Out Now: Frozen Eyes (Solenoid Records)
With support from: Laurent Garnier, Dax J, Slam, Marcel Dettmann, Hiroaki Iizukaand many others...
◆ PAST AND UPCOMING SHOWS 2018 ◆
02/02 @ MODULAR | Cape Town
09/02 @ SUNTRAVOLTA | Cape Town
13/02 @ THE WAITING ROOM | Cape Town
02/03 @ ROASTIN' RECORDS | Cape Town
08/03 @ MODULAR | Cape Town
10/03 @ YOURS TRULY CAFÈ | Cape Town
13/03 @ THE JOLLY ROGER | Pretoria
18/03 @ THE LIVING ROOM | Johannesburg
24/03 @ KITCHENERS | Johannesburg
02/04 @ KIT KAT CLUB | Berlin
14/04 @ SISYPHOS | Berlin
20/05 @ POLYGON "Topless Vibrations" | Berlin
30/05 @ CONNECTIOSN FESTIVAL | Budapest
09/06 @ Octavibes meets Olive Barrel | Berlin
13/07 @ WILDE RENATE for TrashEra | Berlin
21/07 @ POLYGON "Topless Vibrations" | Berlin
17/07 @ GOETHE INST. | Palermo
20/08 @ ELECTRIC MONDAY, KIT KAT CLUB | Berlin
15/09 @ CRAZY Animals & Unicorns | Sofia
08/11 @ MINIMALBAR | Berlin
09/11 @ TRASHERA - WILDE RENATE | Berlin
10/11 @ EUROPA18 | Berlin
11/11 @ Bigit & Beer | Berlin
24/11 @ TBA | Berlin
25/11 @ Birgt & Beer | Berlin
11/01 @ AND CLUB "TOY TOY" | Johannesburg
17/01 @ WHY LY | Pretoria (SA)
DJ, house & techno producer, live performer and label owner (Solenoid Records). His extensive musical background is the spirit behind his dance music. Erta Ale has been based in Berlin for a decade, his sound feeding off the emotional ruin, renovation, dynamic energy and ecstasy of the city and its people. Dedicated to the craft of vinyl with infectious personality, he describes his warm, propelling and researched touch as a “tight hug made of sound.”
Erta Ale runs his independent project, Solenoid Radio with invited artists such as Eduardo De La Calle, Dele Sosimi, Hakim Murphy, Cortechs, Alinka, HEAR, Agent!
The moment of truth. When a painter makes their first strokes on canvas; when a new rocket is T-minus ten seconds to lift-off; when a DJ cues up a record with no certainty it’ll fit the rest. Time stands still, every forehead-droplet a well of intense anticipation, melting into fear. A fork in the road to a multiverse: success, failure or total disaster.
If you’re ever looking for Erta Ale, chances are you’ll find him in this moment – tucked inside any one of Berlin’s most popular clubs. It’s a place the house and techno DJ and producer, live performer and label owner, is perpetually searching for – revelling in, in fact – for the thrill of spontaneity it delivers.
Seeing vinyl, like any other musical instrument, as a means to surprise himself and his audience in both good and bad ways, it is the journey, not total beauty or perfection, that moves his DJ sets: "As a DJ, I don't like to prepare my set before playing. Of course, choosing the vinyl you will play can tell a story or create a kind of “perfect set”, but somehow one loses all sense of spontaneity and most importantly, is that you put yourself out of the risk. I'm looking for what one might call "the moment of the truth". Creating beauty is not the only goal and perhaps not even the most important...
... in the End, Playing, for me, is sharing these kinds of emotions with my audience. Playing is to be surprised and sometimes even scared of what you hear. Playing is taking the fucking risk." E.A.
His electronic music is released by:
Solenoid Records | Twirl Recordings | TrashEra | Elastic Beatz | De-Konstrukt | Deeplomatic | Ghetto Rhythms | Bullfinch | Mind Field Records | Bunk3r R3cords | Sub Records | Aremun Records | Mahaba Records | Sound of Square | Criminal Records | Kaze Records | iElektronix | Clonk Records | NuZone records | Picche records.
Sisyphos (Berlin) | Wilde Renate (Berlin) | Kit Kat Club (Berlin) | Kitcheners (Johannesburg) | Modular (Cape Town) | Tell Me (Sofia) | Häkken Klub (Hamburg) | Radion (Amsterdam) | Jolly Roger (Pretoria) | Bakelit (Budapest) and many others...
Design by Tara Deacon
Erta Ale’s tracks