Babak Shayan – Snake In The Grass (Plastic City. Play)
Born in Teheran (Iran) in 1973, Babak came to Germany due to the effects of the Iran-Iraq war in 1985. His love to music started in the early days of his childhood with artists such as Depeche Mode, Yello, New Order. But thanks to his new residence, the music that was avantgarde then became accessible for him. He went into heavy music collecting, making it possible to experience the concept of DJing just one year later: beginning in 1986, he spread mixtapes among his schoolmates and was soon a requested DJ for an audience that was much more older than he himself. He played in clubs where he would not have been allowed to enter because of his age. Consequently, his love for music lead him on the way to creating music. In 1998, he got the gear to get some tracks done and after gaining some experience in that field, Babak had his first release on the Plastic City. His first “Dualists” productions found their way into the cases of many DJs and many compilations and propelled him to the top of Germany’s Tech-House scene. In 2003 Babak moved to Cologne and founded his own label Shayan Music which has established itself as a modern music company that offers a broad spectrum of services. Besides all of his projects and music-making Babak plays as DJ at international festivals and clubs regularly. Finally in 2009, he released his first own artist album which he called “My Life”. The single “Snake in The Grass” is taken from this brilliant album.
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Strict Border – Body Cure (Plastic City. Play)
Canadian-based Strict Border (Amirali Shahrestani and Iman Habibi) were drawn together by their shared passion and love for electronic music. Music and nightlife inspired both of them from early on. They have built a reputation as hottest upcoming techno and house artists. The pair dived to the forefront of dance music in February 2009 and has achieved extensive recognition in fewer than three months since they joined forces in Tehran. Sadly the guys had to part ways shortly after meeting in Tehran as Iman currently lives in Tehran and Amirali had to go back to Toronto. Although working from different continents with a time difference of eight hours and a half was hard at times, the duo saw it as a worthy challenge. Rather than back down at times when WAV files took up to an hour to upload with slow internet connections in Iran, the guys approached the challenge with tremendous interest and felt more and more confident with each step they took. Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and many other web sites are filtered by the government of Iran, making it hard for someone in the music industry and in constant need of the internet to keep up and move on. Despite strict laws and the threat of government censorship, Strict Border with the help of anti-filters and proxies to access the web world were able to work together and produce music. Since they formed in February 2009, the duo believed that there is something special about them. Their first release got quite recognition and was played by Steve Lawler on BBC Radio 1. Other supports in the business include artists such as Marco Carola, Christian Smith, Luciano, Nic Fanciulli, Gorge, Okain, Carl Cox, Nima Gorji, Carlo Lio, Wally Lopez, Mike Monday and many more.
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