Techno with attitude
Passionate Carlos, aka Edelstahl, started to mix vinyls in 1996 and bought his first sequencer two years later.
In 2001 Carlos discovered Techno and began to produce his first tracks influenced by the old school guards of Techno like The Advent, Cari Lekebusch, Ben Sims etc.
In order to improve his productions skills, he quit being a DJ and in the same year, Carlos debuted his very first live act under the name Edelstahl and founded his own label Stahlplatten.
His style is very unique and after listening to his production you’ll be surprised how diverse his tracks are which range from “Techno of the old good days” to the harder Acid Techno.
Edelstahl got his residency in the famous Swiss Techno club, Rohstofflager, and has also performed in many different clubs around Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Sweden.
With hundreds of releases, Edelstahl is a synonym for high quality productions with attitude and passion, which in turn has attracted highly respected artists/labels in techno:
Yin Yang, Resopal Schallware, SoulAccess, Back Spin Records, Amazing Rec, Amigos Recordings, Sub Cult, Gastspiel Records, Doppelgaenger, etc. are only a few of the scene’s best addresses Carlos has worked with to date.
Exposed to electronic music since a young age, Dario Canuso decided to acquire his first turntables in 2001 and started to play for internet radios across the globe until he moved to Zurich, Switzerland.
Having landed in electronic music heaven, his passion and drive allowed him to start playing at local clubs and events. The early 2000’s were full of progressive house, detroit / grooving Techno all of which formed and influenced his style.
His love for progressive basses, euphoric synths with a steady and heavy techno drive has followed him ever since in his discography.
Supported by artists like Nicole Moudaber, Joseph Capriati, Lugi Madonna, Jamie XX, Claudia Snyder, Destroyer and more, his productions have been described as distinguished and hypnotizing.
His appreciation for electronic music comes through loud and clear in the music he makes and plays never forgetting the roots and still evolving forward.
In Switzerland grown up czech Marcela Prochazkova aka Markova is living electronic beats since the 1990`s with a very strong raising devotion.
Before her second artist name Markova was born, the young artist called herself Mary C Jane.
Under this artist name she played regularly in famous Clubs like Rohstofflager in Zurich. In the past Markova was famous because of her fast, mechanic and industrial Sets with hard baslines. As well today she is playing her music from hard to soft and backwards because love to bass is never dying.
Carrot and stick! Thats how you can call this style today. Markova is taking you with her on a journey…passing the highest points to the deepest valleys with a landscape full of glitter,and magic synthetic beates. Music for your feets and your soul with passion and love for Techno. In this spirit: have a nice trip!
Parisian Dj and producer, Ket Robinson discovered Techno music when he was 12 years old.
Influenced by industrial sounds and Detroit’s Techno, he has created an abyssal and mechanical universe that he expresses through a physical and impulsive Techno which resonates in the depths of soul.
His music allowed him to discover different countries in the whole world, especially in Shanghai (China) during a year, in Montréal (Canada), where he played with Regis, founder of Downwards Records, and also in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in March 2019.
Ket’ has already make himself known, his tracks were played by the greatest Techno artists such as Richie Hawtin during his Boiler Room in Buenos Aires, Dax-J for NYE Reaktor 2018 at Warehouse Elementstraat and at DGTL 2019, Dense & Pika for BBC radio 1 Essential Mix, Anetha at Echowaves Festival, or by Maceo Plex in Moscow and Detroit.
Fredy S. has been living music for over 25 years.
Perfect technique. Pulsating beats, with more than 130 beats per minute. On three decks, of course. Not only inspiring, but electrifying the masses. Giving it what it associates with Techno. Qualitative hardgroove, fast, impulsive, just as Techno was thought in its origin. Embedding various styles, always making something respectable from the hardest underground. Live remixes, which inspire everyone, whether it is a suit or a freak. This is Fredy S.
“In these years I was richly presented”, he says, “with the best people, with the love for techno, at many places in the world. It’s time to give something back, to richly present the audience and the locations that care about musical quality!”
Fredy S. did that with a world tour in 2017, which lead him through Spain, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Hungary and many other countries, always to places where the music is still in the foreground – like the ECO Festival in Slovenia, the Sea You Festival in Germany or the legendary R Lounge in Tokyo. “I want to celebrate with you. I want to show you music! Be part of it!”
Music was his first love …
Even as a small child, Fredy S. sat in front of the music boxes and listened to the vibrations for hours and hours. At the age of twelve he began to mix vinyls. Two years later, he signed his first contract as a club resident, toured through Switzerland and shortly afterwards he traveled across Europe and Asia and played at the most breathtaking venues around the world. He performed live for various radio stations, and acted together with great artists such as Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, DJ Rush, Adam Beyer, and many more – artists who, incidentally, love to celebrate with Fredy S. at his small underground parties.
Fredy S. always kept both feet on the ground. Especially on the dance floor’s ground. There you meet him as often as on the stage. He loves to move among the party people. He is one of them. He knows what they want. And he knows how to integrate that into his music.
Fredy S. is one of the few who consistently play the hard sound and does not bend into mainstream movements. It only takes him seconds to pick up the crowd and to offer it what it is associating with Techno. And then he does not let it go for hours. Fredy S. always performs as it would be the last party of his life – because also the last party of his life he would like to share with the quality loving techno family.
Freakclan, formally known as RenKen, consists of Techno DJ Kenny Dark (Kenny Szarka) famous for the Masters of Art events in ancient Guggelmann area in Roggwi, resident of the underground Freakclan Parties and long-term guitarist René Ammon of the hardcore band Wounds left Deeper, who has sucsessfully toured Europe. This is RenKen.
That’s how two friends of completely different music spheres came together to make this electronic music project. They started their first music production together in november 2011. At the end oft that year they’ve debuted their new live set in a little club in Derendingen. Following this they performed in clubs in Langenthal, Burgdorf and Berne.
Searching for new challenges RenKen concentrated on their live act and producing their own. In their acts they use APC20, APC40 and the Midicontroller UC-33, well known synthesizers like Korg MS-20 and Audio Axiome 49 with DAW of Ableton. RenKen draw their influences from regular Techno events in „Rohstofflager“ in Zürich at the end of the 90’s and the well known Dj’s like Deetron, Richie Hawtin, Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, Kaiserdisco, Rush, Namito, Adam Beyer, Cari Lekebush, Dee tree-9.
Their passion is to work with old school techno of the 90’s and create a new sound. Now they have an established fan base and in February 2013 they released the track «Ontuku» which went at number one on the Internet music plattform Myownmusic in the techno charts. The track up to yet has 5000 downloads and has been in the top 100 of the techno charts for several weeks.
In January 2013 followed a live set on Berner Kulturradio RaBe. Up to yet RenKen have been playing in many clubs and underground parties for instant the regular sold out downstairs parties in market hall in Berne or underground parties of Freakclan.
Since Mai 2014 RenKen are under contract with the Swiss electronic label „Leeloop Records“ and will bring out in October 2014 their first release. RenKen is planning to play live performances in selected clubs in foreign countries and to expand its fan base in the future. In Summer of 2016, RenKen won the Young Talent Contest in the Sun, Moon and star`s electronic Festival in Germany and playing Live Set for more tausend People.
It followed several small Shows in regional clubs of the Bern. In April 2017 coming the next big performance at the We Love Techno Festival in Bern. RenKen performt in the supporting program of Sam Paganini and Dubfire yours live set. In August 2017 followed a radio show at the cultural radio LoRa at the Streetparade Warmup 2017 in Zurich. In the same time RenKen released for the first time on the Zurich label Stahlplatten Records another Realase and was able to assert itself within a short time in the Top 10 label charts on Beatport. On December 23, 2017 RenKen performed his live set at the World Techno Festival in the komplex 457 in Bern, with to Djs like Cari Lekebush, Alexander Kowalski or Felix Kröcher. As a result, RenKen has been able to steadily expand its fan community with its live performances to this day.
Jan B was born in Zurich/Switzerland on November 11, 1975 as a son of a vocalist and as a grandson of a componist. At the age of seven, he learned how to play the drums and – shortly thereafter – founded his own band together with some friends. He evolved an excellent understanding about music and rhythm.
The band turned towards trash- and death-metal due to their fascination of its hard sound. At this point of time, Jan B already kept an eye on the fast growing techno scene and felt attracted to this brand new trend. In 1992, when the band finally split, Jan B began acting as a DJ and played tracks from Hardcore and Progressive up to Acid. But he still did not find what he was really looking for.
Eventually, in 1999, Jan B discovered Detroit Techno and found what he searched. With big enthusiasm and lots of energy he found his personal style, which turned him to a groovier, harder and faster aspect of Detroit.
In 2002 Jan B became more and more know in the scene and got in contact to other DJs and event organizers. He performed at Raveolympia (White Wulf Productions) and founded the underground club U4. One year later he helped to found a label called Stahlplatten and organised his first mass events Audio Shock I and II.
In 2008 Jan B switched onAir and started his own radio show “nachtaktiv.fm” on radio LoRa in Zürich. Always with live-guests, he givs possibility to people to get “the real underground sound!”
These days, Jan B is a popular artist in the techno scene. While he is starting up an enterprise called Monomental, with its subsidiary companie Sputnik-Events, Jan B still performs. The crowd gets very enthusiastic and is always thrilled, when he presents his tracks.
The most important clubs:
U4, Mägenwil (CH) ¦ Rohstofflager , Zürich (CH) ¦ Schlaflos, Aarau ¦ OXA, Zürich (CH) ¦ Strobe-Club, München (GER) ¦ Tunnel, Linz (AUT) ¦ Universal D.O.G, Lahr (GER) ¦ UG, Bülach (CH) ¦ Dynamo, Zürich (CH) ¦ Minus 1, Künten (CH) ¦ Technobar25, Rheinach (CH) ¦ KUGL, St.Gallen (CH) ¦ Hunter Club, Volketswil (CH) ¦ Ozon, Kloten (CH) ¦ Stadtkeller, St.Gallen (CH) ¦ Stattbahnhof, Schweinfurth (GER) ¦ ElektroKeller, St.Gallen (CH) ¦ Etzel Lounge, Zürich (CH) ¦ Radio Kanal K, Aarau (CH) ¦ Radio LoRa, Zürich (CH) ¦ Stadthalle Dietikon (CH) ¦ Shopping Center, Wallisellen (CH) ¦ Vault21, Schweinfurt (GER) ¦ Grinsekatze-Club, Munich (GER) ¦ Queen Kong Club, Neuchâtel (CH) ¦ Gare de Lion, Wil (CH) ¦ Reaktor Club, Winterthur (CH)
The most important events:
Stahlplatten Label Tours (CH, GER, AUT) ¦ Audio Shock I-III (CH) ¦ HardTRAX (CH) ¦ Fight for Techno (CH) ¦ Streetparade Zürich (CH) ¦ Moscow Discow (CH) ¦ SputnikEvents (CH, GER) ¦ Raveolympia (CH) ¦ InfernoTekk (CH) ¦ Hardgroove Session (CH) ¦ Deep Impact (CH) ¦ Astro groove (CH) ¦ Swiss Connection (AUT) ¦ Destination (GER) ¦ Beatclub – Techno für Erwachsene (GER) ¦ nachtaktiv.FM (CH) ¦ synapse.fm (CH) ¦ NextLevel (CH) ¦ Santa-Festival (CH)
Jan Hovind, a DJ and Producer for the Swiss Label “Stahlplatten”, is a 1974 in Zurich born half-norwegian and very well known DJ in the Swiss Techno scene.
1991 he dove into the scene and in 1995 bought his first albums, quickly becoming an obsession. 1997 Cyber Ranch had a new resident DJ which is a well known club just outside Zurich. In 2000 he dazzled the clubers at Zurich Rohstofflager, where he was regularly booked until its closing end 2010. Follwing came national and international bookings with artists like Ben Sims, Advent, Dave Clarke, Cari Lekebusch, Gayle San, Chris Liebing and many more.
In addtion, Jan Hovind goes on air via his monthly radio show, Nachaktiv.fm since 2008 by Radio Lora in Zurich. This slot is well known and is broadcasted every third Friday per month starting at midnight.
Jan Hovind’s sets are dark, impulsive, bass heavy techno and through his extensive experience, perfectly mixed on vinyl!