After a cracking launch in Bakery Lane next to LaRuche on the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, Melt returns with its first international headliner in the shape of German star Tim Engelhardt.
Fresh from the release of his debut album on Steve Bug’s legendary Poker Flat imprint, the 19-year-old wizkid from Cologne is one of the most talented and in-demand names in melodic techno and house in the world today.
With big support from Melt‘s own Butterz, Christian Kerr, Jesse Kuch and Apro, plus void acoustics sound, full decor and the open air vibes of Capulet’s legendary garden, this Sunday session is a must for lovers of intelligent, deep dance music.
Tim Engelhardt (Poker Flat / Innervisions / City Fox) Cologne
Butterz (LaRuche / Capulet / Melt)
Jesse Kuch (Open Records / Melt)
Christian Kerr (Sankhara / DragonFruit / Melt)
Apró (Soul Odyssey / Melt)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 @ CAPULET, 188 BRUNSWICK ST, FORTITUDE VALLEY, BRISBANE
TIM ENGELHARDT BIOGRAPHY
One of Cologne’s youngest and brightest electronic music stars on the rise, Tim Engelhardt didn’t gatecrash the scene out of leftfield, but started his path to success fairly early on: trying to rewrite the piano pieces he had to practice at the tender age of eight, he showed an independent creative mind from the get-go – a character trait that would prove extremely helpful for a later career as electronic music producer. But it was only when Tim later discovered the releases of Cologne techno luminary Robert Babicz that synthesizers and bass drums moved into focus – a brilliant producer, live performer and mastering engineer with a keen sense for sonic detail, Babicz became the perfect role model for young Tim, inspiring our hero to seek out his own place in electronic music while honing a concise understanding for all facets of production.
Part of a diverse new breed of young producers that get their cues from all sorts of genres and listening situations, Tim still stands apart, having released his very first record when he was just 14 years old. Combining profound musical knowledge with intuitive playfulness, his solid pianist background becomes rather obvious in the great care he takes over harmonies and an expanded melodic structure. Pair that with the organic fluidity and atmospheric dexterity of his music and you’ve got yourself a winning recipe. Consequently, Tim grew his portfolio with plenty outings on labels such as Traum Schallplatten, WIR, Babiczstyle, Amuse Gueule, Ostwind Records, Popart Music, Playmusic Productions, Parquet Recordings, Manual Music, Innervisions and Cityfox, alongside his 2017 album on Steve Bug’s iconic Poker Flat Recordings – an impressive amount of label royalty that he’s amassed in only five short years.
Underscored by a torrent of remix and release offers, Tim’s busy schedule is testament to his growing popularity among electronic music fans – touring the US, Asia, India and Australia, alongside regular European shows. Meanwhile, inspiration for Tim’s personal brand of melodic house and techno can come from many sources: childhood memories of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells playing in his dad’s car, a walk in nature – or simply mining his modular synth for happy accidents. Gear, however, is only a means to an end for Tim: rather than drooling over hardware, he celebrates art with a distinct personality – art that carries a piece of its creator inside. To find the most powerful expression for the sounds in his head, that’s his mission … which is why Tim’s music sounds nothing like your run-of-he-mill, straight-to-DJ floor chow, but subtly turns heads with a cohesive, fully-formed musical vision that shines in the club and at home.