Dj Set: MICHEL CLEIS
In the space of two short years Michel Cleis has vaulted from being an unknown producer with a handful of vinyl to his credit to one of the hottest artists in electronic music thanks to a tune called ‘La Mezcla’.
Back in 2008 Luciano heard a record that defied categorisation. A sinuous blend of Latin rhythms, tribal drums and an unforgettable Spanish vocal, it didn’t “fit” anywhere – except Cadenza. Luciano signed
‘La Mezcla’ and suddenly the name Michel Cleis was ringing in the ears of Europe’s club cognoscenti, who were dazzled by his unheralded genius.
To know Michel is to understand that only he could have made a track like ‘La Mezcla’ because it embodies the richness and variety of his life and music. Born and raised in the Italian part of Switzerland (contrary to some internet reports, he is ‘100% Swiss’), Michel Cleis speaks five languages, and grew up listening to everything from Miles Davis and John Coltrane to the Beatles ,or Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Battisti. As a student in Lausanne, he witnessed the blossoming of house music with artists like Adamski, Robert Owens and Kid Bachelor. Nevertheless, he did not imagine a career in music. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Michel jokes, “But I didn’t want a normal job.”
Despite a childhood yearning to become a baker, Michel became a practicing psychologist. His love for music never dwindled, however, and he continued to DJ whenever possible. A fateful basketball game pushed him into production – he broke his leg and was laid up at home for three months. “I was afraid of going crazy,” he recalls, “So I bought a sampler and started playing around with my records.” Michel’s passion and knowledge of music, developed over long years of listening and DJing, came bubbling to the surface and quickly resulted in releases on labels including Rekids, Supplement Facts, Buzzin’ Fly, Aus, Strictly Rhythm and – of course – Cadenza.
Michel credits Luciano with championing ‘La Mezcla’ and turning a personal masterpiece into a worldwide hit. “I never expected it,” he says modestly. Always eager to move forward, Michel is currently working on his debut album, which he envisions reaching beyond the confines of the dancefloor. “It won’t be ‘just for clubs’” he assures. Meantime, he is touring and joins Cadenza at Pacha and Ushuaia in summer 2010.
Selected Discography: ‘La Mezcla’ (Cadenza- Strictly Rhythm); Spencer Parker ‘The Beginning’ (Michel Cleis Remix) (Buzzin’ Fly), ‘East of Eden’ (Supplement Facts), Cortney Tidwell ‘Palace’ (Michel Cleis Remix) (Aus), Skunk Anansie ‘Because of You’ (Michel Cleis Remix) (One Little Indian),Baeka”Right at it” (Michel Cleis deeper and club remixes)River Ocean feat. La India “Loveand happyness” (Michel Cleis remix) (Strictly Rhythm)
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The Room26 project was born in Rome by a group of entrepreneurs who share a long friendship, a great love for music, dance, art and long national and international experiences in musical and artistic entertainment.
The Idea was immediately creating something that did not exist in Rome, gathering the best around the world by adding passions, visions, and obsessions. Successful activities are based on the correct "interpretation" of the frequenters. Our goal is to create an environment that meets the changing customer taste and expectations, with constant attention to their needs and needs. The ideas behind the project are two: quality and communication. Designed to maximize the Sound, it is named after the "26" ultimate generation CROWN amplifiers, housed in "room26 the heart of the project, our pride. Room26 is proposed as an aggregative container where visitors can enjoy events related to art, culture and music and where training activities will be carried out with the aim of creating a real contact with the creative potential of the artist irrespective of the demands of the Art and Music Market.
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Il progetto Room26 nasce a Roma da un gruppo di imprenditori accomunati da una lunga amicizia, smisurato amore per la musica, il ballo, l’arte e con lunghe esperienze nazionale e internazionali di successo nell’intrattenimento musicale e artistico. L’Idea e’ stata da subito creare qualcosa che a Roma non esisteva, raccogliendo il meglio in giro per il mondo aggiungendoci passioni, visioni, ossessioni. Le attività di successo sono basate sulla corretta “interpretazione” dei frequentatori. Il nostro obiettivo è creare un’ambiente che soddisfi il mutevole gusto e le aspettative dei clienti, con una costante attenzione ai loro bisogni e alle diverse esigenze. Le idee alla base del progetto sono due: qualità e comunicazione. Concepito per valorizzare in modo assoluto l’elemento Suono, prende il nome dai “26” amplificatori d’ultima generazione CROWN , alloggiati appunto nella “room26 il cuore del progetto, il nostro orgoglio. Room26 si propone come contenitore aggregativo in cui i frequentatori possano fruire di eventi legati all’arte, alla cultura, alla musica e in cui verranno svolte attività di formazione che avranno come principale obiettivo quello di creare un vero contatto con il potenziale creativo dell’artista a prescindere dalle esigenze dettate dal Mercato dell’Arte e della Musica.
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