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Few record labels can lay claim to the same level of success Drumcode has enjoyed within the underground ecosystem. Headed up by Swedish stalwart Adam Beyer, the brand has built its name over the last two decades, cementing itself as a hard-and-fast barometer for anything related to techno. From one of the most coveted catalogs on the planet to the unparalleled parties they host, Drumcode can, quite frankly, do no wrong. They’ve established an almost religious following, with fans treating the label showcases like a trip to church.

Beyer is calling on the congregation this Saturday for a very special Factory 93 appearance, and Bark Skils, Dense & Pika, and Layton Giordani will be helping out with the service. Before they roll into Los Angeles for a heady night in our warehouse, we wanted to spend some time peeling back the layers on these three supporting acts.


Dense & Pika

Hometown: London

Weapon of choice: Adventice “Chop Chop”
Deeply rooted house. Been playing this loads lately; it works in quite a mysterious way. At first, it doesn’t sound like a big track, as it’s so understated. But it has a groove that just gets you, and halfway through, you’re completely locked in. KILLER!!!

What’s the biggest motivation driving your career? 
Crippling doubt.
How would you best define success? 
Not having crippling doubt, having a family to go home to, and doing what you love with people you like.
Tell us about your fondest memory spent on the dancefloor.
I think our first live set at Fabric was pretty important to us. It was our first-ever gig and the first time we had heard most of the tracks played in a club, and the place went completely mental. I remember looking up and thinking, “Maybe this has legs.”
What sort of legacy do you hope to leave behind?
A discography of very phat techno.


Bart Skils

Hometown: Amsterdam

Weapon of choice: I made a track using part of Rozella’s “Everybody Free” ‘90s classic vocal hook. It’s got a killer rolling beat, and the short vocal part on top makes every dancefloor go crazy!

What’s the biggest motivation driving your career?
Love for music, of course. Music is and will be the main focus of my career. Discovering new music, finding new music, and playing new music—the one and only thing every DJ should put on #1!
How would you best define success?
Being happy, and having a great balance in life, and doing what you love when it comes to work, passion, family and friends.
Tell us about your fondest memory spent on the dancefloor.
There are way too many, but one moment that stands out was being at Ibiza in 2005, when Sven Väth dropped Audion’s “Mouth to Mouth” for the first time. The CO2-blasters just came on when the massive synthline peaked. Magic!
What sort of legacy do you hope to leave behind?
The only thing I could wish for is that my family, friends, and people I’ve met in my life remember me as loving and caring. Furthermore, I hope the stuff we do inspires new generations to continue our techno journey.


Layton Giordani

Hometown: New York

Weapon of choice: Johannes Heil “Exile B1”
Though a month old or so, such a perfect track. Really heavy, but has the melody edge. Literally in almost every set of mine!

What’s the biggest motivation driving your career?
Traveling the world and showing people my sound. Not many get this opportunity, so I’m beyond grateful to be able to do this.
How would you best define success?
Making your dream come true while being happy with yourself.
Tell us about your fondest memory spent on the dancefloor.
Pacha NYC around ‘07/08. That’s where I learned about what techno and heavier beats did to you. Although I was still very young, it’s a memory I’ll never forget. I remember anticipating for the drops, and then finally when the bass hit you and everyone around you, it was just crazy. More than one memory at that venue… really, some amazing times.
What sort of legacy do you hope to leave behind?
Something I haven’t thought of yet, really. For now, I am focused on playing proper sets and bringing people together with my music. I guess what I hope to leave behind is some timeless pieces of music. I’d like to be known as one of the most diverse DJ/producers and hopefully influence my generation and generations to come.

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