Ulrich Schnauss

At once uplifting and otherworldly, the music of Ulrich Schnauss combines multilayered synthesizers with beats and ethereal vocals, serving as an aural escape route from the trappings of reality. As Schnauss explains, ‘I’ve always used making and listening to music as a way to escape – putting on headphones is a great way to leave reality behind for a while, reminding yourself why it still makes sense to carry on.’

Aside from releases under his own moniker, Schnauss also joined german electronica legends Tangerine Dream in 2014. Regularly enlisted as a mixer, remixer, producer and artist in his own right, Ulrich Schnauss may use music as a way to escape, but today he seems firmly rooted in the business, albeit constantly pushing against its staid sonic boundaries. Born in 1977 in Kiel, Germany – a post-industrial seaport at the Baltic – Schnauss began improvising chord changes on an old piano in his parents’ flat; a process which remains the backbone of his songwriting to this day. Once settled on a basic chord structure, Schnauss combines programmed synths with layered basslines and rhythms, to consciously adorn each piece with certain emotions and textures.

The titles of Ulrich Schnauss’s studio albums to date – Far Away Trains Passing By, A Strangely Isolated Place, Goodbye and A Long Way To Fall – hint at the artist’s backwoods background, growing up in the ‘cultural wasteland that is rural Germany’. Unable to find like-minded people to create music with, Schnauss’ aural vision became liberated by his discovery of the synthesizer, enabling him to create multilayered compositions on his own, with an aim to ‘translate the aesthetics of the ‘shoegazing’ sound into an electronic context’. Inspired by the alternative guitar bands of the late 80s/early 90s (Slowdive, Chapterhouse, My Bloody Valentine etc.) as well as Acid House and early electronica (LFO, 808 State, The Orb), Schnauss began developing his own distinct sonic palette, melding delicate dreampop sensibilities with ecstatic electronic excess, defying the constraints of traditional music genre boundaries.

After a move to Berlin and a slew of atmospheric dnb releases in the latter half of the 1990s – under the pseudonyms View to the Future and Ethereal 77 – Ulrich Schnauss felt confident enough to employ a more freeform approach and began recording ‘little electronica pieces’, culminating in the first album released under his own name, 2001’s Far Away Trains Passing By.

After an initial struggle to perform the unique, interchanging nuances of these tracks live, Schnauss’s discovery of Ableton software has enabled him to build new arrangements on the spot, lending diversity and distinction to each performance. ‘I can also react to the atmosphere of the room,’ he explains, ‘sometimes playing more ambient; sometimes more rhythm-orientated versions of the songs.’

The Geezer

I’ve produced a vast range of music over the years. Over 500 records from numerous labels, travelled the four corners of the earth and played music from rock to techno, dub to punk.

Along with my own label Raw, I’m featured and have helped numerous record labels such as Stay up Forever, Cluster, Max min, Hydraulix, Top Shelf, 4X4, Smitten, Highwire, Powertools, Hazcem, TEC, Pounding Grooves, Routemaster, Tortured, CL Recordings, Jerk, Intensive, Bionic Orange and more… Ive played in many bands such as Back to the Planet and toured and played with R D F, Subhumans, Oasis, Blur, Nirvarna, Levellers, Rough Rough & Ready and Hawkwind to name a few …

Teenage Mutants

Teenage Mutants revive as a duo.Welcome to this exciting second chapter after 5 years of Christian holding this musical adventure as a solo project. The most important thing now is that the Mainz based guys are back in the game with more enthusiasm and energy than ever before. Keep that!

It’s time to discover and enjoy their new path into a more inspired-techno sound. Hey, don’t panic! Teenage Mutants are of course keeping that remarkable wall of positive vibes. A solid reputation is a solid reputation. The worldwide clubbing scene has surrendered to TM’s haunting grooves, skills and a praiseworthy attitude during all these last years. Talent never falls on deaf ears, for this very reason TM have published great stuff on labels such as Sony Music, Ultra, Suara, Stil Vor Talent, Bunny Tiger, Hedkandi, Incorrect, Click Records, Nervous, Katermukke, Definition Music or Light My Fire. It is on one of these labels, Stil Von Talent, where the duo is preparing an album due to be released at the end of 2017. Before doing that, TM is releasing a good bunch of EPs, “Chapter Two” for example. An unstoppable journey into rolling grooves, foamy synths, bouncing basslines and laid back atmospheres. Perfect stuff for hitting the floor and not only that, but great weapons to once again conquer a pole position on the Beatport Charts. Some time ago, “Hanging On”, collaboration with OFF founder Andre Crom, went straight to #1.

TM also garnered top positions in the charts working alongside respected artists such as Purple Disco Machine, Moonbootica, Laura Welsh, Betoko, Jonas Saalbach, Lars Moston, etc. If we start talking about remixes: Nervo (“The Other Boys” feat. Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears & Nile Rodgers), Autograf (“Metaphysical”), Sailor & I, Third Son (“Alaska”), Niiche, EdOne, Edouard!, Simion, etc.

As a DJ-team, TM has travelled the entire world: from Johannesburg to Moscow, Paris to Hollywood, Miami to Berlin, and Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur… But the duo will be never tired of gigging all over the planet; new gigs in Asia, USA, South America, etc. We will see them touring non-stop.

These two dance-floor-fighters are totally on duty grinding.

Shahada

Two leading names within the Bali Psy Trance scene join forces as Shahada. DJ Jaux Ion & DJ/Producer Agoes Mulyadi
performing as Shahada. Featuring some of their original tracks as well playing other Psy Trance legends such as Berg, Zyce & Vini Vici. Music has been a big part of the lives of Ion & Agoes. Both Agoes and Ion have amazing work ethics and dedicate time to mentoring some of the younger DJ in Bali. Their passion comes to life as Shahada.

Under the AAAM Record label their music is available on Beatport. Individually the guys have a following online and now with Shahada are gaining an international following.

Raja Ram

Raja Ram is a Psychedelic-Trance producer and the owner of the UK record label TIP World. He was born Ronald Rothfield in 1941 in Melbourne, Australia. Raja Ram left Australia in the 1950s to begin the hippie trail. He returned to Australia later and studied flute at the Melbourne Conservatory. He also went to New York in 1965 to study jazz. He was a member of the band Quintessence in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Shortly after, Raja Ram was forced to retire for personal reasons and became an envelope salesman. In the 1980s, he decided to return to the music scene as he now became interested in the emerging genre of electronic music. He was one of the first people to make what is today considered psychedelic trance.

Raja Ram formed TIP Records in 1994 with Graham Wood and Ian St. Paul. It soon became one of the most well-known Goa Trance labels. After the label folded in 1998, Raja Ram then founded TIP World in 1999.

He collaborated with countless artists but is best known for his work with Simon Posford on the Shpongle and The Mystery of the Yeti projects and is a founder of 1200 Micrograms. He often plays the flute on ambient tracks and voices many tracks.

Pirupa

What Pirupa has accomplished in the last years is astounding and this is just the tip of the iceberg, making him one of the producers and DJs you have to watch.

A talented DJ/producer from Italy, Pirupa has recently separated himself from the pack of successful producers by topping beatport’s charts with his last releases. Now with two of the most downloaded tracks on Beatport “Sweet Devil” in 2009 , “Get Funky” in 2010 and “Party Non Stop” in 2012, the sky’s the limit for this relentless talent from the small peninsula.

Signed to impressive (well known) dance record labels in the world (Drumcode, Crosstown Rebels, Desolat, Intec Digital, Get Physical, Defected, Cècille, Viva Music, Saved, Noir Music, Rebirth, Snatch! Records, Suara, Stereo) Pirupa has remixed many great artists likes Sharam and the legendary Jamiroquai for Universal.

Pirupa has accomplished this in a short period of time, building a reputation that takes most artists a lifetime to achieve. A feat like this can cause some people to sit back, relax, and acknowledge their own success but this has only caused Pirupa to work harder with new hot releases!

His success in the studio led to rank at #11 in the Top100 Most Charted Artists of 2010 on Resident Advisor and has landed Pirupa gigs at some of the most prestigious clubs in the world, gracing the decks of many leading venues and festivals.

His “Party Non Stop”, first released on Desolat and then on Defected, has been awarded “Track of the Season” at the Ibiza DJ Awards 2012 and has also been the most charted track on Resident Advisor for the whole 2012.

In 2015 he launched a brand new label called NONSTOP, representing his love for House and Techno music. After less than a year It’s one of Breaktrough Underground label at Beatport 2015 awards.

His DJ sets are a mixture between House and Tech House, with some Deep and Techno vibes, which have brought him to play alongside legends such as Carl Cox, Sven Vath, Pete Tong, Marco Carola, Steve Lawler, Deep Dish , Nic Fanciulli, John Digweed and many more.

Pirupa’s tracks are regularly supported and played by Pete Tong, Luciano, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Paul Van Dyk, Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Danny Tenaglia, Dubfire, Nick Curly, Erick Morillo, Matthias Tanzmann, Steve Lawler, Nic Fanciulli, Joris Voorn, James Zabiela and Mark Knight to name a few.

MVMB

Martin Vice & Michael Banel are two names who certainly need no formal introduction, as both their solo projects VICE & BEHIND BLUE EYES has respectively gained the deserved popularity, seeing them both travel and perform at countless festivals around the globe.

Both Martin & Michael decided on fusing their creative minds to form an exciting, yet powerful new duo. The self-titled collaboration is aimed at delivering a very slick and intelligent new sound within their respective genre.

The project effortlessly explores the boundaries between techno and progressive psy-trance, best described as deep driving and hypnotic soundscapes. Music intently crafted to take their listeners on a mystical journey of interstellar travel that will reconnect you to that true trance dance sensation that can only be experienced, on an outdoor trance festival.

A debut album is already in the pipeline, with the first singles expected towards late 2014 on Iboga Records, adding to the labels very impressive stable of artists and quality releases.

Metronome

Henrik from Sweden began producing in early 2000 and quickly established himself among the progressive acts in Sweden and Europe. After releasing a variety of singles on Jum-Jam Records, ZMA Records, Groove Zone and finally Spin Twist Records in 2007, he decided to take a break from the music scene.

During the following years, a lot of experimenting went on to develop a new modern sound to keep up with the ever changing progressive scene. The result is a melodic and groovy sound, inspired by ground breakers like Phaxe. This became the transition from hard offbeat to a melodic and emotional style, well suitable for a sunny festival afternoon.

In 2013, he settled for comeback and got signed by Blue Tunes Records, where he released his debut EP “Rise Above”. This definitely marked a new start and the debut was followed by not only one, but six more EP’s along with various singles up to this day.

He has also been working extensively on collaborations with artists like Morten Granau, Eddie Bitar, Ranji and Jacob, as well as remixing tracks from upper-league artists.

Joel Rowdy

Dj Joel Rowdy – born 1982 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Label dj on Spin Twist Records and TessetracTstudio. He is also label boss of 432 Records, which he has founded in 2014 together with Phaxe, Morten Granau and Martin Vice.

Besides his DJ career, Joel is a music manager for numerous artists from labels like Iboga Records, Spin Twist Records, Blue Tunes Records and of course 432 Records.

Joel has been playing the piano since the age of 8. Since then he took up pretty much any instrument he could get his hands on. Joel gained interest for djing at the age of 12. He took an education as a sound engineer and for many years he produced hiphop music.
His DJ carreer has gone through many stages. From playing underground hiphop and urban music, he began to make a living of DJing more clubby music at mainstream clubs. In 2005 he started getting a taste for electronic music. In 2007 he spend 6 months in Ibiza making a living as a dj and exploring the world of electronic music. It was in Ibiza he met the love of his life – PROGRESSIVE!

Returning to Denmark in October 2007, he was an unknown player on the Danish electronic scene. Within a year he started playing at the biggest Danish parties and quickly became the most playing progressive dj around. Today he is internationally recognized for his high technical skills as well as his creative and pumping track selections. Anything can happen, when Joel breaks down the boundaries of musical styles, combining it all in to an explosive cocktail, which defines his unique sound.

He has rocked the floors of many festivals and events all over the world. His calendar counts gigs from Ibiza and Australia to Fullmoon Party in Thailand, Universo Paralello in Brazil and to the dance floors of the European trance festivals. Joel has been seen playing back2back with many big names like Phaxe, Morten Granau and Audiomatic.

He is known to carry a cd case armed with unreleased tracks fresh from the studio, that you will not hear any other Djs play. If you want a unique musical experience, make sure to stay tuned when Joel is behind the decks.

Hatzler

Hatzler knows the dancefloor intimately. The Hamburg-based DJ and producer starting out collecting records and producing his own cassette tape edits. He got his first break with André Winter as Motion Unit, releasing various records for Oliver Huntemann’s renowned Confused Recordings. Hatzler’s musical influences are vast, ranging from early electro-funk and ‘90s experimental techno via Warp and Detroit, through to the multifarious strains of house and techno of present today.

All these influences are present in Hatzler’s own productions, which have been steadily mounting over the years. His trademark use of rhythmical chords permeate a rich catalogue of artist EPs for labels like Senso Sounds and Stil vor Talent. He’s also an in demand remixer, famed for reworking Oliver Koletzki’s “Iyéwaye” and Dubfire & Oliver Huntemann’s “Humano”, in addition to others for the likes of Set About and Suara. In 2016 Hatzler was nominated best techno artist in Beatport’s DJ-voted end of year polls. It’s a testament to his sway in the dance music community. As a DJ Hatzler brings his extensive knowledge and experience to the booth, delivering deep and excursive sessions that will keep you glued to the floor for the duration—be it at sunrise at an outdoor festival, or locked into the perpetual nighttime of clubland.