Pole (live) (Pole/DE)
Joy Orbison (Hotflush/Swamp81/UK)
DJ Lab (Echocord/Culture Box)
Henrik Koefod (GETME!)
Joy Orbison's brand of garage-house has been celebrated for finding a sound that marries elements of house, two-step, jungle, techno and dubstep. Alongside the release of the gargantuan "Hyph Mngo" (released on Hot Flush in late 2009) and material on his own imprint, Doldrums, notorious mixes for Radio 1 and Ministry have only served to cement Joy Orbison's renown.
"The clear, pure dancefloor high this formula provides is unarguable" - WIRE
"Somehow euphoric yet mournful, banging yet sad, drenched in keyboards, and rhythmically straddling the previously uncharted terrain between dubstep, garage and house." - Guardian
"A euphoric and percussive wet dream." - Dazed & Confused
"Every time the two introductory notes [to Hyph Mngo] ring out in a darkened room, it's impossible not to stifle a smile or hide your excitement at the drop that awaits." - Resident Advisor
Stefan Betke aka. Pole was born and raised in Düsseldorf, where he played keyboards and synthesizer in different band projects. It was in Cologne that Betke began work on his acclaimed and influential trilogy "1", "2" and "3", completing it in Berlin after moving there in 1996. He released the trilogy as pole between 1998 and 2000. During this time, he also became a mastering engineer for vinyl and cd at Dubplates & Mastering.
In 1999, Stefan Betke and Barbara Preisinger started their label ˜scape, which became an imprint for unique and outstanding electronic music made by artists such as Jan Jelinek, Deadbeat, Kit Clayton, pole and many more.
The same year Stefan Betke left Dubplates & Mastering to open up his own studio for cd and vinyl pre-mastering called scape mastering.
After releasing two 12 inches and an album on Daniel Miller’s famous Mute label, his well respected solo album “Steingarten” came out on ˜scape in 2007, supported by worldwide concerts at festivals and in clubs in UK, Japan, USA and Europe.
In mid 2008, Betke re-issued his earlier trilogy as a triple box set on ˜scape to keep this milestone in electronic bass music available.
While Stefan Betke was continuing to play live shows around the globe as well as produce electronic music and remix artists, he and Barbara were still running the label ˜scape on which the critically acclaimed "Round Black Ghosts" compilations were released in 2008 and 2009: two collections of tracks that blur the line between dubstep and techno.
At the same time, Stefan Betke co-organized Unsound Festival’s “Connections” project in Minsk, where artists from Europe, including Pinch, Kadebostan, Jacek Sienkiewicz, pole and more collaborated for one week with local Belarusian artists. This project ended in a cd release called “Connections”.
Since then, Stefan Betke has been asked regularly to share his knowledge with students and musicians/producers in workshops at festivals and universities, such as Mutek/ Montreal, Unsound/Krakau, Merz Academie/Stuttgart, AKG Scholarship of Sound/Berlin, just to name a few. While Stefan Betke was expanding his musical output, he still was doing mastering for renowned producers such as Richie Hawtin, Daniel Bell, Norm Telly, Scott Furgeson, Delano Smith, Josh T. Pearson, Erasure, Apparat, Grinderman, Gudrun Gut, Thomas Fehlmann, The Mole, Mathew Jonson and various labels such as Mute, Third Ear, Minus, Wagon Repair, Leaf and many more.
So it became a logical step that in 2009 Stefan Betke bought a Neumann VMS 70 cutting lathe to again offer vinyl mastering for producers in club and electronic music .
Recently, pole´s live sets developed into a funky and grooving dance floor direction presented in clubs like Fabric/London, Watergate/Berlin and The Bunker/New York CIty, as well as festivals like Bestival/Isle of White, Bloc Festival/UK and Mutek/Montreal, while maintaining the pole sound design and creativity for his record releases.
A series of 12” is planned for the 2nd half of 2011 and 1st half of 2012, beginning with a 3 track ep on his new artist label “pole” in October 2011, and a digital re issue of his full back cataloque.
These forthcoming releases will reconnect pole’s latest sound visions with his earlier work on the edge between electronic club music, urban dub and avantgarde, the sound for which pole was always well known and respected!
As the next step in the evolution of a legendary producer, on September 1st 2011, Stefan Betke is founding a new artist label named “pole.”
Made for the music of pole, this new imprint will keep Betke’s large back catalogue available, as well as give his forthcoming releases an autonomous structure for experimentation and creativity.
For over a decade, Stefan Betke has been working as a label owner, publisher and mastering engineer, contributing his experience to the development of electronic music.