This week brings a show full of music, interviews and tickets! Join us as we welcome WVUM first-timer Alessandro Capasso to the decks on Bassment Sessions, and hear interviews with Guy Gerber & Paul Kalkbrenner. As always we'll have guest list passes for you! Make sure to tune in every Thursday from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. to catch the best in tech-house, techno and minimal.
Born in Chicago IL but raised in Miami FL.This upcoming DJ started making his appearance this year during the Winter Music Conference at the famous Catalina Hotel in South Beach. Alessandro is currently working together with the group |terminal| and collaborating with Eric Lopez, and Diego De La Vega to make some fresh underground minimal beats.
Stand-out Israeli artist and producer Guy Gerber is planning a foray into North American in late May 2011. Gerber will play three dates over the Memorial Weekend at Stereo in Montreal and Electric Pickle in Miami before heading to Detroit. Additional dates will see him travel to Chicago, Toronto and New York.
Coinciding with the tour, Gerber’s label Supplement Facts will release a remix package of his ‘Hate/Love’ EP featuring Kate Simko, Deniz Kurtel and Maayan. Gerber will also release his new EP ‘Isolar’ on Supplement Facts in June. The EP sees Gerber re-team with CHAIM, the first time the duo have collaborated since the early days of Supplement Facts. The EP also includes the track ‘Nothing Can Be True’ which features Dawn Richards from the Diddy Dirty Money project.
Gerber’s Supplement Facts continues to go from strength-to-strength, and, over the course of the last two years in particular, has honed in on a sound all of its own, pushing it to the forefront of electronic music labels. Irrespective of the diversity of artists releasing on the label, Supplement Facts has come to embody a warm, organic, musical house sound flecked with personal touches, idiosyncrasies and a depth that ensures its releases are never fleeting or simply set fillers. Gerber’s new single will mark the label’s 30th release. A dOP single ‘Your Sex’ will also be released on the label in June with remixes from Art Department and Paul Rich, and a compilation LP ‘Heartbeats’ will drop in early July.
Gerber continues to be one of the most sought after talents in dance music today. The past twelve months have seen him collaborate with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs on a mystery album project that will be released later this year. He was also involved in the Diddy Dirty Money project, producing the opening track on Diddy’s ‘Last Train To Paris’, and joining a list of collaborators that included Grace Jones, L’il Wayne, Drake and fashion icons Anna Wintour and Tommy Hilfiger. Most recently his remix hands have been at work on Azari &III’s ‘Hungry For The Power’ release which is available now on Turbo.
Transitioning into a new live concept in 2011, the US tour will see Gerber take to stages armed with an 808 drum machine clone, guitar FX pedals and in his own words a set up that’s ‘chaotic and raw’, and certainly not to be missed!
FRI 5/27 MONTREAL, QC Stereo
SAT 5/28 MIAMI, FL Electric Pickle
SUN 5/29 DETROIT, MI City Club
THU 6/2 NEW YORK, NY Cielo
FRI 6/3 CHICAGO, IL SECRET LOCATION
SAT 6/4 TORONTO, ON Footwork
As of 2010, Paul Kalkbrenner has tallied up more than 15 years of experience as a producer and live act. The early 90s after the Berlin Wall fell were formative years for Paul, and after spending many long and sleepless nights on the dancefloors of E-Werk, Planet and Whale, the dream was born to make music himself. A job as TV editor got him through the mid-90s and financed his first music gear. By this point Paul had already decided that he did not want to be a typical DJ playing other people's records, but rather to play only his own music, live in a club setting. His first tracks as Paul Kalkbrenner were released in 1999 on Berlin-based BPitch Control (the newly founded label from Ellen Allien) as the Friedrichshain EP, titled after his home district in the city's east. A series of further singles and two full-lengths (Superimpose and Time) followed, plus continuous live performances.
Together with Paul Kalkbrenner, BPitch Control gained a strong momentum. Paul's third album Self (2004) would mark the beginning of a new era. His melodic sound, with its affinity for grand emotional gestures, obeyed the logic of the dancefloor, but Self introduced a narrative aesthetic, serving as a soundtrack to a film that did not exist (at least, not yet). "Gebrünn Gebrünn", released one year later, became a crossover hit.
In early 2006, German director Hannes Stöhr, an avid fan of Self, decided to get in contact with Kalkbrenner. His idea was to produce a film about a Berlin techno musician during the new millennium, and Paul would compose the soundtrack. The two met, traded ideas and experiences, and soon after began working on the screenplay's first draft. In the course of their exchange, Hannes had the realization that Paul should not just contribute the music, but that he would be the perfect choice as the film's star. Without hesitation, Paul accepted the offer. They decided to title the film Berlin Calling.
For the soundtrack's production, Paul and his friend (and Bpitch colleague) Sascha Funke spent half a year in Aix-En-Provence in southern France. One song already had a title: "Sky and Sand" with vocals by brother Fritz Kalkbrenner. Upon Paul's return to Berlin in 2007, the filming began, and the finished work was brought to German theaters in October 2008. Berlin Calling and Paul's debut acting performance received positive reviews, and the film, thanks to its authentic depiction of the Berlin club scene and drug culture, became, slowly but surely, a cult classic.
The soundtrack and especially the single "Sky and Sand" broke many sales records. That track in particular went gold in Belgium where it remained in the charts' Top Ten for weeks. The 2009 DVD release of the film brought Paul to a new, much larger audience around the world. By the end of the year, Paul separated with BPitch Control after a decade-long relationship to take the next steps of his career alone. In early 2010 Paul completed a twelve-city live concert tour throughout Europe (with over 50,000 tickets sold within just a few weeks), followed by many headlining appearances at summer festivals.
Kalkbrenner uses software-synthesizers, sequencer (Ableton Live) in combination with midi-controllers, hardware-synthesizers and -drummachines for his live shows.
On April 12, 2011, Kalkbrenner announced the album Icke Wieder, scheduled to be released on June 3, 2011 via his own new label Paul Kalkbrenner Musik. About the album, he stated: "There won't be any singing on the album, no music of tomorrow either, it feels generally more like... well, old times".