We are thrilled to be back in Barcelona for our annual Iberian appearance, during Sonar weekend. On Thursday, June 13th we will be taking over the Almogavers 86 warehouse – located in the Villa Olimpica district, the space provides the ideal setting to host some of Berlin, Detroit and Münich's most celebrated talents.
On the week of release of his new collaborative album Borderland, Berlin techno founding-father Moritz von Oswald will inaugurate the night with his unique dj / live hybrid performance, offering sonic landscapes that quite simply, only he can bring forth.
Münich icon and Gigolo head-honcho, the one and only DJ Hell will announce his next project to be released on Tresor Records. Still kept a secret to this date, the contents of what will be a landmark in the artist's emblematic career, will be revealed during his DJ set in Barcelona.
Lenny and Lawrece Burden – aka Octave One – have been a core fixture of the Tresor Records catalogue as well as of our Berlin establishment since the very beginning. Bringing their entire hardware assortment wherever they go, the Octave One live set is the most solid performance to have come out of Detroit in the last 25 years.
Regis' dj sets know no equal. Between his ever-innovative solo work and many collaborations, as part of Sandwell District, O/V/R and myriad others, the British producer is one of the most mysterious and prolific talents around.
Integrity, concentration and grit could most definitely be the guiding forces behind Dario Zenker's walk of life – this is exemplified in the sound of the "Lion in Mars EP" produced with his brother Marco for Tresor Records. Dario will take this special night into a radiant denouement.
Tresor club resident HGR will set just the right atmosphere from the very start.
*MORITZ VON OSWALD aka MAURIZIO:
Moritz von Oswald (born 1962), who was one half of both Basic Channel and Maurizio, is a German multi-instrumentalist who went on to become one of the most influential record producers of techno music in the 1990s.
Von Oswald was born in Berlin, Germany. In the 1980s, he was percussionist for Palais Schaumburg and Associates, but moved into electronic music by the late 1980s. He did this first in 2MB and 3MB (with Thomas Fehlmann), and later he co-founded the Basic Channel label with Mark Ernestus, whose various releases came to epitomize minimal techno. As part of the Berlin/Detroit axis, Basic Channel characterized minimal techno along with other artists like Robert Hood, Jeff Mills, Mike Banks, and UR. Living in Berlin, von Oswald was also part of a music scene that pivoted around the Tresor Club and record label, as well as Hard Wax, the record store founded by Ernestus. Basic Channel and Maurizio records are characterized by a 4x4 beats with dub-inflected syncopated synth pads slowly modulated over time, most 12"s containing tracks that take up the entire side of each record. Their work was influential for Richie Hawtin, Thomas Brinkmann, Robert Henke (aka Monolake), Wolfgang Voigt, and later through artists whose records were released on the label Chain Reaction Records, part of the Basic Channel family.
His work with Mark Ernestus as Rhythm & Sound fused his interests in dub reggae and techno, where Jamaican vocalists sing or speak over stripped down techno beats and bass. His most recent releases are with the Moritz von Oswald Trio, where he 'conducts' Max Loderbauer (Sun Electric) and Sasu Ripatti, aka Vladislav Delay. The Moritz van Oswald Trio released Fetch in July 2012.
Octave One featuring Random Noise Generation is the brainchild of Detroit's Burden Brothers. The core unit of the band is made up of Lenny and Lawrence Burden with revolving members of Lynell, Lorne, and Lance Burden.
The band first appeared on the compilation 'Techno 2: The Next Generation' (alongside Carl Craig, Marc Kinchen, and Jay Denham) in 1990 with the track 'I Believe' and have since released over one hundred records, many on their own record label, 430 West Records. They are best known for the single 'Blackwater' featuring the vocals of Ann Saunderson, which was licenced to over thirty compilations.
Octave One have worked with such artists as Derrick May, Underground Resistance, Eddie Fowlkes, Juan Atkins, Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir, Members of the House, Terrence Parker, and The Martian. They have remixed tracks for such artists as Massive Attack, Akabu (Joey Negro), DJ Rolando (Jaguar), Steve Bug, John Thomas, The Tramps, Rhythm is Rhythm, and Inner City.
*REGIS (sandwell district) :
Karl O'Connor is most certainly Regis and it is also highly probable that he propagates other pseudonyms . This has only added to the greater mythology surrounding the influential Downwards label that he has run with fellow art terrorist Peter Sutton ( Female ) since 1993. Unconventional and single-minded to say the least ( what label can boast a back catalogue free of the industry standard cash cow remix ) by decentralising the focus on the dj/producer personality, he remains one of the more highly regarded creative forces within the British techno/electronic scene. Degenerate art indeed.
An unequivocal industry visionary, DJ Hell's career has embodied and then transcended his many guises: Anti-Superstar DJ, International DeeJay Gigolo Label Boss, GQ Man of the Year, Playboy, Jetsetter, Bon Viveur, Munich Machine, New York Muscle. Seeing, and envisioning - that is of enormous relevance to Hell. He managed to convey pure artistic prowess as well as pure style during his thirty year DJ career. The individual look, the do-it-yourself approach, the elitism. That's how it grew.