The Black Madonna, Blooma, Brookes Brothers, David August, Enrico Sangiuliano, InsideInfo, Oliver Koletzki, Peter Van Hoesen, Shlømo live and Wilkinson live join the group of confirmed artists of Audioriver 2019 line-up. This is the last moment to buy the festival pass at a lower price. The sale of the second pool of tickets will end on 3 February.
Audioriver is a festival which has been presenting a multitude of varieties and currents of electronic music to the public for 13 years. Artists performing at the festival very often reach for other sounds, such as jazz, soul, hip hop or rock, creating projects across divisions, which are difficult to categorize unambiguously. Performers representing various musical worlds and breaking the frames of the genre are also present in the second announcement of this year’s festival programme. The Black Madonna mixes disco, house and techno in her sets freely, Wilkinson combines the influences of classical drum & bass and elements of pop, and David August’s instrumental and electronic mixture of music would be great both as a soundtrack to a movie and during a night in a club.
Different faces of dance music
Marea Stamper, or The Black Madonna, is definitely one of the most characteristic and charismatic figures in the world of electronic music in recent years. She is not only a great DJ and producer, but also an activist who works to improve the situation of women and the LGBTQ community. Only in the last 12 months she visited Paris, Miami, Los Angeles, Manchester or London (at an amazing all-day party in Shoreditch) with her cycle We Still Believe, heated up the biggest international festivals (e.g. Melt! Festival or Primavera Sound), and together with Dixon, Tale of Us and Solomun performed in the cult game Grand Theft Auto. One thing is certain – her set will be one of the most energetic and danceable performances during this year’s edition of Audioriver.
Oliver Koletzki creates his music in a slightly different style, but not less danceable. Although today he is associated with electronic music, his adventure began with the sounds of hip hop, produced on the Commodore 64 computer in his hometown of Brunswick. Patience and a few years spent in the studio resulted in a dream debut, as his first EP was released by Sven Väth in 2005 on the Cocoon label. To this day, Koletzki has released 6 full-length albums including such hits as “Bring Me Home”, “These Habits” or “Bones” produced together with HVOB. The vast majority of his material was published by Oliver on his own label Stil Vor Talent, which over the years has evolved from a small DIY-operation to a respected independent label.
At Stil Vor Talent, David August took his first steps in his official music career. Born in Hamburg in 1990, the artist composes multidimensional electronic music. According to him: “Creating music – the act of creating in general – should be free from rationalization. In the best case, relying solely on subconsciousness communication”. His career as a producer can be traced through many years of work; a series of early singles and remixes, up to his debut album “Times”, up to the breaking production patterns released on Ninja Tune sub-label and two mature albums released in 2018. David’s live show takes different forms, but regardless of whether he performs alone, with an orchestra or with a band, improvisation is an important part of his performances, which we will surely see in Płock as well.
Enrico Sangiuliano is a producer, performer and sound engineer born in Reggio Emilia, Italy. As a teenager he was already interested in technology. In the 1990s, he made his first productions on a home computer and also gained popularity playing at local underground events. He then worked for years with various labels, and today he is one of the most famous representatives of Drumcode, an outhouse managed by Adam Beyer. He gained popularity thanks to songs such as “Hidden T”, “Astral Projection” or “Moon Rocks”, which gathered millions of views on YouTube. Its remixes for such respected artists as Armand Van Helden and Moby are also very popular on YouTube.
Peter Van Hoesen has never been a typical techno artist. Although considered as one of the genre’s tastemakers, he’s someone who sculpts sounds for many different environments – the club, the home, the gallery or museum. He does so with a true sense of personality. He says that his musical education was particularly influenced by Belgian radio stations and broadcasts, which he recorded on tape tapes. In addition to active production and live performance, Peter also runs his own label Time to Express where he releases textural compositions and also records to great acclaim as Sendai alongside Yves de Mey
Born in Paris, Shlømo is currently one of the most important figures in the French techno scene. He has been discovering the dimensions of electronic music since 2005, and his interest in these sounds has been influenced by Warp, Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada. A few years later, he also became acquainted with the scene from the side of events, and his enthusiasm and inspiration led him to buy the first equipment to start production. Today, his music is a crossroads of techno, experimental electronics and film music, which he presented in the material on his debut album entitled “Mercurial Skin”. As a performer, Shlømo has been devoted to live performances for several years, which he has already presented at Amsterdam Dance Event, Berlin’s Berghain club or at Exit and Weather festivals.
Blooma is a new producer project on the Polish scene, created by DEAS (known for its releases on popular international electronic music labels such as KMS, Bush Records and Second State) and AGIM, which is the co-author of the success of bands such as Őszibarack or Nervy. Their collaboration is a combination of great passion and love for music, coming from artists from two different musical worlds, who are perfect for mutual cooperation both in the studio and during live performances. It is worth mentioning that the first release of the project Blooma was released by the renowned Spanish label Suara, cooperating with Charlotte De Witte or Booka Shade.
Drum & bass in different interpretations
Wilkinson is currently one of the most famous figures on the international drum & bass scene. Producer from the suburbs of London gained great popularity after the release of his debut album “Lazers Not Included”, which featured such hits as “Half Light”, “Too Close” or “Afterglow” – the clip to this song has collected almost 64 million views on YouTube to this day. Wilkinson’s second album titled “Hypnotic” became the most successful drum & bass album in 2017, and gathered such fans as Lowe, Skrillex and… Elton John. With the release of both albums, Wilkinson also focused on performing live with a band, and that’s how he’s going to play at Audioriver.
Brookes Brothers project is formed by two brothers – Dan and Phil, specializing in creating warmer varieties of drum & bass music, containing elements of disco and soul sounds. This is confirmed by their biggest hit, “Carry Me On”, which was selected as “Hottest Record in the World” by Zane Lowe, and was present on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra playlists. With the success of solo productions and collaborations, Brookes Brothers has built up a position as recognized remixers. They have worked on tracks for such artists as Chase and Status, Nero and Crystal Fighters.
InsideInfo was originally a duo of producers who worked hard in the studio, and every week on Origin FM radio presented their new songs well received by drum & bass fans. After some time, they decided to go their own way, and the project InsideInfo continues to this day with Paul, who has become one of the leading representatives of stronger drum & bass genres. His songs were included in catalogues such as Viper Recordings, Horizons, Critical or Blu Mar Ten.