511 Records Presents
511 Records Showcase Wmc 2013
Stacey Pullen is the Kosmik Messenger. An innovator from the Second Wave of Detroit techno, he grew up under the mentorship of Detroit's legendary three: Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson. Still continuing to produce his characteristic atmosphere laden electronic sound, Stacey Pullen compounds his reputation as a producer with that of being one of the world's most in demand DJs, playing weekly across the globe year in, year out. With a font of passion for music and performance that never dries up, Stacey Pullen still plays every gig from the heart seeking to surprise and engage, to provide an unforgettable experience, to offer up his unique catalogue without predictability - defying expectation. Above all, from his earliest attempts to the current day Stacey Pullen has stayed true to his one goal: to become and to always be an Innovator.
From the age of 9, playing flute in his school band, Stacey has always been playing musical instruments. Throughout his school years, he developed a fantastic groundwork in analogue instruments and performance, moving from flute to his self-taught next choice of percussion. In his final years at school he found himself travelling around to a lot of cities in the USA playing in school bands, which gave him a taste of – and preparation for – the travelling involved in life as a musician. He had also seen and been prepared for a musician's life from watching his father who was in a Motown band called the Capitals in the 1970's, filling much of Stacey's childhood with observations of a life dedicated to music and travel.
Around 1985, while Stacey was still drumming and travelling with his high school band, the Detroit Techno movement was born, and provided a revolutionary sound to the youth of Detroit. The Electrifying Mojo filled the airwaves with this radicalism through new electronic rhythms, and showed a generation or more of musicians and DJs what true musical eclecticism means. Jeff Mills began to take musical technology to new levels redefining the borders between DJing and production in a way which had never been done before. DJs in Chicago like Farley Jackmaster Funk, Ralph Rosario and JM Silk were spinning proto-Chicago tunes on WBMX and Hotmix: they were the leaders of the new school of black music. The youth of Detroit, including Stacey, were listening and learning.
Stacey Pullen and some friends from his band took their cue from these musical leaders and began to experiment with turntables and a mixer. He would – as have many aspiring DJs since – spend his allowance on records and go hungry, going straight from school to the house of his friend who had equipment. He also started clubbing around the age of 15, the first club he frequented was called 'The Primadonna', the first DJ he remembered was a local legend called Alan Ester and the first music he was clubbing to was called 'Progressive Techno' – not in the sense of the word that we currently understand, but because, in Stacey's words “back then the music we called house music, techno, was also called progressive music – the meaning of 'progressive' was a futuristic way of thinking about music. That was what we called progressive. Back then for party music in Detroit only hip hop was big - music like techno was progressive then.”
Sensing the call of the beat in the deep, tech and techno sound that swept the continent in the late 1990s, Bosnian knob-twiddler Sinisa Tamamovic hit his own decks with an endless string of gigs in his hometown of Banja Luka, Bosnia And Herzegovina.
Nearly ten years on, Sinisa has established a reputation for throwing mind-numbing parties across Europe, attracting a legion of followers willing to cross borders to get a taste of his twisted techno, tech-house and minimal beats.
Since 1999 Sinisa has successfully partnered with fellow Banja Luka DJ Mladen Tomic in their URBAN BEAT organization. Quickly recognizing a niche to fill in the recovering Bosnia, Urban Beat has evolved as probably the country’s foremost promoter of events and parties by booking top drawer international names to satisfy a hungry home crowd.
That success pays off this winter with the landmark launch of NIGHT LIGHT RECORDS, the brainchild of Sinisa and Mladen. NIGHT LIGHT will showcase its solid roster of releases via established international distribution network TRIPLE VISION, based in the Netherlands.
Mladen Tomic’s reputation as Bosnia’s preeminent DJ and producer has gone global. International clubbers have been increasingly drawn to Mladen’s captivating blend of techno and tech house with hypnotic tribal rhythms, with the lucrative Latin American market the latest to fall victim to the Tomic beat.
A string of high-ranking releases and remixes for techno’s major players has propelled Mladen to the top of the stack. Recognition for his recordings has delivered Mladen to parties across Europe and the Americas, while his high-spec home studio is more than earning its keep. Major name support has come from DJs such as John Acquaviva, Popof, Richie Hawtin, Umek, Adam Beyer, Dubfire, Sebastien Leger, Kaiserdisco, Tocadisco and many others.
Mladen’s DJ career kicked off in 1999 when he partnered with fellow Bosnian DJ Siniša Tamamovic to promote events in their native Banja Luka and on tours across the Western Balkans. Not letting the dust settle on a good idea, Mladen and Siniša set up the Night Light label. The brainchild of Mladen and Siniša, Night Light has grown into a thriving source of own-name releases and sought after remixes with big support from global DJs.
Complementing an increasingly lauded roster of original tracks, production remains at the forefront of Mladen’s business with regular releases on some of World’s leading techno and electronic labels, such as Definitive Recordings, Form, 1605, Loose, MKT, Rhythm Convert, Adult Records and many others. Mladen’s most popular compositions include Before Sunset, Tangas, Day In Barracuda, Fly and Drive, Lady In The House and Green Cubes, which were on top positions in the best world electronic music shops.
Gábor Szabó aka Gaga is a Dj, Producer and Label Owner, born in Hungary. After years of experience in clubs, he started in 2009 to create his own beats. Nowadays, he is working with the best digital labels, like: 1605 Music Therapy, Night Light Records, Bosphorus Underground Recordings, Stanch Records, Clorophilla, Futureaudio, Flat Belly, FHD, Substudio, Audio Elite, No-Logik and more. His Minimal, Tech House and Techno productions has entered the Beatport Top 100 several times, as for example his original track "Yeah" is Beatport Techno Top 7, "Rock It" is Beatport Tech House Top 39, "Warner Bros" is Beatport Minimal Top 17 and his tracks are charted by great artists, like: Umek, Richie Hawtin, Sinisa Tamamovic, Mario Ochoa, MinicoolBoyz, Mladen Tomic, Ant Brooks, Juan Ddd, etc ...
Now he is working on his own label Define Records, charted by Umek, Joseph Capriati, etc... and working also his own other label, Dark Face Recordings (played by Richie Hawtin, Sven Vath and many more..)
Supporting and playing his music a many great artists, like: Richie Hawtin, Sven Vath, Marco Bailey, Umek, Dubfire, Uto Karem, Luciano, Popof, The Junkies, Markantonio, Da Fresh, D-Formation, Someone Else, Cristian Varela, Wehbba, Spartaque, Da Fresh, Sinisa Tamamovic, Koen Groeneveld, Filterheadz, Alex Kenji, DJ Madskillz, Mladen Tomic, Paco Osuna, 2000 and One, Sasha Carassi, Dj Rush, Axel Karakasis, Vladimir Acic, Sergio Fernandez, Mario Ochoa, Gaetano Parisio, Slam, Ant Brooks, Chris Lake, Funkagenda, Alex Di Stefano, Anderson Noise, Amo & Navas, Raul Mezcolanza, MiniCoolBoyz, Hollen, Tony Dee, Tomy DeClerque, Philipp Straub, Paride Saracen, Ahmet Sendil, Justin James, Juan Ddd, Ant Brooks, Vlada Asanin, Lilonee and many more ...