Quarion, Ocean Lam, Fresh Funky S
“For some reason,” says Yanneck Salvo, “after exactly 10 years of producing under the name, I feel that
I’m coming back full circle to why I started QUARION in the first place“. Salvo’s production alias Quarion
first emerged in 2006 with the spellbinding debut Karasu EP, which became the secret card up the
sleeve of house heavyweights like Âme and Dixon. 2016 has proven to be another milestone in his everchanging
career; coming full circle with an invitation to join the esteemed Innervisions roster for its
acclaimed Secret Weapons series, the release of the cosmically-charged Knocking At The Door Of The
Cosmos EP on Ripperton’s Tamed Musiq imprint, a deep rework of Kim Brown’s Nabi, and further remix
heat for Session Victim and Marbert Rocel.
Already a veteran of Swiss music’s cross-pollination back in 2006, with accolades across Nu Jazz,
Techno and Hip-Hop beatsmithery, the genesis of Quarion stems from a life-changing tour of Japan.
That eye-opening experience inspired a new widescreen perspective of expression, and revealed a
specific devotion to deep dance music. « Karasu » laid down the blueprint signatures that would set
Quarion apart over the next decade: loose-limbed precision, soaring melodic narratives, hypnotic
rhythms that sit in the pocket yet fuel momentum with an organic flow.
After his relocation from Geneva to Berlin in 2007, a path was cleared for new ventures. Already a
member of the closeknit Drumpoet Community crew, Quarion co-founded the vinyl-only Retreat imprint
with his close friend Hauke Freer from Session Victim, both of these labels becoming the main outlets for
his uniquely hypnotic house music.
After turning out a massive remix of Jamie Lloyd’s “May I“ on Future Classic in 2008, Quarion’s indemand
reworks have continued to breath fresh air into house and techno cuts by Dirt Crew, Agnes,
Oliver Deutschmann or in more recent years for labels such as Suol or George Fitzgerald’s
A solid reputation as a deep-digging selector has followed Quarion since the very beginning, and taken
his DJ sets to many corners of the globe. He held a longterm DJ residency at beloved Berlin nightspot
Tape Club, while running the tiny but mighty Retreat parties in a small basement club in Berlin’s
Kreuzberg district. DJing and touring occupied his nights, as bookings at About Blank (Berlin), Rex (Paris)
and Womb (Tokyo) followed, alongside tours of USA, Australia and New Zealand. Now a well-heeled
alumni of clubs such as Panorama Bar (Berlin), Concrete (Paris) and Zukunft (Zurich), Quarion regularly
takes the stage for a passionate DJ set, or one of his hardware-only live performances.