Techno is having an absolute field day right now and we’re certainly not complaining. Just in the past 6 months alone Australia has had visits from Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Ben Klock, Donato Dozzy, Rodhad, Enrico Sangiuliano, and upcoming we can look forward to Richie Hawtin, Joseph Capriati, Monoloc and also Julian Jeweil (just around the corner)… that is a techno bonanza.
The label that seems to be the biggest driver behind this current wave of techno is Drumcode, the label from Swedish star Adam Beyer. With the upcoming tour of fellow Drumcode alumni Julian Jeweil, we thought we would look at the 5 Drumcode acts currently doing good things…
Arguably one of the most in-form producers today, Julian Jeweil is a Beatport chart-topping hero who will be touring Australia in under a month. His tireless touring schedule has him playing in every corner of the globe and at the world’s leading events. The Frenchman is a perfect example of what your mum told you way back, hard work pays off (although she probably wasn’t talking about writing techno, not our fault mum). With credentials to burn and a list of milestones that could inspire any budding producer, it’s hard to name them all in one paragraph. Honourable mentions have to go to being crowned DJ Mag’s best French DJ last year; being named Beatport’s number one techno DJ of 2015; his latest release ‘Rolling EP’ on Drumcode, and let’s not forget about the recent remix of ‘Porcelain’ for dance-legend Moby either.
Catch Julian on his first ever Australian club tour at Brown Alley in Melbourne June 9, The Burdekin in Sydney June 10 and The Grand Hotel in Wollongong June 11.
If you like to rave you’ll like this guy (there’s a pun in there, just keep reading…. you’ll see). Sam Paganini can lay claim to writing one of the most iconic techno songs of all time, so much so that his single ‘Rave’ (there it is) broke free of it’s genre classification and crept into the mainstream culture. With over nine-million YouTube plays, all you need to do is pop into one of his shows and you’ll hear a crowd full of punters bellowing out it’s melody as if they’re at a soccer match. His hard hitting progressive techno isn’t too serious, but it’s seriously good.
Techno veterans Pig&Dan are well and truly on top of their game right now and it looks as though things are just getting better. After spending the entirety of last year playing at the world’s most celebrated venues and events, the duo were also treated to a Beatport overall number one for their track ‘Growler’ (check it out, it’s a slammer). The Spaniardscan lay claim to being signed to Sven Väth’s Cocoon Recordings, Slam’s Soma, John Digweed’s Bedrock, Richie Hawkin’s Plus 8 and many more. Not to mention these guys have received love from industry leaders Carl Cox, Deadmau5, Adam Beyer, Solomon and Maceo Plex, it seems as though they can do no wrong. Make sure you suss them out and if you like it keep your eyes peeled for an imminent Australian tour this coming August.
If it wasn’t us telling you about this guy, then someone else would have done so soon. Enrico Sanguliano ran his local circuit for a decade before the world sat up to take notice, and now that they have, everyone’s eyes (and ears) have been fixated on a man who has quickly become one of Italy’s favourite sons. His breakthrough track was a remix of DJ Boris’ ‘Can You Hear Me’ which sat at number one on Beatport’s techno charts for a mammoth fourteen weeks. Rubbing shoulders with techno elite and casually charting as the top selling techno producer of 2016, Enrico has a bright future ahead to say the least.
To wrap things up we’ve picked one of the best. Look, they just don’t come much bigger than the label boss himself, Adam Beyer. The Swedish-born dance legend is unanimously loved, influential and one of the most iconic techno artists of all time. A family man, Adam Beyer is a regular on many of the worlds main stages, top ten charts, and even the odd intimate club show, and his radio show broadcasts to over fifty countries. Well and truly an underground legend, if you didn’t already know about him, it’s about time you did. Check out these 3 hours of power recorded recently at the newly minted Printworks in London…