Techno Artist Of The Week – Gregor Tresher
Techno Artist Of The Week – Gregor Tresher
In the trend-driven universe of electronic dance music, Gregor Tresher is the rare artist who transcends such cycles. His secret? A relentless focus on melody and timbre, timeless musical elements that other producers often undervalue. Just as a painting or a photograph appears to move if one stares at it long enough, close listening to the stratified grooves and melodies in Tresher’s music reveals an organic universe of shifting sound. “Melody always allows you to bring something new to the music,” opines the producer. “It is where you can create something real and different, whereas the beat… well, either a record grooves or it doesn’t.”
Tresher’s approach to writing music eschews obvious eight-bar earworms that soon grow tiresome in favor of musical lines that repeat and intertwine in myriad patterns, unfolding to reveal their secrets as you listen. In addition, another almost imperceptible element of motion has been integrated into Gregor Tresher´s new music via the integration of vintage machines and their tendency to drift ever-so-slightly out of tune. “It adds this human touch to the music, even though it was made with machines.” Gregor Tresher began his career as a DJ in Frankfurt in the early ‘90s; today, he can be found plying that trade at venues around the world, from Berlin to Tokyo, Sydney to Los Angeles. Following two critically-acclaimed albums credited to his Sniper Mode alias, Tresher broke through as a producer under his own name via his 2005 releases Still and Neon, his remix of Sven Väth’s “Komm,” and his contribution to Cocoon’s Compilation F, “Full Range Madness.”
His 2008 classic “A Thousand Nights” was the year’s best-selling Techno track on Beatport and introduced Gregor to a larger audience. After releasing music on legendary techno label Ovum, Intacto, and Moon Harbour, Gregor Tresher launched his own eclectic imprint, Break New Soil, in 2009 on which his studio albums A Thousand Nights (2007), The Life Wire (2009), and Lights From The Inside (2011) were released. After new records on Drumcode and Music Man in 2012, it´s his “About A Good Place“ EP on Sven Vath’s Techno imprint Cocoon, that completes a circle of sorts: “It was great that those tracks are released on Cocoon recordings since we have some history. It helped my career a lot when Sven started to play my music in 2004 and it gave me a big push. So it’s nice that these tracks are released on his label because they mean something special to me as well.”
In early 2013, right after releasing his „System X“ 4-track EP on Adam Beyer´s Drumcode imprint, another collaboration EP with Petar Dundov on Music Man („Solstice / In The Woods“) and his second remix for Moby („The Lonely Night“), another dream come true: This next remix was of personal importance to Gregor since it was for a band that has inspired his career from the beginning – Depeche Mode. Pure inspiration drove this collaboration for a song called “Soothe My Soul”, which is the second single off of their current album, Delta Machine. Gregor was one of only a select group enlisted and consequently the only producer with two different remixes set for commercial release. In July 2013, Gregor released “Nightcolors“, his fifth studio album. It embodied the signature Tresher-sound from peak hour, techno-driven dancefloor bangers („Permafrost“, „Black Relief“) over darker electronica tracks that mark a connection to his earlier Sniper Mode works („Pelican Dreaming“, „Apparition“), to lush and cerebral soundscapes that shaped the album into a complete listening experience – and of course there are the signature sounding melodic tracks that Gregor´s name had become a trademark for („Nightcolors“ and his Cocoon hit single “About A Good Place“).
To round things off in style, no one else than French icon Laurent Garnier delivered a remix for the title track. Accompanying the release, Gregor embarked on another extensive album tour that included a mixture of exclusive live performances as well as DJ gigs starting at the end of May at Movement Detroit (US). The tour then touched down on some of the most prolific music festivals and clubs in the world such as Love Family Park (DE), Exit Festival (RS), Sonar (ES), Loveland (NL), SonneMondSterne (DE), Barrakud Festival (HR), Time Warp (NL), Berghain (Berlin), Fabric (London), Output (New York) amongst many others and culminated at ADE at the annual Break New Soil Label Showcase.
Here are 4 of our favourite slices of techno by Gregor Tresher & friends