For those who couldn't make it last edition with Pedro and Cristi, let me tell you.. It was amazing!! Cristi cons warmed up the crowd, when he succeeded this he started playing back 2 back with his romanian brother. This was one hell of a performance! Many thanks to all 500 people who came out and were part of this great Kontrast edition.
Now for our last edition before our 'summerbreak' we invited one of the best producers from the underground scene THOMAS MELCHIOR (perlon / berlin) and the romanian talented youngster PRIKU (arpiar / bucharest)
So this will be our last Kontrast edition in Fuifdok untill our 2 YEARS celebration in september (what will be our biggest party so far!)
During the summer we will go back to were it all started in CHAOZ with some smaller parties and ofcourse our resident DJ's will make a lot of guest appearances at other parties / afterparties / festivals so stay tuned and celebrate our season closing party on the 19th of may at fuifdok!
further down some background info on thomas and priku.
THOMAS MELCHIOR (Perlon / Berlin)
Born in Germany, Thomas Melchior was raised in the USA, Spain and finally England. At school he also started his musical career as composer/singer and keyboardist before moving to London where he soon formed his first Jazzfunk five-piece band (Blipvert Bigtop). Releasing records on his own Label (Earworm) they performed in London warehouses, clubs and pubs.
After becoming a father, Thomas's next project Ohm experimented with and fused electronic and funkadelic sounds with soul and jazz. Ohm's ‘Heady Volt Experience EP’ had a strong influence on the later emerging trip hop scene...
But times were a changing and Melchior moved on to pioneer and explore other moods and grooves. With the arrival of a computer, he began to discover the world of reduced music making, leading him to work and hang out with weird beat master J. Saul Kane (Depth Charge, Bomb The Bass), introducing him to the early London acid house and warehouse underground where he hooked up with people like Peter "Baby" Ford, Mark Moore, Big Audio Dynamite, Carl Craig etc… soon he was on his way to making tripped out electronica:
In '92 Thomas hooked up with multi instrumentalist Tim Hutton and started recording as Vulva/Yoni. Quickly Vulva caught the attention of the Mr Aphex Twin Richard James and his Rephlex label, who promptly released the now legendary ‘From The Cockpit’ album. Vulva/YONI basked in the lights of success releasing records on San Fransisco's Reflective and David Moufang's Source Records as well as playing alongside Armando, Aphex Twin, Black Dog (Plaid), Autechre, Global Communication, Orbital etc.
As the years went by Thomas' musical interests shifted towards producing more minimal deep- and tracky style house tunes and after touring the USA as member of Lady Miss Kiers' (Deelite) band this wanderer moved to New York in 1996 familiarizing himself with some of the American house and techno scene before returning to London.
Meanwhile the record releases slowly mounted under various pseudonyms namely M-core,Deepah, Sunpeople, Soul Capsule and as part of the Ifach Collective, etc.,
His more personal London speed garage influenced deep hypnotic and sexy micro house cuts set a new manifesto on his label Aspect Music in 2000 and various releases on Perlon and Playhouse followed
Throughout Thomas's musical life he has stayed dedicated to the underground, maintaining a low profile, allowing him to stay clear of trends and instead continuing to influence new artists and sub genres.
PRIKU (Arpiar / Bucharest)
Adrian Niculae, or more covibrating Priku, spins the deck since 2004, starting '07 he's been a full time member in the Sunrise family and this was the point when all the fun got loose alongside Marco Carola, Zip, Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Troy Pierce, Pascal FEOS, Monika Kruse, Tania Vulcano, Cassy, Sascha Funke and of course the bros, cousins and in-laws from the sunrise, meaning the Arpiars, Kozo, El Cezere, Dan Andrei, Praslea ... and co.
2008 caught him straight in Ibiza's Underground at a smashing gig landing him, one year later, in Florence, Rome, the beloved Kazantip festival in Ukraine, Croatia and last, but not least, at Silo, in Belgium. A remarkably talented young man, constantly handling an addictive to dance on groove, always distinguished at Sunwaves, enjoys all the appreciation of the colleagues and clubbers and he's convinced into fully bettering his style towards his own productions.
All in all, the end of 2009 brought him his first release, fresh details regarding music, coming soon. By all means, do course him at events in town, he'll fire your heart and tire your legs. Honour bright.
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