Currently located in Bern (CH)
Currently located in Bern (CH)
Having been involved with making and playing music for over 20 years, Deetron is an artist who is assured in his ambitions and a highly skilled performer. Deetron has maintained a high level of quality in every aspect of his career: from mind boggling three-deck DJ-sets to his special touch on remixes or simply for his own diverse range of productions.
The 42-year-old’s story is not an uncommon one; growing up in Bern, Switzerland the young Deetron fell in love with hip-hop and yearned to become a turntablist. Inspired by a childhood friend, who won the Swiss regional DMC heats, and local hero DJ Djaimin as well as an eye-opening set by Jeff Mills in the early nineties, he absorbed the traditions of DJing: those basic, yet crucially important elements; a broad yet accessible selection, true skills built up from hours and hours of practice and dedication. Skip forward a couple of decades and that same young man is now idolised by a new generation of DJs and producers all over the world and those early influences have been retained and implemented to great effect throughout his career. A master of not two, but three decks, his mixing ability is second to none and vinyl is still an intrinsic part of his creative process, pledging wholehearted allegiance to his roots.
Likewise, his productions retain a familiar ‘Deetron sound’ at their core, yet he can happily skip from sultry vocals and dainty chords to tougher compositions. There’s no contrived approach to his music, just a natural progression that stems from his broad musical palette and an innate desire to avoid becoming stagnant. Most interesting was the transitional phase Deetron found himself in, with the vocal element of his music coming to the fore and injecting a new wave of excitement into his production process. Which, in turn was the fuel behind his second album ‘Music Over Matter’ (Music Man Records, 2013) – a collection of dancefloor-ready tracks that featured a host of special guests across the house and techno worlds.
2014 saw the launch of Deetron’s own imprint, Character, and the release of the ‘fabric 76’ mix – a captivating ride through his most personal selection and a status sealed as one of the best in the vaults. Within the first few releases of his label hitting the stores: ‘Mars EP’ (Deetron & Ripperton as Roots Panorama) and ‘Theory Of Light EP’ (Deetron), including the massive underground hit, ‘Photon’, Character swiftly establishes itself as an outlet for music beyond the confines of any particular genre.
In 2016, the long-time friendship with DJ Bone results in their project ‘The Storytellers’. Their well-received EP on Subject Detroit is followed by selected B2B sessions at Concrete Paris, Brunch Electronik Lisbon, Shelter Amsterdam and Moondance Festival Croatia that showcase the dynamic energy from a meeting of kindred hearts and minds.
In 2017, Deetron surprises with a massive remix of ‘Automaton’ by British funk and acid jazz icon Jamiroquai on EMI. The remix crowns the DMC buzz chart and Music Week cool cuts, and Deetron heads to tour with Jamiroquai. During the same time, he releases ‘Re-Creation (Remixes Compiled)’ – a mammoth collection of remixes pruned from his 200-plus strong catalogue that showcases the breadth and depth of his remix talent from Ennio Morricone to Todd Terje and Jose Padilla.
In 2018 Deetron added to the lauded DJ-Kicks mix series featuring exclusive collaborations with Jamie Lidell and Steve Spacek, amidst a continuously touring schedule to choose clubs in Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa. A new Storyteller 2×12“ with DJ Bone followed in autumn as well as his return to Music Man with the „Heartwalking EP“.
In 2019 Deetron steps up with releases on Gerd Janson’s Running Back imprint, Fred P’s Perpetual Records, and Len Faki’s Figure Jams. The Swiss remains to be a high in demand remixer for ex Roland Tings, Fiorious, and FC Kahuna.
Deetron has plenty in store for 2020 with a string of EP’s, remixes and new music by The Storytellers duo.
For Deetron music is everything, and it goes beyond the individuals who make and play it. It’s in his DNA and it’s this unrelenting passion that takes him effortlessly from studio to stage in the same pulse.