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Gez Varley first came to prominence in 1990 as one half (together with Mark Bell) of the ground breaking Leeds, UK based techno duo LFO on Warp Records. Their very first record self titled as L.F.O went to #10 in the uk charts(back in 1990) and sold over 130000 copies.
After the group disbanded in 1996 after their second album 'Advance', Varley went on to forge his own solo career path under the pseudonym "G-Man" and under his real name "Gez Varley"on labels Swim, White Noise , K7, Force Inc, Defrag . Gez's distinct sound has continued to inspire many in techno with timeless anthemic classics like 'Quo Vadis' or 'El Jem', which have recently been reissued by Berlin's exciting new (dub-)techno outfit Styrax Leaves and continue to amaze dancefloors after more than a decade. Varley currently lives in Germany and curates defrag/G - his own sub-label of Roman techno outfit defrag.
From his earliest demos to his current position as a key figure in the global techno scene.
Perc (aka Ali Wells) has taken the established forms of the music he loves and twisted them into something
new and fresh.
The key to Perc’s early recognition was the release of ‘Up’ on Kompakt. With its unmistakable relentless rising tone, ‘Up’ lodged itself in record boxes, including those of Richie Hawtin, Luciano,Chris Liebing, Misc, Slam, John Digweed, Green Velvet, Erol Alkan and Steve Lawler and refused to move; inspiring a wave of imitations that continues to this day. Perc’s 2nd Kompakt release‘Headphone Heart’ showed his versatility, mixing industrial-strength percussion with a haunting flute melody, a combination that on paper should never work, but Perc pulled it off with style.
To cement his techno credentials Perc’s ‘Sticklebrick’ EP on Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label made him the first non-Swedish artist to release on the label in 7 years and showed that he could produce to a standard equal to the world’s best.
Building up successful relationships with Chris Liebing’s CLR imprint and Josh Wink’s Ovum whilst unleashing a strong run of releases on his own Perc Trax label has seen Perc’s influence and support grow even further. With each release his sonic experimentation has taken another leap forward without ever losing sight of the dancefloor. 2009’s ‘Throb’ on Ovum and ‘Submit’ on CLR brought Perc his first support from the key Berlin tastemakers and his 2010 releases including ‘BCG’ (Perc
Trax) and ‘Wooden Art’ (Stroboscopic Artefacts) have made him a ‘must check’ artist for those with even a passing interest in techno that refuses to conform to preconceptions.
On top of all of this is Perc’s own Perc Trax label, with over 50 vinyl and digital releases featuring a who’s who of modern techno including James Holden, Nathan Fake, Misc., Peter Van Hoesen, Norman Nodge, Gary Beck, Kyle Geiger, Avus, Mihalis Safras, Go Hiyama, Ripperton and many more. Constantly evolving without chasing trends, 2010 sees contributions to the Perc Trax catalogue from Forward Strategy Group, Milton Bradley, Donor & Truss, DVS1, Kevin Gorman, James T. Cotton, Jonas Kopp, Millie, Derek Plaslaiko and of course Perc himself.
Perc is also in-demand remixer having been commissioned to remix a host of world-class names including Trentemoller, Danton Eeprom, James Holden, DJ Hell, Misc, Phil Kieran, Tony Rohr, Ed Rush, Gary Beck and many more. His most notorious re-rubs include his driving take on Holden's own 'First Light' and his reworking of DJ Hell's 'Buttersaure' that had the cream of Europe's techno scene salivating.
As Perc’s profile grows his booking schedule has become busier and Perc’s travels have covered all of Europe plus tours of USA, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and 4 tours of Japan. Personal highlights for Perc are a back-to-back set with Oliver Ho in Tokyo, his debut at Tresor in early 2010, being part of
the Drumcode tent at Dance Valley and playing on the same bill as Richie Hawtin and Speedy J at 2008’s Queen’s Day party at Melkweg, Amsterdam. Perc currently performs both as a DJ and a live act with each performance moving his vision of techno one step further forwards.
Pacou, geboren 1972, kommt aus Berlin. Als Jugendlicher begann er mit dem Plattensammeln, nachdem er duch zahlreiche Clubbesuche Acid, House und Techno entdeckte. 1993 besass er dann etwa 300 obskure dance-vinyls und fing an, sich Musikequipment für eigene Produktionen zu besorgen. Er bekam die Möglichkeit, neben seiner Position bei Tresor (ab 1995) in anderen Ländern Europas, Australien und Japan aufzutreten. Auf Tresor Records erschienen zu dieser Zeit seine ersten Alben und Vinylsingles. Im September 1998 gründete er sein erstes eigenes Label "LL Records". Schliesslich erschien im März 2000 bereits das 3. Album "State of Mind" auf Tresor, verbunden mit einer ausgedehnten Welttournee. Weitere Veröffentlichungen folgten bis 2001 auf dem holländischen "Djax-Up-Beats" Label und "Konsequent Records" aus Deutschland.
Ein spezielles Projekt erschien auf dem renommierten belgischen "Music Man" Label. 2005 stand im Zeichen der Produktion "Berlin Sessions" für Tresor mit Juan Atkins und der Gründung seines neuesten Labels "Cache Records". Seitdem erschienen dort bisher 12 singles von eigenen Produktionen und befreundeten Künstlern. 2008 gab es erfolgreiche Gastspiele in europäischen Ländern, China und Kolumbien.
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