exponents of the contemporary house and techno scene, but also one of its key tastemakers and pathfinders.
Coming from Romania, Adrian Niculae a.k.a. Priku established himself as a hard working and passionate music creator. He is a member of Sunrise booking since 2007, making his way up to the big gigs through many noticeable Sunwaves performances. He released on labels such as [a:rpia:r], Pressure Traxx, Fabric, Concrete Music and Only 300 Family, his name is also on Cocoon Green & Blue 2011 and Cocoon Heroes compilations.
In 2012, Bobohalma Ep was released on [a:rpia:r] label. This was a resounding success, highly appreciated by everybody who had the chance to listen it.
2013 is a turning point for Priku. He creates his own label: Motif and releases a new solo – Acoustic Ep under his real name, Adrian Niculae, the name that’s also present on Fabric 72. He’s young and and undeniably talented.
In 2016 started a new label and series of parties called Atipic.
He tackles the groove as nobody else. For him things can only go uphill.
His Ibiza success story began in 2013, when he inaugurated his infamous “Solomun+1”-residency at Pacha, which instantly became the island’s go-to event on Sunday nights. 2015 saw the commencement of his second residency concept: “Solomun+live” is an outdoor daytime event with nothing but live-acts as his special guests. Solomun loves working in the studio, but his passion for DJing and performing is obvious to anyone who has seen him play anywhere around the world. His infamous Boiler Room set from early 2015 is the fastest growing Boiler Room video of all time, with around 18 million views – and counting. He is not afraid of taking the audience on a journey.
About his style, where vigour, deepness and emotion go hand in hand in a very musical way, Solomun once said: “People have emotions. So why not on a dancefloor?” Running two successful labels, (Diynamic, 2DIY4) and Ibiza residencies (Solomun+1 at Pacha, Solomun+LIVE at Ushuaia) or the Diynamic Radio show, which is broadcasted in about 30 countries – it is all connected with Solomun’s passion for music. He does so much in the same way he manages the variety of influences on his music: with a soft touch, a little dance move and real honest commitment to “Doing It Yourself”.
“I don’t want people to recognise me. Only people who go to clubs and see me DJing will have any idea what I look like. I’m a normal bloke and I like it that way. You walk down the street with Hype and he gets stopped the whole time. That’s my idea of hell.”
In 1996, there was a sonic double-whammy. First, Zinc knocked up a speaker-busting bootleg of The Fugees Ready Or Not that supershot him across dance floors everywhere – again. Secondly, he, Pascal and the inimitable DJ Hype set up True Playaz. “There were three of us and we were good at different things. We still are.”
During 1997 True Playaz started a monthly club event at The End, after a few years they moved to Fabric and have become the club’s most successful regular night to date.
Zinc’s key records have always been about hybrid sounds and about fusing new elements onto solid steel breaks. 138 Trek, which set the garage world alight and eventually became a Top 30 hit, was originally released in 2000 by True Playaz on the Beats By Design EP.
“I did it to show versatility,” he explains, “to prove that I could do something at that speed. I sent it to all the breaks DJs and virtually no one took any notice. It was all the garage kids on the pirates who picked it up.”
Kane Brett Robinson, better known as Kano, is an English rapper known for his wit and technique on the mike. Prior to becoming known in the U.K. mainstream as a solo artist, he was a member of N.A.S.T.Y. Crew, an East London-based grime group. His first single, “Boys Love Girls,” was an underground hit that served as a springboard for his solo deal with the Warner-supported 679 Recordings. The 2004 track “P’s & Q’s,” produced by DaVinche, was his first release for the label. “Typical Me,” a collaboration with Fraser T. Smith, was issued the following February, reached number 22 on the U.K. pop chart, and set up the moderately successful Home Sweet Home, an album that also involved productions from Diplo, Mike Skinner (aka the Streets), and Paul Epworth. He subsequently took the 2005 MOBO Award for Best Newcomer. Kano and Smith worked even closer together on London Town, a 2007 follow-up propelled by the number 18 U.K. pop hit “This Is the Girl,” featuring Craig David. The MC went independent with the less commercial 140 Grime Street (2008) and Method to the Maadness (2010), albums that nonetheless reached the Top 50 as he sustained his profile with appearances on tracks by Chase & Status and Gorillaz. After several other collaborations and mixtapes, a deal with Parlophone enabled the release of the fifth proper Kano album, Made in the Manor, in 2016. Also an actor, he appeared in the films Rollin’ with the Nines and Tower Block, as well as the Channel 4 series Top Boy.
Exploring the deep and dubby areas between House and Techno, hailing from the northern powerhouse of UK electronic music, Leeds, Jack Wickham is notching up an increasingly prolific back catalogue of high quality, late-night tools and productions, with releases on respected labels such as Drumma, One Records, Fuse, Nordik Net, Visionquest and many more in 2014/15, he delivers music that not only captures your attention but demands it. Carving out his own unique style and understated cool behind the decks, with gigs at Watergate Berlin and Fabric London at only 19 years of age, and a jammed packed calendar of European gigs ever since, Jack has always had the natural ability to create and play groove-driven, hypnotic dance music with precision. With endless rolling drums, ambitious and forward thinking selections, and his own imprint on the horizon for this year, he has a precise and focused attention to detail that many struggle to find.
One step to the side of hyped up buzzwords and flash-in-the-pan subgenres, Anthea has long been an ambassador for the most inventive, expressive and timeless house and techno out there. Anyone who finds themselves locked in on the dancefloor when Anthea is at the controls will attest that she’s highly adept at manipulating time, whether she is using trippy selections and hypnotic blends that melt away the hours, or piecing together music from across different eras and making it sound natural.
It’s in this devotion to the most exciting sounds, whenever and wherever they might come from, that Anthea has made herself such a potent force in the house and techno scene.
Trends might come and go, but Anthea’s approach is a timeless constant.
For most, it was Sandy’s modern day 2000 classic Finally as one half of Kings of Tomorrow that bought him to their attention. Featuring the vocals of Julie McKnight, the dialogue between a dead woman and God transformed through Sandy’s production into one of the most revered house tracks of all time. Licensed to a staggering 164 compilations (and counting…) it remains to this day at the top of many people’s ‘all time favourite’ lists.
Born and raised in Mexico, Hector’s life was consumed by music coming not only from his mother country but from overseas too. The lure of beat drew him to seek pastures new in London, where a job at the iconic Phonica record shop was to prove a pivotal moment in his career. It was here that Hector met Anja Schneider and Loco Dice, both of whom would later give him jobs on their esteemed imprints Mobilee and Desolat respectively.
Being at the centre of the action is a trait that has helped Hector become one of the most respected names in the underground house and techno scene. He’s the man with every key player on speed dial but he uses these hard won connections with ease and it’s this relaxed manner that has won him friends and supporters worldwide.
In 2015, Hector has flipped the script to help others by pulling together some of the most talented and underrated producers and DJs and forming the Vatos Locos crew – the crazy ones – who came of age at BPM Festival in Mexico by throwing one of the maddest shows at this mega event. It’s a family affair, but with no egos and a democratic approach to rocking the spot – if you make the grade in the studio and on the decks then you’re as respected as the rest of the crew, regardless of who you are.
Hector continues to produce for a range of imprints; collaborating with both well-known artists and newcomers rather than starting his own label. His thirst for playing the biggest clubs and festivals around the world is unrelenting, as is proven by his latest residency at Marco Carola’s Music On at Amnesia, Ibiza. In addition he performs at festivals like; Time Warp, DEMF, Kazantip, Awakenings, BPM, Hideout and Sunwaves, alongside club sets for Tokyo’s Womb, Space Miami, Fabric London and New York’s Output.
The Martinez Brothers, two young men from the Bronx, raised on their father’s love of the Paradise Garage and road-tested worldwide before they even left high school, are emerging as leaders in the global house music scene. The guys have held a residency at DC-10 in Ibiza since 2011, and in 2014 their standing within the world of underground house and techno is solid and constantly rising – their DJ sets are full of energy, fuelled by the brothers’ in-depth knowledge and an innate ability to guide the crowd.