(The Bunker New York)
Sohan aka Dark Twin
After a 5 city China tour for The Bunker New York's founder Bryan Kasenic and a crazy rooftop rave for Tokyo's Wata Igarashi, Say Yes is hosting a 4 city China tour in Guangzhou, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai for one more Bunker member, actually an early resident Eric Cloutier, veteran of Detroit, New York and Berlin, a seasoned selector.
Some DJs are suddenly everywhere. Eric Cloutier's rise has been a slower burn, but it's making the payoff all that much sweeter. Though he started releasing his own music, it’s fair to say that Eric Cloutier has established himself as an influential underground figure purely off the back of his DJ sets. Known to be able to tease and control crowds for extended periods of time without resorting to cheap thrills or lowest common denominator kicks, since first emerging in 1996 he has been installed as resident at some of the most knowing venues around the world, and for good reason.
Cloutier’s twenty-plus year commitment has been built upon his integrity as a DJ and authority as a selector. His nature - one of zeal and infatuation towards the warm, dubby, hypnotic house and techno that has come to characterize his sound as well and his ability to bridge the gap between dance music’s past and its future. His tastes lean toward heady, timeless sounds, and his delivery is obsessively meticulous—this is a man who takes the art of mixing very seriously.
He came up in Detroit in the '90s, catching the likes of Richie Hawtin at the height of their powers. His sleek sound was born in Detroit, where he grew up, and honed over many years there and in New York, where he became a resident at The Bunker in 2010 (today he remains a "resident abroad"). As a resident, he played alongside some of electronic music's best acts, and his DJ bookings became a hot commodity worldwide. In terms of festivals, only the finest will do, and as such Cloutier is one of the select few who gets invited to play the culturally considered affair that is Japan’s Labyrinth.
Now situated in Berlin, where he often shows up behind the decks of niche alcoves as well as the world’s best clubs, he's also focussing more on making and releasing music. As such and as well as being involved with the forthcoming Bunker label and already established TANSTAFAAL imprint, his first productions and remixes have been snapped up by Studio-R, Freund Der Familie and Steve O'Sullivan’s influential Mosaic. Given that he is such an acclaimed and informed DJ, it’s no wonder Cloutier’s deep, airy and atmospheric music is turning out to be just as essential for those who know.
His talents as a producer have also been growing of late, with the establishment of his own imprint Palinoia, Greek for “the obsessive repetition of an act until it is perfected or mastered.” The label has become the new home and optimization for Cloutier’s
evolving undertakings. Through Palinoia, Cloutier manages to further synthesize slick, dubby club music to slide into his DJ sets as well as feature lesser known talent he’s discovered.
Anyway, sourcing and playing of records will always be his main obsession. Eric Cloutier even described himself as a "record digging psychopath" who spends as long as six hours a day on Discogs. So for his first 4 city China Tour, like all the other vinyl DJs mostly booked before, Reka, Etapp Kyle and Zadig, he brings his vinyl collections all the way from Berlin to share with us in China, looking forward!