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PROPAGANDA! 018: AGARIC (Ovum/We Are) GERMANY
Patrik Skoog isn’t only one of the youngest veteran techno and house producers from Sweden, he’s also one of the most interesting and inspired. Though incredibly versatile, the sustained energy in his sets and productions are equally exceptional. In the last two years, Agaric established the Club Tracks 10” series on his label We Are.
Besides his own stellar productions, collaborations with close friends Shonky, Walker Barnard, and Ed Davenport have also graced the Club Tracks series.
International support came from leading DJs like Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, Loco Dice, Ben Klock, Luciano, Joris Voorn, Magda, Laurent Garnier, Sven Väth, and Adam Beyer. Above all, his productions were championed by Josh Wink, who went on to sign his album debut, “Who Made Up The Rules,” on his Ovum imprint.
After more than 100 vinyl releases, Patrik Skoog can look back at quite a history:
His harder Techno project Headroom on his label Native Diffusion, releases on Synewave, Loop, and many more long forgotten underground labels in the 90s and early 2000s left his first mark for those who know. From 2005 on, he evolved into his deeper Agaric project, with releases on his internationally celebrated We Are label, Adam Beyer’s Drumcode, Truesoul & Mad Eye, Raum…Musik, Sunset Diskos, Nummer, Kontra Musik, Treibstoff and Liebe Detail.
As a technical DJ with a magical sense for momentum and selection, he’s been playing worldwide for more than 10 years, while his equally as stellar Live sets are one of the few that can rock a crowd throughout its duration. Relocating to Berlin in 2007, he quickly established himself as a celebrated constant inspiration, be it for extended Bar25 after hour sets, or club nights in Watergate, Arena, and Berghain’s Panoramabar.
In 2011, Agaric continues to develop his trademark ethereal touch to classic Detroit and Chicago influences. Aside from further releases on his We Are label, he is slated to release further collaborations with Walker Barnard in mid-2011.
Agaric’s mature, yet free floating approach to club music culture promises not only sweaty nights (and days) on the floor, but also peace of mind and revelation for the searching soul.
MARTINEZ (CADENZA / MOON HARBOUR) DENMARK
Martinez, by birth Martin Swanstein, was born in 1981 and raised in the southernmost part of Sweden. At an early age he discovered techno and house music. Since he already played various instruments it was a natural progression to begin producing music himself. He also got into DJing and started hunting down techno records and got into mixing. Some years later, a demo tape earned him the opportunity to develop his production skills in the Wrong Steps studio in Stockholm, where he co-produced some of his own tracks together with the French producer Manuel Perez. One of these early tracks later appeared as “Late Night Groove” on Martin's debut 12" on the Swedish label Deeplay Music.
In 2000 Martinez moved from his small hometown in Swedish to the more open musical climate of the Danish capital, Copenhagen. This encouraged him to put even more time and energy into his music productions and not long after this he landed a record deal with the renowned Guidance Recording label in Chicago. First out was the “Laidback Grooves EP” with its mix of Deep House and Broken Beats and two more EP were to follow. Martinez earlier work includes remixes for Danish pop/house act Filur as well as Silicone Soul, Jussi Pekka, Dibaba, Spiro Projecto and later Underworld, Luna City Express, Miss Kittin, Mathew Dear & Seth Troxler, Joel Mull, Leon and his remix of Nathan Fake's “The Sky Was Pink” was a big hit in the DJ world.
Martinez's sound begun in the deeper & jazzier fields of electronic music. In the middle of 2003 Martinez began to feel a stronger passion for the techier and more experimental sounds of house music. He started to work more with samples and electro-based sounds as well as introducing something he's coined as "Cosmic House" - a spacey house sound mixing up tech, atmosphere and colorful melodies. Not long after this Martinez received a call from Steve Bug interested in a release on his deep/tech house imprint, Dessous Recordings. This resulted in the "Skywalker EP”, which didn't disappoint and inspired a whole new side to Martinez's music, edgier and more twisted, the more so the better!
In the summer of 2004 Martinez launched his own label, Out of Orbit Recordings, which has been a platform not only for his own music, but for his friends too: Trentemoller had a huge success with Beta Boy/orb003 and Zvukbroda, Nima Gorji, Robert Babicz, Jussi Pekka & Robert Leiner have also released material. Martinez also released two tracks on the Berlin based Get Physical label and in 2005 “Shadowboxing” came out on Steve Bug's new imprint, Audiomatique Recordings. In November that year, Martinez also released a vinyl only album called “Internal Space” on his Out of Orbit imprint. It was praised and played by Sven Väth, John Digweed and Loco Dice to name a few.
Towards the end of 2006 Martinez's music taste and productions began to develop in new directions again and he ventured deeper into his love for the minimalistic techno oriented sounds. More stripped down and focused on fewer sounds. After a while in the studio experimenting with this sound he launched a new label called: “Re:connected”, an output for Martinez's more minimal and techno oriented productions. Martinez's first two releases on Re:connected exploded and were highly supported by major international DJ’s such as: Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Loco Dice and Miss Kittin. 2007 witnessed the continual success of productions in this vein and that year he released his second full length album, "A Chemical Imbalance" in November. This release is a modern techno album with influences of ambient, Dub early Deep House, influenced by his love for the label Guidance.
From that point on Martinez’ releases developed more and more towards Minimal Techno, until in 2008 when he returned to a more housy style, kicking off with his release “Momowha”. Finally, in 2010 Martinez released his third album “The Paradigm Shift” on Moon Harbour Recordings. On this album Martinez rides the perfect balance between Dancefloor and Chillout tunes. Mainly influenced by Chicago House, "The Paradigm Shift" also covers Techno, Breakbeat and dubby Downtempo sounds.
Martinez great skills as a DJ along with impeccable taste, has given him a strong DJ reputation worldwide. He's often seen in the booths of various quality clubs and parties around the globe. He’s played together with major DJ's such as Michael Mayer, Miss Kittin, Guido Schneider, Onur Özer, Loco Dice & Sven Väth, in clubs such as D-Edge in Sao Paulo, Crobar in Buenos Aires, Amnesia in Ibiza, Space in Ibiza, Pacha in Ibiza, Fabric in London, Cocoon in Frankfurt and Panorama Bar in Berlin to name a few.
SUPPORT BY NEW YORK FAVORITES:
AGENT ORANGE NYC
Gotham Grooves - www.agentorangenyc.com
New York City Native, Agent Orange NYC (Ara) has been performing around the world for the past 20 years as a DJ, Live Act, Producer and Audio Engineer. His music has been released by legendary house and techno labels such as: BUSH, Vandit, Plant Music,Terminal M, Circle Music, Duplex, Teggno, Electrik Soul & Gotham Grooves, among many others. He was voted 1st runner up by Christian Smith for a Beatport remix contest in March of 2012.
He has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious clubs and events like main stage at the Ultra Music Festival during Miami’s WMC, famous afterparties during Detroit's Movement festivals to legendary boat parties in Ibiza, concerts and clubs in S.Korea, festivals in North and South America. He's collaborated with some of the biggest names in the underground and commercial EDM scenes.
(Younan Music/ TKC / Nervous Records) NYC
If one word can describe Jean Pierre, it would be without a doubt "PASSION". Born and raised in New York City, this Queens native has lived, breathed, and enjoyed the last 8 years of his life playing Music. From Deep House to the craziest and darkest techno beat, Jean Pierre has been digging for those solid records that make his sets stand out in a world full of DJs.
At the young age of 24, JEAN PIERRE has graced the stage not only in his hometown but numerous cities in South America and Europe including, Pamplona (Spain), Frankfurt (Germany), Cali (Colombia), Bogota (Colombia), Guayaquil (Ecuador), Pereira (Colombia), Quito (Ecuador), Cuenca (Ecuador), and Girardot (Colombia). He has represented New York strong in the past two years at the BLACK & WHITE FESTIVAL in Colombia, one of the biggest electronic music events in South America with a crowd of 6000 people and more.
Gotham Grooves - http://djbecka.com/
Ranked as one of the Top 100 Female DJ’s in the world in the Shejay Top 100 Female DJ’s poll, Becka has been exposing her eclectic style to the masses for the past two decades. She has played at events across the US, Europe and South America, alongside artists like Adam Beyer, Sleeper Thief, Miss Yetti, Adam X, Agent Orange, and Funk D'void, just to name a few. Her unique blend of electronic music styles has left those witnessing her sets clamoring for more.
A few of the most important places where Becka has played are: Fuse (Brussels, Belgium), Metropolis (Paris, France), Montuno Vibes (Ghent, Belgium), DEMF (Gotham Grooves) (Detroit), Tronic Treatment (NYC), Limelight (NYC), the I Love Techno 1st Anniversary party in Caracas, Venezuela, Pacha (NYC), Zoo Project in Ibiza, and many others.
Inspired by her partner, ARA, Becka began co-producing tracks with him, as well as working on solo projects. Their first release together is featured on Gotham Grooves 009-Orange Slices EP. Their second release, a remix of the track Lifestyle by Magnifica, was played by DJ's such as Eric Morillo and Sander Kleinenberg. After several releases and motivated by her love of the studio, in 2006 Becka launched her own label, Gotham City Recordings. The label features releases by artists including Agaric and Marko Nastic along with her own productions. GCR has already been experiencing the success that takes many labels years to achieve, seeing the first two releases charted by some of the biggest players in the industry - Dave Clarke and Marko Nastic. She continues pushing the GCR brand, but also the ARA & Becka sound, releasing on labels such as Teggno Records, Lift'in, Beenoise, and their greatest achievement, Paul Van Dyk's Vandit.
As a result of the growing demand in Europe, Becka relocated to Spain with partner ARA in the summer of 2006. It was there, that she continued with her studio projects and now performs her live show "ARA & Becka" while continuing to DJ around the world.
TRILOGY - http://www.trilogynyc.com/
Giovani, under the name of DJ Switch, started his musical career in 2000, 3 years later he won the Human Pattern and The Riddle DJ contest in April, 2003, then had his first residency in a small underground club called "Subroyal" in Bogotá, Colombia.
In 2006 Giovanni moves to New York where he has played ever since his arrival ratifying his sometimes‐quirky, somewhat‐spacey always‐banging style of mixing, earning respect among the industry members and fans.
In the big apple Giovani had a residency in Bar 13 www.bar13.com, In company with Alvaro Bueno and Juan Karrasquilla founded the Biatch Corp collective that, in july 2007, started as techno parties and in 2008 was established also as a recording label. In 2009 Biatch Corp collective is selected between the top 5 techno parties in New York by the Time Out New York magazine, great accomplishment in the constantly struggling New York scene.
Giovanni spreads his Techno knowledge among different projects around the city and hold special respect as a founder member of the corporation.
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