Liquid Soul, Captain Hook & Perfect Stranger
Nicola Capobianco, based in switzerland, started at early age getting addicted to the magic of electronic music. He began playing progressive trance from the end of 1993. In 2001, after many years as DJ and producing in the studio, where he has played and performed at big raves and festivals, next to people like Tiesto and Armin van Buuren, he decided to start a new project and Liquid Soul was born.
In 2006 he founded his own label Mikrokosmos records. Besides solo project Sleek, he also partners Martin Knecht in the deadly duo “Earsugar”.
Being behind the best selling albums on Iboga Records as Liquid Soul, „synthetic vibes“, „love in stereo“, „cocktails“ and "Revolution", countless hypnotic releases on top labels and playing worldwide over a decade, he finally won the Beatport award for the best psytrance track in 2009.
In 2010 he achieved his biggest success by winning the price of the best Beatport artist, best Beatport track and the Dj Awards in Ibiza in psy trance categories.
When your heart is in the right place, rhythm shall follow. And this path is a journey of discovering your inner groove. Reshef Harari from Israel, began this trip when he became 15 and started to be fascinated with experimenting with sounds. Not long after, Reshef started to collect vinyl and practiced on turntables, he would play the records all day, enchanted by the groove and curious to know where they can take him. The dancefloor was the next place to explore, so at the age of 17 he started to DJ at various parties where he could absorb and tune his skills of feeling the crowd. Another huge impact on his creation was the minimal Trance wave of that time with artists such as XV Kilist, Bitmonks and Paste, which inspired his deep crunchy tone.
The doors of perception to the world of Psytrance were first opened through his brother Rahav and one of Israel’s Psytrance pioneers Asher Haviv, who took him deep into this rabbit hole. Reshef got a job in a sound company, learning the process of compressing and EQing on analogue gear from scratch. After playing in underground parties, in 2003 he met Avi Nini, the owner of Domo records, and started DJing as part of that label. That same year he also founded the project Quantize together with Adi Ashkenazi. The duo released music at various labels, and their debut album Time in 2009 on Iboga records. After 7 years of collaboration, in 2010 they went their separate ways.
It was then time to wear the captain’s hat. Keeping his close ties with Iboga, Reshef started to remix, testing his interpretation to older tunes, while at the same time collaborating with his heroes back then who gave him inspiration. Popularity sparked with his debut album Human Design, released in 2011, which took him on an expedition across the world for the next 3 years. This album was a mile stone in his career, where he collaborated with Ace Ventura, Liquid Soul, Perfect Stranger, Loud, Tetrameth Freedom Fighters and ill.Gates, while giving each track a unique sound design, texture and colour. Travelling across the world and performing at festivals expanded his artistic horizons, and filled his mind body and soul with new energy sources. While on the road he was working for 2 years on a double remix album Akashic Library, hand picking the finest most unique pieces of music and released it in late 2013. At the moment he is collecting material for a new album, but the best way to understand the essence of the music is to tune into the frequency and feel the pulse of the Hook.
Perfect Stranger is a stage name for Israeli based electronic musician Yuli Fershtat. Perfect Stranger was created around February 2005, and within 2 calendar years became critically acclaimed all over the globe, always showcasing the next step with his multi genre psychedelic dance music, and ultimately culminated being a genre of it’s own, presenting a totally distinctive sound, characterized by groovy playful beats and patiently built compositions. His music often defies genres bridging between progressive trance and techno with a presence of tribal and psychedelic elements. Perfect Stranger is successfully performing over and over at the most desirable festivals on the planet such as Boom ( Portugal 2008, 2012, 2014 ), Rainbow Serpent ( Australia 2009, 2011, 2015 ), Eclipse Festival ( Australia 2012 ), Symbiosis Gathering ( USA 2009, 2012, 2013 ), Universo Paralello ( Brazil 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013 ), Glade Festival ( UK 2008, 2009 ), Antaris Festival ( Germany 2010, 2012 ), Ozora Festival ( Hungary 2012 ), Strawberry Fields Festival ( Australia 2011, 2012 ), S.U.N Festival ( Hungary 2013, 2014 ), Shambhala Festival ( Canada 2013 ), Subsonic Music Festival ( Australia 2011, 2013 ), Motion Notion Festival ( Canada 2012 ), Harvest Festival ( Canada 2011 ), Sunburn Festival ( India 2011 ), Eclipse Festival ( Canada 2010 ) and the list goes on and on.
Perfect Stranger released 3 full artist albums, 2 remixes albums, compiled 2 compilations and appears on well over a hundred other releases ( compilations, EP’s, albums etc ). He also owns the “Digital Structures” label, where he publishes more Tech orientated sounds.
After his epic “Free Cloud” album released on Iboga Records 2008 one of the critics wrote:
”A generic label would not do justice to the depth of Perfect Stranger's heartfelt music, which transposes feelings from across the wide range of human emotions. In his creation, you’ll find tracks inspired by the bliss of sunbeams, by an ironic but yet candid take on the simple pleasures of life, or by the darker side of the self.
His demanding standards regarding what our man qualifies as the “art” of sound, have led him to appropriate today’s trend, undoubtedly Techno, which he also DJ’s with a rare understanding and acute intelligence. His “new hybrid sound”, that incorporates Progressive Trance embedded in the dirty Techno-ish grooves and breakdowns, actually enables to maintain that old school spirit that is missed so much nowadays, but in a totally new and exciting presentation and composition. That is why it's the ultimate brain candy out there at the moment.”