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Paolo Double T
Marco Savoia- David one
Electronic music and video technology cemented the basis of 2014 Sound Department winter format. We want to listen to artists in their being eclectic, setting them free from the rules of the thousand people-dancefloor, to let them feel free to express their art at best at these latitudes. We just wanna tell you a story mingled in the night of a club in which there is just one storyteller : the artist. We’re not inviting you to a club or to a night in a discotheque, but we’re inviting you to be a part of our tale, to write it with us. The moral of this tale will not only be impressed in our minds, but all the feelings of the 200 lucky audience will be relived in high definition on our own hard drives.
You simply cannot pinpoint the moment in history when Techno established itself as a new genre in dance music. Not anymore, anyway. Go ahead and try telling the story “the migration of the bassdrum”. You’ll realise quickly that all you get is a very pale picture, watered down by not-to-be-trusted records of oral history from the cities which played a major role in Techno. Historic developments are overshadowed by local characteristics and gossip.
The bomb exploded. It splintered into thousands of little pieces, was absorbed by the mainstream or took the next available flight back into the underground. While House re-established itself over the course of the last couple of years as a clearly-defined term for a very specific pool of ideas, the term Techno is still in hibernation. Too many genres and micro-trends are blocking the way. All the more important that there are producers out there who work hard to bring that primordial soup, of which hardly anybody knows anything anymore, back into the focus of the dancefloor, taking cover behind the extatic firebrands.
Shed is one of them.
His background is as classic as his music. Born in Frankfurt/Oder in 1975 – grown up in Schwedt/Oder, he was fascinated by the new music played on the radio in the early 90s – a very typical thing for anyone from this generation who grew up in Berlin or its surrounding counties. DJ’s as diverse as Marusha or Monika Dietl mixed styles and genres into a musical encyclopedia. While everybody around Shed focussed on HipHop, he himself was addicted to the sample-based sound of UK-hardcore. Then there was a quick liaison with Gabba and through the back catalogue of Djax Up, he finally discovered Chicago and then Detroit. Deep inside the ever-fascinating triangle of beats, breaks and samples, he today identifies 1996/97 as the most important time in Techno for him, although he hit the brakes straight afterwards. While the mainstream did what it could to commercialise the music, Shed closed the door on the Love Parade, cheesy? remixes and mega raves. Between 1998 and 2002 he did not buy a single record.
However, he never lost the love for the music which had changed his life. He used these years to focus his own productions. Around 2000, he had finished some tracks, which combined and contained everything close to his Techno heart, things which were almost extinct in the real world. “I’m a techno-kid, through and through”, he says and laughs. When he started shopping his demos around, the idea of his own label was already lurking behind the door. “I suddenly realised how important it was to really do it all by myself.”
What followed was not rocket science. His first EP  on his own Soloaction imprint sold well, soon after that he recorded two EPs for the Amsterdam-based Delsin label, and the more he released, the clearer his musical vision became, culminating in his debut album “Shedding The Past” on Ostgut Ton . Followed by “The Traveller” , also on the infamous Berghain label, and a lot of excursions into dance-music under his well known aliases like WAX, Equalized or Head High now his third attempt “The Killer” sees the light of the world on Modeselektors label 50 Weapons.
On this album, he melts and merges rough and demanding dancefloor skeletons with shockingly detailed melodies, harmonic structures, irresistible hooks and airy arrangements. A formula you also expose yourself to when attending one of his DJ or live gigs. A never-ending climax of the groove. Like it was in the founding days of the music, which today is a part of our culture.
Shed is one of the few producers and DJs out there who know that you cannot write about the future without a nod to tradition.
OL-047 is the connection between genres and cities. It ss the journey that you can experience listening music that ranges from house to techno, always paying attention to the soul of music.
In this project the atmospheres meet the grooves and they mix together to create a unique flows that shake your body and blows your mind.
Inside the project two souls mix their shapes, Alessandro Stefanio and Andrea Santoro come from a long and deep experience in the clubbing scene either as dj and producer. They are renowned for their classy and effective djsets as well as their productions reflect all the aspects of their musical background.
As solo or as duo they have collected releases on some of the best record labels in the underground and their tracks are well known for their dancefloor attitude without becoming predicted or characterless.
Cosimo Colella bio:
Cosimo Colella was born in Taranto in 1989, in a family and in a cultural context that weren't very receptive musicaly and artisticaly.
Although a short study of piano, at the age of 12-13 the music wasn't a part of his life. Then he knew the hip-hop which was maybe his real interest.
Moving from hip-hop to house music, made in USA, Cosimo Colella started his first parties on the consolle. Cosimo Colella enlarged his musical horizons and he got in contact with european sounds that were perfectly combined with his USA background. Since 2008 he started to use sequencers and he started his first release with the Floska project, that during last five years has given very big satisfactions. So he released other stuff on labels such as Viva Music, Turquoise Blue, Elevation, Phobic, Tzinah, Joyfull Family and of course Apulia, a label from Taranto.
Collaborations are many, such as remixes from and by Adultnapper, Sasse, Nico Purman, Nima Gorji, Matthew Burton, Echonomist, Gwen Maze, Horatio, Latecomer and many others. The project started to be known and big names like Loco Dice, Maya Jane Coles, Steve Lawler, Tania Vulcano, TINI, Robert Dietz, Thughfucker, Nic Fanciulli, Jef K, Varoslav started to support it and to regularly play these guys from Puglia's productions.
Meanwhile Cosimo moved to Milan, where he played around the city and then he came back to Taranto in order to give a contribution to a underground trend now in crisis.
He took part in a new and big movement, where Sound Department came out from, in Taranto. Here Cosimo became resident dj.
The keyword of his music is eclecticism. At the moment Cosimo Colella is working on a solo production project and on an album with Extrema Ratio band, being a band member and producer.