German duo Piemont has proven itself to be an absolute production powerhouse over the last half
decade. Made up of long-time friends Frederic and Chris, the pair first decided to hook up and
make music together back in 2007 and, since then, have gone on to establish themselves as one of
the foremost partnerships in techno. As well as releasing on acclaimed labels like Monika Kruse’s
Terminal M, MBF, SKINT and Resopal, Piemont are also masters of their own destiny thanks to the
well respected Plumbum and Suchtreflex labels they have run since 2007.
The pair actually grew up in ‘90s Hamburg listening to singer songwriters and various rock bands.
Always soaking up the use of real instruments and proper arrangements throughout their youths,
that genuine musicianship is something that now shines through in Piemont’s own contemporary
electronic productions. In terms of dance music it was French filter house acts and stadium
sized ravers like Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers respectively than first turned them on to the
possibilities of house and techno, whilst the more subtle intricacies of top labels like Playhouse and
Kompakt also continue to inspire and influence this pair.
In 2013, then, Piemont’s sound is best describe as organic techno. Their music always comes
stuffed with a sly robo-funk and is built in many rich layers. Their preference for ambient sounds,
melodic lushness and abstract electronica makes every track different from the next – for evidence
just listen to their recent Jump Off EP for Terminal M, or earlier classics like Carbonat and Back
Smoker. Each release tells its own story and often Piemont music is as suited to home listening as it
is club dancing. The best proof of this has come in the form of their two excellent and fully formed
long players Strange World Beyond and Sand Hills, and the good news is a third one is on the way
sometime in 2014.
As DJs, too, they have travelled far and wide. On top of playing regularly across Europe at places
like Berlin‘s Berghain, Hive Club in Zurich and Studio 80 in Amsterdam, this pair has headlined
many festivals and has also played across Russia and Japan, always joining the dots between house
and techno styles, going deep or raising their heads into more peak-time territory. As such, they are
a very real voice in the global techno conversation; have plenty more to say and keep many people