EQUITANT

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With his release “Dynamism” in 2009, Equitant has proven once again how to re-design and significantly alter his musical approach uniting a cold mix of electronic body music and darkened techno. The concept for “Dynamism” is an ever-changing activity, various theories or philosophical systems that explain the universe in terms of force or energy. This is a process or mechanism responsible for the development and motion of a system.  “Dynamism” is more or less where his 2008 EP “Mekanik” left off. Just as heavy and just as aggressive. 2008 saw a revivification of Equitant’s style and sound, with the “Mekanik” EP release on Black Montanas/Black Leather Records. This EP brought forth a new chapter in the sound structure and design of the music. The music took on a distinct and aggressive techno-EBM sound…like switching on a kind of techno-EBM engine. Equitant’s antecedent sound started out as an ambient synthesizer project in 1993, then evolved to a cold mechanical direction of electronic music with traces of techno-electro elements in 1999. From 1993-2003 Equitant released a vast collection of demos issued on his label Black Montanas, including his first full length album “Zurich” in 2002. Followed by the “Kompressor” EP in 2003. In 2005 Equitant signed with the Dallas Texas based “Tarot Productions” label. The result was the simultaneous full length releases of “Zeit” (recorded in 2002) and “Konstruckteur” (recorded in 2004). Both albums fused a cold delivery of electro, and abstract techno, unveiling a futuristic simulation for all the masses. The follow-up to “Konstruckteur” was the long awaited “Hauptstadt” EP released in 2007 on Black Montanas. After a much-needed break musically, Equitant released the experimental “Technik” full length album on Black Montanas in early 2008. A release strictly influenced by the infamous “Detroit Electro” sound. In July 2009 Equitant produced a track called “You Know What I Want” for Yasmin Gate’s debut release “YG” on David Carretta’s “Space Factory Records”, along with other collaborators: DJ Hell, Christian Prommer, Keith Le Rouge, Pillage, Douglas McCarthy, T.Raumschmiere, Ikki. Equitant also teamed up with Yasmin Gate for a full collaboration as “Equitant & Yasmin Gate” in 2009, releasing the illustrious “That’s All” EP and “That’s All The Remixes” on Black Montanas. From 2003 to the present Equitant has constructed countless remixes for many renowned artists in the electro/techno/EBM scene. With worldwide underground electronic labels like: Space Factory, Black Montanas, Black Leather Records, M-tronic, Punch Records, Alfa Matrix, Advanced Synergy and Zzyzx Records. Artist remixes include Jonathann Cast, Millimetric, Yasmin Gate & People Theatre, Adriano Canzian, Mt. Sims, Elite!, Reizstrom, Red Industrie, Kaball, Struck 9, Strange Connection, Grandchaos, Xander Harris, Adán & Ilse + many more. Now, three years after the release of “Dynamism”, Equitant has returned in 2012 with his latest release “Body Vehement” (Black Montanas/Black Leather Records) featuring vocals by: Lea X, Yasmin Gate, Bastian & Illumine Concrete. And 2013’s “Body Vehement Remixes” (Black Montanas) featuring remixes by: Canzian, Carretta & Workerpoor, Electrosexual, Equitant, Elite!, Alexander Robotnick, The Populists (aka Yan Wagner), People Theatre, Strange Connection + many more.  Equitant’s “Body Vehement” is a cold mix of techno, electro, EBM and disco. “Body Vehement” opens yet another new dimension to Equitant’s ever changing sound.

STRUCK 9

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Struck9 was consolidated in September 2008 after several years of contributions to other bands and continuing work on the Colombian Industrial and Ebm scene , a country highly receptive musically since the early 80s s. .. This project has strong roots in the Classic Oldschool EBM bands like Frontline Assembly, Signal Aout 42, Nitzer Ebb, Pouppée Fabrikk, Bigod 20, Front 242 were the most important original source for the band in addition to great writers such as Mao Tse-tung and other activists and revolutionaries against the political system. Their latest release “Democracy” (2010) has 9 varied tracks, which range from minimalist and tough anhalt EBM, to more hard hitting and more sound-filled tracks, with some modern EBM influence, and sometimes a little techno. This release also has a great remix from Spanish anhalt EBM masters Tech Nomader. And recently Struck 9 has released a remix album entitled “Default” which includes mixes from various artists, i.e. Equitant. The new album “Ritual Body Music” is out now!

GRANDCHAOS

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In 1982, Tcheleskov and Trevosky Ivanovitch moved to Brussels in the midst of the Electronic Body Music movement that took Europe by storm. The two brothers founded “IVANOVITCH DANS L.OMBRE” and spent long hours in their apartrment honing their songs with the help of synthesizers and drum machines. Their atypical sound and chaotic live shows have propelled them to that of cult status. After numerous IVANOVITCH  DANS L.OMBRE tapes, 12”s and compilation appearances, which are long out-of- print nowadays, the two brothers called it quits to focus on their professional careers. In the late 90s,  IVANOVITCH  DANS L.OMBRE released a farewell compilation featuring remixes by fellow musicians Olivier Moreau (imminent), Cdrk (Axiome, Kirdec), Dam & Dada (Bak XIII) to name a few. A little while later, Tcheleskov Ivanovitch decided to pursue his musical journey as a solo artist and founded GRANDCHAOS. His minimal electro sound caught the attention of Nader Moumneh, a fervent supporter of old school electro-industrial, who assembled an impressive compilation 2CD, titled “In Sedens”, featuring remixes of GRANDCHAOS tunes by the movers and shakers  of the old school electro scene namely: Armageddon Dildos,  Plastic Noise Experience, Trial, Serpents, Cobalt 60, Brain Leisure, Terminal State, Digital Factor, IC 434, Tyske Ludder, Sphere Lazza, K.I.F.O.T.H and many more! The highly-praised debut album “Open Source” (2007) cemented Grandchaos place in the current  Old School Electro/EBM scene. Critics described Grandchaos’  crafty sound as Intelligent Body Music and paid tribute to Tcheleskov perseverance. Soon afterwards, Tcheleskov was approached by Jacky Meurisse, the mastermind behind the legendary EBM band Signal Aout 42 to participate in SA42 live shows. Thereafter, Tcheleskov and Jacky embarked on a worldwide voyage and played to a raucous crowd in Sao Paulo, Venice, Madrid, Barcelona, Budapest, Antwerp, Sandersleben, Leipzig and Berlin. In 2011, GRANDCHAOS got signed to the rising new Napoli-based label EK Product . The sophomore album “Rumours of My  Life” featuring Jacky Meurisse on several tracks has received largely positive reviews by critics and set the tone for the band’s continually evolving sound. After three years of laborious work, Tcheleskov returns with his most ambitious and accessible album yet. “We Suffer When The World Changes” perfectly combines the purest elements of 80s electro, New Beat & Techno with unprecedented efficacy and precision. The new album is a testament to ingenuity and  craftsmanship It skillfully depicts Tcheleskov Ivanovitch’s unwavering determination to take his project to new heights and forge a unique signature sound.