San Proper is a well-respected artist from the Amsterdam underground club scene. Over the last fifteen years, he has been spinning and playing live from major clubs and festivals to smaller bars and dodgy underground locations. He’s known and praised for his House & Disco sets, but also skilled in blending different styles from Acid to Afro-beat into an eclectic mix. Since 2009 he has been performing & presenting a solo live show chanting vocals and playing several live instruments alongside his hard- ware and digital gear.
As an Amsterdam local, San Proper is working close with fresh and ge- nuine labels and organizations like Rush Hour, Dekmantel and Trouw. All known for setting the tone for quality underground music and scenery by supporting local talent and paying tribute to house and techno legends.This same attitude got him to release on several labels like Rush Hour and Perlon. His first five releases with Rush Hour was based on presenting his musical friends from Amsterdam with his “Proper A’dam Family Series”, ‘Part 4’ with O-Boogie got picked up by Laurent Garnier, who did an edit of ‘Magnificent Speech Funk’. After presenting his background he released his break through record “Keep it Raw” on Perlon, after producing a remix on this label for Ricardo Villalobos with a track entitled ‘Electonic Water- It ate my Quarter’ which resulted in several releases on Perlon. Meanwhile he has been collaborating with muses, friends and associates Tom Trago, Awanto 3 and Melon representing the sound of Amsterdam House music.
His passion comes across best with presenting this energy live as well as the vocal extras which he serves up during Dj-sets. As a touring artist he remained playing from major to local events, spreading his diverse sets on legendary spots in Tokyo, Osaka, Montreal, Shanghai, San Diego, Detroit, London, Copenhagen, Sofia, Zurich, Berlin and Paris, where he has spend a lot of sessions completing his album for Rush Hour.
Since she began DJing and producing in 1999, Maayan has racked up an impressive discography. As Miss Fitz, she has released EPs on Raum…musik, Freak n’ Chic, Contexterrior and Circus Company; she also travels in disguise as Laverne Radix, with singles for Oslo’s Love Letters from Oslo and for Raum. March 2009 also marks the release of Maayan’s debut release under her own name: “Night Long” (on Japanese label PowerShovel), an intimate album woven together out of recordings of Cuba’s best contemporary instrumentalists that later on that year was followed by an EP on the ever changing Perlon.
The diversity of Mayaan’s sound is no doubt a result of an unusually global upbringing. Born in Tel Aviv, she lived in the Mediterranean city for most of her life, studying multimedia and, following a six-month stay in New York, beginning to DJ bars and small parties. Tel Aviv isn’t a big place, though, and so when Maayan came to feel that she had hit a wall in her home town, she packed her bags and set off to travel the world. Argentina was her ultimate destination. But after a six-month stint in Amsterdam, she found her way to Berlin, which turned out to be exactly she was looking for. Inspiration was everywhere, from the avant-garde Club Transmediale festival to Jamie Lidell’s experiments in live sampling to, of course, the city’s legendary underground party scene. She soaked up everything, building up her studio and experimenting with different sounds and processes, gradually inching towards the dance floor. Seven years later, she remains in Berlin, making music and molding the contours of the city’s clubs to fit her own inimitable vision.
It’s been quite a ride for Rampa over the last couple of years. When it comes to DJing, he never really cared about the diehard dedication to the four to the floor-aesthetic, one can find among most Technoheads. He preferred to be diehard dedicated to a whole lot more, be it Punkrock, be it HipHop, be it any other suitable outlet for his genuine passion for music.
And when it comes to his status as a contemporary producer, some of those influences will always shine through. Don’t get the wrong idea, most of his works meet all stylistic requirements of the current Techhouse agenda, but still, his attitude and openness will easily define them as outstanding pieces.
From 2009 on, Rampa made a name of himself through Keinemusik, his own little d.i.y.-cosmos, being not only label, but also crew of likeminded Djs, producers and friends. The teamwork within this realm has seen a serious number of premier productions and collaborations, particularly with fellow producer &ME, not to forget the rest of the bunch, Adam Port, David Mayer, Reznik and Monja.
Besides, he’s got some other collaborations under his belt. He produced an album with Nomi of Hercules & Love Affair- and Jessica 6 fame. And he’s got the Rampa & Re.You Thing going on, a joint venture with likeminded producer Re.You, which is not only their live-moniker, but also a prolific pairing in production. They released various remixes plus tracks on Keinemusik, Souvenir, Gigolo and Strictly Rhythm.
So, if he’s not spitting out new material, be it solo or in collabos, Rampa is likely to be found behind some turntables between Berlin and New York, representing his own definition of Techno and House, bridging the gap between deepness and elation. Never taking things too seriously, apart from those serious grooves he’s got in his pockets
Hardly one clubber didn’t feel or hear at least one track live on the dancefloor by Santé over the last few weeks thanks to a heavy rotation of many different DJs. The current Maxis by Souvenir and Rekids have hit House and Techno floors alike in a time where only good electric dance music is mentioned.Peaktime Entertainment par excellence. Prior to looking ahead a brief flashback to Swabia, to Ulm to be precise. Because that’s where Santé originates and even though they now live in berlin, funnily his Rekids maxi-single has been signed right away in the local Club Chateu Knarz by Matt Edwards aka Radio Slave when the track was played last in His live set. Good timing is everything. Philipp is bringing the Santé sound as a liveact or dj direct to the clubs. Successful ive gigs in clubs like the Weekend, Watergate,Violet Berlin, Robert Johnson, Alte Börse Zürich, Winter Music Conference Miami, Electronic Music Festival Brüssel or Rocker 33,Fabric London, Sonar Barcelona, 10 Days Off lie behind him. A votre Santé on the dancefloors around the world
Thomas Melchior played for Rhythmatic 8th Dec 2012
Thomas Melchior played for Rhythmatic 1st May 2010
Born in Germany, Thomas Melchior was raised in the USA, Spain and finally England. At school he also started his musical career as composer/singer and keyboardist before moving to London where he soon formed his first Jazzfunk five-piece band (Blipvert Bigtop). Releasing records on his own Label (Earworm) they performed in London warehouses, clubs and pubs.
After becoming a father, Thomas’s next project Ohm experimented with and fused electronic and funkadelic sounds with soul and jazz. Ohm’s ‘Heady Volt Experience EP’ had a strong influence on the later emerging trip hop scene…
But times were a changing and Melchior moved on to pioneer and explore other moods and grooves. With the arrival of a computer, he began to discover the world of reduced music making, leading him to work and hang out with weird beat master J. Saul Kane (Depth Charge, Bomb The Bass), introducing him to the early London acid house and warehouse underground where he hooked up with people like Peter “Baby” Ford, Mark Moore, Big Audio Dynamite, Carl Craig etc… soon he was on his way to making tripped out electronica:
In ’92 Thomas hooked up with multi instrumentalist Tim Hutton and started recording as Vulva/Yoni. Quickly Vulva caught the attention of the Mr Aphex Twin Richard James and his Rephlex label, who promptly released the now legendary ‘From The Cockpit’ album. Vulva/YONI basked in the lights of success releasing records on San Fransisco’s Reflective and David Moufang’s Source Records as well as playing alongside Armando, Aphex Twin, Black Dog (Plaid), Autechre, Global Communication, Orbital etc.
As the years went by Thomas’ musical interests shifted towards producing more minimal deep- and tracky style house tunes and after touring the USA as member of Lady Miss Kiers’ (Deelite) band this wanderer moved to New York in 1996 familiarizing himself with some of the American house and techno scene before returning to London.
Meanwhile the record releases slowly mounted under various pseudonyms namely M-core,Deepah, Sunpeople, Soul Capsule and as part of the Ifach Collective, etc.
His more personal London speed garage influenced deep hypnotic and sexy micro house cuts set a new manifesto on his label Aspect Music in 2000 and various releases on Perlon and Playhouse followed
Throughout Thomas’s musical life he has stayed dedicated to the underground, maintaining a low profile, allowing him to stay clear of trends and instead continuing to influence new artists and sub genres.
Fumiya Tanaka has been regarded as one of the legendary DJ/artists in Techno over 15 years. He has been doing numerous projects such as his private label “TOREMA RECORDS”, his recent label “op.disc” (co-running with Yoshihiro HANNO), and his famous party “CHAOS” (in Tokyo and Osaka), and through his long running career, he has been successfully expressing the possibilities of music. His unique style is focused on “minimal” techno, but through his play, he pulls out the beauty, the depth and the thickness of music and turns “minimal” into “maximum”. This is one of the reasons why he is still at the top.
In 2007, Fumiya released an epoch-making DVD “via”, which contains his live DJ MIX with a real time audio commentary. This release vividly shows his music/play as the result of physical reactions and continuous thinking. As his other recent works, he has been working on his live unit, “DARTRIIX” with RADIQ aka Yoshihiro HANNO and has already released two EPs and a full length album on op.disc.
Now he is planning to start a new label called “Sundance” and it is scheduled to be launched very soon.
Premiesku played at Rhythmatic 22nd Sept
Romanian duo Livio & Roby, together with their pal George G, sometimes like to play with words, make anagrams or combine formulas. As a result of this game, they derived a name „Premiesku“ for their mutual project, suggesting „premiere“ which resonates as a Romanian name. That is what their collaboration is about – a unique new experience, which is already gaining accolades from many party heads, acclaimed music professionals and opinion leaders.
RThe name reflects the music: crossing of their diverse vibrant inspirations and moods breeds a new concept of genuine, recognizable sound. As a virtuoso audio engineers, they intelligently structure their (sometimes) heterogeneous ideas into powerful and dynamic compositions that catches the heart, the body and the mind of a listener. Compact „four to the floor“ patterns, inspired with classic deep house, Detroit techno and tech house are switched up and deconstructed, resulting in a hypnotic brew. Driving and energetic solid grooves are fused with a plethora of colors and sonic twists, ranging from Balkan cultural heritage to surreal theatre. Their outstanding production has been released on influential labels such as Cecille, All In, Desolat.
RDuring everyday studio sessions of experimenting and fitting the pieces of their imaginary worlds together, computers with straightforward and intuitive softwares are a necessary tool. But digital environment is not enough for expressing all those subtle feelings and stories they want to tell. Essential tools for this transmission are music instruments; they are vital for articulation of emotions, and sharing it with the audience. That is why Livio, Roby and George decided to leave the virtual world aside and create a real, analog environment for their live performances.
RThey did what no one did before – designed three special consoles consisted of parts of various machines. These hardware racks are tailor-made based on their draft, put together by an old fellow in a workshop in the heart of Romania. A inimitable gadget for each one of them is their vision of playing electronic music without computer. With this innovative setup, they have entered the era of their analog sound! The concept is launched at Time Warp Lab in Mannheim on March 31 2012. Guys presented their machines at the workshop „Premiesku analog sound“ organized by Desolat, explaining the new way of playing using the examples from their debut album “Constant” which will be released on Desolat in September. Also, their fresh ideas are presented through their latest release – “indirect” EP released on Desolat in May.
Three (Hallucination Limited, NYC)
Played for Rhythmatic on the 7th July
Currently residing in New York City, Three has been tirelessly holding the flag for underground electronic music in the US since his rise out of the sunny state of Florida in the early 90′s. In that time, he’s emerged as one of the brightest DJ talents in the US and continues to be a true inspiration for many of us. Three’s tour dates show both diversity in audience and a genre-bending passion for good music; he’s held residencies at NYC’s Twilo, Cielo (Robots), Love and Blk Market Membership, as well as Florida’s legendary Simon’s while playing lauded guest spots at San Francisco’s Wicked party, Fabric (UK), Panorama Bar (Berlin), Blk Market Membership (NYC) and forward thinking events like Japan’s Labyrinth Festival and Australia’s Rainbow Serpent.
Three’s label Hallucination Limited was started in 2003 by Three as an off-shoot of the seminal US 90′s label Hallucination Recordings which was founded by dance music legends Rabbit In The Moon. Hallucination Recordings was responsible for some of the freshest techno (licensing the Hazed – Bells EP to Richie Hawtin’s Plus 8 label in ’94), proper electro (miami bass legends Dynamix 2 and Jackal & Hyde) and benchmark releases like Second Hand Satellites – Multiple Mirrors EP (produced by Three and Sean Q6). Armed with a sound that borrows equally from vintage acid-house, techno and underground electronica Hallucination Limited is held in the highest regard getting attention from a wider audience than most most reach. One of the ethos of Hallucination has always been to release music that years later that is still relevant and feels timeless. A perfect example of this is Cassy’s Circo Loco mix CD for the July 2011 issue of Mixmag… which contains no less than five tracks from the label catalog! Three’s eclectic taste as a DJ and producer shine through just as brightly in his choices for the label.
Following the path of his appeal as a DJ, his rare forays into producing have become staples for DJs of all styles. Three’s remix of Mish Mash feat. Lois – ‘Speechless’ (Lost in Translation mix) for heavyweight UK label Crosstown Rebels received praise across the board including “pick of the month” in the 15 year anniversary issue of DJ Magazine while other productions such as the underground staple that is Second-Hand Satellites and remixes as Three A.M. (with David Christophere of Rabbit In The Moon) like U.N.K.L.E. feat. Ian Brown – ‘Reign’ continue to be played on dance floors around the world from DJs as diverse as Harvey, Ricardo Villalobos and Lee Burridge.
Coming from the school of American DJs like Josh Wink and Doc Martin, Three has a wide ranging musical palate akin to Andrew Weatherall or Laurent Garnier, and was recently featured as part of DJ Times Magazine’s DJX20 Anniversary profile series as one of twenty DJs who embody the spirit of the American underground along such contemporaries as Josh Wink and Claude Von Stroke.
Nastia (Propaganda, Ukraine)
Played for Rhythmatic on the 2nd June 2012
Already one of the best-known eastern European techno/house DJs, Nastia’s star is firmly in the ascendancy globally. Her style is to an extent adaptable but she has a sound that is unmistakably her own. The last three years have been a whirlwind of gigs for Nastia. Her twilight techno, melancholic minimal, stripped-down ghetto funk and sustained house have been wowing crowds all around the world. She’s recently signed to the prestigious agency Bullitt DJ so her travellings are going to be even further afield every week.
Nastia Topolskaia started going to clubs when she was just 13 years-old. “I am originally from a small village in Ukraine of just 1000 people,” she says. “Every weekend I took a bus to the nearest big city and I realized that I really liked clubs and parties!”
She started DJing in 2005 and in summer 2006 ended up playing at the legendary KaZantip music festival which made her name famous. “It was the first serious music event in my life”- she smiles.
Nastia quickly won the hearts of Kazantip people having become the most popular Dj of Z-republic. Being the manager of Kiss Fm stage she did all the bookings and events. She’s had a regular radio-show PROPAGANDA on popular ukrainian radio station Kiss Fm Ukraine for more than five years. Here she plays impeccably mixed live sets playing tracks from fresh and noteworthy releases. Besides she bravely experiments with electronica, ambient and drum’n'bass styles on air.
Also Nastia works on new “He & She” project which told the world about itself with the first release on the label Musik Gewinnt Freunde with Kollektive Turmstrasse’s remix. “He & She” is the result of collaboration with Alexander Pavlenko (Sunchase). “I knew Alex as the best electronic sound producer in Ukraine, and I offered him to work together.” – says Nastia. “As “He & She” we create deep and tuneful music. I am the best from my side, he is the best from his side, so we’re just a perfect team.”
Nastia has been able to combine production process with dj-gigs. One place she always comes back to is Arma17 – Russia’s coolest club – where she is a resident DJ. “Arma17 is a VERY special place,” she grins. “For me, it is the only place which I can call my ‘second home’.” She sings the praises of the Arma17 crew, their nightlife vision, their after-parties, and their often experimental or risky music programming.
Addicted to the energy she gets from DJing and all-time travelling, Nastia says she ultimately strives for visiting every country in the world with her music. “I want to play music as much as I can,” she says, “sharing my energy and music taste with people.
TC Studio (All Inn Records, Bucharest)
Played for Rhythmatic on the 2nd June 2012
TC Studio took birth in late 2010. They started by handing promo cd’s to djs like Rhadoo, Raresh, Cezar, Ali Nasser, and others.
Matei Tulbure was born in 1986, on December 21st, in Bucharest and Traian Chereches in 1989 in Bucharest. TC Studio come with a bunch of different styles, from micro house and Detroit house, to techno and deep. The start of 2012 marks their first releases in foreign countries (“TC Studio – Autoportret EP”- Archipel Recordings, Canada and “TC Studio – Travel EP”-Strictly Chosen Recordings, in Germany). They find their inspiration in art, life, and films from directors like: Roman Polanski, Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky. Late 2011 gigs started to come, covering half of Europe in a few months.