Kornél Kovács (Studio Barnhus, Numbers, UTTU - HU/SWE)
Matt Karmil (Studio Barnhus, Smalltown Supersound - UK)
Tolo / Mate Tollner (LavaLava)
Venue: Akvárium Klub, KisHall
Born 1985 in Stockholm to Hungarian parents, Kornél Kovács' perambulations in began early and have continued at pace ever since. Raised on that classic, enviable diet of “proper” training plus parents with killer taste, Kovács' daytime lessons were given texture at night as everything from Kraftwerk and Art Of Noise to King Tubby and Boogie Down Productions wafted through the house.
Kovács' debut album, The Bells, is out on Studio Barnhus in August 2016 and was recorded during an intensive two-week session in Gothenburg with his great friend (and great studio engineer) Matt Karmil. Giving your debut LP the same name as the most influential techno track in history certainly takes balls. But after hearing how the album draws together Kovács' natural festive ality and his long-standing love of club rhythmics, and then factoring in the juggernaut trajectory that's taken him from tea-making record store jester to globally acclaimed producer and DJ, you can certainly forgive his confidence.
Matt Karmil was born in 1979 near the giant pre-historic glockenspiel / mythical neolithic monument known as Stonehenge. Today he produces and plays a particular form of playful and moody dance for some of the world's finest record labels and dance floors. Matt was a sickly, introspective child – his boyhood days were spent indoors, practising the classical guitar for endless hours. He got well in his early twenties, smashed the guitars and headed out into the big world outside Salisbury, England. Since that day, Matt follows wherever it takes him – years of djing, record collecting and working as a producer-engineer in London, Paris, Stockholm and Berlin led to him finding a new home in Cologne by 2012. Matt soon befriended the tight-knit yet open-minded community of lovers centred around the legendary Kompakt imprint.