Trapez is a sublabel of Traum Schallplatten, the Cologne-based powerhouse run by Triple R (aka Riley Reinhold) and Jacqueline Klein.
Home to five separate imprints: Traum, Trapez, Trapez Ltd, My Best Friend (aka MBF) and MBF Ltd, Traum Schallplatten have had recent releases by artists including Dominik Eulberg, Cosmic Sandwich (aka Steve Barnes), Nathan Fake, Audio Werner, Jeff Samuel, Oliver Hacke, 3 Channels, Daso, Break3000 and emerging artists Alex Under and Shane Berry.
In Triple R's words, "Trapez stands for clublife, sweat and beats", functioning more as DJ tools.
Roland M. Dill:
What can you say about an artist who grew up in the sheltered village of Bergisch Gladbach, a suburb of Cologne, and who has enjoyed a classical music education since his childhood?
Who next to his training on the piano, trombone and alphorn has also won numerous prizes on "Jugend musiziert", operated for years as a choirmaster and also worked with various church choirs?
These are the exact types of boys who are drawn to the untamed and juicy techno beats that can push a sound system to it's limits. This is also what our Roland decided to do. He has been schooling his ear for techno since he is thirteen years old and became to be a enthusiastic supporter of the Detroit school from an early age. He started to worship artists such as Charles Siegling, Jeff Mills, Thomas Brinkmann and Riley Reinhold. Very soon, he came to own analogue synthesisers and music software. He then tried himself as a producer. So far so good.
But in order to be a good techno producer, one needs a good label and a good mentor. Roland found this with Trapez ltd and Riley Reinhold. After a confirming nod from Riley, the first release happened in February 2008. Since then Roland has proven himself as a distinctive composer that produces with analogue instruments and rarely employs the usage of various music programmes. His method of producing has proven it's worth at the latest since the big successes of remixes from Minilogue's "Space", Aquilinas "Disco Bus" or Extrawelt's "Im Garten von Eben".
Roland's music is rhythm on a high level. He does not want to function as a ambassador and thus convey a message. For him, techno is functional. He is fascinated when the crowd can delve into the atmosphere of his music and this can be anything - from the highly ordered structures of total minimalism right up to the wild sample and effect chaos of general bass type sequential harmonies and total atonality. He enjoys the freedom of being able to move within this musical freedom.
Giorgio Cadamuro AKA Blind Minded, one of the most eclectic emergent producers of the underground techno music scene, developed his lure for music since tender age. Having grown up around instruments, records and scores due to his fathersâ€™ lifelong musical passion, he went from an early age classical training to a teenage-hood fuelled by beats and rhythms as a percussionist in House clubs. He enjoyed all sorts of music, but is surely a son of the 90â€™s Techno music.
Then one day, flicking through radio channels, he stumbled upon Marcus Intelexâ€™ How You Make Me Feel on Radio DJ in Italy. At that moment, earlier sentiments converged into a deepened feeling that electronic music was where his heart really was. Drum & Bass and Hard Techno took over his life, with horizons of knowledge and inspiration broadened thanks to Techno Icons like Metek, Bandidos, Spiral Tribe or Babylon Joke. He began his artistic career into the illegal rave party scene in Italy, collaborating and performing with Soundsystem, Altered Beats and Knockout Soundsystem.
In 2004 he moved for a short stint in London, to explore and immerse himself into Drum & Bass â€“ and here, his mind was opened up by the dense concentration of music styles, different cultures and ethnicities. He got inspired and his desire to deeply learn production skills and techniques drew him to Sydney, where he got a degree at SAE in audio engineering and ran a weekly underground radio show called â€œMarinated Showâ€ in Bondi FM, playing Drum & Bass, reggae and hip-hop. The real turning point of his career dovetailed when he redirect all his efforts towards techno music, putting on a side Drum & Bass, it was his coming back to London. He returned on a high from the previous experience here, with the intention to stay and establish himself from the bottom-up - starting from recording studios as an assistant engineer to other producers and eventually getting down to work with old-time friends Italoboyz.
His first appearance on the Techno music scene was, indeed, a remix of Italoboyzâ€™s Body and Soul on Trapez Ltd. Soon after his first solo release, Tekatek, he published another two EPs on the same label (Underground Life Ep, Mr. Propre Ep), one EP for Monique Musique (Shoujei Morning Ep) and then recently joined Moon Harbour (Bekeke Ep). Blind Minded became a live-performing resident at Lo*kee, one of the craziest and most acclaimed after-parties in London, and made appearances as a DJ in Fabric, Cable and some other uber-cool parties, such as Wilde Renate and Golden Gate in Berlin.
Audiences are tuning into Blind Minded, as confirmed by the inclusion of two of his tracks in the Circoloco Compilation â€œThe Next Levelâ€œ in the summer of 2011, and by reviews that describe his music as â€œthe return of what used to be of the Detroit sound, blended with modern spontaneous changes in mood and crossovers which will put a smile on your faceâ€. His live sets are hi-energy and rich in melodies. After just few minutes of his music, you can always feel his background in the details that he maniacally exposes during his performances; capturing people interest both musically and visually - you wonâ€™t see many people playing the Theremin live these days.