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Paulo Olarte

olarte-presspic-02-amomodataAfter La Muerte del Perro Negro, Paulo Olarte was the only one who could take his place, but he didn’t. He said El Perro Negro was irreplaceable. Then Paulo was lost for days, weeks and months. Everybody thought he was dead, but he was not dead, he was celebrating alongside El General, a ritual for leaving the past behind. They were going like muevelo muevelo, pum pum mami mami y no me trates de engañar. This period of absence for more than six months gave him the name of El Mata Culebras, a name given to him by a Chola Caderona in Panama City the day he rescued her from the bad intentions of a cobra that wanted to kill her. He became known as one of the most incredible snake charmers in the Caribbean and Pacific Coast taming cobras and other poisonous snakes, making them his disciples. Even Arabs, Hindus and especially Persians know him for his abilities in snake charming. Some people even thought he had a pact with the devil, but after a few years nobody was saying that anymore. Instead they were saying he was the devil himself, El Diablo! Today, he is known by many as El Dragon Criollo. The reason for this name remains to this day a big mystery, but many think it’s down to the tropical skills since he developed as a little boy.

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Andrea Oliva

captureThe journey of Andrea Oliva from his initial introduction to dance music to becoming a rapidly rising DJ talent is an organic one. Beginning at just 12 years old, Andrea was exposed to the sounds he would grow to love by a family member who was also a musician. Taking these sounds, he learnt to DJ at 15, worked in a record store, built an incredible collection of the most upfront promos and white labels from Europe and beyond, and very soon secured bookings at Switzerland’s top clubs. Residencies at Terminus and Pravda followed and soon he found himself on some of the world’s biggest underground record labels as well as taking on a pivotal residency at Ushuaïa Ibiza for ANTS.

Growing up, Andrea’s passion for music also saw him team up with local club kid and owner of Basel’s Nordstern, Agi Isaku, a connection that he has maintained through to this very day. They went on to throw frequently sold-out ‘Banditz’ parties across Switzerland, the renown of which in combination with Andrea’s legendary all night DJ sets soon took him across the continent and all the way to Ibiza when he was first invited to DJ at Space.

Andrea debuted his first release in 2004 on Swedish imprint Joia Records and, as he began to forge his own sound, he started releasing tracks via Viva Music, Saved Records, Be As One, Hideout, and Cadenza. As time went on, his production reputation began to build as did his studio and the support for his music. In 2012, releases included his ‘Click Off’ EP (Cadenza) and ‘Scene’ (Be As One) both of which saw him break into the Beatport Top 10 download chart. This led to Andrea being the most charted artist on Resident Advisor in February and March of that year with some of the biggest DJs in the business playing and charting his music.

2013 was another momentous year for Andrea, as he launched his summer residency at the place that changed Ibiza as we know it today – Ushuaïa Ibiza! He played to the masses at the venue’s hottest underground party ‘ANTS’ simultaneously topping the Beatport charts with his remix of ‘Rise Of Angels’, a track that ultimately became known as the ANTS summer anthem and spread like wildfire across the island of Ibiza as well as being one of Cadenza’s biggest selling records to date.

The ANTS brand has since gone from strength to strength and counts itself as one of the most successful parties on the island with Andrea returning as a main staple in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Whilst Andrea’s sets have become legendary, he is also very much involved with the direction of the events, identifying 100% with the ANTS philosophy both as a party and musically. Now in its fourth year, ANTS has developed into an internationally recognized clubbing brand and has thrown parties at the huge Mexican BPM Festival and Miami WMC as well as at clubs and festivals in Dubai, Argentina, Austria, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, UK, Croatia, Malta, Holland and Switzerland with many more planned throughout the coming year.

Andrea has played at each and every party to date and is excited to be involved with all things ANTS going forward. The past few years have also seen Andrea notch up an impressive resume of solo gigs, touring extensively on a worldwide level and counting key slots at Coachella (USA), Tomorrowland (Belgium), Extrema Festivals (Belgium and Holland), Creamfields (Ibiza and UK), Radio 1 in Ibiza 20 (live broadcast), Shindig, Son us, Electric Zoo and We Are Fstvl as career highlights as well as dates at clubs including Output (NYC), Panorama (Berlin), State (Argentina), Cocorico (Italy) and of course the huge Ushuaïa Closing Party where he shared the stage with Marco Carola.

Indeed his diary shows no sign of slowing down with gigs lined up around the globe whilst still holding his residency at his home club Nordstern Basel. Production wise, his calendar has been equally as hectic. Throughout the course of 2014 he released a collaboration with DJ Le Roi on Conto 4056 (Objektivity), a 3-track EP named ‘Decomposing’ (which continued his long-standing relationship with British imprint Defected and which topped the Spotify Electronic Chart in May 2016) and he also had several individual releases on Viva Music, Saved Records, Be As One, Hideout and Moon Harbour.

Continuing with equal vigour throughout 2015, Andrea penned a collaboration with DJ duo Livio & Roby for their album on Apollonia, a huge remix for GUTI as one of his album tracks on DFTD, in addition to remixes for DJ Sneak and Italy’s musical maestro Jovanotti. But the cherry on the “2015” cake was when Andrea released his very own debut solo artist album “4313” in May and which was named after the postcode of his hometown. The album received widespread admiration and extensive support with fans, industry and press alike – and not only featured a range of sounds showing Andrea’s versatility and depth as an artist, but also took a contemporary musical direction and featured several fellow musicians showing Andrea’s ethos of both collaboration and experimentation.

Needless to say, Andrea’s dedication to the underground scene has garnered him widespread support and his music is appreciated by a range of dance music luminaries. “4313” was really just the beginning of Andrea’s album adventures – no sooner had he finished and he was back in the studio to follow up. A mix compilation album mixed back to back with Pete Tong and including further exclusive tracks from Andrea is due out very soon, in addition to a plethora of quality solo tracks, with releases on labels such as Desolat, Saved, Cuttin Headz, VIVa Music, Avotre and Knee Deep spanning 2016.

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Davina Moss

I15B6925Davina Moss is so well known in house circles she can go simply by her forename. It is one synonymous with fresh tech and deep beats and has been for more than a whole decade now. As such, Davina has headlined some of the most influential clubs and festivals around the world, from Ibiza to Russia, Japan to Brazil, always managing to own the crowd even when it is 60,000 strong.

Currently enjoying a fine run of form, Davina is putting out sensuous and emotional house that is exciting and original, making people move all night long in the club. With music that ranges in mood from slower, more musical tracks to faster, high impact records, Davina is truly adept at a wide range of styles and sounds.

To date she has been tapped up for releases on labels like the acclaimed Hot Creations, as well as Hot Trax, Viva music, Clarisse Recs, Upon You, Pacha Recordings, Natural Rhythms and many more. She has also remixed a wide range of artists including Duran Duran star Andy Taylor, Danakil and many more.

Her own work is also in hot demand by the stars, and as such has been reworked by Les Schmitz, Matt Tolfrey, Raffa Fl, The Supermen Lovers, Charles Lima, Alex Neri, Luna City Express, Federico Grazzini, Jon Rundell, Morttagua and many more.

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Jay Shepheard

Jay ShepheardBerlin based Londoner releasing quality house and disco since 2007 on labels including Compost, Futureboogie, Freerange, Pets Recordings, Buzzin Fly and many others as well as running his own Retrofit label launched in 2010.

With a steady stream of house, disco and techno releases starting back in 2007 Jay Shepheard is now established as a well recognised staple of the genres. Since his early 12″s on Munich’s Compost Black Label, including the breakthrough track ‘Pipes N Sneakers’, Shepheard has gone on to release on a diverse range of labels including Diynamic, Pets Recordings, Freerange, Buzzin Fly, Paper, Rebirth and many more. These releases have earned him nominations for best Deep House and best Nu Disco artist in the Beatport awards as well as much praise from the press and DJ community.

As well as his studio work Jay is well known for his talent both behind the decks, with an ear for music lovingly honed during seven years working at UK online vinyl store Juno Records, and as a live artist, touring consistently these past eight years throughout Europe, Australia, US and Asia and playing at many of the worlds most respected venues including Fabric London, Panorama Bar Berlin, Arma 17 Moscow, and Secretsundaze Sonar Barcelona. This DJ reputation was also given a boost by his Resident Advisor podcast published in Jan 2012.

Having a strong discography already under his belt and keen to launch a new project Shepheard set up the Retrofit imprint in 2010. With an ear for the past and an eye on the future the label marries classic electronic music themes with modern dance floor concepts. Many releases feature himself alongside other artists including (the late great) Martin Dawson, Iron Curtis, Matthew Burton, Locked Groove, Art Of Tones, Mic Newman, Jaques Renualt and Session Victim. 2013 saw the release of the first Jay Shepheard album Home & Garden taking his signature sound out of the club and into the home listening experience.

In late 2014 Shepheard dropped his second long playing project Seeing Sound – a 2×12″ of club tracks as the 20th release for Retrofit. The project received critical acclaim with glowing reviews from respected publications such as Pitchfork, RA, Crack Magazine, DJ Mag – these words backed up by strong DJ feedback from a wide range of both undgeround and mainstream jocks including Axel Boman, Dense & Pika, Severino, Hot Since 82, Jackmaster and Catz N’ Dogz to name a few.

During 2015 Shepheard had exciting releases and remixes with labels such as NYCs Lets Play House, Bristol’s Futureboogie, Barcelona’s Galaktika and his own Retrofit – with label events at London’s Fabric and Berlin’s Watergate along with his usual touring schedule throughout Europe and the world.

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Solarc

-6459Carlos Regueira aka Solarc was previously working under the pseudonym Southmen and signed for highly regarded US label Yoshitoshi Recordings (owned by legendary duo Deep Dish) in 2005. After further releases on such labels as Azuli Records, 925 Digital, Farplane and Factomania, he released his first compilation “A Fine Balance” on Sony Music Latin America back in 2012. His talent and passion for House Music have led to frequent gigs in some of the biggest clubs and festivals in the world including Shindig(Newcastle), Avalon(Hollywood), Space(Ibiza), Catwalk(Barcelona), Warung(Brasil), Cameo(Miami), Crobar(NYC), Groovejet(Miami), Home(London), Pacha(Ibiza) Fabrik(Madrid), Sankeys(Manchester), Q(Zurich), Ministry Of Sound(London), Amnesia(Ibiza) and Club One(Buenos Aires) among others.

In 2015, he launched his latest project Solarc, an alter ego focused on quality house music, covering everything from deep house to techno. Solarc’s productions seek to innovate in new ways while his DJ performances delight audiences with groovy, rhythmic sets. His first release in collaboration with D-Formation, ‘In Your Mind, was released on Toolroom Records, reaching top#25 position in the Tech House Main Charts for several weeks.

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Skapes

SKAPES - TOFFLER, ROTTERDAM 2Skapes is a relatively new name on the UK underground house scene. You may also know him from his previous work as Twocker (with Low Steppa), Calvertron or his earlier work in the techno/house scene as Alex Calver (his real name) where he clocked up well over 100 vinyl releases.

Some of Alex’s career landmarks include releasing his music on Data (Ministry of Sound), Toolroom, 3Beat, Cr2, New State and remixing a diverse plethora of big league acts like Guru Josh, Korn, Skeptre, Sander Kleinenberg, Stanton Warriors and Enter Shikari to name a few. He has also enjoyed a very successful career as a DJ touring the globe several times over making regular appearances all over the States, Europe, South America, Asia and Australia (where he mixed a successful Ministry of Sound compilation album!).

His new pseudonym Skapes is already making waves with regular plays on BBC Radio 1, Rinse FM, 1Xtra and Kiss FM. His latest releases, on Low Steppa’s Simma Black/Red have gained support from heavy hitters like, Todd Terry, Carl Craig, Mark Knight, Oliver Heldens and Danny Howard has been caning his recent rework of Marshall Jefferson’s ‘Move Your Body’ on his Radio 1 show!

In late 2015 Skapes founded his own label ‘Eskape Musik’, it’s already on its 13th release and has a string of tracks and remixes lined up for 2016. Skapes was nominated no.2 by Traxsource in their ‘10 Artists to watch’ featured in ‘Magnetic Mag’ in March.

‘Eskape Musik’ has branched into a monthly 2-hour radio slot on Grant Nelson’s ‘D3EP radio network’. Tune in from 10pm to midnight every fourth Wednesday of the month to keep up to date with all things Skapes or catch him at a rave near you soon!

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Audiojack

2Audiojack are the Leeds grown, Ibiza based duo who have built a solid reputation over the last decade as DJs, producers, remixers and label curators. Their original releases can be found on leading house and techno labels like Crosstown Rebels, 2020Vision and Hot Creations, as well as Tsuba, Leftroom and Culprit. They have remixed for labels such as Moon Harbour, B-Pitch Control and Diynamic, whilst Underworld, Groove Armada and Hot Since 82 are amongst the artists to have enlisted Audiojack for remixes.

The duo have been mainstays on Ralph Lawson’s 2020Vision recordings for over a decade, where they released their debut album ‘Radio’, and several bestselling EPs including ‘Get Serious’ and ‘No Equal Sides’. More recently Audiojack signed to Jamie Jones’ infamous Hot Creations label, debuting with the heavily played ‘Vibrate’ EP, which features their good friend and vocalist Kevin Knapp on vocals; one of many collaborations between the transatlantic trio. Audiojack also joined up with Damian Lazarus and his Crosstown Rebels imprint, debuting with their ‘Turya’ EP which brings the words of a guided meditation into a club setting to create a heads-down-eyes-closed hypnotic experience.

Running their own dancefloor focused label Gruuv for over five years has provided an alternative home for their original music. EPs such as ‘Stay Glued’ and ‘These Days’, and their remake of Jaydee’s classic ‘Plastic Dreams’ were received to critical acclaim. The label has garnered a reputation for nurturing the best talent, new and old, counting Emanuel Satie, David Mayer, Marc Romboy, Paul C & Paulo Martini and Gorge amongst its regular releasing artists and has held a position amongst Resident Advisor’s most charted labels year on year.

It was Audiojack’s passion for DJing though which drove their desire to produce music and curate a label in the first place. With two decades behind the decks they craft their sets with energy and panache. Accolades include a nomination in DJ Mag’s Best of British awards, the Mexican Dance Awards and mixing the legendary Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1. Over the last ten years they’ve toured in hundreds of cities in over sixty countries. Some of their favourites include fabric in London, Space in Ibiza, D-Edge in Sao Paulo, Kater Blau in Berlin, Rex in Paris, Fabrik in Madrid, Basics in Leeds, Harry Klein in Munich, B018 in Beirut, Electric Pickle in Miami, Vibe in Curitiba and Tanzhaus West in Frankfurt.

Audiojack added promoter to their repertoire in 2015 with the launch of their Sunday Social free party in Ibiza. Held at the intimate Veto club the ethos is aligned with the true spirit of Ibiza. A small place with good music, unannounced guest DJs, no door charge and affordable drinks. A free spirited alternative to Ibiza’s great but expensive superclubs.

Remaining true to their beliefs and staying relevant without being contrived is at the core of Audiojack’s success. The duo never rests on their laurels, reinventing themselves whenever necessary, although in an organic manner. In today’s fast-paced, ever growing electronic music world it’s not always easy to keep a cool head and maintain credibility and integrity. Audiojack stand proud as an example of how to do things the right way.

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Brett Johnson

BRETT JOHNSONWith influences ranging from early house and disco to turntablism and techno, Brett Johnson successfully straddles the line between knowledgeable “thinking man’s” DJ and genuine, primal floor-filler. Brett’s sound is best known as groovy, bumping house with a hearty dose of techno elements, crafted and mixed in a way that is truly identifiable as his own. Whether DJing or creating music, his wild card is an ability to inject warmth and soul into his electronic sound. The result is an impressive discography filled with unique statements, otherworldly surprises, and undeniable club stompers.

Releasing his first record in 1999 on the now defunct, Aesoteric Records, Brett has released over 100 records and remixes for some of dance music’s best labels. The list includes Crosstown Rebels, Classic Music Company, 20/20 Vision, Get Physical, Visionquest, Magnetic, Freerange, Cynosure, F-Communications; the list goes on and on. Aside from a busy remix schedule, Brett is currently releasing his own music on the labels Visionquest, Classic Music Company, Get Physical and Cynosure Recordings.

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Elekfantz

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It all began in the summer of 2012 with ‘Wish’, a limited edition vinyl release in honour of legendary blues musician Muddy Waters. The wax soon found its way around the Brazilian electronic music scene and it wasn’t long before a fan had digitised the album and posted it online. Hundreds of thousands of listeners were drawn to the record and speculation about the mystery artist behind it was rife. Gui Boratto was most people’s guess but it was the Brazilian DJ (a future collaborator) that would eventually reveal the identity of the talented duo behind the album. Elekfantz had arrived.

Daniel Kuhnen and Leo Piovezani have known each other for more than two decades, initially playing together in a blues band as teenagers. While Leo continued his career as a professional musician and songwriter, playing with some of Brazil’s greatest artists in a career spanning 20 years, Daniel followed another artistic path. He was drawn to electronic music of South America and eventually became resident DJ at a local club. It wasn’t until years later that their musical paths crossed once again and an electronic duo was born.

‘Diggin ‘On You’ was released in 2013 on Gui Boratto’s label, DOC, and distributed by Germany’s Kompakt. It was the second best-selling song of its kind that year and spent more than three months in the Beatort top 100. A huge summer hit, it was remixed by Solomun and played on radio shows, charts and podcasts by such diverse artists as Chromeo, Pete Tong, Fedde Le Grand, Michael Mayer, John Digweed and HOSH, as well as licensed for dozens of compilations including Pacha Ibiza, Ministry of Sound, Defected, Global Underground, Es Vive Ibiza, Future Disco & Bargrooves among others.

After a year spent in a studio between Florianópolis and São Paulo, the duo released their debut album on double 12 “vinyl. ‘Dark Tales & Love Songs’ has the intimate melodies, organic feel and sensual harmonies that Elekfantz soon became famed for. Shortly after the release, they began a three-month tour of eleven countries and some of Europe’s biggest clubs and festivals.”They just sound different, handsome,” Gui Boratto commented, “real musicians.” The rest, as they say, is history.

The Brazilian duo have since feature on festival line-ups across the globe. They started 2014 playing the Brazilian editions of Lollapalooza and Creamfields before embarking for the European summer and debuting at Melt! Festival in Germany and Nowa Musyka in Poland among others. They finished the year playing in Tribaltech, XXXperience and Dream Valley and in early 2015 were one of the highlights of the first Brazilian edition of the Belgian festival Tomorrowland. North American shows quickly followed with slots in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Washington, Toronto and Montreal.

Working closely with conductor Jeferson Della Rocca and the Camerata Florianópolis was a career highlight, with several Elekfantz tracks beautifully arranged and impeccably orchestrated for a series of concert at theatres all over Brazil.

In the 2014 edition of the Rio Music Conference RMC Prize Elekfantz brought home prizes in two categories: best track for ‘Diggin ‘On You’ and best live act.

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Robert Owens

RO“My work is about being aware of all the different facets and feelings in life. Much of it is driven by pain, but that’s just an emotion too. I can’t stand there and be like a pop star because I need to be real – and a real person gives from their soul and won’t let anyone taint that.” (Robert Owens)

Robert Owens became one of the figures most associated with the late-’80s golden era of Chicago house. In 1985 Robert met pioneering Chicago producer Larry Heard, who invited him into his studio. Together they formed Fingers Inc with Ron Wilson and released a series of excellent singles such as ‘Mysteries Of Love’ or the instantly recognizable house standard ‘Can You Feel It’. Following the call of Frankie Knuckles, Robert went to New York in 1989 to record a track with the Def Mix posse – consisting of David Morales, Satoshi Tomiie and Frankie himself.

Robert Owens is very much the most celebrated voice in house music. ‘Tears’, ‘I’ll Be Your Friend’ and ‘Ordinary People’ are just some of the tunes that have gone on to become truly classic dance records.

From the gritty but sublime Trax of yesteryear to the forward-looking projects of today, Robert Owens is one of dance music’s true legends, a man who has his roots in the future and his feet planted firmly on the earth – and a man who has never been afraid of sharing himself with others.

Robert stayed true to his records spinning club roots. As an innovative and globally in-demand DJ he is still dazzling crowds across the UK, Europe, Japan and America with his special blend of the deepest house and electronica.

Truelove Music is honored to welcome the prestigious Robert Owens into the publishing family.

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Larry Heard

Truelove Music is proud to announce that it now represents the entire Larry Heard catalogue worldwide, together with Larry’s exciting future output.

Larry Heard  is a Memphis, Tennessee-based musician widely known for the Chicago-based house music he produced during the mid-1980’s and continues to produce today. Heard grew up hearing jazz and Motown at home, and could play several instruments from a young age.

Larry Heard is often credited of The Originated of “deep” in house music. He is responsible for numerous classics and deserves due credit from music lovers all around the world.

He was leader of the influential group Fingers Inc. and has recorded solo under various names, most notably Mr. Fingers. He is regarded as a pioneer of deep house music, moving house music away from its “post-human tendencies back towards the lush” soulful sound of early disco music.

Larry Heard’s musical influence can be heard in the songs of countless artists. For those who appreciate warm and passionate compositions, Larry’s music is pure magic. He has been blessed with a unique gift that sends listeners into a blissful euphoric state.

John Truelove states “since my earliest days in the industry I have dreamed of working with this music that has personally inspired me so deeply. Mr Fingers defines house music, and with the resurgent global interest in ‘Deep House’, now is the time for him to get the wider recognition and reward that he so richly deserves”.

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GusGus

gus-gus-wideTruelove Music welcomes GusGus

GusGus are easily one of the most iconic and respected acts in electronic music today with over 500.000 albums sold in their illustrious career.

Founded in 1995, GusGus is an electronic band from Iceland. The group’s discography consists of nine studio albums and one live record, and they have been touring relentlessly ever since.

GusGus’ music is eclectic, and although primarily classified with techno, trip hop, and house music, they have experimented with numerous other styles. The group has also remixed several famous artists, including Björk, Depeche Mode, Moloko, and Sigur Rós.

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Lea Luna

lea-lIn an industry of one-trick ponies, Luna has it all: Looks that kill, a dedicated underground following, extensive skills with the tools of the trade, and, last but not least, timing.

In response to electronic dance music (EDM)’s recent presence under the mainstream spotlight, pop music artists incorporate the beats and progressions popularized by the former genre into their productions now more than ever. Such trends invariably backfire, however, when purist fans of the producers from which pop artists borrow their sound challenge their street cred in any kind of open forum. Luna’s career, on the other hand, resonates with the long-time supporters of the EDM community as she’s been creating music within the genre for much longer than she’s been a pop singer.

Electro/dubstep singles such as “Hearts Under Fire” and “Leaving for Mars” gained her recognition on the Beatport charts around the same time dance music started to hit the mainstream airwaves. This right-place-right-time back story – coupled with her stunning looks, sexy voice and girl-your-parents-warned-you-about mystique – affords her the opportunity to reach a wide audience that ranges from underground music fans to top 40 teenyboppers.

Still an avid DJ/producer, Luna commands an expert grasp of the skill sets required to create music across the entire spectrum of dance music; she’s just as comfortable throwing down a bass-heavy dubstep set as she is an uplifting house set. She has performed at legendary nightclubs like Hollywood’s Vanguard, NYC’s Limelight, Denver’s Beta and LA’s Avalon as well as festivals such as the esteemed Burning Man.

Luna’s most recent releases include collaborations with Sydney Blu, Manufactured Superstars, Revolvr, Quivver, Helicopter Showdown, Jontron, and Dragon. Make sure to check out her new music videos on youtube for her singles “Rock Show” and (coming soon) “Arrest the DJ.”

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Nicole Moudaber

Nicole NEWNicole Moudaber is an event promoter, record label founder, radio host, and one of the most passionately followed DJ/producers in the world. The one-woman army is marching her muscular take on techno all over the globe, winning fans not only with her music, but her way of being, that’s at once uncensored, inclusive, and fierce.

With her trademark shock of untamed dark hair, the Nigeria-born artist can be spotted in a DJ booth by profile alone, rocking crowds before she even drops a record. In-demand all over the world, Moudaber has played everything from intimate after-hours clubs; to revered nightclub institutions like Space, DC10, Output and Stereo; to massive festival stages, including Glastonbury, Electric Daisy Carnival, and two appearances at Coachella. She’s been featured by the New York Times and CNN, named “one to watch” by Billboard and Paper magazine, and has graced the cover of electronic music magazines in several countries. Her weekly radio show InTheMOOD – which Moudaber hosts with her unmistakable husk-and-honey voice – is syndicated on 66 FM stations in 45 countries, commanding over 15 million listeners worldwide. She has over half a million social followers who she dialogues with daily, sharing candid thoughts on music, work, and life.

Mood Records, the imprint she founded in 2013, is a vessel for her own music, and that of other artists who complement her style – which is percussive, deep, and dynamic. She linked up with Skunk Anansie frontwoman Skin for the “Breed” EP (2015), and a set of high-fashion, black-and-white music videos.  She’s also logged releases with mentor Carl Cox’s Intec, Adam Beyer’s Drumcode (including full album “Believe” in 2013), and Jamie Jones’s Hot Creations. Her hit remix of Alcatraz house classic “Give Me Luv” (on Deep Dish’s Yoshitoshi) used bass, drums and silence to make a moment so big, it was used by DJs of all stripes. The track won “Best Tech House/Techno Track” at the 2016 International Dance Music Awards, and was the No. 1 techno track of 2015 on online retailer Beatport, making it one of the year’s Top 20 tracks overall.

Moudaber often brings different elements of her style and taste to life under the MOOD banner, showing her roots as a party promoter, and a New York City clubber during the golden age of the resident DJ. In 2014, she headlined the sold-out MoodRAW tour, set in in off-the-grid warehouse venues from Los Angeles to London. During Miami Music Week, the annual industry confab in South Beach, she hosts MoodDAY and MoodNIGHT showcases, capturing both the pool and after-hours party vibes with packed lineups of superstar friends (like Carl Cox and Danny Tenaglia). She curated a Mood stage at the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas; and is a fixture of the annual BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and played the 10-day event’s official closing party in 2016.

A true global citizen, Moudaber resides in London and Ibiza, with frequent stopovers in New York and Los Angeles. She supports NYC’s Lower Eastside Girls Club, which helps disadvantaged young women access the tools they need to pursue their passion for music.

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David Gausa

We welcome one of Spain’s top producers and radio DJs David Gausa to the Truelove Music Roster. Independent composer and long standing collaborator of David Tort and Dennis White (aka Static Revenger); David has also had success with his ‘Areena’ project with Thomas Gold.

As host of one of Spain’s most listened to dance radio show’s on Loca FM, Sutil Sensations, David has been nominated for and won numerous Deejay and DeeJayMag awards in recognition for his long and varied career. His compositions have been licensed by Defected, Ministry Of Sound, Strictly Rhythm, Subliminal & Hed Kandi amongst others, and releases on his Sutil record label continue to occupy the playlists of the world’s top international DJs.

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GUI BORATTO

gui NEWGui Boratto is Brazil’s biggest electronic music export. Born in São Paulo, he has achieved international success as a composer and recording artist – through his association with the seminal German label Kompakt – and as a DJ/live performer thanks to the unique nature of his genre-spanning sound.
His music is particularly sought after by high fashion brands. Bulgari,  Bottega Veneta, and most famously Chanel, who used two tracks as a centrepiece for their stunning SS12 catwalk, have beaten a path to his door.

Gui’s talents were initially sought by a host of major record labels in Brazil, such as EMI, Virgin and BMG, where he spent ten influential years supporting established artists as varied as Pato Banton, Garth Brooks, Steel Pulse, Desiree, Mano Chao, Gal Costa, Chico Buarque, Fernanda Porto and Kaleidoscópio.

Since 2003, Gui has clocked up releases on highly coveted underground labels like Plastic City, Audiomatique and Circle whilst his relationship with Michael Mayer’s iconic Kompakt imprint has gone from strength to strength. The critically acclaimed and commercially successful debut album Chromophobia produced perhaps Gui’s most well known and most in-demand track, the anthem ‘Beautiful Life’, which in turn lead to the  follow up album Take My Breath Away, with the title track and No Turning Back becoming club land smashes across the world.

Beautiful Life – along with tracks like Acróstico – propelled Boratto’s music to a global audience and has lead to extensive use of his music in, for example, commercials for Absolut, MTV and Vice Magazine (Creators Project), as well the Spike Jonze film ‘I’m Here’ and numerous Brazilian films and documentaries, most notably a feature on supermodel Giselle Bündchen.

DJs as diverse as Tiefschwarz, Steve Bug, Hernan Cattaneo and Pete Tong provide only a sample of the widespread support Gui Boratto has had for his music. Tong in particular has been a passionate advocate of the genius of Gui. Moreover, such is the distinctive and emotive nature of his sound, that Gui is one of the few artists who has true appeal across different genres of electronic music, whilst still retaining his popularity and credibility.

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Dani Casarano

dani-cDani Casarano’s musical vision is impossible to classify. His uniquely individual sound with touches of pure emotive soul and sullen mystery characterise his cutting-edge approach to techno. Born in Switzerland and based in Santiago, Chile for over a decade, he is currently juggling between his home in Lausanne and his studio in Berlin.

During the years spent in Chile, he met his brother from another “motherland”, Felipe Valenzuela, and in 2009 they established Melisma Records. Thanks to this avant-garde label, Dani’s commitments to setting musical trends rather than following them was finally met. Creativity and large-scale visionary offorts helped Melisma to become the institution it is today, counting on artists like Ricardo Villalobos, Thomas Melchior, Fumiya Tanaka and Satoshi Tomiie among many others.

Throughout his life as a producer Dani spent endless hours blending his sophisticate techno with lush funky sounds and earthy Latin American undertones, creating a formidable number of tracks which have been released on prestigious labels such as Cadenza, Drumma, Melisma, Connoisseur Recordings, SAW etc.

His recent studio time has been a fruitful period which saw a dense number of remarkable productions alongside Luciano for “Bell’s & Tonic” on Cadenza, Alexkid, Argenis Brito, Felipe Valenzuela for “Count Three” on Drumma Records and “Ritual”, an EP made with one of his fellow Melisma talents, Jakco Mosqueira, on Tzinah Records.

As a result of this continuous development, Dani has performed in venues such as DC10 (Ibiza), Berlin’s underground Club der Visionary and Sankeys (Ibiza) besides being one of the most craved DJs for Next Wave parties all around Europe and holding a label night residency at Hoppetosse (Berlin) and La Ruche (Switzerland).

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Aphro

aphroA graphic designer and music maker born in Santander on the north coast of Spain, Aphro started his creative career as a graffiti artist in the late 80s before starting to make music with the dub band Better Collie. Their first release came in 1998 (‘Better Collie Rides The Way Chapter One’) with influences from the likes of Keith Hudson, Lee Perry, Scientist and Junior Murvin. After moving to Madrid in 1999 he stopped performing in bands but continued to collect records and play as a DJ. In 2005, he moved to Barcelona where he met fellow DJ Pablo Bolivar. They recorded a Burning Spear rework entitled ‘Dub by the River’ which showed clear influences of dub techno (Rhythm and Sound, Echospace) but with a psychedelic and soulful feeling.

In 2007 their debut EP ‘Babylon Fall Collection’ was released — a compendium of free-floating melodies in the style of Rhythm & Sound dub tech but with a strong Jamaican influence and soul-pop sensibility. The record was well-received, marking a bright beginning to the group’s career. Just a few months later the EP was expanded into an LP ‘Brotherhood’ and released by Phonobox in 2008.

The album impressed German label Desolat (founded by Martin Buttrich and Loco Dice) so much they released their next album ‘Inside’ in 2010, which showed a significant evolution in the duo’s style. The dub pulse continued to dominate, but the personality of each track expanded to create a diverse album which makes room for reggae (‘Empty Suitcase/Stepping Stones’), electronic pop (‘Distant Fire’, ‘Da Creator’), house (‘Montparnasse’) and downtempo (‘California State of Mind’, ‘STARS’, & ‘United States Of Pulshar’). The album was well received and appeared on several lists highlighting outstanding albums of the year.

The promotional tour for ‘Inside’ saw the pair playing larger venues, an experience that further influenced their sound. Keeping in mind spaces such as theatres and chill zones with more ambient sounds, they released ‘Europe Ist Eine Insel/Europe Is An Island’ in 2012, a beautiful five-act piece composed for a theatrical performance and released on Avantroots as a free download.

This was followed by the hypnotic 12″ ‘Different Drum’ (Desolat, 2013), where a more powerful and muscular dance sound was displayed alongside techno influences and a taste for percussion. The title track, ‘Different Drum’, like their song ‘Distant Fire’ from ‘Inside’, is reminiscent of electronic pop bands of the 80s.

Being self-professed creators of “soundtracks for mental states”, their releases are often indebted to cinema with traces of film often weaved into the pair’s musical direction. They continued to be prolific with a 2014 release ‘Blood & Mathematics’ (Desolat), which featured the song ‘Better than Tears’—an intimate production with prominent vocals.

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TIMO MAAS

Has it really been 16 years since Maas’ music burnt itself indelibly on our synapses with the all-conquering remix of Azzido Da Bass’ ‘Doom’s Night’? Indeed it has.  The Maas remix made him an international DJ celebrity and propelled the track into the pop charts in both Germany and the UK, leading to remix offers from Madonna, Depeche Mode, Fatboy Slim, Muse, Kelis and many more.

The first stamp in Timo’s DJ passport came in 1995, with his debut appearance at the Lakota club in Bristol. ““I sent my first record out with a mix tape to promoters and two came back and invited me to play, one of them was the Lakota,” he recalls. “I had a residency there for three years through Leon Alexander who later became my manager. I was playing regularly with people like System 7 and Carl Cox and in the back room it was drum and bass guys like Reprazent.”

One sure measure of Maas’ studio success has been the vast array of games, movies and TV shows that have looked to his music to provide sound beds and the appropriate atmosphere.

Yet it is still his club work that informs and drives much of the desire in the studio. “I come from DJing,” he asserts. “For me it’s the connection to the world outside. It’s where I can experiment, where I hear about things, it’s just so important to what I do. How can you have a feeling for clubs when you are not going to them?”

Indeed. In clubs, as in the studio, there’s only one way to describe Timo Maas: lifer.

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Alex Tepper

alex tepperAlex Tepper is the power behind the throne.

You may scratch your head upon hearing his name, but be damn sure you’ve heard some of the hundreds of releases that have been touched by his hands in more than 20 years in the business. Working behind enemy lines under a variety of pseudonyms or working with some of the biggest names in dance music, his releases have had everyone from Pete Tong to Kevin Saunderson heaping plaudits on them.

Alex was something of a teenage prodigy. While most kids were happy to watch Grange Hill, skive off school and felt pen knobs on toilet walls, Alex was a super-keen schoolboy in a Birmingham studio providing hot beverages and learning the ropes as assistant engineer for a number of bands from the ace reggae group Steel Pulse to hard rockers like Black Sabbath. It was also in Rich Bitch studios in Birmingham where he first discovered house music through two DJs Phil Dockerty and Adam Presdee. Dockerty, Presdee and Tepper formed a collective and started a label called Urban Hero Records with Alex programming, writing, co-writing and engineering most of it’s releases, feeding a growing obsession with New York mastermixers like Todd Terry and Masters at Work.

 “I remember going to the Sound Factory Bar in New York for Louie Vega’s Underground Network night and it happened to be Barbara Tucker’s birthday that night. D-Train were playing live (with Barbara ad-libbing), François Kevorkian was playing a party set of disco and hip hop in the basement and, of course, Louie in the main room. It was one of those magical New York nights.”

 Although Alex’s heart lay in New York, it was his unique take on that sound that produced hits like X-Presidents’ Diamond Rings, which somehow became a UK garage hit (“I’m still scratching my head over that one,” chuckles Alex). His partnership with Dockerty as Futureshock resulted in an array of stellar remixes – among them New Order, Chemical Brothers, St. Etienne, Luke Slater – a label venture with Junior Boys Own and leading DJs falling over themselves to praise the pair. “Innovative dance music for a new era,” praised Pete Tong, while a certain Mr. Tenaglia simply said, “What they’re doing is so up my alley.” Touring with Underworld was not to be sniffed at either.

Since those crazy, heady days as part of the Futureshock juggernaut, Alex has been taking something of a backseat, though his workload has not eased up. Over the past few years, secreted away in his secret beat laboratory in the heart of balmy Dalston, Alex has been providing the knowhow for a variety of premier league DJs, collaborating as co-producer, co-writer, and engineer with the likes of Steve Lawler, Nic Fanciulli, Mark Fanciulli, Nicole Moudaber and a host of others, who’ve come to him for a sprinkling of Tepper magic with releases on Cocoon, Planet E, R&S, Dennis Ferrer’s Objecktivity, Ovum, Joris Voorn’s Rejected and many others. Power behind the throne, see.

But that’s only one part of Alex’s work. The other is as a solo artist and over the years, he’s had a wildly diverse range of releases under a bewildering array of monikers (Alex In Wonderland, Rhythm’N’Vibe, Latino Circus, X-Presidents). Under his own name he’s had tracks out on Drumcode, Tiefschwarz’s Souvenir, Rekids, and Nic Fanciulli’s label Saved.

 “In many respects, I’ve got the best of both worlds. I get to collaborate with loads of really good DJs and those shared ideas inevitably flow back into the work I do on my own. It re-energises my solo stuff as well as keeping things fresh for the work I do with others.”

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Renato Ratier

A major participant on the international DJ circuit, Renato Ratier has been playing since 1996 dishing out fun times and quality music to an ever demanding global audience. Renato enjoys regular residencies at the legendary Brazilian club ‘D-Edge’ and at ‘Warung Beach Club’ being a founder member of both venues.

His visionary attitude can be seen with his ever evolving ventures, the most recent being the ‘Holzmarkt’ project in Berlin. Playing alongside many celebrated artists, Renato has pinned Brazil onto the global electronic music map, bringing in thousands of international DJs to play at his legendary venues.

After 17 years behind the turntables Renato released a compilation ‘Brazilian Gigolo’ for the label Gigolo Records and  further productions have only added to his success. With two EP releases ‘Soul Machine’ on D-Edge Records and ‘True Love’ on the new Berlin label Light my Fire, Renato released his debut album ‘Black Belt’ on D-edge Records in July.

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Pablo Bolivar

Clocking up nearly two decades behind the decks, Pablo Bolívar is without a doubt, one of the most inspirational and innovating artists of the Spanish electronic music scene.

Highly respected for his essential albums ‘Anjanas’ and ‘Recall’, both released on Regular label, and ‘Motion:The Ambient Works’ released on his own label ‘Avantroots’, Bolivar is known for music with attitude.

2008 saw Bolivar team up with close friend Sergio Sainz to create ‘Pulshar’, a sensual project oozing synthetic soul. After several EP releases the first album ‘Brotherhood’ was born, successfully followed by ‘Inside’ a couple of years later.

Always up for the collaboration challenge, Bolivar has notched up quite a variety. From dance floor orientated works featuring Loco Dice, (‘Different Drum Ep’ Desolat) to sound track creations for the Mannheim National Museum; (‘europa es una isla – europa ist eine insel’ Avantroots).

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Steve Lawler

Steve Lawler needs no introduction, but he certainly warrants one. You would be hard pushed to find a more in-form, in-demand, exceptionally talented artist, regarded as highly by his industry peers as he is by his huge global base of musically educated fans.

Steve Lawler, a child of the acid house generation, has been busy with the beats long before genres were but a twinkle in clublandʼs eye. An electronic artist who defies generic boundaries, ever since his days organising the infamous motor way raves back in the early 90ʻs underneath the M42 motor way, in the UK.

As an artist: his releases & remixes have been signed by some of the worlds most established recording labels; R&S Records, Systematic, Drumcode, Harthouse, Cocoon, MBF, OVUM, Sci+Tec, Tsuba, Souvenir, Rekids, Boxer Sport, Be As One, Monique, Kostbar, Soma, Skint and of course his own recording label VIVa MUSiC.

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Guy J

Guy J is the highly sought after producer, DJ and live act whose infectious production talents, worldwide touring schedule and groundbreaking debut album on Bedrock have all contributed to his surging popularity. The Israeli has pioneered the increasing trend for melody-rich and emotionally charged house music, through productions that straddle the space between the genres of ambient, house and techno.

After making waves with a volley of killer singles, Guy released his hotly anticipated full-length artist album – ‘Esperanza’ – on John Digweed’s heavyweight Bedrock label. It was critically acclaimed and firmly established Guy as a key player in a new wave of deep house protagonists.

More essential cuts like ‘Lamur’ (Bedrock), ‘Pleasurety EP’ (Sudbeat) and ‘Shaman’ (Turbo Records) have since followed to sustain the buzz around this young man’s talents. His Heliscope EP saw the development of his relationship with Bedrock, with his music again transcending genres.

With further releases pouring out of Bedrock Records, he has cemented his place as the core artist on one of the dance world’s most respected labels and continues his rapid evolution.

Discography:

Jori Hulkkonen – I Am Dead ft. Jerry Valuri (Guy J Remix) (Turbo Records)
Way Out West – Ultra Violet (Guy J Remix) (Armada) MS & PMA – Endless (Guy J Remix) (Faith Music)
Sahar Z & Guy Mantzur – Sneaky Monkey (Guy J Remix)(Definitive Records)

Albums:

Guy J – Esperanza (Bedrock Records)

Singles:

Guy J – Ballroom (Bedrock Records) – Dust/Bianca (Sudbeat) – Lamur (Bedrock Records) – Shaman (Turbo Records) – Luner(Bedrock Records) – Geko (Bedrock Records) – Under Pressure(Bedrock Records) – Popcorn Machine (Whoop!) – Stop Hold (Manuel Muic) – Skin (Turbo Records) – Fade (Dogtown) – Been Here Before (Focus) – Save Me (Bedrock) – Agent Blue (Azuli) – Amsterdam (Dogtown) – Self Love (Proton)) & Sahar Z – Hazui (Electribe) – Never Say No (Deep Focus) & Raanan Raz – Resek (Deep Focus) – FunkiJunki EP (Proton) & Roy Brizman – Vinyls Are Forever (Focus)

Remixes:

Bent – As You Fall (G&E Analog) Jim Rivers – Vibrant (Guy J Remix) (Global Underground) Bluetech- Honey in the Heart (Guy J Remix) (Aleph Zero Records) Eric Prydz – Pjanoo (Guy J Remix) (MOS) Sasha – Mongoose (Guy J Rmx) (Emfire) Dubfunk – Mandala (Guy J Rmx) (Audiotherapy) DJ Yello – On the Top (Guy J Rmx) Traffic – Find Me (Guy J Rmx) (Global Underground) Dpen & Elias Tzikas – Frequency Loss (Guy J Rmx) (Focus) CPM – Violas (Guy J Rmx) (Proton)

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