Mantas T. Partyzanai
Dj and promoter since 1997. Followed his love to Cologne. Runs partyzanai.com (net)label. Plays just vinyl and wide spectrum of sound: from micro house to techno and even obscure disco. Performed beside various respected international artists in the promoted and independent events. C/O POP and set in Edinburgh’s club “Cabaret Voltaire” beside Alex Smoke are last most memorable appearances.
Started djing in 1997 in Kaunas, Lithuania. Since the early nineties he was regular at various rave parties and were heavily influenced by Detroit Techno and the likes of Acid House.
“I still remember clearly the feeling when I was entering rave parties at the time. It was a very young scene. The music, the people, the atmosphere and djs too were the ones responsible for the chaos and braking the borders of country’s long lived soviet oppression. It was a new generation growing up.” – notes Mantas T.
Few years later it was a new experience living outside the country. Mantas T. was gone to the States (New York) and later to the UK where he faced the beginning of 80’s revival.
In 2004, Mantas came back in his homeland, Lithuania. Based in Vilnius, with a fresh experience and a record bag full of cutting-edge beats, his dj sets became acclaimed nationwide. With his TV and radio appearances, demo mixes and self-irony, Mantas became a well-known resident of the first Lithuanian underground nightclub Gravity. The first club night called “Revolt” brought a lot of spark into the lithuanian music scene. Partyzanai, as party promoters, invited local Djs and international guests such as Damian Lazarus, Marc Almond, Steve Kotey, The Orb, Daniel Bell, Ewan Pearson, Jori Hulkkonen.
In summer 2005, Mantas T. with his colleague Gvidas established a non-profit netlabel under the name of Partyzanai. Initial label’s purpose is 24/7 search and releases of electronic music artists in Baltic region. Having the first album release of the artist named Golden Parazyth, Partyzanai netlabel was widely acclaimed nationwide. Another netlabel artist’s - Few Nolder - single “No mo” and fresh new album “New Folder” is already out on legendary Planet MU label.
In 2006-2009 as well as djing abroad, Mantas T. successfully organised the local night series. Focusing on good music quality and live visuals, it soon became the hottest night in town with the Lithuanian VJ teams Rüt Rüt and Vodka Jugend. Mantas T. was involved in guest appearances and live acts of Andrew Weatherall, Keith Tenniswood , Ivan Smagghe, Joakim, Funkstörung, Kiki, Swayzak, Phonique, Tiefschwarz, My My, Roman Flügel, Optimo , Superpitcher, Apparat, Nathan Fake, Troy Pierce, Ada, Pilooski, Faze Action, Toby Tobias, Jennifer Cardini, Tobias Thomas, Alex Smoke to name a few. Mantas T. traveled as far as Iceland. Played in “Scene: NRW” contemporary art festival and C/O POP festival in Germany.
In year 2008 love brought Mantas T. to Cologne. Recently, besides running his own netlabel, he is a resident and promoter of mobile audio-visual project called Go Gaga.
Mantas T. plays just vinyls: from micro house to techno and even obscure disco. Wide spectrum of sound in short.
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