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MONDAY 20th February 2006
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Hosted by Mark Santangelo with
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New Zealand Dj & producers
One-hour exclusive mix from Mark plus a one hour mix from ANTIX
Behind the successful production of Antix are the brothers Hayden and Barton Strom. Making music together since 1999 and are today working full time as producers in their Slowburning Studios, Auckland New Zealand.
What has made Antix such a success? Here's a little view of their backgrounds that has for sure shaped them as producers. Both Barton and Hayden were introduced to music at a young age, listening to music from their parent's vast record collections. They quickly became addicted to the hypnotic sounds of trance in '95 when a friend handed them a tape urging them to check it out. Barton instantly purchased a mixer and started DJ'ing at small parties in the growing Auckland scene. Six months later he had moved to Japan to buy studio equipment and teach himself the art of production, where Hayden later joined him.
Together they returned to New Zealand, setting up various studios around Auckland and refining a sound, which really came together once they moved to the West Coast of the North Island and set up Slow Burning Studios in '99. The sound that seemed to evolve was a kind of minimal organic groove influenced by the European sound being played by DJ Philipp from Plastik Park and Anti from Spiral Trax. It wasn't long before a connection was made when Philipp toured Australia and New Zealand in 2000, and Antix were signed for their first 12" (Rainstick) on Plastik Park. Since then Antix have published almost 50 works.
From there the brothers have toured the globe extensively with their first trip to Europe in 2001 and have been back every year since. In this time the two have managed to put a few of the “big ones” under their belts, playing the VooV and U-Site Fusion Festival in Germany, The Boom in Portugal, and The Rainbow Serpent in Australia as well as Fabric in London to play alongside other respected artists for the annual New Zealand music night.
In 2003 Antix completed their long awaited debut album "lull" released on the Danish label Iboga Records, which has been fervently received by fans and critics alike, the world over. Lull is acclaimed for it’s smooth production and the trademark percussive flair of Antix. Recurrent mention too has been made of it's remarkable range; it's ability to work in a club or under the stars, it's combination of old school tricks and new techniques, the mystery of it's deep and fat pulsating bass lines alongside uplifting, sexy atmospheres. Some have even been driven to proclaim it as their soul saviour. It is no surprise then that their 3rd world tour in 2003 was a great success, with dates being played in Denmark, Sweden, Croatia, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Austria, Australia, New York, Mexico France and of course New Zealand.
2004 was a busy year for the brothers with the birth of their new project "Fiord" completing remixes for Fitalic Vapour (AUS), Bedrock (UK) and 19 Box (JAP). Locally in New Zealand a remix of a the "The Fanatics" track "Girl" which was nominated for the best remix of 2004 in the B- net music awards. Also a remix of an other local, Rhian Sheehan's "Hiding Place" which is out now on his remix album "Music for Nature Doco'
s" on LOOP Recordings also clubbing up a Pitch Black Freefall from their new album Ape to Angel as well as teaming up with Auckland DJ Rob Salmon. There can also be found a cheeky Kings of Leon remix a favorite on Mikey Havocs drive show on Bfm. On top of all this they seem to find time to write commercially for film and television under their company Slowburning Studios.
Twin Coast Discovery
Now in 2005 "Twin Coast Discovery" Antix second album is for sure an exciting progression from “Lull”. Having already sold over 4500 copies of in Europe, Japan South America and the U.S. This highly successful album is already being hailed as on of the best progressive releases of 2005. Both the boys have been getting huge reactions from their last world tour, encompassing most major continents and countries big enough to own a sound system.
Twin Coast Remixes
And hot off the press the new Antix "Twin Coast Remixes" album. Being released in February 2006. The remix album contains seven remarkable re-edits from the Twin Coast album by progressive wonder duo D-Nox and Frank Beckers, Fitalic from Holland and label mates Freq, Phony Orphants, and Ohrsten Nors from Iboga Records to name a few. The reactions have been amazing as all the remixes have been blasting dance floors throughout the European summer of 2005. This release is a must in any progressive DJ case.