Stephan Panev has always been involved in a wide variety of music projects while never shying away of experimenting with different genres of music, event concepts & notably with a large number of people coming from different areas of the music world. One of the best examples for that is his complete involvement in the Elegantly Wasted – a local collective of artists & dance specialists responsible for the notorious Studio EW. The best way to describe the rest is to hear it in his own words:
I’ve been following the steady rise of Studio EW for quite some time now thank’s to Garo’s residence at the spot. I’ve always made sure to catch him when he is playing here in Sofia and that was the reason behind why I have been visiting a lot.
Two years ago due to a mutual need we began working together. I’ve spent that time trying to improve all aspects I can help with while listening to the music the rest of the crew likes & support. Now two years later the time has come for my first guest artist.
The first time I heard Derek Plaslaiko was in 1999. Ever since he has become a synonym for DJ – someone always capable to play the right sound needed for the party to become a proper dance off.
Get ready for the event – a quick 8 hours long dance program available here:
Dark times ahead. Amek Collective will lead us into the future with a very potent group of five acts on 8th of September. The night will begin at 21:00 – early enough to encapsulate the demanding sound of Sim Hutchins, Cyberian, Evitceles, LATE & Nelegat.
Sim Hutchins comes from Essex and is expected to bring his own brand of weird techno or EDM as his SoundCloud hashtags tell us. Followed by one of the local leaders of sound – Cyberian, who has recently released a thought provoking LP on Amek Collective. Then – Evitceles – someone who can be considered as a newcomer with a habit of quick running forward & further. LATE will enrich the night with his broken & bit-crushed beats which act as the backbone of the layers that can be heard in his body of work.
There is a well documented fact about KOMPONENTI – if some of your music ends up on our label there’s a high chance of you being the one responsible to close the event as is the case with Nelegat – a dedicated student of sound & trusty merchant of noise.
You have been warned & don’t forget to hydrate & follow the noise:
We are finally bringing back the KOMPONENTI Podcast. The second installment comes from Snezhana (aka beatbucket). It is safe to say that she is one of the names on our local scene that never seems to slow down & develop her sound. Almost ten years behind the decks she is slowly finding her way back to Techno and this made it the right time to invite her for the mix.
“Limerence” means to have a romantic attraction to a person or object so strong that it leads to obsessive thoughts & desire to form a relationship – basically what we felt after hearing the whole record.
A rather personal 65 minutes long walk through sound that capsulates the artist state of mind. With the exception of a few tracks most of the work on the album is done in two months – a combination of field recordings & modular synthesis.
I just try to create spontaneous and ecstatic musical compositions utilizing field recorders, modular synthesizer and old-school software instruments. Most times I would aim for a particular vibe in a project and sometimes i would just make a patch on the synthesizer put a lot of random modulation and let the machine surprise me. Even if I’m doing something with a beat I will start with the music first, when the chords are right I’ll put the beat on.
Albums are meant to be heard in full – get Limerence both digital & on tape at the Amek Collective bandcamp store. Here’s one of our favourites on the record:
We are celebrating five years of noise with a selection of five audio emissions. Our main goal has always been to reach the DJs out there that will form the future of sound. In order to achieve that we challenge our artists to push themselves out of the box & to collaborate with each other.
Stephan Panev has a frequent habit to make quick reworks of tracks that we know & sometimes love. Hence why we are launching our Download section with the first Illegal Mood Swinger (a selection of edits that tend to reverse the mood of the original).
While the original by Christian Smith & John Selway never really seems to actually departure – here we get a relentless arrival in hell instead.
Quite some time has passed since the last Afterparty Agenda but that shouldn’t bother you while enjoying the moodiest one so far. While Stephan Panev is better known as a peak time Techno artist – the Afterparty Agenda collectionembraces the eclectic selection found in his afterparty sets.
ps: This mix also includes a few tracks from the upcoming KOMPONENTI releases while the cover comes with our close friend Kristiyana.
Lately there’s more to look forward to in the local Techno scene than ever. Combined with the fact that we also have more people trully dedicated to the actual sound of Techno and where it might go next – things like the Betonevents & podcasts show up around us.
Nothing makes us happier than a weekend to look forward to especially when the guest to appear is someone like Cinnamint (a frequent visitor back when we were still lucky to have the studio). A true music head with a delicate approach behind the decks always delivering a selection that keeps us concentrated while on the dancefloor.