Hot off the heels of his acclaimed Balance series edition and a successful Winter Music Conference debut, forward-thinking Frenchman Agoria is set to embark on his North American tour as he makes his way to the Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit. With his recent spell-binding DJ sets at the Balance 16: Agoria release party and at the infamous Sunday School For Degenerates party in Miami, Agoria is now ready to bring his distinct track selection and mixing style to some of North America’s most forward thinking venues. Kicking off in New York City, with stops in Windsor, Detroit, and El Paso, the tour culminates with a much anticipated main stage performance at the10th anniversary of the electronic music festival in Detroit.
Agoria, otherwise known as Sebastien Devaud wasn’t bitten by the dance music bug until he was out of his teens, but once he began hunting imported 12”s from the US and Germany in his native France, there was no turning back. His production career began in 1999, with his debut album Blossom and first compilation following in 2003 – and it was clear even in those early days that a serious new talent was emerging. Blending the throb and groove of deeper, stripped-back techno with a keen sense of musicality, emotion and atmosphere, his is a sound that transcends beyond mere dancefloor disposability. His 2007 At The Controls compilation set a new standard for minimal tech-house with its impeccable programming and seductive mixing.
2010 has marked a banner year for Agoria with the release of Balance 016. After raising the bar to unprecedented heights in 2009 with Joris Voorn and Will Saul’s stunning additions to the Balance series, Agoria provides yet another standard-setting mix from one of the most sophisticated, forward thinking, and inspiring names in techno. “The concept of both CDs is all about balance. Literally. In my mind a balance is not a middle position; it’s a perfect equilibrium. I’m trying to be as close as possible to this idea. I have tried to find this fine line where the balance is just right.” To accomplish this perfectly-weighted contrast, he’s cherry-picked from a myriad of genres and subgenres in his “beat open-minded” fashion, combining a wealth of material from newcomers across the spectrum (including no less than 12 exclusives!) with more established producers, classics and unknown gems from his broad musical past, and put it all together in an unconventional, challenging manner. “In the end, more than a DJ compilation, this is a manifesto of my passion for music and for mixing” he explains. Balance 016: Agoria has been hailed as the compilation of the month by several publications including IDJ Magazine, Tillate Magazine, Raveline, Tsugi, DMC, Inpress, 3D, Time Off. This superb compilation is as deep and rewarding as a well-woven novel, the dénouement of the story unfolding as the mix evolves through Agoria’s musical DNA. Yet another essential addition to the compilation series that is fast becoming the new benchmark for ambitious DJs and demanding listeners alike.
"Serious dance music fans know the "Balance" label CD series provides some of the most stunning sonic journeys that progressive house and techno has to offer. Recent masterpieces include creative sets by Joris Voorn and Will Saul, but the latest release by Agoria, a French DJ also known as Sebastien Devaud, might top them all."
“In running through a ton of genres from blessed out ambience to emo-tech via chugging techno and dark house, ‘Balance 16’ is pregnant with emotion and stuffed with drama.” –DJ Mag
“A fine tour d’horizon of the intelligent side of house, taking in techno, minimal, balearic, cosmic...” -Telegraph
"A true science of the transition, which keeps the listener captivated." -Trax
Agoria North American Tour Dates
May 21 New York, NY @ TBA www.biatchcorp.com
May 22 Windsor, Canada @ Boom Boom Room www.boomboomroom.ca
May 27 Detroit, MI @ Pulse Lounge www.pulsedetroit.com
May 28 El Paso, TX @ Malibu Discotheque www.myspace.com/malibunightclub
May 30 Detroit, MI @ Detroit Princess Riverboat
May 31 Detroit, MI @ Movement Electronic Music Festival www.movement.us
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