We kick off 2020 with one of our favourite artists right now, the amazing Ben Rau from Berlin! We've been following Ben for some time and it only seemed right to showcase him to all you lovely Brightonians. We're very excited ♥
INKAL / META
Dancing all night and experiencing a feeling of community and togetherness is something countless generations can relate to.
Ben originally fell in love with house and techno in his late teens losing himself in the music and exploring his deep seated passion for electronic music through self-expression namely, raving.
Ben spent many years on dancefloors back home in Germany and in the UK. As time went on he became more involved behind the scenes, progressing from the dancefloor to the decks and into the studio. Having a solid grounding in club culture from such a grassroots level means Ben's connection with the dancefloor runs deep, likewise his studio endeavours are aimed squarely at those who dedicate their time to dancing the night away.
A Berliner born and bred, Ben moved to the UK originally to study. He immersed himself in the highly influential east London party scene, having made the decision to dedicate his life to pursuing a career in music. While Ben was living in the UK, Berlin had become the global epicentre of house and techno and he felt a strong calling to return home. He decided to move back home to build a studio and returned to Berlin with a fresh outlook , a renewed desire to succeed to truly pursue his dreams.
In 2016 Ben took charge of his destiny, setting his focus on his self-release imprint Inkal and sister label Meta. Both labels continue to grow in stature with every release, topping record shop charts and resulting in multiple represses for each offering. Ben continues to build his reputation in the studio as a producer to watch out for and as a DJ equally at home in the club and bigger stages.
With such a strong foundation, an unerring passion for his craft, Ben continues to garner the attention of tastemakers and clubbers alike onto the Global stage.
Get Physical Music, Connaisseur Recordings, Kittball Records, OFF Recordings, Nurvous Records, Gruuv
Straddling House and Disco with a unique twist and an eye for the underground NOLAN is making serious waves right now, with key releases on Kittball, MadTech, Crew Love, Get Physical, OFF, Gruuv & Connaisseur Recordings.
His collaboration with legendary actor Idris Elba caused quite a stir with it's no nonsense anti EDM stance. The vinyl release of which, with its analog heavy Of Norway remix featured as the opening track on John Digweed's Transitions radio show which then led to the NOLAN guest mix on show 511.
NOLAN's debut release 'Thief' which was snapped up by New York's Nurvous Records, making its way into the discerning boxes of Maceo Plex & Wolf + Lamb. His follow up EP was released on vinyl by the exquisite Connaisseur Recordings, with a bumping Paradise Garage-inspired disco track alongside a stunning revision of an MK classic. Followed by a sizzling hot vinyl EP on Audiojack's GRUUV imprint with remixes courtesy of John Tejada and Poker Flat's Kyodai. Then came 'Go Slow' with it's choice remixes from Miguel Puente & a young Finnebassen who's remix clocked well over 5 million views on YouTube.
More recently his collaborations with Soul songstress Rachel Adedeji created a huge buzz amongst the DJ community featuring remixes from DJ T, Sharam Jey, Climbers & ATFC. Which was followed by a slew of releases on Low Steppa's Simma Black, Sleazy Deep, ALiVE, King Street, Dear Deer, Sakura Music & a vinyl release on Sex Panda White with remixes from Kevin Over, Telonius (Gomma) + Matt Fear & Kreature.
But it's NOLAN's collaboration with Amber Jolene, which spent an unprecedented 256 days in the Beatport NuDisco charts (100 days of which in the top 10 itself) which is proving hard to beat. The sublime remix by Danish rising star KANT resonated around Ibiza island and features on Toolroom Ibiza CD, Pure Salinas, Coco Beach, Armada Sunset + Ministry Of Sound Chilled House Ibiza compilation CDs and has also now had over 12 million views on YouTube!
Not one to rest on his laurels Nolan's next collaboration with the inimitable Forrest came out on KITTBALL featuring remixes from Hot Creations duo Raumakustik and label boss P.A.C.O. Followed by a 2 tracker ‘Dance Boy’ & ‘Cassette Tape’ on Enzo Siffredi's chart busting Wired imprint & a release on Kerri Chandler’s MadTech.
Soul Clap & Wolf + Lamb then snapped up 4 more Nolan / Forrest collaborations for an EP on their Brooklyn based Crew Love Records & a collaboration with House Music royalty Joi Cardwell recently came out on the legendary Henry Street Records.
Plus the future looks hot with SASHA asking to sign 3 more NOLAN tracks and a remix for Mr. V about to drop too! Keep them peeled for more info….
DJ Markus Saarländer
Berlin - Brighton, friskyRadio, Trickstar Radio, Dino Audio, Decoded Magazine
Join Mr Berlin himself Markus, who will be bringing his melodic and emotive sound mixed in with some serious fun and groove to end the night.
Markus started Berlin Brighton in 2014 with the simple aim of bringing a slice of Berlin to the city by showcasing underground sounds from multiple genres not just Techno. Berlin has become one of Brighton's most respected club nights with many collaborations, pop-up parties, two radio shows and of course the famous seafront beach terrace parties. Markus has also made numerous appearances on other radio shows, festivals & club nights across the country as well as in Barcelona, Ibiza and Germany including support duties for John Digweed at Concorde2 in November as well as starting a new record label called Dino Audio.
Other recent highlights have included support at the Arch for Groove Armada and Berlin being the official partner for Waze & Odyssey's Street Tracks series. Not only that Markus has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business such as Timo Maas, Dave Seaman, Alex Niggemann, Kellerkind, Thomas Schumacher, Nhan Solo, Superlover, Just Her, Timo Garcia, Juliet Sikora, Emanuel Satie, Cinthie, Daniel Steinberg, Jeremy Underground, Red Rack'em, Jonas Saalbach, Teenage Mutants, Tigerskin, Rebekah and many more.
In June 2018 Markus also featured as the artist of the month for global underground music station friskyRadio, which has led to Markus starting is new Radio show 'Rainbow Frequencies' which aired on 12 November on the NYC based station, which also the home of bigger hitters such as Sasha, Dave Seaman, Steve Lawler, Nick Warren and many more. Going forward Markus will host the show every second Monday 4pm EST, 9pm UK and 10pm CET. The show also reached no.2 in the global Frisky charts in February. Alternatively catch Markus hosting the Berlin Radio Show every Wednesday 18:00-20:00 UK Time on www.trickstarradio.com
Ago De Felice
Steam Room Records, BLOW AFTER HOURS, Trickstar Radio
One of Brighton's most recognised and loved faces on the club and bar circuit. Southern Italian native DJ & Producer and co-owner of Foolish Beatz records. Ago De Felice is known for his alternative and unique sound, his music is infused by silky Deep & Tech House, but his style also dips into other groovy & funky elements from other genres such as Disco/Indie to Minimal & Techno. Ago also hosts his own Radio show on Trickstar Radio every Friday called 'Thank God It's Friday' 4-6pm.
Ago has also been a well known figure on Brighton seafront hosting and being part of many parties held at OhSo Social and The Tempest Inn plus a regular slot for local celeb and Wired Label head honcho ENZO SIFFREDI for BLOW AFTER HOURS.
This time we're showcasing a real raw up and coming talent Helpmeimblonde DJ AKA Paula López. A self-confessed former metal head and classically trained in piano as well as being pretty fly jamming on guitars, Paula discovered electronic music rather late but found her calling and hasn't looked back since. Paula is making great progress in our scene and has already played at a number of venues across the city as well as starting her own female lead DJ collective 'Dance Upon A Time'. Not only that, Paula has completed our latest Brighton Mixtapes Episode 007 - A truly gutsy and impressive collection of tracks, utilising the full two hours and transitioning through a multitude of genres from Deep House, House, Techno to Psytrance. We love artists who push themselves and Helpmeimblonde certainly delivers a solid boundary pushing episode. So let's meet her and find out more.
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