Thursday, June 5th
Decibel & Studio 4/4 present…
Ostgut Ton / Aus Music / Panorama Bar, Berlin
Outpost / Soma / Urbantorque, Glasgow
Advance tickets $12
Doors at 9pm / 21+
1426 Broadway Ave, Seattle
Dutch-born Steffi is a key figure in the realms of contemporary electronic music. A resident at Panorama Bar, and a respected producer and label owner, her work embraces underground electronic culture in its many forms.
With the experience that comes with promoting underground parties for over a decade, and running two record labels – Klakson, and her quickly expanding Dolly imprint – Steffi has developed a natural and professional balance between DJing and making records. Her productions continue to mature and shine, exploring many different aspects of House and Techno, with a distinctive clarity and classic approach.
After 6 years as a Panorama Bar resident, in the spring of 2013 Steffi compiled and mixed the ‘Panorama Bar 05′ mix CD. Fusing new tracks she selected from other respected producers like Fred P, Dexter or Juju & Jordash, along with new material of her own, she crafted a timeless mix of underground House, Disco and Techno, rich in character and narrative.
Since her move to Berlin in 2007, Steffi produced a growing discography of warm, classic-inspired and hardware-enriched records. Starting with the inclusion of the track ’24 Hours’ on Tama Sumo’s ‘Panorama Bar 02′ mix, and ‘Sadness’ on Prosumer’s following ’03′ CD, her relationship with Ostgut Ton grew stronger. This was confirmed with the moody ‘Kill Me’ EP, which preceded the arrival of her debut album ‘Yours & Mine’ on the label, released in 2011. The album included the unmistakable ‘Yours’ featuring Virginia, alongside pure and hypnotic moments like ‘Mine’ or ‘Nightspacer’, making up an emotional debut LP reflecting her love for real, uncompromised club music.
The development of her forward-pushing sound was then marked by the ‘Schraper’ EP in 2012 on Ostgut, emphasising Steffi’s ability to produce flowing, bass-heavy club tracks, floating between classic House and contemporary Techno.
Steffi also releases music as ‘Third Side’ alongside Lucretio and Marieu – better known as the Analogue Cops. Together in 2012 they released their ‘Unified Fields’ LP on Restoration Records, exploring the dynamics of a live-jam studio environment. To the ‘Cops dirt and raw punch, Steffi brings clarity and poise, and the team continue to take their hardware-only Live show to clubs worldwide. Continuing the trend of working with strong, cultured labels, Steffi also released original material on labels like NYC’s Underground Quality, or Holland’s Field Recordings. Now very at home in the studio, Steffi also provided numerous remixes for some of the most respected labels in the scene.
Always looking forward, Steffi’s field of influence continues to expand. Her work as a DJ, distinctive productions, and sought after releases on her own labels, all reflect the love she has for vinyl and help to celebrate the culture of underground dance music.
ABOUT FUNK D’VOID
Lars Sandberg AKA Funk D’Void, is a DJ and producer who has been working in the global electronic music scene since the mid-90s. He started DJing at around the tender age of 15, running two under-18 clubs himself – a perfect start to his career. Knowing his vocation to music from an early age after being brought up by his professional pianist mother, Lars never had any doubt as to where his future would lie.
House music changed his life, the early Chicago sound specifically, and hearing the certain sounds during his childhood stirred something inside him; the 808 drum machine used on Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” secured his fascination with these electronic sounds – the turning point over to the Detroit techno sound was almost a spiritual moment as it forged his unique sound that would follow over the coming years – visceral, soulful and without compromise.
After a string of hits over the years (“Jack Me Off”, “Bad Coffee” “Emotional Content”) plus some killer remixes for the likes of Underworld, New Order and Kevin Saunderson, he is probably best known for the end-of-nighter ‘Diabla’ which bridged house and techno (and was flogged by everyone from Danny Howells to Sven Vath). Collaborations with such luminaries as Phil Kieran and more recently Sian have produced stellar results – further galvanising his diversity in the techno arena and has led us to the somewhat overdue arrival of his own personal label, Outpost, in 2010.
Once Slam planted the flag for techno in Glasgow at the start of the ‘90s, the Scottish city’s musical destiny was changed forever. Fostering many a great talent with their Soma imprint, Lars Sandberg – aka Funk D’Void, aka Francois Dubois – remains one of the brightest that they have uncovered forging a sound that combines techno and house beats and percussion with soaring melodies and chords to scintillating effect. The new double mix CD for the acclaimed Balance series sees this enduring talent follow on from his previous compilations for Cocoon and Soma.
You only have to ask today’s heroes and legends what they think of the talented Scotsman:
“Amid the sea of average disc jockeys there are a few gems that really do deserve your attention, Lars Sandberg ( Funk D’Void ) is one one of them , consistently breaking new ground and delivering quality, the man is a legend in my house, and should be in yours” -NICK WARREN
“Lars is phenomenal – an incredibly sound DJ, as well as being one of my favourite producers of the last ten years.” -DANNY HOWELLS
“Moving the dancefloor from the 90′s to the 21st century, basements to festivals, Funk D’Void is right up there with the very best. He’s provided the soundtrack to nights that have become legend. Always distinctive – grooves with soul that rock it. He lives it, loves it and makes the T-shirt. Vive Le Deep” -ANDY CATO (GROOVE ARMADA)
“One of the most forward thinking DJ producers of the last ten years. An inspiration to me in the way i think about music, and make it.” -NIC FANCIULLI
“Funk D -Void…quality music all the way. Top producer and DJ” HERNAN CATTANEO
“A true music connoisseur, a partyman and a DJ’s DJ, one of the finest, sonically trustworthy and consistent selectors on the planet.” -TOM MIDDLETON
“Lars is a proper DJ who can take things in any direction because he KNOWS music. From the deepest of house to the funkiest of techno the crowds love him and the quality music he pushes in his sets.” -JAMIE “JIMPSTER’ ODELL