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André Winter - We are Kontrast Artists

Yes, André Winter is one of those people, who with their first breath of air, realize that their heart beats techno. Errr or no? You tell me! André became interested in electronic music quite early. One of his first releases on Injection Records in the early 90s (under the Motion Unit monicker together with Mathias Hatting), was actually a real acid treasure. Afterwards he kept on spending all his pocket money on the typical Roland hardware at the time and to release on labels such as Confused Recordings, Superstition, Kompakt and Bush Records. His studio offers a real time travel adventure through techno’s history.

André has come a long way since the 90s. Having released under various aliases, i.e. Motion Unit, Freakazoid, D-Saw…, he also produced great artists such as Xenia Beliayeva, Humate and Oliver Huntemann, also Dubfire and Huntemann and finally, having worked on remixes of world-renowned artists such as the Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Anthony Rother, ect. He decided that there is even more he has to offer to the public. This time – solo!

In the end of 2008 he released his first solo release Trauma on Ideal Audio. The reviews came in and the EP was summarized as being “a charming hit with lashing synths, simply massive” (De:Bug 2008). Soon after, André had to take a ‘break’ from his own productions and concentrate on Oliver Huntemann’s forth studio album „Paranoid“. The result was a wonderful longplayer, which has been charted by DJs around the world. Whatever he touches, he turns to gold – so musically adept is Mr. Winter. He says: “I am always searching for opportunities which allow me to influence sounds in new ways and to simply take different routes in electronic music. My personal goal is to produce timeless music, which people will be enjoying in the years to come”.

After a couple of solo records later, André released his first DJ Mix CD in 2013, which you can find on the Ideal Audio „5ünf“ Compilation. Referring to all this and whilst listening to a few examples taken off this huge sound archive it becomes pretty obvious that André Winter carved out a niche of his own throughout all these years. His music is based on moody, partly dark’ish and always captivating grooves and structures – a unique, thriving and essential technoid vision built from only a few hand-picked, uber-functional ingredients perfectly complementing an ever floating, hypnotic state of mind.

Hard-work and being true to your beliefs do pay off. Having played already in Rex Club in Paris, Kazantip Festival, Weekend Berlin, Bootshaus Cologne, the small but legendary Harry Klein in Munich and rocking the Amsterdam Dance Event, etc…