The Apart Team hand selected 5 artists to watch out for in 2014!
suggested by Niki Kitz
Anthea is truly in a league of her own. A DJ adored for her positive energy and bassline-driven sound, a unique production talent renowned for her consistently quality tracks, and a skilled label head who has unearthed the finest underground talent that Brouquade has to offer.
2013 has been a watershed year for the London-born, Berlin-based artist, raising her profile like never before. After being taken under the wing of Loco Dice, Anthea appeared again and again on the lineup of his infamous Used + Abused parties throughout the Ibizan summer. She then topped off a stellar season on the white isle with a crowning highlight, joining Carl Craig and Nina Kraviz for the Carl Cox curated ‘The Party Unites’ event at Space. With further 2013 appearances at the inaugural Off:Wax Sonar event in Barcelona alongside Radio Slave and Tobi Neumann, at Phonica’s 10th birthday takeover of London’s Fabric club, an invite from Japan’s Air club and a monthly residency at essential Berlin spot Club der Visionaere, all the signs indicate that Anthea is a star in the ascendant.
Anthea has been honing her tastemaker ear for 15 years. While a behind-the-counter fixture at Flying Records and Phonica Records, she worked tirelessly as one of London’s most in-demand female DJs. After landing coveted podcasts slots for Ibiza Voice and Get The Curse, she fielded invites from Watergate in Berlin, Batofar in Paris, Harry Klein in Munich, Underground in Ibiza, and Gipsy in Moscow.
Anthea’s signature DJ style – whether deep or upfront – is dynamic and layered, rhythmic and focused on groove, and it’s informed her productions and remixes, landing her amongst the label likes of Freak ‘n Chic, Phonica, All Inn, One Records, Desolat and air london. Her collaborations have produced notable studio chemistry: “Option One” with Guti became a bona fide breakou hit, “The Playmaker” with Alex Celler has held its position as one of Resident Advisor’s Top 40 tracks of all time, she’s partnered with Werner Niedermeier as deep duo JC Freaks, and a recent pairing had her in the studio beside Brouquade partner-in-crime Dana Ruh.
With an emphasis on creating and not imitating, and with her boundless energy and personal warmth, Anthea has laid solid foundations in 2013, and beyond that there lies nothing but an inspired future.
suggested by Jason Allen
Being asked to describe his own music, Christian Loeffler states that he tries to combine melancholy with euphoria. “All my music is connected by a gloomy spirit, which is minted by a warm sincerity. I try to merge all kinds of different acoustic colors to obtain this feeling in my music.”
Loeffler started to play music by the age of 14. Living in a secluded region, lacking a musical surrounding, he had to teach himself the essentials of making electronic music. Before long he developed his own deep and moving sound, colored with a melancholic undertone- Music for the soul & for the body. He recalls a variety of music styles he listened to as a child and teenager that were highly influential to his own development as a musician.
Due to the fact that Loeffler is also working as a visual artist, he’s following the same approach when making music that he’s following when painting or taking photos. It is more about telling a story than making everything accessible right from the start.
In the course of the production of EP’s like “Heights”, “Raise” and “Aspen”, Loeffler developed some strategies to use acoustic material and singing in his music. Amongst others he samples different stringed instruments, percussion and atmospheres. He continues working with the recordings on the computer, combining, layering and alternating them.
The extraordinary capacities of this young producer have kept eyes and ears closely following the fresh talent as Loeffler’s deep moving melancholic sound, is absolutely irresistible.
suggested by Jack Carpenter
Drumcell was born as Moe Espinosa in Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Valley. Far away from the glamour and glitter of Hollywood he cut his teeth growing up in a vibrant, diverse neighborhood and still draws inspiration from this cultural melting pot. It also remains the area where he and the Raíz brothers Vangelis and Vidal – who together founded the Droid Behavior events collective in the early 2000s – hang out and regularly plot their widely known and respected Interface warehouse events.
A classically trained musician in his youth, Moe came to circulate around the Noise, Punk and Industrial scene, playing guitar and singing in various bands until he discovered the early ’90s L.A. rave scene. He fell in love with this music and immediately dove deeper to find out how it was made. That was when he got in touch with some of the heroic synthesizers of Techno’s early years. His enthusiasm for those exciting, synthetic sounds was beyond words, and the following years he hardly left the studio of his day job to work on his own productions in a little back room at night. When he handed out his first self-produced, self-pressed vinyl’s at the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit and some of the DJs played his record the very next day on various stages, he was chuffed and ready to go all the way.
Even though he has become one of the most popular Techno artists in the North American scene, you can still hear his Industrial and Noise roots in everything he is doing. His debut album “Sleep Complex” – which will be released in summer 2013 on CLR – is characterized by a complete disregard for genre limitations and is everything but a conventional Techno album. Drumcell is a science-fiction-movies-loving technology geek with a Punk Rock soul, who has explored and discovered the analogue world as much as the digital world of music production, to finally combine them into his very own raw, suspenseful and hypnotic style. He is literarily addicted to analog synthesis and spends countless hours in his studio, ceaselessly experimenting and searching for new, mind-expanding sounds.
Drumcell has played at numerous prestigious venues worldwide, from Berlin´s Techno mecca Berghain to the main stage of the Movement festival in Detroit. His label Droid Recordings and his own releases have captured the attention of many of the world’s top Techno jocks. With his new CLR membership and his truly outstanding debut album, Drumcell has come full circle and is ready for a whole new chapter of what he is best at and what matters most to him in life – the manifestation of truthful emotions in futuristic sonic concepts.
suggested by Sabina Archaniolowicz
Anna Leevia is against labeling her sound. Influenced by artists as varied as Mark Henning, Guido Schneider, Masomenos, Martin Buttrich, Trent Reznor, Prodigy, Marilyn Manson and Addictive TV, she builds her way through the music, giving the audience a trippy experience.
In Brazil, the DJ has played in many well-known clubs, like Dama de Ferro and Deputamadre. July 2008 was her first gig abroad, in Buenos Aires. Later that same year she had her first european tour, playing in Netherlands, Germany and England. August of 2009 was time for a new tour, playing in Denmark and Germany. In the summer of 2010 Anna was touring Europe again, and had the chance to play in her favorite clubs in Berlin: Club Der Visionaere and Bar25.
Anna has played with artists like Red Robin, Cesare vs Disorder, Marc Antona, Turmspringer, AlexKid and many more international acts. Anna was recently featured in DJ MAG Germany, being declared one of the favourite new discovers of the magazine.
Anna nowadays lives between Berlin and Sao Paulo, produces a traveling TV show, works on her audiovisual project and studies music production. Her 2011 tour took her to Germany, Austria, Italy, United States, Brasil, Australia, New Zealand, while 2012 was a busy year for Anna, with gigs in South America, Mexico, Europe and Asia and more….
suggested by Fortune
In a career which has still spanned only seven years, Glimpse has established himself as one of the most versatile, imaginative and talented producers that the UK has to offer today.
From the early days of his hugely successful, uncompromising techno ‘Black Series’ on Glimpse Recordings, through to the groove-laden tech house of ‘Drifting’ on Planet E and, later, fully pursuing the deep and organic take on house via his Crosstown Rebels singles and album – this musical range has gained him the respect of his peers and culminated in two successive nominations in DJ Magazine’s prestigious ‘Best British Producer’ category…