Steve Bug & Powel
Public Works Presents:
STEVE BUG (Poker Flat, Berlin) + POWEL (All Day I Dream, Berlin)
+ Ramona Wouters (SF / Belgium)
Main Room / Funktion One Sound
Steve Bug Bio
A dedicated, energetic and constantly surprising talent, Steve Bug is nothing less than an electronic music ambassador. Resident Advisor once called Steve Bug the “Gentleman of Techno” referring to his sense of duty and dependability as one of the world’s most renowned DJs and producers. The same professionalism that means he’s hardly ever missed a DJ gig is evident in his work as a composer, producer and owner of the Poker Flat Recordings label. Every step he takes is well considered, but always tempered with his own fine humour.
Having grown up in Germany’s techno and acid-house heyday, Steve Bug’s love for a perfect groove is as apparent now as it was back then. His DJ skills and a keen, innovative ear led him not down the typical path of the early nineties trance and harder dance scene, but instead towards a fresher, hybrid sound–merging stripped deep house, tweaked out acid and more minimal forms of techno and electronic music.
His international breakthrough was his fourth studio long player Sensual in 2002, which, followed by the essential Bugnology mix series along with high profile mix CDs for Cocoon, Fabric, Fuse and more, continued to rouse support for Steve’s in-demand DJ style, propelling his career to new heights.
With annual label compilations, a variety of artist albums, and new concepts like the Forward to the Past series, Steve Bug continues to steadily develop his Poker Flat label. In the Spring of 2012, he hosted the first official Poker Flat events in London and Barcelona to critical acclaim. Since, he has taken Poker Flat further afield, with the Big Bluff event series stopping off in cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, London, Tokyo and Berlin.
With over 80 releases, at least 40 remixes, plus compilations and over 500 release credits, it would be difficult to think of Steve Bug as anything less than prolific. Ever driven by the hunger to break new grounds Steve Bug presented his fifth studio album Noir in 2012.
Steve continued his upward trajectory throughout 2014, notably celebrating 15 years of Poker Flat Recordings. With such a wealth of material to look back on, the anniversary provided the perfect opportunity for something of a retrospective. The Four Jacks series compiled exclusive, unreleased tracks and remixes by label associates, putting a contemporary spin on some Poker Flat classics. Steve also made a welcome return to his 10 year dormant Traffic Signs alias, releasing the floor-filling and infectious 'Cookie Jar' with Jake The Rapper on vocals. After so long in business, it's a testament to Steve Bug's unwavering vision that the Poker Flat name remains at the cutting edge of dance music.
Berlin based DJ and producer POWEL is the author of stellar remixes and productions of incredible musicality. His signature rhythms, percussion work and captivating atmospheres have the amazing ability to take you into the depth of aural pleasure.
An expert at creating harmonious illusions of sound, Germany’s POWEL always finds a way to thread together natural elegance and tasteful patience in music.
Having learned the piano at a young age and subsequently performed regularly with bands and even an orchestra, POWEL's palette of music has a vast and thorough foundation that is influenced by the people and places he comes across during his visits. Th sound artist's unique touch as a musician is heard by how he captures warm, celestial vibes filled with airy atmospheres together with delicate rhythms and tells a melancholic story fused with ghostly, low slung cuts that are rich with nuance and subtlety.
POWEL steadily explores this duality in sounds not only throughout his discography but in his performances around the world which included his inaugural debut on the ROBOT HEART bus in 2016.
For the 2017 campaign, stops are planned for North America, South America, Asia, and Africa as well as his residencies with the ALL DAY I DREAM family around renowned guru LEE BURRIDGE, BEHROUZ’ intimate home in Miami, DO NOT SIT ON THE FURNITURE, and one of the finest institutions in New York City, BESPOKE MUSIK. On the production front, eager ears will be treated to new EPs on the horizon in addition to an upcoming remix on SABO's imprint SOL SELECTAS coming in Spring.
It’s rare to hear an artist so intimately blur the line between uplifting pieces of music and raw, emotive records that exude the soul of deep house in some of its purest forms. A true artist in every sense of the word, POWEL’s genius for storytelling is always a special affair for the enthusiast.