Steve Bug

Few German electronic producers are as versatile as Steve Bug. Starting off with a small residency in Ibiza in 1991, Bug enhanced his reputation and was invited to play the prestigious Love Parade later that year. His career in music production came two years later with the release of Bride & Bridegroom on the Superstition label. Several other releases on smaller labels followed, and in 1996 he started his first label, Raw Elements. This label, however, would be short-lived, as Bug would pull the plug and start up two labels -- Poker Flat and Dessous -- in 1998. Each label had its own aesthetic in mind, with Poker Flat concentrating on edgy dancefloor tech-house releases and Dessous focusing on deep house and downtempo sounds. Bug would continue to record singles for Poker Flat and Dessous as well as other labels worldwide, and he quietly established a reputation internationally for his DJ sets as well as his productions. It wasn't long until Poker Flat would find itself several more sublabels to contend with -- Audiomatique Recordings, B Series, and Traffic Signs all appeared within the next year, while Bug's reputation grew thanks in no small part to collaborations with Richie Hawtin and Chicago tech-house maestro Common Factor for their M-nus and Tactile imprints, respectively. Though he continues to record prolifically, his last full-length release, Sensual, was released on Poker Flat in 2002. His Da Minimal Funk series of mixes continually set the standard for minimal DJ sets and his most recent mix, Bugnology, Vol. 2, was released in April of 2006. ~ Rob Theakston

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