Chile's impact on the global electronic music scene is an unquestionable one. From Ricardo Villalobos to Luciano, the country has always punched above its weight when it comes to discerning electronica.
Another artist who firmly belongs among such esteemed company is Felipe Valenzuela. Now based in Berlin, Valenzuela isn't solely a DJ/producer - he's also a qualified sound engineer and a label owner of considerable repute.
Prolific, technical and the sort of DJ who boasts a magical, unique sound, Valenzuela's musical nous and ability to read a crowd (bolstered by an impeccable collection of hard-to-spot records), has led him to some of the globe's foremost nightspots. From Amnesia in Ibiza to Frankfurt's Robert Johnson to Paris' Concrete, he's left his mark on some of the world's most famous 'floors. Throw in the fact that he's also held residencies at Club der Visionaire and Hoppetosse in his adopted city of Berlin, and it's clear that Valenzuela is a special type of DJ.
From a label perspective, it's Valenzuela's relationship with Dani Casarano for which he is best know. In 2009, the pair launched Melisma (as well as its sister label, Melisma Limited), with both labels quickly earning lofty reputations amongst clued-in DJs and electronic music connoisseurs alike, with Ricardo Villalobos (as well as Thomas Melchior & Fumiya Tanaka who produced under their much respected Tofu Productions alias), among those who contributed.
Fast forward 8 years and Felipe and Dani alongside another close associate, Momo Trosmann, are focusing their attention on a new label, Melcure. A hybrid combination of what makes Melisma - as well as Felipe & Trosmann's Cure Music - so great, the label kicked off recently with Melcure000, a double A-sided affair which featured stunning originals from both Felipe and Dani.
The next coming months look equally busy too, with Felipe set to release a string of releases under a range of different aliases. With a recent appearance at Sonar as well as his aforementioned label endeavours already under his belt, it's clear that 2017 is shaping up to be another momentous year for the Chilean native. For Felipe Valenzuela, the next chapter looks set to be every bit as exciting as what's come before.
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