The master of live act in Electronic Music, Stephan Bodzin, finally arrives in Belgrade!
For years Stephan Bodzin has been a very influential figure in the global Techno scene. The reason of this German’s survival there where many have failed, is an unreserved devotion to authenticity and as he says himself: “Without all that everything would just look like a hollow shell.” His production can be described as a fusion of hypnotic music with extremely real and unforgettable melodies that stick into your mind long after. It’s safe to say that Stephan Bodzin is a god of live Techno acts on the global Electronic scene.
Blender continues to book top class artists, giving Belgrade the chance to host one of the most wanted names in Electronic scene for the first time ever, in Hangar on November 24. We proudly present Paul Kalkbrenner’s LIVE act!
Paul Kalkbrenner, the icon of Berlin, is internationally known for his unique talent granting him seven studio albums and over 2 million Facebook fans. He deeply believes in his outstanding production capabilities which are best expressed during his live shows. His rich compositions filled with energy are made out of his fundamental desire to pull the listeners out of their tiresome everyday activities and bring them in the sincere artistic excitement surrounded by positive energy, friendship, hope and love.
Paul began his DJ journey in 1992, when Sascha Funke and he played music together in local clubs packed mostly with younger crowd. Soon they both became obsessed with Electronic Music and started collecting vinyl records unrelentlessly. When he was only 18 years old, Paul was working for a German television channel and earning enough to gradually buy production equipment. As much as he enjoyed the exciting life of a DJ, deep down he actually wanted to present his own music to the crowd. He released his first tracks on Bpitch record label (owned by Ellen Allien) in 1999. His biggest success that definitely made him one of the most reputable artists of the global Electronic Music scene is the soundtrack for the movie Berlin Calling, leaving the crowd in awe. In 2009 he created his own label Paul Kalkbrenner Musik on which he continued releasing albums. In the end, Paul always returns to his Berlin roots unwinding with the help of his Back To The Future mixes. This trilogy represents the chronologically written history of the arrival of Electronic Music to Berlin, which he recorded regularly listening to the radio when he was a teenager.
On top of that, one of the most prominent female Techno DJs of Japan, Hito, will contribute to making this night one to remember.
Local support for this superstar will be Marko Milosavljevic and Nic Lawyer.
Gramatik, one of the most renowned producers of today, will perform for the first time in Belgrade at Belexpo Center on Thursday, 23rd November. To join this one-of-a-kind concert show is a local funky/jazz group Gramophonedzie Live Experience.
The Slovenian artist, currently residing in New York, is on a two-month European tour – “RE:COIL Tour LIVE”, during which he presented his new EP Re:Coil Part I that is consisted of six songs, including the previously released singles Recovery featuring Eric Krasno, Voyager Twins featuring Galactic Marvel and Aymo featuring Balkan Bump and Talib Kweli. Beside previously released songs, the EP is also made out of new ones like Future Crypto featuring Bran-X, Goldilocks Enigma featuring Anomaly and Halcyon. This EP truly represents Gramatik’s characteristic style: deep bass lines, guitar and a recognizable sound design; while on the other hand it also explores some new influential sounds.
Speaking of influential sounds, hip-hop was among various genres of electronic music that helped Gramatik build his unique style that separated him from other musicians and brought him worldwide fame and a nomination for the MTV Europe Music Award.
Since 2008, when he’d moved to New York to sign a contract with an American publisher, he has released nine studio albums, four EPs, a great number of singles and remixes, and in 2013 he founded his own label Lowtemp Recordings that works with artists from all over the world. His best works are albums The Age of Reason (2014) i Epigram (2016). He was first introduced to Serbian crowd last year with a performance at EXIT Festival’s Main Stage.
The nine-member band Gramophonedzie Live Experience was formed in 2014 and gathers some of the finest Serbian musicians. Apart DJ and vocals, the following musical instruments are included: drums, guitar, saxophone, keyboard and percussions. In order to create a unique music experience they create a fusion of electronic and live music and destroy musical boundaries by doing so. On the night of the show, this band will perform their most popular songs like: Why Don’t You, Feels Like Love, Bitches Know, Street Lady, No Sugar. Alongside their greatest hits, the crowd will have the opportunity to hear their new songs from their upcoming album.
Tickets for Gramatik’s Belgrade show, in Blender production, are available at all Eventim and Gigstix selling stores at the price of 1790 RSD for parter and 2290 RSD for VIP.
On October 14, Blender will start its winter party series in the Hangar with two more than interesting DJ duos. Adriatique – famous and popular among the local crowd for their music and the Diynamic label which they are members of; Woo York – production trendsetters of the new Techno wave, for the first time playing in Belgrade.
Although moving to the enclosed winter venue, Blender announces a warm winter season filled with great music and positive energy with its amazing bookings and outstanding production.
The popular DJ duo, Adriatique, started their partnership with an idea and desire to establish a unique sound signature connecting them with the crowd that understands and identifies with the thought that music is meditation. Adriatique is present and popular in clubs around the world. Their mutual approach to DJing can be described as the work of true selectors of music that is extremely diverse, and at the same time, very convincing. Their music represents a journey through selected melodies of Techno or Deep sound, very energetic, constantly tense, liberated with a breathtaking break making the crowd dance their feet off.
One of the representatives of a new Techno wave, the Ukrainian producer duo, Woo York, will have their Belgrade premiere. They made quite a breakthrough with their specific, dark, strong, but at the same time, sofisticated sound. With their inimitable live performance, they became one of the leaders of the underground Electronic Music scene. Woo York released some massive tracks on legendary labels such as Afterlife, Life & Death, Soma and Dystopian.
The fact that you are brothers, beside the incredible talent, makes you even more interesting to the crowd. Was music something that brought you together and what pushed you to this beautiful partnership and how this developed over the years?
After growing up together and a short break of regular communication when Dario moved out of our Mum’s house, dance music actually brought us back together. We always had the same idea and vision of what music should transport and from this point on everything just went it’s natural ways until today and will probably develop as long as we do this.
What is the difference, judging by your own personal experience, when you are playing together as brothers and when you are playing separate sets?
Playing together is mostly more challenging and improvised as you never know what the other will play next. Playing alone is a different thing as you mostly build bridges in your head already while playing and you can plan ahead. This of course always changes and variates with the crowd.
When it comes to your label ILIAN Tape – how does the process of deciding on what to release?
The stuff we release has to transport a feeling that we both get and can connect with, it’s less about functionality but more about the vibe of a track. Most of the times the tracks we release are laying around for a while and grow on us.
How do you manage to craft such a pure and authentic sound?
We are both music heads and quite into the hardware space. We are always changing things in the studio, getting new machines or selling gear, it is really a never ending field of experimentation. Making and releasing music is a constant process too, with ups and downs but it’s important to try to keep things moving and to stay honest at the same time. For the label we are always open for music that touches us in any way.
Do you implement a particular life philosophy when producing music?
Not really, but everything that happens in life goes into the studio in our case. Spending time in the studio is essential to our happiness. It’s a never ending challenge trying to make a slammer.
When signing new artist, what is the special thing they have to have to make it on the label?
An own sound for sure. We always look for personality within music and positive vibes.
You have recognized music integrity in one of our finest DJ and producer Miloš Pavlović. What is that something special that drown you to his work?
We are friends with Milos for many years, and he did not release much on the label yet actually. But we always loved the stuff he did and included him as much as possible.
Your website biography claims that you do not believe in the hype. But how do you feel about the situation on the global scene where hype seems to be everything?
Hype always comes and goes, but we always wanted to something that lasts.
Trends in music are always a tricky thing, as it brings up artists way to fast to handle everything and to build a good fundament for a career. Thats why you see so many artists disappearing after a while when they got to big to fast.
Some hypes are justified and some are based on an image, that seems very calculated and backed with money. Popularity becomes more important than the music. It becomes very predictable and therefore boring.
We heard you couldn’t handle a portion of 10 ćevap when you visited Serbia last time, are you ready to give it another try?
Who did tell you that? I think we even had 25 Cevap each..