Strip Steve (FR)
Few scratches and a failure in a rap band after, he remembered how much Armand van Helden, Phoenix & Daft Punk’s videos he used to watch before “Yo MTV rap” started, torn unconsciously his sentimental life, and more his whole existence. He started mixing at 14 with his first turntables, and slowly made parties with his friends in his hometown (Bordeaux) that mixed every kind of music they found exciting, with always one purpose: that the people had fun very simply. 2007, Steve is now 19 and listening for most to House & Techno. Inspired by Chicago as much as Cologne, his goal is to bring freshness and this newly digested diversity of sounds to the clubs. And he knows how to do that: his dj sets make crashing Chicago House classics (Robert Armani, Dj Pierre, Marshall Jefferson, Armando…), latest Techno Anthems (Boys Noize, Smith n Hack), early 90′s Rave Ufos (this kid has fascination for Prodigy & Bizarre Inc.) or the best raw12″ electronic music has ever made (Dance Mania Records, Romanthony, Todd Terry, LFO, Joey Beltram…). 2008, at the beginning of the year Strip Steve released his first EP “Skip School” on Boysnoize Records. Yet another proof by Labelboss Alex Ridha that he supports young & fresh talents. Bookings all over Europe and his first Australia Tour has been the result of it. Many artists got interested to his own special sound and Remixes for Shadow Dancer (BNR), Van She (Modular) and Outlander (R&S) followed. Another huge milestone in his life took place on the 2nd half of the year. Falling in love with the german capital Steve moved from his mum’s house in Bordeaux, to Berlin to life as a free man and start concentrating on his music. During tea time and a short studio session with Boys Noize, Steve participates in the making of a track which will become a huge single (named Jeffer) of Ridha’s 2nd Album called “Power”. 2009, In this year finally the whole world could get inspired by the Strip Steve sound. Every weekend another show. Tokyo, Sydney, Miami, he’s later the Support Act for the “Boys Noize Power Tour” and whole Europe enjoys his tasteful yet hextatic sets. During his Tour he still found time to work on banging remixes for artists such as The Faint (BNR), G.L.O.V.E.S. (Bang Gang) , Das Glow (Institubes) and his 9 minute acid banger for Adam Sparkle & Dave P (Satellite of Love). Although his neighbours freaked out, end 2009 Steve could finish his new EP called Delta Disco. With great feedback of his fans and big support by artists like 2many DJs, Busy P, Erol Alkan, Mylo, Dj Feadz, Boris Dlugosh, Andy & Jaymo (BBC One), Dexpistols, Surkin and Bobmo. In 2010, Strip Steve saw some dreams come true by releasing the remixes version of “Delta Disco”. It featured remixes by his masters Ian Pooley & Sedat the Turkish Avenger (Crydamoure) along with his mates Das Glow (Institubes) & Lorenz Rhode, and newcomer Rynecologist. In 2011 he releases a 2 track EP on BNR digital sublabel, BNR Trax with his french fellow Das Glow. The response on Calcium is very strong, getting 3rd of the Beatport Techno chart, and being played by the likes of Carl Craig, Errorsmith, Laurent Garnier, and many others… 2012 is the year Strip Steve releases his debut album “MICRO MEGA”. The first extract of it called “Stomp” gathered, once again, the support of very various styles of DJs and had a big impact on clubs all over the world. The second – and first formal single of the album – „Astral Projection“ caught everyone by surprise by featuring the Californian dream pop girl duo Puro Instinct, which take everyone on a dark disco trip to the cosmos. Another Important colaboration takes place in the making of “One Thing”, as he teams up with one of his Chicago House heroes: Robert Owens. Strip Steve 1st full length is one very expected piece by everyone, as he has shown in the past a preference for quality over quantity of its releases. Making a 13 tracks record an exceptional moment to go deeper into the various corners of his creative minds, by showcasing different styles as Pop, Disco, Funk, House, Techno. A diversity we still feel very strongly in each of his DJ sets, a reflection of his generation. One creative mind bringing all people together. Micro Mega then got the remixed treatment in 2013 to make it fully club-functionnal featuring the freshest talents of the time like KinK, Bambounou (50 weapons/ Cleckclekboom), Marble Players, Light Year (Ghostly), Gingy (Turbo) & Broke One. Throughout the promotion time of the album & touring Strip Steve found the time to direct & shoot 3 videos for his own tracks (Astral Projection, Hood, Mega). In 2014 Strip Steve got back to basics & released the „Crowd Control“ E.P composed of 4 RAW & stripped down house tracks meant exclusively for the clubs, and got the reception it indeed intended. With a very strong culture and a very obvious talent, Strip Steve didn’t wait long before he distinguished himself from the Internetz crowdz, and proved that he’s surely here to stay. His extatic and rich productions put the lightspots of the electronic music lovers on him at lightspeed. HOLLA BACK, YOUNG’N !
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