After more than a quarter of a century involved in electronic music, it’s not an exaggeration to say that Steve Rachmad has been integral to the development of the scene in his native Netherlands. Most often associated with Detroit techno, its warm pads, rousing strings and powerful grooves, Steve is the producer, remixer and DJ who among first championed such sounds in his home country.
Amongst his earliest achievements was releasing the full length Secret Life of Machines back in 1995. A definitive techno album that was very much an instant classic from Rachmad (under his STERAC alias), 2012 sees it getting touched up, slowed down and remixed by the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Joris Voorn and more.
Mentioning releases, remixes or labels on which Steve Rachmad has shown his craftsmanship, or boasting about clubs and festivals on which he has left his mark, would just make for another list of names, places and brands…. Let’s not do that. Feel free to visit the usual channels such as Discogs, Soundcloud or Beatport and take your pick of the numerous productions and DJ sets, which are the result of more than two decades of dedication, sweat, and the polishing of a one of a kind talent…
Because as Miles had his horn and Pablo took to canvas, Steve has an unequalled gift for making a connection with every thinkable drum machine and synthesizer out there… If the man had kids, boys would carry names as Roland or Robert (Moog), and a girl would surely be named Linn, after the machine made famous by Prince in the 80’s. No wonder one of his major achievements is the album Secret Life Of The Machines. Released in 1995, the force of this piece still lingers on today, resulting in last years re-release with remixes by people like Ricardo Villalobos, Joris Voorn and Marc Romboy… For music to have this kind of a timeless value is a rare thing in the current electronic music scene.
As a DJ he is constantly reinventing himself. Set firmly in the best that techno and house have to offer at the moment he draws inspiration from his love for high quality disco and electro from the past. A thing you can clearly hear in the four-hour set he did at Berlin’s Panoramabar last year.
As words can never describe the feeling one gets from good music we will end here advising you to go check him out and hear for yourself what Steve is all about.