Henrik Schwarz (DE)

One of the leading proponents on the contemporary house scene of blending old and new, German producer Henrik Schwarz has not been shy about bringing elements of European jazz to the electronic circuit. Schwarz’s career got underway in 2002 with singles on boutique labels such as Moodmusic and his own Sunday Music. In 2006, he broke through to the upper ranks of electronic music with his installment of the popular DJ Kicks series, not to mention an appearance at MUTEK. There, he showcased his broad love for a number of rhythmic styles, deftly mixing the likes of James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and Arthur Russell with techno acolytes Robert Hood, Drexciya, and Rhythm & Sound. Schwarz’s wide palate found favour among the temporary staleness of minimal techno music at the time, and helped the producer galvanize his artistic voice. He hasn’t looked back since. Joining forces with Innervisions’ label founders Âme and Dixon – who also appears at the festival this year – Schwarz has garnered further critical acclaim for his work with A Critical Mass, as well as the Innervisions Orchestra.

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MUTEK 2010, montreal

Métropolis 06/06/2010

One of the leading proponents on the contemporary house scene of blending old and new, German producer Henrik Schwarz has not been shy about bringing elements of European jazz to the electronic circuit. Schwarz’s career got underway in 2002 with singles on boutique labels such as Moodmusic and his own Sunday Music. In 2006, he broke through to the upper ranks of electronic music with his installment of the popular DJ Kicks series, not to mention an appearance at MUTEK. There, he showcased his broad love for a number of rhythmic styles, deftly mixing the likes of James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and Arthur Russell with techno acolytes Robert Hood, Drexciya, and Rhythm & Sound. Schwarz’s wide palate found favour among the temporary staleness of minimal techno music at the time, and helped the producer galvanize his artistic voice. He hasn’t looked back since. Joining forces with Innervisions’ label founders Âme and Dixon – who also appears at the festival this year – Schwarz has garnered further critical acclaim for his work with A Critical Mass, as well as the Innervisions Orchestra.

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Jean-Drapeau Park 03/06/2006

Canadian DebutTrading his turntables for a laptop, Henrik Schwarz has been producing for 10 years and has since been the author of several EPs. Influences found in his compositions primarily include such masters as Carl Craig and Theo Parrish, as well as much of the music originating from Chicago and Detroit. By arranging tracks of pure Deep House, with traces of microhouse and a touch of Funky Breaks, Henrik recalls the classics while adding his personal contemporary touch.On all levels, his captivating selections deliver a full dose of heat. However, it’s not under the tropical sun, but under German skies, that Henrik Schwarz has composed his explosive creations. Effectively, others have it rough these days; with the vivacity of his musical production the German scene continues its long-standing tradition of exciting crowds and heating up venues. Schwarz’ irresistible performances are living proof: a veritable wave of good vibrations that instantly consumes you.
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