Few come as well versed in family values as that of long serving techno legend Adam Beyer. A husband, father and certified underground icon, the Stockholm-based DJ/producer has come to embody one of the most consistent and carefully constructed legacies to emerge from Europe and hold influence across the continents. From festival main stages and coveted club floors through to the global airwaves and Beatport charts alike, Beyer’s extended musical legacy is felt across the board.
At the outset of 2016, Beyer is positively beaming about the way things have panned out. “This is the most exciting it’s ever been - I’ve finally ended up where I was trying to get,” he explains. “As a techno DJ it’s never going to happen overnight. It’s a long road to walk to get to that point where you have earned the resect and loyalty of the industry and the fans.”
Many an advocate of the genre came before Beyer, but few have held a presence within the world of techno as respected and long serving. A DJ first and foremost, life as a producer saw Beyer gradually hone and perfect a sound that would seemingly fill a void within the modern musical landscape. Serving a more functional take on the sound that still honoured some of the heyday genre hallmarks of North America and mainland Europe, Adam’s mantra has remained a relatively simple one: Respect the sound, maintain its integrity and gradually push things forward. Brick-by-brick, the sound became a signature felt across club land, but a connection remains between the sound of Adam’s earliest work and the sought after productions he now brandishes.
At the helm of Adam Beyer’s career stands a brand that has taken techno to truly global heights. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, Drumcode’s full-hearted philosophy of releasing music always with the DJ in mind has allowed the label to expand into an all-encompassing brand, one now heralded as much as a musical identity as it is an attitude among the underground community. Providing a rare opportunity for Beyer to simultaneously renew what is current whilst looking to the next generation of talents, it’s expansion into branded nights across the globe has made this one of the best travelled brands in modern techno, with its branded radio show taking further flight with broadcasts across more than 53 different countries. Its sound has been imitated, it’s durability tested by the changing tides of the music industry, but Drumcode’s ongoing peak is a testament to a brand that has dared to take the long way around in the name of becoming a sustainable and consistent musical powerhouse.
Behind the decks, there are many different forces to be experienced from Beyer. Be it an international festival headline spot or a more intimate club show, his solo sets adapt and evolve to fit the various moods of his globetrotting tour schedule. Alongside partner Ida Engberg, looser afterhours sets with the ability to focus on songs have become a favourite across the international club circuit. Paired alongside his ability to take the stage with numerous members of the global techno community, Adam Beyer’s live persona truly knows no limits.
Opting for business as usual over tired celebratory gimmicks, Beyer approaches 2016 in fighting form. Kick-starting a brand new venture in the form of Junction 2 Festival, a suitably stacked out summer of international festival and Ibiza dates add to a marker year for Beyer. Whether it’s on record, behind the decks or under the reliable Drumcode umbrella, Adam Beyer continues to unravel an unprecedented success story for the global underground circuit.
Always one step ahead of the game, Bart Skils has established himself as one of Holland’s most respected and highly demanded techno dj’s. His dj sets are cheered by techno lovers as extremely forward thinking and musically well constructed. His releases and remixes for Drumcode, 100% Pure, Tronic, Break New Soil, Cocoon and Rejected are internationally rated as some of the most cutting edge dance tracks to come out of Holland in recent years. His reputation for tight productions gave him opportunities to work and remix artists and friends like Joris Voorn, Adam Beyer, Christian Smith, Nicole Moudaber, Kaiserdisco and Kollektiv Turmstrasse. With Anton Pieete he also forms the acclaimed techno alliance District One. As one of the main players on Amsterdam’s renowned scene, their percussive take on techno and house music are well loved by many.
Skils’ long running Voltt nights at Paradiso have proven pivotal in bringing Amsterdam’s New School generation together. During the late nineties Skils’ undivided dedication to techno already landed him a residential spot at the infamous Mazzo venue. This was where he promoted his first techno fuelled nights, consistently staging the most futuristic in four to the floor beats. Many techno pioneers made their first Dutch appearances at these legendary nights and Voltt is still widely regarded as one of the leading events in Amsterdam’s internationally acclaimed club scene. His massive outdoor festival “Voltt Loves Summer” is praised by many in the Dutch scene as an absolute highlight of the year; over 15.000 party people attend this yearly happening on an old shipyard in Amsterdam!
With his residency at his own events, gigs all over Europe and many releases and remixes to be played out on the dancefloor, Skils’ dj star has been rising steadily and is shining bright. Persistently rocking venues and festival sites, he has further underlined his position as one of the country’s most reliable and authorative dj’s. His long lasting experience as a dj and his ability to move effortlessly from deep house to banging techno make Skils a sure-fire crowdmover at any given party.
Dense & Pika are a British electronic music duo compromising of producer/DJs Alex Jones (Hypercolour label boss) and Chris Spero better known to many by his Glimpse alias.
The duo first came into fruition in mid 2011 with a number of white label releases. It wasn’t long until they were noticed by Scuba and have since had multiple releases under their belt on Adam Beyer’s Drumcode, Scuba’s acclaimed Hotflush imprint and have branched out onto the elusive Hypercolour. Dense & Pika have also been showing off their remixing talents by reworking the likes of Adam Beyer & Ida Engberg, Audion, Digitalism, Disclosure, KDA, Leftfield, Maya Jane Coles, Tiga, X-Press 2 and also Paul Woolford’s ‘Erotic Discourse’, which won the DJ Mag category for ‘Best Remix’ in 2014.
Last year they released a retrospective compilation with their best tracks on Hotflush, including remixes from George Fitzgerald and Grain. They also released their first solo track with Drumcode, achieving a number one single and also releasing a two track single on their own imprint, Kneaded Pains.
This year has seen them release their first EP and two of the hottest remixes this year with their take on Audion’s ‘Mouth to Mouth’ and also Tiga’s ‘Planet E’. The latter, is already touted by Thump as one of the best tracks of the year and we can see their consistently growing profile rising with more releases in the wings.
Touring across the globe on a weekly basis has seen the duo play at some of the best clubs in the world including the now legendary Trouw, Berghain/Panorama Bar, Fabric, Gashouder and international festivals all over the world. Gaining club support from electronic music's finest DJ dignitaries such as Skream, Scuba, Chris Liebing, Breach, George Fitzgerald, Adam Beyer, Dubfire, Jackmaster, Dusky and beyond.
Layton Giordani was born in New York in 1992. During his childhood and adolescence, he grew up blocks away from the east coast shore and was very keen on surfing and skating. However, it was when he heard house music for the first time that shaped the direction for the remainder of his teenage years.
After graduating high school, his interest in dance music developed into a full time occupation for the now prolific producer. With his first experience of a real club at Pacha in New York City, at only 15 years old it was then turning into an every weekend hobby. He even locked down the opportunity to play there a few times after teaching himself how to DJ and putting in full time work in the studio as well as local nightclubs.
His dedication and determination paid off. In a short period of time, and before he was even 23, he was playing at some of the best clubs in New York including Cielo, Pacha, Space, along with landing a residency in 2015 at Output.
His first mega release ‘Careless Suggestions’ on Phobiq Records catapulted his name into the limelight. With massive support coming from Deadmau5 on the Ultra main stage at WMC in 2014 to being aired by BBC Radio 1 & Carl Cox’s notorious Global Radio show, the track stayed in the Beatport Techno Top 100 chart for over half a year.
Since then he has seen a steady stream of releases over the last two years. Starting with Carl Cox’s & Jon Rundell’s Intec in 2015, his ‘Never Forgotten’ EP went straight to No.10 on the Beatport Techno chart. Layton then got picked up by Adam beyer with his ‘Unspoken’ EP dropping on Adam’s Truesoul in the summer of 2016. His Beatport success continued with the title track climbing to No.3 in the Techno chart.
As his relationship with Adam Beyer and Truesoul developed, the young
producer reached a landmark in his career further releasing ‘Rivington’ on Adam’s world-renowned Drumcode imprint. Following that, he dropped a massive remix for Gabriel Ananda’s all time classic ‘Doppelwhipper’ on Truesoul again.
It’s safe to say with all this under his belt, we can expect to see Layton take things to the next level in 2017, with news of his next project now unveiled, he will be releasing his first LP also on Drumcode in February titled “Where It Begins”.
Having already performed events with a selection of artists including Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Solomun, John Digweed, Len Faki, Alan Fitzpatrick and Monika Kruse to name a few, we can expect this talented New Yorker to step his game up in 2017 with gigs confirmed in Europe and North America, at some of the biggest festivals techno has to offer.
With much to come from Layton, he’s one you need to keep your eye on as he continues to bring his innovative, infectious sound to us all in 2017.