Adam Beyer occupies a firm position among the few techno originators who’ve stayed at the top of their game since the ‘90s. The Swede’s three-decade career is an impressive unfurling of steadfast, future-focussed innovation and expansion. Beyer has performed at nearly every club and festival around the world multiple times, he’s the first to have racked up 100 Awakenings appearances, he’s turned in two rounds on Radio 1’s Essential Mix and an entry into fabric’s mix series, built a vast catalogue of vital records, released under various aliases, and launched three record labels, including the gargantuan Drumcode, a world-dominating brand with a syndicated radio show, weekly show on streaming platforms and global wide events.
Beyer galvanised the dawning of a new wave of European techno in the mid ‘90s with releases on Planet Rhythm Records and the iconic Drumcode imprint. Launched in 1996, Drumcode grew at supersonic with his own high-voltage material and early records from Cari Lekebusch, Joel Mull, Marco Carola, Henrik B and Hardcell. Today there’s no bigger techno label or brand. It’s an entry point into techno for millions of avid ravers with its impressive roster featuring across a solid schedule of worldwide, sustainable events.
Drumcode is over 25 years into its legacy, and has now surpassed its 250th release – a historic collaboration that had Kevin Saunderson revive his E-Dancer moniker for remix treatment. Beyer came through on maintaining techno’s integrity while pushing things forward, with the release’s diverse line-up including Robert Hood, DJ Mink, Amelie Lens, Len Faki, TYGAPAW, DJ Bone, rRoxymore and Layton Giordani.
A true festival headliner, his main stage performances consistently push the envelope of possibility. Beyer is a deft hand in cultivating clubbing environments that are consistently abuzz with euphoria. Guaranteed to enjoy that special treatment in 2023 are Ibiza clubbers descending on Beyer’s 10-week residency at Hï Ibiza alongside fellow Swede Eric Prydz. He’s also leading yet another residency at M2 Miami, headlining two nights at Coachella, touring across South Africa and South America, and lining up festivals Tomorrowland, Awakenings, Creamfields and Junction 2.
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