This month we bring Monika Kruse to Gorilla alongside Sam Russo, mute! boys Keiran Sharples and Daniel Sanders and Solar residents Jimmy Switch and Pedro
Monika started her DJ career as one of the first generation of house DJs. After starting up her own illegal parties and legendary ?Housetram? events, Monika quickly gained recognition and was offered residencies at ?Babalu? and ?Ultraschall Club? in Munich. Monika Kruse now had a loyal following of fans. Her reputation as a sound-emotional ambassador coupled with her integral perception of music - between dance music and house - soon found international attention. Whether at Japan`s biggest rave, ?Wire? or during numerous Love Parade main stage appearances, as well as at Nature One, Underground Fusion Festival, Carl Cox and friends at Space Ibiza or at the Berghain/Panorama bar (where she became resident after moving to Berlin), Monika has made her mark.
As a music producer, Monika Kruse can look back at a long line of success. Since the end of the nineties Monika has created unforgettable hymns of the night, with techno classics like 'Needlehopper', ?Latin Lovers?, ?Morgana?(more than 1,2 million plays on YouTube) and through her Project GTMK ? which she is doing together with Gregor Tresher. With her fourth album, ?Traces? Monika Kruse made her dream come true in relating her personal musical history in sixty-six minutes. ?In Traces I put my quiet side into the foreground, more than in my former albums. For me it was very important to include other stylistic elements from deep house to broken beats, not just show the Monika who produces peak time tracks to rock the club?.
Another artistic pillar is Monika`s label Terminal M, which has been a fixed element in Germany`s musical scene and with over 100 releases, Terminal M can look back at 13 successful years so far. The profile of the label has developed further and a team of artists like Andhim, Pele & Shawnecy, Paul C & Martini, Piemont and Pig&Dan, work on a funky modern understanding of techno and house.
Influenced by the smooth rhythms of US house to Berlin?s Basic Channel and Maurizio, Russo?s productions not only stand out on the floor but are tempered by an expansive deepness. With EPs on Leftroom, Air London and 1Trax currently bubbling the limelight is shifting towards Russo as a solo artist. Add to this more collabs with Huxley, Jordan Peak and Halo as well an expanding DJ schedule, more and more people are sitting up and taking notice.
Starting off behind the decks at age of 18 in London?s East end, Russo cut his teeth on the Shoreditch circuit before gaining a residency with Southampton?s Junk Club, where he set the tone at heavyweight parties like Cocoon and Circo Loco. Having accumulated such experience at an early stage, this set him up for recent impressive performances at some of the UK?s most forward thinking clubs, including Manchester institution Sankeys, The Rainbow in Birmingham and The Shipping Forecast in Liverpool. With the international stage also in Russo?s sights, he has already performed at Studio 80 (Amsterdam), BeCool (Barcelona) and the Leftroom Party at WMC (Miami).
1st release tickets £10
2nd release tickets £12.50
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