When I catch up with producers (and longtime friends) Martin Buttrich and Davide Squillace and wonder if they’re sick of each other yet, I half-expect the answer to be yes. We’re talking about Apart From Us, a joint EP they just released in September, but aside from the record, they also make up two-thirds of Better Lost Than Stupid, a live electronic outfit they started with Matthias Tanzmann in 2010. Fortunately, both Buttrich and Squillace have nothing but good things to say about each other. It’s clear that creative energy and chemistry is the fuel behind their operation, and needless to say, it’s working for them. Here, the duo dishes on what it’s like to work together, their love of Barcelona, and everything that went into creating Apart From Us.
At the Controls is a series of interviews conducted last year that peeks under the curtain of electronic music production, to highlight the behind-the-scenes people whose contributions have had a lasting impact across the dance music landscape.
Martin Buttrich has been a stalwart of electronic music for two decades, but this year he appears to be on the cusp of something big. For many years, he was the silent studio partner of Timo Maas, guiding him towards landmark tracks like his signature remixes of Azzido da Bass and Tori Amos. Buttrich also bolstered the productions of his Desolat label co-owner Loco Dice, as he ascended to the highest ranks of popular DJs. But a few years ago, Buttrich began to ease himself into the spotlight more and more.
Last weekend, as you’ll likely know from some of our earlier coverage this week, the Beatport team was in full effect at Detroit’s Movement Festival, hosting a huge riverfront stage, scouring the backstage area for interviews with Moby, Masters at Work, Kevin Saunderson, John Digweed, and tons more (which you’ll catch in the weeks to come), and checking out every last artist to grace Hart Plaza that weekend. On the ground (and on the afterparty floors), writers Lauren Salm and Emma Robertson, along with photographer Jordan Loyd, took in as much as was humanly possible, and today we’re excited to present their personal highlights from that huge blowout dance-music weekend.
Dusseldorf-born Loco Dice began DJing in the ’90s, and although his roots were originally planted in hip-hop, he’s become one of the most respected and recognized figures in contemporary techno. An early partnership with fellow techno DJ/producer Martin Buttrich in 2002 led to the founding of Desolat Records five years later and since then it has grown to become one of the foremost labels in electronic music today, featuring a stellar crew that includes tINI, Guti, Hector, Shlomi Aber, and Pulshar, to name a few. Today, the label is commemorates its fifth anniversary with a Beatport Mix comprised solely of Desolat releases. We caught up with Loco Dice to chat about hip-hop, artistic performance, his favorite tracks, and how it feels to be celebrating five years of Desolat.
Although he’s been releasing and producing material for over a decade, it’s only been since 2006 that he’s come out of the shadows and into the spotlight in his own right.
In a recent interview, Buttrich talked about his new release with Loco Dice, New York influences and life in Hannover.
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For someone who’s become quite well-known within the techno scene, the last thing you’d expect to hear out that person’s mouth is, “I’m still hip-hop. I never left hip-hop.”
And if you were to take even a quick listen to much of the upcoming album by Loco Dice, ‘7 Dunham Place’, it still may be difficult to see (or hear, as in this case).
But to understand the man behind the persona, hip-hop is fully part of the equation.
As Dice (as his friends call him) was spotted perusing the streets of Miami in the middle of a four-gig grand slam marathon during the annual party known as WMC, we pulled him aside to try to decipher the method behind the madness.
Beginning March 18th, Beatport users will have the opportunity to vote for the best electronic music artists of 2007 in the first ever Beatport Music Awards.
Broken down into 19 categories — including Best Artist categories from each genre and the multi-genre Best Remix and Best Single — the nominees for the BMAs are based solely on unit sales at Beatport.
A full listing of the categories follows the link.
Voting has now opened: Click here to vote.
This month’s The 20 is a disparately diverse collection of electronic music goodies. There’s deep tech house from Martin Buttrich, anthemic funky house from Fish Go Deep, driving techno from Christian Smith & John Selway and perfect minimal grooves from Kabale Und Liebe & Daniel Sanchez. And east meets west on Onur Özer’s fabulous ‘Kasmir’ which, if anything, shows that the world is getting smaller.
Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich kick off their new label with a quality release from Dubfire, one of the producers behind Deep Dish. In the last few months the Washington-based producer has made a concerted and vociferous attempt to move away from the progressive house sound that him and his studio partner Sharam Tayebi are famous for.