Detroit native, Blake Baxter, is often associated with the first wave of Detroit techno scene. Starting to mix music in the early 80s, Blake first signed with Chicago’s label International DJ although his releases were not representing the classical idea of Chicago house sound. His combination of industrial sounds and acid house, probably worked better with Kevin Saunderson’s KMS label. Until this day, Blake has been producing music and touring for over 20 years, and does not seem to stop soon!
At Lovefest, Blake brought his finest selection of techno and tech house tracks which the crowd joyfully embraced. The Fire Stage was on fire as Blake Baxter laid down energizing set filled with powerful basslines and pulsing chords. On this occasion, Blake definitely catered a taste of delicious Detroit techno to the keen dancers in Vrnjacka Banja.
Actively producing and dj-ing from his early teens onwards, Dutch DJ Gregor Salto had his first big break in 2004 with the house track “Can’t Stop Playing”, a collaborative production with Dr. Kucho that catapulted him into the Dutch top 40. The next ten years saw Gregor produce a whirlwind of hits, cementing his international notoriety and landing him a recent Grammy Award nomination with Pitbull for their track “Echa Pa’lla”. Influenced by a wide range of musical genres—Gregor cites Pop, Soul, African and World music in particular—he is primarily known as a Latin House artist.
All of these influences, however, were present in his set for Solar Weekend Festival in Roermond, Netherlands—fitting for a festival which boasts one of the most musically diverse festival programs in Europe. A high-energy and hard-sitting set, Gregor makes use of an eclectic range of sounds, mixing classic club hooks with African drums and Latin vocals and instrumentals into a seamlessly danceable whole. Not one to be missed!
Nakadia, a talented Thai girl, grew up in a rural village with little hope of becoming a world-recognized DJ. However, one clubbing night in Germany inspired Nakadia to try herself at mixing tunes, which she started as soon as she was back on Thailand. Practicing in an entourage without developed electronic music scene pushed Nakadia to work harder and gave her a chance to develop her own unique sound. She came a long way since and is now touring the globe, releasing under big labels, and as of recently became part of Ants colony, the renowned clubbing night taking place in Ushuaia, Ibiza.
On this occasion, at Family Piknik, Nakadia seduced us with her relentless energy and spunky mixing skills. Trippy and melodic tech house tunes blended in flawlessly in a colorful ambience of Montpellier woods. The audience, which was making it up to the name Family Piknik, consisting of younger and older, was equally savoring Nakadia’s tireless presence.
Toronto-based DJ and producer, Carlo Lio, is an inevitable figure in the world of finest techno music. With releases on Dubfire’s SCI-TEC and Nicole Moudaber’s MOOD, as well on his own imprint RAWtechnic he started with Nathan Barato, Carlo Lio already built up a name for himself. Drawing the influences from 80s music but also from his fellow DJs Marco Carola and Loco Dice, Carlo created his unique approach to electronic music.
At packed Fire stage of Lovefest Festival, Carlo Lio graced us with an intense and electric set. In his calm appearance behind the decks, Carlo’s ability to build up the tension speaks to his crowd. The unceasing bass kick gets softened with occasional vocals, such as Lolleata Holloway’s Love Sensation. In return, the crowd responds with absorption of each sound with effortless motion.
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Fred Hush, currently based in Paris, started mixing different electronic music styles at the age of 14. After holding residencies in Belgian house and techno underground clubs and touring Eastern Europe, Fred decided to try out his production skills. With releases on Green Velvet's Relief and Cajual Records, Amsterdam's Rush Hour and Pacha Recordings, Fred safely paved his way into the company of great DJs, sharing a DJ booth with Sven Vath, Maceo Plex and Len Faki.