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MAX DURANTE

Max Durante began his professional dj career in 1987 in Rome. As one of the hinges of the 90's rave generation, his sound and his presence have been fundamental for the early Italian Techno scene. He has played on the best Italian Raves and played at the best European clubs, Rave and Festivals since 1991. In 1988 he went for the first time in London and he was seriously attracted and seduced by acid house music and acid parties. In 1990 he returned to London but acid parties were over, because of a prohibition pronounced by the queen of England in 1989. Meanwhile Max was discovering the rave party phenomena and the first American techno productions. Totally fascinated by raves, he went back to Rome more than motivated: inspired. October 1991 Max and the twins D'Arcangelo organized one of the biggest Italian Rave, the PLUS 8 RAVE. They led for the First time in Italy, the Plus 8 Records with Richie Hatwin, Speedy J, Daniel Bell, Cybersonic ... In the same period in 1991 along with the twins D' Arcangelo he create the first Italian experimental techno band called ‘’Automatic Sound Unlimited’’. Together, they founded in 1991 one of the major realities of the electronic sound from Rome . They were precursors of a sound projected to the future: The experimental techno, that nowadays we call it industrial techno ! Sonic Groove label boss Adam X named Max Durante a true legend and innovator of ‘Industrial Techno’ in the early 90’s. He started his dj profession after his radio experience in 1986 in a private local radio in Rome. From 1987 he began to work in clubs, mixing electro and underground music, in the 88/89’s, especially acid house and electro/ freestyle of Brooklyn. From 1987 to 1990, he worked in particular in clubs in Rome. From 1991 he dedicated himself completely to big parties (RAVE). In 1991, together with the D'arcangelo brothers, he produced his first record projects released one year later on Hot Trax (acv sub- label), the first Italian techno label. Switzerland was attracted by Italian rave and by the DJs that were involve on it . Swiss organizations since 1992 invited more times Max Durante to perform in their rave parties , Max was one of the creators of the Italian techno movement and he has also contributed to the growth of the Swiss rave generation, and he performed in the early Swiss rave like for example the ENERGY 92, ENERGY 93, CUBIC 94, CUBIC 95, etc ... Besides being a great DJ has been also a visionary, bringing innovations in Rave and then in the Festival: In 1998 in Zurich he organize an important international electronic festival ‘’ The Grey Planet ‘’ , the concept was 120 years of electronic music , with multimedia installation, vintage synth exhibition, workshop, symposium, dj set, live act, ect... Max that period was very active and was in great demand all over Europe. In 1998 in the daily newspaper '' NEUE ZUERCHER ZEITUNG '' of Zurich, The Swiss journalist LILIAN FELLMANN wrote an article on MAX DURANTE : ''His hands are so fast that it is difficult to follow his movements, his scratches are balm for the eyes and for the ears''... In 2002 THE WIRE ''the English magazine of avant-garde'' named him the most interesting DJ in Europe and the best artist during the BIOS festival in Athens (Greece). In the Last 20 years Max has toured Europe non-stop and co-produced electro bombs with artists like Anthony Rother , Keith Tucker and Aux 88 to name a few. Over the years he has built and developed his own personal show, showing off his true character, his energy and charisma together with his superb technical mixing skills! After his long and worthy contribution to the electro and techno scene, he returned to experimenting, creating a new powerful and dynamic sound, which gained a strong interest, and since 2015 he has been part of the legendary Sonic Groove family and since summer 2019 also of the powerful Aufnahme + Wiedergabe! His first EP called ‘Metastability’ on Sonic Groove was released in May 2015 with the track ‘Kreuzberg’ being one of Berlin best techno club hits of 2015. In November 2015 he has released an Ep on the newborn Kynant Records with a collaboration with Donato Dozzy. This EP was named ‘out of stock’ at record shops after just a couple of days! His EP called ‘Insurrection of Inequity’ on Sonic Groove was released in june 2016 and with this Ep he has received many positive consents and many DJs have played the record: on podcasts and in clubs. February 2018 Max Durante produced his first Lp ambient techno, called The Experiment on Kynant Records, the LP it's sold out! In September 2018 he had released his third EP for Sonic Groove and in the summer 2019 he had released his first 12" for Aufnahme + Wiedergabe, and in May 2020 he had released his second ep for Aufnahme + Wiedergabe. On September 10 2021 he released his massive new full length album "Der Graue Geruch Nach Metall" - on HANDS (limited color) 2lp, cd and digital!
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MAX DURANTE's shows
DEAD ON MONDAY – Max Durante / January 25 / 5pm-6pm