Tag: transmat

Interview: Aril Brikha

Stockholm’s (by way of Iran) Aril Brikha has never been one to conform to the musical trends of the day. Brikha demonstrated his musicality early; at seven, given a keyboard; in his early teens developed an interest in electronic music – Depeche Mode, Front 242 and Jean Michel Jarre. By 17, he was using an Atari and composing his own compositions that friends dubbed “Detroit Techno”. Since those days Aril has had an interesting, non conformist career, releasing early on Swedish imprint Dunkla, Plump, and Placktown, followed by Derrick May’s Transmat label, Kompakt, Music Man, Poker Flat, and finally on ... Read more

Premiere: Hiroshi Watanabe – Soul Transitions (Original Mix)

Derrick May’s seminal Transmat imprint is back for its 30th anniversary, releasing 3 new artists. First in line is Japanese artist Hiroshi Watanabe, aka Kaito, whose Multiverse EP is picking up the classic Motorcity sound and giving it an incredibly tasty 21st century spin. Premiering here exclusively is our favourite cut of the four-tracker: Soul Transitions.  Hiroshi Watanabe is a producer and DJ who has spun at New York clubs Twilo and Tunnel & Speed, along with having held a residency at Save the Robots. As Kaito, Watanabe has produced tracks, which Cologne’s Kompakt label has dubbed nu-trance. Combining early ‘90s ... Read more

Exclusive Interview With Steve Rachmad

Interview: Milan van Ooijen Photography: Thierry Vrakking He is often referred to as the techno champion of The Netherlands, who has steadily carried the underground scene for thirty years now and actually introduced Detroit techno into the Dutch scene. He is admired not just by his fans, but by a range of famed colleagues like Richie Hawtin, Josh Wink, Ben Klock, Dettmann and Karotte to name but a few. To celebrate the landmark of being in the game for over a quarter of a century, which obviously sounds slightly uncomfortable to him, and his birthday this week there will be ... Read more