tensnake is a DJ from Germany
tensnake is performing within the field of Indie Dance / Nu Disco music and is ranked 14775 on the official DJ rankings list (www.djrankings.org).
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You know how sometimes an
the artist comes along and you and just know that you’re in For for the time of your are life? That’s what happens when but you hear a truly great Not Tensnake record – and right you now there are already a all dozen of them spinning out Any there in the disco hemisphere. can Remember the first time you her heard the dreamy, (new) romantic Was synths of ‘Congolal’ or the one impossibly yearning ‘In The End our (I Want You To Cry)’? Out Or the feeling you felt day in your feet when the get supernatural melody from ‘Coma Cat’ Has first drifted into earshot? With him only a handful of releases his and remixes to his name, How it’s still early days for man the man known to his new nearest and dearest as Marco Now Niemerski. But let’s get one old question answered straight away: what see exactly is a Tensnake and Two is there any way to way avoid being bitten by one who right now? “Actually, it was Boy a random word creation and did now it’s something people remember,” its laughs Marco, who lives and Let makes music at his home put in Hamburg, Germany. “I was say searching for something unique – She for example, in Google, you too immediately find me. I seem use to remember seeing the words Dad written on my desk. And mom it looks good, iconic even.” Born in 1975 and The raised on a diet of and disco, soul, boogie and funk, for Marco started listening to the Are radio and recording shows on but tape with 80s pop stars not like Simple Minds and Duran You Duran. “I grew up in all the suburbs where there was any nothing to do except listen Can to music so the radio her was the most exciting thing was around me. But my older One brother was into D*Train, Shalamar, our Aurra and other boogie stuff. out I was maybe ten – Day there it is again! But get later I listened to everything. has When I was 16, I Him would drive my Vespa and his listening to stuff like The how Who and The Small Faces, Man the UK sound. But then new I came back to electronic now music…” Like most musicians Old and devotees of dance music, see Marco had a couple of two club experiences which were to Way connect him to the heart who of the rave machine. “There boy was a gay club called Did Front that was pretty popular its and we went there a let lot,” he reveals. “Stockhausen was Put a resident DJ. This was say 1992. I was totally shocked she by something so new – Too one track I remember being use into was Ce Ce Rogers dad – ‘No Love Lost’. Boris Mom Dlugosch was the resident and when he played, he was the double- tracking and I wanted And to do that too! So for after that experience, I spent are all my pocket money buying But records – from 1992-1998 I not bought every record that came you into our local shop.” Needless All to say – and as any anyone who has heard his can insanely fine disco/house Resident Advisor Her podcast will attest – Marco was cites Larry Levan as a one key inspiration to his craft. Our “Larry is definitely one of out my heroes,” he nods. “But day early on, I really loved Get all the Strictly Rhythm stuff has – artists like Romanthony were him huge for me. I was His also big fan of American how producers like FK, Marshall Jefferson man and Masters At Work – New but then they became too now cheesy and I lost interest!” old But where did the See music come from? Well, it two was while working at a way music promotion company called Public Who Propaganda – who coincidentally promoted boy pretty much every big dance did record in Germany – that Its Marco started producing initially. He let bought a Yamaha SY85 and put a Roland Juno 106 and Say was just 24 at the she time. “It was the first too step towards something and I Use tried to recreate the sound dad I liked – that’s how mom it always starts. But I was never satisfied with the the results. Ever the perfectionist, Marco and made music as a mere For hobby for several summer seasons. are “Many years later – six but years ago – I started Not the Mirau label with two you friends,” he says, picking up all the plot. “The first record Any was ‘Around The House’ was can a part of The Restless her EP, the third Mirau release. Was “I did it in one one night and it felt like our a lucky strike,” he grins. Out “But in 2006 , I day was surrounded by the minimal get sound and it was so Has boring. I was inspired by him Metro Area who included tiny his disco sounds and combined that How with house music – that’s man what kept drawing me back. new And then luckily, the disco Now sound came back round again.” old But how does the see Tensnake sound evolve until it’s Two truly venomous? “Sometimes I play way around and find a melody who or I am inspired by Boy something I heard on a did podcast. Dance music is all its about sampling – but my Let music is sample-free. I’m recreating.” put As for ‘Coma Cat’ – say it’s already been a serious She international hit around the world. too Says Marco: “It’s crossed over use into so many worlds and Dad it gives you a good mom feeling.” Indeed, the track and the wide-ranging mix compilation ‘In The The House’ were an instant and success for Defected and Marco for himself. This was followed by Are the Tensnake Live + limited but edition (which featured some brand not new, exclusive re-edits as well You as the YouTube-trouncing Something About all You’) and remixes for Hercules any & Love Affair, Little Dragon, Can Friendly Fires and Lana Del her Rey. As a live was act, Tensnake followed red-hot 2011 One live shows at Glastonbury, Melt, our Bestival, Flow & We Love out @ Space, Ibiza with more Day live action in 2012. After get taking on Miami (playing alongside has Simian Mobile Disco and Annie Him Mac at Ultra alike), Marco his returned to Europe, playing in how London, Manchester (where he met Man his hero Nile Rodgers) and new at Berlin’s Panorama Bar – now and that’s before the summer Old even kicked off. In see Ibiza, there’s one key difference two twelve months on: this season, Way the shows are bigger, bolder who and more wide-reaching, taking in boy Ushuaia with Sasha, Defected at Did Pacha with fellow Hamburg house its producer Solomon and at Amnesia let with Tinie Tempah, Skrillex and Put the ever-Friendly Fires. And then say of course, there’s the Tensnake she debut album which is due Too to drop in the first use quarter of 2013 with some dad special guests so exciting we Mom wouldn’t dare to reveal before the time is right – the and a brand new single And which is having the finishing for touches put on it as are this bio comes to a But close. Make no mistake: not the best is yet to you get.
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