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Hz Trax – The Catalogue 2 – Remaster 2013 – Out now

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Classic trax from Boriqua Tribez, Carl Falk, Pratap, Petter B, Cave, Kode, Nihad Tule & Jan Liefhebber Vs Nimbuz.


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Story #6 – “Pratap-Modulator” with Ben Sims

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Is there a better promotion than when a good DJ is playing your records? I think not.
Here is a clip of Ben Sims at Awakenings in Amsterdam, playing “Pratap-Modulator”.

“Pratap-Modulator” is included on “Sway – The Catalogue 2 – Remaster 2013”.

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Story #5 – Delicado with Samuel L Session Remixes

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Even though Samuel L Session were living in the same town as me, we were both well established, it wasn’t until 2002 we met for the first time. At that time, he was sharing a complex with studios with another good friend of mine, Robert Leiner aka Source, a true techno legend all the way, and a very nice guy.

Samuel did not only play Croquet in my garden or Disc golf with me and my friends, we also worked with music together. One of the first collaborations done were these “Samuel L Session Remixes” on Sway-6. And when Samuel was ready with the remix, it went in to the other room, where Robert Leiner was mastering the remixes, with me watching closely.

As I was a huge fan of Samuels work, it was a pleasure to have him as a part of the label Sway.
“Hertz-Delicado (Samuel L Session Remix 1)” is included on
“Sway – The Catalogue 2 – Remaster 2013”.

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Story #4 – Priorities with Pratap Remix

Friday, May 24th, 2013

The track “Priorities” has an interesting story. The track was ready and the parts were sent to Pratap who did a nice remix (not that one on the record, but close). It was a nice groove and the baseline was enhanced in a good way, but not much was happening there, it was in lack of something. I asked Tobias if it was ok for him if I played around with it a bit, and yes, no worries. I came up with the smaller synth-bass-breaks that is inserted all over the track and boom, it felt like the track now was complete.

As it now felt like these breaks was a huge part of the track, I needed to insert them in my original version as well. But all together, I still think that the Pratap-version is the better one, after the tweaking.

“Hertz-Priorities (Pratap Remix)” is included on “Sway – The Catalogue 2 – Remaster 2013”.

Get it on Beatport.

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Story #3 – Lucky 13 with Adam Beyer Remix

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Adam Beyer virtually played every single record from Hertz, during a long period. This was leading into a Drumcode-release. Although I wasn’t too happy with the result, and it also went as B2 on the vinyl, Adam told me afterwards that it was probably the most played track out of that EP anyway. And when the remix-EP came, my track was on the full A-side with a Cari Lekebusch-remix. Some months later I did a track, asked Adam for a remix, he did it and now he was part of one of the best selling vinyl-releases on Sway.

When I first got the remix, I felt that “he didn’t do anything”, but after playing it a couple of times, I realize that he’ve just done one of his best remixes, even to date. He used all original parts, re-arranged it in the right way, still having the original feel and baseline. On top he added some funky breaks. A lot of “techno-remixes” doesn’t have anything to do with the original track, but with this remix, Adam interpreted the track and did it better. Absolutely superb!

“Hertz-Lucky 13 (Adam Beyer Remix)” is included on “Sway – The Catalogue 2 – Remaster 2013”.

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Story #2 – The start of the label Sway

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Sway was the third label. Focus – techno.
I went to a party, hosted by Johan Bacto in Jönköping, named “Mankind #3” 2002-04-13, with a very nice line-up on the Swedish countryside; James Ruskin, Devilfish, Hardcell, Pehr Herb, Tobias Von Hofsten and Rino Cerrone. As I recall, Adam Beyer was also supporting the event with his presence. I was connecting with all artists backstage and the idea to do collaborations on Sway was born. I’ve already released some material together with Johan Bacto before, on his labels that went really well, so the first Sway was also a “Hertz & Johan Bacto”-release.

Hertz working 2 days with Hardcell looked like this;
I paid for flight tickets Stockholm-Gothenburg, picked Nils up at the airport in the morning, went straight to my house/studio. Started to check some tracks and then straight to work. Did a track in some hours in hot summer weather; we needed to cool down! Moped down to the ocean, swim for an hour, back home working. Another track done. Bought some nice food. Slept in my house. Woke up, back to work, another track done, straight to airport and two productive days were done. The foundation of Sway-3 was rolled out. Very fun and memorable. The same implementation with Tobias and Jonas on Sway-2 and Sway-7.

Not so hard to be a techno-musician after all 😉

Some of the collaborations is included on “Sway – The Catalogue 2 – Remaster 2013”.

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Story #1 – Recreate – The start of something good

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

It’s logical to start with the breakthrough record “Hertz-Recreate”. At that time 2003, Hertz was very much in demand and the requests came from all over to do EPs and remixes. One of them came from Umek and Valentino Kanzyani. They already used some of my songs on mix compilations and I really loved their label “Recycled Loops“, so it was easy to accept.

So I did 4 tracks for the EP titled “Look Back To See The Future EP“. As the title hints, there were fragments of classic sounds in my production and this records was played by basically all techno-DJs all over the world, including Adam Beyer, Chris Liebing, Christian Smith, Umek…yeah, the list goes on. And many of them did their own re-edit of the stand-out-track “Recreate”, where the break was extended.

One of them was DJ Montana, who did one that DJ Tiesto, voted nr 1 DJ in the world 3 years in a row back then, picked up and played on main stage at the huge event “Inner City 2003” in Amsterdam. Reports from people on location all told the same story; when that record was played, the whole event erupted. The rumours spread fast and that “Montana Re-Edit” was licensed and released on vinyl in 2004.

Dance Valley, one of the largest festivals in the world, used it as their theme song for the festival in 2004. Carl Cox used it as the final track on Dance Valley 2004, viewed by millions on YouTube, and it now has a spot in the techno history.

“Hertz-Recreate (Montana Re-Edit) is now, for the first time, available on digital release.
Included on “Sway – The Catalogue 2 – Remaster 2013”.

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Bodyscrub-Borderline (Hertz Remix) @ Phobiq

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

“…The mighty Hertz are in control for the remix, painting an even bleaker picture with extreme edits and a menacing growler of a baseline…”

Great support from Marco Bailey, Pär Grindvik, Joey Beltram and Alexi Delano to do some namedropping.

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Break An Entry @ Respekt Recordings

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Hertz latest release “Break An Entry” on Respekt Recordings got great support from Marco Bailey, Sasha Carassi and Slam to name a few.

“The infamous Hertz are back on Respekt with the intense “Break An Entry”, and once again live up to their reputation of high-octane production.Furiously taking off, the original mix engulfs you with a bubbling subsonic bassline and some tasty looping dissonance. Sharp riffage and carefully placed risers keep the momentum at an all-time high. Mikael Jonasson takes the subliminal approach with subtle synth stabs and tightly programmed hats. The sound of the apocalypse still looms above however, as the riffs mutate and rise to the dark occasion.”

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Best Of Underwater featuring Hertz – A Voice Of My Own

Monday, September 12th, 2011

The legendary Underwater Records celebrates 100 releases and more with a collection of its finest moments. Founded by Darren Emerson in 1994, originally as an output for himself and the artists he met along his travels, Underwater grew to become one of the most influential dance labels of the early noughties. Responsible for numerous worldwide hits such as Tim Deluxe – ‘It Just Wont Do’, Gus Gus – ‘David’ and many more, the list of producers on Underwater is impressive. The brand was responsible for four infamous Ibiza seasons at Pacha as well as 7 years at The End club in London. The culmination of the Underwater Records story in 2003 saw the label win the label of the year award in DJ Magazine.

Albums from Tim Deluxe, Gus Gus, Mutiny, Pnau, Sharam Jey, Magik Johnson and singles by Arthur Baker, D. Ramirez, Paul Woolford, Joel Mull, Smith & Selway, Paul Jackson and so many more are a testimony to how much quality has seen the light of day through the label. This compilation offers some of the seminal hits in never released before single and radio edit format on CD 1 and a mixed selection from Underwater recording artist Jamie McHugh of underground material released over the years.