Moritz von Oswald This legendary master of electronic experimentalism and technical exactitude who has an unassailable place in the modern history of forward-thinking music, switched to electronic music in the late '80s. It was the right choice; in the early '90s he co-founded the record label Basic Channel - a label that pioneered the dub techno sound. His name is also always on the headliners of those nice events, like Tresor, Berghain, Tresor 25 years and Atonal Festival in Kraftwerk Berlin, Movement Festival in Detroit, Dimensions and many festivals, many collaborations in theaters and art galleries.
Say Yes did his China Debut last year only in Shanghai, it was a one last minute show, but many fans still flew over from other cities in China for him. This time, Say Yes is very glad to work out a tour with those venues in Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei and Hangzhou. The first stop is happening at Shelter Shanghai, special guest Russian musician from Love Cult will join and present a live set as Myka, the new project with Chinese musician Arrebato (Li Huihui), old friend Jackie and resident Mircohate will join as well.
To follow his career is to take a guided tour through some of the most important developments, places and people in the history of electronic music. Trained as a classical percussionist, von Oswald joined avant-garde new wave band Palais Schaumburg in the early 80s. His growing interest in the possibilities of electronic music culminated in a landmark collaboration with Thomas Fehlmann in 2MB (and 3MB). By the early 90s he had gone on to found Basic Channel (with Mark Ernestus) whose releases would go on to define and epitomize European minimal techno.
As a central figure in the Berlin techno scene which coalesced around the Tresor club and label, von Oswald helped initiate and develop the famous Berlin-Detroit access, collaborating with pathbreaking artists in the burgeoning Techno scene across the Atlantic such as Juan Atkins, Robert Hood, Jeff Mills and many others. One of many collaborations of von Oswald with musicians from Detroit since the early 90s, his famous cooperation with Juan Atkins, Borderland, already got 4 releases on Tresor.
As half of both Maurizio and Rhythm & Sound (again with Mark Ernestus) he transformed this new sound in respectively minimal and dub-inflected directions, originating traditions in electronic music that continue to this day. Von Oswald’s influence on the fledgling music scene in Berlin also had a more concrete dimension flowing from his tireless work as a mastering and cutting engineer at the legendary Dubplates & Mastering studio.
Since the new millenium, von Oswald has branched out into more experimental and improvisational contexts: a landmark release for Deutsche Grammophon which commissioned him and Carl Craig combine to recompose music from Ravel and Mussorgsky, a critically acclaimed collaboration with Norwegian jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer for Universal Music as well as continued recorded and live work as The Moritz von Oswald Trio which has seen him ‘conduct’ music peers Max Loderbauer, Sasu Rippatti (Vladislav Delay) and, most recently, legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. Von Oswald’s later work builds on his illustrious output from the 90s - which has now entered the canon of truly original and influential electronic music - and expand it through novel projects, collaborations and performances.
Myka is a solo project of Ivan Zoloto, a Russian artist who runs a respected label Full of Nothing and plays in Love Cult. Ivan has made a name for himself as a lover of "New Dramatic Music", a mix of contemporary electronics, drone, techno, bass, noise and dub influences.
Having played all over the world with Love Cult (Germany, UK, Spain, Norway, Turkey etc.), Ivan has done only one live show with Myka so far – opening for The KVB in Shanghai's QSW. That is if you don't count his fiery DJ-sets in Shanghai and Beijing with Asian Dope Boys the past month. Myka is currently recording his debut solo EP (inspired by love & vomiting) with a Chinese musician Arrebato (Li Huihui).
Jackie is a next generation DJ who's musical roots are strongly influenced by traditional Techno and at the same time making a move to a new sound and mixing. Influenced by the classical Detroit sound, he takes on the spirits and aesthetics of Underground Resistance, Tresor, and Basic Channel. As an individual feedback to the omnipresent alike digital timbres and sounds all over, he tends to return to the nature of the origin, to put his audience on a musical journey of rough texture but rich in groove and energy. Jackie is an adventurous DJ who's improvising mixtures of different elements, like sounds from old analog drum machines, some African beats, or industrial bangs are a very personal statement in opposition to DJ sets of no character and spirit.
Microhate, ex editorial director of DJ Mag Chinese version, journalist about Electronica music, Evan aka Microhate turns into a DJ now from an veteran clubber. His DJ style is varied as his music taste, including old school and modern House/Techno, and UKG/Bass music. To bring non-stop energy to the dance floor, and searching for avant-garde factor in groove is always his ultimate motivation of being a DJ, he's the old member of SWIM, the local label in Beijing, recently newly joined Say Yes.