Jonas Kopp, Cromby, Espen Lauritzen, Duncan Macdonald, DJ Cookie
noun [ U ] UK /ˈhed.ən.ɪ.zəm/ US /ˈhed.ən.ɪ.zəm/
Living and behaving in ways that mean you get as much pleasure out of life as possible, according to the belief that the most important thing in life is to enjoy yourself.
All welcome, no dress code, no judgement.
Jonas Kopp (Tresor/Tremsix/Manzel, ARG)
If you ask anyone in the music industry how they started their sonic journey of discovery, many will cite the radio or a certain DJ or band. For Jonas Kopp, that magical moment occurred as he began his teenage years with a piece of music that would shape his life: Kraftwerk’s seminal album, Trans Europa Express. “From that moment nothing was the same.” he recalls. “My father had seen I was interested in music and bought me a turntable and some vinyl.” Gaining all the skills needed to be a DJ, he burst on to the scene in the mid ’00s working as a resident DJ at a local radio station in his hometown of Buenos Aires. Aged 19, as Area 64, he had already made his first full length CD.
Influenced initially by the tough house rhythms of New York, he soon widened his palette with the pioneers of Detroit and Chicago also informing his style; a comfortable place straddling House and Techno. 2006 marked his official debut release, a rousing EP on Pfirter’s MindTrip Music, and from that point, he has become one of the most versatile and recognised multifaceted performers in the underground scene, combining dizzying 3 deck genre hopping DJing with a more techno-orientated live show which he unveiled at the World’s most well-known Techno institution: “It was a very special gig for me.” He says, “My first time ever in Berlin and I had to play live on the Ben Klock Berghain 04 compilation!”
Now relocated to Europe, Jonas continues to grow as an artist, jetting off around the globe every weekend. Signed to the impressive Tresor Records among a long list of others, he released his album ’Photon Belt’ this year - a follow up to the 2014 ‘Beyond The Hypnosis’ long player. Recalling another pivotal moment in his career, he remembers a live PA for French promoters, Concrete: “During my Beyond the Hypnosis tour, I had to play before Surgeon. It was humbling having him was behind me listening and enjoying the set, I will never forget the experience.” Multitalented, Jonas has two aliases focusing on House (Untidy) and Ambient (Telluric Lines) as well as running his new label Tremsix.
As a deeply spiritual man, Jonas believes his music can bring people together on a higher level: connected through art. “I know my mission in this life is give service and help to make people awake-aware through my gift.” He also plans to give back to the scene by acting as a mentor to new artists. Viewing music as a form of therapy is close to Jonas’ heart and sees his ambient project - Telluric Lines - could be performed in non-club environments such as museums, galleries and beyond. Drawing people together under the umbrella of hope.
Espen Lauritzen (Krill Music, Fiedel II, ARG)
As the founder of Krill Music, Espen Lauritzen has wasted no time in brandishing his driving style of techno. Though coined from Espen’s new residence in Europe (as of 2010 from Argentina), the label’s importance for the history of the South American dance-music scene can be seen as objectively invaluable - its foothold dating back to 2011 . With the help of the now established DJ and friend, Jonas Kopp and Argentina’s infamous Cocoliche club, Lauritzen and his label have risen through the ranks, maintaining a solid position of notoriety in contemporary techno.
Since moving to Europe in 2010, Lauritzen’s output has naturally refined itself. Constantly producing, yet seldom releasing, the Argentinian has an admirable trait of releasing at the right place and right time. F/T/S landed on London-based label LDNwht maiden release (curated by Gareth Wild and Dax J) back in 2014, which has since become an underground goldmine for DJs, presenting itself in the form of various artist releases. So effective was the release that it picked up some serious support from Berghain resident Fiedel who has since featured the track (along with id B) in his latest mix for Ostgut Ton . Such was the belief in the Norwegian-cum-Argentinian, Espen started off 2018 DJing for Berghain’s Klubnacht, hosted by Fiedel.
Having proven his hand at being label boss, DJ and producer, Lauritzen’s efforts at the three always seem to be shifting its emphasis. Krill has proudly released over 11 records and with a roster boasting the likes of Jonas Kopp, Stanislav Tolkachev, Matrixxman to mention but a few, the legacy of Krill and Espen Lauritzen continues.
Cromby (Feel my bicep/Sulta Silver Service, IE)
Cromby is an Irish DJ and producer residing in Berlin, having previously cut his trade between Belfast & London. Holding a residency for the past 6 years at Belfast’s legendary Shine and shows in the past year at the likes of Panorama Bar, Robert Johnson, The Warehouse Project & Boiler room. Its safe to say he’s one to keep an eye on. As a producer his tracks have picked up props around the world including the likes of Feel my Bicep's blog and Resident Advisor.
His latest EP Futurola is the first release on Denis Sulta’s new Sulta Selects sub label Silver Service, which has been gaining a lot of International support, popping up in Essential mixes and Tim Sweeney naming it one of his tracks of the year on Beats In Space.
Duncan Macdonald (Fiedel II, SCO)
DJ Cookie (IE)
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