Vancouver-based producer and performing artist JGarrett (known to those around him as Josh Garrett) has been performing techno live since 1995. His earliest performances were at the now long closed and legendary Zoot’s Coffeehouse in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. In 2012 Josh started the Subspec Music imprint and focused most of his efforts on his JGarrett project... sharpening the harder edged, Detroit- influenced techno and acid sounds he’d explored in previous projects. As Countered he explores straight ahead and experimental sides of acid techno.
Canadian, Vancouver based Jay Zoney has been a music fanatic all of his life. Techno is Jay's love, and in 1994 started DJing in Vancouver’s underground club scene. In 2001 he started producing his own sounds. Jay has worked with many reputable names such as: Hardfloor, Black Asteroid, Andrei Morant, Woody McBride, Freaky Chakra, James Kelley, John Massey, and JGarrett. He is also the Label Boss of Eternal Drive Recordings, and the Events Manager for Subspec Music. He has performed at hundreds of events over the past couple decades, including TRESOR CLUB in Berlin, Germany, THE PLAYHOUSE in Hollywood, USA, & THE WORKS during the Movement Festival in Detroit, USA.
U.S. artist Jack Coleman aka JAK has been playing and producing techno and house music since the late 90s. However, it’s Jack’s releases over the past few years on labels such as Torque, Fade Records, Subspec, 530Techno and his own SubSensory Recordings that are advancing his reputation as an artist to watch.Jack’s original tracks and remixes have broken into the top 50 sales charts on leading outlets. His tunes have been remixed by the likes of Audio Injection, Adam Jay, Mark Broom and Angel Alanis. His label SubSensory Recordings celebrated 5 years and 50 releases in late 2012 and continues to earn plays by many of techno's biggest names.While Jack has considerable experience in the studio, he’s always been a DJ first and foremost. He's headlined events in Tokyo, Osaka, Santiago, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and LA, among others, and his DJ skills have recently been highlighted on popular techno podcast series including Droid Behavior’s D-Node Podcast, the Detroit- based Blank Code Podcast and the Torque Podcast from Japan.
Rennie Foster has been a well respected figure in the Canadian music and art community since he was just a teenager. He influenced many as an early pioneer of the Hip-Hop / B-Boy movement and later the House Music and Techno / Rave scene. Rennie relocated to Tokyo Japan in 2004 and became an important part of the Japanese club scene, until re-locating back to Canada in 2011. Rennie was consistently ranked in the top 50 DJs in Japan by LOUD Magazine, alongside artists like Towa Tei, Ken Ishi and Kentaro, a very rare honour for a foreigner in Japan. He has played venues all over Japan, Europe and N.America in cities such as New York, Paris etc. and continues to tour his unique style of hi-tech soul, fusing many aspects and eras of techno and house music culture with powerful, technical mixing skills. A true "DJ's DJ" who doesn't follow the usual rulebook. Rennie Foster has released with Detroit labels such as Transmat, Motech, Soiree, Subject Detroit, Wallshaker, Night Vision, Teknotika and other classic techno labels like Laurent Garnier’s seminal F- Communications, Monoid, and Synewave NYC. Rennie's first full length album "The War of Art" (2007) made waves for the cover design by GLMN (Alexander Gelman) of MoMA/The Smithsonian etc., known for his cutting edge album designs for artists like Blonde Redhead. The album also featured the underground hit, "Falling Skyward", notably remixed by Kompakt artist, Kaito (Hiroshi Watanabe). Rennie's second LP "Blood Sugar" (2010) was released on Italy's Rebirth label and featured several singles with photography and cover design by Kaito, by then a regular collaborator. “Get yourself acquainted with Mr.Foster quick-smart” – DJ magazine, UK.
DJ and producer Annie Hall has been steadily carving a name for herself as an artist who enjoys diversity. Born and bred in Spain, Annie started her life as a DJ in 2003, having had her first encounter with vinyl when she was a kid because her brother is a reggae, dubs and roots DJ in Spain.
With a long time passion for music and a love of experimenting with new sounds Annie isn’t constrained by the same boundaries as others. Producing since 2005, she has released on labels such as Blank Code, Flash Recordings, Semantica Records, Minnuendo, D1 Recordings and Detroit Underground Recordings. ‘I love creating music from raw synthesis and get unique sounds, sometimes really interesting ones.’
With an eclectic taste in music, Annie creates music across the electronic spectrum, from tracks that are experimental taking the listener on a more complex journey, to tracks that take you straight to the dance floor. Her tracks have a feeling of intensity with dark brooding twists while being intertwined with melodies that give them warmth and keep you firmly on the dance floor. Annie now calls Windsor in Canada home having recently relocated there from Spain. On the border with the US, just a river separates her home from the Motor City, and with downtown Detroit only five minutes away in a car Annie draws inspiration from the surrounding differing cultures. ‘It’s really interesting. There are a lot of creative people over here, on both sides.’ Being so close to Detroit has also allowed her to forge close ties with the music community there, becoming part of Detroit Underground. A multidisciplinary arts collective, it functions ‘primarily as a label dedicated to bridging the gap of modern experimental music and Detroit techno.’ Also a self-professed vinyl lover, Annie runs RVSD – a record cutting company operated with her partner Keko. Collecting records since a child, her passion for vinyl took her to Germany to get training and buy the cutting machine. They now help others to indulge in their passion, not only creating records for Detroit Underground but also one off special editions for presents or personal collections. Garnering recognition for her unique expression, in recent years Annie has played at Sonar Festival, Detroit Movement Festival and Dommunie in Tokyo. Her DJ sets are tinged with darkness but have a strong Detroit techno feeling with a dynamic vibe. Always intensively inventive, Annie’s Halls ability to take the listener on a musical journey can only get more exciting and expressive.
Woody McBride / DJ ESP
Woody McBride aka DJ ESP is the legendary techno, acid house, deep house and trip house producer, promoter, label owner, philosopher and DJ that has been expanding minds since 1992.
With releases on Richie Hawtin's Plus 8, Josh Wink's Ovum, Dave Clarke's White Noise, his own Communiqué imprint and countless 100's of other amazing digital and vinyl tracks.
Deep Techno, Acid House, Hypnotic Bangers. All from the heart and with love.
Dublin-born artist Peter Sweeney, has released music under a number of different aliases since 2009, but Rustal has remained his constant, allowing him to cultivate a reputation for himself in Europe and Australia. Growing up in Dublin, Rustal was exposed to the many facets of the city's music scene. While attending illegal and legal techno parties, Rustal developed a likening for trance which has helped inform his musical direction. His early appetite for trance can still be heard; with his solid 4/4 sequences and insistent percussion. Today, techno, atmospheric techno and dub have become strong fixtures in his repertoire. His debut EP Privilege, was released last year on Melbourne label, Short Black Records. The EP made its way to stores in Dublin, Japan, Germany and Amsterdam and even graced Juno's techno charts, peaking at number 52. Described as powerful and immersive, the record is a gateway for new listeners to discover what Rustal is about. Through these early endeavours, he has gained the tick of approval from artists such as Slam, Richie Hawtin, Mattias Fridell, Pfirter, Slam, Dj Hyperactive and Truncate. More recently, Rustal has been working on a new club with the Subject crew in Dublin, called Index. The club has started strong, already hosting acts such as Bas Mooy, Charlton and DJ Bone. To add to this, he is involved in a new venture called The Back Door to The Universe. The project aims to bring science and art together, and will host a foray of exhibitions showcasing music, photography, audio visuals and more. Rustal shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon with forthcoming releases due out on Canadian label, Subspec and Australian label, Gynoid Audio.
Bosh / Shadowcomplex
Some choirs and swords.
Southern raised, Northwest-based DJ and producer Roger Veillon, known as LilRoj to some, is at the front of the new generation of techno, crafting his trademark with funky deep and uncompromising sounds. Learning to beatmatch in the early 90’s, by the time Roj reached the age of 18, he had already developed his own profound blend of progressive techno and breakbeats and began making appearances in some of Louisiana’s top nightclubs and bars. Music production came natural as he began to gain studio access and resources in 2002.
By 2008, he gained momentum with his debut remix of JAK’s “Relax,” on SubSensory Recordings, and is now a key producer and remixer for the label. These days, Roger’s sounds in the studio and on the decks are considered to be deep and engaging, characterized by funky atmospheres with plenty of low end emissions, and slightly more free-spirited and experimental than most common house and techno. In addition to a variety of remixes, Roger has since released three well-received original EPs on SubSensory as well as tracks and remixes on labels including Special Recordings and 530Techno.
As one of the fundamental pillars of Portugal’s Techno scene, Ninna V has been rocking the decks for over 25 years - playing her own brand of dark and sweaty techno . She held her first residency at the Mercado Bar in 1992, while swiftly assuming several other residencies during the country's Techno infancy. In the Mid 90's, she founded one of the Portugal’s first DJ booking agencies aptly named “Beyond the Agency “. She used this to represent herself along with renowned global acts and the country’s best talent, playing alongside some of the industry’s most respected names such as: Dave Clark, A. Paul, Advent, Gayle San, Ricardo Garduno, Marika Rossa, Electrorites, Deh Noiser, Peder, Mas Teeveh, Shin Nishimura, Kevin Yost, Roger Sanchez, David Alvarado, Danny "Buddah" Moralles, Richard Lees Crees, Kid Loco, Victor Simonelli, Benji Candelario, Paco Buggin, Nacho, Victor Flores, Jose Luis Magoya, Mario Roque, Dj Vibe, Carlos Manaça, Petty, Jiggy, Oscar Baía, Luis Leite, Paulo Leite, João Daniel.
Ninna V has produced tunes on a plethora labels including De-Konstruct, Naked Lunch, Hybrid Confusion, We Call It Hard, Elektrax, Eternal Drive, Dystopian Rhythm, and Sub-Division. In May of 2014, her track "Cause" (Sergio Vilas remix) was played out by none other than the Big Boss himself, Carl Cox, live in NYC. Current production plans include countless remix projects, future vinyl releases, and collaborations with other notable artists for 2016 and beyond.
Ninna V’s intricate DJ skills and productions have taken her all over Portugal and the world to locales like: South Africa, Malta, London, NYC, Zurich, and Detroit - where she has played for crowds in the hundreds and thousands. Whether she is playing her own industrial-flavored techno or producing tunes canned by some of the world’s best jocks, rest assured Ninna V is sure to get the dance floor moving!
The Automatic Message
VNC1 is a Italian Techno deejay and producer. London based but born in Naples, he is a music lover since he was young.
He started to play in most of clubs in Verona and north Italy such as Alterego, Amnesia Milan, Berfi’s, Art Club, Magazzini Generali, Dorian Gray. He performed as well in London at the EGG, The Shelter, Cargo, 93 Feet East and Trafik and few great places such Spain or Greece.
He’s been inspired by Sven Vath, Erick Morillo, Loco Dice or Plastikman. Nowadays he finds his style with drum machines, KORG and Roland instruments.
In London he is now part of the EGG club and Casa Loca crew. He leads and play in a radio show called “Exponsed Beat” with guest DJs every week.