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Andrés, aka DJ Dez, born Andres Hernandez initially hailed from the California dance scene, yet has established himself as a poignant and influential member of the Detroit sphere. Throughout the years, Andrés has gained considerable recognition, with merits including admission into the Slum Village crew and the release of a number of singles via Moodymann’ s label - Mahogani Music.
Avalon Emerson is from the desert. While she currently lives in Berlin, the music she produces comes from the dreamlike expanse and abstract textures of the Sonoran landscapes of Arizona. In her DJ sets and productions she offers a timeless narrative that reflects a passion for the sound design of new wave, the futurism of techno, the soul of American house and the exuberance of rave. Though she's built up steam in 2015 from multiple sets at Panorama Bar, and globetrotting all around Europe and North America, she's just getting started, and continues to outdo herself with original productions released on labels like Shtum, Spring Theory, Icee Hot, and her own DJ tool edit pool, the Cybernedits series.
In the short time she’s been releasing music, Charlotte de Witte has become one of the most exciting acts in techno today (if not all of electronic music). As we've seen on releases through Turbo, Suara, novamute and more, which include standout tracks like 'Closer', 'This' and 'Control', as well as her upcoming 'The Healer' EP, de Witte favours an intense, minimalist style of techno that emphasises dark moods, vocal lines and heavy drums. A style that has earned her numerous main stage and peak-time slots at festivals and events worldwide.
The word tastemaker does get bandied about often, but in the case of Daniel Avery it’s more than justified. Just listen to his monthly NTS Radio show where you can hear him play anything from dark ambient to banging, hard techno. His label Phantasy, the imprint he co-owns with Erol Alkan, is well known for shaping musical trends and introducing the wider scene to unknown talent. His cerebral take on techno has seen him become the face of a global scene - one that is a lifestyle choice as much as it is a musical one.
Germany’s David August is instinctively not bound to creative boundaries. While his live show takes various shapes and forms, free improvisation lives at the core of the artist’s fascination. Whether he performs solo for the Boiler Room or a Resident Advisor Live Session, recruits trusted musicians as part of his Ensemble, DJ’s traditionally or explores collaboration with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchestra Berlin, liberating moments of immediate expression remains a constant. It's been five long years since the German imbued Australia with his brooding sound, and with the recent announcement of his new album which will be released this coming October, his return could not be timed better.
Denis Sulta has rapidly emerged as one of the most exciting new prospects from the ever-fertile Glasgow scene. (To end out 2016 Denis Sulta skyrocketed in at #26 on the RA Top 100 Poll, becoming the highest new entry that year). In the last six months, you couldn’t scroll through social media without seeing a video of Denis Sulta absolutely owning a dancefloor somewhere in the world. A Sulta set is all about putting the ‘fun’ in ‘functional’, and you are as likely to hear a decade-old dance classic as you are an underground techno banger. This will be the Scotsman's long overdue debut Australian visit.
It is an understatement to call Dixon one of Australia’s favourite international DJs. Every time the German announce an Australian tour it is met with the sort of enthusiasm that is usually reserved for the world’s more mainstream acts. There isn’t much that Dixon hasn’t achieved in his illustrious career, and recently he hosted an Innervisions label party at the Royal Albert Hall, becoming the first dance music act to host an event of that nature in the historic building.
DJ Harvey was called “the Keith Richards of dance music” by Rolling Stone Magazine when they named him one of 25 DJ's That Rule The Earth. Best put by the man himself, “You can't understand the blues until you've had your heart broken and you can't understand my music until you’ve had group sex on Ecstasy.” Harvey tours the world at his own pace leaving plenty of time for his other hobbies: surfing, collecting hi-fi mantiques, vinyl and riding fast motorcycles. His music is a reflection of his lifestyle: fun, eclectic and high energy.
Dusky are London born production/DJ duo Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman. After gaining recognition during the UK’s 2011 house renaissance with their breakthrough track ‘Flo Jam’, the duo have developed a reputation for classy, club-ready anthems ranging from their Beatport #1 ‘Careless’ to last year's classic house homage ‘Square Miso’. 2016 saw them cement their reputation as a cult production force with their expansive and well received ‘Outer’ LP which was described by Popmatters as 'one of the best records of any genre of the year so far’. As label owners, their 17 Steps imprint has released forward thinking house and techno from the likes of Bwana, Velvit, Trevino and Christian Piers.
There aren’t many that has achieved the reverence given to the UK’s Kieran Hebden AKA Four Tet - he is a true musical auteur. Spanning four studio albums, remixing, and outstanding live shows amongst many other things, Kieran Hebden’s career remains rooted in all kinds of musical camps. It’s this versatility that has seen him work with acts as diverse as Thom Yorke to Burial to Steve Reich.
Horse Meat Disco began in a basement in London’s Chinatown where co-founders James Hillard and Jim Stanton created a safe queer space for the disenfranchised disco citizens of London. Now at the beginning of 2018, and running in its sixteenth year, Horse Meat Disco is dedicated to the industry of human happiness and pumps it out every Sunday at their home The Eagle in London. Bring your disco shoes...
Born and raised in Newcastle, Mall Grab might currently be the biggest dance musical export to come out of Australia. His music has been described as “mildly celestial ‘hella stoned’ introspections that pay homage to old Three 6 Mafia mixtapes as much as more recent "astral experiences in house and techno”. He is the poster boy for a whole new generation who is discovering the sounds of late 90’s and early 00’s house, and he is not afraid to appease his fanbase by delving into the back catalogue of house music’s golden years. A Mall Grab set is all about the dancefloor so bring a good vibe and dance like nobody's watchinig.
German Oliver Huntemann has been known as a techno great for years. With a recent move from his more techno-based production to what can only be considered as ‘rave’, Huntemann continuously surprises dance fans all over the globe with his sets which can range from melodic techno to face-melting bombs. 2016 saw Huntemann release a collaborative album with Dubfire called ‘Retrospective’, which featured an arsenal of originals and remixes from 2008 onwards and showcased many of the classic tracks the German is so well known for. One thing is for sure, a Oliver Huntemann set never disappoints.
Palms Trax is a producer and DJ based in Berlin, Germany. The young producer is known for building valve-heated, dust-treated slabs of house music that are peppered with melodic synths and smooth, undulating drum patters. He’s been likened to Legowelt, John Heckle, Tevo Howard and Nu-Groove era Burrell Brothers, but at the same time he’s built a style and sound that is entirely his own. If it’s smiling and dancing that you enjoy, don't miss out on Palms Trax.
Recondite emerged from the south of Germany with his extremely poised and elegant brand of live techno. Marked by a distinctly animate emotional core, his productions blur organic and synthetic processes into a melange that has reached far beyond the narrow realms of heady, heavy techno. His releases on Ghostly, Innervisions, Dystopian, Life & Death, Hotflush and his own Plangent imprint, are marked by an assured melodic instinct and an attention to detail that makes for crisp, intimate and expansive music.
British producer Ross From Friends aka Felix Clary Weatherall is the newest signing to Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder family. The 24-year old has a fistful of releases under his belt, a sound that is the distillation of a myriad of influences from hip-hop cut ’n’ paste culture, 80s Eurobeat, hi-NRG and Italo into lithe, irresistible, raw dancefloor trax. His debut album, Family Portrait, released on Brainfeeder, has already been described as one of the year’s best releases, and as Popmatters remarked in their review: ‘It's an album you can easily disappear into from one of electronic music's most thrilling new talents’.
Last year the Cocoon Records label boss showed Australia just why he is such a highly revered figure on the global scene. For all the talk and online videos showcasing the German’s ability to party as hard as the punters, he is the consummate professional who knows that being the party is as important as directing the party. His understanding of dancefloor dynamics has been honed over 30 years plus of playing to audiences across the planet, and his ability to spot e gem of a track has lead to his his status as a highly regarded tastemaker. We couldn’t resist, we ust had to have Papa Svan back for another round.
German DJ and producer tINI has been long praised as one of the leading figures in the house and techno industry. Based between Berlin and Ibiza, tINI is constantly on the fly making stops in the hottest nightclubs and events all over the globe, which includes events like Sonus Festival, Paradigm and Melt. After a huge European summer where tINI played dates across Italy, the UK, Romania and more, she will finally return to Australia to bring her imitable sound of techno and house.
London-based songwriter and electronic musician William Phillips makes yearning, bittersweet dance tracks. With artists such as Flume and Porter Robinson supporting his work he is considered an ‘artist’s artist’. After teh release of his self-titled debut EP (2012), Tonight EP (2013) and Patterns EP (2014), which featured guest appearances by Lianne La Havas and Will Heard, alongside high-profile remixes for Chvrches, Haim, Christine and the Queens, Tourist went on to win a Grammy for co-writing the Sam Smith hit 'Stay With Me'. He also released his debut album U (2016) to critical acclaim, amassing huge media support from outlets like Vice, Billboard and Rolling Stone Australia.
This Northern NSW Coast producer harnesses the intensity of a Jon Hopkins or Flying Lotus, the beauty and intimacy of Nils Frahm and Olafur Arnalds, all measured by the restraint of Bonobo and Clark. It’s a musical formula that is only achieved by an instinct for feel and texture and is evident in Willaris. K’s debut offering, the brooding track “Alchemy” and the stunning follow-ups, "Dour Nights" and "River Song”. To follow-up his recent Australian tour (which included 3 sold out shows), Willaris. K will join the Days Like This lineup to perform alongside the world’s best.