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DT650 – Steve Bug


Steve Bug is one of electronic music’s true originals. His relentless commitment to quality – both in his own work and in the many producers he has championed – has made him one of the world’s most revered artists and curators, and along with his label Poker Flat has made a sizeable contribution to building the European house and techno scene as we know it.

A dedicated, energetic and constantly innovative talent, Resident Advisor once called Steve Bug the “gentleman of techno” referring to his sense of duty and dependability as one of the world’s most renowned DJs and producers. That same professionalism that means he’s hardly ever missed a DJ gig is evident in his work as a composer, producer and owner of the Poker Flat Recordings label: a label whose influence on house and techno cannot be overstated. Every step he takes is well considered, but always tempered with his own fine sense of humour and innate love for his craft.

Having grown up in Germany’s techno and acid-house heyday, Steve Bug’s love for a perfect groove is as apparent now as it was back then. His DJ skills and a keen, innovative ear led him not down the typical path of the early nineties trance and harder dance scene, but instead towards a fresher, hybrid sound–merging stripped deep house, tweaked out acid and more minimal forms of techno and electronic music.

Although dedicated to his own labels – first and foremost the aforementioned Poker Flat – Steve’s talents have naturally attracted the attention of other imprints. Bedrock, Knee Deep In Sound, Minus, Cocoon and Defected are just some of the labels that have championed original tracks and remixes.

2019 is the 20th anniversary of Poker Flat, to celebrate their big birthday we hand over our very special 650th podcast to Steve Bug.

Listen to it below, on Spotify or iTunes here

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
Starts deep, takes off, gets exciting, ends with awesome piano!

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
Couldn’t say, they are all really wonderful. 

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?

What’s the best gig you’ve played recently?
Vent – Tokyo

What have you got coming up?
I just released ‘A Reddish Hue’ in Cassy’s Label Kwench, in July I have a collaboration with my mate Cle coming on Rejected. And another release with great remixes on Snatch.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Turn off your phones and close your eyes more to enjoy music.

STL – Sensimilla – Echocord
Sasse & Cle présent Mitte Housing Authority – A1 (Acid Dub) – Moodmusic
Madness BA – Modulated – Black Dub Label
Diamond Dancer – I Am House – Hudd Traxx
Kellie Allen – Road Trip – Decay Records
Kenlou – The Bounce – Masters At Work
Ruff Stuff – This Way – Madhouse Records
Josh Butler – The Hydra (Dub) – Recjected
Michel De Hey – Vodka (Coyu & EDu Imbernon Remix) – HEY Records
Cassy – Next Generation – Kwench
Arkady Antsryev – Little Helper 348-5 – Little Helpers
Steve Bug – Struggle Struggle – Kwench
Monyq, Moan – AMnesia – Papa Trax

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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