A Music Genius – Gaiser

Jon Gaiser is a Detroit native whose sound was shaped by the Plus8 events of the nineties. He has been releasing minimal techno on Minus and Resopal Red since late 2005.

With an instinctive feel for the intricate mechanics of minimalist sound sculpture, his music contains the perfect balance between rhythmical energy and sonic finesse. Growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Gaiser spent most of his teenage weekends succumbing to the gravitational pull of Detroit, hanging out with friends and going to gigs. At that point he was into punk and playing drums in a few different bands but everything changed around the age of 14 when he experienced his first Techno party. Richie Hawtin was at the controls and Jon was completely blown away by the pure energy of the music and the originality of the sounds. From a musical perspective, everything was so new and fresh that he immediately set about figuring out how it was created. He quit the bands and began collecting drum machines, synths and fx units, before finally moving to Detroit after graduating from high school.

For the next few years, if he wasn’t at home patiently programming his machines and perfecting his studio skills, he could be found digging through crates of vinyl at Record Time in Detroit. Plus 8 had an office in the back of the building, so it wasn’t long before he got acquainted with Tim Price, Clark Warner and the rest of the crew and from this chance meeting he has developed into an integral part of the Minus family. It’s not hard to see why. His natural energy and rhythm are clearly responsible for the irresistible drum patterns that drive his productions forward but it’s also the subtleties – the delicate melodies and dramatic changes in atmosphere that give his sound such a distinctive edge. Music has always been in his blood, his early punk rock exploits counter-balanced by the more considered approach needed to learn piano and symphonic percussion and by drawing on these earlier experiences, he has avoided the genre’s more self-referential clichés.

Now living in Berlin, Gaiser made a trip in 2009 back where it all began for him all those years ago, mixing and matching his sounds with the rest of the Minus crew on the first leg of the Contakt global tour in Detroit. With his latest releasek ‘Static Level / Zebra Talk’ he will continue his constant touring across Europe, the US and Japan showcasing his ability to make an immediate connection with the audience, and to soak up the vibe, playing according to their reactions. He’s a musician who lives off his instincts, channeling his moods and emotions directly into his computer, translating new experiences and sensations into sound. There simply is no other way.

‘My “bedroom” has always been a room full of gear that happened to have a bed in the corner.’ – Jon Gaiser


Pan Pot

Pan Pot

A pan-pot is a simple, workday knob, given to side-to-side flip-flopping and not much else. Pan-Pot, on the other hand, are a brilliant multi-dimensional Berlin duo currently twisting house and techno fans into rapturous fits. In just a few short years, Pan-Pot—comprised of Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix—have developed a dominate presence amongst the top tier of electronic dance music, with an ascension paralleling the rise of their native label, mobilee records.



Ali Shirazinia, commonly known by his stage name Dubfire, is an Iranian American house and techno DJ and producer. Prior to his solo career, Dubfire was one-half of the four-time nominated and Grammy Award-winning duo Deep Dish. Dubfire’s style is noticeably different than that of Deep Dish, consisting of techno instead of progressive house.

Shirazinia was born in Iran and moved with his family to the Washington, DC area at a young age.

During his youth he listened to mostly classic Hip-Hopjazz/rare groovedub reggaenew wave and industrial and was also influenced by the local punkscene and the music of Washington DC-based bands including Fugazi and Minor Threat. Shirazinia frequented a local record store called Yesterday And Today Records, where he became acquainted with the sounds of artists like KraftwerkMinistryJesus & Mary ChainDepeche ModeNitzer EbbAdrian Sherwood of On-U Sound and Einstürzende Neubauten.

In 1991, Shirazinia and fellow DC resident Sharam Tayebi formed Deep Dish, a DJ and production duo that became notable for their productions and DJ sets. Deep Dish released acclaimed dance classics beginning with the 1995 remix of De’Lacy ‘Hideaway,’ and went on to work with an eclectic array of names in pop, rock and electronica. Shirazinia and Tayebi established Deep Dish Records, and they went on to win a Grammy in 2002 for their remix of Dido’s “Thank You” along with many other high-profile awards. Following their successes as Deep Dish, both Shirazinia and Tayebi began to produce and DJ individually.

Shirazinia used his long-time stage name “Dubfire” for his solo productions. Shirazinia’s solo sound differs noticeably from that of Deep Dish, consisting ofminimaltechno, and house instead of the predominantly progressive house sound of Deep Dish. His production I Feel Speed, which is a cover of an obscure Love & Rockets song, features his own vocals. The track symbolically and sonically marked a crossroads in Shirazinia’s music career, fusing Deep Dish’s vocal-driven progressive house with darker, edgier sounds. Shirazinia also sings in In Love With a Friend on Deep Dish’s debut album. I Feel Speedhas appeared in the advertisement of the Volkswagen Eos.

In 2007, Shirazinia announced the launch of his new record label, Science + Technology Digital Audio, also known simply as SCI + TEC.[1] He set the label up as an outlet to release his new music and began quietly unleashing a string of remarkable tracks. 2007’s electro-tech track ‘Roadkill’ edged Dubfire ever closer to a techno sensibility, while the stripped-back ‘RibCage’ became the first ever release on Loco Dice’s heralded Desolat label, becoming an instant classic.

Dubfire followed up with an onslaught of dancefloor-igniting releases, landing on some of electronic music’s leading labels. Richie Hawtin, who signed Dubfire’s ‘Emissions’ to his highly respected Minus label, also released Dubfire’s rework of ‘Spastik’ (the classic track that Hawtin produced in 1993 under his Plastikman alias) as an official re-work. Soon thereafter, Sven Vath’s Cocoon Records took notice and released some of Dubfire’s music, cementing his extraordinary reinvention.

With each release, Dubfire’s profile soared higher. Two top 10 tracks in Resident Advisor’s 100 Most Charted Records of 2007, IDJ Magazine’s Player of the Year in 2008, nominations for Beatport’s Best Minimal Artist and Best Techno Artist in 2008 and 2009, covers on countless music magazines, mixes for Mixmag, BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix, and DJ Magazine – the accolades and achievements came thick and fast.

In 2009, Dubfire produced a remix on Danton Eeprom and Radio Slave’s ‘Grindhouse’ which encapsulated everything that Dubfire stands for today: dark rhythms, superior audio, and technological brilliance. It crossed nearly every genre and was the apex of a unique sound that DJ Magazine called “jet-black, polished chrome techno.” Groove and Raveline Magazine named it the Best Remix of the Year.

Dubfire’s recent work has seen him co-produce tracks with celebrated British electronic music act Underworld, release a two-disc compilation with Loco Dice for Cocoon, additional remixes of Plastikman material, and a collaborative project with respected producer Oliver Huntemann. Throughout his remarkable journey, Dubfire’s SCI+TEC label has continued to grow and is now home to a roster of globally based artists.Image

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