After the Kontrast invites friends party's we are ready for the opening of the new season!
▀ ONUR ÖZER (COCOON, Berlin/Istanbul)
Onur’s musicality has formed under the same variety of influences as has his native city, Istanbul - music from Asia, Europe and the Middle East shaped the rhythms and melodies of his childhood and youth. This cultural diversity still comes radiating through in all of Onur’s musical output. At the end of the 90s, Onur began to be seduced by electronic music, when Istanbul developed a thriving tech and minimal house scene in whose center Onur started his career as producer and DJ at the beginning of the new millenium. In 2003, he already held various residencies in Istanbul’s best clubs and traveled abroad to his first performances as a DJ.
In 2005, he released his debut „Freakdisco EP“ on Freude Am Tanzen, followed by „Envy EP“ on Vakant, and he was soon awarded best newcomer of the year by the German music magazine Groove. His next two EP’s on Vakant, „Twighlight“ and „Red Cabaret“, found their way into the playlists of international trendsetters such as Sven Väth or Ricardo Villalobos. In the meantime, Onur also gained Europe-wide fame as a skilled DJ. Sven Väth had already taken notice of him and invited him to play at Green&Blue 2008 – not long after, he became part of Cocoon’s booking roster. Onur lives in Berlin.
▀ DAN ANDREI (ARPIAR, Bucharest RO)
Dan Andrei is another off-hand and refreshing burst in the house musical playground, although he's not influenced by house. Already in the musical field for 5 years now and against the electronic scene he chose activating in, his influences come from rock to hip hop, soul, funk and trip hop.
Even though social networks are artists best friends on promoting nowadays, Dan Andrei dislikes this area extremely, so you might find him doing the warm-up for Ricardo Villalobos and [a:rpia:r], or playing at Sunwaves, rather than on Facebook.
As releases, he has under his name Just Music and Saint Omar, at Be Chosen and Untitled 1 / Untitled 2 and Ramble on / Four Sticks, at Kurbits Records and ofcourse Arpiar 9. Other appearances feature In the mix - Green and Blue, at Cocoon Recordings, 3rd exposure at Exposed Audio, 200709 at Loopzilla and Taram EP, released by [a:rpia:r]. He's definitely in the 'must listen to' list.
▀ PJAY B2B KOEN (KONTRAST)
▀ BART-WOLTERS-BRUNI (KONTRAST)
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