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Kaluki - Solomun, David August, Ooft!, Ellesse, Pete Zorba photo gallery
Here we go once again! For us at Kaluki this is one of our most exciting booking we've ever had. We welcome a talent in Twenty year old DAVID AUGUST.
His first musical introduction was being forced into Piano lessons at the tender age of five years old. As time passed and David’s ivory skills grew, he came to love the instrument and excelled in its classic format.
Alongside him is Diynamic veteran SOLOMUN. Quote from Solomum from weekend just gone: To say it in the same words like david august what a weekend! Totally enjoyed playing b2b with david at watergate (berlin) and showcase in paris..merci.
This is one event not to be missed. Sankeys basement awaits....
Twenty year old David August's first musical introduction was being forced into Piano lessons at the tender age of five years old. As time passed and David's ivory skills grew, he came to love the instrument and excelled in its classic format.
At fifteen David's first steps as a DJ began and it wasn't long before he gained his first residencies. A year later he made his first forays into production and in 2009 he made his first impact on the scene by releasing his 'Praha EP' on Stil vor Talent. This was soon followed by the October release of 'Trumpet's Victory'.
Now David readies himself to take his next step. Having recently earned the residency at Diynamic ´s Club EGO, he prepares to drop his first productions with the Hamburg label. A wonderful four track selection, showcasing the exciting talents of the young producer.
Not many people can say for themselves that they have played alongside Carl Craig. When DAVID AUGUST was just 17 years old, he could already claim that he had not only played with Carl Craig, but DJed alongside big names such as Format B, Troy Pierce or Oliver Koletzki, to name a few.
In 2005, he begins to DJ at friends parties before getting a residency at Hamburg’s BKI club. It is only two years later that he starts to produce his first electronic tracks, releasing his first track one year later in 2008 on Dimmer Records.
DAVID AUGUST’s productions reflect his true love for good music and his knowledge of the structures of music. They are full of harmonies, melodies and – soul. First he produces a few tracks together with Falk Bachert as August & Bachert. After having seen Oliver Koletzki DJ in Hamburg a couple of times, DAVID AUGUST decides to sent the tracks of the “Praha EP” to him with the subject: “Attention, this is not a demo”. His direct and cheeky approach is successful and the track is released on Stil vor Talent Digital in April 2009.
As a DJ, DAVID AUGUST is a very charismatic and enchanting figure. His knowledge in music production and his passion for soulful music gets him to combine old electronic classic with the freshest releases in tech-house, house and techno creating a soulful symbiosis that always focuses on the dancefloor. His mixing has already led him to play clubs such as Romy S Stuttgart, Rote Sonne Munich, Speicher Rostock, Berlins new hot spot Horst Kreuzberg or the prestigious Watergate. We welcome David August to Kaluki.
The word “industrious” is oft overused when it comes to describing artists in dance music and even when correctly used it’s rarely a sign of artistic quality.
When it comes to Solomun however, it’s bang on the mark and has no negative implications for artistic quality. The Hamburg-based, Bosnian-born Croatian has played a major role in redefining European house music in recent years via productions, remixes and DJing which take the very building blocks of house and deftly reconstruct them with a decidedly modern twist.
This contribution to house is partly drawn from a hefty touring schedule gracing the worlds finest clubs alongside an impeccable string of tracks and remixes for the likes of Buzzin Fly, Freerange, Get Physical, Phil E, Mobilee, Dessous, Compost, Four:Twenty and his own Diynamic imprint but it doesn’t stop there....
Having started Diynamic just five years ago alongside long-term friend Adriano Trolio, Solomun has set about developing and nurturing his outlets for music as much as the music itself. Now, Diynamic enjoys the sort of reverence usually reserved for labels three times its age and has been instrumental in allowing some of the new talents in electronic music to shine. Stimming, HOSH, Ost & Kjex, Uner and Solomun himself are just a handful of the artists who have benefitted from their output being wrapped in the label’s distinctive sleeves and the Diynamic appeal shows no sign of waning.
Despite a hugely hands on ad attentive role in developing Diynamic and it’s roster, Solomun has also added the roles of Promoter, Radio Host and Club Owner to his list of job titles and each of these endeavours has seen him succeed and create a formidable reputation for himself.
A weekly radio show syndicated to Ibiza Global Radio, Proton and Russia’s Radiotakt provides yet another platform for some Solomun passion, and his newly acquired Ego Club in Hamburg has been the logical step on from creating some of the best parties in the notoriously competitive club scene in the city. These extensions of his own recording and DJ career certainly show complete dedication to his DIY cause and the music that fuelled its necessity but the formula for the success of each of these extra-curricular activities can be attributed purely to talent.
This talent is pretty unquestionable, too. From the army of high profile fans like Steve Bug, Loco Dice and Ricardo Villalobos through to the critically acclaimed 2009 debut LP, “Dance Baby”, which saw the likes of Mixmag, Electronic Beats and even itunes list in their top albums of the year, the responses to Solomun material are unusually unanimous. If the industry and press mean nothing, then just look to the dancefloors of Watergate, Warung Beach Club, Studio80, D-Edge or Ego where Solomun keeps countless clubbers enraptured with his sounds at Diynamic residencies on a regular basis.
Despite an intimidating amount of roles to balance, Solomun does so much in the same way as he manages the plethora of influences on his music, with a deft touch, a smile on his face and real honest commitment to “doing it yourself”.
Line up in full: Sankeys basement - Kaluki
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