Swedish artist, DJ and label boss Adam Beyer very much luges and breathes techno. Not only is he married to fellow techno giant Ida Ingberg, but his label is a the forefront of the mainroom scene.
His own tunes and DJ sets are powerful affairs while the music he releases on his label is all about drum lead funk. A celebration of all that goes down on Saturday 24th August at the NDSM docklands in Amsterdam for the annual festival.
Alan Fitzpatrick, ANNA, Charlotte de Witte, Reinier Zonneveld, Sam Paganini, Amelie Lens, Enrico Sangiuliano, Ida Engberg and Ilario Alicante all play across the 11 hour affair and it always something special.
Ahead of that we look any five of Adam Beyer’s most iconic moments.
Back to back with Carl Cox at Junction 2
Last summer, under a motorway bridge in London, two of techno’s biggest names came together for a very powerful set. It was a world exclusive, fist time ever for the pair and it didn’t let up, with cuts by Darren Emmerson, Green Velvet and Beyer himself all making it an electrifying trip through minimal then more hard techno.
Marrying Ida Ingberg
Already a techno power couple given the high profile gigs they play and Ida’s big moments on Drumcode, in 2016 these two finally go married. They had a big afterparty in Berghain and have since gone on to have some beautiful children. While Ida plays slightly less often than she used to, Adam still brings the heat each and every time.
Drumcode No. 1 with Lenk
More than 20 years later, the first ever release on Drumcode has more than stood the test of time. It is a hardcore banger with brash and aggressive drums, raw synth textures and a real sense of rave that will mean it will blow up any club to this day.
His fabric mix
This was a big moment for Beyer as he was one of the first big name sin techno to take over controls of the hallowed fabric mix back in 2005. His mix leant heavily on Scandi-techno talent and was smooth, seductive and hypnotic, showing a new direction for him and his label in the process.
Closing down Awakenings
Back in 2009, just days after the King of Pop had died, Beyer closed down the biggest techno festival in the world with Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’. Lasers, fireworks and a wild crowd all made it a very special moment, and even if the years since have revealed Jackson to be a character we now want to forget, at the time it was a real moment.