Dub-techno pioneer Stefan Betke (aka pole) was born and raised in Dusseldorf. Between 1998 and 2000, he released a trilogy of albums known as 1,2, and 3, which became considered classics of the genre. In 1999, Stefan Betke and Barbara Preisinger started their label ˜scape, which became an imprint for unique and outstanding electronic music made by artists such as Jan Jelinek, Deadbeat, Kit Clayton, pole and many more. After releasing two 12 inches and an album on the Mute label, his well respected solo album “Steingarten” came out on ~scape in 2007. Recently, pole´s live sets developed a funkier and groovier direction, a direction confirmed by a series of 12-inches released on his new artist label “pole” in October 2011. These releases reconnect pole’ s latest sound visions with his earlier work on the edge between electronic club music, urban dub and avant-garde, the sound for which pole was always well known and respected.