Zak Khutoretsky, also known as DVS1 is an American DJ and techno producer based out of Minneapolis. He has toured extensively, headlined international music festivals such as Decibel and Dekmantel, and played along the likes of techno pioneers Jeff Mills and Robert Hood.
Khutoretsky was born in 1978 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, then part of the Soviet Union. He moved to the United States at a young age, where we shared his time between New York City and Minneapolis. His parents divorced early on and he spent a good deal of his adolescence in and out of trouble, switching schools several times as a result. Khutoretsky credits eight years of piano lessons and synthesizer-based radio music as his earliest musical influences.
After a teenage initiation into the Midwest rave scene, Khutoretsky began throwing his own underground parties at the age of 20. These parties would be where Khutoretsky first made his name in the scene, overseeing virtually every part of each event from promotion, to sound, to logistics. The parties quickly grew in size and popularity, often hosted in unofficial warehouse venues around the city.
After a brief stint behind bars, Khutoretsky went on to open his own club in Minneapolis (where he continues to reside), a first step towards a more legitimate music career.
DVS1's first release came in 2009, on Ben Klock's influential Klockworks label. To date, he has 8 official vinyl releases and over two dozen remixing credits under his name. In an interview with DJ Times, he stated that he considers himself a DJ first and a producer second.
DVS1 launched his own imprint, HUSH, in 2011. In 2013 he announced the launch of a new sub-label, Mistress Recordings, showcasing "house, techno and everything in between. He described the purpose of the label as a way to release the "secret weapons" of his DJ bag.
Regularly touring all over the world, DVS1 makes relatively frequent appearances at the legendary Berghain nightclub in Berlin, where he plays six to eight times a year. Between his time touring, working in the studio, and preparing sets, he continues to host parties in his home town of Minneapolis, which are held in underground venues and not publicly advertised.
An avid vinyl collector, Khutoretsky has over 30,000 records in his personal collection.