When Len Faki moved to Berlin in 2003, he could already look back at years of fruitful productivity and the management of two highly acclaimed Techno labels: Monoid and Feis. His move to Berlin marked a decisive turning point in his career. With Len Series he founded an independent platform for his idea of Techno music. The basic concept, including its sub labels Figure and Podium, allows him to explore musical depths and artistic freedom…..His strong appearances at OstGut (Berlin) culminated in his residency at Berghain (the former OstGut), a position which further fuelled his open-minded approach as both DJ and producer. The characteristic extra-long DJ sets force him to vary in tone, style and feed him with extra inspiration…..At Berghain he also launched his own night on a regular basis to which he invites his colleagues from all over the world. As a logical progression, this night led to establishing his sublabel Podium with releases by Raudive, Shinedoe, Tony Rohr and 2000 And One. From its inception the label’s output was highly received and revered, setting a new standard for cutting edge, exciting Techno experimentation. Len Faki’s own tracks “My Black Sheep” and Odyssee II” turned into massive club hits in the years 2007 and 2008…..While Figure originally stood as a platform for Len’s own work in combination with remixes by friendly artists, Podium aims to release original works by both Faki and other artists. It is an open platform catering for a variety of electronic music. It is clearly directed towards the Techno floor, but always with a rich diversity in mind. After a short creative break, Len Faki has re-launched Figure for it to be more consistent with the idea and policy already established with Podium, meaning to be stylistically open and to be more artist oriented. As a consequence, Len has released music by such established artists as Radio Slave and Luke Slater, but never lost the next generation of talented producers, as numerous eps by Chymera, A.Mochi, Pfirter or Tony Lionni have proven. Consistent with this orientation, Len will relaunch his label Figure after a short creative break with a diversified repertoire. A broad stylistic range has been and is the main objective of both labels…..In addition to his own labels, Len has also produced a record for the Berghain label OstGut Ton („Rainbow Delta/Mekong Delta“, O-Ton 04), which was heavily supported by a lot of renowned djs. This ep is the result of Len’s monthly sets at Berghain, where he usually starts at 7 am on Sunday mornings. The tracks were remixed by Jerome Sydenham and Adam Beyer (O-Ton 08). On the back of this record, Len Faki did the hat trick of winning “Best Track”, “Best Producer” and “Best Newcomer” in german Groove magazine’s reader poll in 2007. No small feat at all, as no one ever achieved this before or after. This brought a lot of attention to Faki, culminating in his contribution “Death By House” for the Cocoon compilation H; a track that ruled summer festivals and Ibiza’s debauchery all over. It also won Len a nomination for the DJ Awards 2008…..His communicative DJ style makes him a true gentleman behind the turntables, an artist whose sets are passionate, powerful and never committed to one sub genre or style. His fingertips are like sensors on the Richter scale, and anticipating and triggering eruptions on the floor.
Exciting stories without big words
When you tell a story you explain something which has engaged you, something which has moved you. Telling good stories is certainly not easy, particularly if you don’t use words. Just like a good DJ set, storytelling is all about creating an arc, putting listeners under a spell and giving the feeling that this story doesn’t have to come to an end. Telling a story with these attributes without using words? How it’s possible is demonstrated by DJ and producer Markus Suckut.
Markus’ own musical history began in 1999, at the brink of the new millennium an interest in electronic music was awakened in the young, Germany-based Markus. At the time it was less about committing to one musical direction, than about the excitement of DJing and testing sonic limits. Carried along by the excitement of these inital impressions Markus began to teach himself to mix and within a few short years his first productions followed.
It’s hard to categorise someone who himself detests thinking about music in narrow-minded categories and who takes influence from many different styles of music. His own productions are best described plainly and simply with the word techno, techno which often and willingly becomes dub. His sets are wide reaching, and even if they have a common basis it’s difficult to describe what exactly they have in common. Perhaps it is soul, a bit of dreaminess and a tendency towards melancholy that best characterise Markus and his music.
Good things take time. A good story can’t be told in passing; accordingly Markus Suckut can be seen as one of the most vocal opponents of short sets, and of a club culture where the next DJ jostles impatiently in the booth waiting impatiently for the start of their own set. To play in his own style, leading the crowd and casting a spell over it, delighting listeners with records selections that go beyond the remit of any kind of DJ charts, this is his world. And in the company of someone who loves to listen to elaborate stories, who detects subtlety while simultaneously appreciating current trends, the listener is in very good hands with both his productions and his sets.
Biography by Martin Camphausen