Stuttgart-based producer and musician Johannes Brecht’s lush piano tones are never too far away from even his clubbiest releases and remixes. Having worked with Solomun and Stimming
One of melodic techno's most consistent artists, Rodriguez Jr has been making emotive dancefloor-friendly deep groovers ever since his debut album landed on Mobilee in 2012. Since, he's graced imprints like Anjunadeep, Pokerflat and Defected, as well as continuing to release his solo work via his original home. One of electronic music's most consistent live performers, he's developed a truly live approach, with improvised jams over rolling drum patterns and high-end chords.
Having found their musical feet playing in bands, it was a natural step for Mount Liberation Unlimited to take their new-found love for electronic music on the road in flight cases rather than USB ones. Their disco and house sound coupled with space-y warbled vocals and a lo-fi aesthetic combine to create winding and vivid records that bubble with personality. Their live show, as we found out, was a wild adventure in trial and error, one that continues to evolve along with the duos own ambitions.
What do you think is behind the current rise in live electronic music, in both more artists playing live and more tech companies creating kit specifically for live?
"Guess you already answered that partly for yourself in the question. More user-friendly gear – more live performers! Somewhat of a positive feedback loop coming from vintage gear getting ridiculously expensive, companies realising the market is there and so on.
Set Mo's 2018 was a big one. Having drip-fed their debut album over 11 months, one track at a time, the LP got a full release in February 2019, resulting in an iTunes Australia number one. Now they're re-structuring their DJ sets into a fully-realised live show, with lights and visuals as well as live guest vocalists. We sat down with the Sydney duo to find out how the show came together and recreating studio sound for the stage.
While the German producer's discography meandered through minimal house and techno, electronica and ambient, Isolée was simultaneously perfecting his live show, translating his studio prowess to the stage and booth. We spoke to him about how his live setup evolved, his approach to performance and why he envies DJs.
Guti's background as an accomplished jazz pianist and his passion for electronic music has seen him morph a live show steeped in traditional musical influence. It's very much a club-friendly affair though, with rolling tech-house beats and considered melody stabs layered across bouncing sub bass. Despite his dancefloor-focussed sound, he's adamantly rejected the art of DJing in favour of bringing his studio philosophies to the booth.