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Both are active as radio producers, both are celebrated DJs.
With the radio show „World Wide“, Gilles Peterson, one of the festival‘s headliners this year, has become a cult among lovers of acid jazz, funk, soul, world music and fusion. His insatiable curiosity and the desire to discover beyond geographical borders have earned him the reputation of a DJ style icon. For the past three decades, he has been thrilling audiences with his incomparable funky sound, which brings together tracks from all over the world.
Another obsessive collector is Sir David Rodigan, who owns the world‘s largest archive of reggae dubplates. Rodigan first appeared as a radio maker before he travelled the globe as a DJ and MC. For forty years he has been burning for Jamaica‘s sound, addicted to reggae and bringing his enthusiasm and passion to the stage. His sets go through the history of this genre and are at the same time a journey through the dub-influenced sound universe. Rodigan draws a bow to dubstep and jungle and makes it clear that reggae is a transnational phenomenon.
Mama Feelgood + Mr. Farmer will complete the Orpheum programme on Friday as local selectors around Gilles Peterson and David Rodigan. Behind Mama Feelgood is the Graz-based Dj Daniela Andersen, Mr. Farmer is her partner Colin Farmer, who, as a former buyer at HMV Records in London, counted Henry Rollins and Mick Jones from The Clash among his customers. In Ping Pong they play tracks from soul, early hip hop and funk.
Friday night in the cathedral will be opened by SRGJ. Behind the acronym is the Graz-based DJ and producer Sergej Harres. Rooted in dubstep, he dedicates his DJ sets to the straighter genres of house & techno.
Bustling musician Maximilian Walch – alias Monophobe – will also perform as a DJ for the occasion. As producer for the likes of Leyya, Sixtus Preiss, Bilderbuch and 5K HD, he works together with the greats of the local pop world. As a solo musician, his sound is definitely weirder and likes to span the bow from experiment to club. Something similar can be expected from his DJ set.
Canadian singer and musician Jessy Lanza is known for her futuristic, airy sound that oscillates between minimalist synth pop and playful avant-garde R‘n‘B. Her sugar-sweet voice, partly abstracted with autotune and much delay, sounds so silky that the Guardian has praised her as „the latest and possibly greatest of the new ethereal soul girls“. Her collaboration with footwork producers like DJ Spinn and her releases on Hyperdub underline the cross-genre quality of her music.
The project „alllone“ was founded by three producers based in Graz and Vienna. Formed out of loneliness, they joined forces to continue their quest through electronic beatmaking. Gravitating towards 170bpm, but never limited, they seek for harmonic and distorted sounds in their productions. Together with Deafblind, three Graz based artists, who generate live visuals and projection mappings, they will present a brand new A/V work.
Ouri is a producer, DJ and musician. Originally from France, she is currently based in Montreal and releases her experimental pop releases on labels like Ghostly International. As an experienced piano player, harpist and cellist, her focus is on the atmospheric interweaving of melody and bass. She fuses R‘n‘B vocals, soft synth sounds, trip hop and post-dubstep beats into excitingly fresh tracks
The South African Gqom Sound, which started as a movement in the 2010s in Durban, a township in South Africa, also works across all national borders. DJ Lag, self-proclaimed Gqom King and freshly nominated Grammy candidate, was there from the beginning. Gqom is being traded as a response to the Chicago footwork genre. Raw, polyrhythmic beats carry the tracks. The fast, hypnotic snares and heavy basses come from cheap drummachines and are combined with tight vocal snippets that cheer the crowd on. DJ Lag sees himself as an ambassador of this energetic genre and carries the sound to festival stages all over the world.
The evening in the cathedral will be closed out by Dalia Ahmed, who, as an FM4 radio host, presents Dalia's Late Night Lemonade every Saturday, featuring releases from Hip Hop, R'n'B, Afro Beats and Global Club Sounds. In her sets she plays similar stuff - only much harder.
Therese Terror is one of the country's key gender activists, founder of the Rrriot Festival, and a part of the Bliss collective. In her DJ sets she dedicates herself to House, Acid and Techno, while Leftfield Electronica and Pop Hymns find their place too.
Also to be heard on Friday will be Fingers of God, one of the local club acts of the year. The Vienna-based DJ and producer combines bass-heavy, rhythm-based electronics with experimental sound design in his tracks. Thus he not only produces tracks for the dance floor, but also creates compositions for the theatre.
Also on Fridays you can see 3Phaz in the tunnel. The musician living in Cairo, who keeps his identity secret, deconstructs the electro shaabi in his sets and combines the genre popular in Egypt with techno and bass music. He amplifies the raw energy of this sound - a mixture of traditional Arabic rhythms, electronic beats and shrill, sparkling keyboard sounds - which was originally played mostly at weddings.
The French DJ and producer Bambounou will provide danceable tunes in the tunnel. Inspired by sci-fi narratives, he creates a unique mix of different bass music genres, intertwining footwork, trap and techno while playing with fleeting atmospheres. His minimal sound is timeless, extraplanetary and hypnotic.
The closing set in the tunnel is taken over by re:ni. The Londoner combines bass-heavy techno with Jungle and Breaks and not only plays in clubs like the Fabric or the Panorama Bar, but also plays a monthly slot on NTS Radio.
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