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.”