Carl Craig is described as a creative visionary, an electronic music icon, an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer, a world-class DJ and an ambassador for his native Detroit. Yet the common thread that runs through Craig’s broad musical canon and creative projects is a resounding fascination with futurism. The 41-year old producer has cultivated a unique path as an artist, entrepreneur and civic leader, guided by his tendency toward forward thinking.
Craig released his first track in 1989 on a Virgin UK compilation album, with two singles following on labels run by his first collaborator Derrick May. After a series of ambitious releases for his co-owned Retroactive imprint, in 1991 Craig launched his second record label Planet E with the groundbreaking EP “4 Jazz Funk Classics.” Craig serves as an inspiration and influence to countless artists in the underground electronic music scene as well as crossover acts like Underworld, Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem. His 1992 Innerzone Orchestra cut “Bug in the Bassbin” was credited as the spark that inspired the evolution of drum‘n’bass. Still running strong, Planet E will turn 20 in October 2011. Craig’s commitment to his home in Detroit is also something very personal. After launching a festival to rival that of any in Europe with the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000, Craig has shifted his focus to even more ambitious goals with the creation of his non-profit 501-C3 Carl Craig Foundation.
Partnering with other non-profits to set up music scholarships, in 2010 the Carl Craig Foundation presented a five-day workshop during the Movement Festival, which exposed the students to professionals in sound engineering, music festival production, record/music production and musical performance.
Ewan Pearson has been making records since 1995. He has recorded as Maas for Soma, releasing six singles and an album, “Latitude”, and under a number of other guises including World of Apples and, currently, Partial Arts for Cologne’s legendary Kompakt label. His remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode, Chemical Brothers, Seelenluft, Cortney Tidwell, Foals and Junior Boys are considered classics of the form.
A published academic at the tender age of 27, Ewan writes a regular column for Germany’s ‘Groove’ magazine and his ‘Enthusiasm’ blogs send readers hot-footed to record stores in their droves. As a DJ Ewan’s no slouch either.. Two CDs – SciFiHiFi Vol.1 for Soma and July 2007′s fabric 35 were both nominated for Plug awards, and his 2006 Resident Advisor Podcast was voted best of that year by the website’s readers.
A regular at clubs from Privilege to the Pulp to Panoramabar and a resident at Robert Johnson and The Loft, his sets – like the rest of his career – defy easy categorisation, marrying the independent and the underground with a pop sensibility that’s all his own. In the last six months Ewan has returned to remixing with a vengeance, completing work for October, Escort, Remain, Chapel Club, Crosstown Rebels and Seth Troxler’s new label Visionquest.
Stefan Betke aka Pole was born and raised in Düsseldorf. After a 7 year stay in Cologne, where he was already working on his, later highly respected, Trilogy ("1", "2", & "3", released between 1998 and 2000) he moved to Berlin in 1996 where he became a Mastering Engineer for Vinyl and CD at Dubplates and Mastering. In 1999 he started his own label “scape” together with Barbara Preisinger as well as his new Studio for CD Mastering called “scape mastering”. After releasing two 12inches and an album on Mute Records his solo album “Steingarten” came out on ~scape in 2007. Mid 2008 ˜scape reissued his earlier trilogy as a box set. While Betke is expanding his musical output he is doing mastering for various producers and labels such as Mute, Third Ear, Minus, Wagon Repair, Bpitch Control or K7 just to name a few. It became a logical step that last year Betke and his studio Partner Kassian
Troyer bought a Neumann VMS 70 cutting lathe to offer vinyl mastering again. Recently, Pole has taken his own music productions into a more dancefloor direction while maintaining the Pole sound design and creativity we all love. A new album by Pole is expected to come out end of this year.
With nearly two decades’ experience as a DJ, not to mention his acclaimed work as a producer, remixer and label owner, Adam Marshall has amassed considerable respect from the electronic music community for his finely tuned blend of lysergic house grooves and smart, sharp techno. Recently acclaimed remixes for Seth Troxler, Radioslave’s Rekids label, and his own forthcoming outing on Cynosure (described by renowned techno writer Philip Sherburne as “absolutely gorgeous”), are all gaining serious props with heads from across the underground divide, with neo-house fans, minimal die-hards, and techno purists all showing their appreciation of late. Apart from his other boutique vinyl label, KUJI, who’s first release (‘Chord Tracking’) was record of the month in techno bible De:Bug – Adam has remixes scheduled for Tiga’s Turbo label and is currently collaborating with Toronto favourites Murr and Rosina from LAL, and K7′s Milosh.
Scott Monteith (Deadbeat), has been releasing his own special blend of dub laden, minimal electronics since 2000, for labels such as Cynosure, Intr_version, Revolver, and Scape. Deadbeat has performed at some of the world's most respected festivals, including Barcelona's Sonar, Berlin's Transmediale, and Montreal's Mutek. From 1999 to late 2003, Scott worked, assuming various roles, for the Montreal based company Applied Acoustics Systems, makers of a range of critically acclaimed software synthesizers.
Having now moved on to pursue his own musical efforts full time, the experience has left him with a passion for the development of new creative interfaces, and a strong grasp of some the most cutting edge technology in the industry. Whether crafting kaleidoscopic house and techno, snap-clap digital dancehall, or impossibly heavy dub, Scott continues to search for his own unique voice between the ones and zeros.
Philip Sherburne is an American journalist, musician and DJ based in Berlin. He is one of the most respected journalists in the electronic music industry (writing for The Wire, RA, Pitchfork, Beatportal, etc) but also a renowned producer, DJ and blogger.
Dominik Biba studied electrical engineering in Vienna with a specialization in audio and video technique. He works for AKG in the field of product development, mainly for new microphone projects. He is also working in the event branch and set up his own company (4solutions OG) for audio, light and video engineering in 2006. This company is specialized in setting up sound reinforcement systems for acoustical and architectural challenging environments. Among many other projects the company installed a high-quality sound system in the famous Großer Musikvereinssaal which is widely-known for the annual New Year’s Day Concert.
Rene Rennefeld, lecturer, producer, music-entrepreneur and songwriter has worked for more than 18 years in A&R for BMG and SonyBMG consulting in artist development, counting Lou Bega, H-Blockx, Deylen and Madsen amongst his projects. As producer Rene partnered with Alex Wende at Hansa at Tonstudio Berlin. He is creator and developer of nhow music studios at nhow Hotel Berlin
Schneiders Büro is the number one spot for high-end analog electronic equipment and music machines.
Daniel Schmuck is an accomplished song writer, acclaimed vocal coach and musician. He is currently managing the NHOW Studios in Berlin where he designed the technical infrastructure and work flow. Key features of his work philosophy combine impeccable analytical skills plus the drive to approach challenges with clarity and persistence.
Daniel holds an M.A. from Freie Universität zu Berlin and was a recipient of a scholarship from the University of California San Diego.