Things really took off for Barbuto in 2015 after his first release on Octopus Recordings and having attracted the likes of Enrico Sangiuliano who eventually remixed his follow up EP Vanta Black. That same year Barbuto appeared in the paper edition pages of DJ Mag who came across a set of his from Coda in Toronto touting it as one of the best sets of the year. Since signing with Octopus labels Tronic, Phobiq, OFF, Unity and Transmit amongst several others have released Barbuto’s music which attracted the attention of mainstay artists like, Spektre, Black Asteroid and Loco & Jam who all signed up for remix duty for Barbuto’s most premiere releases. On the receiving end of remix requests have come from label heads Fatima Haji for her Silver M label, Hollen, Filterheadz, Rafaelle Rizzi, Riot’s Frankyeffe and Kostas Maskalides to name a few. Originally from Sydney however unbeknownst to his homeland his skill set and musical prowess would develop over 20 years later in 1999 upon relocating to the United States and eventually settling in Austin, Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World. It was here where Christian Barbuto would fully realize his creative ability and refine his skill set in the dj booth which is where he is most comfortable and shines. Over the course of nearly 2 decades his ever-evolving sound remains loyal to percussion and arpeggiated driven dance floor friendly techno. Watch in awe as Barbuto's sets cast a spell upon the dance floor. Weaving crowds in and out between moments of deep, infectious groove to minimal modulation, He approaches each performance with intellect and vivacious energy. Keeping audiences transfixed for hours upon end rarely less than 3 or 4 channels of infectious techno groove circulating and spitting through various effects units creating some of the most explosive drops you will ever hear, Barbuto sets the bar for many to strive for.
Michele Mausi starts is career in the early 90's with Subway Records, also was the resident dj in the first techno parties in Europe
J. A. Y. C. E. is a producer and DJ from London, UK. His musical interests began at an early age. At this time he was introduced to Motown, Jazz, and Early Hip-Hop music. His production within a wide scope of music has meant he has had a string of successful projects crossing multi genres under different guises including, “Dj Ink” and ”The Architex”. With a strong DJ background developed since 1992, Jayce has been bringing electronica professionally to the masses on an international scale for quite some time. He has played all over Europe, North America, South America, Australia, and Asia. This factor is a testimony to his immense experience in the club/dance environment, creating the right atmosphere for music lovers worldwide.
Electronic music producer and owner of the Seance brand and Spectralband label
Since 2012, PoleGroup Radio is the weekly radio show by PoleGroup which presents the most interesting artists and best elaborated mixes in contemporary techno from PoleGroup´s own Tensal, Architectural or Jonas Kopp, but also artists such as Birth Frequency, Refracted and YYY . PoleGroup is an established techno platform formed by a record label and booking agency, home of Oscar Mulero, Exium, Reeko, Tensal, Kessell, Architectural, Jonas Kopp, Pfirter, Kwartz, Lewis Fautzi and Tripeo.
Known as globally touring DJ and the man behind OFF Recordings for several years, the recent past saw massive changes for Andre Crom. He embarked on a journey in many ways, physically (from Berlin to Barcelona), musically (from house to techno), and artistically, from being primarily a DJ, to becoming a full-fledged music producer. After years of global touring, mostly based on heading a well-known label, and having co-produced a number of club hits, Crom realized that - few exceptions apart - the foundation of becoming and staying an internationally relevant electronic music artist, is to become a really accomplished producer with a trademark sound. In the past, music production used to be something intimidating to Crom, a process where one constantly has to face their limits. But limits can be overcome, and after a year of obsessive learning and producing, he nowadays feels at home in his studio as behind the decks. Crom: "It gives me a great satisfaction to create a new track, play it on the weekend and see people really go for it. But it is also the pure joy of learning and creating, which drives me into the studio pretty much every day." The result of this production marathon is a series of new releases on labels such as Ovum, 100%Pure, Sleaze, OFF and others. Musically, Crom is exploring different shades of techno. Warm and raw saturated beats meet melodic and rhythmic themes, which add hook-factor and character to the grooves. The resulting tracks and songs are as dancefloor-effective as they are emotional. Andre Crom's enduring passion for underground dance music becomes most visible during his DJ-sets, where he seamlessly combines house and techno, melodic and monotone themes, function and emotion, to create an effortless flow and deep connection with the dancefloor.
Originating from Hungary, Dr Hoffmann has been involved in the Techno scene since the early 1990s, firstly as a listener/reveller, then following the natural progression moved into Dj'ing & event promotion and since then this gent has gone from strength to strength. 'The Doc' - best known for his damagingly dark, technically precise and high voltage live sets and live PA's, whip crowds into a frenzy from border to border as his hugely acclaimed style and musical perception reaches the furthest corners of Europe and beyond. Covering all styles of Techno from the deep and dark industrial dub sounds to the full throttle peak time smashers we all know and love 'The Docs' got it covered and in the box. Sole creator, host & pioneer of the world-renowned Blind Spot, the only radio show to repeatedly deliver the goods week in week out bringing you the best in underground electronic dance music from around the globe. Syndicated worldwide on over 60 FM and internet stations, on virtually every continent, the Blind Spot has both hemispheres covered and continues to move from strength to strength every passing day. It has become one of the most popular radio shows on the planet for Techno… Based solely on listener numbers alone it is globally hailed to be in full contention with other shows hosted by the techno scenes superstars such as Dave Clarke’s White Noise, Adam Beyer’s Drumcode and Chris Liebing’s CLR podcast and revered by all lovers of techno. So the sky's the limit as the show just celebrated its 3rd birthday with a series of mixes by the scenes front-runners Luke Slater, Chris Liebing & Speedy J that are already timeless classics !! Dr Hoffmann is also the man behind Blind Spot Music label and the label bounds forward into 2012 with a catalogue of releases under its belt from international artists such as Drumcell, Audio Injection, Kalden Bess aka m0h, Virgil Enzinger, Tom Hades, Heron and with the tracks being charted and played by heavy weights like Speedy J, Chris Liebing, Len Faki & Adam Beyer to name a few and with a vault of new releases lined up ready to go in the new year the labels showing all the criteria for a take over of epic proportions!
In the past two decades, Slam have defined techno in Scotland, cultivated many artists of note on their Soma label, and remixed everyone from Daft Punk to Underworld. The legendary UK duo, comprising of Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle, have travelled far and wide, leaving scorch marks on dance-floors worldwide, touring Australia, the USA, Europe, South America and Japan. They hold residencies at 3 of the UK's best clubs (Pressure & the Sub Club in their hometown of Glasgow and Fabric in London). The last few years have been the most prolific period in Slam’s career. Performing dynamic sets at many leading festivals including Time Warp, Mayday, Bestival, Glade, Awakenings, Glastonbury, Monegros and T In The Park. They have also played at some of the world’s best clubs including the legendary Womb in Tokyo, Cocoon in Frankfurt, Rex in Paris and Berlin's infamous Watergate and Berghain. Their Soma Records label hit its 20th birthday in 2011, which is a great achievement in any industry never mind the fickle music business. In this prestigious year, Slam were also nominated as the ‘Greatest Dance Act of All Time’ in the institutional UK Dance music magazine Mixmag. SOMA RECORDS: SLAM are the proud co-owners of Soma, which now in its 21st year, continues to be one of the world’s leading purveyors of cutting edge electronic music. As well as introducing and developing many new acts and album projects, Soma’s recent releases have included singles and remixes from artists including The Black Dog, Adam Beyer, Joris Voorn, Silicone Soul, Gary Beck, Surgeon, Loco Dice, Mark Broom, Nick Curly, Matthias Tanzmann, Pan-Pot, Carl Craig, Radio Slave and Sebo K. Big names. Big tracks! Slam's latest release on Soma is 'Old School Jams for the New Republic'; a two-track EP of powerful dancefloor burners.
Few come as well versed in family values as that of long serving techno legend Adam Beyer. A husband, father and certified underground icon, the Stockholm-based DJ/producer has come to embody one of the most consistent and carefully constructed legacies to emerge from Europe and hold influence across the continents. From festival main stages and coveted club floors through to the global airwaves and Beatport charts alike, Beyer’s extended musical legacy is felt across the board. At the outset of 2016, Beyer is positively beaming about the way things have panned out. “This is the most exciting it’s ever been - I’ve finally ended up where I was trying to get,” he explains. “As a techno DJ it’s never going to happen overnight. It’s a long road to walk to get to that point where you have earned the resect and loyalty of the industry and the fans.” Many an advocate of the genre came before Beyer, but few have held a presence within the world of techno as respected and long serving. A DJ first and foremost, life as a producer saw Beyer gradually hone and perfect a sound that would seemingly fill a void within the modern musical landscape. Serving a more functional take on the sound that still honoured some of the heyday genre hallmarks of North America and mainland Europe, Adam’s mantra has remained a relatively simple one: Respect the sound, maintain its integrity and gradually push things forward. Brick-by-brick, the sound became a signature felt across club land, but a connection remains between the sound of Adam’s earliest work and the sought after productions he now brandishes. At the helm of Adam Beyer’s career stands a brand that has taken techno to truly global heights. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, Drumcode’s full-hearted philosophy of releasing music always with the DJ in mind has allowed the label to expand into an all-encompassing brand, one now heralded as much as a musical identity as it is an attitude among the underground community. Providing a rare opportunity for Beyer to simultaneously renew what is current whilst looking to the next generation of talents, it’s expansion into branded nights across the globe has made this one of the best travelled brands in modern techno, with its branded radio show taking further flight with broadcasts across more than 53 different countries. Its sound has been imitated, it’s durability tested by the changing tides of the music industry, but Drumcode’s ongoing peak is a testament to a brand that has dared to take the long way around in the name of becoming a sustainable and consistent musical powerhouse. Behind the decks, there are many different forces to be experienced from Beyer. Be it an international festival headline spot or a more intimate club show, his solo sets adapt and evolve to fit the various moods of his globetrotting tour schedule. Alongside partner Ida Engberg, looser afterhours sets with the ability to focus on songs have become a favourite across the international club circuit. Paired alongside his ability to take the stage with numerous members of the global techno community, Adam Beyer’s live persona truly knows no limits. Opting for business as usual over tired celebratory gimmicks, Beyer approaches 2016 in fighting form. Kick-starting a brand new venture in the form of Junction 2 Festival, a suitably stacked out summer of international festival and Ibiza dates add to a marker year for Beyer. Whether it’s on record, behind the decks or under the reliable Drumcode umbrella, Adam Beyer continues to unravel an unprecedented success story for the global underground circuit.
It is hard to imagine a list of prolific producers for 2011 without Christian Smithʼs name towards the top. Having consistently dominated charts and DJs playlists with a steady flow of releases on high profile labels like Bedrock, Systematic, 100% Pure, Soma, Global Underground, Mistakes Music, 1605 and his own Tronic imprint, there has barely been a month go by without news circulating of an exciting new Christian Smith production. As such, the techno tastemaker begins 2012 secure in his position as one of the most evergreen performers in his field. A DJ and producer who has operated at the top of his game for over a decade. Experienced enough to intuitively gauge what works best on the dance floor yet open-minded enough to move with shifting trends; Smith has accomplished the dual achievement of being both unshakably credible amongst his peers and popular within a global audience, as a whole new generation of fans discover Christianʼs trademark blend of high impact tech house and musical techno. However, this latest chapter of what has been a varied and dynamic career will come as no surprise to those who have followed Christian Smith’s productions over recent years. Having delivered the crossover record of 2008 - Total Departure on Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label – Christian followed up with a succession of fresh sounding club bombs that surfaced on John Digweed’s Bedrock label, Dubfire’s Sci+Tec, the legendary Renaissance, and Steve Lawler’s ultra cool Viva imprint throughout 2009. Next came chart-topping productions such as the Beatport #1 Air Miles track on 100% Pure, the anthemic remixes of Carl Craig’s seminal At Les, which proved to be a mainstay of Beatport’s Top 10 through summer 2010, and a run of club-smashing tracks such as Pitanga (Systematic), Cabecudas, System Of Survival, (Bedrock), The Price of Freedom (1605) and Automatic (100% Pure). 2012 promises more of the same with new projects for Bedrock, Systematic and 100% Pure as well as new material on Tronic including a collaboration EP with Florian Meindl and remixes for Marc Romboy and Bushwacka. Supplementing Christianʼs original output has been a series of remixes of classic and current tracks which have propelled Smith to the position of being one of the most in-demand remixers within his scene. Underworld (Dark & Long), Laurent Garnier (Flashback), Funk D’Void (Diabla) and Robotman aka Richie Hawtin (Do Da Doo) have all been reborn thanks respectful but energized reworks of stone-cold club anthems, while artists as varied as John Digweed, Sharam, Steve Angelo, Bushwacka, Mauro Picotto, Marc Romboy, Rodriguez Jr, Darren Emerson, Gabriel Ananda, Spektre, D-Nox & Beckers and Doomwork have all turned to Christian for something extra on their releases. The net result has been the successful transformation of Christian from a member of the old school techno-elite to one of the lead players in the current marketplace with a 22nd placing in Resident Advisors “most charted producer of all time” poll and an almost non-stop presence in the upper end of the Beatport sales charts - an achievement recognized by the award of 3rd place in Beatport’s 2010 “Best Techno Producer” poll. The popularity of Christianʼs big-room, crossover sound with its melodic, euphoric highs and rhythmical funk energy is a testament to the multi-genre draw of Christianʼs music. This breadth of appeal is evident in both the DJ support Christian receives and also in the gigs Christian plays. Regular supporters ranging from techno stalwarts like Richie Hawtin and Adam Beyer through to tech house DJs like 2000 And One and Stephan Bodzin, and even trance superstars like Tiesto and Sander Van Doorn. In addition to Christianʼs shows for Bedrock and Systematic at the Miami and ADE conferences respectively, 2011 saw Christian perform all over Europe, North America, Asia and South America with notable stops at Pacha Buenos Aeries, Womb Tokyo, Space Ibiza, Klubbers Day Madrid, Watergate Berlin, Lovelands Amsterdam, Space Miami, H2O Mexico City, The Loft Barcelona, Café DʼAnvers Antwerp, Ellui Seoul, Cocoon Frankfurt, The Egg London, Crobar Buenos Aires, Circus Montreal and Smart Bar Chicago. Proof, if it was needed, that it is possible for an already successful producer to reinvent their sound while maintaining their relevance and position at the very pinnacle of electronic music.