Focus ON Vakant

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The last Focus On of 2013 will be for the label who boasts of filling the empty space. Vakant is a quality label in the European circuit. We would say that works within the minimal style, but would be an understatement. We prefer to call it electronic music. A label that was founded by Alex Knoblauch andStephan Bolch, but from 2009 managed solo by the first one. Alex had worked for such major labels as Mute, Virgin or Soma, but it was a demo of Alex Smoke what led him to create Vakant.

From here on, artists such as Robag Wruhme, Alex Smoke, Onur Özer and Mathias Kaden, grew under the protection of Vakant. In 2004 the first two references come in vinyl, one of Smoke and one of Wruhme. With these first two releases, Vakant striking European djs, showing a new sound, very organic, mixing minimal and electronics, but with melody and very serious. The following wave come by producers Mathias Kaden and Onur Özer, with interesting eps as Circle pit and Envy, respectively.

Vakant features about taking good care of each artist, following his evolution as a producer and opening the door to albums. This is the case for example ofTolga Fida, Dario Zenker o Nico Purman who has developed their sound with Vakant. Many big names have been published by this German label, as Dinkyand DeWalta. In the last two years we also include Livio & RobySons Of Tikior Anonym and also Avatism, who these days publishes his album on the amazing label of Alex Knoblauch, undoubtedly a reference in the electronic dance music.

In this Focus On series we are going to enjoy these four artists from Vakant:

  • Tolga Fidan
  • Dario Zenker
  • Nico Purman
  • DeWalta



Play Tolga Fidan Mix

This producer belongs to the second batch of discoveries we made ​​with the label Vakant. This French is one of those Djs we call globe-trotters. After leaving his native Paris, he spent his childhood in Istanbul, after he moved toLondon to currently reside in the capital of electronic music, Berlin. When he was only 14 he started to play bass and guitar, influenced by groups and artists such as Sonic YouthAutechre or the Austrian experimental music producer, Fennesz.

In his teens he became interested in the deep techno and the deepest house music, being the youngest artist to publish Vakant in 2006. It was then when he introduced his first ep Now I’m weak. After this first job, and another successive in 2008, called the attention of the European circuit and released on important labels like Eklo, Cadenza, Cocoon, New Kanada, and even the late Freak N Chic. He reaches a turning point in his career when he published his first album in 2011, called We’re strangers now, and a second album the following year, called Rogue


Tolga Fidan Mix. Focus on Vakant. Listen online to this and other electronic music mixes at DocePulgadas Radioshow