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Poll 2020: Adam Beyer

Adam Beyer
It’s taken him a while, but Adam Beyer has now firmly cemented his position as one of the biggest names in techno. It’s been 24 years since the Swedish DJ and producer released ‘Drumcode 01’, the simply-styled, debut of Drumcode Records. In those 24 years, Beyer’s Drumcode has become one of the most well-known and recognisable sounds within contemporary techno music: a steely functionalism and echoing power, drawing from the dark, cavernous spaces that command the European club scene.
Even with a year of no touring and plenty of time spent with family, Beyer has been on a tear; Drumcode has released 18 records and counting, including Beyer’s ‘No Defeat No Retreat’, his first solo EP in five years. Written in lockdown, and as the title suggests, the EP reminds Drumcode fans worldwide that this year won’t make Beyer retreat from techno stardom.
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“To help each other, rather than turning on each other.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“Racism has no place in our scene, or indeed anywhere. It all begins with education.”
Can you tell us what the main things you’ve been up to this year have been?
“I have finally built myself a studio and workspace. I have seen my family more than ever, and I’m well rested after 25 years of intense touring.”

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2020-10-20 22:42

“Techno and beyond.”
Best known for: 
“Being a driving force in the techno scene since the ’90s, and founder of all things Drumcode.”

Poll 2019: Adam Beyer

Adam Beyer
It’s been another whirlwind year for one of the biggest names in techno. Adam Beyer, the Swedish techno icon behind Drumcode, once again toured the globe, playing massive performances at the world’s biggest festivals, including Connect, Creamfields, Tomorrowland and Junction 2. He also joined Ultra’s Resistance in Ibiza at the world’s biggest club, Privilege, while touring with the brand across South America to countries like Peru, Colombia and Chile.

Beyer also took Drumcode to new heights, bringing the brand and its artists back to Amsterdam’s NDSM Docklands for the Drumcode Festival, extending the event to two days this year. Drumcode is also returning to fan-favourite locations like Tobacco Dock in London for its annual Halloween show, with follow-on takeovers planned in Warehouse Nantes, Avant Gardner in NYC and Depot at Mayfield in Manchester.
When Drumcode the event brand isn’t wowing spectators in-person, it’s churning out hit after hit as a label, with Layton Giordani’s ‘Chrome,’ Enrico Sangiuliano’s remix of ‘Camaruge 2019’ and Luca Agnelli’s ‘Apollo’ all sitting in the Beatport Top 100 charts at time of writing. “I’m not satisfied until it’s perfect,” Beyer told us in a profile earlier this year when talking about his label. His tireless work ethic seems to be paying off.

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-18 12:30


Poll 2018: Adam Beyer

Adam Beyer

From: “Stockholm originally, but now I live in Ibiza with my family.”
DJ style: “Techno and all associated styles.”
Best known for: “Being a driving force in the techno scene since the 1990s, and founder of Drumcode Records.” 

When Adam Beyer says that he was “busy touring this year and doing some new shows with Cirez D”, it’s quite an understatement. The founder of the Drumcode label and one of the architects of tough Swedish techno during the late ‘90s traversed Europe and the US this year, bringing the sound of Drumcode to well-known clubs and festivals like Berghain, Cocoon at Pacha, Creamfields and Tomorrowland.

Speaking of festivals, 2018 also saw Drumcode put on its first festival in Amsterdam in August. Run in association with Awakenings and spread across four stages, it featured well-known names like Beyer, Pan-Pot, Joel Mull and Dense & Pika sharing the line-up with emerging stars like Amelie Lens and Boxia.

It sold out months in advance and “was a huge success,” Adam tells DJ Mag. On the production front, Beyer was also busy. “I’ve also been writing and releasing some new music,” he explains, referring to his split releases with Bart Skils, Layton Giordani and Green Velvet. The label also released an acclaimed artist album from Italian producer Enrico Sangiuliano, and Drumcode supported upcoming artists on the seventh instalment of its ‘A-Sides’ compilation series.


Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-10 14:22