From the mad genius of one Icelandic security expert and a former American politician comes a musical group dedicated to the debaucherous worship of all the good things that can happen in a dark crowded room with good lighting. With music influences from across the dance music spectrum and serious dedication to all things not serious, Thugfucker brings the party to the party. And to the afterparty. And the after-after party. And the... well, you get the idea.
Former international aid worker teams up with Icelandic security specialist and former top model to create an international DJ supergroup. Certainly not what you'd expect from a group called Thugfucker - but then Greg Oreck and Holmar Filipsson often do tend to defy expectations.
One a New Yorker transplanted to Europe, the other an Icelander transplanted to New York. Both from a strong musical background with an almost obsessive dedication to the art of wild party instigation.
Growing up on an Icelandic commune full of some of the country's finest political thinkers, Holmar eschewed his past and all the heady philosophy of his childhood to move to New York and search out more physical and visceral methods of bringing happiness to the masses.
Meanwhile Greg was in the midst of a successful (if short-lived) political career in America when he too became disillusioned with the duplicity and self serving interest of those around him. Disturbed by the void he saw in most people's lives, it was in the dark depths of the New York underground club scene that he finally found his true calling.
Unbeknownst to each other, Holmar and Greg then propelled themselves along similar paths, throwing parties, honing their musical & studio skills and searching out inspiration from a wide variety of musical sources.
Then one late night, in a cloudy alcohol fueled discussion about the plight of the genetically Rhythm-Blind, Holmar and Greg recognized the depth of their shared passions. Thugfucker was born.
When Thugfucker's single, "Disco Gnome" was released in 2011 it marked the beginning of the highly respected Life and Death records and very quickly, lots of little gnomes were found in the boxes of some of the best DJs worldwide. It received widespread play in all kinds of clubs around the world from DJs as varied as Seth Troxler & the Visionquest crew, Jamie Jones, Guy Gerber, Loco Dice, Sasha, Pete Tong and many many more. It remains to this day a favorite of clubbers worldwide.
Following this came another collaboration with friends and label mates Tale of Us, this time in the form of an EP for Visionquest. With two tracks, "Morgana" and "Step Aside" (featuring Scott McCloud of Girls Against Boys), this collaboration also got lots of love from DJ's everywhere, not to mention being named an 'essential' track by Pete Tong on his Radio 1 show..
And in the meantime Thugfucker have been busy traveling the globe playing extended back to back DJ sets at some of the best clubs and parties worldwide. From Panorama Bar to Fabric to BPM and Sonar and Coachella to DC10 and Output and Katerholzig and many more. If you haven't partied with them yet then you probably haven't been trying hard enough to have a good time. You should definitely try harder and join them.
In addition to music and parties, Greg is also a co-founder of Life and Death alongside partners Manfredi Romano (DJ Tennis) and Matteo Milleri (from Tale of Us).
Holmar has also just founded a new label called YAH! with co-conspirators James Healy and Pete Sung.
Thugfucker are currently preparing their next EP for Life and Death due out in the not too distant future.
Selected discography Thugfucker
with Deniz Kurtel & Pillowtalk "Blackness" - Wolf + Lamb - 2012
with Deniz Kurtel & Pillowtalk "Wake Me Up" - Wolf + Lamb - 2012
as Life and Death "Step Aside/Morgana" - Visionquest - 2012 (with Tale of Us and feat. Scott McCloud)
Thugfucker "Disco Gnome" - Life and Death - 2011
Thugfucker "Ahh" - Thugfucker Recordings - 2007
Thugfucker "Hundred" - Dialect Battle - 2007
Thugfucker “Blatant Promotion” - Brique Rouge - 2007
Thugfucker "Are You Ready 2 Rock?" - Thugfucker Recordings - 2006
Thugfucker "Disco V / Knight Rider" - Thugfucker Recordings - 2006
Thugfucker "Not A Remix" - Brique Rouge - 2006
Thugfucker "The Dance" - Was Not Was - 2006
Thugfucker "Pocket Rocket" - Music For Freaks - 2004
Thugfucker "Bodyshaker" - Moodmusic - 2004
Adeline "Under the Moon" (Thugfucker Remix feat. Greg Paulus) - Culprit - 2013
Lopazz & Casio Casino "I Feel Love" (Thugfucker Remix) - Get Physical - 2013
Shiny Objects "Just Fabulous" (Thugfucker Remix) - Smoke & Mirrors - 2012
Mike Monday “Zum Zum” (Thugfucker Remix) - Great Stuff - 2008
Kasper Bjorkë “Doesn’t Matter” (Thugfucker Remix) - Plant Records - 2008
Antipop vs Asia Argento “Vampy” (Thugfucker’s Desire Remix) - Refuge - 2008
The Remote "Like You" (Thugfucker Remixes) - Global Underground - 2007
Compuphonic "Analog Sparkles" (Thugfucker Remix) - Dirty Dancing - 2005
Dan Berkson "Easy" (Thugfucker Remix) - Gourmet - 2005
Scandal, Inc "That's A Good Look" (Thugfucker Remixes) - Coma - 2006
Malente "New Jazz Go Home" (Thugfucker Remix) - Unique - 2005
Sasse "Flame It" (Thugfucker Remix) - Moodmusic Limited - 2005
Justin Harris "Whoa Pampas" (Thugfucker Remix) - Tombone Vibrating Music - 2007
Gwen Maze "Soul Place" (Thugfucker Dub) - Dialect Battle - 2007