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“In Pulp Fiction, the taxi driver asks Bruce Willis why he’s called Butch. He says ‘I'm American, honey. Our names don't mean shit.’ That’s why I chose it.”
More than a decade into Daniel Stefanik's accidental career, and the core of it remains the same: “To make music, that is when you are in love.” The quintessential Stefanik production style is yet to find its limitations. Dub, house, techno and minimal converge, deepness and melancholy encounter maximalist tones, extravagance is steeped in nerdy sound aesthetics, and it's all executed with his unmistakeable style.
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It all started out with an old PC and a borrowed synthesizer. When Dapayk, alias Niklas Worgt, at age 15 first started playing around in his own studio it soon became his second home. Obsessed with the idea of bringing together his favourite music styles from the early 90s in his productions, his journey led him from Drum ’n’ Bass to House and finally to Techno. Playing ping pong with all those different styles and the fact that he wasn’t willing to commit to just one of them, led to the typical Dapayk sound: groovy, edgy and different.
In 2001 he founded his own label Mo’s Ferry Productions, which reflects his sound: a melange of Minimal, Electronica and Breakbeat. With releases on Mo’s Ferry Prod. and other labels such as Stil vor Talent and Herzblut Dapayk has proven his up to dateness for almost two decades. With more than 10 LP releases and over 50 single releases under his belt, he is one of the main protagonists in the world of electronic music. In 2005 he founded the sub label “Fenou”, as a playground for experimental House followed by “RRYGULAR” in 2006, a platform he created for a more reduced Techno sound. In 2009 “DPK” is added to the label family which serves a clean timeless sound and is also known for delivering collector’s items with its coloured limited vinyl.
While working on those different label projects Dapayk was also able to expand his abilities as a producer, working on his own for Dapayk Solo or his alter ego Marek Bois or with other artists, as for the music of Dapayk & Padberg, which is a collaboration with his wife Eva Padberg. When it’s time to get the best out of their tracks in the studio, he also is the man to count on for other artists like Monika Kruse, Marcel Knopf or Kleinschmager Audio.
Dapayk and his Mo’s Ferry Crew are succesfully staging the I Love Vinyl Open Air to make a statement for their big love - the “black beauty”. Since Niklas has been a worldtraveller with his live act for many years, he knows just what a good party needs. He’s using this knowledge to create a unique atmosphere at his festival which is appreciated by more and more guests and fans each year.
In 2016 a documentary about his work as a live act has been released on youtube. Here Dapayk is also a regular contributor with his „Nerdsession“ series, an online platform he uses to create and present new sounds while working with different machines and companies such as Elektron, ROLAND, PIONEER, Elektron, Arturia, Yamaha, AKAI, Native Intruments, KORG an
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Since 2003, Eva Padberg and Niklas Worgt have been releasing music as Dapayk & Padberg via their label Mo's Ferry Prod. A mixture of Minimal, Tech House and Pop influenced the pair’s sound and resulted in Dapayk & Padberg’s debut album 'Close Up' becoming an overnight sensation in the underground Techno scene, showcasing their fresh sound of velvet soft-rocking vocals and raw-plastic beats. The record pushed Dapayk & Padberg into the Top 10 Album chart and Niklas into the Top 10 Producer charts of leading club music magazines such as Groove, Debug and Raveline.
DJ W!LD’s rise to prominence was no overnight phenomenon. Without hype or fanfare, he has grown from hero of the Parisian underground to resident at some of the world’s most acclaimed clubs, with an expansive discography backing up his formidable DJing skills. Since he began making music, his infectious and inventive house, tech and acid productions have graced the likes of Robsoul, OFF Recordings, One Records, Crosstown Rebels sub label RebelLION and many others, whilst his own imprint W serves as a welcome home for much of his finest material.
As the Frenchman’s stock in the production world rise, so too has DJ W!LD grow in status as a DJ, with Circoloco snapping him up as DC10 resident in 2009 and Sven Väth inviting him to join the Cocoon family not long after. Sonar, Fabric and Panoramabar have been just a few of the other highlights from his hectic touring schedule. As the years roll on, DJ W!LD continues to innovate, with new and exciting EPs and LPs always appearing on a regular basis and ranging from house to downtempo and plenty in between. His other label, Catwash records, also continues to be a bastion of high quality electronic music that releases fresh EPs as well as carefully curated compilations and is much loved as a result.
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It is warm, upbeat, energetic and most of all, irresistible: The Egbert-sound. Egbert VanderGugten is an ordinary Dutch guy, except for the fact that he is THE Dutch techno-act at this moment. In his loft in Rotterdam, Egbert produces one great dance floor track after another. However, no dance floor can hear it. The only witness to the magic he creates are the four walls of his loft until the Dutch techno legend Secret Cinema (Jeroen Verheij) finds him online.
Verheij pulls Egbert out of his loft and gives him, at age 20, a stage to perform on and a record label. It turned out to be the start of an international victory tour.
Having hardly recovered from his first two releases in the Netherlands, Sven Väth calls from Frankfurt: ‘Can Egbert deliver a track for Cocoon, stat.’ Vreugdevuur becomes one of the most prominent releases of 2009 and after that things go fast. Really fast.
The loft quickly becomes history when Egbert closes the main stage of Time Warp, crushes Awakenings for no less than a dozen times in a couple years and graces Club Womb in Tokyo. Additionally, he is a frequent guest in Cape Town, Budapest, Ibiza, Melbourne and Singapore... Not bad for a guy who before his first release only flew in a plane once. But understand that wherever Egbert comes, all (let me repeat: ALL) hands will go up, and they will stay there.
“Very proud of him to be the youngest Dutch techno-hero bringing quality music to dance floors across the globe” - Rocco Veenboer, Awakenings
Egbert sets a new standard when he singlehandedly performs for 6 hours straight in a sold out club Melkweg in Amsterdam. The question is: what is someone who achieved so much in such a short period of time going to do next? No worries. Aside from the fact that he still has a countless amount of tracks waiting to see the world (thank you, loft), Egberts’ ambition and energy are limitless.
Described by Mixmag as ‘probably the techno pages most regular contributor’, Harvey McKay has created a distinctive style with a name that is synonymous with driving, soulful techno.
This summer Joey is coming out with a range of new studio material. One single has been dropped with good friend Rub A Dub called “Jungle Stabbin”, on a Various Artists EP of one of Joey’s favourite labels, D-Floor (run by Leon, Pirupa and NiCe7’s). Another collab single with Rub A Dub is coming up on a VA of upcoming Parisian imprint InMotion, followed by a full collab EP by Joey and Rub A Dub on that same label. Next to this, there’s also a solo single of him, “Crossing Borders”, to be released on the upcoming Summer Sampler on NoExcuse, Rub A Dub’s own label. If that weren’t enough, Joey has got a multitude of solo EPs coming up on various labels – more info on that is following soon..
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Peter Eilmes, one of the most active dj/producer/promoter in Frankfurt - a city with a long and eventful electronic music history. In a relatively short period of time, Peter (a.k.a. Plattenpeter) managed to become a resident dj at several of the most significant clubs in the area. As a party-promoter he has done a lot of grass-roots-work for the local Techno scene and has also been very busy and prolific in the studio. His productions have been released on various respected labels and he has played at globally well-known clubs and festivals such as Tresor, Space Ibiza and Nature One. With his profound love for music and his highly professional work ethos, Peter is continuously building his reputation as a reliable, technically skilled artist with an excellent intuition for the needs of the crowd.
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Whether DJing or producing, the Parisian with the huge personality delivers raw beats influenced in equal measure by classic Chicago house and nu‐school French flair, underpinned with a hip‐hop attitude. His long running Robsoul Recordings also defines him as one of the most skilled label heads in underground house music. In the studio Phil is dedicated to classic hardware like Akai’s MPC 3000 sampler and Roland’s TR909 drum machine. He has released more than 250 tracks and remixes since his debut in 2000, working with labels including 2020 Vision, Music For Freaks, Brique Rouge, Detour, Adult Only and his own Robsoul, which is responsible for the majority of his original output.
Phil’s work can also be found in the collaborations Fries & Bridges (with Hector Moralez) and PS Project/Bubba Beats & Kid Piston (with DJ Sneak). Production highlights include Phil’s three albums ‘Love Affair’ (2011), ‘Yeah I Like That’ (2003) and ‘Raw Instrumental’ (2012), alongside style‐defining singles ‘Hypnose’, ‘It Put Me Well’ and ‘All Day Every Day’. The music has been heavily supported by international dance press including achieving accolades such as MixMag’s and De‐Bug’s ‘Album Of The Month’, while DJs ranging from Danny Howells and Yousef to Mark Farina and DJ Sneak consistently play his tracks.
Behind the decks, Phil has racked up enough air miles to take him around the world several times over, with appearances at the world’s leading house clubs ‐ Queen’s Club, Sankeys, Circus, Ministry of Sound, Back to Basics and Stereo are all regular haunts, alongside his Paris residency ‘Get Underground’ at the infamous Rex Club. Phil has also fully embraced the relationship with his fans and house music fans in general – whether through his popular ‘Underground Chronicles’ video diaries on Youtube or his personal relationships on Facebook. Despite his success Phil isn’t one to brag. To him it’s all about keeping proper house music alive. Which just goes to prove Phil Weeks is a house music purist.
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Popof is a French DJ/composer/arranger. One of the most widely recognized names within the world of house and techno, Popof boasts a worldwide fanbase and has participated to numerous prestigious events.
Hailing from Paris, Popof is one of the most widely recognized names within the world of house and techno. A former member of the Parisian free party underground collective, 'Heretik System', Popof has since been brought to an international stage with countless tours and a now global fanbase.
In 2009, he was voted Best Newcomer artist at the Ibiza DJ Awards and was appointed four years later official mentor of the Paris Techno Parade 2013's fifteen year anniversary, as a “historical actor and witness of the techno scene in France”. An honor that was shared with ex-Culture minister and techno Parade initiator Jack Lang in front of 300.000 participants.
Musically speaking, Popof has worked with a variety of the most respected labels within the scene, from early work on Turbo, Cr2 and Mistakes, the launch of his own label 'Form' in 2009, Sven Väth's infamous Cocoon outlet and most recently his work on Jamie Jones’ Hot Creations imprint. Through the latter, Popof released in 2015 his latest LP 'Love Somebody', a crossgenre album featuring a variety of collaborations with renowned artists such as Miss Kittin. ‘Love Somebody’ has received rave reviews by numerous publications and specialized websites.
One of the most downloaded artists in his category, Popof is in very high demand for his remixes and has worked for famous artists such as Depeche Mode, Chemical Brothers, Moby, BookaShade, Vitalic, Tiga, Maetrik, Martin Solveig and many more. In addition to this he is also behind many official advertisements in collaboration with top international brands.
With an international diary spanning the best of the worlds clubs and festivals, Popof continues to build upon his legacy as one of the industry's greats.
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Both Mathias Kaden and Daniel Stefanik of the DJ duo Stefanik&Kaden like to say of each other: “He’s the perfect back-to-back partner for me.” And the chemistry must in fact be perfect for these two successful DJs and producers to have complemented, surprised, and continually pushed each other for so many years. Mathias Kaden and Daniel Stefanik share a deep passion for electronic music and the liberating energy it releases at clubs and festivals. A sense of joy envelops them whenever they are at the turntables creating their sound magic – with a party that stretches from the dance floor right onto the stage.
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