Yearly Archive for 2012
After spending a wonderful weekend in Istanbul with a lot of very nice Turkish and Swiss People I am delighted to announce Mastra as my next counterpart in my series of electronic jams on audioasyl.net. Last time I saw him he played a very nice liveset for some very nice people on a boat right before Istanbul’s night skyline. Ah, those memories. This Friday we are going to jam along each other live, complimenting beats and sound. Join us live on audioasyl.net on Friday from 21-23h Zurich time.
In ’99, Mastra landed his first major gig at the Club Yellow in Zürich, which in those days was a venue in a supermarket. He impressed both the organizers and the public and soon became a popular fixture on Yellow’s agenda. That same year Mastra was booked at the legendary Tresor in Berlin…what was to be one night turned out to be five, followed by a gig at the Sunset Café on Ibiza. In January 2000 he made his first appearance in Matrix (R.I.P) and later in the Rohstofflager and at several major events such as Energy.
In 2001, the newly opened Club Q became Mastra’s second home where he performed with both local and internationally acclaimed DJ’s like Gogo, Steven S., Titto L Rocka, Carl Cox and Pascal Feos. He also became an integral part of the Via Felsenau-Ammonit Events. The same year he was invited to Gran Canaria to play with Titto and DJ Gogo. Various gigs in Brazil followed in 2002 where Stefan performed with DJ Girl.
During this time DJ Mastra was developing his skills as a producer. And his contact with Marco Repetto gave him the encouragement to deepen his knowledge of sound programming and sequencing. On ‘The Electronic Ceremony’ compilation (inzec 011) – a collaboration between EC and Inzec Records – DJ Mastra made his successful debut with the profound track ‘Funkasie’. His ties to Inzec intesified and after the mutual listening through many tracks, ideas began to form for a solo record. An agreement was reached and in February ‘04 the ‘Foyer EP’ (018) was released featuring four of Stefan’s tracks.
Today is Friday already. Oh my. Time passes quickly, especially yesterday. Well, tonight there will be another audioasyl session for two, this time it’s Slumberjack from the crates and me doing a live set for you. Slumberjack aka Stefan Rudin aka Knut has played with me on the show before, it was great and we will do it again. Have a listen here for what we did last time, and tune in tonight from 21-23h on audioasyl.net.
It is with great pleasure that I announce my first EP release, available from now on at my soundcloud site or directly at the label. About a year ago, Stefan from the crates and I were having this idea for an EP, completely based on samples from a single source, namely the recordings from my sound installation at abundzu’s unforgettable parties at the Schatzalp hotel in Davos. I spent some months cutting and arranging samples, and here they are. Four playful tracks, each one based on the recording of one of the microphones used in the installation. There definitely was some heavy filtering and effects involved, I can tell you that. But you will still get a taste of the source material when listening to the tracks. Here is a short excerpt from one of the recordings:
The installation itself can be seen in this video. But now, here they are. Download and share, they are for free. Tell me what you think of them, and send me a mix if you used them. Enjoy!