Be it dusty midweek house, heady anytime techno—and about everything else in between—Dario Tronchin has made his presence known as the constantly evolving Chevel.
Hailing from Treviso, Italy, in 2009 a teenage Tronchin made his first move to Berlin—a city that would recall him again and again in the subsequent years. The electronic capital’s clubs and record stores made their immortal impression; Tronchin bought his first set of gear and wrote the Stroboscopic Artefacts record that would quietly launch his career. His mature palette and intuition struck a chord with label chief Lucy, who made a set of his early analogue works the very first Monad release in 2010. It made sense, then, for Chevel to open proceedings at the Stroboscopic Five Year show at Berghain in 2014, hot off the back of ‘One Month Off’, Chevel’s long-awaited follow-up EP for the label. This was in fact his third Berghain outing following sets with Non Series—his other main ally—and a lasting prime-time debut the summer before.
In 2012, now back in Treviso, Tronchin launched Enklav. with a back-to-back flurry of own productions. Totalling four EPs brimming with five to seven tracks each, the cache of abstract works covering everything from cavernous acid-dub to subaqueous house flaunted the true depths of Tronchin’s abilities. These were followed-up by ‘Apply Within’, Tronchin’s first full-length record, again self-released through Enklav. The label has since grown into a 10-strong collective of pensive club music lovers with an affinity for lush, analogue sound. Together they’ve hosted several showcases around Italy with roster artists and associates of the label. And in March 2013 Enklav. went vinyl with Tronchin’s own ‘Rediscovery’ release.
Monday Night Records is his other initiative, an outlet for moody house explorations under the same moniker. Then there’s Signalweiss, an alias that debuted on the newly-minted Fracture Label with ‘Artificial’ towards the end of 2014. That same year Tronchin turned his hand to a more bass-laden techno sound for Beneath’s Mistry imprint. The potent ‘Tank / Beaviane’ was the result, an idiosyncratic take on the UK sound Tronchin has always been influenced by.
But it’s not all about outer-rim experiments, Non Series is where you’ll find the straightest of Chevel’s techno works. In 2012 he joined the label with ‘Hearing EP’ and has toured with them through Europe ever since. His flair and compatibility with longer formats made him the ideal candidate to write the first Non Series album. ‘Air Is Freedom’ saw Tronchin strike a balance between his freeform Enklav. releases and something decidedly dance floor-focused. Happa and French Fries were then tipped for remixes, released as a two-track EP at the end of 2014. Now there's plans for a third LP, due out on Stroboscopic Artefacts in summer 2015.
It’s an quite an accruement for someone still as relatively fresh-faced as Tronchin. Berghain was his first Berlin gig—the first year he really took to DJing. 2013 also saw him play several times in Paris and at Norberg festival, Sweden. He’s since added Nuits Sonores, Fuse in Bruxelles, Altavoz Festival, Pulse in Venice and gigs at Goa in Rome to the credentials. In 2015 Tronchin will debut in the UK, perform live for the first time at Concrete in Paris, and wield his first seven hour DJ set in Barcelona at Be Cool during Sonar with the Stroboscopic crew. All the versatility he shows on record he brings to the booth, making Tronchin an exciting young anomaly no matter where you encounter him.
Selected discography Chevel
Monad I (2010) Stroboscopic Artefacts
Reset (2012) Enklav
The Building (2012) Enklav
Mondo Wash (2012) Enklav
Elements (2012) Enklav
Apply Within (2012) Enklav
Hearing (2012) Non Series
Rediscovery (2013) Enklav
A Loveable Inciter (2013) Vae Victis Records
London Fields (2013) Muscle Records
Air Is Freedom (2013) Non Series
One Month Off (2014) Stroboscopic Artefacts
Sketches And Drafts (2014) Enklav (freedownload)
Tank / Beaviane (2014) Mistry
Alicia (2014) Stroboscopic Artefacts
E / Falling (2015) Enklav
Backward Loops I & II (2015) Non Series
Monday Night #1 (2013) Monday Night Records
Monday Night #2 (2013) Monday Night Records
Monday Night #3 (2013) Monday Night Records
Monday Night #4 (2014) Monday Night Records
Signalweiss - Artificial (2014) Fracture