EPISODE #069 BY SIMINA GRIGORIU

8/22/2016

Born in Romania and raised in Toronto, Simina Grigoriu has called Berlin home for several years. The pearl on the river Spree has been the creative epicentre for Simina’s musical expression and has sharpened her natural feeling for beats and sounds. Each of Simina’s sets tells a new story and makes her cultural roots known.
While taking classical violin and keyboard lessons in her early childhood, Simina’s enthusiasm for music grew steadily. From the vinyl treasures of her parents and the Hip-Hop freestyle of her student days, Simina’s sound gradually took on a style all its own, which she has explored and remained faithful to till this day.
Her musical development would later take on a whole new twist in the clubs of Toronto. The influence of Jeff Mills, Adam Beyer, Josh Wink, and Juan Atkins, to name a few, kindled Simina’s love for techno music – a genre whose versatility captured her imagination, and which she would not be able to pull herself away from.
A few years ago Simina appeared as a bright new star in the techno sky and released her first tracks with various labels. Her release with the Berlin label Sonat Records was followed by releases with Phase Insane Records in Spain, Intelectro Vibe in Italy, Urban Sound and Frequenza Records. With the first huge smash in her career, Simina released her chart storming debut album EXIT CITY with Susumu Records.
After almost exactly twelve months Simina Grigoriu has resumed her station behind the turntables. Creative pause? Wrong! Simina has become the mother to a baby daughter, and, as befits a full-blooded artist, has not let the time elapse without music.
With the fresh impulses of motherhood, the artist fine-tuned her new tracks during her pregnancy, which have also just been lifted like a baby from the baptism. In playful tracks full of positive vibes and a solid dose of techno, Simina returns on November 16, 2015 with her first comeback release on Form Music.
It is impressive to see with what energy and vitality Simina Grigoriu masters the balancing act between family and music. She remains true to her unique sound and is now, above all: a full-time mom with the vision to be led deeper into her music by an ever-present instinct for play.
We look forward to more from an artist who we can’t imagine the techno scene without, and for a comeback that has more than earned the moniker ‘playful’. 




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EPISODE #068 BY HOLLEN

8/08/2016

This story starts in Naples in a period in which techno music was widespread around the city. At that time a young boy called Aniello, born in 1988, began to listen and play this kind of music, he was really young but also very talented and spent everyday trying to improve himself.
After a short amount of time people in the city started to recognize him and this is how the name Hollen was born. The young boy shared the decks with legendary characters of the techno tales like Rino Cerrone and the american Josh Wink, so he decided it was the moment of true for him, the proper time to become a producer. 
After weeks spent in his little studio Hollen understood how to produce a track in his own sty- le and his first work on Nubit was born! Kling Klong, Suara, Agile and many other labels released his creations and his adventure officially began. Hollen was really happy but he knew that something was missing and one day during a walk in the city he understood that was time for a big collaboration with Pirupa, another italian talented producer. 
The work was born and released on Saved Records and a group of well knowed iconic figures like Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola and Loco Dice told to Hollen and Pirupa how good this track was. This story is not end yet and a new chapter it’s in the making so stay tuned if you want to know how this techno tale goes on!



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