´s, Andreas starting entertaining dance floors in 1999.
Since then he´s been playing around the world at everything from clubs in Berlin, festivals in Europe, beach parties in Asia, rooftops in Mexico, afterski parties in the Alps, fashion shows, radio shows and so on.
Resident Dj for Locatelli & Toso [Sweden], he´s one of the hottest and most booked Dj in town.
Andreas sets and productions are focused on house and techno, with wide range as well as adaption to place and crowd. Sessions of grooves, rhythms, hypnotic vibes and a lot of playfulness is perhaps the best way to describe his music.
Andreas prefers to play long sets that stretches from daytime to night/early morning. His impressive record collection has everything that could be needed for exact every moment, always presented with energetic performance and high quality.
The Foxx has released his music on Invent recordings, Darek recordings, Clubstream and Neustadtmusik. In 2018 he launched his own record label Leopard Tape.
IAKDS (IDA DAVIDSSON) is an audiovisual artist and VJ based in Gothenburg.
Besides creating projection mapping art, interactive installations and performing her own experimental audiovisual live sets, she often makes appearances as VJ.
Since 2015 IAKDS has been creating and performing live visuals for music of various genres, in all kinds of different contexts.
In 2017 she was booked as a VJ at Roskilde festival, made a unique performance together with Dalasinfoniettan and created visuals for artists like Kuf & Dold and Pandora Drive.
Since the beginning of her career she has continuously been VJing at underground techno parties, open airs, nightclubs and music festivals. The aesthetics of her visuals are often based on generative art, creating patterns and organic movements which gives every different performance it’s leitmotif.
“Creating visuals for electronic music is all about meeting it halfway, matching the mood and different elements of the music with color, shapes, movement and depth, giving the experience of live electronic music an extra dimension.”