“IN THE FUTURE, ampoule BIG THINGS ARE COMING: BIG IDEAS, story NEW RELEASES, AND IMPORTANT SHOWS AROUND THE WORLD. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING FOR ME.” – ADRIAN HOUR
With an exhilarating and creative approach to producing and playing out the most innovative Techno and Tech House, Argentinian DJ Adrian Hour captivated Mark Knight and the team here at Toolroom in 2013. Releasing his debut EP, the ‘Speaking Groove EP’, with us that same year, his profile soared, seeing him embark on a successful worldwide tour. Providing an electrifying international perspective and a new and unique approach to the techier side of our sound, Adrian Hour is an essential leader for our #RESET campaign.
Growing up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Adrian Hour was surrounded by a melting pot of different cultures, which was also reflected in the electronic music and had a profound effect on his own sound. An inquisitive teenager, he would listen to classic Trance and Techno on the radio and wonder how he too could make such music. This soon led him to enrol in the first electronic music school in Buenos Aires, studying music, mixing and mastering. This training was crucial and, combined with the inspiration he drew from the city around him and initial support he received for his tracks, he decided to break into the music industry:
“Music is my life, always has been, and is my way of almost transmitting something without words, some energy or feelings. I didn’t know if this would be my future or not – I just felt it. So two years ago, when I saw my music really started to take off, I risked everything and quit my day job to devote my life to music.”
This combination of passion, creativity and technical ability was irresistible to the Toolroom team, as Mark Knight let the young producer know when they met at Pacha, Buenos Aires:
“When I met Mark [Knight] for the first time, he told me he was a big fan of my music and asked me to send some to the label. The first few tracks that Toolroom picked up went on their big Techno compilations called ‘Rhythm Distrikt’ and this was a really good way to introduce me to the label and to the Toolroom family. After that, I appeared on a few more compilations before they gave me a huge opportunity and released my own EP called ‘Speaking Groove’. It was after this that I really felt part of the label.”
Hugely successful, Adrian’s ‘Speaking Groove EP’ climbed the Beatport charts and was supported by none other than Moby. Taken from the EP, the dark, hypnotising and atmospheric soundscape created in ‘She’ has given the track great longevity, with it being played out in clubs to this very day. This, alongside his remarkable and relentless remix of Mark Knight & D. Ramirez V Underworld’s legendary ‘Downpipe’, saw Adrian Hour becoming a significant member of our team. Alongside this, releases on respected labels like Suara and Yoshitoshi also garnered him support from the likes of Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Paco Osuna, Technasia, Coyu, Sam Paganini, Joseph Capriati, Tom Hades, Miguel Bastida and more.
With Mark Knight heralding him as “the most exciting new Techno producer I know – take it from me, he is frighteningly talented”, we were honoured to have Adrian join us at Toolroom HQ:
“I travelled to England for a meeting. We all shared the same vision and were excited about the prospect of working together for many years to come and we came to an agreement there and then!”
This shared vision is integral, another reason for our respect for Adrian Hour, and inherent in his productions and mix for ‘Toolroom Live 01’:
“For me, music – either my DJ sets or productions – is about transmitting something without words; some energy or feelings. That’s what I’ve done with this mix.”
Adrian Hour expertly intertwines the many shades of Techno within his mix, incorporating new tracks from Pirupa, Erik Hagleton and Coyu & Ramiro Lopez, as well as huge exclusives from himself, D-Unity, Montenegro and more. Crucially, his mix reveals the harder, techier side of the Toolroom sound and the breadth of the musical spectrum that Toolroom will represent.
As a label, we thrive on creativity, inspirational ideas and a passion for great music – we’re delighted to have Adrian join us on our journey through dance music.