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Event DetailsSET with Dosem (Anjunadeep/Bedrock/Suara) + Matt Lange (Anjunadeep) at Monarch
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SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD
21+ 9:30pm - 3am
Monarch, 101 6th St
The exploration of the deeper side of techno by Dosem, since busting onto the scene almost 10 years ago, has seen him clock up countless air miles, release a string of hit club tracks and earn accolades from many of his peers, who deem him to be one of the most influential underground Spanish DJs in the scene today. The demand for Dosem's infusion of deep textured sounds, relentless precision drums and driving rhythms which make up his club cuts that are making dance floors shake the world over shows no sign of slowing.
First emerging in 2008 with a number of early releases, it was his eloquently carved club hit ‘Silent Drop’ that was released on Technasia’s label SINO in 2009 which first cemented his name into the consciousness of fans of deep and soulful club music. But it was the release of the cosmic classic ‘Beach Kisses’ in 2009 via Joris Voorn’s influential Green label that confirmed his position as one of the scenes leading new artists. The coming years saw his profile flourishing with an expansive booking diary and a host of releases on a wide scope of labels including Danny Howells famed UK Label Dig Deeper and the Barcelona based Suara owned by Spanish tech-house mainstay Coyu. But the true marker to Dosem’s potential came in 2011 when he unveiled his critically acclaim, debut album called ‘Parallel.’ Hinting at his rich pallet, he delivered atmospheric techno, with sweeping pads conjuring epic, ethereal soundscape and laid down a blueprint for the Dosem sound, that had been steadily maturing, for the coming years.
The immediate years following saw him drop tracks and remixes on some of the biggest labels around, making Dosem one of the key influences within the bubbling melodic techno scene. Labels such as Christian Smiths Tronic, Hernan Cattaneo’s Sudbeat, Slam’s Soma Records and John Digweeds seminal Bedrock all feature in Dosems swollen back catalogue. Yet it was the 2013’ album ‘Origin,’ the follow up to ‘Parallel,’ that heralded the next chapter of his esteemed production career. ‘Origin,’ saw Dosem re-explore his roots, diving further into the sounds and ideas which inspired him, the result saw tougher, club driven tracks interspersed with soulful melodies and interstellar funk that became a firm fan favourite.
A host of releases followed, revisiting labels which felt like extended family, such as Carl Cox’s Intec and Coyu’s Suara as well as making new bonds with releases on US label Halocyan and Gregor Tresher’s ‘Break New Soil’ label. During this period he dropped his third, full-length artist album ‘City Cuts’ in 2014. The accomplished release touched upon influences running throughout the Dosem sound. The referencing of urban life harked back to an earlier era on electronic music looking to the earlier Detroit techno pioneers use of music to capture the imagery of the city’s industrial heritage, the synth lead explorations of sound undertaken by artists such as Mike Oldfield and William Orbit and Vangelis’s conjuring of a dystopian future with his Oscar award winning scores are all prevalent. Dosem applied these ideas of ‘City Cuts’ and produced a deep, soulful album touching upon his love of techno, house and urban club music. Dub-influenced gems, disco-tinged anthems and rave-inspired floor-fillers, ‘City Cuts’ – that again saw him release on the esteemed Suara - also took home Spanish publication Vicious Magazine’s ‘Album Of The Year’ award that same year, indicating the Catalan’s supreme passion, talent, depth and versatility as a producer.
Most recent releases, from his remix of Hot Since 82’s ‘Planes & Trains’ which reached No.1 in Beatports Techno charts to working his deep house magic on Umek & Mike Vale’s ‘All I Want’- that has kept dancefloors rolling deep into 2015 and upon its release taking the #1 spot on Beatport’s deep house chart – make it apparent that the demand for his productions shows no sign of slowing and thankfully for his fans, neither does the rate at which he produces such seismic beats.
Earning a coveted spot as one of Beatport’s Top 5 techno artists of 2014, Dosem’s global acclaim a as a producer and highly prized re-mixer continues to spread. But his skills as a DJ are equally heralded and a relentless touring scheduled since appearing on the international circuit has won him not only the adoration of his fans but also the respect of his peers within the scene itself. This summer saw his most prolific Ibiza schedule to date taking apart Sankeys, Blue Marlin and Privilege Vista Club, as well as Ushuaïa, Space and Pacha on previous visits to the island, Dosem’s versatility between festival annihilator and beach party connoisseur, magnifies his appeal and his dexterity when crowd reading and critically knowing when to play the right record at the right time have left audience in raptures.
Career defining sets at Berghain (Berlin,) Womb (Toyko,) Gashouder (Amsterdam,) Nitsa Apolo (Barcelona,) Rex Club (Paris,) Space Ibiza (New York,) and Ministry of Sound (London) as well as festival performances at Sónar, Ultra Music Festival, Loveland, Awakenings, BPM Festival and Monegros as well as many more have put Dosem in the bracket of top Dj-Producers at the moment.
So given his history, its no surprise that he has also gained wide support across the electronic spectrum and with fans and followers of the Catalonian’s unique perspective of electronic music, 2016 is set to be a big year.
ABOUT MATT LANGE:
L.A.-based producer/composer/DJ Matt Lange delivers a darkly melodic breed of electronic music rooted in raw energy and emotion. Hand-selected by deadmau5 as one of the latest signings to his label mau5trap, the lifelong musician now makes his full-length debut with the groove-heavy, intricately textured Ephemera. As his first album release for mau5trap, Ephemera’s title reflects the restless innovation inherent in Lange’s musicianship. “The album’s really a snapshot of where I am right now as an artist,” Lange explains. “It’s this turning point where I have one foot in the world of dance music, and the other foot in a whole different direction.”
With Mixmag pointing out that Lange possesses “more musical predilection in his pinky than most producers’ entire catalog,” Ephemera reveals both the creative adventurousness and exquisite precision at the core of Lange’s sound. “My music is always very handmade,” says Lange, noting that most of Ephemera’s tracks started out on guitar, piano, or modular synthesizer. “I don’t ever use any outside material. Creating it all on my own lets me have a much more personal connection to everything I do.” And though the album’s offerings veer from the eerily charged yet infectious atmospherics of club tracks like “My Love Aside” to the downtempo intimacy of vocal-driven numbers like “Lying to Myself,” all of Ephemera is infused with a moody intensity that proves the depth of that connection. “I’m not very good at writing bright, happy music,” says Lange. “I need there to be an underlying sense of melancholy in order to really get pulled into the song.”
Growing up in Manhattan, Lange started playing piano at age four and sung in a boy’s choir from ages six to 13, then picked up the guitar and quickly joined a hardcore/metal band. “I got into the production side of things when I was 15, mostly because I wanted to make my own demos for the band, and that completely changed my relationship with music,” says Lange. After majoring in music production at Boston’s Berklee College of Music—and shaping his sound with inspiration from groups like Hybrid and Telefon Tel Aviv—Lange was enlisted by BT to co-produce his critically acclaimed, Grammy Award-nominated album These Hopeful Machines. Lange next struck out on his own, turning out releases like 2014’s Staccato EP (a #2 Progressive House Release on Beatport), creating official remixes for tracks as eclectic as The M Machine’s “Shadow in the Rose Garden” (OWSLA) and Usher’s “Numb” (RCA), and serving as producer on Glenn Morrison’s “Goodbye” (a 2013 release that went platinum in Canada and sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide). Along with playing festivals like EDC Las Vegas and TomorrowWorld and earning praise as 2014’s #1 DJ to watch by VIBE.com, he eventually caught the attention of deadmau5, who included his “Scorched Earth Policy” on the We Are Friends: Volume 3 compilation (released in February 2015) and “Nice Shades, Wesley” on We Are Friends: Volume 4 (June 2015).
Despite exploring so many genres and directions through the years, certain principles have remained constant for Lange. “As I got older, I found the tracks that worked out best were the ones I made without regard to what other people would think of them,” he says. “People can always tell when music’s coming from a place that’s true to you, so I learned that the key is to be totally honest and just do what I love and what interests me most.” That honesty is also closely tied to his creative process and musical sensibilities. “To me electronic music is mainly a medium that gives you the freedom and ability to use anything you want to,” he says. “When you take live instrumentation and process it in a way that creates this hybrid sound that’s stuck in between two worlds and you can’t figure out what’s what, that’s my favorite space to live in. The only real limitation is what you’re able to imagine.”