Bella began her life as an innocent domestic specimen in the quiet suburbs of Sydney. Raised on a healthy diet of Jazz, Funk and Soul by her loving parental units, Bella inherited a premature obsession for live music.
Little did they know early and constant exposure to this hypnotic music would lead to Bella contracting a rare but serious condition that would eventually transform her into a fully nocturnal species.
Once in its advanced stages, victims of this incurable condition are referred to as Club Rats. Currently Bella’s condition, although incurable and in its advanced stages, is under control and will not prove fatal. Doctors have prescribed a moderate to high dose of house music per week.
Typically, this is made up of a healthy balance of time behind the decks and in the studio. These days Bella administers her beats to the unique specimens that lurk in the dark caves and cellars of Sydney as she continues to mould her sound.
This has allowed her to hone her skills at being able to adapt her tunes to the specific environment and its inhabitants.
In a world where illegal downloads, cracked software and sync buttons are helping to create swarms of young DJs with bottomless libraries of digital music they’re vaguely familiar with, you might question the role and relevance of the specialist DJ in today’s musical landscape.
Not everyone possesses the talent, care and breadth of taste required to project their personality through other people’s records, or to create narratives which transcend dancefloors; Ben UFO is someone who does.
Over the years Ben has increased in confidence and proficiency, and in devoting himself to highlighting the shared characteristics between and beyond 2-step garage, dubstep, classic house and techno, he has learned to expertly navigate and bridge tempos and genres in as natural a fashion as possible, allowing tracks from disparate areas to co-exist and function comfortably alongside one another to form a unique and well-defined aesthetic.
Every country and every city has its musical heroes. Locals who live for music and spend most of their time behind the turntables or in the record store, always digging for that one special record to complete their five-star collection. All energy is invested in their craft: deejaying. These exceptional and passionate DJs have set an example for many and have even been the reason to start playing tunes as well for some.
Helena Hauff is a DJ and producer from Hamburg, Germany, where she runs a club night called Birds and Other Instruments at the Golden Pudel Club.
Helena’s sound as a DJ can’t be nailed down as she cuts between genres with ease. Dirty Acid, Chicago, Electro and Wave mixed in an obsessive way, as you can hear on Blackest Ever Black’s sub label Krokodilo Tapes, where she released a limited edition mix tape, ‘Obscure Object’.
As a producer this obsessive nature comes across in the intensity of her music. Her debut release ‘Actio Reactio’ just came out on Actress’s Werkdiscs imprint as well as a collaboration with F#X as ‘Black Sites’ on PAN.
At the end of the 90s, Rødhåd laid the groundwork for his DJ career. He organised small open-air parties in the outskirts of Berlin, and began DJing with vinyl. It was not long before his extraordinary skills behind the turntables made the rounds in the Berlin club scene.
In 2009, he launched his own regular club night: Dystopian. Soon after, around 2010, Berghain invited him to appear regularly as a resident at their events. From then on he has had gigs at clubs and festivals around the world, including Trouw in Amsterdam and the Rex Club in Paris.
After honing his production skills, he launched the record label Dystopian in 2012. With a handful of releases, it has already made a name for itself as one of the most respected techno labels.
Rødhåd’s tracks have received praise from influential DJs such as Robert Hood, Jeff Mills, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Luke Slater, and Laurent Garnier to name a few. His most recent release, Spomeniks EP on Token (2013), was a major hit with audiences and reviewers alike.
Rødhåd always finds the perfect balance of timeless music to lift the dancefloor higher and higher. His style is deep and powerful - from dub to techno and back to house.
Zak aka DVS1(devious one), is one of the most prominent figures in the Midwest/US dance music landscape today. A local DJ favorite since the mid nineties, DVS1 continues to move floors with a combination of deep musical knowledge, unparalleled enthusiasm, and a vinyl collection of well over 10,000 records. As a promoter he has been responsible for putting together some of the most memorable lineups and successful events of the past 2 decades, and his advanced understanding of sound design/architecture has built a reputation of unqualified excellence for his promotion company, Hush. Zak’s deep roots and his bold and uncompromising nature have won him great respect as a passionate and outspoken defender and promoter of quality music!
DVS1’s range and emotional focus explains why as a DJ, Zak has garnered unique respect locally, around the Midwest and now worldwide. A consummate performer, Zak never maps out his sets ahead of time, opting to craft sets spontaneously from within the context they are intended for. He does this the old-fashioned way—with bags of wax carefully assembled from his massive record collection. This improvisational element makes each of his sets a one-of-a-kind personal expression, never again to be repeated, in which the audience’s mood and energy level always plays a notable role.
As a producer, DVS1 makes music that is simple, effective and captures the feeling of the moment. His first release was charted by almost all of the heavyweights in modern techno and was described as… “stripped down & raw to the bone, the sounds DVS1 creates are that of purism & clarity, everything you need in a techno record is present. Hypnotizing electronic structures, mind bending chords and soul!”
DVS1’s first release, on Ben Klocks label Klockworks (kw05) was released in Early august 2009 and has already been charted by Derrick May, Samuel Sessions, Luke Slater, James Ruskin, Stephan Goldman, Funktion, Dj Deep, Tamo Sumo, Martin Landsky, Efdemin, Dustin Zahn, Dario Zenker, Ryan Elliot, Jonass kopp, Par Grindvik, Marcel Fengler, Kevin Gormann, Tobi Neumann and Ben klock!!. There’s no slowing down with future releases for the Legendary label Transmat (Love Under Pressure EP) and another release on the horizon with Klock.
As a promoter, Zak has been throwing events in the Midwest since 1996, putting aside opportunities to tour in order to build something meaningful and lasting at home. That project resulted in his promotions company, Hush, which is known nationwide for the consistency, quality, and unique atmosphere of its events, bringing international heavyweights as well as national icons to Minneapolis. Hush’s fiercely loyal local following and its privately-owned, custom-built sound system have made Minneapolis a favorite stop for national and international talent. Hush has helped give Minneapolis it’s reputation as a key stop for any major artist wanting to experience powerful sound and enthusiastic crowds.
Hush sound has been doing production, specifically audio services since 1997 and owns and operates its own audio system in Minneapolis, MN. Hush Sound’s private inventory consists of a full scale custom built audio system capable of taking music to an entirely different plane and allowing you to feel the music as well as hear it. The concept is simple, yet requires a true knowledge and mastery of audio engineering to deliver a true body moving experience.