COMPLEX GRAND OPENING WEEKEND WITH JEFF MILLS, DAN CURTIN & MARIE STAGGAT
EPM continue their 15 year celebrations with two monumental events in Maastricht, happening across 23-24 September.
Also celebrating the GRAND OPENING weekend of COMPLEX (Maastricht’s largest night event and cultural venue), EPM team up with Berlin based photographer Marie Staggat on Friday 23 September for a Q&A Session on her stunning photographic book and ‘Detroit Love Letter’ 313ONELOVE.
Then on 24 September EPM, in conjunction with Claydrum, host techno legend Jeff Mills for his first ever appearance in the city. As grand opening nights go for a new venue, it simply doesn’t get any better!
313ONELOVE: Q&A Session with Photographer Marie Staggat / 23 Sept
COMPLEX’s Detroit inspired Grand Opening weekend, in conjunction with Club Blitz, kicks off with a Q&A Session with Berlin based photographer Marie Staggat, discussing her stunning 128 page hardback book 313ONELOVE. The pages within this book capture some of the most influential techno and house artists from Detroit. Showcasing an array of interviews with many key figures within the Detroit music scene it highlights some of their fondest memories of the time spent up close and very personal through the lens of her camera.
Detroit has been an inspiration for many music industries. House and Techno would not exist the way it does today had it not been for the artists portrayed within her book. Marie hopes that you too will enjoy the experience as you read the interviews, share in the memories, recite the poems, delight in the drawings and be inspired by the hand written “wise” saying as she was and still is.
We present a book exposition and a Q&A with EPM Music founders Jonas Stone and Oliver Way with Marie Staggat. Then we’re having a disco, with a distinct Detroit flavour!https://www.facebook.com/events/251995211835701/
Room Two, hosted by Club Blitz
GRAND OPENING COMPLEX w/ Claydrum presents EPM Music 15 years with Jeff Mills 3hr set / 24 Sept
For the Grand Opening of Complex Maastricht we managed to book a living legend to help celebrate our 15 year anniversary!
Jeff Mills is simply without peer and considered one of the most brilliant DJ and producers of techno music in the world. With a DJ career that pre-dates techno, he began as a DJ on WDRQ radio in 1984, subsequently going on to co-found the highly-influential Underground Resistance with “Mad Mike Banks”. By 1992, Mills created his own label “Axis”, where he continues to uphold his artistic independence and produce timeless electronic music compositions. More recently Mills has gone on to work with orchestras, taking his productions – and the world of techno – to new heights. He unveils his next orchestral collaboration at the Barbican Centre next year, with music inspired by Gustav Holst’s ‘The Planets’. Meanwhile his 3 hour set at COMPLEX will be an incendiary mindbomb of techno wizardry!
Also playing on the night is another US techno pioneer, Dan Curtin. Dan’s musical quest began amidst the inception of the techno and house phenomenon of the early 1990s. From his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio Dan experimented with a vast number of styles, producing innovative sounds of every variety: from Chicago to Detroit to the East Coast. Dan’s considerably impressive discography dates back to 1992 when his first releases on Detroit’s 33 RPM Records and Belgium’s Buzz motivated him to launch his own production hub: Metamorphic Recordings. His unwillingness to commit to a singular style was instrumental to his continuously fresh releases on big players such as Peacefrog, Strictly Rhythm and Sublime, and Soma while his forward-thinking approach brought him tremendous support from the likes of Carl Cox, Carl Craig, and many more.
Over 70 singles, nine albums later Dan is just as innovative and fresh as he has ever been whether recording under his own name or under one of his his many aliases such as Purveyors of Fine Funk. His refusal to lock himself into one style as well as his unique ability to collaborate with artists from a variety of genres has helped him to maintain not only his status as an individual amongst a world of ever-increasingly like-minded musicians but also his status as a legend over nearly two decades. As part of EPM’s 15 Year celebrations, Dan also released the acclaimed ‘Galaxies Merging’ EP on the label this February and we very much look forward to welcoming Mr. Curtin to the night!
EPM co-founder, Oliver Way is one half of Detroit Grand Pubahs with Paris the Black Fu, Oliver Way – aka Mr. O has played the world over. Taking in everything from house, techno, electro and rave Oliver returns to his long running collaboration with Claydrum. As a producer he has released on BulletDodge, Motech, Urban Substance, Torque, EPMMusic and the Pubahs own labels Detelefunk & Engineroom, most recently with his ‘Youth In Asia / Magic Flange’ collaboration with Ben Long for Engineroom.
COMPLEX is a unique location based right on the bank of the River Maas in Maastricht. It has one side built into the ground with the one side facing the river completely glassed. Maastricht Music Hall (MMH) as it was first known is now refurbished and renamed COMPLEX. Built as a hub for creative & cultural events then venue’s main use will be as a night venue, in particular for dance parties from 300 – 2000 people. The new company is a partnership between dance organizer Luc Boers (ClayDrum and Native Tone) and Hans-Paul Nieskens (festival director of Park City Live and former consultant external events Muziekgieterij Maastricht). COMPLEX is the largest venue in the city of Maastricht with a night permit. http://complexmaastricht.nl
EPM is an internationally recognised music company and record label with offices in London, Berlin and Los Angeles, as well as Maastricht. They have showcased events at ADE (Amsterdam), during Sonar at Nitsa (Barcelona), Es Vive Hotel (Ibiza), fabric (London), Berghain and Suicide Circus (Berlin), Doornroosje (NL) and hosted the techno stage at Solar Weekend Festival (NL).