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20 YEARS ROBERT JOHNSON

12:00 midnight: ROMAN FLÜGEL (Live At Robert Johnson, Frankfurt)
Style: Electronic music
https://soundcloud.com/roman-fluegel

Described as a non-conformist and likened to a chameleon, Roman Flügel’s approach to music is hard to pin-down. He is a DJ, live performer, producer, remixer and label owner. As a DJ rooted in the broad tradition of house and techno, his sets vary between location, crowd and time. Discussing the contemporary electronic music scene in German without mentioning Flügel’s contribution would be near impossible. In 1993, alongside Jörn Wuttke (with whom Flügel collaborated in many projects, such as Alter Ego and Holy Garage), he established the labels Ongaku, Klang Elektronik and Playhouse, a now legendary imprint that released iconic records by Isolée, Ricardo Villalobos and LoSoul. It essentially set a new cultural marker for European house and techno. As a DJ, Flügel is someone that honours the music, giving each record time to properly breathe. There are no gimmicks in his sets: just a great understanding of music and time, patience and dexterity to blend the tracks into a smooth, free-flowing and inspired narrative.

As a producer, Flügel went under many aliases and orchestrated many successfully collaborations. Recently, he is focusing on his solo productions for Dial, including Fatty Folders (2011) and Happiness Is Happening (2014). His third album, All the Right Noises (2016), further explores his love of music off the dance floor. Since 2016, he has curated his own party series ‘Sister Midnight’ at clubs worldwide.

11:00 pm: ATA (Live At Robert Johnson, Frankfurt)
Style: Electronic music

https://soundcloud.com/live-at-robert-johnson/ata-robert-johnson-x-mas-mix-2016

Ata has amazing experience in nearly all fields related to clubbing: as graphic artist, fashion designer, DJ, label manager and impresario. This man fascinates when spinning records for hours on end, mixing emotion and intention. By the time Frankfurt-based clubs like Music Hall or Plastic heard about him, Ata was already selling vinyl records at the Boy Records store, where he met Heiko M/S/O. With Jörg Henze, he founded the legendary record label Delirium. Ata’s enthusiasm for haute couture translated into his own club-wear label. In 1992-1993, he also co-founded the trinity of the Playhouse, Klang and Ongaku labels with Heiko, Jörn Elling Wuttke and Roman Flügel.

As a DJ, Ata was a mainstay by that time at clubs like Omen, Dorian Gray, XS, Wild Pitch Club and Offenbach. He and Sebastian Kahrs founded the Robert Johnson, one of the most important places for electronic music in the whole of Europe—especially when Ata plays one of his marathon sets—. When not spinning records, he spends much of his time designing T-shirts or cooking in his Club Michel.

10:00 pm: JUAN SOLO (Garage Club, Bilbao)
Style: Electronic music

https://soundcloud.com/juan-solo-1

Juan Etxebarria, aka Juan Solo (Bilbao) took his first steps at the turntable back in 2005 at Caos Club, where he carved a place for himself and became a resident DJ, staying until the club closed down eight years later. In 2009, he joined Garage Club as an artist and promoter. The group has resident DJs in the most iconic clubs in town: Fever, Distrito 9, Conjunto Vacío, Consorcio, and others. Meanwhile, he performed in other clubs, including Sonora in Bilbao, Zentraus in Barcelona, Jimmy Jazz in Vitoria and Oculto in Majorca, sharing the booth with the likes of Kiasmos, Blond:ish and Sid Le Rock. With his pal Iker (Beware of Wolf), he organized 2 Late Nights, a summer party in La Carolina, Plentzia, in 2008 and 2009. He was a resident DJ at Bambu Terraza from 2007 to 2009. His sessions explore a mesmerizing, dark side of house and techno, with robust beats and extended mixes giving rise to delightful, groovy moments. Juan Solo likes all sorts of electronic music, but he is at ease with down tempo, trip hop, disco music and funk too.

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