RAVE 1979 presents
• Nicole Moudaber • Secret Cinema • Ugur Yurt
Nicole Moudaber is an event promoter, record label founder, radio host, and one of the most passionately followed DJ/producers in the world. The one-woman army is marching her muscular take on techno all over the globe, winning fans not only with her music, but her way of being, that’s at once uncensored, inclusive, and fierce.
With her trademark shock of untamed dark hair, the Nigeria-born artist can be spotted in a DJ booth by profile alone, rocking crowds before she even drops a record. In-demand all over the world, Moudaber has played everything from intimate after-hours clubs; to revered nightclub institutions like Space Ibiza, DC10 Ibiza, Output and Stereo; to massive festival stages, including Glastonbury, Electric Daisy Carnival (hosting her own MoodZONE stages), and two appearances at Coachella. She’s been featured by the New York Times and CNN, named “one to watch” by Billboard and Paper magazine, and has graced the cover of electronic music magazines in several countries. Her weekly radio show In The MOOD — which Moudaber hosts with her unmistakable husk-and-honey voice — won Best Online Music Show in the 2016 Online Radio Awards and is syndicated across over 80 stations in 50 countries, commanding over 16 million listeners worldwide. She has over a million social followers who she dialogues with daily, sharing candid thoughts on music, work, and life.
Mood Records, the imprint she founded in 2013, is a vessel for her own music, and that of other artists who complement her style — which is percussive, deep, and dynamic. She linked up with Skunk Anansie frontwoman Skin for the “Breed” EP in 2015. Backed by a set of high-fashion, black-and-white music videos, it fused their two worlds of techno and rock to critical acclaim, and was submitted and accepted into the 2015 GRAMMYS for consideration. The subsequent “Breed the RMXS” EP (2016) contained a powerhouse of remixers including Carl Craig, Fur Coat, Hector, Jamie Jones, Paco Osuna, Pan-Pot, and Scuba. Moudaber has also logged releases with mentor Carl Cox’s Intec, Adam Beyer’s Drumcode (including full album “Believe” in 2013), and Jamie Jones’s Hot Creations. Her hit remix of Alcatraz house classic “Give Me Luv” (on Deep Dish’s Yoshitoshi) used bass, drums and silence to make a moment so big, it was used by DJs of all stripes. The track won «Best Tech House/Techno Track» at the 2016 International Dance Music Awards, and was the No. 1 techno track of 2015 on online retailer Beatport, making it one of the year’s Top 20 tracks overall.
Nicole Moudaber often brings different elements of her style and taste to life under the MOOD banner, showing her roots as a party promoter, and a New York City clubber during the golden age of the resident DJ. In 2014, she headlined the sold-out MoodRAW tour, set in in off-the-grid warehouse venues from Los Angeles to London. During Miami Music Week, the annual industry confab in South Beach, she hosts MOOD showcases, capturing both the pool and after-hours party vibes with packed lineups of superstar friends (like Carl Cox and Danny Tenaglia). She curated MoodZONE festival stages at the 2016 Electric Daisy Carnival in New York and 2017 EDC Las Vegas, and was a fixture of the annual BPM Festival, Mexico, playing the 10-day event’s official closing party in 2016 as well as curating her own BPMOOD event in 2017.
A true global citizen, Moudaber resides in London and Ibiza, with frequent stopovers in New York, Miami and Los Angeles. She supports NYC’s Lower Eastside Girls Club, which helps disadvantaged young women access the tools they need to pursue their passion for music. Nicole is also an ambassador for the Association For Electronic Music
A key figure on the Dutch scene since 1991. An international headlining artist known for his sets in Berghain / Panorama Bar, Space Ibiza, WOMB (Official), watergate club «official», his frequent elrow gigs or headlining every major festival in the Netherlands. Gem Records label boss responsible for moving the careers of EgbertLIVE, Enrico Sangiuliano and Reinier Zonneveld forward. Steady producer of countless essential techno classics for over 25 years. One of the most original and down to earth pioneers of electronic music on the planet. All legitimate ways to describe Jeroen Verheij a.k.a. Secret Cinema.
The artist known best for his Secret Cinema work started the nineties off with an array of projects that each played important roles. Verheij’s story started at one defining moment in 1990 at his parents’ house near Rotterdam, the Netherlands: The moment he decided to stop playing video games and start making music on his Amiga 500 computer. His first release ‘Sonar System’ as Meng Syndicate (Hithouse Records 1991) became an instant rave classic.
Hungry for more the young producer invested his royalties in equipment. His friend Gert-Jan Bijl (a.k.a. 4lux frontman Gerd) recommended the Kurzweil K2000. This piece of equipment sparked an extremely productive period: “I made most of my nineties hits in 1994 sitting on the side of my bed because the room was too small to fit a chair in”. It was there that he made Point Blank — Meng's Theme; a track that according to the Swedish Drumcode label boss himself, inspired Adam Beyer to start making techno. The first Secret Cinema release “Timeless Altitude” followed soon and was a massive worldwide club hit played by Väth, Cox and was a Love Parade favourite. Grooveyard — Watch Me Now and Mary Go W!ld were huge crossover hits that made their way from the club into the national charts in several countries.
At the time, Secret Cinema was part of a now extinct species of musician who made a living selling music without performing. He had one strong principle; he only wanted to perform his own music live on stage, no DJing. It was only sporadically he would bring out his huge rack of equipment to play a live set, inserting floppy disks with samples for each track. Again, it was a piece of equipment that brought around change…
In 1998 Verheij discovered the Yamaha SU700 sampler sequencer: “It felt like the missing link for my live sets. I could mix from one song to the next like a DJ, but with control over every sound and effect”. This compact setup made Secret Cinema a pioneer of live acts as we have come to know them today. It also gave birth to an international career with travel now within reach; trips to Japan, China and across Europe. It was the setup with which he headlined many festivals in the early 00’s such as Wire, Mystery Land, Dance Valley and closing the main stage of Awakenings Festival 2005.
After 15 years of strictly live sets Verheij broke his promise to himself. He decided it was time to get more freedom to play a different sound than his own. The start of Secret Cinema’s DJ career. It was then that he discovered Egbert who had a huge collection of unreleased tracks which only needed polishing. Gem Records with its booking agency and label nights was formed to accommodate the new talent Verheij discovered in his search for new music which no one else had yet. “The collective that started to form around me served as inspiration to find a new sound as a producer”. This resulted in chart successes such as ‘Kurzweil’, ‘Jazz Me’ and ‘Shake Ur Tek-Ass’. It also gave birth to a new act: Secret Cinema & Egbert. The duo is in high demand for their back to back performances and their releases.
Secret Cinema’s Gem Sessions club nights have grown increasingly popular, now selling out venues such as the legendary Melkweg in Amsterdam where the infamous all night Gem Sessions take place with all artists on stage all night. Amsterdam Dance Event 2016 saw a collaboration with 909 for a sold out 3000 visitor showcase at Warehouse 22.
Looking back on his career with releases on Gem, EC, Drumcode and Cocoon that defined the sound of eras for many clubbers of several generations and headlining stages across the globe Secret Cinema still feels he must accomplish more. “It’s funny, but after 25 years I feel I still haven’t reached my goal. Slowly but surely, I am still growing towards it. I always feel I need to prove myself. But maybe that is the driving force I need to keep going. It’s always been that way really. Balance is of the essence”.
UGUR YURT has settled in his Antwerp studio as one of Belgium's most popular underground DJ/producer. In only a few years time, he has become resident of Belgium's most known clubs such as LaRoccaClub and Café d'Anvers (Official) where he has shared the line-up with people such as: Dubfire, Marco Carola, Luciano (Official Page), Adam Beyer, Magda, Carl Craig, Jamie Jones, Matthias Tanzmann, Tale Of Us, Nic Fanciulli, Len Faki (OFFICIAL) Kerri Chandler, Solomun (Official), Hernan Cattaneo, Sasha and many more… Each year when the days are getting longer, Ugur enjoys playing Belgium's biggest festivals. He has played more than once at Belgium's worldwide known Tomorrowland festival and has been playing at Extrema Outdoor Belgium since 2011. His fresh 2013 Ibiza residency at the Flying Circus parties in Sankeys shows the world what an influential man Ugur Yurt has become in the underground scene. He spends all of his free time in the studio, crafting and creating his signature tracks .His sound is unique, as well as the DJ sets that he brings. He is already getting support from big names in the scene but you hold tight because Ugur Yurt's success story has only just began.
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