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Before introducing the mix, it’s probably best I share with you a defining moment, and a resulting compelling story, that brought me to where I am today.
Growing up in Cyprus, I still remember sneaking out late at night to go clubbing to see DJ’s Anne Savage, Steve Mason or any BBC Radio 1 presenter who happened to be playing at one of the island’s local clubs. When most of my classmates were going nuts over the Backstreet Boys, I was enamoured with Rhomanthony’s version of House music and Jeff Mill’s Detroit style of Techno. These vinyl records is where I found myself truly at home and where I still am today now that I moved back to Toronto.
After a very long wait, Electronic Dance Music is expanding rapidly in Canada. It wasn’t too long ago that DJs were confined to dark rooms, usually in after-hours type venues, often looked down by the music industry as a second class act. Nowadays, DJ’s are headlining big festivals in Toronto and elsewhere and Dance Music is an 8 Billion Dollar Industry. Unfortunately, when money starts flowing in it attracts people that are after it as their priority. While genres can be a tricky subject, there are certain elements that will always define a track or DJ mix on the Techno side of the dance music spectrum.
To keep it simple, a Techno track is defined as beat when the bass drum “kicks” on each quarter note, usually with a snare or clap on the second and fourth pulse of each bar, and an open hi-hat element every second eighth note, after the track “changes” after a certain amount of repetitions. The tempo is usually somewhere between 130 and 150 beats per minute. With very few exceptions, here in Toronto, finding genuine Techno nights and DJ’s are hard to find. Sure, there are plenty of DJ’s out there – many promoting a generic Tech-House sound as Techno music. I am sorry to say that what they are promoting or trying to sell you isn’t Techno. As sure as an apple isn’t a banana.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not hating on Tech-House, or progressive house, or anything else one chooses to play at a party. On the contrary, what I want is for you to be an educated consumer. I appreciate your hard earned dollars and I want you to know what it is your money is supporting. Although I appreciate the number of events out there, perhaps one day I will expose the promoters whom over the years explicitly told me they don’t book Techno DJ’s; who are now promoting themselves as Techno pioneers. I’ve got some free advice for these type of people; the next time you are promoting an event and tell people what kind of music you play at your parties, just tell the truth. You’ll get more credit for being passionate about something, rather than trying to get street cred by snaking the name from something else.
But of course, this is just one man’s opinion…
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- Octave One – Daystar Rising (430 West, 1998)
- Paul Mac – Final Mix (Ingoma, 2005)
- Marco Carola – Solare (Zenit, 2001)
- A.Paul – Vontade (Naked Lunch, 2010)
- Chris Jackson & Paul Leath Fooled (Eastern Bloc, 2000)
- Umek – Katol (Jericho, 2001)
- Hardcell – Cavok (Skunkworks, 2004)
- Mark Broom – Ditch (Real Sessions, 2003)
- Uptech – Wanda (Tekktonn, 2005)
- Paco Osuna – Tornado [Rino Cerrone Remix] (Zenit, 2004)
- Taksi – Schneestrum (Plus 8, 2001)
- Damon Wild – Crankpot (Kanzleramt, 2004)
- Mark Broom vs Terry Mitchell – Bling (Primal Force, 2003)
- Jeff Mills – Suspense (Axis, 2005)
- Oliver Ho – Night EP (Continual, 2004)
- Patrik Skoog – At The Gates (Flux, 2005)
- Joey Beltram – Game Form [Mike Dearborn Remix] (Tresor, 1995)
- Speedy J – Bugmod (Novamute, 2002)
- James Ruskin – Work (Blueprint, 2006)
- Mark Broom – Things (Theory, 2008)
- The Advent & Industrialyzer – Sketch Mania (Codeworks, 2009)
- Tomaz vs Filterheadz – Sunshine (Intec, 2002)
- Marco Bailey – Platinum [Ben Sims + Mark Broom Remix] (MB Elektronics, 2003)
- Joey Beltram – The Feature (Bush, 2002)
- Technasia – Fusin (Music Man, 2003)
- Safety Session – Crescendo (Drumcode, 1998)
- Jorge Zamacona – Quirk (Primevil, 2004)
- Mark Williams – Just a Beat (Native Diffusion, 2005)
- Mhonolink Dashboard [Misstress Barbara Remix] (Zync, 2000)
- Gary Martin – In Rhythm (Teknotika, 2001)
- Hardcell – Trackfiv5[bb] (Skunkworks, 2000)
- Subway – Constant (Rotation, 2003)
- Balthazar & JackRock (TechHead, 2006)
- Oxia – Source (Intec, 2000)
- Jeff Mills – Automatic (Purpose Maker, 1997)
- Ben Sims – Repurcussion [Hardgroove Mix] (Hardgroove, 1999)
- Samuel L Session – Needle Drama (Cycle, 1999)
- The Hacker – LA Rock 01 (International DJ Gigolo, 2001)
- Chris Liebing – Weather E.P. [The Advent Remix] (CLRetry, 2003)
- Rob Stow – Climax (Real Sessions, 2004)
- Locotus – Rama (Polarized, 2005)
- Hiroaki Iizuka – Cables (Soleil, 2005)
- Angela Flame and Pacou – Further East (Klirfactor, 2005)
- Matig – Flax [Dark House Mix] (Native Collective, 2003)
- DJ T-1000 – Bout To Bang It (Inzec, 2003)
- Scan 7 – Sound Escape (Tresor, 1999)
- John Tejada/Arian Leviste – Throwback (Moods & Grooves, 2000)
- Stephen Brown – I Am Someone (Transmat, 2001)
- Paul Mac – Cut’n’Run (Ingoma, 2005)
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Andreas Marouchos (Short, Rouchos), is a DJ from Toronto. Playing Techno and House, Andreas has been a professional DJ since 1998, playing sets in four countries. He is also a podcasting pioneer, with live audio and video mixes stretching as far back as the last millennium. Despite the progress of technology, Andreas still collects and spins 100% of music on Vinyl as he believes that “putting a laptop between a DJ and the crowd seems boring”.
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