For the past fifteen years Argentinian-born, Barcelona-based producer Juan Pablo Pfirter has been pushing a sound by turns steely, dark and uplifting, true to the founding principles of the techno tetramorph but eager to throw his own vanguard, personal touch into the mix.
From the early days onward, whether expressing himself via DJing, producing or as a label owner, Pfirter has worked his magic with focus and style, gracing the likes of CLR, Figure, Mord and Stroboscopic Artefacts with choice singles whilst headlining some of the most respected electronic music bastions and events including Berghain, Tresor, Concrete, Awakenings and Time Warp. Ever since he embarked on his first European tour back in 2005, Juan Pablo has worked tirelessly at shaping one of the most idiosyncratic sounds in contemporary electronic music. It’s a sound which combines the heavy thump of stadium-sized kicks with textured organic relief and hypnotic sub-bass motifs a thousand listens couldn’t diminish.
2006 saw the birth of Pfirter Own imprint, MindTrip, which has become one of the brightest beacons in the ever-changing techno landscape.The label serves as both a vessel for his own output and that of his close friends and collaborators, including luminaries such as Jonas Kopp, Stanislav Tolkachev, Dold, Kashpitzky, Oliver Rosemann and Flug. In parallel, MindTrip has also flourished through its monthly podcast series, welcoming the likes of Antigone, The Lady Machine, TWR72, Nørbak, Jeroen Search and more exciting, singular artists, all invited to present an session of music that captures the spirit and values of MindTrip.
After releasing over 50 club-formatted records, as well as two Full Albums, Pfirter continues to push the scene forward through his new label Paralelo, as well as with new original releases and remixes on platforms such as Modularz, Hayes Records or KSR, nodding to the club-oriented reality of his music while probing into the expressive, psychoactive possibilities embedded within the Techno tradition.
Deftly bridging the gap between the inner and the outer, the fierce and the collected, Pfirter has been collating pieces of work that may seem just as eloquent when taken aside, but whose impact reveals incredibly higher when taken as a whole. Although his 12''s keep topping the specialized charts, Juan Pablo has proven that the depth of his compositions is not one to fade when the strobes go out, but that’s rather well tailored to haunt his listener's febrile mind long after the club's shut its doors. Darkness has rarely been so cozy.