Two long time friends, dj legends, will play back to back all night long and bring you to various music destinations.
(Jazzanova, Sonar Kollektiv)
— ALEX BARCK
Alex Barck's rise to world wide fame was as a member of Jazzanova in the late 90's. Also as the A&R manager at Berlin based label, Sonar Kollektiv, he was, and still is, responsible for some of the finest ever releases, spanning the horizons from soulful pop and witty dance music. There is, however, no need to elaborate on the mighty Jazzanova and Sonar Kollektiv's output here. We are here purely to pay homage to Alex Barck's own illustrious career.
He was born and raised in Prenzlauer Berg back when there was still a wall dividing Berlin, making it exceedingly hard for East Germans to have a real sense of with was happening music wise around the world. This did not deter young Alex though. He was an eager music lover who listened to everything he could find in the East Berlin libraries, devourde magazines smuggled into the east and listened to every thing he could find on the airwaves (especially a radio show by disc jockey Monika Dietel on SFB, which still informs and influences him even 'til today). Just as he came of age, and was old enough to stand behind the decks himself, the wall came tumbling down and an 18 year old Alex Barck found himself found himself in what was to become, almost instantly, the most influential city and scene of the early 90's. Here he learned to play eclectic and elusive DJ sets which blended everything from techno to wave, disco, soul, hippie folk, hiphop and, yes also jazz. Whilst the other newly liberated East Germans raided retail stores to finally buy what they couldn't before, Alex Barck went crate digging. A hobby he devotedly pursues to this day (his record collection encompassing more than 10'000 records to date).
His first gigs were at the Club Akbar Lounge followed by the infamous Delicious Doughnuts. Only ten years after his begginings he has played at almot every renowed club on this planet ‚Äì the likes of Tokyo's Yellow to Zouk in Singapore, Trouw in Amsterdam, Goa in Madrid, Dachkatine in Zurich, Plastic People in London, Elephant Festival in Croatia, and of course the Berlin landmarks WMF, Cookies, Weekend, Watergate and Panorama Bar — just to name a few. He has also played alongside an endless list of luminaries including but not limited to Francois K., Gilles Peterson, Norman Cook, Andrew Weatherall, Carl Craig and Basement Jaxx etc.¬†
As well as being a passionate, challenging and, oft times, revolutionary DJ for over twenty years, Alex Barck has also worked as a selector, compiling several acclaimed and trendsetting series (Secret Love, Computer Incarnations etc.). He hosts a number of radio shows on different German radio stations and is also revered for his remix work (e.g Jeremy Glenn's «New Life», Jazzanova's «Little Bird», Vindahl's «Question», Little Dragon's «Ritual Union»etc). As of 2011 he and producer extraordinaire, Christian Prommer, have been recording together as Prommer & Barck (check out their first album «Alex & The Grizzly» on Derwin Records) and have been touring as a club/live act all throughout Europe. And if that isn't enough for you, Barck and Prommer also have their own label, Derwin Records (named after Alex Barck's favourite creperie in Bretagne) which releases their own music as well as edits and tracks by new artists (e.g the late 2011 underground Balearic hit «Night Flight» by Quintus Project with edits by Lexx and Psychemagik). Writing about Alex Barck you can really see how hard it is to pin him down to one distinctive style or any one endeavour. So busy is his schedule and so explosive is his constant creative output. There's probably only one leitmotif to his career (and his life as well): A deep, honest and never ending love for music. Music is love, and Alex Barck is music.
Eddy Ramich is one of Croatia’s long time veteran’s in the eclectic and house scene. He has greatly influenced the development of festivals in Croatia, making him one of the key figures in the Southeast European dance music scene.
Founder of the Kontrapunkt club-night series at Aquarius, one of the longest running club nights in Zagreb, Eddy brought the very first acid jazz, brokenbeat, soulful / deep house artists to Croatia. Big shots like Theo Parrish, Carl Craig, Gilles Peterson, 4hero, Martyn, Azimuth, Jazzanova, Zed Bias,….etc made Zagreb crowd dance for more than 15 years. Also as a DJ on legendary Zagreb’s radio station 101, Eddy hosted his two shows for 18 years, offering listeners fresh selection, playing house into broken beats all the way to obscure jazz.
Addicted to music of the “Black Atlantic", he started his journey in 90′s as one of few Croatians active all around Europe at that period, today one of few performing worldwide. Eddy’s insisting on freshness and desire to explore new paths in music, brought him to play venues worldwide like Plastic People, Cielo, Zukunft, Yellow, Djoon, Contact, The Room, Rootdown, and on festivals such as Worldwide Festival, Glastonbury, Sziget, Southport Weekender, Dimensions, Garden, Southern Soul. TEddy Ramich remixed Sun Ra, Ennio Morricone, Arthur Verocai, Tania Maria, Archie Shepp. This caught the attention of the future jazz world, solo and as a member of house project “Eddy & Dus” during 90′s and in 2000s of “Eddy Meets Yannah”(Compost Records). Eddy&Dus’s first album “High Life” was released on French label SSOH in 1999 and Eddy meets Yannah released three albums between 2005. and 2010. — “Just like”, «Once in a While» and «Fiction Jar”. Materials from both projects were remixed by Karizma, Osunlade, Simbad, Crazy P, DJ Gregory, Zed Bias to name few.
Eddy himself confirms that DJing is his strongest point, whether as a radio or club DJ. Rich music background, energy he shares with the crowd and wish to support and spread good music. Currently he is working with the Portuguese producer JEPE on a new project. As well is working as one of the curators and bookers of the Southern Soul Festival in Montenegro.
Now based in Berlin, after 30 years of being dedicated and passionate about music, he continues to widen and spread his vision to crowds worldwide. Eddy will celebrate his 30th years career with dj gigs and other various projects the whole 2019.