Missing Umek for this show!
Public Works & Direct To Earth Present:
TROY PIERCE (Items & Things)
BRIAN KNARFIELD (Direct to Earth)
MAX GARDNER (Direct to Earth)
Funktion One Sound (Main Room)
Live hardware visuals provided by Etcher/Engraver Barem (Minus)
Barem has made himself a key member of the Minus family in recent years, despite growing up on the other side of the world from the Berlin based label. The man born Mauricio Barembuem spent his youth playing blues and rock guitar, but quickly took advantage of the digital revolution in which he was living, soon getting to grips with programmes like Ableton and Reason to start crafting his own electronic sounds: a keen individualist, this form of musical expression was the one Barem really enjoyed away from playing in bands.
Influenced by imprints like Perlon, Spectral Sound and 7th City as well as, of course, Minus, he began on a long journey honing his own unique sonic fingerprint. It wasn’t easy in Buenos Aires, however, and but for a debut release, the Kleine EP, on free net label Unfoundsound Records in 2005, Barem might not be where he is today. “Suki” from that EP was picked up by a number of internationally acclaimed DJs and re-released on vinyl label Phonocult 2 years later, with more releases on the label coming before first getting signed up to Minus on the label’s Min2Max compilation with “Opal”.
More releases followed on Minus, forever making Barem a more and more vital cog in the label’s wheel, all the while with his style evolving from stark, digital and abstract into a more organic tech house sound as exemplified by his Kolimar EP. Following a break away from production in the following years, Barem focused on DJing around the world at important festivals like Mutek, DEMF, TimeWarp, Tomorrowland and many more across North and South America, Europe, South Africa and Japan.
Says the man on his production aims... “I love Bass. That's where my tracks are sustained and where I concentrate most energy. I'm not really the melodic kind of producer. But somehow melodies happen on a random secondary layer by the interaction of elements. I love percussion and that's my second main resource. Most of my tracks are very loopy and groovy. I like when the groove pushes you to dance with no effort while the loop gets you hypnotised. My favourite songs ever are all very simple and that's what I try to do with my music.”
The crowning glory in this producer’s discography to date is his full-length album, After The Storm. Released in June 2011, the album goes deeper and deeper into Barem’s percussive driven grooves, natural sounding rhythms and rich, well-defined sound palette. A genuine journey from start to finish that touches on dub, takes cues from acid, but always remains warm, and mystical, the album has also spawned another world tour which saw the man play live across the world for the first time since 2008 having previously focussed on DJ shows. Accompanied by mesmerising lights and visuals to help elicit that feeling of calm after the storm, it cemented Barem as one of the scene’s keenest sonic inventors and finest live perform
Growing up in Indiana, right by the electronic hotspots of Detroit and Chicago, it’s no wonder Troy Pierce was infected with the dance music bug early on. Since then, he’s developed into a pillar of the modern techno community thanks to world tours, live shows, albums and EPs under a number of aliases and as part of more than one studio collective. http://soundcloud.com/barem
Troy Pierce (Items & Things)
Growing up in Indiana, right by the electronic hotspots of Detroit and Chicago, it’s no wonder Troy Pierce was infected with the dance music bug early on. Since then, he’s developed into a pillar of the modern techno community thanks to world tours, live shows, albums and EPs under a number of aliases and as part of more than one studio collective. “I like making and playing weird music for weird people - those WTF tracks that stick in your head as a sound from another dimension” says the man whose close association to techno bastion Minus has earned him a deserved and revered reputation during the years since first emerging. Looking ahead, though, it will be for his own label, Items & Things (co-run with
friends Magda and Marc Houle) that he is most known.
Whilst the rejuvenated label will aim to break new talent and continue its run of underground and intimate Down & Out parties, Troy will also work on his own music. First there’ll be a collaborative effort with his new label mates; then a solo EP on I&T but, also, some fresh material from his much-lauded Louderbach alias in the coming months.
The Troy Pierce sound is one which has constantly veered from dense, layered and abstract to stripped down, acid infused and pulsing. His sonic palette is one that draws on a wide array of influences and reaches far outside the confines of the studio and into an otherworld
entirely. Fusing techno with minimalism, darkness with light and heaviness with rhythm, this American has never been afraid to experiment in the outer regions of his vast musical universe.
Despite an already impressive list of accolades to his name, Troy Pierce isn’t one to sit still. Keen as ever to confound your expectations, Items & Things, new Louderbach music and a number of exciting collaborations are sure to do just that as he enters the next phase of his
Brian Knarfield (Direct to Earth)
Max Gardner (Direct to Earth)
NASA defines the signal transmission from outer orbit space craft to earth as DTE. We attempt to embody this transmission, become the source and reach out to new audiences. We here at DTE find the music we play and the talent we bring to our events just as exotic as alien planets. We hope to cultivate a positive impact here on earth via sound waves and experimentation. We are DJs, producers, party people, ravers, gear heads, bankers, photographers, weirdos, dancers, bartenders and brewers who find life all the more amusing when the sound system is loud, the drinks are stiff, and the DJ is actually playing what they imagined they would play .
Here's to Techno, Here's to you