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Young Sebastian Riedl almost immediately fell for his Commodore 64 when he found out that he could make beats with this machine. And later he continued this love affair with his Amiga 500, sampled all his Metal records, added the necessary beats and pumped the loops right into his ears. At that time, he thought Techno was dumb, but the Metallica iron-ons on his jeans jacket were cool. What followed was an E-guitar, crazy loops, a horrible band with an even more horrible band name.
But after a couple of years, Basteroid would see the light, or better the big city, or even better: Cologne, its DJs, live acts, KOMPAKT, MPC 200XL, Samplitude...and finally, at the turn of the millennium, together with Metope and Konfekt, the well-known label Areal Records was founded. At that time, Basteroid would paint childish, squeaky, technoid images, and up to now his paintings are used as cover art for all Areal releases.
In February 2003, Basteroid came up with his first smashing hit "Against Luftwiderstand", a really snotty track and perfect for Berlin. Soon he started touring throughout Europe, Russia, Ukraine, USA and Israel. More releases and hits followed, such as "Rabimmel", "Error del Disco" or "Reaching Betriebstemperatur", "Dawaj Dawaj" on Sender, and a number of remixes for Misc, Client and Depeche Mode for the album "Suffer Well" (Better Days Remix).
There is no doubt that Basteroid's sound is unmistakable, yet always with a strong focus on sound arrangement and club functionality. "Formerly" known for his rather brute and individual rave monsters, Basteroids focus has shifted and is now on more quiet - or even housey - tunes.
Together with Metope, he runs the labels "Areal Records", "IRR" and "AR", and is responsible for the labels' overall visual appearance.
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