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Laatste Future Classic van 2013: Pitchben

Pitchben - Pitchslap Cover

The story of Pitchben is one about consistency. It's the 80s. A young boy is growing up to the soundtrack of Electro Funk, drawing influence from the likes of Jackson, The Whispers and D-Train and developing a genuine passion for music. Around 20 years later in 2011, this boy is releasing his debut album Pitchslap on Compost Records.

This root of funk has been a constant since his childhood. Exploring new territories in the 90s Pitchben, known as M-Tech at the time, started to deejay and produce at the young age of 13. Working the turntables like an instrument, he became one of the key figures in the world of Scratching and Turntablism. In 2002 he won the German DMC finals with a scratched interpretation of Break Machine Street Dance.

Since this rather intense excursion Pitchben is focusing on production, sounddesign and audio engineering, crafting as well his own music but also coproducing the works of other artists such as 6 time DJ World Champion Rafik. Unsatisfied with the homestudio-path that has been taken by most contemporary music it is now his mission to not only bring back that authentic 80s sound, but to join the authentic production style of that era with a modern touch. This means: real scores for authentic string and brass sections were recorded by top notch musicians while the featured vocalists present skill levels easily comparable to those of 80s singers. This teams up with huge synths and drums, creating the fresh big sound that can only be produced in a modern studio environment.

In 2010 Compost Records signed Pitchben for a full length album immediately after receiving only a two track demo. The final result Pitchslap will be available in November 2011 alongside 12 singles, remixes by Tiger & Woods, Toomy Disco, Lorenz Rhode, Krazy Baldhead, Sportloto, Rafik and some nice tools (LED T-Shirts, Snippet-CD with a Rafik mix and a 7inch with two songs of the album in a rough Rare Groove-, Funk - esthetics). Watch out. Pitchben is currently preparing for live-appereances consisting of either a dj-set and a full stage show featuring live guitarist, electric bass player and vocalists.