LABELS: Stil Vor Talent
When people think of Switzerland, they think of green meadows, clear water, snow-covered mountaintops and fresh air. In the world of electronic music they think of soulful house music and an extensive clubbing past. It is in both of these environments that Marco Biagini aka KELLERKIND grew up. In the small and rural town of Solothurn KELLERKIND discovered the Chicago sound in the local clubs and became fully infected with the virus of house music. 15 years later, KELLERKIND has become an irreplaceable figure in the Swiss electronic music scene. Backflash: In the beginning, it wasn’t much more than just fun. Now though, it is a true passion. After many nights spent on the dance-floor of Solothurn’s Nacht-Schicht, KELLERKIND started to DJ himself – at first in his bedroom and soon in the clubs in and around his hometown. Warm deep house and the soulful music of Chicago were his biggest influences then and still remain to be the backbone to his sets. Very quickly KELLERKIND starts to DJ out in Switzerland’s big clubs. By 2007 Marco has already played the country’s most important venues, be it Zurich’s Hive, Rohstofflager, Rote Fabrik, Zukunft or Bern’s Formbar.
His career, however, really kicks off with his first release ‘Bergluft’ in 2008. His name, which translates as ‘basement child’, can be taken quite literal, as he spends hours creating and arranging his warm house sounds in his basement studio in Solothurn. In 2007, KELLERKIND meets the guys behind Swiss house imprint Sirion Recordings and in 2008 he releases ‘Bergluft’, a track that gets worldwide feedback. It is played out by many famous DJs, charts at number 5 of Beatport’s minimal section and even gets airtime on John Digweed’s UK radio show on Kiss100. After the sterling debut things happen quickly: Florian Meindl releases the Keller EP on his label Flash Recordings, of which the tracks ‘Natural Juice’ and ‘TomTom’ list highly in various techno charts. Later the tracks are re-released on vinyl as part of the Don’t Go Home EP, which does well with record retailers such as decks.de. In 2009, KELLERKIND’s working-relationship with Oliver Koletzki develops as he is asked to produce a remix for Koletzki’s ‘Since you are gone’. Since then he has released a shared EP on Stil vor Talent with Niko Schwind – an homage to classic house music – and has been featured on the Swiss Edition EP in 2010. More recently, his Groovebox EP was released on Flash to critical acclaim and another collaboration with Niko Schwind appeared on Light my Fire. While the spring of last year saw KELLERKIND’s first full length. Basement Story, his Backflash EP on Stil vor Talent has been the career defining moment thus far: hitting the zeitgeist perfectly, it reigned the Beatport Deep House charts at number one for weeks. Now, not even two years later, his second album Music is a Miracle is about to become another big success story.
Simultaneously, KELLERKIND’s DJ career has taken a sharp turn: he masters the decks at Berlin’s famous Watergate every other month, holds a residency at Hive in Zurich and jets to international venues in Paris, Amsterdam or Istanbul regularly. While channeling the energy of the club in his records, KELLERKIND enjoys the contrast between weekend and weekday: he produces his tracks in a small wooden hut tucked away deep in the Swiss countryside. It is here that his warm and soulful tracks are borne and he gets the chance to replenish his batteries for those long weekends ahead. “Most of my inspiration still comes from the time spent in clubs”, he states, a fact that is confirmed by his DJ sets and productions. “Music, for me, is everything – it’s a miracle”.
Hello Marco !! How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
Hello My Favourite Freaks, thanks on my side everything is just fine, hope on your side as well. For today I have scheduled to record a groovy podcast for you.
Please tell us a bit about your latest releases!
In 2016 I released so far an EP on Katermukke and an EP on Sirion Records.
Which release was the one who gave you the most attention so far?
In my opionion this were 2 tracks, on one side “Backflash”, which gained a number 1 hit at the Deep House Beatport Charts and on the other side “Disco On The Dancefloor”, which gave me unforgettable moments during my shows and which reached at online portals like youtube and soundcloud the most plays comparing to all my other.
Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases! Is there anything special planned for 2016?
At the moment I am working on new tracks for Stil Vor Talent, which will be released till end of the year and on several remixes.
As you are touring a lot, please tell us something about your experience around the globe. What is your favourite city or country and why?
Traveling and touring is exciting for me, leaving all behind and discovering new continents, countries and cultures. Exploring all the culture differences is really fascinating for me.
Music wise I had in so many different countries amazing parties with quite similar great vibes.
Music is an universal language which connects people from all over the world. With Music there aren’t any borders, religion or colour of the skin. That’s what I by the love in Berlin, because you meet, party and celebrate with people from everywhere.
What was your funniest or craziest experience while touring?
Of course there are plenty of examples, but “Pictures are saying more than thousands words”
Jonas Rathsman – Complex feat Josef Salvat (Original Mix)
Kalyma Lay – Down (Florian Busse Mix)
Gui Boratto – Destination Education (Terranova Mix)
Paul C & Paolo Martini / Riva Starr Rotation (Riva Starr Edit)
Marcelo Cura – Doi Doi (Pele & Shawnecy Remix)
Emanuel Satie – Paffos Riff (Original Mix)
Sergio Diaz, Medeew Chicks – Luv Us Mind Control (Original Mix)
Marc De Pulse – Animal (Sabb Remix)
Harada Whistle – Shaped (Original Mix)
Claptone – Heartbeat feat. Nathan Nicholson (Technasia Remix)
Francesco Chiocci – Black Soda Black Sunrise (Olderic Remix)