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PROPAGANDA! 042: DR. KUCHO!
[Disk Doctor / Spinnin - SPAIN]
After two decades in the industry, there can be no denying that Spanish house sensation Daniel Manzano, or Dr. Kucho! as he’s known to the masses, remains one of the most industrious and longstanding producers and DJs on the planet. With almost 300 releases to his name since his early entry
onto the circuit in 1993, The Doctor is as strong as ever as he continues to prescribe his fans - and music lovers the world over - dose after dose of his tried and tested medicine.
His vast, diverse, and ever-increasing portfolio, including releases on some of the most notable labels in the industry (Sony, Virgin, Defected, Pacha, Spinnn’ and Africanism to name but a few), has been received with open arms by discerning audiences across the globe, securing Kucho! a well-deserved
place as one of the stalwarts of the European and Latin American house music tradition.
Early successes for Kucho! included ‘Lies To Yourself’ and ‘Can’t Stop Playing’, the latter of which enjoyed number one status in the Dutch radio charts for five weeks. Further integral to Kucho’s rise were two hits on Weekend Records; ‘Patricia Never Leaves The House’ and ‘La Luna’ in 2001, both of which
reached No. 1 in charts worldwide, simultaneously making a huge contribution to the rise of Spanish house music which had previously been so discreet.
Original tracks and remixes have since come thick and fast, and to name them all would be one hell of a task. But the track that really put Kucho! on the map, even beyond those held by dance-music buffs, was to be ‘Belmondo Rulez’. The release enjoyed such success that it arrived in at No.6 of DJMag’s ‘Best of 2003 Hype Chart’. Kucho’s! popularity grew quickly following this, and he soon became one of the ‘one’s to watch’ on the European circuit, so much so that DJ Magazine UK crowned him “The Undisputed King of Spanish House
Music”. When 2006 hit ‘Hallelujah’ reached No. 1 in Malta, beating the likes of Shakira, Madonna and Justin Timberlake that very same week, there was no doubting the credibility of the homage paid three years earlier; Dr. Kucho! had officially become part of dance music royalty.
Although the commitment to extensive studio-time is a must for Kucho!, he has not, importantly, let this hard work behind the scenes hinder him from what is arguably the most central attribute for any dance music star – shaking the dancefloor! Making regular ‘house calls’ at some of the biggest and best clubs from all corners of the globe, the Doctor continues to prove that he is the complete package by smashing every party he plays.
Raised in Philadelphia and based in Washington DC, ZENBI is quickly becoming one of the hottest names in America’s burgeoning house music scene. With newly minted residencies at two of the hottest dance clubs in the US, and a handful of recent top ten tracks to back it up, ZENBI is establishing himself as one of the most in-demand DJ/Producers in the industry.
ZENBI started spinning vinyl in the mid 90’s in Philadelphia – being heavily influenced by the music culture pioneered by local legends Josh Wink and King Britt. ZENBI’s signature ‘Good & Beautiful’ sound [Zenbi translates as Good and Beautiful in Japanese] has evolved into an infectious blend of sexy house, tech house, latin, and tribal grooves.
On the road, ZENBI has packed crowds from Boston to Budapest, Milan to Miami, and performed at major dance music festivals including BPM, Miami Music Week, Winter Music Conference, Groove Cruise, SodaPop Milano, and ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event). At home, Zenbi holds monthly residencies at two of the premier house clubs in the US: Lima in Washington DC and Rumor in Philadelphia – where he shares a rotation with the likes of Chus & Ceballos, Morgan Page, Saeed Younan, and Oscar G. In addition, ZENBI is a resident of electronic music event production company AOE, where he has performed at large scale events with acts including Aviici, Alesso, Bingo Players, etc.
The past year has brought a whirlwind of success for ZENBI’s studio works, which have caught the ears of a Who's Who list of labels including Skint, Hotfingers, Great Stuff, Twisted, Vendetta, Disc Doctor, Low Kik, SK Supreme, among others. A handful of ZENBI releases have graced the Beatport Top Ten – including Stefano Noferini’s remix of Double Trouble, which claimed the number one position on the Tech House charts for over a month.
ZENBI’S releases have received massive support from an ever-increasing list of talented producers including Moby, Mark Knight, Marco Carola, Stefano Noferini, Roger Sanchez, Umek, Danny Tenaglia, Wally Lopez, David Herrero, Erick Morillo, Dubfire, Paco Osuna, David Penn, Satoshi Tomiie, and Uner (to name a few!).
Dave Pech started playing at Cloak in NYC back in 2008 and started developing a sound for good House Music. Renown for theme parties, Dave Pech is one of New York City's premier DJ's having played alongside legendary DJ's such as Jonathan Peters, DJ Vibe, Danny Tenaglia, Victor Calderone, Boris and countless others.
Dave Pech is no amateur! Dave Pech has spun in some of the biggest and best clubs in New York and rocks the toughest crowds! He has studied at some of the best schools in music such as SAE and Dubspot in Manhattan after serving in the army.
Dave Pech has a passion for music and an ear for sound. He excels at the turntables and precisely perpetuates a melodic rhythm every time he presses play.
He has won 3rd Place in the WMC Spin Off 2007
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