July 2022

FR—08.07.

Dinner w/ Maruwa (Nachholtermin)

 

Maruwa

Maruwa, originally from Saint-Petersburg and now based in Frankfurt, is the first guest to join the Dinner series. With an unparalleled signature sound sporting breakbeat, house, acid, trance and techno elements, the young DJ and producer brings the ‘90s Russian rave inspiration – with releases on Steel City Dance Discs and Lobster Theremin, Maruwa is one of the hottest acts out there.

 

Gili

Gili’s DJ sets are a reflection of her musical motion between different worlds in Düsseldorf, Halle and Leipzig that inspired and influenced her. Moving between different places, her musical selection of genres is also very fluid. She curiously brings everything together she enjoys and thus creates her energetic and drifting sets. Expect a trip from house to synth and acid stopovers to breaks and bass.

 

I$A

I$A loves every kind of house music. She is one of the residents at Institut fuer Zukunft,co-runs the DRIVE-Partys at IfZ, a G-edit crew-member and one of the co-founders of NICE4WHAT (a feminist DJ-collective based in Leipzig, representing DJ’s in house music) She’s known for her groove-infused house music, and for always bringing a good vibe to the dancefloor. I$A also likes to combine oldschool house-classics with dubby Detroit techno and fresh breaks.

FR—15.07.

The First R.A.N.D. Muzik Recordings Party

 

DJ Life

The Wizard of South East Oz is here, and he now goes by DJ Life. When DJing is life, this is what you do. You subsume the scenes you wish to traverse and cook up consistently strong tracks for the labels you adore. DJ Life has already released on Echocentric, Dansu Discs, Potatoheadz, R.A.N.D. Muzik and Gestalt in a remarkably short space of time. His tireless work ethic has led to features on Rinse France and he’s also signed up to neophyte Lobster Theremin offshoot SITU with 3 other heady releases locked in for the near future. Blending 2000s tech house, progressive house and trance, his stylings sit pretty in the burgeoning South East Australian underground scene. Fabricating pumping kicks and industrious melodies as evocative as they come, it must be said that his story could be one for the prospective dance history books.

 

DJ Niamh

Cutting her teeth across the community radio airwaves, Melbourne’s DJ Niamh has an all-embracing approach to selecting – but with a particular focus on percussive, bassy, and left-field sounds. Her mixing is driven by mood, creating a narrative for the dance floor to latch on to and move with.

 

Reece Walker

Reece Walker (sometimes known as Carmel) is a DJ and producer originally from Perth, Australia but he lives in Leipzig now. He has released on labels such as Kann, Long Vehicle and R.A.N.D. Muzik Recordings – the label that he founded and runs.

FR—22.07.

WEL_L

 

Cecilia Tosh

(SEV | CURA) / Berlin

The German/Mozambican soul Cecilia Tosh is a Berlin based artist and entrepreneur. She is Co-Founder and booker of the agency SEV Berlin and the open air space CURA Berlin. Cecilia and her team are devoted to creating more holistic surroundings and experiences in the context of clubculture.Sonically Cecilia is influenced and most inspired by Detroit Techno and Dub Techno.In her mixes she incorporates tribal elements, no matter what genre, in between and promises: to stay true to her own flavor and vibe.Her sets have a constant groove, are deep and trippy. From June 2022 she is the new curator of Tresor’s event series “New Faces”. She also has her regular slots at HÖR and can be seen at various festival stages across Europe this year.

 

Jon Hester

(Rekids | Klockworks | Deeply Rooted | Dystopian | Transmat | LET | Afterlife) / Berlin

Jon Hester is a Midwest American DJ, producer, and dancer known for his physical rhythms and adventurous programming, effortlessly combining diverse varieties of techno and house. With an engaging presence and a knack for telling a story, he builds a unique connection with each audience, and works any room until it sweats. His beginnings solidified foundational connections to music and the ritual of the dance. Playing the clarinet and saxophone as a child, classical and jazz training opened the doors to music theory, performance, and improvisation. Formative years in Chicago brought house mixes to his ears via radio waves by age fifteen. Following a mind-expanding trip to London in 1996, he dove into a wider world of music, and sparked a connection with sounds emanating from Detroit. Soon after he was going out dancing at every opportunity, and ultimately it was the boundless nature of techno that pushed him to dig deeper. After years on the dance floor, he made a natural progression to DJing in 1999. Relocating to Minneapolis in 2000, he found himself in an under-the-radar haven for Midwest parties, and he eventually ran his own club night, Convergence. As the resident DJ, he was booking guests including Daniel Bell and Ryan Elliott, while also providing a platform for local talents like DVS1 and Dustin Zahn. To keep his record collection fresh, he spent Saturdays working behind the counter of Vital Vinyl, the only strictly dance music-focused record shop in Minneapolis. As his focus shifted to production, he found a new home in Berlin. It was here that he crafted EPs for his EDEC label with Andrew Grant, and his breakout Interstellar Systems EP on Rødhåd’s Dystopian imprint. This brought his sound into the vernacular of techno heavyweights and wider audiences by 2016, with subsequent music out on Ben Klock’s Klockworks, Radio Slave’s Rekids Special Projects, DJ Deep’s Deeply Rooted label, Transmat, LET Recordings, and Afterlife. Meanwhile, his remix portfolio started to grow across labels including Odd/Even, Steinlach, Sungate, and Eternal Friction. In 2020 and 2021, he released his first full length album in two parts on the flagship Rekids label to critical and popular acclaim. This marked a new milestone for Hester branching out to explore new sonic realms in a longer format, while maintaining his focus on the groove and the dance floor. His DJ skills have moved dancers around the world, in venues such as Berghain and Tresor Berlin, Rex Club and Concrete Paris, fabric London, Trouw and Shelter Amsterdam, Dude Club Milan, Space and Hï Ibiza, Output New York, Crobar Buenos Aires, D-Edge São Paulo, Bar Americas Guadalajara, B018 and The Grand Factory Beirut, Faust Seoul, and Vent Tokyo. Hester’s enthusiasm and steady grind ensure that his star will continue to rise.

 

Perm B2B Wice

Perm (Shtum | Kann | LACKREC.) / Leipzig

Perm was a resident DJ at IFZ until early 2022 and has been a DJ and producer for more than ten years. His sound varies from moody, trippy numbers to uplifting, chord-heavy beats. All done with a fine, distinctive, and reduced signature. His discography features numerous releases, issued on labels such as the Leipzig imprint Kann, Shtum or Lackreck. As a DJ and live act, he has toured nationally and internationally (Boiler Room, India tour and so on). As a person, he is just charming and likeable. Whoever lives in Leipzig, was a guest at IFZ, listened to Perm at one of his gigs or heard his releases, knows beyond doubt what he’s got up his sleeve. No more words needed.


Wice (Be As One | Wolfskuil | Steinlach/Weisse Elster | RLSD) / Leipzig After

After the first transitions were played in 2008 and the first steps in music production were taken in 2009, Wice developed an unprecedented love for sound, polyrhythm and frequency. More and more it turned out – retrospectively – that this sonic relationship was the perfect means for Wice to subjectively channel his innermost, to introspectively surrender to sound and texture, and to work towards the eventual moment at which he could say: ‘Cool, now I finally have the technical means to externalize all that doesn’t want to be said, merely through frequencies.’ Driven by the insight that there always will be more steps to climb, Wice had to acknowledge that this kind of music will accompany him for a lifetime. In 2017 he finally decided to start his own label ‘Steinlach’ with his good friend Ingo and Wice’s first solo record ‘Hedonism’ was released. Although achieving international success with this release had not been the intended goal, things fortunately turned out differently: Throughout 2017, the track ‘Just Kiddin” was played almost every weekend in well-known clubs and at reputable festivals around the world. With it, Wice even won a golden ‘Raving Spoon’ in the category ‘The Perfect Tracks’. Further releases on Shlomi Aber’s ‘Be As One’, Darko Essers/Tripeo’s ‘Wolfskuil’, Deepa’ and Biri’s ‘Black Crow’ as well as on the in-house label Steinlach followed. The affiliated digital-only sublabel ‘Weisse Elster’ was launched in 2021 with the EP ‘Ape Layers’. WEL002 (‘Seragard’) followed in March 2022. CAT No.003 & 004 are already scheduled for this years late summer respectively winter.

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