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.
Words: RICHARD BROPHY