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Dario Zenker

The following does not seek to lionise, rather it wishes to tell the amusing tale of a carnivorous, Kung Fu-loving Munich man who just happens to have that certain uuuhhh…factor. Dario Zenker, natural-born dancer and Mowgli-like wild boy was raised in Germany’s Deep South on a diet of Wu Tang, Gangstarr, Michael Jackson and sweet mustard. His childhood habitat allowed for much adventuring, moving from the heart of Munich to the Bavarian wilderness at the age of 12, but always having the liberty to roam freely and explore his surroundings. At weekends, wandering off back to the southern capital, he would stay at his stepdad’s flat, encountering many techno warriors from far and wide. Here, they would find their refuge after a night behind the helm at the infamous Ultraschall, founded and run in ‘94 by Dario’s stepaunt, Dorle and her man DJ Upstart, among others. After turning 15 he got his paws on a mixer and a set of Gemini turntables. Subsequently, his passion for playing music (and disturbing the peace) took flight. As the young cub matured, his nocturnal nature lead him to goa trance gatherings and other such tribal ceremonies. Coming home to meet mystical gurus like L.A. Williams, Jay Denham and Shake Shakir served only to ignite his burning curiosity for underground electronic music. After receiving his first techno record from Shake at 16, (having woken to him listening to his stepdad’s Beatles records in the living room) his techno quest began.

At 18, the valiant young technoid was deemed dexterous enough to man the controls at Ultraschall, flying high for the first time alongside Acid Maria and the Hacker. When the notorious techno temple closed in 2003, the Ultraschall tribe seperated and founded new settlements in the years that followed, today Harry Klein and Rote Sonne. Adopted by the Harry Klein family who couldn’t resist his untamed charm, Dario found his second home, with a residency there since 2006. The club became his creative force field, a place to experiment with his productions and further cultivate his individual groove. Known for rambling in subterranean techno territory, he never fails to surface from the deep with a soulful house record to keep you in check. Whether playing a live or a mixed set, he is evidently in his element melding movement and music and moving with the crowd. Just watch that rapturous grin when a record triggers a howl of approval from the hungry natives at the back of the room…

2006 saw his first vinyl debut and since then he has produced releases, remixes and his own unique brand of house and techno on labels such as Vakant, Frozen Border and Time to Express, to name but a few. Today, apart from gourmet cooking and Kung Fu wrestling his compadres, the Munich maverick channels his energy into two projects in particular. Founded by him, his brother and partner in crime Marco and longtime sidekick Mueller, Ilian Tape is their homegrown label, nurtured with much tender love since 2007. His inspiration? Life, love and dancing.

Download Presspack

01.01.2018   Blitz – Munich – DE
06.01.2018   Concrete – Paris – FR
13.01.2018   Blitz – Munich – DE
19.01.2018   Void – Shanghai – CN
20.01.2018   Faust – Seoul – KR
25.01.2018   Dommune – Tokyo – JP
26.01.2018   Contact – Tokyo – JP
27.01.2018   Korner – Taipei – TW
02.02.2018   Blitz – Munich – DE
03.02.2018   Closer – Kiev – UA
10.02.2018   Mauerpfeiffer – Saarbrücken – DE
17.02.2018   Fabric – London – UK
23.02.2018   Ilian Tape @ Jasna 1 – Warsaw – PL
24.02.2018   Ilian Tape @ Ankali – Prague – CZ
02.03.2018   Ampere – Antwerp – BE
09.03.2018   Cabaret Aleatoire – Marseille – FR
11.03.2018   Berghain – Berlin – DE
14.03.2018   City Club – Augsburg – DE
16.03.2018   Elipamanoke – Leipzig – DE
17.03.2018   Minimum @ Pluton – Moscow – RU
24.03.2018   Blitz – Munich – DE
06.04.2018   Le Diskret – Lyon – FR
13.04.2018   Sugar Factory – Amsterdam – NL
14.04.2018   Blitz – Munich – DE
20.04.2018   Wire – Leeds – UK
21.04.2018   Off By Roots United – St. Petersburg – RU
27.04.2018   Tresor – Berlin – DE
28.04.2018   Razzmatazz – Barcelona – ES
06.05.2018   Art Peckham – London – UK
11.05.2018   Warehouse – Mumbai – IN
12.05.2018   Auro – Delhi – IN
19.05.2018   Ilian Tape @ Blitz – Munich – DE
31.05.2018   Lighthouse Festival – Porec – HR
02.06.2018   Solid-Grounded Festival – Prötzel – DE
08.06.2018   UVA Festival – Malaga – ES
09.06.2018   Berghain – Berlin – DE
11.06.2018   Circoloco @ DC10 – Ibiza – ES
15.06.2018   De School – Amsterdam – NL
16.06.2018   Momentum – Gothenburg – SWE
22.06.2018   Instytut Festival – Modlin – PL
24.06.2018   Monticule Festival – Domaine de Gayfie – FR
30.06.2018   Blitz – Munich – DE
06.07.2018   Farr Festival – Hertfordshire – UK
13.07.2018   Melt! Festival – Gräfenhainichen – DE
14.07.2018   Blitz – Munich – DE
20.07.2018   Texture – Detroit – US
21.07.2018   Output – New York – US
22.07.2018   Picnic Electronic – Montreal – CA
27.07.2018   Flash – Washington – US

    ITLP01 IT024  IT021                

Dario Zenker – Whatever Ep (Balkon)
Dario Zenker – Make Up Ep (Num Records)
Dario Zenker – Belong Ep (Esperanza)
Dario Zenker – Black Sword Ep (Unfoundsound)
Dario Zenker – Several Ep (Num records)
Dario Zenker – Reason For Klein (Harry Klein Networks)
Dario Zenker – Sam Und Er/Womde! (Vakant)
Dario Zenker – Hermosa Ep (Lo Mid High)
Dario Zenker – Would Be Nice Ep (Vakant)
Dario Zenker – Otherwise Maybee (Ilian Tape)
Patua – Macaista/Chapado (Vakant)
Dario Zenker – Down, Then There (Esperanza)
Dario Zenker – ’92 (Harry Klein Records)
Dario Zenker – Belfort (Vakant Ltd)
Dario Zenker – It Was (Futureaudio)
Dario Zenker – Cafu (Ilian Tape)
Dario Zenker – Insirer (Time To Express)
Dario Zenker – Wether (Traut Muzik)
Dario Zenker – Apollo 910 (Vakant)
4.26# – Frozen Border 05 (Frozen Border)
4.26# – Frozen Border 06 (Frozen Border)
Dario Zenker – Farrel Ep (Ilian Tape)
Dario Zenker – Just Sayin/Come On (Harry Klein Records)
Zenker Brothers – Berg 10 Ep (Ilian Tape)
Dario Zenker – Purple Ep (Esperanza)
4.26# – Frozen Border 09 (Frozen Border)
Dario Zenker – 6 Unlimited Lights Ep (Ilian Tape)
4.26# – Frozen Border 10 (Frozen Border)
Dario Zenker – The Move Clean Ep (Vakant)
Dario Zenker – 2029 Ep (Baud)
Dario Zenker – MS 612 (Deep Labs Detroit)
Dario Zenker – Cat Stance (Time To Express)
Dario Zenker – Installment 4809N (Ilian Tape)
Zenker Brothers – Lion In Mars (Tresor)
4.26# – Frozen Border 13 (Frozen Border)

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