Decoded returns to Brighton Music Conference with Berlin Brighton and Timo Maas

April sees the return of the Brighton Music Conference with Berlin-Brighton are once again on the forefront as one of the official Friday Events for a 4th year running, returning with our good friend Timo Maas to Brighton.

Timo Maas
Rockets and Ponies

Timo Maas has been on a 30-year quest to deliver his musical wizardry to the world. In fact, music is such an intrinsic part of his DNA that it’s one of his main modes of communication. From a residency at the groundbreaking Circoloco at DC10 in Ibiza, where he has been entrenched for over 15 years, to tours around Europe and the rest of the world, Timo Maas maintains a high level of performance. The visionary German also dedicates his time to conjuring up fresh new productions in his studio. His international recognition began with his seminal remix of ‘Dooms Night’ by Azzido Da Bass. Adopted by the UK’s garage scene, it launched him on to the world stage and he was soon being courted by a plethora of superstars from Madonna to Depeche Mode and Fatboy Slim to Muse.

He has produced three albums, ‘Loud’ in 2001, ‘Pictures’ in 2005 and, most recently, ‘Lifer’ in 2013.There’s depth, emotion and subtlety in his creations, spliced with beats and basslines to make even the most lacklustre dance floor get a little crazy. Ultimately, he is an artist whose roots lie within the club environment. He is a DJ first and foremost, injecting his experience in the booth to his artistry in the studio and consistently demonstrating his ability to connect with any crowd he is in front of. From closing the main stage at Bencasim after Blur, numerous Glastonbury and Ants Ibiza performances, regular appearances at institutions such as Warung Beach Club, right through to his intense and intimate shows at smaller venues.

Timo’s last album, ‘Lifer’, included collaborations with a diverse range of artists including Placebo’s Brian Molko, James Lavelle and Mikill Pane. Since that release, he has connected with James Teej of My Favorite Robot, working closely with the Canadian, which has led to a series of exciting projects. Most recently a remix for Black Butter Records and an incredible collaboration with Paul McCartney on Virgin, that saw the pair reinvigorate an old classic. The single, ‘Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five’, took the world of dance music by storm with its mysterious white label debut and support from pivotal Radio 1 names such as Pete Tong and Annie Mac; it scored Timo his second Grammy nomination, the first of which he received in 2004. On the solo front Timo has been busier than ever, with original productions and remixes for the underground right up to the pop world. Artists like Kidnap Kid and Loco Dice, through to Roisin Murphy & Morcheeba – all benefitting from his expert touch in recent times, not to mention the ‘Once Upon A Time’ EP released on Sasha’s legendary Last Night On Earth label. In conjunction with his studio work, Timo maintains his own label, Rockets & Ponies, which has been releasing the best electronic music for almost a decade. Artists from Acid Mondays to Maetrik, from Addison Groove to Nightmares On Wax, from Alan Fitzpatrick to Ion Ludwig have been featured on the imprint and in particular, an EP comprising of Ricardo Villalobos’ remixes of famous German jazz drummer Wolfgang Haffner.

Looking to the future Timo has forthcoming EP’s on Joris Voorn’s eminent Rejected label and a return to My Favourite Robot. Not only this but a remix of the fabled Porcelain by Moby on his own Rockets & Ponies label. As time passes by, Timo Maas remains relevant, hungry and bursting with ideas. Never looking to the past, always in the here and now. From his formative years, in a small town called Bückeburg, up to today, Timo Maas has retained a love and passion for making and playing music that is indelibly etched into his psyche. It makes him the man he is today; driven, positive, infinitely creative and full of magic.

Get Physical Music, Bedrock, Connaisseur Recordings, Kittball Records, OFF Recordings, Nurvous Records, Gruuv

Straddling House and Disco with a unique twist and an eye for the underground NOLAN is making serious waves right now, with key releases on Kittball, MadTech, Crew Love, Get Physical, OFF, Gruuv & Connaisseur Recordings. His collaboration with legendary actor Idris Elba caused quite a stir with it’s no nonsense anti EDM stance. The vinyl release of which, with its analog heavy Of Norway remix featured as the opening track on John Digweed’s Transitions radio show which then led to the NOLAN guest mix on show 511.

NOLAN’s debut release ‘Thief’ which was snapped up by New York’s Nurvous Records, making its way into the discerning boxes of Maceo Plex & Wolf + Lamb. His follow up EP was released on vinyl by the exquisite Connaisseur Recordings, with a bumping Paradise Garage-inspired disco track alongside a stunning revision of an MK classic. Followed by a sizzling hot vinyl EP on Audiojack’s GRUUV imprint with remixes courtesy of John Tejada and Poker Flat’s Kyodai. Then came ‘Go Slow’ with it’s choice remixes from Miguel Puente & a young Finnebassen who’s remix clocked well over 5 million views on YouTube. More recently his collaborations with Soul songstress Rachel Adedeji created a huge buzz amongst the DJ community featuring remixes from DJ T, Sharam Jey, Climbers & ATFC. Which was followed by a slew of releases on Low Steppa’s Simma Black, Sleazy Deep, ALiVE, King Street, Dear Deer, Sakura Music & a vinyl release on Sex Panda White with remixes from Kevin Over, Telonius (Gomma) + Matt Fear & Kreature.

But it’s NOLAN’s collaboration with Amber Jolene, which spent an unprecedented 256 days in the Beatport NuDisco charts (100 days of which in the top 10 itself) which is proving hard to beat. The sublime remix by Danish rising star KANT resonated around Ibiza island and features on Toolroom Ibiza CD, Pure Salinas, Coco Beach, Armada Sunset + Ministry Of Sound Chilled House Ibiza compilation CDs and has also now had over 12 million views on YouTube!

Not one to rest on his laurels Nolan’s next collaboration with the inimitable Forrest came out on KITTBALL featuring remixes from Hot Creations duo Raumakustik and label boss P.A.C.O. Followed by a 2 tracker ‘Dance Boy’ & ‘Cassette Tape’ on Enzo Siffredi’s chart busting Wired imprint & a release on Kerri Chandler’s MadTech. Soul Clap & Wolf + Lamb then snapped up 4 more Nolan / Forrest collaborations for an EP on their Brooklyn based Crew Love Records & a collaboration with House Music royalty Joi Cardwell recently came out on the legendary Henry Street Records. Plus the future looks hot with SASHA asking to sign 3 more NOLAN tracks and a remix for Mr. V about to drop too! Keep them peeled for more info….

Markus Saarländer
Berlin – Brighton, Decoded Magazine, friskyRadio, Trickstar Radio, Dino Audio

Markus is the founder of Dino Audio and Berlin-Brighton, a Berlin style underground club night that has been making waves for the last three years. With queues down the street and full venues for every party, Berlin has established itself as one Brighton’s most popular Underground music events.

​The night has also been forward thinking in terms of the type of parties (in true Berlin style), with a residency at the Green Door Store as well as alternative parties such as beach terrace parties, pop up parties, studio parties, outdoor Christmas market parties and collabs with other venues in the city. In 2020 Berlin will move to a stunning venue in the centre of the city and close to Brighton Seafront called Chalk with official Afterparties being held at Zahara two doors down until 8am. ​On the back of that Berlin has enjoyed a successful radio show on Codesouth.FM for the whole of 2016 and moving over to Trickstar Radio in January 2017. Markus is from Germany having moved over to the UK many moons ago and always wanted to bring a slice of his home land to the UK.

​Spending his early DJ years in the North West of England playing Trance, House and Tech House in around Manchester, Markus extended his portfolio with gigs elsewhere in the UK and Europe including slots at well known beach bars in Ibiza. Moving to Brighton in 2011, Markus quickly got onto the circuit with residencies for Hed Kandi and has now played at every well-known club and bar venue in the city, as well as boat parties, Brighton Pride and other quirky pop up events. Equally Markus has been featured in multiple magazines and articles such as Decoded Magazine, DJ Mag, Frisky Radio, BN1, XYZ, Native FM and After Dark. Recent years have also seen the collaboration with German and UK record labels in the form of Radio Show features and Label Showcase events involving Mother Recordings, Kittball, Stil vor Talent, Steyoyoke, Beste Modus, Selador and Arms & Legs.

Guest Mixes have included 2 Decoded Magazine Pioneer DJ Radio Shows, a special guest on the Kittball Radio Show on Ibiza Global Radio, as well as BLITZ FM St Petersburg, Alex Preda’s ‘Layers’ Series in Amsterdam, Native FM, After Dark, circle.Ibiza, and Kurt Kjergaard’s infamous Beach Podcast Series.

Other recent highlights have included support at the Arch for Groove Armada, Booka Shade and John 00 Fleming’s JOOF Editions shows. Berlin and Markus were also the official partner for Waze & Odyssey’s Street Tracks series in Brighton in 2018. Not only that Markus has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business such as Timo Maas, Tiefschwarz, Einmusik, John Digweed, Rebekah, Juliet Fox, Dave Seaman, Alex Niggemann, Kellerkind, Thomas Schumacher, Nhan Solo, Superlover, Just Her, Timo Garcia, Juliet Sikora, Emanuel Satie, Cinthie, Daniel Steinberg, Jeremy Underground, Jonas Saalbach, Teenage Mutants, Tigerskin, BLANCAh most of whom have become personal friends.

​In May 2019, after returning from a LIVE Stream during the International Music Summit in Ibiza on the beach, in collaboration with Decoded Magazine and circle. Ibiza and good friend Luke Brancaccio, Markus was invited by Danny Rampling to warm up at his infamous ‘Shoom’ night at the Arch in Brighton before Leftfield and himself on the lineup. A set which received big praise from Danny.

In June 2018 Markus also featured as the Artist of the Week for global underground music station Frisky Radio, which led to Markus starting is own Radio show ‘Rainbow Frequencies’ airing on 12 November 2018 on the NYC based station, which is also the home of big hitters such as Sasha, Dave Seaman, Steve Lawler, Nick Warren and many more. Markus hosts the show every second Monday at 4pm EST, 9pm UK and 10pm CET. The show also reached no.2 in the global Frisky charts in February 2019. Alternatively catch Markus hosting the Berlin Radio Show every Wednesday 18:00-20:00 UK Time on

Lola – DJ
Berlin – Brighton, SIZE., Codesouth.FM

Award winning Brighton based female DJ, a well known name in the LGBT club scene and purveyor of fat, bouncing beats, Lady Lola has been rocking our souls and minds for some years now. No stranger to transfixing dance floors at 5000 attendees plus with large scale events such as Brighton Pride, smashing closing sets year after in 2015 and 2016. Not only that, Lola also lights up London regularly with headline sets at key venues such as Electric Brixton and 93 East as well as having played at every venue in Brighton such as The Arch, Coalition, Concorde2, Green Door Store, The Volks and many more.

To add to her growing roster she has also featured at Ola Girls (Spain), Il Ha Branca Festival (Azores), Benidorm Pride, Amsterdam Pride, London Pride, Summer Rights (Tobacco Dock), As One In the Park (Victoria Park), Fright Festival, DPM not to mention clubs up and down the country and internationally supporting the likes of Route 94, Kellerkind, Pan Pot, BLANCAh, Juliet Fox, Dave Seaman, Honey Dijon, Booka Shade, Sasha, Enzo Siffredi and many more. Not only that, this year has seen Lola jet setting across Europe to Poland, Germany and Portugal.

She is also the co-founder of local club night SIZE. and promotes her own night “Rumour Has It” and co-hosts radio shows on Codesouth.FM and Brap FM. In 2016 she also became a firm Berlin-Brighton resident where she has truly begun to shine and develop her own Berlin tinged sound

Winner of Brighton Dj of the Year 2014. and 2015!

Monica Music
Berlin – Brighton, Codesouth.FM

Two strangers enter a toilet at a Pan Pot gig, they emerge as friends, and two years later are ready to start showing the city of Brighton and the rest of the world their unique style of dance floor groovers.

Luke and Owen, aka Monica, have been members of the dance floor generation since their late teens. With a musical choice that is sometimes considered to sit just outside what the majority of people in Brighton play, and a love for the Berlin sound, it wasn’t long before they were offered their first taste of limelight, when the head honcho of Nightshift Records, Sami Kubu, offered them a slot on her bi-monthly podcast. The podcast was to be released as a Halloween special in 2016. The mix was an emotional and moody eclectic mix of music both Luke and Owen love with groove from start to finish. It was well received by both listeners and Nightshift records themselves and building on their success secured a weekly radio show on Codesouth FM every Monday 20:00-22:00.

Monica were also featured in Decoded Magazine as produced a sublime Guest Mix receiving huge praise from the publisher and peers alike. Monica have been involved in numerous Berlin-Brighton events to date supporting the likes of Timo Maas, Einmusik, Tiefschwarz, BLANCAh, Daniel Steinberg, John Digweed, Rebekah, Emanuel Satie and many more. The duo also completed a Berlin Mixtapes Guest mix for us too. Listen to it here:

​2019 also saw the two cofound their very own club night called ‘Foucault’ showcasing a range of deep, electronic and melodic events calling in on Berlin-Brighton friends Markus Saarländer and Faide on support duties.

Is this night for you?
Of course it is, have you seen the line-up??? Come if you like House, Deep House, Tech House, Funk, Funky House & Techno. Come if you like stickers, glitter, confetti, laughing lots, speaking in a German accent, lasers, The Hoff, Jägermeister, saying ‘Ja’ a lot, dancing, musical journeys, inflatable animals, high fünfing a lot! Fore more information and tickets, head here

About the Author

Loves long walks along the beach, holding hands and romantic 80's power ballads, partial to electronic music and likes to make the odd mix or two.