Felix's name is synonymous with techno made in Germany. His mix style is surgically precise, energizing the music into what seems like perpetual motion. DJ3000 is from Detroit and runs Motech Records. Tonight we have both of them of the show.
If you ask most producers and DJ's about their musical upbringing, most, if not all, will point to the influence of their parents and their relatives. DJ 3000 is no different. Born and raised in the Detroit enclave of Hamtramck, DJ 3000 was inundated with both the sights and sounds of his neighborhood, a highly ethnic area of Detroit, as well as with the influence of the music of his parent's native Albanian background. This diverse collection of influence shaped the make-up of both DJ 3000 and the vision of the Motech Records label.
Founded in 2001, Motech Records takes the vision and influence provided to him by Detroit and his parent's immigration from Yugoslavia, DJ 3000 has become known for creating a new hybrid breed of Techno/Electro/Funk interspersed with the soul of Albanian and Middle Eastern rhythms.
Through his own releases, and through collaborations and contributions from some of the best up-and-coming producers across the globe, Motech Records has forged its own unique identity. Some projects, both present and upcoming, of note for DJ 3000 and Motech have included "Migration" – Franki's first full length album on Submerge Recordings, "Blood & Honey" his follow up full length release. "Broken Research" is Motech's first compilation effort, acting as a showcase for the global spectrum of producers involved in the label's success. DJ 3000 has collaborated with such artists as Gary Martin, Gerald Mitchell, and Ursula Rucker as well as being part of numerous remix projects for artists across the globe, most notably remixing "People are People" for electronic music pioneers Depeche Mode.
Motech Records, through its music, as well as through its mission of providing a voice for the under-represented and over looked, will continue to expose the world to the sounds and beliefs of the working class producer and DJ.
What makes his sound outstanding is that it moves the masses without overwhelming them, drawing its strength from the lightest of touches.
The effortlessness with which Felix Kröcher masters his craft has made him a leading figure for a new generation of DJs. Felix grew up to the sound of Frankfurt, the city he was born in 1983. Whilst other kids were more interested in bikes or computers, Felix acquired his first decks at the age of 10 and played his first gigs in public at 16. Having finished his school career, he began a traineeship at the Sunshine Live Youth Radio station.
With his growing network his ideas and horizons also broadened. Until this day Felix Kröcher can count 61 releases to his name, including artist albums and EPs, remixes and a DVD - “The Live Collection”. It comes as no surprise that Felix Kröcher has firmly established himself as one of the top DJs on the European festival circuit.
The electronic music scene is home to a new generation of young DJs who have not only picked up the torch from the old guard but have their own fresh way of doing things. Felix Kröcher is one of them.
Recorded: 3rd December 2007