Nautiluss/ Etnik/ Abu Ashley/ Alex English/ Hiyawatha and Justin Strauss/ Justin Miller at Output

Nautiluss is the creative brainchild of Montreal-raised Graham Douglas Bertie.

In the past 18 months he has released original music with his hometown label Turbo, Hemlock and most recently 3024. He has also done remixes for the likes of Grimes, ZZT and Untold. XLR8R included him in several Best-of-2012 lists including Best New Artist, Best Release and Best Song categories.

It's a fresh, exciting sound executed with the kind of skill that has caught the ear and support of everyone from house/techno godfathers Francois K & Juan Atkins and taste-makers such as Martyn and Erol Alkan. His music has appeared on at least one BBC Essential Mix as well as Daniel Avery's Fabric Mix. He has performed live at highly curated festivals such as MUTEK and New Forms as well as several appearances at the legendary Panorama Bar, Mutek Spain and DJed in such places as XOYO (London), Paris Social Club, Zoo Club (Zurich), The Arches, Together Festival in Boston and Boiler Room London.

Etnik, born in 1992, is known as the Wunderkind of the new German techno scene; it only took him several gigs in Hamburg's Baalsaal to land him a record deal. But the most fascinating and refreshing thing about Etnik isn't his young age, it's his uncompromising and incredibly individual style.

Etnik (incidentally also his real name) grew up in Hamburg to Albanian parents who supported him greatly on his road to musical discovery. Whilst his classmates were out grinding to r'n'b and hip-hop, Etnik stayed in and experimented with beats and bleeps to create his very own definitiv sound. His aim: to invent an new, elegant form of techno.

Instead of piling his music with layers and layers of synths and noises, Etnik does away with surplus sounds and concentrates on the core. His music is to the point and avoids gimmicks so often employed by his contemporaries. He dresses dapper in suits to perform. Simple and stylish. Shaken, not stirred. Musically he found inspiration in the songs of modern artists such as Boys Noize, Tiga, D.I.M. and Kraftwerk, but also in the compositions of classical composers like Johann Sebastian Bach. Maybe that's how a few bars of violon solo found it's way into one of his tracks?

Etnik surprises with a collection of concentrated beats and home-made sawtooth synths; no matter how hard they get, the tracks maintain a charming analogue fragility and most importantly, soul. Etnik's trademarks are his huge drops, which often come by surprise and sweep you off your feet. Etnik is a perfectionist - he worked on his tracks for two years before he judged them worthy enough to upload to Soundcloud.

Quality matters more than quantity. And this quality brought him immediate acclaim from Zombie Nation and TWR72 to name but a few. He became friends with SCNTST from Boyz Noize Records and together they released a few tracks on a New York label.

Etnik doesn't just impress as a produce, but also as a DJ. He, however, doesn't classify himself as either, rather as an entertainer with a concept. And by the way, the backwards N in his logo is actually a piece of a visualised version of a sawtooth-wave, just like the ones he uses in his music.

Next year he'll take his A-Level exams. And as his schoolmates fall frantically into bouts of panic about the future, Etnik is set to release new tracks and has a tour planned in Australia and the USA to show the surfer kids on the other side of the planet the newest and freshest sound. Etnik is just getting started. And. We. Are. Excited.

Justin Strauss

Justin Strauss:
A real NYC veteran, Justin Strauss busted his chops early on at legendary clubs like Mudd Club,The Ritz, Danceteria and Area. Lately he's really set fire to the scene, including opening for Thom Yorke at PS1's last Warm Up Event of the year and also mixing a guest set on Tim Sweeney's Beats In Space Radio. His Whatever/Whatever DJ moniker with DFA's Justin Miller has always been a sure fire thing around town as well.

Justin Miller

Justin Miller is a quintessential New York City DJ. Mixing the classically cool with the always-cool and the brand new, he's a selector whose tastes spread across best of techno, deep house, and disco new and old. Part of that diversity likely comes from his tenure as DFA Records assistant label manager and sole employee for seven years, guiding the seminal NYC label through one of its most fruitful periods. With artists including LCD Soundsystem, The Juan MacLean, Hercules & Love Affair, Still Going, Benoit & Sergio, Runaway, Canyons and Walter Jones, a diverse crew of disco-leaning artists, Miller helped to establish the best of the best in modern dance music as part one of its most respected and influential imprints. He's a proudly interactive DJ, feeding off of the crowds he plays to a self-proclaimed goal to "hypnotize," and his prominence is only likely to increase. Having recently left DFA to start his own label HAKT Recordings, the new imprint will see releases from like-minded artists as well as debut productions from the man himself, as he begins to focus more on his own career after helming one of the most formidable juggernauts in dance music for almost a decade.

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