know how is a project created in 2007 by carmelo cutuli and marco cutuli, two cousins from catania outskirts with same passion for electronic music. they discovered their love for electronic music and their keenness to make music using their pcs when they were children and now their peculiar and innovative sound develops a style which is always in the vanguard!
there have been several releases by labels like ostwind, night drive music and kina.
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born in 1974, stewart walker began toying with music at an early age, writing songs at the age of 5 about his ambitions to become a rock star. years of structured guitar and piano lessons afforded stewart a strong musical background and the ability to gain aptitude from later experimentation.
high school and college were defined by frequent day trips to record shops, sifting through used bins hoping to snag the new promo cutouts of the day, and late nights spent sitting in front of his guitar amp with the reverb turned all the way up. about midway through this time, he became conscious of the electronic music bouncing around the college radio airwaves. habitually tuning in to hear a techno-pop, industrial and ebm show plus one focused solely on house music, stewart began recording tracks from these programs that he found inspiring. in 1992 he bought his first drum machine and became infatuated with plugging it into his guitar amp and manipulating beats for hours.
the fascination with electronic sound grew into an obsession and before long it became essential for stewart to purchase his first sampler. using this piece of equipment he started constructing music in a sequencer and as a result, his tracks started progressing into the techno genre. his earliest releases from 1997 appeared on detroit’s matrix records and shortly afterwards came his first european release. this period was marked by great productivity as stewart had finally quit his day-job to pursue making music on a full-time basis.
with his records gaining popularity among djs, he began accepting offers to perform live locally, which resulted in a slight predicament. the dilemma stewart faced was how to perform live using his limited studio setup. lacking a dj background, he found his initial performances intimidating yet educational for it was early on that stewart gained an appreciation for the vitality generated from crowd interaction at live performances. this energy was non-existent in the studio, but he noted its influence on his sound and considered it a critical part of the creative process.
as stewart continued making a name for himself in the techno music scene his releases followed on well-known labels – tresor, force inc., and richie hawtin’s m-nus imprint. each new release brought greater acclaim and thus he was able to perform more frequently and in increasingly exotic locales. hooking up with sven väth’s cocoon booking agency based in frankfurt guaranteed his ability to play in europe as often as he wanted.
the differences in music requirements (preferences? hard vs. soft, danceable vs. listenable) in europe and the usa pushed stewart to work more and more on perfecting his live techniques until he felt confident that he could match a dj in intensity and stamina every night. (having two styles has resulted in a demand for stylistically different releases. he’s flexible, and able to perform music as prescribed by the situation/vibe of the audience at hand.)
in 2001, stewart decided to found his own label and christened it “persona” with the sole intention of bringing personality back into the genre of techno. the label is devoted to releasing recorded works that retain originality and avoid the made-for-dj copout. stewart remains committed to defying techno music standards by playing live and pushing himself to interact with his audience, resulting in intimate shows consistently characterized by a fresh/sharp/cutting-edge sound.
in the december of 2003, stewart packed up his life and left boston and the usa to move to berlin and participate in the more vibrant european electronic music community. since then he has been recording remixes for such labels as kitty-yo, tongut, and tuning spork; he’s also been practicing his sprache during the week, and performing in a european capital every weekend. he has recently finished a downtempo album entitled “grounded in existence” scheduled for release in march 2005.
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dan curtin’s lengthy musical quest began in early 1990s cleveland, ohio, and continues today in berlin, germany, where the pioneering dj and producer carries on defying conventions and pushing boundaries with mobilee records.
taking original inspiration from the early eras of techno and electro, curtin has experimented with a vast number of styles, producing innovative stateside sounds of every variety. his fascination with electronic music was sparked a decade earlier as he discovered the burgeoning hip-hop movement, along with new wave, electro, and other sonic innovations of the 1980s. further futuristic explorations of house and techno prompted curtin’s own studio-based experimentations, which soon became his primary focus.
curtin’s impressive discography dates back to 1992, with his first releases for detroit’s 33rpm records and belgium’s buzz records. he soon inked his own production hub, metamorphic recordings, which remains actively committed to quality techno and electronica to this day. curtin’s unwillingness to restrict himself to a singular style has been instrumental to releases like his albums silicon dawn, web of life and art & science on peacefrog records, and work for further influential imprints such as strictly rhythm and sublime.
in 2003 curtin shifted towards a funkier production sound, and his creative instincts prompted him to immerse himself within the fast-paced electronic music scene of berlin. this relocation triggered a string of well-received releases for labels such as tuning spork, klang elektronik, soma, leena and mobilee records, which released his ninth opus lifeblood in 2010.
all the while curtin has cemented his international reputation as a dj, appearing at many of the world’s best clubs, and honing a style that is always aware of the vital give-and-take relationship between the dj and the dancefloor. over 70 singles, 9 albums and 20 years later, curtin is as innovative and vital as he has ever been. his refusal to limit himself to one style, and his unique ability to collaborate with artists from a variety of genres has helped him retain his individuality, and confirmed his legendary status.
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born and raised in stockholm johanna alvina has been learning music since she was six. by the age of ten, she had her first studio recording session performing backings for abba.
as a teenager she has been part of professional choirs and got gigs such as the nobel prize ceremony in stockholm, but at the same time she was lead singer in a p-funk band which made her write her first songs.
some years after, while acheiving succesful music teacher studies, she met the wrong steps crew and started collaborating as song-writer, arranger, vocalist and keyboard player with spiro projecto, martinez, pawel kobak. this lead her to have some releases with names like jori hulkkonen or dan curtin.
more recently alvina has been recording songs with hakan lidbo, raph dumas, alton miller, and released instrumental deep tech-house tracks together with manuel perez for labels like lace or nice & nasty.
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beppe cassetta was born in olbia, sardinia on may 18, 1971.
he began his dj career in 1998 at ripping club in san teodoro.
he is considered one of the fathers of electronic dance music on the island and he has since brought his sound almost everywhere.
in 1992 he had his first experience across the channel, in london, which was considered the capital of the musical evolution of the moment, buying and experimenting with various musical genres such as ambient, techno, electronic, etc etc. this adventure was crucial for his professional growth and future musical choices.
since 1994, he has engaged in the scene on the peninsula, first in naples with promoters ivan and susi at villa, then at acropolis where he played with djs such as darren emerson and paul daley. in 1995 he became resident dj at east side and in june moved to rimini, where he collaborated with several clubs such as the ecu (as resident dj), cellophane, cocoricò, prince, echos, etc etc. he has also mixed and writen soundtracks for fashion shows such as switch jeans, ferrè in milan, christian dior in paris, and played in various parties connected to the fashion world.
in the years between 1996 and 2000 he started the liquid project in florence based on a global electronic music style accompanied by graphic images in a visual installation, at many clubs including: tenax and central park going through major events like luigi pecci contemporary art center in prato and stazione leopolda.
in 1997 he reached another milestone, begining work with the link in bologna, which is a social center for cutting-edge music and theater, where he had continued to work for almost 10 years. in 1998 he returned to live in london and opened an important monthly event at the 333 and at open and played music in clubs such as leisure lounge and fridge bar.
in 1999 he began dj monthly resident at ex mud in florence for the apnea evening which was a cult event for drum and bass (1999-2000). since 2000 he has began a collaboration, that has gone on for years, with distorsonie, the electronic music festival in bologna.
in 2001 he moved to madrid where played for the club sofà (mercado de fuen carral). in the same year he bought his first sampler and the passion for composition was born in him.
in 2002, he lived in the capital, rome, where he played around at many clubs : testaccio, sonar, metaverso, bocciodromo and participated in the radio program “the zone”.
in 2003 he was resident dj at fico d’india in gallipoli. also at that time working with the led monthly meeting of electronic music in bologna. he also supported many gigs as dj for: attica blues, tricky, telefon tel aviv, subsonica and atom heart.
in 2005 he graduated as a sound engineer at the sae. from 2004 to 2011 he continues to develop his sound and has worked in many clubs in italy and sardinia. in 2010 he joined the trenton family, with the project bolero.
he is resident dj at bar la posta, a famous bar in san teodoro, where he is also working with the sun & bass and june music festivals.