LX Music announced this Monday the first names for the New Year’s Eve party that will take place in Feira Internacional de Lisboa: Jeff Mills, Paco Osuna and DVS1. Later it would be announced the Portuguese names.
Jeff Mills is returning to Portugal after attending the last NeoPop on August 8. Born in Detroit, he is an authentic techno genre living legend. With almost 40 years of career, he is one of the founders of the collective Underground Resistance, important in the launch of techno, first in the United States, and then in the rest of the world. In 1992 he founded Axis Records, a label based in Chicago that helped Mills confirm his solo status after leaving the Underground Resistance. In 2006 he released “Blue Potential”, a live album set with the Montpellier Philharmonic Orchestra, later played by bands such as Radiohead. Today, Jeff’s style has little to do with the violent and interventionist Detroit techno that mixed acid hardcore with industrial techno. His record is more minimal, melodious, regularly summoning elements of American genres such as jazz or blues, as well as instruments such as trumpet, keyboard, violin and xylophone, common in classical music.
Paco Osuna is also back Portugal after his recent performance at The BPM Festival on September 20. Born in Barcelona, Paco made his debut in 1995, at the age of 21, at the ACTV Club in Valencia. From 2001, after years of preference for house music, he began his ride on the techno scene. This decision turned out to be right for his popularity. In 2006, he founded Mindshake, a platform for the creation and distribution of electronic music, which is now one of the most prestigious labels in Europe. Still in 2006 he founded, with Marco Carola, Adam Beyer and Christian Smith, the Club4, which started as a thematic party and is today a nightclub located in Barcelona and considered a temple for techno fans. He is characterized by a very relaxed and soft musical style, and it’s clearly noticing Latin influences in his sets. He considers himself as a fan of creativity and imagination and is able to harmoniously combine festive and obscure sounds, as well as a style that at the same time sounds minimal and sophisticated. Paco Osuna was also confirmed to play in the north of Portugal at Pacha Offir for this same night!
DVS1, an artistic name for Zak Khutoretsky, although less frequent in Portugal, came here last summer at the festival Walking Life festival, held in the village of Crato. A native of St. Petersburg but settled since childhood in Minneapolis, the man who says he first DJ and then a producer began his career touring the most diverse American nightlife venues, some of which were illegal warehouses. In 2009, after more than a decade just mixing and performing, he released his first record on Klockworks, label of Ben Klock. Two years later, he founded his own company, HUSH. He is a regular presence in Berghain, Berlin’s famous club, where he performs about a dozen times every year. His style is largely influenced by his 8-year piano and synthesizer lessons. He oscillates between vigorous beats of techno and melodies that come closer to the modern house of today.