Once more for the techno freaks. We’ll be back in Moscow to celebrate the sounds and spirit of True Music in the streets of the city with one of our Boiler Room x Ballantine’s shows on the 28th February 2019.
We’re back in Russia on the 28th February for a night to showcase the best of Moscow’s underground music scene with a show full of the finest of techno’s DJ tricks and record tricks.
On the bill we have local talent Buttechno and Shadowax, both known for their refreshing takes on the techno continuum. Also in the mix we have some key protagonists of reinvention such as Karenn’s (live) and Bambounou who’ll be giving us a preview of the new material he’s releasing this year. Check out the full line-up below:
Abelle is a pivotal character in the Moscow underground music landscape. For both her work as founder of ARMA17, and creator of Outline Festival, she’s synonymous with forward thinking programming in the city and beyond. Having found a worldwide audience with her spellbinding and unique DJ sets over the past couple of years, it’s high time we invited her to perform on Boiler Room.
Buttechno is Pavel Milyakov, music producer from Moscow’s suburban district and one of the leading voices in the local rising underground scene. He is one of the founders of Johns’ Kingdom, a label and self-described “group of pretty unknown artists” from the Russian dancefloor avant-garde advocating anonymity (“untitled united”) and an anti-ego approach to music as fundamental principles of creativity.
Born Jeremy Guindo, Bambounou is the product of a vast internal landscape where he roves freely in search of inspiration. Just as his alloyed French-Malian-Polish background has grown him a strong backbone of musical independence, so too has his love for astrophysics and dystopian sci-fi been distilled into futuristic interpretations UK techno, IDM and tribal sources.
Blawan and Pariah have been riding the wave of their collaborative Karenn project for the best part of 7 years now. A constantly mutating pile of studio gear, utilised to produce an improvisational live techno experience neither could pull off alone. With both artists recently releasing solo albums at opposite ends of the techno spectrum, it's an ideal time to welcome them back onto Boiler Room to see what current amalgamation their collaborative project is taking.
Shadowax has been on Boiler Room’s bucket-list for many years. As a Russian artist whose work has recently found a new audience internationally after releases on Nina Kraviz’ label, we’re overjoyed to finally invite her to showcase her insane live synth set-up and eerily enthralling vocals on the line-up.
As part of our commitment to champion pioneering artists, Ballantine’s True Music will also put those behind-the-scenes at the forefront, collaborating at a grassroots level to ensure local music scenes thrive across the globe.
In Moscow, we spent time with Natasha Abelle, the founder of iconic arts institution Arma 17, Sergey Golikov, who founded Rabitza (the infamous club that was shut down by authorities in 2017), bass producer A-Fruit, and others at the forefront and deeply rooted in the thriving DIY economy in the city.
Together, they make up the voices in our two-part documentary which looks at the ever-changing electronic music scene in the city. The challenges facing the scene such as the growing commercial interests, negative public perception of nightclubs and the string of venue and event closures due to it. Among these stories we also hear about the retaliation coming up through the underground, and the strong community bonds that continually fight to push boundaries and build bigger in the music scene.