Pitch Music & Arts 2018

Pitch Music & Arts 2018 will feature some of the planet’s most sought-after acts including Sven Vath, Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettmann, The Black Madonna and more…

Building on its now echoing precedent, Pitch Music & Arts 2018 will possibly feature the most credible collection of contemporary dance acts to ever perform in Australia at one event.

Following the recent announcements that Pitch Music & Arts will host techno legend Len Faki, The Black Madonna (Mixmag’s 2016’s DJ of the year), the Australian debut live perfomance of Irish house duo Bicep, and USA’s fastest rising techno star Avalon Emerson, come the full international lineup (plus a handful of local artists)…

With over 30 international guests, the lineup is an absolute treat for any discerning electronic music lover, and includes massive names like live electronic duo Booka Shade; Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann; German House pioneer Motor City Drum Ensemble; electronic jazz auteur Floating Points; post-dubstep duo Mount Kimbie; Dekmantelhouse favourite Tom Trago; the return of Diynamic mainstay HOSH;Visionquest main man Seth Troxler, plus many more!

Full lineup below:

Maceo Plex (USA)

When you talk about the most popular, yet credible, DJs in the world,Maceo Plex will feature in that conversation every time. After all, he came in hot at #4 on Resident Advisor’s 2016 Top 100 DJ poll, and his Berlin Boiler Room set is in the top 5 most watched Boiler Rooms sets ever. His productions feature a thick techno aesthetic which is accessible yet challenging at the same time, but when he is not slamming dancefloors, he can also show a more euphoric side with tracks that has climbed up the DJ charts. Indeed, the American has been responsible for some of the globe biggest dancefloor bombs. Once he arrives it would have been 5 long years since Maceo last touched foot in Australia. A Pitch Music & Arts festival Victorian exclusive. Soundcloud
Sven Väth (GER)
Sven Väth is quite simply unique. A legend in his own lifetime with a commitment and passion that has influenced the advance and evolution of electronic music: Clubs, record labels and careers have been launched by the hand of Väth. He is a risk-taking visionary, an instigator, an innovator and very possibly invincible. He is still highly active in 2017 which means an astonishing 35 years as a Dj – and an equally astonishing 17th season for his Cocoon branded event in Ibiza. It’s been 3 years since the techno don performed in Australia, and Pitch Music & Arts will have the Victorian exclusive to host the legend. Utterly professional, and utterly unpredictable, there is no one else like him. Not even close… Soundcloud
Booka Shade (GER)(Live)

Booka Shade’s music absorbs influences from all genres: classical, rock, jazz, film score, which has arguably contributed to their wide appeal. Their impressive contribution to electronic music across so many genres since 2004’s ‘Memento’ has seen them become dance music pioneers. 20 years, dozens of EPs and 6 albums later, Booka Shade have become more than a household name, synonymous with the spirit which drives electronic music and setting a precedent to which electronic music is still judged by today. They continue to pioneer and redefine the boundaries of music in their Berlin studio whilst touring their live production internationally. Soundcloud
The Black Madonna (USA)
In December of 2012, North America’s oldest independent venue, Smart Bar announced the The Black Madonna as their resident, along withDerrick Carter and Frankie Knuckles. Within a year, she became the club’s first ever Creative Director in its three decade history, bringing a decidedly anti-establishment philosophy to her curatorial style. Her retooled residency program reflects a distinct set of values, adding Honey Soundsystem, DVS1, Regis, Honey Dijon and transgressive events such as Men’s Room to an already diverse offering.

It’s easy to see why the American was selected as Mixmag’s 2016 DJ of the Year: She is a sublime technician behind the decks, and her fluent and dynamic vinyl sets can span from disco to techno. And then of course, there’s her inimitable and infectious ability to connect with any dance floor, which along with her technical skills, has cemented her as a beloved regular and crowd favourite across the globe. Soundcloud

Marcel Dettmann (GER)

DJ and producer Marcel Dettmann is recognised as one of the most influential proponents of contemporary techno. Widely associated with iconic trademarks including Berlin, Berghain and Hard Wax, Dettmann stays true to his roots by consistently innovating his interpretation of electronic music, integrating art with the scene. As a passionate DJ and one of the faces of Berghain, Dettmann seeks to inspire his listeners with sounds both reduced and rough, balanced by emotional and surprising moments throughout his sets. Between pure techno, banging Chicago, tracks old and new of the past twenty-five years, Marcel Dettmann communicates his message with an apparent effortlessness. Soundcloud
Bicep (IRE)(Live)

Touring the world over; curating and selling out a long list of Feel My Bicep parties (including Manchester’s Warehouse Project and a 12­ week residency at London’s XOYO); a #8 ranking in Resident Advisor’s “Top 100 DJs” 2016 poll: Bicep is easily one of the scene’s biggest acts, their popularity accentuated by a steady stream of high quality productions which includes ‘Just’, and their 2016 remix of Isaac Tichauer’s ‘Higher Level’. In 2016 they launched and tested a roof­ raising live show they built themselves, a highly acclaimed visual extravaganza which they have rolled out at festivals like Coachella, Glastonbury, Primavera Sound, Melt, Dekmantel, Lovebox andParklife. Now Pitch Music & Arts is next in line – expect Bicep to be one of the highlights of the weekend. Soundcloud
Motor City Drum Ensemble
(GER)

Simultaneously retro and futuristic, German House pioneer Danilo Plessow, ‘MCDE’, is a reference to his home-town as to his first love in music, the soul, jazz and techno sounds of Detroit. As Danilo stays true to his underground roots with a variety of projects, he has managed to be published on no less than 25 labels. Today MCDE is renowned for his eclectic taste in music and his technical wizardry in producing, both of which have made him a globally profiled DJ and producer, who has been re-defining house music over the last years. Soundcloud
Avalon Emerson (USA)

Avalon Emerson is from the desert. While she currently lives in Berlin, the music she produces comes from the dreamlike expanse and abstract textures of the Sonoran landscapes of Arizona. In her DJ sets and productions she offers a timeless narrative that reflects a passion for the sound design of new wave, the futurism of techno, the soul of American house and the exuberance of rave. Though she’s built up steam in 2015 from multiple sets at Panorama Bar, and globetrotting all around Europe and North America, she’s just getting started, and continues to outdo herself with original productions released on labels like Shtum, Spring Theory, Icee Hot, and her own DJ tool edit pool, theCybernedits series. Soundcloud
Mano Le Tough (IRE)
Mano Le Tough is a globally renowned electronic music producer and DJ. A native Irishman, former resident of Berlin and currently living in Zürich, the international in spirit Mano has become a unique and important voice in today’s vibrant electronic music landscape. He runs the record label Maeve alongside The Drifter and Baikal which was set up in 2012 and has quickly gathered a loyal fan base. Mano strongly believes in DJing as an art form. His eclecticism, versatility and commitment to challenging himself as a selector have seen him become a regular at clubs like Berghain / Panorama BarTrouw (r.i.p.), Robert JohnsonWarung and Output BrooklynSoundcloud
Kim Ann Foxman (USA)

Unfazed by trends and deeply rooted in the music, Foxman builds on the nostalgic records of her youth to create her own dynamic sound. A rare specimen who is equally likely to be found playing to intimate audiences as to huge festival crowds, her record selection is distinctive from that of her peers. She holds a highly regarded residency at Good Room in her home of Brooklyn, New York and is a regular at Panorama Bar in Berlin, all places where she is able to explore different sounds whilst still captivating the dancefloor. Soundcloud
Seth Troxler (USA)
Seth Troxler is an event. His lust for life shines through in every set he plays, always giving 200% wherever he performs. The Detroit-native has done it all, from being Resident Advisor’s number one polling DJ to co-founding a highly successful label (Visionquest Records). His personality is as colourful off the stage as it is on the stage, and he truly is one of a handful of working DJs who can claim the title of ‘Rockstar’. His set at Pitch can definitely be put in the ‘Unmissable’ category. 
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Kate Miller (AUS)

A dedicated DJ, Kate Miller has been extremely prolific since living in the German capital, as well as being active in the socially aware side of the scene by playing for various Refugees Welcome and Female Pressure events. Kate Miller’s style is constantly developing and takes influence both from her time spent in Berlin and back home in Melbourne. Her sets are varied and ever evolving, going from the most recent releases to classic old school gems, merging the funky and the dreamy, the uplifting and the dark. One thing is certain though: Kate always gets the people dancing. Soundcloud
Floating Points (Live)(ENG)

Dance music trailblazer Sam Shepherd – otherwise known as Floating Points – is renowned for his ambitious, forward-thinking DJ sets around the world. For the past ten years, all roads have slowly been leading to his debut album Elaenia: with influences deep in his formative years, the album draws upon classical, jazz, electronic music, soul and even Brazilian popular music. At times delicate and intense, with moments of utter stillness, it provides the bridge between his rapturous dance music and his classical roots. Performing solo, don’t miss what promises to be a remarkable live performance from one of electronic music’s most perceptive artists. Soundcloud
Heidi (CAN)
Heidi has worked hard over the past decade to make her mark on the new house and techno music generation. You only have to visit her worldwide brand of Jackathon parties or listen to her BBC Radio 1show to experience her passion for music and fiery nature. Heidi lives and breathes the touring lifestyle, whether it’s 25,000 person crowds in Latin-America or festivals such as ExitGlobal Gathering or Movementshe keeps her finger well and truly on the pulse. Soundcloud
Ben UFO (ENG)

Over the past five years, Ben UFO along with his label Hessle Audiohas acquired a deserved reputation as one of contemporary dance music’s most daring and wide-ranging selectors, with his keen ear and razor-sharp technical abilities enabling him to cut between eras, lineages and mixing styles with dazzling ease and fluidity. Having cut his teeth in early dubstep and drum ’n’ bass, his roots lie in UK rave culture – yet his selections cast the net wider, drawing new mutations of this culture into the orbit of house, techno and other global dancefloor sounds. A regular to the annual Resident Advisor Top 100 DJ poll, Ben is considered the DJ’s DJ. Soundcloud
Sonja Moonear (SUI)

This artist from Geneva evades easy categorisation however: her sets reflect an enormous wealth of ideas and creativity and lead her to perpetually redefine her style. Her musical background, eclectic tastes and enviable record collection have made Miss Moonear a much sought-after DJ. In the last couple of years she’s been releasing her own tracks and remixes on renowned international labels such as Karat and Perlon. She runs the label Ruta5 and organises various events in Switzerland as well as the ever growing Kiss Me festival. On top of that, she is a sound designer for the Swiss-French TV. Sonja Moonear is easily one of the most in-demand acts currently on the techno scene. Soundcloud
Marvin & Guy (ITA)

Marvin & Guy is a project created by Italian-based DJs and producersAlessandro Parlatore and Marcello Giordani. Originally producing exquisite disco edits through Japan’s Mule Musiq family, the duo eventually morphed their sound into a loose aesthetic all based around organic sounding techno and house. This move has seen them gain support from DJs who like their dance music served raw, emotive and song-like, including John Talabot who signed them to his Hivern Discsimprint. We cannot be more pleased to host the Australian debut performance of Marvin & GuySoundcloud
Mountie Kimbie
(Live)(ENG)

Arguably responsible for inspiring the term “post-dubstep,” English duoMount Kimbie has been producing their own brand of electronic music for nearly a decade. In 2010 the band released their critically acclaimed debut album, Crooks & Lovers, which were included in over thirty Best Albums of 2010 lists. Their latest album, Love What Survives is set to follow the same trend, even recently being featured as Triple R’s Feature Album of the Week. Don’t miss out, this will be a highly anticipated live performance. Soundcloud
Octo Octa
(Live)(USA)

House DJ and producer Octo Octa first made a name for herself appearing in the early 2010’s on the 100% Silk label. Her releases, including 2013’s Between Two Selves and this year’s Where Are We Going are deeply personal, exploring her queerness and coming to terms with her identity. This sense of narrative makes her excellent brand of deep house strike even deeper. Expressive and engaging, Octo Octa’s music is also rich and dazzling. And 2017 has really cemented her profile as one of the most exciting artist working today. Soundcloud
Or:la (UK)
Or:la‘s growing success as a dynamic producer and genre spanning selector has seen her gain respect from some of the most revered figures in the industry. Aside from DJ’ing and impressive production skills, Or:la is recognised for forming the forward thinking and highly successful ‘Meine Nacht‘ club night, which was recently crowned byMixmag as ‘one of the top three events worldwide’. With a debut EP out on Hotflush, plus the launching of her own label Deep Sea Frequency, it’s clear that 2017 is only the start of things to come for Or:la
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Rodriguez Jr.
(Live)(FR)

Olivier Mateu’s wide-ranging inspirations and interests found their ultimate outlet as his alias took form into Rodriguez Jr., positioning him as mobilee’s new master of eclecticism. Rodriguez Jr. reveals a different incarnation of Mateu’s musical psyche, one that strides ahead, guided only by his kaleidoscopic vision; moving through shimmering, contemplative electronica, to deep and urgent techno, leftfield melodic accents and quirky pop refrains. Drawing inspiration from artists as diverse as Stockhausen, LFO, Carl Craig, Eric Satie, Kraftwerk, andMichael Polnareff, Rodriguez Jr.’s spirit of adventure translates as soaring creativity, and music that cannot be pigeonholed. Soundcloud
Tom Trago (NL)
Tom Trago’s relationship with music has always been particularly intense. “I couldn’t imagine life without music,” he says. “I feel this physical need to make music every day. It’s like my body needs it as much as it needs food, water or sunshine.” Trago’s immersion in music is almost total. An internationally renowned DJ, producer, live performer and label owner with three successful albums to his name, the Dutchman divides his time between all-day studio sessions, DJ gigs and live shows all over the world. You sometimes wonder how he finds time to sleep. Soundcloud
Tornado Wallace (AUS)

First blowing a gale as a forerunner of the new wave of Melbourne dance producers, Tornado Wallace’s distinct and perceptive electronics now find him in a constant rotation across both hemispheres. Spending most of the year based in Berlin, 2016 saw the release of a Tornado Wallace‘s long overdue and eagerly awaited album Lonely Planet (onGerd Janson’s highly respectable Running Back imprint), a release which won him plaudits around the world. With other releases on Beats In Space and ESP Institute, the Australian has cemented himself as a musical auteur for this generation. Soundcloud
Len Faki (GER)

Berlin based DJ, producer and label owner Len Faki is one of the most outstanding and in-demand artists in techno’s present age. In 2003 he founded his own label Figure as a new platform to play out his eclectic and open-minded vision of techno music. At first an outlet for his own productions, Figure developed into a well recognized, highly acclaimed label. Since then Len Faki’s bone-dry but communicative execution style sets him apart as a true gentleman behind the turntables, an artist whose sets are based on raw passion and beauty, as well as triggering eruptions on the dance floor. Soundcloud
Kornél Kovács (SWE)

Kornél is a DJ and producer born in Budapest and based in Stockholm, Sweden. It all started in 2008 with a stint at Red Bull Music Academy which was followed by the formation of Studio Barnhus with his best friends Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist. Fast forward to now and the label is a factory line of unique productions, to date charting over 50 releases. In 2016 he released his first long player “The Bells” to widespread acclaim, cementing his reputation as one of the most unique and singular house artists on the planet. Soundcloud
KLLO (AUS)

The musical collaboration of Melbourne cousins Simon Lam and Chloe Kaul generated considerable buzz worldwide with the release of their debut EP Cusp (2014), a pertinent name for an act with such promise. Their 2016 single ‘Bolide’, was added to rotation on Triple J and received numerous plays on BBC Radio 1. KLLO’s music was quickly praised by critics and peers, getting charted as Hypemachine’s #2 ‘Most Blogged Artist’ and named as one of Spotify and Elle Magazine’s ‘Artists to watch in 2015’. Soundcloud
HVOB
(Live)(AT)

HVOB are Anna Müller and Paul Wallner. The duo has established themselves on the international electronic music scene not just with their releases, but more significantly as a live act as well. HVOB perform live on stage and always with a drummer. HVOB‘s albumTrialog was released in spring last year and continues to attract unwavering international interest. This prompted an invitation to perform a Boiler Room set in Vienna, and their album were touted by American Thump magazine as a contender for an “Album of the Year” award. Soundcloud
HOSH (GER)

Since 2006, HOSH has been an integral cog in the Diynamic wheel (alongside label boss Solomun and frequent collaborator Stimming) and, as a result, has helped steer house music into uncharted waters. His productions and remixes have a recognisable deftness and engaging restraint. The prolonged dance floor exposure HOSH has had as a DJ has afforded him an insight into exactly what works on the floor. Not worried about whatever anyone else is doing, he has instead focused on what makes him unique, and that is to be equal part DJ and producer. Soundcloud
GL (Live)(AUS)

GL are Melbourne duo Ella Thompson and Graeme Pogson, who together create a thrilling contemporary spin on classic disco, funk, boogie, soul and electronic pop. Today, they return with “Destiny”, the first half of their forthcoming double-A-sided single Destiny/Reflect soon to be available on 12″ – the first 100% independent release for the duo. Locking themselves away in the studio after a very busy summer at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Splore Festival (NZ), Paradise Music Festival + The Plot, GL will make their Pitch debut in 2018. Soundcloud
Cinthie (GER)

Cinthie is a Berlin based DJ and producer, and the creative mind behind the Beste Modus and Unison Wax record labels. Her career began as a teenager spinning records at clubs in the 1990s, before going on to sign with Low Spirit Recordings at the turn of the century and finding herself in demand at parties everywhere. These days Cinthie is a resident at [IPSE] and Humboldthain Club, where her vinyl-only DJ sets and intuitive ability to weave deep-yet-bassy mixes have seen her become a figurehead amongst the next generation of German House music virtuosos. Soundcloud
DJ Tennis (ITA)

Founder and A&R of Life and DeathManfredi Romano grew up tour-managing punk bands and organising left-field music events in Italy around the turn of the millennium. Manfredi then went on to form DAZE, Italy’s first booking agency solely devoted to electronic music. Drawing on two decades of experience behind the scenes, Romano shifted focus in 2010, establishing himself as a DJ in his own right and building upon his vinyl record collection – which now numbers over eleven-thousand strong. Soundcloud
Pitch Music & Arts 2018
Friday 10th March – Monday 13th March
Location
Mafeking, Victoria
Tickets
Pre-sale access from 10th October
General Release from 12th October
www.pitchfestival.com.au

Lineup
ALTA (Live) (AUS)
Avalon Emerson (USA)
Ben UFO (ENG)
Bicep (Live) (IRE)
The Black Madonna (USA)
Booka Shade (Live) (GER)
Call Super (ENG)
CC:DISCO! (AUS)
Cinthie (GER)
DJ EZ (ENG)
DJ Tennis (ITA)
Eelke Kleijn (NL)
Fantastic Man (AUS)
Floating Points (Live) (ENG)
Fortunes. (Live) (AUS)
Function (USA)
Giorgio Gigli (ITA)
GL (Live) (AUS)
HOSH (GER)
Haiku Hands (Live) (AUS)
Heidi (CAN)
HVOB (Live) (AT)
Kate Miller (AUS)
Kim Ann Foxman (USA)
Kllo (Live) (AUS)
Kornél Kovács (SWE)
Len Faki (GER)
Maceo Plex (USA)
Mano Le Tough (IRE)
Marcel Dettmann (GER)
Marvin & Guy (ITA)
Mike Callander (AUS)
Moodymann (USA)
Motor City Drum Ensemble (GER)
Mount Kimbie (Live) (ENG)
Nite Fleit (AUS)
Octo Octa (Live) (USA)
Or:La (UK)
Rodriguez Jr. (Live) (FR)
Seth Troxler (USA)
Sonja Moonear (SUI)
Sven Väth (GER)
Tom Trago (NL)
Tornado Wallace (AUS)
Wax’o Dystopio (AUS)
Willaris. K (Live)(AUS)

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