X Press 2
After hosting a room at the epic Plex/Colony/Machine party in October, Ben Sims & Kirk Degiorgio’s “new techno” concept clubnight MACHINE returns to the scene of the crime, taking over the Funktion-1 rigs at Corsica Studios with very special guests Kevin Saunderson and Rolando. Hosting room two is X-Press 2 with an all night showcase of “The House of X-Press-2”
The word “legend” is used too often, but in this case it is entirely fitting. One of the true, first originators of techno, alongside childhood friends Juan Atkins and Derrick May, his influence has touched all quarters of techno & electronic music. Behind such monikers & projects as E-Dancer and Inner City, and The Elevator, Saunderson has continued to move techno music forward for over three decades.
Interview with Saunderson by FACT Magazine: http://www.factmag.com/2009/07/10/interview-kevin-saunderson/
XLR8R Podcast by Saunderson:
One of Detroit’s finest, he first came to prominence as part of the Underground Resistance roster with one of the most important techno releases of the 1990’s “Knights of the Jaguar” (also famous for it’s rip-off version by Sony). Now recording with some of the most revered current techno imprints – Ostgut Ton and Delsin, Rolando – and in demand as a DJ across the UK and Europe, appearing regularly at celebrated venues such as Berghain in Berlin, Showcase in Paris, and Trouw in Amsterdam.
Interview with Rolando by The Skinny Magazine
XLR8R Podcast by Rolando:
BEN SIMS & KIRK DEGIORGIO
Curators & residents of MACHINE, and bringing a wealth of experience & knowledge (as well as several decades of DJ & production experience between them) Ben & Kirk have established themselves as two of the most influential people in techno today. their concept clubnight that moves from venue to venue, showcasing new & upcoming techno (most records played are within 12 months old, or unreleased) has gone from strength to strength in less than 12 months. Already with three London nights under their belt, as well as appearances in Dublin, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and more – and with sights set on Berlin and beyond for 2012, MACHINE is proving to be one of the most important and groundbreaking techno clubnights in Europe.
Taking over room two all night and showcasing their new album & live show – The House of X-Press 2 – here is what the boys are about in their own words:
“X-Press 2 make music for the dance floor. Pure and simple. So many nights and days and 25 years of being in and DJing at amazing clubs and parties are what inspires us to keep doing what we do. It was the dance floor that told us to be DJs in the first place and the dance floor that inspired the early tracks that we made. We loved that whole going out and hearing all sorts of music in one night thing. DJs like Alfredo and Larry Levan were champions of this style of DJing and it was thanks to people like them that we were able to do what we’ve done over the years. The old guard are still an inspiration for our music, both as DJs and producers but we are constantly checking for new names who always come along and give things a slightly different slant on what’s gone before.
I think it’s a combination of the old and the new that truly underpins our music nowadays. we can listen to and old jazz album from the 60s next to a hot new track from someone like Feygin and feel totally blown away. This is what keeps us going into the studio and making the music that we do. All that we’ve ever wanted to do out of our music is to see people dance and get that empathy with the dance floor, knowing how a track makes us feel and seeing it have the same effect on 2000 people dancing as you play it.”
Download the House of X-Press 2 – Autumn 2011 DJ mix here:
VISUALS BY MOX
Machine’s resident visual extraordinaire, taking over CJ duties in Room 1 is the irrepressible MOX.
Check out his work here: http://www.moxlive.tv/