Frank Klein & Stefan Dabruck are not only two brilliant house producers, but can also be credited with discovering some of the greatest house and electro talent in the last 10 years. Axwell, Tocadisco, Mylo, Steve Angello, and Boogiepimps are just some of the acts Dabruck & Klein are credited with pushing into the spotlight. They were also the first to sign the infamous Punjabi MC. Equally impressive is their list of remixes. Hi Tack, Mylo, Public Enemy, Noel Sinner, Joachim Garraud and others have all had tracks given the German polish.
D&K once worked as an A&R team for “Superstar Recordings” for 10 years, before moving on to found their own label “WePlay” in 2008. Their promotion and support of other names such as Axwell and Tocadisco is proof that these are two men not just in the industry for their own gain, but to improve the standard of music and production all over house music, exploring new artists and putting them in the spotlight to thrive. With the new WePlay brand Dabruck & Klein have continued to work with acts such as Dirty South, TV-Rock and Norman Doray to push the boundaries of high quality house music.
In their own words: “The success of these two is based on a shared understanding of music and the right nose for the party vibe. Their DJ sets thrive on the vision of 2 music enthusiasts, who playing back-to-back, pass each other one idea after another while captivating the audience and maintaining the flow of the party.” Nobody could possibly doubt the enthusiasm of the pair, who have probably spent so much time in the studio producing incredible remixes such as the above, of Swedish House Mafia/Laidback Lukes “Leave The World Behind” which was released last year to great acclaim and club success.
It’s difficult to say what lies in store for the duo in the coming months, Maxumi can only hope for more of the same and the further discovery of great new talent. According to their Myspace, they only have three dates in June lined up to play in Germany. Whether or not wider European gigs are to happen or not is difficult to know for sure, but to see D&K back in Brighton, or at least England, would be hugely welcomed. Their last performance in Brighton at the Honey Club affirmed their reputation as two world class DJs, as well as well rounded producers. They aren’t new to DJ’ing, in fact D&K first gained popularity as a pairing in their homebase Germany, before gigs followed across Europe. From small venues of just a few hundred to huge open gigs of 60,000+, D&K have more than enough experience under their belt and hopefully there will be more to come. Describing themselves as “music junkies”, Dabruck & Klein are one of the producers and DJs Maxumi will be looking out for in the coming months.
Words: Michael Gunner