BLK DRP PRESENTS: GREGOR TRESHER – MICHAEL KLEIN – ALEX KENNON
In the trend-driven universe of electronic dance music, Gregor Tresher is the rare artist who transcends such cycles. His secret? A relentless focus on melody and timbre, timeless musical elements that other producers often undervalue. Just as a painting or a photograph appears to move if one stares at it long enough, close listening to the stratified grooves and melodies in Tresher’s music reveals an organic universe of shifting sound.
“Melody always allows you to bring something new to the music,” opines the producer. “It is where you can create something real and different, whereas the beat… well, either a record grooves or it doesn’t.” Tresher’s approach to writing music eschews obvious eight-bar earworms that soon grow tiresome in favor of musical lines that repeat and intertwine in myriad patterns, unfolding to reveal their secrets as you listen. In addition, another almost imperceptible element of motion has been integrated into Gregor TresherÂ´s new music via the integration of vintage machines and their tendency to drift ever-so-slightly out of tune. “It adds this human touch to the music, even though it was made with machines.”
Gregor Tresher began his career as a DJ in Frankfurt in the early ’90s; today, he can be found plying that trade at venues around the world, from Berlin to Tokyo, from Sydney to Los Angeles. Following two critically-acclaimed albums credited to his Sniper Mode alias, Tresher broke through as a producer under his real name via his 2005 releases Still and Neon.
His 2008 classic “A Thousand Nights” was the year’s best-selling Techno track on Beatport and introduced Gregor to a larger audience. Besides releasing music on high-profile labels like Drumcode, Ovum, Intacto, Moon Harbour and Cocoon, Gregor launched his own eclectic imprint “Break New Soil” in 2009 on which his studio albums The Life Wire (2009), Lights From The Inside (2011), Nightcolors (2013) and Quiet Distortion (2016) were released. His remix history includes artists like Depeche Mode, Moby, Sven VÃ¤th, Laurent Garnier and Extrawelt amongst many others.
Dark but groovy basslines are what defines the unique sound of Michael Klein.
Born in Frankfurt, the former techno capital of Germany, raised by the sounds of Cocoon and Robert Johnson, Michael quickly found his passion for gradually teasing and heavy grooves.
His releases reflect a wide range of sound from raw straightforward techno to groovy dubby sounds up to experimental and complex journeys through noises. Finding the “right” sound for the “right” moment is what makes Michael’s production quality so multifaceted.
Michael is known for energetic and hypnotising sets that combine strong programming and mixing skills. His powerful manipulative mixing style sets him apart as an artist and a DJ creating something unique for the every moment with the “right” sound that puts the crowd into euphoria and sweat.
Ever since his early years, Alex Kennon has always been interested in music. As a result, he started studying classical guitar at the age of 6 and then thanks to his father, was introduced to the music world through funk, punk rock and electronic rock. Aged 15, Alex started working in local radio, where he began to lay the vase of his own taste in the music field. In the beginning he became closer to house music and deep-tech sounds, and afterwards became influenced by acid and dub styles, and from artists such as Soul Capsule, Point G, Omar S and Mr. G.
Alex soon joined several clubs as a DJ in Italy before visiting Ibiza, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Egg in London, Katerblau in Berlin, Barcelona, Lisbon, and various other European countries. He has also performed in Singapore at the infamous Zouk, whilst appearing at some of Thailand, Russia and Romania’s best clubs including Kristal Glam, Studio Martin and Database.
In 2012 his name began to resonate on the island of Ibiza and he made his debut appearance at one of the Islands most prestigious clubs, Ushuaia. During 2014, Alex joined the opening party of Privilege in front of nine thousand people and formed part of the famous “Insane” party at Pacha, heading by John Digweed.
The following year, Alex joined Kevin Saunderson, Todd Terry and Kenny Dope at Miami Music Week for the annual Pacha party, and also took to Mamaia (Romania) to headline Kudos Beach Festival. Furthermore, 2015 was the year that Alex established himself as a key Ibiza resident, with more than 15 gigs across the whole of the season Insane at Pacha and appearances in most of Europe’s capitals including Berlin, London, Lisbon, Bucharest, Barcelona and Rome.
2016 was arguably Alex’s best year to date, with renowned producer Pirupa including his track ‘Blue Water’ in his BBC Radio 1 Essential mix to start the year, whilst a collaboration on Nick Fanciulli’s Saved Records imprint also followed. In summer, Alex joined Ellum boss Maceo Plex for the debut of his Mosaic party at Pacha Ibiza, becoming a resident across seven dates, before appearances at Spellground Fest, Pacha festival Amsterdam, JEMF and at numerous other events including Nic Fanciulli’s ‘We Are The Night’ Sonar OFF week party. The year was rounded out with his The Last Call EP on NONSTOP reaching #3 on Beatport and gaining international support, most notably from Pete Tong who listed the Karmon remix as his 21st Best Tune of the year, alongside support from the likes of Solomun, Nic Fanciulli and Andhim and more.
2017 looks set to continue in a similar vein, with an appearance at Zouk Singapore alongside KÃ¶lsch and a back-to-back with Visionquest boss and renowned selector Ryan Crosson at BPM Festival kicking off the New Year, whilst a series of dates across Asia, Europe and the America’s are also on the horizon.