Sven Väth is one of the most prolific DJs in history and his Cocoon label parties have an unrivalled reputation. This year’s Riverside Festival will see Cocoon return to the Riverside for the third consecutive year, for the Scottish edition of their world-famous party tour.
Detroit Swindle was formed in 2011 by Lars Dales (1981) and Maarten Smeets (1982). It all started after Lars – who was programming a few nightclubs in Amsterdam – had to fire Maarten for playing too much underground music. They started talking and found out they had a mutual love for Motown, hip-hop and early house music. Not long after, they started making music together and the rest as they say, is history.
The boys are as much enthusiastic record diggers and synth hunters as they are lovers of modern day electronic music. With their position as curators of the Amsterdam house playlist for 22tracks they share their love for house music. This also goes for their own club night they’re hosting with the label at ‘Claire’, the new club of the infamous Disco Dolly crew. Heist label showcases pop up across the globe as well, at some of their favourite spots such as Concrete in Paris or Prince Charles in Berlin. We are very much looking forward to the duo joining us on Sunday afternoon on the MasterMix stage.
Groove Armada, are rooted in dance music’s seminal movement. Major label recognition, million-selling albums, Grammy and Brit nominations, and a pioneering live show, have established Groove Armada as one of the planet’s best dance acts. However, throughout their two decades of global success, they have remained as comfortable in sweat-soaked basements as on the big stages. The boys have gone back to their roots through decks&fx shows and a series of dance floor EP’s, marking a return to the DIY spirit of the warehouse turntables where the project first began! They will bring their own sunshine to our Sunday by the Clyde.
By day Natalie works in a peace garden and Becky works in film. On weekends they sell records at Glasgow’s finest music emporium Rubadub and play techno. Becky is resident at So Low and hosts Subcity show Narratives. Often booked to play the darker, weirder, more gothic and obscure end of electronic music, Becky’s selection for Mastermix will be no less deftly picked. This party however, will be all about her love for house music.
In recent years, Natalie has focused on producing multi-art form events. This does not mean, however, that her musical selections have gone unnoticed. The last 12 months have seen her venturing into the club, playing the more jacking end of house and techno alongside DJ Deeon, Nightwave, Levon Vincent and Objekt. Numbers mogul Richard Chater describes Natalie’s style as ‘the new dance sound of Carmunnock'. Expect tons of vocals and at least one Aaron Carl record.
You never know exactly what you’re going to hear with Jackmaster. The element of glorious surprise is crucial to his sets: from the lost Dance Mania gems he spends his time unearthing to forgotten Disco tracks to straight-up house and techno sets, the Numbers co-founder has more options up his sleeve than just about any other DJ out there – and a rare knack for connecting seemingly disparate styles with each other. “I don’t do eclecticism just for eclecticism’s sake,” he states firmly.
What you are guaranteed to get is a master selector’s instinct for creating and riding the energy of a crowd: few can get a dancefloor as hyped as Jackmaster. “I don’t think about music in terms of genre, I think about it in terms of energy levels,” he says – and as his star has risen over the past few years, this has been on perfect display at parties from Glasgow to Berlin to New York, and from superclubs such as Berghain and Fabric to legendary underground warehouse parties.
This extremely rare appearance from DJ Koze is highly anticipated. The illusive Hamburg-based artist has carved out his own weird space in electronic music over many years, filtering kaleidoscopic pop oddities, pristine soundscapes and technicolour workouts through his mischievous charm. Starting out in Germany’s fledgling hip-hop scene as part of the Fischmob band, he soon turned his hand to melodic house and techno experiments. DJ Koze also famously mixed the landmark 50th edition of DJ Kicks, placing tracks from the likes of Portable and Freddie Gibbs alongside Star Trek actor William Shatner.
Berlin based George Fitzgerald has coined himself a reputation for being a high calibre DJ in the wider spectrum, educating the masses at the likes of Panorama Bar, through his BBCR1 residency and mixes for the well respected XLR8R & RA series. After playing a huge part in the rejuvenation of house music with ‘Child’ in 2012, London-based producer George FitzGerald hasn’t looked back. He's put out stunning releases on Hypercolour, Hotflush and a full length LP ‘Fading Love' on Double Six Recordings.
Undoubtedly being on top of the world’s electronic scene for more than a decade, Loco Dice is burning down the hottest global stages. His DJ sets and productions can puzzle intangible moods and merge perspectives, bringing the delicate sense for sounds and reflective atmospheres, underpinned with solid, physical grooves inspired by hip-hop. There’s something there for the dreamers, as well as for the 9-to-5ers who just want to lose everything in a moment of abandon on the dance floor.
Jasper James has emerged from his roots as a leading tastemaker in Glasgow’s vibrant house scene to become more than just a one-to-watch but a respected touring DJ in his own right. A DJ and producer with talent that stretches beyond his years, he’s crafted his own brand of house and techno through DJ sets at some of the worlds most respected clubs.
Few have been cited as an inspirational DJ as consistently as Chicago’s Derrick Carter. With innovative productions, consummate technical skills and an effortlessly joyful attitude of rocking a crowd, his impact has infiltrated throughout the spectrum of dance music.
Nina Kraviz is a name that needs little introducing. As one of the most significant artists in the global electronic scene the Siberian born singer, producer, song-writer and DJ is world renowned for her musically uncompromising energetic DJ performances.
Berlin DJ Rødhåd has been one of the biggest artists to emerge in techno in recent years. In his sets and with his Dystopian label he creates the perfect balance of timeless techno to lift the dancefloor higher and higher. His style is deep, powerful and melancholic – from dub to techno and back to house.
Paula Temple is part of an explosive newer generation with her rough and uncompromising sound in her productions and in her hybrid/dj set. The R&S affiliated artist is a self-confessed Noisician, with an unfailing commitment to the underground.
Slam have remained on the cutting edge and at the forefront of Techno for over 20 years. Their label Soma Records is inarguably one of Techno’s major forces and since its inception on the streets of Glasgow has stood for uncompromising quality of the highest level. Slam will play a special back to back set with Alan Fitzpatrick.
More than a decade into his storied career, Paul Rose aka Scuba is still one of the most vital figures in electronic music. It remains that way thanks to his constant musical evolutions and always-contrary perspectives. Four full-length albums, a varied collection of EPs, and commercially available mix albums for Ostgut Ton, DJ Kicks and Fabric all prove this. They range from visceral bass and techno affairs to jubilant main room offerings and, more recently, take in a return to more percussive, increasingly introspective sounds such as his 2015 Claustrophobia long player. As a DJ he is just as singular, and his entry into the fabric series proves that across 42 seamlessly stitched together tracks, which take you to the heart of a foggy dance floor. Rose’s label also continues to plot a line between gritty dance floor 12”s and long lasting album experiences from a carefully curated selection of contemporary artists. Predicting the next step for this enigmatic artist is a fool’s errand, then, but that is what makes him so compelling.
Surgeon has been at the forefront of UK techno since 1994. Known for his understated energy and raw, industrial talent, he blurs the line between performing and producing. He prepares for each live performance which a blank slate, enabling each performance is a unique and never-repeated experience.
Levon Vincent, a revered New York producer now based in Berlin, has become a key figure in the underground in the last half decade. An advocate of house music, the Novel Sound label boss will bring a completely individual sound to Glasgow this May.
For Cocoon alumni and international DJ & producer Ilario Alicante, all recent successes come down to one thing: he started as a clubber, still considers himself a clubber, and will always maintain that vital link with the clubbers on the dancefloor. Ilario has firmly established himself as one of the scenes most serious new contenders.
Having established his name of one of the UK’s strongest techno forces via Adam Beyer’s Drumcode imprint, Alan Fizpatrick has earned his position as one of the most influential electronic artist of the moment. Having recently launched We Are The Brave as both an outlet for his productions and a party series, Alan Fitzpatrick’s visit to RF17 will be a full-on techno affair.
Hunee pretty much operates on his own terms, in his own world. Since a first release in 2009 he has been in no rush to make it big. Instead he has slowly seeped his choice productions of rhythmically playful and super-soul infused house music into the world. As a DJ, too, he is tireless and visibly enthusiastic at every gig. His selections are made with a palpable passion and cover a cultured cross section of essentials from house and disco to afro and techno. The music he serves up comes from a place of love and knowledge in equal measure - there are no cheap thrills with Hunee, just pure musical joy.
Mr. G is one of the few who can rightfully lay claim to the term “Legend”. Having been in the game for 2 decades now, Mr. G aka Colin McBean is widely considered to be one of the most exciting live performers around – loved by true music fans who appreciate his ongoing contribution to house music
Art Department has seen almost unparalleled success in recent years on a global scale. Canadian Jonny White, also Head of the 'No.19 Music’ label, is the lone force behind the influential project that began as a collaborative effort with long-time friend Kenny Glasgow in 2009.
Animal Farm’s Quail, Turtle & Lamb have been bringing the very best in underground techno to Glasgow for over 10 years, showcasing their favourite artists from across the globe to a loyal and ever up for it crowd. As well as digging deep into the international techno sound, you get to hear their own brand new productions and label releases for the very first time, keeping it rugged and raw every time.