Born in Naples on February 7, 1975, Marco Carola has emerged in the last four years as one of the city’s most influential exponents of Techno and electronic music.
Growing up in the Neapolitan sunshine, by the age of 13 he got behind the skins of his first drum kit which he played for several years before ultimately being addicted to buying and playing records. In 1990, when the Italian House scene was enjoying its golden age alongside the madness of Acid House, Carola`s drum kit was rapidly replaced by a two record player set and a mixer whereupon he practised the art of mixing and learned how to dj to House music’s new dancefloor rhythm.
Together with like-minded friends, such as Gaetano Parisio, Davide Squillace, Random Noize, and other Neapolitan clubbers and DJs who were eagerly looking for something new in club music, the transition towards Techno for Carola began in 1993. With the golden age of the Italo-House movement coming to an end Techno offered a complete new vision of possibilities. Creating and experimenting with new and exciting sounds. Around this time Marco Carola also started to think about building a studio in order to express his personal vision of Techno music.
His ability to mix music and his emerging studio talent encouraged many artists to record at his studio. Between his many more House oriented releases at this time he even managed to produce a 12″ for the highly respected MAW (Masters at Work) imprint. Carola soon found the creative limitations of recording for other people`s labels too restrictive for his own creative output and in 1996 he set about producing material for a new, dynamic sound destined to be released on his very own label.
Design Music became the first Italian label focussing purely on Techno music, bursting out of Naples with his own Man Train 12″ as the inaugural release. Quickly garnering support from Techno DJs worldwide, Carola`s sound seemed to immediately slot somewhere between Surgeon`s dynamic syncopation, Lost`s cavernous walls of sound, and Blueprint`s hi-fidelity.
The label now acts as one of the main lifelines for fresh Techno music from Italy and most notably Naples with new up and coming artists like Gaetek and Random Noize releasing under the Design banner. After Design, Carola founded his 1000 imprint in 1998 in order to produce ultra-fresh DJ music which he could test on his ever expanding international gigging schedule. By 1998, his first Australian tour was under way, swiftly followed by tours of North America where his unique 3 deck, mixing style made him one of the most requested Techno DJs at the time. In January 1998 Marco Carola teamed up with Gadgets mastermind and i220 founder Corrado Izzo and established two new labels in the shape of Zenit and Question as part of the ELP (Electronic Label Pool) umbrella for artists and labels.
3 years of development and networking followed. Since early 2001 Marco Carola lives in London (UK) after a two years break in Frankfurt. In October 2001 Marco showed his vision of contemporary electronic music by releasing his second album “Open System” which received rave reviews from music critis around the world. With its mix of different styles – a combination and fusion of slower material, break-oriented electronical beats, melodical lines, experimental arrangements together with organic sounds and pads – he proves that he is one of Techno music`s true prime movers.
Although he’s technically a Canadian, Richie Hawtin will forever be associated with putting his beloved Detroit on the dance music map. Along with fellow Detroit pioneer Carl Craig, Hawtin helped break the second wave of Detroit techno. From north of Detroit in Windsor, Ontario, Hawtin has been a DJ, a producer, a record label owner, and a flag-waver for the underground Detroit scene which is only now getting the respect it deserves in the United States. Hawtin started his career DJing at underground parties in clubs like Detroit’s Shelter. There he met his partner, John Acquaviva, and together they launched the influential Plus 8 Recordings label.
Hawtin created a unique techno sound, which is regarded as synonymous with the city of Detroit. That sound, electro house, is very minimal, yet highly danceable. He is known for his use of the Roland TB-303 bass machine and that sound has become inseparable from quality acid house and electro recordings. These days, Hawtin kicks around with a TR-909 drum machine. Hawtin signed a record deal with Nova Mute in 1993, and is considered a star in Europe, where he has enjoyed success with his project, Plastikman.
In 1994, rumor has it that Hawtin was scheduled to perform at a rave held inside the Brooklyn Bridge. Allegedly, while crossing the border from Canada, guards stopped him, assuming he was attempting to work illegally in the US due to the massive amount of equipment in his car. Supposedly he went home and recorded a set to DAT and shipped it to the promoters. To this day, no one can say for certain whether that headlining slot was live or on tape.
Today, he has gained the respect of a larger US audience. In May 2000, Hawtin performed at the first Detroit Electronic Festival alongside Derrick May, Juan Atkins and other techno masterminds. More than 200,000 people attended from all over the world.