Already 18 years in the game, as a DJ, label and record store founder, Joao Maria made his name a respected one, by setting an example through leading instead of just following, trusting his musical vision and cherishing his independence. The results speak for themselves and prove him right. Besides being a regular fixture in Portuguese clubs like Gare Porto and Ministerium (where he has a residence) and festivals like Super Bock Super Rock, Neo-Pop, Forte Festival and Lisboa Electronica, he ́s become a frequent flyer to Berlin, by landing gigs at the highly regarded Club Der Visionaere, Salon Wilde Renate and playing at one of the hallmarks of the Berlin club scene, Katerholzig, right before it ́s closing in 2013.The culmination of this steady ascent comes in the form of a guest spot at tINI and The Gang parties in Ibiza. Not happy with just playing his challenging blend of refined techno and house, he helps bring it out to the music addicts with the aforementioned vinyl-only Assemble Music label, where such minimal techno pioneers as Ricardo Villalobos, Baby Ford and, Altitude, Activ-Analog, Norken and Wolfgang Voight (as Studio 1) have had releases, along with current movers like Daze Maxim, Vera, Lerosa, STL, St. Joseph, Dan Andrei, Mike Shannon, Dorian Paic. You don ́t make lasting and steady connections like these by accident. João Maria does it by setting the bar and then living up to the expectations.
DJBased in: Lisbon, PortugalTerritory: Worldwide
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