The AVA. founder comes through with a set of soulful house, acid and modern-day disco anthems. Recorded live in Paris.
“This mix was recorded live in Paris at Concrete Club a couple of weeks ago. I was playing more than 5 hours on the wood floor, which I really like because of its outside vibe and getting the actual feeling of a boat, which is what Concrete Club is. Till the end it was full of people and we all had an amazing time. To play as a DJ in this club is very nice cause the staff are taking care of all your preferences re: technical equipment and there is never really a problem with anything. The recording is full of bigger parts of my house and techno collection which contains recent records I’ve found, especially in Paris. Since I moved this summer to Paris everything is still fresh and feels undiscovered to me so it’s incredible to see that Paris is actually a diggers paradise!”
Damiano von Erckert
Growing up near Cologne, Damiano von Erckert got an early start in music, as his father was a DJ who passed down his love of soul, funk, hip-hop, afrobeat, house and disco. These sounds all color Damiano’s artistic vision, not to mention his penchant for slow-burning, sample-driven house music. Seeking to counter the narrative that Cologne is only home to minimal, Kompakt-style techno, von Erckert launched the AVA. label in 2011, initially as an outlet for his own productions. However, the imprint quickly grew to include efforts from like-minded artists such as Mall Grab, Am Kinem, Tito Wun, MCDE, Move D and others. Von Erckert’s debut LP Loved Based Music appeared in 2013, and its similarly soulful follow-up Also Known As Good arrived in 2015. Throughout it all, von Erckert has been a fixture on the DJ circuit, and he continues to spread his love for soul-drenched sounds around the world. His third LP In Case You Don’t Know What To Play drops 28th November, and combines several dancefloor jams with versions on a theme, deftly weaving together house, techno and African influences. while breaking from the norm by also including a movie and an art installation.