THE ELECTRIC FROG & PRESSURE RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL CONFIRMS EVEN MORE ACTS FOR THE 2016 ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL IN SCOTLAND
By on February 8th 2016
Kerri 'Kaoz' Chandler one of deep house music's originators, has been injecting soul into music since the early nineties. An ambassador of the natural and instinctive 4/4 beat, Kerri's influences can be traced back to New Jersey growing up in a family of jazz musicians. His father being a respected deejay, provided Kerri with a rich background in the origins of soul, disco and the New York Underground Sound (known also as "Garage" music). Accompanying his father to the gigs, Kerri began playing records at the Rally Record Club in East Orange, New Jersey at the tender age of thirteen. Exposed to such musical creativity, it wasn't long before Kerri found himself interested in production.
Since the signing of his first single "SuperLover/Get It Off" by Atlantic in 1991, Kerri began producing a prolific body of work that has helped coin him one of the most respected house producers in the world. This has been achieved by remaining true to his style. When listening to tracks such as the "Atmosphere EP" on Shelter Records and the seminal, "A Basement, Redlight and A Feeling" album on Madhouse, one has to marvel at Kerri's ability to not compromise his unique sound for commercial gain. His ability to blend tradition and innovation produces avant-garde music with soulful roots reaching back into the history of Afro-American music. Tradition as in the soulful roots of Jersey house, innovation as in his use of streamlined sparse arrangements and technology, Kerri masters rhythm and space piecing together vocals and instruments with uncanny precision delivering beautiful monster jams.
Julio may have appeared to burst on to the scene in late 2009, but the lead up to the Julio Bashmore EP for Claude VonStroke's highly influential Dirtybird label was essentially a lifetime in the making. Siphoning the tastes of his older brothers through hip-hop cassettes, Julio's interest in electronic music began in earnest after hearing Daft Punk's "Da Funk", which was handily around the time that turntables arrived in the house via his elder sibling. There was something Julio warmed to in the typically French approach Daft Punk and Cassius took to house music composition, and his earliest vinyl purchases reflected this. Aged 14, a battered old PC and a copy of Reason became Julio's very first 'instruments.' He later experimented with synthesizers and guitars, playing in bands for a brief period, but by the time he was old enough to experience club culture firsthand, Julio had made the realisation that DJing was the true vehicle in which to deliver his music.
Norman Cook achieved most success producing dance music under a number of different names, and in his roles as a club DJ and in-demand remixer.
This musical chameleon grew up in Surrey and began to DJ when he moved to Brighton to study for a degree. After playing bass guitar with the Housemartins, he had his first success as a solo artist with a remix of Erik B And Rakim’s ‘I Know You Got Soul’ which reached number 13 in the charts in the late 80’s.
In the 90s, he formed Beats International, who achieved a UK number 1 in February 1990 with ‘Dub Be Good To Me’, and later Freak Power (with Ashley Slater), who reached number 2 in the UK charts in March 1995 after their ‘Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out’ single was featured in a Levis jeans commercial.
Sven Väth: is a man whose commitment has influenced electronic music all over the world. A global player, the DJ possesses the most legendary reputation imaginable. As the charismatic head of Cocoon, he is an enigmatic figurehead of the German techno scene, passionate DJ pioneer and one of the biggest names in global techno today.
Laurent Garnier has been making the planet dance for almost 30 years. And, for all these years, his boundless energy has seen him grooving behind record decks, bouncing up and down behind studio equipment and leaping around radio studios. He is a multi-faceted artist whose impact on the music scene is far-reaching. But above all he is a DJ, a true DJ: transformed by music, passionate about the crowd. Bodies move in a trance on the dance floor, minds elsewhere. Yet he is also an explorer of old and new sounds and has an amazingly rich musical culture. He spends most of his spare time sifting through old vinyl in record shops, following the most obscure leads on the internet and listening to every single piece of music he is sent. Music, the pulse of our planet, is his Holy Grail.
It was DJing that gave 36-year-old Dimitri his start more than a decade ago, when the European radio station CFM hired him to mix records on the air. Because of what he describes as a lack of dance remixers in France, his career in radio led to his being asked to rework tracks for various artists, among them Björk, New Order, and the Brand New Heavies. Along the way he was hired by chic fashion designers like Chanel, Gaultier, and Lagerfeld to put together soundtracks for runway shows and boutiques.
Rødhåd has been socialized by Berlin's looptechno nights and always finds the perfect balance of timeless techno to lift the dancefloor higher and higher. His style is always deep, powerful and melancholic - from dub to techno and back to house.
At the the end of the 1990s Rødhåd laid the groundwork for his DJ-career. He organised small open-air-parties in the outskirts of Berlin just for the fun of it. The word spread quickly far beyond Berlin’s and Germany’s borders about the new kid on the block. His specific style, consisting of Dub-Techno mixed with percussive grooves and his timeless, perfect mixing technique garnered him widespread recognition.
You never know exactly what you’re going to hear with Jackmaster. The element of glorious surprise is crucial to his sets: from the lost Dance Mania gems he spends his time unearthing to forgotten Disco tracks to straight-up house and techno sets, the Numbers co-founder has more options up his sleeve than just about any other DJ out there – and a rare knack for connecting seemingly disparate styles with each other. “I don’t do eclecticism just for eclecticism’s sake,” he states firmly.
What you are guaranteed to get is a master selector’s instinct for creating and riding the energy of a crowd: few can get a dancefloor as hyped as Jackmaster. “I don’t think about music in terms of genre, I think about it in terms of energy levels,” he says – and as his star has risen over the past few years, this has been on perfect display at parties from Glasgow to Berlin to New York, and from superclubs such as Berghain and Fabric to legendary underground warehouse parties.
Label heads Dan Monox & The Wasp launched Dixon Avenue Basement Jams in late 2012 and in since then they have established themselves as one of the most exciting labels in house and techno. The Glasgow based imprint go for a quality over quantity approach and have released show stopping EPs from burgeoning underground talent Marquis Hawkes, Vernon, TX Connect, Denis Sulta, Modini and Jared Wilson.
As expert selectors and technical DJs, their mixes have found homes and acclaim on Rinse FM, Boiler Room, XLR8R, Juno Plus as well as rocking the best clubs across UK & Europe.
They keep things simple, rugged and real and in their own words they bring you ‘real rockin’ raw shit from the street for the clubs’.
SLAM: 2014 is fast becoming one of the biggest years in the career of the dynamic Glaswegian duo, SLAM. With their fifth album, 'Reverse Proceed', heralded as one of the best electronic albums for years, the two legendary producers continue to demonstrate why they are such an important part of modern day electronic music. SLAM instigated Glasgow's underground house music scene in the late 1980s, going on to be instrumental in the explosion of the UK Techno scene. Their quarter century of exploits have seen them travel far and wide, leaving scorch marks on dance floors everywhere while taking their uncompromising vision of Techno around the world.
Closer to home, since 1997, SLAM have curated the Slam Tent at Scotland's biggest festival T in the Park, with some of the world's best known DJs and live acts playing alongside underground cutting edge talent on their monumental stage. Their firmly established monthly club events in Glasgow â€“ 'Pressure' at the Arches and 'Return To Mono' at the Sub Club - are ranked amongst the best nights out on the planet. Over the last two years, the pair have also developed Slam Radio, delivering some of the best DJs and music that techno has to offer to a massive and loyal weekly following.
As a regular fixture at the world's top clubs and festivals, Glasgow
born producer and DJ Gary Beck has long been established as a primary
figure in techno.
Known and respected for his unique sound, he has gained support from
the best names in the business and released music on some of the
genre's leading labels, institutions such as Drumcode, Cocoon and
Saved as well as his own BEK Audio imprint.
Since his emergence onto the scene in 2007, Beck has accumulated an
impressive list of achievements. Highlights include a BBC Radio 1
Essential Mix and a Boiler Room session, as well as numerous
collaborations with similarly exceptional talents such as Green
Velvet, Mark Broom and Speedy J. 2012 saw the release of his seminal
debut album 'Bring a Friend' on the legendary Soma Records label.
For DJ and producer Ilario Alicante, all recent successes come down to one thing: he started clubber, still considers himself a clubber, and he will always maintain that vital link with the dancefloor.
Ilario’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric. A record-breaking Time Warp debut at the tender age of 15, acclaimed productions for Cocoon Recordings, Cécille Records and SCI + TEC Digital Audio, and famed sets over the past two Ibiza seasons, have all firmly established him as one of the scene’s most serious new contenders.
Seemingly out of nothing, through dust and with no bang, Vril appeared on the scene. His music made such beautiful noise that it instantly found his place on Marcel Dettmann’s selection for his “Conducted” CD and on Ostgut’s release schedule. His sound is a search for the evergoing movement, exploring a never stopping energy. Once he catches you in his groove it will shine so bright you won’t be able to escape it.
Tales of his live sets being heard at the Fusion Festival and the Berghain all share the same common feature that it was an as euphoric as energetic travel in sound. His recent release on Delsin records has been acclaimed and played everywhere, while his highly anticipated debut album “Torus” from 2014 contained some great surprises.