MARCO CAROLA: A TEKA SPECIAL EVENT
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** FIRST APPEARANCE IN DC **
We are very pleased to announce the debut of TEKA SPECIALEVENTS, a new series of events that will bring you big name DJs in an intimatesetting. We kick off this concept party with Marco Carola, a name synonymous with festivals and big rooms in the best venues across the planet. Now experience him up close and personal as Marco plays in DC for the very first time!
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::: BIOSPHERE | MARCO CAROLA :::
Marco Carola is the recognized global ambassador ofItalian techno. It's a position he treats with the utmost care and respect—andone that stands him among the hallowed company of contemporary techno's leadingpractitioners. Hailing from Napoli in the south of the country, Marco was amonga small group of DJs and promoters who quite literally built the city's scenefrom scratch back in the early-'90s. In 1995's First Planet EP he became thefirst Neopolitan artist to commit techno to vinyl, paving the way for an entiregeneration of producers. These days Marco is a mainstay of Richie Hawtin'sMinus and Plus 8 labels, who, much like Marco himself, are one of the drivingforces behind techno's permeation of the worldwide dance scene.
Napoli, 1993, and the enduring flame of the Italo housesound had begun to smolder. The young DJ Marco Carola had at this point beenspinning house music for a number of years— but as commercial club music beganto assert a stranglehold over Italy, and the hopelessly insular media of thecountry's north continues to shun the south, a change is afoot. Fuelled by agroundswell of local DJs, clubbers and promoters; visits from DJs like RichieHawtin and Jeff Mills; and Napoli's long held propensity for underground music,the city's techno scene enters into its embryonic stage. Marco along withfriends Davide Squillace, Gaetano Parisio, Danilo Vigorito, Rino Cerrone andRandom Noize are at the vanguard of this early movement, and with no oneoutside of the city to take cues from, the Neopolitan scene becomes a forceunto itself.
If they're doing their job properly every DJ will have acalling card, and as Marco puts it, he was "born" with a three-deckstyle of mixing. This fast and furious approach also lent itself to use of asampler, which would later provide the grounding for Marco's work as aproducer. By 1995 he had amassed a considerable body of music, but with noindigenous labels to put-out his creations, Marco was forced to take mattersinto his own hands. Design Music was set up with a humble aim: for people toexperience the music of Marco Carola. But as sales on its initial release,First Planet, entered into the tens of thousands and Sven Vath became an ardentearly supporter, it was clear Design, and by extension Carola, were set for farbigger things.
Aiding this ascent was Marco's concise approach to therelease of music. The remainder of the '90s saw him establish the Zenit,Question and One Thousand labels—all with a clear musical aim, and, in the caseof the latter, a defined number of releases. In 1998 he relocated to Frankfurtin order to further his advancement in the burgeoning techno scene. This newhome base unlocked myriad opportunities for him to export his now famous three-deckstyle to clubs across the globe, although by 2001 he was already seeking afresh challenge and moved on to the electronic music stronghold of London. Inretrospect the year proved to be pivotal.
Marco released his second album, Open System (followingon from 1998's The 1000 Collection), to widespread critical acclaim. Key Germanpublication Groove deemed its multifarious, texturally rich approach to broken beats,techno and electronica worthy of their album of the year accolade. Renewal: fora 20-year veteran such as Marco, shedding your creative skin and following yourinstincts are fundamental means of remaining relevant. By 2004 he had reached aplateau of sorts, and was torn. The harder techno sound he'd been pushing forso many years had elevated him to the scene's top tier, but inside he harboureda burning desire for musical upheaval; a lust for refinement, to slow thingsdown and get back to the groove. Now residing back in Napoli, Marco began aprocess of reinvention, starting with a focus on bookings at smaller clubs withmore underground sensibilities that better suited his new, more considered styleand offered the opportunity to hone it over the course of longer, extended sessions.Domestic Minimal Noise was set-up as a bridge between the Marco Carola of oldand new, evidenced by the label's pacey yet undoubtedly funk-fuelled output.
The encapsulation of this transformation came a couple ofyears later, however, as Marco reneged on his stance of not recording mix CDs(he always felt his three-deck, club-ready style was inappropriate for theform) and agreed to contribute to London club fabric's seminal mix series.Fabric 31 was a lesson in sleek, future-facing minimalism. The disc introducedMarco to an entirely new audience and clearly illustrated an artist revellingin a fresh creative perspective.
2007's Apena would also prove to be hugely significant.The release heralded his first collaboration with Richie Hawtin's Plus 8/Minusstable. This family environment has since established a platform from whichMarco has been encouraged to express himself with unbridled creative freedom.The most widely recognized example of this was 2008's undeniable earworm "BloodyCash" which garnered Plus 8 with one of that year's biggest techno tracks.Both Minus and Plus 8 have continued to host his 12-inch productions at regularintervals (Plus One, Plus Two and Walking Dog to name a few), and in 2M Marcohas been granted his own sub-label (strictly limited to 2000 copies perrelease) to curate as he sees fit.
Ibiza has become more and more of a key destination forMarco through the years, and in 2010 this was solidified by his residency atCocoon's Monday night Amnesia sessions. Party ringleader Sven Vath showed furtherfaith in Marco by asking him to mix Cocoon's Party Animals CD alongside NickCurly, building on the foundations laid down by Marco's double-disc Time Warp2009 mix, which married the deeper house end of his range with his nowtrademark groove-ridden techno.
When it came to following up Open System Marco knew itmust be with something exceptional. "I've been working like crazy on PlayIt Loud," he says on the travail behind his latest full-length. "I'venever been working like this, not even when I was a kid and I wanted to beknown!" The resulting album is the perfect amalgamation of Marco's DJ andproduction sensibilities. Play It Loud's 18 tracks are presented in mix form andexplore what proved for Marco to be a highly fertile middle-ground between homelistening and the dancefloor—a reduced tempo and complete creative license fromMinus allowed Marco to burrow deeper into his sound than ever before. "Ialways try to do something new," he says. "When I produce, or when IDJ, I don't really think about where I want to go musically, I just start tofeel."
::: BIOSPHERE | SAEED YOUNAN :::
A world class globe-trotting DJ, a recording artist, asought-after remix producer, and head of his own record label, Saeed Younan hasexcelled as a true artist in the global dance scene. Without showingcomplacency, Saeed Younan does not cease to amaze, always looking to astound.
As a DJ, Saeed’s performances are renowned for histechnical abilities and precision. He effortlessly weaves and morphs trackstogether into a seamless blend of house, techhouse, and percussive grooves,enhancing his music into a warm and sexy vibe. All the while building momentumby allowing the music to ebb and swell.
In testimony to his worldwide appeal, Younan wasnominated one of America’s Top 100 DJ’s, entering America’s Best top 50 DJ’sthree years in a row. (DJ Times Magazine 2008, 2009, 2010). Younan was alsonominated for Best Breakthrough DJ at the 2003 Dance Star Awards. And Beatportnominate him fobest tech-house track (2010 Beatport Award). These milestoneevents gave him the global recognition and provided the opportunity to push hissound further, and while doing so, he's captivating audiences worldwide. SaeedYounan has headlined at prominent clubs across the globe in exotic locationssuch as Ibiza, Portugal, Israel, Tokyo, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico,Canada, Hong Kong, Egypt, Russia, Morocco, with the list going on and on.
As a producer, Younan is currently entering the busiestperiod of his career. Not only is he playing at different destinations on aweekly basis, but he also stepped up his production and remix work. He's had numeroustop ten singles on Beatport and other reputable digital download services;released five mixed albums; and worked with some of the biggest dance labels inthe electronic scene including Viva Music, Toolroom, Stealth, StarlightRecordings, to name a few.
Born in Iraq but living in Washington DC since the early80's, Younan grew up listening to a variety of ethnic music. As a result, hismusical sound resonates with percolating beats and sonic grooves. Hisproduction have been dubbed “timeless” by top DJs and even referred to as a“change of heart for dance music.” His vision is clear, yet simply stated: “Ijust want people to enjoy my music as much as I enjoy playing it for them.”
Saeed Younan is certainly a busy man with many jobs, butarmed with his fierce work ethic and an unlimited passion for music, hewelcomes each new challenge. "It's a lot of juggling," he admits,“but I'm used to it, I've done it all my life. I'm excited about the future,about my label and my production work. I wake up every morning and ask, what isgoing to keep me going? What can I do that nobody else has done yet? What'snext?”
"Everything He Plays Turns Into Sonic Gold."
- DJ MAG
"Saeed Is One Of The Few Dj's That Really Know HowTo Serve It Up Well."
– DJ Times
"Been A Massive Fan Of Saeed For Years, He IsUndoubtedly King Of The Grooves!"
– Mark Knight