Roni Size’s whole life has been about building something new from whatever was around him. From Bristol youth club parties, through the white heat of rave and the foundational moments of jungle and drum ‘n’ bass, to transforming underground electronic music into something that could be played by a live band on the biggest arena and festival stages, he has at each stage created completely afresh not just a sound or style but an entire methodology of how music can be made. And each time, that new creation has reflected his heritage, his surroundings and the precise moment in which he’s operating. Its maybe easy to forget given his relative absence from the limelight in the past decade or so, but Roni is one of the people who distilled the very essence of British music, and is responsible for the way our nation sounds to this day.
A product of South Of France, between Nîmes and Montpellier far from any big city, Olivier Mateu grew up on the seaside during the 1990s where he oscillated between piano lessons and electronic music parties.
As one half of French electro act The Youngsters – best known for their two studio albums and singles for Laurent Garnier’s F-Communications , the Youngsters’ award- winning productions catapulted them into the international arena, taking them to some of the biggest clubs and festivals around the world.
Rodriguez Jr. reveals a different incarnation of Mateu’s musical psyche, one that strides ahead, guided only by his kaleidoscopic vision; moving through shimmering, contemplative electronica, to deep and urgent techno, left field melodic accents and quirky pop refrains. Drawing inspiration from artists as diverse as Stockhausen, LFO, Carl Craig, Eric Satie, Kraftwerk, and Michael Polnareff, Rodriguez Jr.’s spirit of adventure translates as soaring creativity, and music that cannot be pigeonholed.
For a solid 10 hours a day, Mateu manifests Rodriguez Jr. in his MLab Mk5 studio, which brims with vintage synthesizers, keyboards and dusty analog gear. Drawing both pleasure and inspiration from live performance, Rodriguez Jr. relishes the opportunity to realize his project on the stage, and has done extensively throughout Europe and America during some of his most acclaimed shows at Tomorrowland in Belgium, ADE in Amsterdam, Off Week in Barcelona, Showcase in Paris, Watergate in Berlin and Loveland in Holland. Of particular note is the 2015 WMC in Miami and Desert Hearts festival, where his performance was rated the highlight in the festival’s history! No surprise he was voted in at no.31 in RA’s Top Live Acts.
On the production front, Mateu’s milestone’s including his first ever solo album ‘Bittersweet’ on mobilee in 2011, followed by the 7th mobilee back to back compilation in 2013. In 2016 he debuted his new Visualize show concept, intending to shift the artist’s performance towards that of a life concert feel, while heightening the connection with the crowd, courtesy of a stripped back minimalist set up. The resulting shows have been inspired expressions of his creative and technical talents and have taken in such dates as WeAre Festival (Marseille), Marvellous Island (Paris) and Loveland Barcelona, with Balaton Sound and Oasis Festival, among other handpicked events.
Manu Gonzalez, was awarded Ibiza DJ of the Year at the DJ Awards 2015. Just-reward for a DJ and producer whose hard work and dedication has seen him go from strength to strength. 2016 sees Manu as an official resident at Sankeys, Ibiza, record releases on labels such as: Knee Deep Inside (Remixing Hotsince82 which entered at number 13 in the Beatport Top 100 Chart), Cr2 , Freaking909 (Marshall Jefferson Imprint) ,Natural Rhythm Berlin , Baumhaus , Real Nois & Many others including 3 exclusive Vinyl releases. His music has been supported and played by the likes of Marco Carola, Lauren Garnier, Luciano or Hotsince82 to name a few. Manu’s international career has seen him play almost all over the world: London, Manchester, Romania Bucharest, Switzerland, Turkey, Mexico to name a few. Festivals like IMS (First ibicenco playing in the legendary Dalt Vila Festival).
Firmly entrenched in the electronic music scene since 1992, Brown Sneakers very first official release arrived in 2003 on the Grammy Award winning DJ and producer Stonebridge’s imprint, Stoney Boy Music. The track was called ‘Siente El Vibe’ and it became an anthem across the White Isle. From that time on, Stonebridge would become a mentor and friend to Brown Sneakers.
Brown Sneakers might well have begun his affair with music as a respected DJ, but it’s as a producer that he is most well known. His track with “the voice of House music” saw Roland Clark put him firmly on the map with widespread club and radio support from Defected Records Sam Devine, Global Dance Session UK, Ibiza veteran Jonathan Ulysses to name a few.
Brown Sneakers has spent his life in the pursuit of making great House music. He has found success on high profile labels Stoneyboy, Hotfingers, Nervous Records, Ministry Of Sound along with numerous international tours across Europe and abroad whilst recently signing to the respected DJ Agency, Slected by Mona Rennalls.
Regardless where he plays – Brown Sneakers always brings groove to the people!
Creator and main man of minimal kids & Wired….
It’s been a whirlwind three years for Dublin man Gavin Lynch better known as Matador. From initial beginnings as a sound engineer and DJ in his native Dublin, the dedicated producer has plotted a carefully devised route right to the forefront of techno in just three short years. The organic evolution of Matador’s productions has been clear for all to see, the cultivation of his instantly recognizable sound an intrinsic part of his journey from humble beginnings. Perc Trax and Cocoon were early stop-offs before Matador found his artistic home with Minus, the much respected stable of the legendary Richie Hawtin and the perfect outlet for an adventurous producer like himself, a label which has had a substantial impact on his flourishing career.
The initial break came on Hawtin’s Plus 8 thanks to a driving monster of a remix for Bryan Zentz’s D-Clash which announced Matador as one to watch in dance circles. Following that up with a debut EP on Minus was perfect opportunity for Matador and the success of his Kingswing release gave him the impetus to launch himself fully into the world of techno. With staunch support from Mr Hawtin himself, Matador became a regular fixture on the Minus lineups around the world. On the production front he followed his debut venture up with a succession of well received EP’s and releases on Minus including the likes of Lamana and Dikspring as well as the much lauded Spooks EP, five tracks which truly encapsulate the Matador sound. 2012 proved to be a productive year for the Dublin man with a constant stream of quality output helping cement his place as a rising star amongst the techno community.
During this time he also began to hone his live performance setup, incorporating midi controllers, samplers and effects to create a formidable live show perfectly tailored to his needs. His outgoing personality, combined with the vibrant nature of his music has helped him engender a unique party atmosphere at his live shows, something techno fans around the world can attest to.
Underneath the Enter banner, Gavin has been a regular resident performing extensively in Ibiza over the past three seasons and at Enter events all over the world from Brixton to Amsterdam and farther afield in Los Angeles and Miami. Performing at Enter has also given Matador the chance to perfect his live performance and his successes here were reflected by fact that he was anointed Best Live Performer Ibiza 2014 at this year’s DJ Awards, recognition of his dedicated efforts in a live setting.
The past two years have seen Matador continue his studio prowess with a string of releases including a remix for techno legends Dubfire and Oliver Huntemann and a new EP for Minus in Zoles which was a 5 track salvo for his label of choice. 2014 saw the producer indulge his love of remixing with a remix for Depeche Mode a particular highlight. 2014 also saw Matador’s Versions EP come to light, inspired by the many sounds that influenced him as a young DJ, the EP gave new life to a number seminal dance tracks including most interestingly The Chemical Brothers – It Began In Africa. Many of these tracks were included in his recent Essential Mix.
With renewed focus on the studio this year as well as a primed touring schedule its clear the Matador name will continue it’s inexorable rise. A new EP on Minus is imminent and an artist album for 2015 has been confirmed, something that will no doubt excite the growing fan base of the charismatic Irishman. His love for live performance will also be indulged with a new live show almost ready to be rolled out, something that will bring a smile to the face of the many Matador fans who have crossed paths with him over the last three years, connecting with him and joining him on what has been an incredible journey. It appears that the coming months will provide a plethora of seminal moments for one of techno’s most notable mavericks!
Jared Simms, Voytek Korab, & James Teej are My Favorite Robot
The MFR vision is simple. Ignore the norm and broaden the definition of electronic music in order to deliver it to as many music lovers as possible.
My Favorite Robot is the trio of Jared Simms, James Teej, and Voytek Korab, three Canadian DJ/producers who in a space of a few short years have become a central part of the global electronic music scene.
Simms & Korab originally formed the My Favorite Robot act in Montreal back in 2002 and the label in 2008, shortly after Jared’s move to Toronto from Montreal. At the same time, the duo hooked up with the No19 Music crew and James Teej and a new chapter in Canadian music history was born. Teej, who was already recording for Rekids and other influential imprints, soon became involved in the My Favorite Robot label and a musical affinity between himself and Simms & Korab lead to the duo becoming a trio. Whilst their good friends at No.19 went on to form the massively successful Art Department, the boys at MFR worked alongside them building their own label into a global beacon for quality electronic music.
My Favorite Robot Records has received huge critical acclaim and has released music from the likes of Tim Paris, Jori Hulkkonen, Chloe, Michael J Collins, Kenny Glasgow, Fairmont, Phonogenic, Andrew Grant, & Tiger Stripes to name but a few.
2011 and 2012 saw MFR releases on Visionquest, Life & Death, Crosstown, and Sasha’s new Last Night On Earth label but it’s 2013 that will see the most complete project from The Robots to date with a new album slated for release on No.19 Music in the first half of the year . There are also plans for a series of label driven events around the globe. Already established as a force to be reckoned with, it seems it is now time for the Robots to take on the world…..
As one of the UK’s most exciting acts, Saytek has carved out a unique position for himself over the last few years. Having built a reputation for innovative, improvised hardware heavy live sets that span the house and techno spectrum he is now widely regarded as one of the nation’s very best live performers.
As one of the UK’s most exciting acts, Saytek has carved out a unique position for himself over the last few years. Having built a reputation for innovative, improvised hardware heavy live sets that span the house and techno spectrum he is now widely regarded as one of the nation’s very best live performers. His expertise and confidence in using hardware to create totally original tracks right before the audience’s eyes creates the perfect blend of entertainment and unpredictability. Merely watching him build his live set via an impressive array of hardware including his trusty Roland MC909, Maschine Mikro, a Kaos Pad 3, Pioneer’s RMX1000, the Akai APC 40 and a DJ mixer is a joy to behold. Performing with all of these instruments through Ableton has now become second nature, meaning every twist and turn is controlled effortlessly, creating a dynamic experience for all
Saytek, real name Joseph Keevill, melds a variety of styles mainly influenced by Detroit and Chicago; house, techno, those deep cutting edge sounds that still resonate with so many people today – though, being a Londoner, there’s a distinctly British flavour that permeates throughout his music. It’s an authentic sound that emanates a timeless quality, echoes of the past are evident, yet the future can be heard just as clearly in Saytek’s work. Years of experience in the clubs of England’s capital city, both as a performer and a partygoer, have informed his output and fuelled a recording career that has lasted over 10 years. He built his name at one of London’s most legendary contemporary clubs, The End, alongside regular stints with Ibiza’s seminal Zoo Project. In the last year alone he’s had release with some of the industry’s most respected labels such as My Favorite
Robot, Soma, Monique Musique, Lucid Flow, Love Not Money and Wiggle to name but a few.
Keen supporters of his music include Carl Cox, Seth Troxler, Richie Hawtin, Luciano, Danny Tenaglia, John Digweed, Steve Lawler, Claude Von Stroke, DJ Sneak, Dubfire, Derrick May, Laurent Garnier and Nic Fanciulli.
On top of his regular flow of singles and EPs, Saytek’s series of live albums, initially released via Zoo’s own label and, more recently, through his own Cubism imprint have further bolstered his reputation for innovative projects. The most recent, Live On Cubism II, is a diverse yet cohesive composition which combines flecks of acid with tough analogue Detroit flavours and irresistible bumping Chicago grooves. It picked up the Album Of The Month accolade in dance music bible Mixmag, as well as receiving plaudits from across the board, much like his previous efforts.
A solid reputation means Saytek has a constant tour schedule and an ever growing list of live performances, which includes gigs at many of the world’s best-known and most respected clubs, including fabric in London and Space in Ibiza. With each performance it’s as though you’re watching him in action for the very first time, the passion, energy and dedication to his craft is admirable and representative of a man who sincerely loves the music he creates and performs. This is not a jaded old performer doing it for the cash, but an artist who would put the same amount of effort into a headline festival performance as he would into a 200-capacity show.
A firm fixture in the House and Techno scene, Sonny Wharton has established himself as one of the finest DJ/Producers to emerge from the UK in recent years.
Breaking through by winning a mix-tape competition for Renaissance and DJMag immediately placed Sonny right in the heart of Ibiza’s nightlife with high profile shows at Amnesia and Space, and a weekly residency at Manumission whilst capturing the attention of key industry press and aligning him alongside the likes of Nic Fanciulli in Mixmag as a ‘Future Hero’.
Sonny’s skillful ability to captivate the audience with his energetic performance and diverse track selection is what prominently positions him behind the decks of many of the world’s biggest clubs and festivals. Whilst sharing the bill with everyone from Laurent Garnier and Steve Lawler, to Armand Van Helden and Eric Prydz, Sonny consistently delivers on a global scale playing everywhere from Pacha, Sao Paolo and the Berlin Love Parade in Germany to London’s legendary Ministry of Sound and the iconic Glastonbury Festival. Holding international residencies at both Club Octagon in Seoul and Solidaritet in Stockholm, Sonny’s DJ career has been solid from the start.
With his unique and intricate production style, Sonny’s signature sound has been strongly supported by BBC Radio 1. Originally showcased by Annie Nightingale Sonny continues to receive regular rotation from Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Danny Howard and most notably Carl Cox who chose Sonny’s single “Raindance” as his ‘Ibiza Tune Of The Summer’ for Radio 1’s Review Show. It’s this level of tastemaker support that see’s Sonny release his music across a range of high-calibre labels and the catalyst to his long standing relationship with Brighton based Skint Records; a label that see’s him sit side by side with the likes of Dave Clarke, Tim Deluxe, and Tiga.
Year on year Sonny continues to expand on his creative capabilities and his now reputable capacity in the studio has seen him collaborate with X-Press 2, DJ Chus and Roland Clark whilst remixing for a broad array of artists including Morcheeba, The Temper Trap, Frankie Knuckles and Fatboy Slim who subsequently named Sonny as his “producer of the year” firmly strengthening his position within modern Dance Music today.
Steve Mac – UK house music producer. Also one half of The Rhythm Masters along with Rob Chetcuti
They set up Disfunktional Recordings in 1995. The label was mainly a showcase for the pair’s own productions along with artists such as Danny Tenaglia, Junior Sanchez, Paul Woolford, and Giorgio Moroder.
Steve Mac has produced tracks including “Circus Parade”, “Da Canto” and “Lovin’ You More (That Big Track)” for CR2. Mac also remixed for Jamiroquai, Charlotte Church and Simply Red.
In 2008, Mac released the track “Gotta Have Some Fun”; and in September that year his track “Paddy’s Revenge”.
Steve is now the Owner of Black Rock Records.