In the past two decades, Slam have defined techno in Scotland, cultivated many artists of note on their Soma label, and remixed everyone from Daft Punk to Underworld. The legendary UK duo, comprising of Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle, have travelled far and wide, leaving scorch marks on dance-floors worldwide, touring Australia, the USA, Europe, South America and
Japan. They hold residencies at 3 of the UK's best clubs (Pressure & the Sub Club in their home
town of Glasgow and Fabric in London).
SLAM ON FIRE: The last few years have been the most prolific period in Slam's career.
Performing dynamic sets at many leading festivals including Time Warp, Mayday, Bestival, Glade, Awakenings, Glastonbury, Monegros and T In The Park. They have also played at some
of the world's best clubs including the legendary Womb in Tokyo, Cocoon in Frankfurt, Rex in
Paris and Berlin's infamous Watergate and Berghain. Their Soma Records label hit its 20th
birthday in 2011, which is a great achievement in any industry never mind the fickle music business. In this prestigious year Slam were also nominated as the 'Greatest Dance Act of All
Time' in the institutional UK Dance music magazine Mixmag.
SOMA RECORDS: SLAM are the proud co-owners of Soma, which now in its 21st year,
continues to be one of the world's leading purveyors of cutting edge electronic music. As well as
introducing and developing many new acts and album projects, Soma's recent releases have
included singles and remixes from artists including The Black Dog, Adam Beyer, Joris Voorn,
Silicone Soul, Gary Beck, Surgeon, Loco Dice, Mark Broom, Nick Curly, Matthias Tanzmann,
Pan-Pot, Carl Craig, Radio Slave and Sebo K. Big names. Big tracks! Slam's latest release on Soma is 'Old School Jams for the New Republic'; a two track EP of powerful dancefloor burners.
PARAGRAPH: The first release 'City Destroyer', with its crisp electronic sound-scapes, secured
club plays and support from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer and Laurent Garnier. Since
then Paragraph has combined Slam's love and talents for both Techno & House to great effect.
Massive tracks like 'Hot Knives', 'Variance', 'We Doin' This Again' and 'Room 2' have been
working crowds the world over. Slam's 'Alliances' series, has also commenced on Paragraph
with collaborations between Slam and their friends and peers. The first release was with Gary
Beck and is soon to be followed by collabs with Pan-Pot & Italo Boyz. Their Return To Mono
residency at Glasgow's Sub Club has also etched its way into the Paragraph label through the
'RTM Project'. This concentrates on the housier side of the duos productions.
RELEASES & REMIXES: As well as a string of monster tracks on their own Paragraph and
Soma labels, this prolific period has seen Slam releasing singles and remixing on other imprints
including Planet E, Figure, Ovum, and Mobilee. Following on from their 'Old School Jams for the
New Republic' is the 'Capana' release on Len Faki's Figure imprint, which includes a remix from
Gary Beck. Slam have also been tied closely with Drumcode, most recently destroying clubs with
'Vespula' , the 5th Slam single for Adam Beyer. The duo have also remixed Spencer Parker,
Christian Smith, Josh Wink, Paul Ritch, Pan-Pot, Radio Slave & Paperclip People, many of which
DJ, producer, remixer, record label boss… Jesus Pablo wears many hats. What's more, as well as juggling his many musical commitments, he's also trying to forge a career as a fashion designer, marking out the 33-year-old Liverpudlian with the Spanish-sounding alias – in real life he's known as Paul Morgan – as a truly creative individual.
Which no doubt goes some way to explaining how he's managed to build up such an impressive discography, despite having been in the production game for a relatively short time. Not that he's any stranger to the house scene in general: he started DJing around his home town at the tender age of 16, playing “house and piano classics on a Sunday night in his local”.
In fact, Paul/Jesus is refreshingly honest about his early influences. “Everyone always says they grew up with their Dad's soul, funk and jazz records,” he says. “But my Dad was a big Beatles, Doris Day and Billy Fury fan, so my taste for house music certainly didn't come from there!” Instead, he says, it was Baby D's 'Let Me Be Your Fantasy' that first caught his ear, back when he was still in junior school (bless). Soon he was immersing himself in his mates' older brothers' Quadrant Park mixtapes and buying Cream and Ministry CDs – he still cites local Liverpudlian legend Paul Bleasdale as a major influence – and from there, he inexorably found his way to the deeper, more soulful house sounds of Kerri Chandler, Masters At Work.
Today, Jesus Pablo is a distinctive and very contemporary sound that fuses deep house and techno flavas, with his many productions, remixes and collaborations appearing on some of the most respected labels in the house/deep house game, including Large Music, i! Records, Lost My Dog, Viva Recordings, Bulletdodge Records, Savoir Faire Musique, Headset Recordings, What Happens and more.
Back in 2011 he launched Something Different Records, a record label that's already picking up mucho plaudits from those in the knowm, as well as some huge support from the likes of Marco Carola, Nic Fanciulli, Pete Tong, Sasha, Crazy P, Tensnake and Nick Warren over the last 12 months. This year he expanded his label group by launching Something Different Again (a moodier and darker side to house and techno), Something Else (pushing that 90's garage, house and techno era) and Different Attitudes (pushing quality music thats not for following trends, but setting them), all main labels in their own right and already speading their love house and techno to the sets of many worldwide.
Fast building a reputation as one of the industry's hardest working, Jesus Pablo is clear about his aims – he's in this for the long haul. Hell, he's been at it 17 years already, why stop now? He'll keep on spreading the love of quality underground dance music wherever he goes… and this is one up-and-coming talent who truly IS going places, have no doubt!
Tony Rivera never felt that being a DJ was his job, he always felt that being a DJ was his passion. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this DJ has 30 years of age and over a decade of experience in the professional field.
Being part of House Department, he hosted the weekly radio show "House Department Sessions" in DLA Radio from 2005 to 2008. In his radio show he played the best of deep house, tech house and progressive house. In 2010 Tony Rivera becomes a DJ resident of Senses, with DJ gigs all over the city in some of the most exclusive nightclubs like: Miloca Bar y Terrazas, Jacko's, Maxxximo, Pekados, Nubar, Vier4 and Kika, among others.
Oleg aka A.K.N.
Oleg aka A.K.N. was born in 1977 in Krasnodar city, situated in the south of Russia. The meet with electronic music took place in 1985. The new album of Yello "Stella" turned everything upside down.
Since that time his undeground musical taste began to form. After high school he received medical education and continued to be an active listener and clubber. Although his professional obligations keep him busy, music does not stop to keep him occupied. There is always time to create good music. In 2009 Oleg A.K.N. created his first mix on his laptop. He tasted different musical styles, but hhe landed upon the deep sound. That time he began throwing his open air house parties under the name of "Tuzla Party". Oleg A.K.N. is in the beginning of his creative path.
Q-BURNS [Invisible Airwaves RS]
Q-BURNS ABSTRACT MESSAGE - Coaxing the maximum soul out of the machine. In the realm of dance music, there are few producers that thrive on blurring the boundary between eclectic experimenter and populist ass-shaker as much as Q-Burns Abstract Message.
Equally comfortable covering Krautrock legends Faust or dropping his favorite chunky house grooves into the mix, Q-BAM—known to his parents as Michael Donaldson—is indeed the rare auteur. Whether globetrotting as a DJ, co-running the Eighth Dimension Records label, remixing artists like Rabbit in the Moon, Fila Brazillia and Youssou N'Dour, or recording his own original productions, Donaldson is all about the coaxing the maximum soul out of the machine.
Based in Orlando since the early-'90s, the former record shop owner and college radio DJ has spent the past two decades developing a sound that is obsessively devoted to the funk. His animated, vodka-soaked DJ sets have won audiences for the well-traveled Donaldson from San Francisco to (literally) Siberia, and landed him primo opening slots for GusGus, Chemical Brothers and Meat Beat Manifesto.
However, it's his playful rhythms, surprising melodic themes and not-so-surprising Eno-esque textures that demand attention. An accomplished indie musician prior to releasing his first single as Q-BAM—the breakbeat noir of "141 Revenge Street" in 1995—Donaldson is first and foremost a songwriter, albeit one that is just as enamored with the sheer power of the groove.
With a trusty Roland Juno 106 synth at his side, Q-BAM released three full-length albums via the respected electronic label Astralwerks, including Invisible Airline which featured several collaborations with vocalist Lisa Shaw. He has recorded numerous singles for house-centric imprints such as Brique Rouge, Slip N' Slide, NRK and of course, Eighth Dimension. Q-BAM was also one of the talented producers on alt-country icon Jim White's 2001 Luaka Bop release No Such Place. The album cast White's stark vocals in a wasteland of dusty beats and ghostly slide guitars, with Donaldson's tracks providing some of its most intoxicating moments.
Though his "endless summer" schedule—more than 100 DJ dates annually—and ongoing production projects would seemingly exhaust a mere mortal, Q-BAM rather enjoys this 120-BPM soundtrack. Accordingly, Donaldson and fellow Orlando producer/DJ Atnarko launched the deep house label EIGHT-TRACKS, dedicated to releasing "strange sounds that you can dance to," says Q-BAM himself. Additionally, house imprint Agave Records tapped Donaldson to throw down a mix CD titled Agave Nectar Vol. 1, available in fine records shops worldwide..
Currently, Q-BAM is hard at work with his monthly Invisible Airwaves radio show (syndicated to over a dozen stations worldwide) as well as studio and label duties, and his constant DJ touring schedule. Recent Q-Burns Abstract Message singles include the Italian-horror film inspired "Chainsaw" for EIGHT-TRACKS, a collection of remixes by Cole Medina and Presslaboys of the classic Invisible Airline track "Innocent" (featuring the vocals of Lisa Shaw), and a revamped "Balearic Chainsaw" with mixes by Q-BAM pal Scott Hardkiss. As if there wasn't already enough deliciously warm and gooey queso already piled high on his plate, Q-BAM is also hard at work recording a slew of tracks for an upcoming mystery project, to be launched sometime within the year.