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This month features a NYC exclusive DJ set from Axel Bartsch!
All About Axel:
Axel Bartsch entered the scene as an organizer of techno events in 1992 after playing funk and hip hop in clubs since the 1980s. In 1994, he made himself known as a producer when he set up a studio and the Syndrome Audio label together with his mate and co-organizer Asem Shama. As a techno DJ, too, Aki (a.k.a. Axel Bartsch) gained valuable experience at his own parties and in various other clubs during that time. In 1996, he delivered his first releases on other labels such as Bush, Planet of Drums and Head in the Clouds until he met DJ Goodgroove, then A&R of Harthouse. He then signed Aki and Asem as Vanguard to his fresh label Frisbee Tracks for which they provided the very first release. Other Vanguard releases followed, dropping hits such as Dort Wo Alles Begann, the album Alles oder Nichts and remixes of CJ Bolland, Chris Liebing and Thomas Schumacher. On Schumachers label Spielzeug, the first of four Drumfiles 12 releases appeared, and all were total floor killers. The peak of this series is marked, with the appearance of the album Drumfiles 3rd Level Bundle in 2003. However, their biggest commercial success was achieved by the Vanguard remake of Queens classic track Flash. The track made the top 20 of the German and British single charts, and also topped the charts of other European countries. At the end of 2004, the second Vanguard album 1bit Bass was released, and the corresponding limited single release Feieralarm entered the personal charts of DJ's such as Sven Vth, Chris Liebing and Tobi Neumann. Apart from several other Vanguard releases and remixes, he is increasingly concentrating on his respective solo career. In April 2005, Axels first solo release Galaxy, to which Mathew Johnson also contributed a track, was put out by Cologne label Kompakt/Speicher. Following his great success, Kompakt Extra/Speicher released 32 Was Bleibt Ist Musik comes out autum 2005. But the two Speicher-Releases are just the vanguard of the new Axel Bartsch sound, cause the smooth and successful cooperation with the colognes led to the establishment of the label "Sportclub in November 2005, owned and managed by Axel and Franco Zeiger and distributed by Kompakt. The label presents the outcome of their personal notion of techno philosophy, outside what was already issued by the Vanguard and Spielzeug projects. The first releases are Zeiger & Bartsch Sportclub 01, Axel Bartsch Sportclub 02, Zeiger & Bartsch Nakombi (SC04), Axel Bartsch Hola Guapa (SC05). In March 2006 the Kompakt Maxi 134 Light In The Dark hits the scene, which is a worldwide dancefloorkilla. At the same time more of his work appears on the Berlin labels Style Rockets and Barbarella Music as well as remixes for Christopher Just among others. Along with his steadily growing reputation and popularity, the number of his performances as a DJ and live act is rapidly increasing, leading him from numerous clubs in Germany to other European countries, and to such far-away places as Brazil and Japan.
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