When Len Faki moved to Berlin in 2003, he could already look back at years of fruitful productivity and the management of two highly acclaimed Techno labels: Monoid and Feis. His move to Berlin marked a decisive turning point in his career. With Len Series he founded an independent platform for his idea of Techno music. The basic concept, including its sub labels Figure and Podium, allows him to explore musical depths and artistic freedom.
His strong appearances at OstGut (Berlin) culminated in his residency at Berghain (the former OstGut), a position which further fuelled his open-minded approach as both DJ and producer. The characteristic extra-long DJ sets force him to vary in tone, style and feed him with extra inspiration. At Berghain he also launched his own night on a regular basis to which he invites his colleagues from all over the world. As a logical progression, this night led to establishing his sublabel Podium with releases by Raudive, Shinedoe, Tony Rohr and 2000 And One.
Len Faki’s own tracks “My Black Sheep” and "Odyssee II” turned into massive club hits in the years 2007 and 2008. While Figure originally stood as a platform for Len’s own work in combination with remixes by friendly artists, Podium aims to release original works by both Faki and other artists. It is an open platform catering for a variety of electronic music. Consistent with this orientation, Len will relaunch his label Figure after a short creative break with a diversified repertoire. A broad stylistic range has been and is the main objective of both labels.
In addition to his own labels, Len has also produced a record for the Berghain label OstGut Ton („Rainbow Delta/Mekong Delta“, O-Ton 04), which was heavily supported by a lot of renowned djs. On the back of this record, Len Faki did the hat trick of winning “Best Track”, “Best Producer” and “Best Newcomer” in german Groove magazine’s reader poll in 2007. No small feat at all, as no one ever achieved this before or after. This brought a lot of attention to Faki, culminating in his contribution “Death By House” for the Cocoon compilation H; a track that ruled summer festivals and Ibiza’s debauchery all over.
It also won Len a nomination for the DJ Awards 2008. His communicative DJ style makes him a true gentleman behind the turntables, an artist whose sets are passionate, powerful and never committed to one sub genre or style. His fingertips are like sensors on the Richter scale, and anticipating and triggering eruptions on the floor.
From the amount of time DVS1 spends in the booth at Berghain, you'd think they were grooming him for a residency. That would certainly make sense: with his balance of toughness, variety and emotional range, the Minnesota native is one of the finest acts in techno today.