Hernan Cattaneo (Sudbeat)
Audiofly (Flying Circus)
ABOUT HERNAN CATTANEO:
In the recent explosion of talent and DJs that the music industry has witnessed in the past few years, there are very few who can show the long-spanning career Hernan Cattaneo has cultivated throughout his over three decade span as an underground artist. Furthermore, there are few DJs can truly attest to the kind of dedication to a quality, underground sound that Hernan has uncompromisingly championed.
More than a performer, he has been a leader, taking the Argentinian house movement from a local collective to international prominence, and along with it exposing the world to some of the most now critically acclaimed sounds in progressive, house, and techno. His own imprint, Sudbeat, has released groundbreaking work from the biggest names in the business, from Danny Howells to Guy J, Nick Warren to Henry Saiz, as well as supported and launched careers for some of the world's newest groundbreaking acts such as Guy Mantzur, Marc Poppcke, and many others.
A seasoned producer in his own right, Hernan has further championed his own unique breed of electronic music that has time and time again found itself at the top of DJ's playlists, with a discography currently at over 30 original singles, 50 remixes, and 12 compilations to date. His remix along with Soundexile of Nick Warren's "La Fabrica" remains one of the most charted underground progressive tunes of 2013, and new collaborations with Guti (Wolf & Lamb), Omid 16B, SOS, and Soundexile are already in the works.
His story began in the mid-80s, when house music was just realizing itself, and icons like Frankie Knuckles, Derrick May, and Inner City were paving the way for new artists to emerge. Inspired by their sound as well as the post-punk innovations pioneered by artists like Depeche Mode and New Order, his love for music grew into a passion for performance, which would eventually land him his first residency at Buenos Aires's legendary Clubland.
It was at Clubland that he soon gained the respect, recognition, and friendship from the some of the most influential acts of the time, with nods from John Digweed, Sasha, and Paul Oakenfold to name a few. Moreover, it would in fact be his relationship with Paul that would lead to his invitation to join the legendary Perfecto Records.
From there, Hernan Cattaneo launched himself onto the international scene, first becoming Cream's official South American Resident, and then establishing himself overseas with residencies at Cream Liverpool and Ibiza. This would in turn lead to performances at legendary venues and events such as Burning Man, Bedrock, Pacha, and Fabric. By the time his first international compilation on Perfecto was released, Hernan had already established himself as a staple artist of the international scene, with his DJ sets receiving widespread acclaim for their ability to express a unique, thought-provoking musical journey: a talent he continues to this day.
The rest, as they say, is history!. With new accolades nearly every year of his career, from being charted in the top 10 of DJMag's top 100 DJs 2 years in a row (as well as a featured cover), performing at nearly every major festival in the world from Tomorrowland to Coachella, and holding residencies at Ibiza's biggest venues such as Pacha and Amnesia, Hernan Cattaneo is one of the foundations of the modern underground sound. Known for his love of all music, his dedication to his fans, and his commitment to consistently delivering quality, he has built a reputation for class and good showmanship that is often lacking in the modern music scene, and has proven himself one of the few artists who has proudly stood by his musical principles that he started with in the beginning of his career.
With a new Balance compilation forthcoming, an intense touring schedule at some of the biggest dance venues on the planet, and his Resident radio show which has garnered millions of plays over the years, it is fair to say Hernan Cattaneo remains one of the most active performers and producers in the scene today. Uncompromising and driven by a relentless passion to deliver the best to those who appreciate him, Hernan will continue to be one of the defining forces in underground dance music for many years to come.
With 13 years behind them as a creative partnership Anthony Middleton and Luca Saporito AKA Audiofly have accumulated unparalleled experience through their endeavours and continue to put everything into maintaining their careers at the highest level. After a chance meeting in 2002, the two men have established a creative empire, which includes two record labels, a global party brand and fashion. A constant source of positive energy, Audiofly retain a focus on the underground with the depth of knowledge to confidently explore new terrains.
After establishing themselves within the house and techno world as a potent partnership, Audiofly relocated from London to Barcelona in 2008. A hub for many of their peers, “A home for the romantics,” as Anthony puts it. In the coastal city they found the slower pace of life and bright, sunny climate to be the perfect catalyst behind their creative output, fuelling their progression both as artists and businessmen.
With over a decade of experience Audiofly’s work ethic remains high, they have taken the long road, preferring to retain their authenticity rather than sell out and milk the ‘trendiest’ sound in order to make a quick buck. Over the years they have avoided limiting themselves to one style, never making it easy for themselves but the long game provides a far more satisfying result and sets the true artists apart from those who are driven purely by ego and financial gain.
Anthony and Luca have been working harder than ever recently, with a second artist album in the works following on from 2011 long-player ‘Follow My Liebe’. This time around they’re incorporating live instrumentation and singers, demonstrating their broad musical range and diversity and pushing their artistic capabilities. It’s a project that will further bolster their reputation for experimentation and staunch belief in staying true to themselves.
Alongside their own musical careers, Audiofly run two labels. The first, Supernature, serves as a platform to represent both their musical vision and their ability to discover and nurture new talent. Over the years, Audiofly have been responsible for supporting the careers of artists such as Dance Spirit and Bedouin, among others, lending their experience to providing them with the necessary skills to succeed in this industry.
Meanwhile, Maison D’Etre is evolving into a vinyl-only platform, embodying the more traditional aspects of Audiofly’s ethos while, at the same time, the music direction is moving towards less traditional sphere with a series of intriguing collaborations and exciting new sounds in the pipeline.
On top of that, their party, Flying Circus, remains the jewel in the crown at many of the world’s biggest music events; WMC, Sonar Week, ADE and more, with a firm emphasis on quality over quantity. Making each event a proper show for its clientele is paramount for the duo as they uphold the core values of the party brand, while injecting their creative flair into making it the very best it can be.
The aim with all of these outlets is to create a tight-knit group of like-minded friends; a community of artists who inspire one another and work towards a united goal – to be the best they can be and to provide the partygoing public with an unforgettable experience.
Each of these endeavours represents a different branch of the Audiofly tree. Above all else, positivity, creativity and a clear vision remain the core elements that bind all of Audiofly’s enterprises together and they are the foundation of partnership that remains as scintillating now as it was 13 years ago when it was first formed.