One of the most important figures of the European scene, Agoria, will make his Serbian debut performance on Friday, the 16th of December, in the Belgrade “Depo”. After years of waiting, we will finally have the chance to listen to one of the best ambassadors of the French scene after Laurent Garnier, as evidenced by the numerous awards for Best National DJ, and capital issues for the prestigious label Kompakt, Hotflush and Innervisions. His CD “At the Controls” is considered a masterpiece of electronic music, while Resident Advisor named it “one of the finest and era-defining” On that same evening, Fabio Florido will perform, a protege of virtuoso Richie Hawtin, as a kind of continuation to the story for those who remember well his final set from last year’s Apgrade Weekend and MINUS night. This is also the last Apgrade party in 2016 and a limited number of tickets at a price of 790 dinars is sold at the box offices of Eventim and Gigstix, while the next price will be higher.
Sebastien Devaud’s love of music was acquired at a very early age through his father, a vinyl collector, and mother, an opera diva, while his first contact with Detroit techno happened at the age of 12 after purchasing a record named “Big Fun” by Kevin Saunderson’s cult group – Inner City. His stage name is derived from the word agora, meaning public gathering places in ancient Greece, which was also the name of the first parties he organized. Agoria is considered one of the most influential people on the French music scene, as one of the founders of the famous festival Les Nuits Sonores and the world-renowned publishing house InFine, a platform for contemporary artists whose music is considered “out of time” such as Carl Craig, Seth Troxler, Oxia and Francesco Tristano. Poles of his extremely rich discography are four studio albums: “Blossom,” “The Green Armchair”, “Imparmenece” and “Go Fast” composed as a soundtrack for the film of the same name which was directed by the legendary Luke Besson, while his “Scala EP” for the prestigious label Innervisions became an absolute global hit. His width is further reflected in releases such as “Les Violins Ivres”, “Baboul Hair Cutting”, “Panta Rei”, “Europa” or “Speechless”, while the universality of his music is reflected in sets of very dissimilar artists such as Carl Cox, Dixon, Laurent Garnier, Carl Craig, Solomun, Gesaffelsetin or Efdemin. He takes his remixing duties very seriously, which can be heard in his versions of “Crystalised” by Martina Topley-Bird and Mark Lanegan, and Mobys “Almost Home,” while being on of those responsible for refreshing the careers of Neneh Cherry and Peter Murphy.
Seasoned connoisseur of mix showed his skills on several occasions through Balance and Fabric compilations, while his “At the Controls” received a perfect score from the distinguished Resident Advisor critics, quoting: “It is quickly becoming the canon by which every other recorded mixes will have to be judged by“. What is most interesting with this revolutionary mix is a distinctively new and daring blend of music pearls such as the theme of the film “Mulholland Drive” and “Experimento” signed by Carl Craig, a mixture of orchestral composition by Raymond Scott and Onur Ozers minimal, as well as the combination of Aphrodite’s Child song “Loud Loud Loud” and samples from the LCD Soundsystem opus. For years, Agoria has been on a very intense tour and his travel calendar recorded performances from Tokyo to Brazil. In addition to the leading festivals, clubs like Berghain / Panorama Bar, Sub Club, Womb, Warung, Amnesia and DC10 can be found of his touring list, while being one of this year’s residents at Circoloco parties in Ibiza and a regular guest at Maceo Plex’s Mosaic and Ellum parties.
After moving to Ibiza in 2013, Fabio Florido began living his dream. Releases for Selected Records, The Triangle and Beat Therapy helped him gain necessary feedback of the eminent figures of electronic scene such as Dubfire, Luigi Madonna and Sasha Carassi, so at one point he would get recognized by Richie Hawtin and score residency at the ENTER.Space parties, as well as the release “be yOu” for the cult Minus. Awakenings, Sonus, Tomorrowland, EXIT, Sonar, Cocorico, Ambasada Gavioli, Cacao Beach i Barraca are some of the places Fabio visited through his music, while many are on the way!
Apgrade with Berghain residents tonight!
The hero of the global techno scene Marcel Dettmann will lead a trio of Berghain’s famous club residents at the new Apgrade event on the 14th of October in the warehouse of Belgrade’s port (Hangar Luka Beograd). This will be a continuation of an antological night for the local audience which was premierly hosted last year by the publishing house known as Ostgut Ton, musical foundation of Berghain. In addition to its biggest stars, impeccable reputation of this institution will defend Berlin and leader of their new generation Kobosil, and recently signed French techno legend Terence Fixmer! His first EP for a new house at the well-known address Wriezener Am Bahnhof, entitled “Beneath the Skin” (O-TON 97), was released just today! Tickets for “Apgrade with Ostgut Ton” are sold at the box offices of Eventim and Gigstix, at the price of 1250 dinars, while the ticket price will be 1500 at the door.
Apgrade brought some of the leading electronic artists to Belgrade in the past year, such as Richie Hawtin, Nicolas Jaar, Tale of Us, Dixon, Chris Liebing, Loco Dice, Recondite, Miss Kittin, Mathew Jonson, Dave Harrington, Steve Bug, Mike Huckaby, Function i Efdemin, but also many new talents among which are Valentin Stip, Julian Jeweil, Sebastian Mullaert, Fabio Florido, Caleb Calloway i and others.