CW/A is the new live project from long-time friends and studio partners Thomas (Avatism) and Francesco (Clockwork). Presented for the first time at Sonar Festival in 2013 as a live version of their debut albums “Adamant” and ‘B.O.A.T.S.’, it eventually evolved into a broader, more organic improvisation-centric performance distinct from their separate solo productions. CW/A’s debut album ‘Words Unspoken, Acts Undone’ has been released in 2015 on Parachute Records.
Romanian duo Livio & Roby, together with their pal George G, sometimes like to play with words, make anagrams or combine formulas. As a result of this game, they derived a name „Premiesku“ for their mutual project, suggesting „premiere“ which resonates as a Romanian name. That is what their collaboration is about – a unique new experience, which is already gaining accolades from many party heads, acclaimed music professionals and opinion leaders.
Quantum Entanglement is a project between Lee Jones, known from MyMy and Heffner and Fin Greenall, also known as Sideshow and from his band Fink.
Sons of Tiki is the all analog DJ duo from Europe’s city of diamonds and has been around in the scene for something like 10 years. In 2013 the Sons considered the world ready for Tiki and kickstarted their discography with Vakant’s 49th instalment ‘Seven Changes’, followed by their 2015 EP ‘Apologies For Being Lost’ and several outings on other imprints.
Thomas Feriero aka Avatism did not buy his first vinyl record when he was 10 years old, nor was he born out of the love of two underground jazz musicians. He had an extremely dull and standard childhood and can still barely play the drums. He has, however, released his moody, small room music on labels such as Dumb Unit, Mike Shannon’s Haunt and Tiefschwarz’s Souvenir, until he found a new home with Vakant. He is now focusing on his new project CW/A.
In recent times it has been fashionable for European producers to try and recreate the classic sounds of Detroit. The true vibe and feel can surely only come from the City itself? As his name suggests, whilst we know very little about Anonym, we do know that he hails from the legendary Motor City, and the true essence of his home town can be heard and felt in his music. Classic sounds constructed with a modern touch. Gritty, raw and crying out for sweaty basements.
Over the past few years, Italian producer Cesare Marchese aka Cesare vs Disorder‘s (also Azimute (with Quenum), Strangers in Heaven (with Sierra Sam), Queen Atom, Cez, Sir Cactus) unique productions and performances behind the decks have gained him recognition within the underground house and techno worldwide community.
From initiating the first studio sessions back in 2004, Romanians Livio & Roby are one of the foremost proponents of groove laden house, fast becoming ambassadors of deep funk-blended tech-house on some of the leading labels in the scene as well as controlling the dance floors of techno playgrounds around the world.
With a background like DeWalta’s, the stage was set long ago for this yougin to blast some serious holes in the fabric of music, time, and space. DeWalta a.k.a. David Koch budded from a large family in southern Germany filled with theater, literature, and music. Early schooling came in the form of the interdisciplinary Waldorf School (also home to electronic pioneers Abe Duque and John Selway) tasked with nothing less than helping young people fulfill their unique destinies.
Born and raised in Rosario Argentina, Nico Purman has been roasting the proverbial marshmallows since he first started collecting records, before being completely corrupted by the fabled late 1980’s Chicago Acid House movement. Once debased, Depeche Mode, Joy Division, and The Cure quickly followed all leaving their influence on Nico.
With releases on Vakant, Crosstown Rebels, Mule Electronic, Curle, Modelisme and Art Of Memory his new project and label alongside the graphic artist Melina Pecharki.
In 2016 Nico returns to Vakant with his latest offering of future techno.
Hailing from Paris via London via Istanbul, don’t call our multi instrumentalist French. Born and raised in Istanbul, studied in London, and relocated to Paris in 2005, Tolga Fidan considers himself Turkish above all else. At just 14, Tolga was playing bass and guitar in post rock bands. Always drawn to experimental music, he was taken with the sounds of Sonic Youth, Autechre, Pansonic, and Austrian experimentalists Fennesz. From this past, Tolga’s musical interest organically morphed into deep techno, he signed with Vakant, being one of the first artists of the label. Tolga is now also releasing on a number of outlets, some officially and some not.
Whether it is Opening, Primetime or Aftershow, Mathias Kaden’s intuition for the crowd and location, proves each time again that he lives for his profession. His music is both, distinctly ambitious and refreshing. Following the House music of the 90s, he works thoroughly to create new sound structures. For a while, he has been using different types of percussion elements. The result is an enjoyable rhythm, which communicates with its audience in a very particular way. In a playful approach, he creates an incredible repertoire of feelings that reproduces within the crowd. Mathias’ various sets include the following sound features: funky, freaky, dashing, dub, slamming, enriched by African and South American percussions.
‘I am a man. I make music.’ Alex Smoke