Adam Beyer - Beyer Music
Monday, 26 November 2007
Calling Adam Beyer aperfectionist would be an understatement. He is never happy, always strivingfor more. Words by 3D’s Rezo.
In his view,techno can and will never be complete. Not while different influences drive themusic – while alternative and diverse artists continue to expand upon itsfoundations. Better known for his Drumcode label and his generally more intensestyle of big room techno, his best-known works such as Stockholm Sessions – a twin CD pack – encompassed both ends of thetechno spectrum. The first was typically slamming, while the second far morefocused and house driven.Our attitudesare somewhat misguided if we are to associate the big Swede with hardexclusively. For his subsequent work, Fabric22 was a release that was a little more progressive. Far removed from theDJ tools type stuff he has done previously on DrumCode, this mix features 20tracks and labels that focus on the more minimal sound. I talk of those likeMinus, Mad Eye, Inside, Kompakt and Q Records. The artists are equally diverse,including Slam, DJ Minx, The Gadgets, Joel Mull, Cari Lekebusch, Hertz andBeyer himself (Swedish favouritism-!)“I’m notinterested in being another Richie Hawtin; it’s not really my thing to try andcopy other people and I’ve never been good at it either,” he says. “I’m takinginfluences from what I think is interesting and new and doing something that isme and my way of looking at it.”Regardless,this is about as far away from DrumCode as one could imagine. But it’s absolutelysensational. The pieces are altogether more musical and fit together in adifferent, but far more cohesive and compelling, way. It is less noisy on thewhole starting off with a glitchy electro sounding numbers. Of course it movesinto the genius only Beyer can himself arrange. It is never offensive oronerous; it just chugs away in the background being brilliant.He has alwaysbeen about progression and intrigue and Adam Beyer in 2007 fits the billamicably. There is definitely a sense of growing older with much of the way hepresents today and one feels this has everything to do with the way he has agedand matured with his legion of loyal fans. In fact, I feel that he aimsdirectly at the same people who enjoyed listening to the dirty tough sounds ofAdam Beyer not all that long ago – he claims he hasn’t changed his style,rather just broadened his horizons. Either way, it’s hard not to be reallyimpressed.“For me now itis not so important to release a lot of records,” he says. “It’s more about releasingrecords that matter and records that have a longer lasting life. I want to lookback and say, ‘Wow, I did that.’ I want to feel that I represented somethingand I think that things like that become more important with age.”WHO: Adam Beyer
WHAT: Plays Club Club at Chinese Laundry
WHEN: Saturday 1 December