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WE ARE PROUD TO WELCOME DJ HELL / SECRET CINEMA / BUTCH.
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DJ HELL

GERMAN TECHNO ICON HELL IS KNOWN TO BE A MASTER OF GRAND STATEMENTS WHO THIS TIME AROUND HAS CREATED HIS MASTERPIECE CALLED “TEUFELSWERK”, WHICH SOUNDS UNLIKE ANYTHING HE'S PRODUCED IN THE PAST. DRAWING FROM HIS WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE HE PUT ALL HIS KNOWLEDGE INTO THIS ALBUM.

HE IS THE LABEL BOSS OF INTERNATIONAL DEEJAY GIGOLO RECORDS AND HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY OF THE BIG RECORDS TO COME OUT OF THE ELECTROCLASH THAT EMERGED IN BERLIN IN THE MID-NINETIES. HE IS SEEN AS THE MUSICAL INITIATOR OF THE 80'S REVIVAL MOVEMENT LATER KNOWN AS ELECTROCLASH POPULARIZING THE MUSIC FROM HIS HOMETOWN MUNICH FROM THE MID TO LATE 90'S. HELL - ONCE, A LONG TIME AGO, HELMUT GEIER - IS 46 YEARS OLD AND HAS DJED FOR MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE YEARS. IN 1985, HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST IN GERMANY TO DJ HOUSE MUSIC, AND MADE THE FIRST CHICAGO HOUSE TRACKS. ONE OF GIGOLO'S KEY RELEASES IS HELL'S COMPILATION OF EARLY-'80S GERMAN POST-PUNK, NEW DEUTSCH.

IN 1992, HELL'S HAUNTING DEBUT SINGLE, "MY DEFINITION OF HOUSE MUSIC" BECAME A DANCEFLOOR HYMN, SELLING 50,000 COPIES.

AS A PRODUCER, HELL HAS COVERED A LOT OF GROUND. HE'S ONE OF THE PIONEERS OF GERMAN HOUSE AND TECHNO, AND TODAY, AS TEUFELSWERK ATTESTS, HE'S IN THE FINEST FORM OF HIS LIFE.

PERHAPS BECAUSE HE IS SO SUCCESSFUL AND DOES WHATEVER HE PLEASES, CUTTING A GLAMOROUS SWATHE THROUGH ELECTRONIC MUSIC, THE MEDIA TEND TO BE KIND TO HIM. IN THE EARLY DAYS, THEY CALLED HELL "DAS GUTE GEWISSEN DES DEUTSCHEN TECHNO", WHICH MEANS "THE GOOD CONSCIENCE OF GERMAN TECHNO". NO STRANGER TO RECEIVING AWARDS FOR HIS PROWESS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS, IN 2002, HE WAS CROWNED MAN OF THE YEAR BY GQ MAGAZINE.

"I HAVE DONE KOSMISCHE MUSIK IN A NEW WAY," HE SAYS. "THIS IS WHERE I COME FROM, I GREW UP WITH THE EARLY GERMAN ELECTRONIC PIONEERS OF MUSIC, AND THIS IS WHY I WENT IN THIS DIRECTION. OFTEN IT IS CALLED GERMAN ELECTRONIC AVANT-GARDE, OR PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC. I WENT BACK TO THE '70S AND TRIED TO DO IT IN MY OWN WAY."

HELL IS NO STRANGER TO COVERS, HAVING TACKLED BARRY MANILOW'S "COPACABANA," THROBBING GRISTLE'S "HOT ON THE HEEL'S" AND GERMAN NO-WAVE BAND NO MORE'S "SUICIDE COMMANDO" ON MUNICH MACHINE. ALTHOUGH WITH HELL BEING BORN IN 1962, HE WAS TOO YOUNG TO FULLY APPRECIATE THE LIKES OF TANGERINE DREAM AND AMON DUUL IN THEIR MID-'70S PRIME. HE WAS MORE INTO SLADE AND SWEET. "POP AND GLAM-ROCK WAS MORE APPEALING TO ME BECAUSE THESE BANDS LOOKED GREAT AND WERE ALL OVER THE TV." BY THE TIME HELL WAS OLD ENOUGH TO DIG KOSMISCHE MUSIK, PUNK HAD ARRIVED AND HE WAS INTO THE DAMNED, WHO SOUNDED NEW, FRESH AND POWERFUL.

FOR HELL, THEN, TEUFELSWERK ROUNDS UP HIS LIFE'S WORK SO FAR - AND HE HAS ALREADY LED A REMARKABLE LIFE.

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SECRET CINEMA alias Grooveyard

JEROEN 'SECRET CINEMA' VERHEIJ HAS BEEN SURPRISING US LATELY WITH HIS FRESH NEW MATERIAL. TRACKS LIKE KURZWEIL, SHAKE UR TECH-ASS, JAZZ ME (COCOON) AND MORE RECENTLY REAKTIVATE AND ELEVATE (DMOM) HAVE INSPIRED AND UPLIFTED MANY RAVERS, DJ'S AND PRODUCERS. LETS DIG A LITTLE DEEPER INTO THE HISTORY THAT PRECEDED THESE RECENT SUCCESSES.

1990 – 1994
VERHEIJ STARTED PRODUCING AS MENG SYNDICATE IN 1990. HIS FIRST RELEASE 'SONAR SYSTEM' WAS AN INSTANT RAVE CLASSIC. IN 1993 MICHEL DE HEY RECOGNIZED JEROEN'S EXCELLENT PRODUCING SKILLS AND INVITED HIM TO RELEASE HIS MUSIC ON MICHEL'S IMMACULATE MUSIC RECORD LABELS. THE MELODIC ANTHEM 'MENG'S THEME' CAME WITHIN A YEAR OF SIGNING IN 1994.

- SECRET CINEMA
AT THIS POINT ('94) 'SECRET CINEMA' WAS BORN TO VENT JEROEN'S MORE REFINED SIDE AS A PRODUCER. THE FIRST TRACK HE RELEASED UNDER THIS ALIAS WAS HIS SECOND INTERNATIONAL HIT FOR '94, TIMELESS ALTITUDE. IT SOLD OVER 20.000 COPIES WITHIN SIX MONTHS AND PROVED TO BE MORE TIMELESS THAN ANYONE COULD HAVE EXPECTED AT THE TIME.

- GROOVEYARD
AT THIS POINT, VERHEIJ CAME UP WITH YET ANOTHER IDENTITY: GROOVEYARD. IT WAS UNDER THIS GUISE THAT VERHEIJ RELEASED WATCH ME NOW. THIS ENERGETIC TRACK ALSO MADE ITS WAY INTO MUSICAL HISTORY, SOLD TEN THOUSANDS OF COPIES AND WAS LICENSED TO DOZENS OF COMPILATIONS IN '95.

1995 - 1999
BY NOW VERHEIJ HAD BECOME ONE OF HOLLAND'S MOST RESPECTED PRODUCERS AND STARTED PLAYING MAINSTAGE GIGS FOR FESTIVALS LIKE MYSTERYLAND AND DANCE VALLEY. THE FOLLOW-UP GROOVEYARD RELEASE WAS MARY GO WILD WHICH WENT ON TO TOP DUTCH AND BELGIAN CHARTS AND WON JEROEN 'UPDATE' AWARDS FOR BEST DUTCH PRODUCER AND BEST DUTCH SINGLE IN '97. HIS NEXT SECRET CINEMA RELEASE 'MASCULINITY' WAS ALSO REWARDED WITH TWO AWARDS IN '98.

2000 – 2007
2000 SAW THE PRODUCTION OF ANOTHER MASSIVE GROOVEYARD HIT IN COLLABORATION WITH MICHEL DE HEY; 'COMPOUND', WHICH AGAIN SOLD TEN THOUSANDS OF COPIES AND IS STILL A POPULAR TRACK WITH MANY DJ'S. VERHEIJ THEN WENT ON TO REINVENT HIS SECRET CINEMA LIVE SET. A YEAR LATER HIS FIRST FULL ALBUM 'WHITE MEN CAN'T FUNK' WAS RELEASED. A STRING OF TECHNO CLASSICS LIKE VOLT, SACCADES AND ANOTHER SWEATER FOLLOWED AND THE ALBUMS 'REVENGE OF A NERD' AND 'SKUNK & ESPRESSO' WERE RELEASED. THE TECHNO SCENE WAS BOOMING AT THE TIME AND SECRET CINEMA HEADLINED MANY FESTIVALS AROUND THE GLOBE INCLUDING MOST MAJOR DUTCH FESTIVALS AND EVENTS. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS WAS THE CLOSING SET AT THE MAIN STAGE OF AWAKENINGS FESTIVAL. A SPOT THAT ONLY SECRET CINEMA, RICHIE HAWTIN, ADAM BEYER AND DAVE CLARKE HAVE FILLED.

2008 – 2010
IN 2008 VERHEIJ STARTED BROADENING HIS HORIZONS AS A BUSINESSMAN BY PROMOTING HIS OWN EVENTS (SECRET CINEMA INVITES). A YEAR LATER HE ESTABLISHED HIS OWN AGENCY (INHOUSE BOOKINGS). AND FINALLY, HIS OWN RECORD LABEL (GEM RECORDS).

IN 2009, AFTER 16 YEARS OF RELEASING ON MICHEL DE HEY'S IMPRINTS, VERHEIJ STARTED TO SHOP AROUND FOR NEW LABELS THAT COULD ACCOMMODATE MORE GROWTH FOR THE SECRET CINEMA BRAND. COCOON RECORDINGS PICKED UP 'KURZWEIL' AND SPAWNED ONE OF SECRET CINEMA'S BIGGEST HITS SINCE THE TURN OF THE MILLENNIUM WHICH WAS SOON FOLLOWED UP BY THE EVEN BIGGER JAZZ ME EP FROM WHICH SHAKE UR TECH-ASS PRESIDED AT THE POLE POSITION OF THE BEATPORT TECHNO CHARTS FOR WEEKS.

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BUTCH aka Bülent Gürler

Momentarily he holds the Number 1 Position on the "Most Charter Artists" Chart List on Resident Advisor, to include a Top 10 position for over a year now. With the release of his debut album entitled "Papillon" in 2008, the producer who originates from Mainz, saw this album as a possibility to present his love and rich amount of ideas for all spectra of dance music from pumping peak-time Technovia smoothTech-Houseto minimalist deep sound experiments. Critically acclaimed, loved by DJs it exceeded all expectations by presenting us with a timeless club-classic for your home. His releases such as "Mushroom Man" (AFU-Limited), "Earth" (Trapez) or "Amelie" (Great Stuff) can be found in the playlists of prominent names such as Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Villalobos, Lucianoand many others. Already his second release "On the Line" was so successful it got him two nominations in the categories "Best Techno" and "Best Remix Techno" for the Beatport Music Awards2007. At present, he ecstasizes the crowds on a regular basis with his intriguing sounds and impressive DJ skills at legendary clubs, such as Rex (Paris), Fabric (London), Cocoon (Frankfurt),Cocorico (Riccione), Flex (Vienna),or La Terrazza (Barcelona). Since 2007 he was listed Number 1 on Decks.de 8 Times

Butch - On the Line (2007)
Butch - Amelie (2008)
Butch & Julie Marghilano - Last Tango (2008)
Butch - Mushroom Man (2008)
Butch - Dark Fader (2009)
Butch & Virginia - From Above: (2009)
Butch - Super Fluff Disco Stuff EP (Joy, Disco Shhh, Pump Pump) (2009)
Butch - No Worries (2010)
Labels under which he already has releases:
Cecillé, 8bit, Area Remote, Trapez, bouq.

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