Jesse Perez is a larger than life character who doesn’t like to reveal too much about himself. Instead his big personality shines through in his music. Whether he was actually conceived in a motel in Little Havana, we do not know. Was his dad a pimp who was ten years younger than him? Probably not. But these are the stories he puts out there. Looking to his music gives more clues about his passions, at least: it is big stuff that is always characterized by a massive serving of bass. No doubt influenced by the bass music of his Miami homeland, he is very much part of a fresh and exciting crew of producers making bootylicious house music with ghetto rawness, percolating percussions and firing vocals that always send crowds wild. His latest effort Fake on his own Mr Nice Guy Records is a big rubber banger with rapped vocals, dirty drums and the sort of attitude that will have dancers in raptures. Before now he has released on essential labels like Hot Creations, I’m A House Gangster, BPitch Control and Eats Everything’s Edible and his music always has a tongue in cheek charm and real sense of humor. It swings and is funky, touches on hip house and often comes stuffed with skewed synths that never fail to make their mark. Certainly one of the most prominent artists in the game right now, his bump and grind sounds are in demand all over the world, and for good reason.
As the garage sounds from south London began to take on their own unique, dark swung direction, it became clear that the nascent scene needed a home. In 2001 Forward>>, dubstep’s founding club, started with Hatcha a resident. It was here he began to up the ante. While other DJs came with a collection of white labels (tracks immanently due for a public release), he arrived with a box of upfront dubplates: unique one-off exclusive tracks. No DJ could test.
Throughout the decade Hatcha’s sets, first on south London pirates then Rinse FM and now Kiss 100, went from strength to strength. His headline slots at Forward>> forged the genre into the form we now know it in. This was in no small part because he had exclusive access to Benga and Skream’s music, before adding three new producers: Mala Digital Mystikz, Coki and Loefah to his arsenal. The destiny of an entire scene lay in his hands, every time he played.
In 2003 he even played a part in naming the genre. Amidst the scene’s key players: the Big Apple camp and Ammunition who ran Forward>> and Tempa, the term “dubstep” (from dubby 2step garage), began being circulated. It appeared in a press release and then on a US magazine cover. Hatcha was then asked to mix the scene’s first compilation that cemented the use of the name: Dubstep Allstars vol 1. He must have done something right: they asked him back to co-mix volume 4.
Since those times Hatcha has gone on to hold down his flagship Kiss 100 show alongside long time MC, Crazy D, DJ across the planet, co-produce with a variety of the scene’s heavyweights and mix compilations such as Ten Tons Heavy for Planet Mu. Catch DJ Hatcha under a weighty system near you sometime soon.
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.