The Zenker Brothers, Nat Alexander, provoda
Shanghai's longest-running techno collective VOID invite two major players in ideosyncratic techno to Elevator.
Two Munich brothers growing up with hip hop, reggae and dub, suddenly found themselves in a thriving nineties rave scene. A love for house and techno and the vibe of these parties was forged; turntables were purchased, and suddenly they were on the other side of the dancefloor. In 2007 they founded the label Ilian Tape with some long lasting friends, in order to establish a platform for their own productions, and in 2012 they started playing their notorious B2B sets. Rooted in the legacy of Detroit and Techno, House, Dub, Rap Music and Breakbeats, the two brothers managed to define their own trademark sound over the years with their own productions, and their own way of running a label by building a foundation with patience. Besides focusing on Ilian Tape they have released records on labels like Tresor and Marcel Fengler’s IMF imprint. In 2015 they released their first album, Immersion.
The brothers never forget their roots, where they came from and the essential meaning of a well-known Munich proverb: “Live and let live”, so they bring the musical legacy of their hometown into the new millennium, shaping and forming it the Zenkerian way towards something very unique and – even more important – connective.
"Ilian Tape's brand of techno has never been straightforward. Dense and rhythmically complex, it takes in the dubby loops of the label's early catalogue to the high-impact bombs of recent years. The productions and DJ sets of Dario and Marco Zenker, the label's founders, operate in similar terrain. As Zenker Brothers, the pair have released an album and a string of killer 12-inches, all of which feature heavy atmospheres and crafty percussion. These releases, plus solid skills behind the decks, have earned Dario and Marco a dedicated following—they're among the best-loved house and techno artists operating today." - RA
Support from Nat Alexander and Provoda.