From: Hamburg, Germany (born in Bosnia)
DJ style: Melodic house
Producer and DJ Solomun began releasing music back in 2005, but his career really took off in 2012 with his first Ibiza residency at Sankeys, Diynamic Neon Nights, and then the launch of his infamous Solomun +1 residency at Pacha the following year. Since then he’s DJ’d at Ultra Europe, Exit Festival, Melt! Festival and Tomorrowland as well as holding down various residencies including Destino and Ushuaïa, whilst Solomun +1 remains one of the most popular parties in Ibiza.
Solomun’s production sound is a compelling, melodic take on house, drawing on techno, prog and electro influences, featuring big metallic synth riffs and emotive chords atop precision-tooled tech-beats. Over the course of his career, he’s remixed the likes of Depeche Mode, Tiefschwarz and DJ Hell and this year turned in great sounding remixes of Marc Romby & Stephan Bodzin, Made By Pete feat. Jem Cooke, and a classy re-rub of Gorge’s ‘Garuna’.
Along with co-founder Adriano Trolio, Solomun runs his Diynamic and 2DIY4 labels, home to many Solomun productions, although throughout his career he’s also put out tunes on Sonar Kollektiv, Compost Black, Pokerflat and more. Diynamic dropped their 100th release this year, and appropriately it was from Solomun himself, his first full EP in three years, the killer three-track ‘Customer Is King’.
Words: HAROLD HEATH