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Vital Radio 185 – Hour 1: Adam Port

| December 13th, 2012 | No Comments »

Techno’s biggest flaw is its self-referencial tendency. You know the deal, the common contemporary DJ/Producer steals an Underground Resistance-Record from his older brother at the age of 16 (biographical details may vary, not to impair the facts, though), thus presuming to have found the holy grail (what, of course, nobody is claiming to deny).

His world is shrinking down to Detroit, Chicago, New York and Berlin within the following years, he’ll equip himself with records and turntables and not look over the rim of his MKII ever again. Adam Ports biography is different. Adam was Hardcore, when he was 16. No, not Rotterdam-Hardcore. We’re talking New York-, Boston- and Washington D.C.-Hardcore here. It’s a past that he still lives up to, cultivating it in his vegetarian-straight-edge-lifestyle.

After that there was HipHop. He got in touch with turntablism, discovered his love for vinyl and evolved to be a skilled DJ for the first time. Then, finally came Techno. This way of tracing down spaces, giving one the best possible chance of self-development, is the essential reason for Ports presence being so unique. There’s no scene-dictated tunnel view in his activities, there is only a pointed emphasis on style, on groove and sophistication. An emphasis, that, because it’s informed by Dub, Danchall, Rap, Soul or even Psychedelic Rock, is advanced enough to always shine through the inflationary characteristic of the genre as notably original. That applies to both, his productions and his DJ-sets.

What Adam Port is laying his hands on might have its place within the parameters of House and Techno, but it’s always more than that. It’s his style.

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Vital Radio 185 – Hour 2: Rampa

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It’s been quite a ride for Rampa over the last couple of years. When it comes to DJing, he never really cared about the diehard dedication to the four to the floor-aesthetic, one can find among most Technoheads. He preferred to be diehard dedicated to a whole lot more, be it Punkrock, be it HipHop, be it any other suitable outlet for his genuine passion for music.

And when it comes to his status as a contemporary producer, some of those influences will always shine through. Don’t get the wrong idea, most of his works meet all stylistic requirements of the current Techhouse agenda, but still, his attitude and openness will easily define them as outstanding pieces.
From 2009 on, Rampa made a name of himself through Keinemusik, his own little d.i.y.-cosmos, being not only label, but also crew of likeminded Djs, producers and friends. The teamwork within this realm has seen a serious number of premier productions and collaborations, particularly with fellow producer &ME, not to forget the rest of the bunch, Adam Port, David Mayer, Reznik and Monja.

Besides, he’s got some other collaborations under his belt. He produced an album with Nomi of Hercules & Love Affair- and Jessica 6 fame. And he’s got the Rampa & Re.You Thing going on, a joint venture with likeminded producer Re.You, which is not only their live-moniker, but also a prolific pairing in production. They released various remixes plus tracks on Keinemusik, Souvenir, Gigolo and Strictly Rhythm.

So, if he’s not spitting out new material, be it solo or in collabos, Rampa is likely to be found behind some turntables between Berlin and New York, representing his own definition of Techno and House, bridging the gap between deepness and elation. Never taking things too seriously, apart from those serious grooves he’s got in his pockets.

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