Steve Rachmad (Get Physical Recordings, Rejected // Amsterdam)
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 go there. Feel free to visit the usual channels such as Discogs, Soundcloud or Beatport, and take your pick from the numerous productions and dj-sets, which resulted from polishing a one of a kind talent for over two decades.
Because as Miles had his horn and Pablo took to his brush, 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 have names as Roland or Robert (Moog), and a girl would surely be named Linn, after the machine made famous in the 80’s by Prince.
No wonder one of his major achievements is the album Secret Life Of Machines. Released in 1995, the force of this piece is still strong today, resulting in last years re-release with remixes from Ricardo Villalobos, Joris Voorn and Marc Romboy. For music to have this kind of timeless value is a rare thing in today’s electronic music scene.
Steve’s dj performances constantly evolve. Set firmly in the best that techno and house have to offer at the moment, he’s always inspired by high quality disco, dub and electro from the early days. There are two personas in his dj life: as STERAC he plays techno with dark, deep, edgy atmospheres. When his birth name is on the bill, it can be anything from planet Rachmad; a realm best explored by listening to one of the extended sets recorded at Panoramabar and his own, Studio 80 based, kis. club night.
STERAC (Klockworks, Delsin // Amsterdam)
Since his earliest productions, Amsterdam’s electronic music pioneer Steve Rachmad has created a legion of monikers for his various compositions. We’ve seen tracks from Black Scorpion, Tons of Tones, Rachmad Project, Scorp, Parallel 9, Ignacio, Dreg, Sterac Electronics and many more come out of his studio…
One of the main characters living on Planet Rachmad has always been STERAC: a side of Steve’s musical personality that’s not easily described. Let’s say that where other aliases were used for excursions to more dub-, disco-, or house- oriented records, STERAC’s focus has always been on the no-nonsense, darker, and deeper side of techno.
The STERAC discography consists of classic tracks on labels such as M-Plant and Tresor, with the 2012 remixes of his legendary album Secret Life Of Machines (1995) demonstrating the lasting quality of the STERAC oeuvre. Reinterpretations by Ricardo Villalobos, Joris Voorn, and Marc Romboy to name a few, proved a bit hit with fans and fellow artists. This year, STERAC releases appear on Klockworks and Delsin, while his schedule takes him on a tour past the world’s finest clubs: from Berlin’s Berghain to Tokyo’s Womb, and from Output in New York to Club Rex in Paris. On top of that, a series of selected remixes is coming your way.