MAX DURANTE

Max Durante

Max Durante

MAX DURANTE is a true pioneer of industrial techno, as well as a real wizard and inventor on the turntables. “His hands are so fast that it is difficult to follow his movements, his scratches are balm for the eyes and for the ears,” as the Neue Zürcher Zeitung reported. He began his professional DJ career 1987 in Rome after he visited London, where he had fallen for the sound of the acid house parties. Returning to England in 1990 he experienced the early raves. Very much inspired by that sound he started experimenting, mixing techno and electro with industrial sounds in his unique way. Max has since toured Europe constantly not only performing at prestigious clubs like UK’s Fabric, but also on countless raves, parties and festivals. As one of the hinges of the 90s rave generation his sound and presence have been fundamental for the early Italian techno scene. To name just one early of countless activities—for the scene—behind the scenes, in 1991 Max along with the D‘Arcangelo twins organized one of the biggest Italian raves, the Plus 8 Rave, presenting the likes of Richie Hawtin, Speedy J, Daniel Bell, and Cybersonic of the eponymous record label to Italian audiences for the first time. Also in these days Durante and the D’Arcangelos created the first Italian experimental techno band “Automatic Sound Unlimited.’’ Not tiring since these early years, he developed his very own show, charismatically performing superb DJ skills and creating rather dark and hypnotic sounds mixing acid, electro, and techno into what marks his own vision. Durante has made records with artists like Anthony Rother, Keith Tucker, Aux 88, and Alexander Robotnick. Recent record releases include “Metastability” released 2015 on the classic American label Sonic Groove and a collaboration with Donato Dozzy on Kynant Records. The former’s featured track “Kreuzberg” was probably one of that year’s most exciting Berlin techno club hit. Rave on!

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