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When you’re as iconic a figure as Josh Wink, it’s not so easy to sum up a career in a few words—but there are a couple of terms that might serve to get a handle on the seminal electronic-music producer’s lifework. One of the most apt, certainly, would be longevity. A brief scan of Wink’s mammoth résumé reveals the following: Early-’80 days as an underage mobile DJ; a major role in fostering his native Philadelphia’s burgeoning warehouse scene during the house-music explosion later that decade; name-making ’90s club hits like “Don’t Laugh,” “Higher State of Consciousness” and “I’m Ready”; a label, Ovum Recordings, that’s undisputedly one of the most essential dance-music imprints; and his current position, after all these years, as one of the scene’s most vibrant and creative DJs and producers (witness the critical success of his 2009 long-player When A Banana Was Just A Banana).
Another word one could use to encapsulate Wink’s oeuvre is versatility. From the twisting, acidic breakbeat of the aforementioned “Higher States” to the organ-groove deepness of 2008’s “Stay Out All Night,” and from the pulsating ambience of 1996’s “Horizontal Dancing” to the streamline liquid techno of his recent remix of Agaric's “Who Made Up the Rules”—with side trips along the way for drum ’n’ bass beats and hip-hop rhythms (Wink was a regular at West Philly DJ battles as a kid)—his sound ranges as far and wide as anyone’s. The same could be said for Ovum as well, which over the 16 years has released music from such varied artists as dream-vibe drum ’n’ bass specialist Jamie Myerson, Wild Pitch originator DJ Pierre and jack-track master DJ Sneak, to mention but a few. As with Wink’s own material, it’s timeless music—you could play a cut like David Alvarado’s swirling, percussion-drenched “Klugh” at a techno hoedown today, and it would sound as fresh as it did upon its late-’90s release; as with most of Ovum's catalog, it's music that's not defined by time or trends.
Which brings us to our final term: integrity. It’s a trait that Wink possesses by the crateful, one that’s carried him through the vagaries of dance music’s endless cycles. Some who hit big when Wink did are content to live off past successes; others chase trends in an effort to stay relevant. But Wink has always been happy—determined, really, to do his own thing and follow his own path—if the music sells and the gigs keep coming, that’s great, but that’s not why he’s still in the game. “I got into this because it was something that I lived and ate and breathed,” Wink says. “There was so much passion for the music, there was nothing else for me. Whatever notoriety and success had come from this, it’s kind of a mistake, a byproduct, and I never planned for that. I never knew I could make a living from doing what I loved when I was a teenager; my parents thought it was a fad, actually.” And what do his folks think now over 25 years later? “Oh,” he says with a chuckle,” they love it.” -Bruce Tantum
Matthias Tanzmann started his DJ and production career in the mid nineties in Leipzig, playing regularly at the renowned club ‘Distillery’. These early days saw his first release as 'Gamat 3000' (with Daniel Scholz) on Dessous Recordings, which was quickly followed by releases on Freude Am Tanzen, Lo-Fi Stereo and FM Musik.
In 2000 he founded Moon Harbour Recordings, and since then scores of MoonHarbour releases have been playlisted by renowned DJ's all over the world. The label rapidly became synonymous with quality deep-house and tech-house, and has released many of Matthias Tanzmann’s own records as well as those from the likes of Luna City Express, Marlow, Martinez and Dan Drastic. In 2006 he founded the label Cargo Edition, where you can find regular releases from Michael Melchner, Ekkohaus, Markus Schatz, Sven Tasnadi, Vera and Juno6.
The success of both labels has seen the explosion of Matthias Tanzmann's DJ career, which now takes him almost continuously around the global club and festival scenes. Another factor in his success has been his residency at the famous party series Circoloco at DC10 in Ibiza since 2007. Playing regularly on both the Balearic Isle and at international Circoloco shows has resulted in 3 consecutive nominations at the Ibiza DJ Awards.
Between his numerous DJ gigs, Matthias Tanzmann also produces consistently ground-breaking music. In addition to a line of singles, his first solo album "Restless" was released on Moon Harbour in 2006, and beyond that his remixing skills are also in great demand - remixing for artists such as Moby, 2000 and one, Josh Wink and Booka Shade to name just a few.
Andrew Grant is a man with a varied past and constantly evolving future. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, he started to DJ in 1988 spinning hip-hop at house parties and school dances. His musical tastes soon shifted after his first visit to the famed New York City club Twilo in the mid 90’s. After an evening under the Phazon sound system, he found himself immersed in more electronic based sounds.
After graduation from university he decided that a move abroad was needed to properly re-engage his musical passions. In early 2001 he spent a few months in Sheffield, England, throwing parties and DJing everywhere he could. As summer approached he decided to roll the dice and purchased a one-way ticket to Ibiza for a deeper look into the scene. Through hard work, and some lucky breaks, Andrew was invited to play Thursday morning after-hours at DC10. After just two sets he was invited to play a main 3-5 hour slot on Mondays after Cirillo, his mentor. At just 24 years old he became the first, and only, American resident of CircoLoco.
This summer will be Andrew’s tenth as a resident for CircoLoco’s infamous Monday parties at DC10. “I never thought I would travel the world with them after buying a one-way ticket that summer day ten years ago. CircoLoco has allowed me to grow as a DJ and hone my sound all over the world.”
Andrew started releasing his own works in 2001, and has seen his name on such labels as Plastic City, Unfoundsound, Siteholder Records, Isgud Records, Minisketch, and Barraca Music. However, his output has really grown in the past few years with releases on Barraca Music, Little Helpers, Connect Four & Hallucination Ltd. He has also collaborated with Lomez, Tale of Us, Los Updates & Ricardo Villalobos. His evolution in the studio created the opportunity to be offered the position as Label Head for Barraca Music.
Keeping with his DIY aesthetic, and his refusal to be stuck to one sound, Andrew started his own imprints in 2010, EDEC and Blau Motif. “I started the two labels because I see EDEC grasping a wider new range of Techno and Blau Motif is for future listening - outside the club. I really felt moved to do this so these amazing artists had a platform to get their works released.”
Now based in Valencia, Andrew continues his increased production schedule and looks forward to returning to the White Isle for yet another year with his most beloved residency. There is no shortage of current projects or upcoming endeavors for Andrew. His ethos of “hype and fashion is only superficial and does not last” continues on. With Andrew the utmost quality is what matters most, and he never settles for anything less.