When he first emerged in the mid-’90s, Umek was associated with the loop techno sound. Nowadays he’s far more visible as a key resident at Carl Cox’s Space Ibiza Revolution parties, and as a headliner at countless gigs and festivals across the world.
Accordingly, there’s a house music timbre to his sets nowadays. Still, Umek remains an anomaly in the Top 100, one of the last bastions standing strong against the EDM tide.
He claims he’s returned to his techno roots this year. “I’ve really enjoyed coming back to my own 1605 label after a while, re-launching my classic aliases Zeta Reticula (electro-infused techno; check out ‘Fonon’) and Alba Patera (techno) along the way. Maybe that wasn’t so obvious but I’m really enjoying exploring electro and proper techno realms right now.”
He’s enjoyed some big back-to-back sets with Spanish selector Coyu in 2015 too, at Ultra Europe and in Ibiza at Join The Revolution, and “a never-ending world tour with approximately a hundred gigs, including some top class clubs and festivals in Europe and the USA”.
Straight off the back of his Radio One Essential Mix, Pryda associate Jeremy Olander has put out this fantastic progressive house and techno mix for Pioneer's DJsounds series.
After playing the massive Pryda Madison Square Gardens gig at the end of 2014, Jeremy is heading back to the US for a five date tour - the dates of which are listed below the video.
Henry Saiz has kindly given us his new production, 'Haunted Girl Canyon', to premiere on the DJ Mag soundcloud — and it does not disappoint. Henry is a Spanish producer/DJ who is renown for his live show. The Spaniard is one of the most talented producers around on the scene today, he also never limits himself to just one genre — in the past he has released a mixture of tracks in genres including tech house, disco and electronica. It's safe to say Henry likes to keep challenging himself!
DJ Mag grabs a chat with DJ/producer Ben Pearce just before he takes the 20-minute walk from his Manchester home to his studio. He's got a few things on the go and will probably dip into whatever's inspiring him when he gets there.
When dance music’s beloved don Carl Cox lauds your music, you can rest easy knowing two things: you’ve got real production chops and the burgeoning DJ career you were hoping for will assuredly be a fruitful one.
Nicole Moudaber started out promoting parties in her native Lebanon, before eventually ending up in London. However, after buckling down in her studio with the discipline of a monk, she exploded onto the scene almost immediately in 2009 as techno’s force to be reckoned with.