An oscillator is the sound source of a synthesizer, the starting point of unprecedented sonic possibilities and an inexhaustible source of creativity. Oscillators exist in endless variations, shapes and sounds. This new festival is seen as a starting point, a playground in which the musical interpretation and even the entire building is viewed as a modular synthesizer, which is patched and tweaked every year again.
Cosmic Force is a long time player in the worldwide Electro scene. Not an artist who transformed from one sound to another, he’s one of Electro’s originals! Like so many kids of the 80’s, Cosmic Force was influenced by the emergent street culture of New York, especially the Electro funk movement of HipHop.
After playing around with tape recorders and borrowed turntables, CF started his musical experimentation for real when he started buying modular systems and really morphing the sounds he had.
Dax J is a London born artist, known as a powerful DJ, producer and label boss. His trademark sound is on constant rotation from the biggest DJ’s in electronic music today. In 2016 Dax was voted into Resident Advisor’s top 100 DJ’s of the year at No.56, while also being nominated in Mixmag, Groove Magazine and DJ Mag as Best Breakthrough DJ.
He played closing sets at monumental parties including Awakenings for ADE in the Gashoulder as well as a 10-hour marathon set in the worlds most notorious techno club, Berghain. In 2015 Dax released his highly acclaimed debut album ‘Shades of Black’ on his own label ‘Monnom Black.’
DJ Bus Replacement Service started out in 2009 with podcast mixes sharing her outsider music collection onto the unsuspecting public. This led to DJing at Shitmat’s Wrong Music parties, Bang Face, and an undefeated record in DJ soundclashes against Chin Stroke Records boss DJ Detweiler. In November 2018 she joined Rinse FM as part of their rotating roster of residents.
The current form of DJ Bus Replacement Service performances is a head-spinning rush of anything-goes bangers. With techno and hardcore forming the base layer of her sets, she wastes no time criss-crossing Asian hip-hop, yodelling, Russian donk, spoken word, and other lesser-known and underappreciated genres. Like it should have no logical intersection whatsoever on the dancefloor, yet somehow brings dancers to rapture in delight and ‘eureka!’ moments.
Surprise, adventure, entertainment and education: Four key words often used for describing Dutch DJ and producer Marcelle/Another Nice Mess. Using live (and in the studio) three turntables, Marcelle takes her mix talents to high heights. She is as much, or even more of, a musician as she is a dj.
She produces her own music; since 2016 the German label ‘Jahmoni’ has been releasing a series of vinyl only Marcelle releases: ‘In The Wrong Direction’, ‘Psalm Tree’. Her upcoming 10” ep ‘For’ is a tribute to Mark. E. Smith. Between 2008 and 2014 Marcelle has released four double vinyl albums on the German ‘Klangbad’ label, set up by Hans-Joachim Irmler, founder member of the legendary krautrock band Faust.
Feryne is a local talent and upcoming DJ from Nijmegen. She is a very eclectic DJ who knows her place at any time of the night. Previously she made a big impression at Metro Kollektief and at Planet Rose where she opened the night for two big ones: Zadig and Albert van Abbe.
Gesloten Cirkel releases music even though no-one knows who is behind it. A real mythology has built up around the always fascinating artist, and each of his EP’s sell out in quick time. His music mostly comes on I-F’s Murder Capital Records and combines techno, acid and electro in wild and wonderful new ways.
For a set of amazing techno, you should definitely pay a visit to DJ/producer Identified Patient, aka Job Veerman, who has a unique view of things. The Amsterdam based dj has knows how to connect dark electronics with acid bleeps and influences from underground 1980s movements such as ultra, synth wave and industrial.
With a lot of reverb and pounding drum computers. The tempo is slow, the atmosphere is muggy and the groove is mechanical.
Ineffekt is a DJ and Producer born in Utrecht residing between glitchy sci-fi rhythms and quirky breaks, inspired by his nocturnal wanderings. Intended for sweaty affairs only.
Mad Miran is a promising newcomer with a wide range of electronic styles. She emerged at lightning speed from the Amsterdam scene around Strange Sounds From Beyond. Miran Belhanafi has only been a professional DJ for a year and has played in half of Europe in that short time.
She is that girl who was stuck party after party against the DJ booth to miss nothing of the sets, but kept silent for everyone that she was practicing at home day in day out with Virtual DJ. Since the start of her professional career, she quickly became the go-to girl for every moment of the night: unpredictable, original and funky.
Mirella Kroes is a strong mind with a love for nature, both spiritual and down to earth. This duality is reflected in her dj-sets. She favours the contemporary, deeper side of techno that is in equal parts enticing to the brain and captivating the soul. Mirella tends to explore the trippier, mental side of electronic music in her sets that echo a longing for the unknown.
Space is key in her meticulously crafted organic builds that allow for time to appreciate the space between sounds and little details that keep it fresh. If you want to experience her musical vision take a plunge and submerge yourself in warm space and deep sounds at Motiv, the club night she runs in Amsterdam.
It has only been a year since Operating Modus entered the clubscene, and ever since he’s been emerging quickly, setting dancefloors ablaze with electro, breaks, wave and house, but also ambient and electronics.
His energetic style brought him under the attention of major events, like Drift, Breakfast Club, Zeezout, Planet Rose and more. One to keep an eye on.
Parrish Smith crafts a sound that’s both familiar and deeply inexplicable. Hovering between body music, electronica and deep-burning industrial yet rejecting the conventions of all three, his output is as elusive as it is absorbing.
Inspired by personal experiences and his determination to keep evolving, Smith developed a distinctive sound derived from an all-analogue set-up, sampling every object that produces sound. His signature raw machine wrangling gained attention from Nina Kraviz who released his track ‘L’importance du Doute’ on her трип imprint, while the Dutch label Knekelhuis signed his debut EP: Virgin Of The World. Alongside Pankow and Helena Hauff , Smith contributed to a split EP on Contort Yourself and a 4 tracker on L.I.E.S. records.
Biologically speaking, Natural Selection has a well known meaning and, in the case of Selección Natural, after being into proper techno since forever, this not only means durability but also surviving within hostile environments.
Aside from scientific slang, Selección Natural is a step forward when it comes to techno performance: four artists, several decks, fx and two mixers controlled by the expert hands of Oscar Mulero, Exium and Reeko – artists who melt frequencies, layer beats and create something new with every performance.
For over 20 years Robert Heise is part of the electronic music scene. He started his career as resident DJ at the Club Kasablanca in Jena, where he performed with big players such as Robert Hood, Jeff Mills and Claude Young. While organizing several Electronica parties in and around Jena he was able to show his talent. Robert founded the project The Exaltics in 2006 with his long term friend Nico Jagiella.
Since then he published countless 12″s and several LP’s with labels like Clone, Crème Organization, Bunker and on his own label SolarOneMusic. He turned his deep cinematic and most of all charismatic electro into his own trademark. Another signature is his dark driven Acid Techno. During his live performance Robert present his unique version of electro and acid music. He always stands for pure energy when he plays live.
The towers of the World Trade Center were still standing when Michel Amato found world fame as The Hacker, electro and techno producer extraordinaire. Together with his Swiss colleague in crime Miss Kittin, the Frenchman ruled the global electroclash scene at the beginning of this century.
He made hits such as ‘Frank Sinatra’ (2000) and albums such as ‘Intimités’ (1998) and ‘First Album’ (2001) – and spectacular live shows, with which the duo exploded club after festival.
The Mindripper is not new to the scene. He released a series of tracks under different monikers in the techno scene and has several decades of experience behind the decks. With roots in the 90’s early rave and hardcore scene, he felt it was time to dust of some old essential records and bring some of this heavy artillery hardcore back to life.
Thomas P. Heckmann started doing techno-house music professionally in summer 1991 with his first release ‘EXIT 100 – LIQUID’. After doing all sorts of electronic music since the age eleven – including synthi pop, industrial, ebm and experimental – he was attracted by the likes of KLF and 808 STATE´s early stuff, this lead him into the new acid and techno styles in 1989.
It brought him the respect of a lot of people and the license on Daniel Millers label ‘Mute Records’ in England, which became single of the month in ‘Melody Maker’ and reached 20th place in the independend charts in 1992. He also was one of the pioneer producers to release new acid styles in the likeness of ‘underground Resistance’.
Hailing from the ancient Russian city of Tambov, on the banks of the Tsna River, the youngest member of the Trip family is Vladimir Dubyshkin.
Following on from his ‘Cheerful Pessimit’ EP on Nina Kraviz’ Trip imprint in 2018, his 2nd EP will appear later this year.