Kristin Velvet (DE)
Over the past decade Kristin Velvet’s life has been devoted to music in one way or another - initially throwing and playing at her own parties in Tokyo, then climbing through the ranks of Australia’s major labels. Today she is an essential figure of Berlin’s club scene, heading up Arms & Legs records - the label from Daniel Steinberg & Nils Ohrmann - which has featured a long line of killer remixes & releases from respected artists including Paul Johnson, 808 State, Cari Lekebusch, Robert Armani, Nick Holder, Oliver Dollar, DJ W!LD & Crazy P. Velvet’s music acumen has been well documented within the label with her own productions gaining support gaining support from many of house and techno’s upper echelons, such as Maya Jane Coles, The Black Madonna, Dave Clarke, and Eats Everything. Whilst most of her material has landed on Arms & legs, more recently Velvet’s productions have appeared on Felix Da Housecat’s Founders of Filth, Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep in Sound and Cassy’s Kwench records. Geared directly to the dance floor Velvet’s releases have also received nods from key tastemakers including Resident Advisor who described her music as ‘fist-pumping good fun’ and DJ Mag who summed up her sound ‘high production values and a feelgood house and techno sound that is subtly nostalgic but not slavishly cowed to the classics, she’s continually providing real heat for the dancefloor.’ The past year has seen a trilogy of Cats Love Velvet EP’s - the collaborative project between Velvet and Chicago-bred, two-time Grammy Award nominee Felix Da Housecat. In addition, Kristin has been called upon to remix Jesse Saunders and Paul Mac while her own productions have been remixed by Louie Vega, Cari Lekebusch and Mark Broom, a testament to her broad appeal. Velvet’s music taste is broad and her flexibility behind the decks sees her traversing confidently across genres and decades but always with a keen eye on the dance floor, a place she inherently understands. A skilled DJ who plays with a lot of heart her infectious energy has earned her a residency at Watergate Berlin as well as peak time slots across the globe everywhere from Mint Warehouse, Leeds (UK), Ministry of Sound London (UK), Pacha Barcelona (ES), Le Petite Ban Paris (FR), Beton Brut Seoul (KR), Revolver Melbourne (AU) to noteable festivals including Snowbombing (AT), ADE (NL) and Subsonic Music Festival Australia (AU).