WORDS: Alex Caslano
PHOTO: Atelier Conradi

Since its inception in 2012 only a handful of artists have released on Berlin-based label, Avotre; as a result, quality control is at an optimum. Founded by Philipp Maier aka Sante, the roster includes the likes of Re:You, Dale Howard and Hector Moralez, contributing only the finest cuts of dancefloor-driven house and tech. It’s a family affair, and Sante likes it this way: “I like to have people on board I know personally and who I like to play along with” he tells us. “I Love having big Avotre nights with our friends and close collaborators; we really look forward to playing b2b!”

This Saturday he’ll be doing just that, as Avotre mainstay, Sidney Charles, joins him for a showcase at Saint Judes. “I think smaller venues with an intimate atmosphere give me more space for musical selections” says Sidney, reflecting on his last set there. “It’s easier to read the crowd and make decisions to play specific tunes.” Sante agrees: "Normally our b2b is peak-time orientated house and techno bangers, so we always watch the crowd, how they react to our tunes and we shape the set from there.”

With their recent showcase at ADE proving to be one of the conference’s most popular events and a relentless tour schedule which has taken in everywhere from XOYO to Watergate, it’s been a busy year for the Avotre family and there’s no sign of things slowing down. “We have a lot planned for 2015; some very special events indeed” confirms Sante. “I don’t want to give too much away just yet, but some of the highlights will be a London Avotre warehouse show, an event during sonar, some exclusive Avotre Ibiza showcases and of course a return to ADE. Hope we can fit it all in, it’s going to be a crazy year!”

Check out a recent mix from Sante below, as well as his new EP ‘Awake’:

Sante on Soundcloud
Sidney Charles on Soundcloud
Avotre on Facebook