Arkaei, winner of several BeatBattles and two consecutive German IDA Showcase Championships (2010 & 2011), firmly believes that the only proper way to crack open a nut is with a sledgehammer – so when playing live, he goes all out, often bringing more equipment than he can even carry. If you like your kraut with a side of heavy bass, broken beats and serious gear porn (eg the APC 80)- you’ve come to the right place!
Krautok heißt: Kein Vinyl, keine CDs, kein DJ. Denn Krautok ist elektronische Live-Musik ohne Kompromisse: Ein gigantischer Maschinenpark aus Synthesizern, Samplern und Drum Machines läuft synchron im Takt und wird 24 Stunden von zwei Dutzend Acts kollektiv bespielt.
Krautok ist Party und Synthie-Festival, Kabelsalat und Rave-Ekstase: eine 24-stündige kollektive Improvisation, alle beteiligten Live Acts sind eingeklinkt, in einem stetigen Strom steigen Musiker ein und wieder aus, der Jam morpht von Techno über House und Electro bis zur abstrakten Sound-Erkundung und wieder zurück.
Das erste Krautok ging 1995 im Friseur-Club über die Bühne, 2006 wurde die kollektive Klangsmaschine wieder angeworfen und bummert seitdem jeden Sommer an wechselnden Locations los.
Canadian electronic producer Aschka aka Debbie Lo made her first
appearances in her adoptive country Belgium, where she played live at
various locations and later held a residency at the local downtown
hotspot Zebra. Now based in Berlin, her tracks have appeared on
de’fchild recordings and Firm, revealing a style which combines
harmony and melodies with experimental sounds. She became a core
member of Berlin’s Gabom [girlsandboysonmusic] collective at its
inception in 2010 and has since continued to produce and perform live.
Aschka’s collaboration with Jerome Sydenham “Daphne” was released last
year on Sydenham’s own label Ibadan. New tracks are set for release
with Sydenham as part of his exclusive series “Animal Social Club”, as
well as a new solo EP on de’fchild, “Moments do not endure” in October
Bozzwell has recorded for some of the finest imprints internationally including releases as Hiem through Crosstown Rebels and Eskimo and as Bozzwell through Suicide and to come Firm (Kompakt) records from Cologne.
As a youth Bozzwell released rave tracks on white labels as (Subboy) when the man resided in Liverpool in the early nineties. Then relocating to yorkshire (Sheffield) in 97 where he began to meet and work with the natives, eventually becoming one of the All Seeing I’s tentacles, co producing some of the material on the not so commercially successfull “Pickled Eggs And Sherbert” album, even so scoring three hit singles and a headline spot at the 1999 Reading and Leeds Carling weekend cant be bad for the group, with our beloved Bozzwell belting out the the bass, vocals and the sythns.
Since then weve seen the rise of Hiem gaining critical acclaim both in the UK and overseas which has took Bozzwell and his Hiem Partner in crime Nicco all over europe rocking the crowds in the clubs both live and with Bozzwell behind the decks.
With Big tunes and Big remixes lighting up the cooler dancefloors theres plenty more to come form him including releases through Sheffield’s new Techno Disco imprint Product Of Society and also Kompakt’s Firm Recordings from Cologne, plus a whole Hiem album ready to drop this year featuring collaberative tracks from “Roots Manuva”, “Kate Jackson” from indie superstars “The Long Blondes” and none other then The Human Lauge’s “Phil Oakey”.
As a producer and vocalist he has worked with a host of uk and international talent such as Jarvis Cocker, Phil Oakey, Roots Manuva, amongst others and has been remixed by the likes of Dirk Leyers, Justus Köhncke, Konrad Black, Matthew Johnson and Prins Thomas amongst others.
Peter Kirn is an American composer, electronic musician, and live visualist based in Berlin. He is founder and editor of createdigitalmusic.com and createdigitalmotion.com and co-producer of the open-source MeeBlip hardware synthesizer, as well as an author on technology and creation (Macworld, Keyboard, Wax Poetics, Computer Music, Make, Popular Science). His work has been presented at venues including the Frequency Festival (Lincoln, UK) CommuniKey Festival (Boulder, CO), Devotion Gallery (New York), In/Out Festival (New York), InterAccess Gallery (Toronto), Dance Theater Workshop (New York), Boston CyberArts Festival Ideas in Motion (Boston, MA), FEED Soundspace (Berlin), LEAP Gallery (Berlin), Stereoluxe (Nantes, FR), Frequency Festival (Lincoln, UK), LPM (Rome, IT), and others.
Felix Brix – DJ and producer – alias Brx combines pure and powerful synths with refreshing sounds. Based on his classical education he also includes instrumental elements like piano or flute sounds in his tracks. Brix (born 1988, Frankfurt/Main) works and lives in Berlin and started to make electronic music in 2007. He played several local open air festivals in Berlin as well as producing music for short films and comercials. Lately he put out tracks for the label Carambolage Records.
Session Victim demonstrate a charming disregard for the boundaries of house music, and unleash an unparallelled energy behind the decks. This pair of devoted vinyl DJ’s from the small town of Lüneburg in Germany delve and dabble into everything from Disco to Soul to Hip Hop and back again, stamping their wild personalities on every performance, leaving a crowd of smiling faces in their path. We find the 2011 edition of Session Victim in fine form after releasing an array of distinct and unconventional music on Real Soon, Delusions of Grandeur, Morris/Audio, Wolf Music, and Retreat. Session Victim boast a distinct production method, thriving on speed, spontaneity and methodological sample harvesting. With a performance direct from the heart, and two decades of friendship playing a vital role in creating, encouraging and fortifying this musical union – eyes down, hands in the air, no retreat no surrender. At Krautok, Session Victim present one of their rare live-acts.
Bolz Bolz is a legend when it comes to electro and has released records under different monikers on labels like Ersatz Audio, Feis, Satamile Records NYC and his own World Electric. Starting in the early nineties, he developed his style out of his various influences from the electronic seventies (Cluster, Can, Kraftwerk, Popul Vuh, Steve Reich, Stockhausen) fusing it with electronic dance music elements from today.We are really excited to have him for the first time at Krautok!