Groovy tech-dub-jazz house with sporadic saxophone flourishes, sounds on paper somewhat of an unholy marriage, but in practice it’s a seductive and hypnotic experience — the emphasis strictly on the journey, always subtly propelling hooks and bodies forward. The most striking aspect of their sound is not the fusion of live sax with hardware but the warmth of sound created within a tech house framework and the undeniable liveness of the experience.
Both accomplished producers in their own right, the duo met in the Berlin scene well over a decade ago and began collaborating initially solely for a live context, although they have also since gone on to release several EPs. Shannon grew up in Kitchener, Ontario and started out DJing in the minimal techno scenes of Toronto, Detroit and Montréal. An early force in establishing Canadian techno, he formed the labels Cynosure and Revolver, before dispatching himself, as one of the first of many Canadian producers, to the techno mecca of Berlin. Koch grew up in Southern Germany and was classically indoctrinated on French horn, saxophone and piano, attending the Hans Eissler Music College to study jazz composition. He made the move to Berlin in 1999 and landed on the house and techno circuit several years later with his instrument heavy hybrid of jazz, house and swing. Together, Shannon and Koch manage an uncanny merging of their musical and production personalities.
Bonded at that intersection between jazz and techno and increasingly renowned for rolling it live, MUTEK is thrilled to welcome DeWalta & Shannon back to Montréal for a long form unspooling of their electric swing on the big stage at Métropolis.