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MANO LE TOUGH
FOSTA & OD
CHRIS DE VOS
MANO LE TOUGH
A little patience goes a long way. Mano Le Tough (a.k.a. Niall Mannion) is proof of that.
These days, the Irish-born DJ, producer, and label owner is one of the most celebrated names in underground house and techno, but his ascent didn’t happen overnight; as recently as a few years ago, Mano was just another expat DJing out a meager living in Berlin.
His early days in the city certainly weren’t easy, but Berlin did offer one thing in particular: plenty of opportunities to play. Although Mano had first acquired a taste for dance music back in Ireland, Berlin was a place where he could finally get behind the decks on a regular basis—it wasn’t long before he was playing up to three nights a week and throwing his own party, Passion Beat. These gigs may not have always been glamorous, but they did provide Mano with a chance to properly hone his skills and explore new sounds.
In his mind, DJing is a legitimate art form, and as such, it’s something to be taken seriously. Mano’s eclectic style, which often includes forays into assorted strains of house, techno, disco, new wave, and more, is the direct byproduct of his many long nights in the DJ booth, not to mention his absolute dedication to the craft.
When it comes to his own music, Mano is similarly focused.
Though he first began making music as a teenager in Greystones, the seaside village where he grew up, it was during a stint in Dublin that Mano first delved into Ableton Live and electronic music production.
However, it was in Berlin that his production talents truly blossomed, and Mano soon began releasing 12-inches for a variety of labels, including Prins Thomas’ Internasjonal, Tensnake’s Mirau, and Ben Watt’s Buzzin’ Fly. And while his initial records presented quality bits of melody -driven and disco-flecked house, Mano really began to turn heads once he began to incorporate his own voice into the mix.
By infusing his dancefloor creations with elements of intimate, heartfelt pop, Mano not only stood out from the crowd—he also caught the ear of Permanent Vacation, who issued his widely lauded debut full-length, Changing Days, in 2013 as well as its follow-up, Trails in 2015.
Amidst all of this activity, Mano has also been busy cultivating a label of his own, Maeve. Launched in 2012 with the help of good friends The Drifter and Baikal, Maeve has already established itself as a reliable home for thoughtful, melodic dance music, and the young imprint is increasingly being tapped for festival and club showcases around the globe.
Still, there’s no denying that Mano remains the main attraction, and the last few years have seen him make the proverbial “leap” and become a staple of the international DJ circuit and with his undying commitment to his craft it doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon.
Hailing from the city of Valencia, producer, remixer, DJ, label owner and event promoter Edu Imbernon is a truly global electronic music proposition.
Sprouting from city of “valour” – Valencia – the multifaceted artist: producer, remixer, DJ, label owner and event promoter Edu Imbernon is a truly global electronic music proposition.
Edu has carved out an emotive, melodic sound focusing on songcraft that is all his own: a unique blend of electronica, house and indie. This sound was spawned by his anthemic remix of The xx”s “Crystalised” – the process was responsible for his discovery of writing and producing with live instruments and vocals alongside electronics and synthesised sounds.
Following his formative years as a producer and DJ, in late 2012 “Fayer” was born, starting as a small non regular 70 person event in the upstairs room of a small club in Valencia. 5 years later Fayer is a somewhat different beast. The Fayer events have gone from strength to strength – the likes of Dixon, Ame, Maceo Plex, DJ Tennis, Solomun, Jamie Jones, Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Stephan Bodzin and Tiga have featured at clubs, open airs and festivals alike, to thousands of party goers at a time. On the back of a Fayer showcase in the final year of Space Ibiza, 2017 will see a showcase at Barcelons’s biggest regular event series Brunch In The Park, and shows as far reaching as Cairo, Moscow and Beirut.
The label arm of Fayer focuses on bridging the gap between the song based worlds of indie and electronica and the more club focused sounds of house and techno music. Thus far the label has featured music from David August, Agoria, WhoMadeWho, Adriatique, Maya Jane Coles, Cubicolor, Robag Wruhme, Gardens of God and Jonas Rathsman.
After 8 releases, the achievements of the label reflect those of one many years its senior: four Beatport genre #1s, millions of streams, multiple positions on Spotify’s Viral charts, extensive BBC Radio 1 and support from Mixmag, NME, MySpace, Earmilk, DIY and Pigeons & Planes; as well as DJ support that reads like a who’s who of underground electronic music.
As a DJ, Edu’s truly global touring schedule continues to evolve. Each of the last 3 years have seen over 100 shows across 30 countries over 5 continents with stand out sets at the world’s finest festivals: Sonar, TomorrowLand, Coachella, Ultra, BPM Festival; its finest clubs; fabric, London; Watergate, Berlin; Warung Beach Club, Brazil and Womb, Tokyo; and at the original home of dance music: consecutive Space Ibiza residencies bookended by performances at the legendary opening and closing parties.
Looking ahead, is more evolution and development, a new sound for his own musical creations, fresh boundary pushing talent within his labels, and global events with his Fayer brand. Despite his long list of achievements thus far, this visionary Valencian is still somehow in his twenties.
Floyd Lavine is an artist of a new African generation. Born and raised in South Africa, Floyd explores our global village in every direction with one foot in Berlin and the other in Cape Town. Gaye, Green, Wonder, Fassie; past legacies were a crucial influence in Floyd’s early life before his introduction to house and techno in his late teens through the likes of MAW, Kerri Chandler and Dennis Ferrer.
Seeking some uncharted adventures, Floyd was drawn to London to explore music and develop himself as an artist. Whilst studying music production and business, he started a label called Uberbeat Records with his friend and fellow DJ/producer Quintin Christian. Together, they worked under the alias “Live Tech Rebelz” – a production duo with numerous EP releases.
After seven years in London, Floyd moved back to South Africa to be a part of its exciting emerging underground scene. He set up Nomadiq Music which quickly became one of Cape Town’s leading labels and musical platforms, showcasing local artists and hosting international talent of all shapes and sizes.
Floyd’s unique talent has landed him gigs at some of Europe’s premier events, venues and festivals, including Berghain/Panorama Bar, Watergate and KaterHolzig in Berlin; Unit 7, The End/AKA, Creche and Jade in London; Wanderlust and Nuba in Paris; Glastonbury Festival and Get Loaded In The Park.
Not to mention his popularity in his native South Africa where he’s one of the country’s favourite DJs and a major actor on the electronic music scene.
Floyd has released his music on some of the leading international underground labels including Upon.You Records (Berlin), murmur records (London), Dogmatik (London), Lower East (London) and on his co-owned imprint, Nomadiq Music. His productions have been supported and remixed by the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Dubfire, Pezzner, jef k, Art Department, tINI, Tom De Mac, Loco Dice and Anonym.
Heading back to Europe in October 2015, Floyd has now settled down in Berlin where he launch RISE at Watergate, his exciting new residency which draws its inspiration from the African continent, looking to showcase talents coming from but also inspired by Africa.
Production wise, Paranoid Dancer, a digital and limited edition vinyl record label based in Berlin, released his latest track, Afrique De Circus, on its 5th Paranoid Grooves edition (now out on Beatport Pro) and he’s got new releases coming up on labels such as Decay Records (London), Moral Fiber Music (Groningen, Netherlands) and BodyPart Records (Moscow).
“Dean FUEL is undoubtedly one of Cape Town’s most prolific and in demand deck masters.”
A solid reputation and loyal following has put him at the forefront of the South African dance scene, having already performed alongside global legends such as David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Erick Morillo, Basement Jaxx, Mylo, Audio Bullies, Deep Dish, Sasha, John Digweed, Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Infected Mushroom, James Lavelle, Martin Solveig, Kaskade, Sonique, James Zabiela, The Freestylers, Bass Kleph and even Jamiroquai!
Dean also features on all major international tours of SA, including the likes of Godskitchen, Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi, Pacha, Gatecrasher, Renaissance and Global Underground. One of the hardest working players in the dance scene today – the FUEL has already sparked interest overseas with offers for Paris, Dubai, London and more!
Dean FUEL’s distinctive musical style is versatile, and uniquely his own – fusing an intercontinental blend of Minimal, Funk, House, Techno, Electro, Progressive & Trance – the FUEL adds that something special, igniting all dance floors and keeping them burning with his passion and infectious energy delivered through the turntables – ALL ATTITUDE.
The perfectionist within him ensures he continuously hones his skills with many hours spent laboring in his studio, always looking for new and innovative ways to push the boundaries of his craft. This dedication has been tried and tested on numerous dancefloors all over the country and beyond, securing an ever-growing fan-base of loyal partygoers – FUEL’s reputation and appeal continue to grow.
Born into a family where music was not only a passion but a way of life, Dean took to the world of music from an early age. Drawing on a diverse musical background, driven by inspirational live-sets from the greats Carl Cox, Sasha & Digweed, and Jeff Mills – he nurtured an overwhelming desire to be a DJ. Taking his natural flair for mixing, he honed his abilities as a creative DJ and producer – supported by a truly formidable record collection, and a studio full of hi-tech hardware and gadgets.
His raw talent, undeniable passion and charismatic energy have earned FUEL residencies and created legacies at many of the country’s top clubs, among them Cape Town’s Rhodes House, Caprice, The Fez, Jet Lounge, Sutra, Opium, Bambu, Karma, The Bang Bang Club, Chevelle and many more, currently holding down his latest residency at Trinity.
Nationwide demand has meant that Fuel has not limited himself to his adoptive city. A hectic touring schedule sees him spinning regularly all over South Africa! From Cape Town to Johannesburg, Pretoria to Stellenbosch, Durban to Plett, PE to East London, Kimberly through to Pietermaritzburg, and just about everywhere in between – Dean has rocked it right.
FUEL’s edge also comes from his skills at creating his own music. Recent accomplishments include having released the ‘Opium’ (2006) Album to high regard, as well as featuring numerous tracks and collaborations produced by the man himself on prominent dance compilations. Most recently “Trippin’ Out” (with Sentrafuge) was featured on the hugely successful ‘House Anthems 4’ (2007) album, selling over 10000 copies, and became the leading track for the recent ‘Kiss FM’ album. Another collaboration track, ‘Sexy Hippie’ (with Metcalfe) has been signed to Danish progressive label, IBOGA Records, and features on their critically acclaimed ‘Set 7: Declivity’ compilation, thus marking the beginning of an international career for this talented up and coming producer. His latest collaboration with Sentrafuge – “Wild Ride” has already been signed to illustrious international label PLASTIK PARK and seen a worldwide release on their latest album – ‘Reloaded Vol. 3’. A specially recorded “vocal” mix of this single featured as the title track named “This One’s For You” on the recent ‘House Anthem 7’ (2008) CD release, once again co-mixed by the man himself, and once again selling tens of thousands of copies nationwide.
Dean’s latest album venture is non-other than the fast selling ELECTRO CANDI 3, currently in the top 20 selling albums in South Africa for 2011 in August, the figures speak for themselves…
The last few years have been a whirlwind of success, and, not prepared to slow down for a moment, this year looks set to be even more successful! 2007 and 2008 saw him completing nationwide club tours – promoting the runaway hit albums of non-other than ‘House Anthems 4’ and ‘House Anthems 7’ CDs, which he co-complied, mixed and mastered. With commissions to put together further upcoming CD mix compilations on the cards, many more original studio productions and top artist remixes in the pipelines, a full slate of club and tour dates, not to mention talk of his own dance show on local radio, FUEL is set to further increase his reach in 2011 and has global domination firmly in his sights.
Dean FUEL is blazing an upward trail like no other.
El Gordo is a face that has become synonymous with good times. A face that has represented perfectly curated sets and timely journies in his span as an artist. With a track record that would rival your biggest artists the world, he has been involved in not only DJing and making music, he’s also curated some of the finest festivals in Cape Town.
Catch El Gordo at Bazique this summer
Born at the tip of Africa, Sadhu Sensi has spent most of his life in music and nature. His sound is an eclectic mix of organic and digital instruments, blended into a downtempo, ethnic grooving vibe. He has travelled far and wide with his music collecting sounds and uplifting consciousness through music.
Having recently released music on Iboga records and performing at Boom Festival the journey continues into the cosmos..
In 2006 a collaboration with Ivan Turanjanin led to the formation of the Killer Robot club night and dj collective. Bruno helped to curate a night that became renowned as much for the residents and their individual styles as the stellar catalogue of guests that graced its stage. Killer Robot’s prescient eye for talent saw artists like Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Konrad Black, Butane & Alex Smoke all making their debuts in South Africa long before they became household names. 8 years later, Killer Robot still maintains a heavyweight presence on South African stages and performs at clubs and festivals all over the country.
In addition to his ongoing involvement in Killer Robot, Bruno djs in his solo capacity across South Africa and is also a regular visitor to Germany, where he has played alongside Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson and Shaun Reeves at their notorious afterhours night at Berlin’s Club Der Visionaere, as well as the famous Distillery club in Leipzig.
He has shared the decks with an armada of djing stars, and his expertise, not only as a headliner but also as a pitch perfect warmup act, has seen him open for everyone from Luciano to Abdulla Rashim, as well as sharing back to back sessions with the likes of Lee Burridge and Shonky.
Unconfined by genre and encompassing everything from hypnotic deep house to a full on techno assault, Bruno’s sets celebrate the craft of djing whilst keeping the pressure high on the dancefloor at all times.
Perhaps and maybe for them and those whom and who potentially and possibly resonate and connect with and what speaks and whispers to my soul…
DANTEMPO is Dan Courtney, one half of the infamous duo Black Book
Widely regarded as the most innovative and gifted electronic artist to emerge from South Africa, Felix Laband continues his exploration of the outer edges of the music that he’s being creating for more than fifteen years.
That journey began in with Laband’s first record Thin Shoes In June, released by African Dope in 2001 as a flagbearer of the label’s independent sound, and greeted with global acclaim rarely afforded South African releases (Popmatters called it an “utterly world-class piece of electronica”). Since then Laband has written, recorded and performed a body of extraordinary music that’s as much about exposing his own vulnerability and emotions as it is about showing electronica’s vast possibilities – as both a hugely malleable music genre and as music capable of real social commentary.
Thin Shoes In June was followed by 4/4 Down The Stairs in 2002 and Dark Days Exit in 2005 – both of which confirmed that the genius of Laband’s debut was no one-off thing. The trio of albums helped Laband establish a global audience and set the scene for the unanimously excellent reception to Deaf Safari – a stunning nine-track album that was released in 2015.
Having played every major electronic festival in South Africa over the past few years, 2016 saw Laband undertake a tour of the EU tour with his creative partner, fine artist Kerry Chaloner, who plays an important role in expanding Laband’s on-stage visuals. Among their dates was Ortigia Sound System (Italy), Nachtdigital (Germany) Garbicz Festival (Poland) and Mukanda (Italy) with the shows providing a transcendent, emotional experience for audiences.
Working from his home studio in Cape Town, Laband’s restless creativity also saw him release Bag of Bones EP and the single “A True Friend Is Hard To Find” in 2016, as well as initiate the first in the Tikno Sessions, a planned series of podcasts and new music. The title track off Bag of Bones – which Laband describes as a “personal ballad to a life with the lights turned off” – is a minimalist masterpiece, featuring Laband on guitar and award-winning musician Shane Cooper (aka Card On Spokes) on double bass. Also included on the EP is a Luke Vibert Remix of “Righteous Red Berets”, a track off Deaf Safari, and his own “Kill The Boer” remix of his 2002 Kwaito Bass classic “Donkey Rattle”. The remix is based around an audio sample of a toyi-toyi dance, recorded during the apartheid struggle. “I used the sample as a way of speaking about the current ‘revolution’ with a different government but with the same despair,” says Laband of this creative decision.
Already, 2017 is bringing new horizons for Laband. His artwork is featured as part of Kalashnikovv Gallery’s group exhibition The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts – finally bringing his visual collages and art making to a wider audience. With live dates lining up for the year, Laband remains focused on his quest to create “emotional music of relevance” for a truly global audience.
A fixture on the Cape Town and South African circuit since 2001, Marshall has been around the block, probably twice. Residencies at some of Cape Town’s premier and more underground venues have included the old Fez, the new Fez, Fiction, Orchard Bank, Marvel, Blakes, and Sapphire.
On a yearly basis, he can be found playing sets at the countries premier festivals including Rocking the Daisies, Earthdance, the Loeries, Kinky Disco and his own, co-founded boutique fest Wolfkop Weekender.
Among the endless list of international DJ’s Marshall has played alongside are Seth Troxler, Henrik Schwarz, Âme, Dixon, Max Cooper, Richard Dormeister, Bruno Pronsato, Carl Craig, Tim Sweeny, Lemon Jelly, Metro Area and Tale of Us.
As a producer he has original material released on labels around the world, and has enjoyed a prolific career as a remixer, remixing the like of Goldfish, Alt-J, Lady M, We Set Sail and Original Swimming Party.
FOSTA & OD
Heading up 021 Records out of Langa, Cape Town, DJ Fosta & DJ OD are helping shape Cape Town’s House, Kwaito and Sjoko Joko scene. Rooted in musicianship and live performance, they have a strong focus on musicality and the ability to play an instrument and are eager to share their knowledge. In their session for the CTEMF Open End Workshops DJ Fosta and DJ OD produced a track live featuring a hook written and sung by an attendee as well as a rapped verse.
Watch as they show their thought process as they put together the track “It’s a Party”.
CHRIS DE VOS
A seasoned veteran in the events game, Chris has become a regular fixture behind the decks. The mastermind behind Sexy Groovy Love and DVM Events, you will always find him digging deeper into his record box to give the dancers a musical journey through the various spheres of House music, providing you, the dancers with hours upon hours of smiling, happy dance floors.
If not behind the decks, he can be found creating magical experiences across the beautiful landscapes in Cape Town and beyond. A firm favourite in the Cape Town calendar, Chris has cemented his place among the top echelon of DJs and artists in the southernmost region of Africa.