Stephan Bodzin is unquestionably one of the most influential artists in the dance world today. A techno pioneer and enduring legend, Bodzin consistently finds ways to further propel his reign into dance music stardom. His dominance and prestige has recently gone from not only producing many of the greatest techno songs of all time, but into the synth drenched world of live performance. Last year Bodzin was voted in at #3 on Resident Advisor’s top 40 live acts of 2016, only trumped by Recondite and KiNK.
Stephan Bodzin produces a warm and electro-infused sound with melancholic melodies that thrive in his live show. During sets, just like on his tracks individually, punters are taken on a journey with all the twists and turns of a dramatic spate watching live theatre. With multiple albums, numerous releases, a record label and the headline slot at any festival or event worth its salt, Stephan Bodzin is quite literally on top of the world.
Stephan Bodzin has been a hugely influential figure within the global techno scene for years. The reason the German has endured where many had fallen by the wayside is because of his devotion to authenticity. “Without it, everything would appear to be nothing more than a hollow shell,” says the son of an experimental musician who is now a revered talent in his own right.
After starting out by composing music for several prestigious European theaters, Stephan Bodzin soon fell in love with nocturnal club sounds and began producing his own brand of techno. He impressed right from the off and has gone on to work with Marc Romboy many times, including on albums like “Luna” and more recently “Kerberos & Styx” in 2014, and with Oliver Huntemann under myriad aliases including Rekorder. The fruits of these labors have defined the modern techno scene until today.
“Throughout my releases and all my collaborations I managed to let my ideas flow freely and to develop my own style,” Stephan Bodzin explains, and he proved that with 2007’s debut album, “Liebe Ist…” and the many other original productions that have followed, such as 2014’s single ‘Sungam’, which sat at number four on the RA charts, and his massive remix of Super Flu’s “Jo Gurt” in the same year.
Stephan Bodzin productions are driving, hypnotic things with a very real and memorable sense of melody that sticks long in the mind. Of course, running his own Herzblut label has also defined his career since 2006, and as well as being a place for his own work, has also housed refreshing contemporary music from Dominik Eulberg, Max Cooper and Pig&Dan amongst many more. In the club, meanwhile, Stephan Bodzin is both a story telling DJ who really takes dance floors on a ride through his many musical influences, but is also an impressive live specialist who creates mesmerizing, high impact soundtracks on the fly. Across all continents, there is barely a club or festival in the world worth its salt that he hasn’t headlined at some point or other.
2015 saw the Bremen mastermind release his second full length, “Powers of Ten”, as well as a new single on DJ Tennis’ and Tale of Us’ taste making label Life & Death. The album is another magical piece of work that focuses on melody and rhythm, on fat bass and vivid sound design and is a truly captivating journey through the mind, music, body and soul of one of dance music’s truly modern greats.
We’ve also bared witness to Stephan Bodzin’s recent work and collaboration with Tale of Us’ on their latest venture Afterlife. He was praised as one of the best sets during their summer events and he’s now about to release his first solo EP in two-years “Strand”. It is just the latest chapter in what has been an exhilarating musical journey in the capable and creative hands of Stephan Bodzin.
Thursday 28th December: Beyond The Valley, Victoria
Saturday 30th December: Lost Paradise Festival, Sydney
Monday 1st January: Let Them Eat Cake, Melbourne