MTC celebrates 10 years of FUCKING TECHNO

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Melbourne, once regarded as “techno city” by a touring Luke Slater in the late nineties, has had a long standing love affair with the futuristic sounds from the motor city. Like all good love affairs there’s been good times and bad, but always more sunshine than rain. So it’s fitting that the year that one of this cities longest running techno crews celebrates 10 years of existence, is also the year that Melbourne has fallen in love with techno all over again.

The Melbourne Techno Collective weren’t around when the love affair began, they aren’t nor have they been the largest or most popular techno crew in Melbourne and they lay no claim to being the this cities most influential. But in 10 years of passion for techno music, passion for discovering and nurturing a uniquely Melbourne sound and passion for celebrating and supporting Melbourne’s own talent with the sort of vigour usually reserved for stars from across the globe. The Melbourne Techno Collective has unquestionably put their footprint on the Melbourne underground.

However small or large that footprint might be is inconsequential, what matters only is that in 2012, the flame that sparked the Melbourne Techno Collective revolution way back in 2002 has rekindled and on Friday October 26th will spark once more.

Join the Melbourne Techno Collective with special guest Steve Rachmad and a cast of Melbourne based DJs and Live acts as they once again prove why Melbourne will forever be “techno city”

Tickets:
Available from http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=59576&skin#buy

Early Bird (100 Only): $20+BF
Second Round: $25+BF
More on the door.

The Local Cast:
Matt Radovich, Sam McEwin, Jay Reading, Haul Music Live, Jani Ho vs Voiteck Live, Linas Live, Chiara Kickdrum Live, Darius Bassiray, Dean Benson vs Mike Buhl, DVS (Tekno Mulisha), Mr Pyz, Louis McCoy (Knee Deep) & PWD (The Public Works Department)

Steve Rachmad: Secret Life of Machines album tour (100% Pure, Music Man // Amsterdam):

http://www.steverachmad.com
http://www.facebook.com/steverachmadofficial

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After more than a quarter of a century involved in electronic music, it’s not an exaggeration to say that Steve Rachmad has been integral to the development of the scene in his native Netherlands. Most often associated with Detroit techno, its warm pads, rousing strings and powerful grooves, Steve is the producer, remixer and DJ who among first championed such sounds in his home country.

Amongst his earliest achievements was releasing the full length Secret Life of Machines back in 1995. A definitive techno album that was very much an instant classic from Rachmad (under his Sterac alias), 2012 sees it getting touched up, slowed down and remixed by the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Joris Voorn and more, ready for release on influential Dutch label, 100% Pure. Alongside that work, a strong line of singles and EPs litter Steve’s discography, often under weird and wonderful aliases.

Forever exploring his own take on techno, electro and deep as well as techier house, releases and collaborations have come on imprints including Soma, Music Man Records, Truesoul, Delsin, Figure SPC and Get Physical. As remixer, too, he is much in demand having re-worked Joel Mull, Nina Kraviz, M.A.N.D.Y. vs Booka Shade, Sam McQueen and many more to devastating effect. What’s more, late in 2011, connoisseur Dutch imprint Rush Hour asked Steve to contribute to their Amsterdam All Stars compilation, with his ‘Boogie Moogie’ track one of the eventual stand-outs.

As a DJ over the years, Steve has constantly evolved, most often spinning heartfelt techno, but also weaving in formative influences like disco and electro. He has played everywhere from Fabric in London to Berghain in Berlin via D-Edge in Brazil as well as at festivals like Awakenings, Creamfields Australia and Time Warp Holland – not bad for someone who started out cutting and pasting on his parents’ reel-to-reel back as a 12 year old.

Most recently, Steve has been installed as resident at leading Amsterdam nightspot, Studio 80, and has also been touring the world to celebrate the re-release of Secret Life of Machines, stopping off in leading venues all over the planet. Still as devoted to his musical love as ever, Steve’s acute production ear and true-school values are what have kept him as relevant as he his, despite so many years in the game.

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