ANIMAL TRAINER (CH)
It has always been the great artist duos that really turned the wheels of cultural history: Ying and Yang, Laurel and Hardy, Siegfried and Roy. The latter’s connection to ANIMAL TRAINER definitely can’t be denied. While Siegfried and Roy might be taming white tigers though, ANIMAL TRAINER are specialising in black vinyl and the dancing crowd.
Both children of the illustrious nightlife of trend capital Zurich, Adrian Flavor and Samy Jackson have made a name for themselves with their Rakete parties, held mostly at their home base, the chic Hive club, as well as many other locations in and around Switzerland. Meanwhile, the rest of the world has also been infected with the animal fever: whether it’s Watergate, Kater Holzig or Harry Klein, no European top club can escape the paws of the Swiss boys and they have even been sighted regularly in more exotic locations like Thailand and South Africa. No matter where, whenever people talk about a set of the two turntable wizards, they excitedly speak of the moment ‘it’ happened. ‘Cos ANIMAL TRAINER have a talent to play music that inspires and leads electronic trends, rather than follows them. Added to this, they are famous for their love of the party, frequently being the last to leave the club.
As dedicated music lovers and passionate entertainers, it was a natural progression for the duo to channel their constant appetite for music and endless partying into their own sounds. Thus, their first baby steps were released on Stil vor Talent in the form of ‘Talkshow’ in 2008. Since then, ANIMAL TRAINER have had releases on renowned labels such as Poker Flat, BEEF Records, FLASH, Dantze, as well as their own Hive Audio, on which they always strike a remarkable balance between tight grooves, infectious hooks and a whole lot of L.O.V.E.. Where other producers might rest on a well-tested formula, Adrian and Samy focus on remaining versatile, just like when DJing. Hence, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that lately the atmospheric ‘Sunday’ rubbed shoulders with peak time bomb ‘Krambambuli’ – perhaps even in one of their DJ sets. Wild animals aren’t easy to tame after all, and in ANIMAL TRAINERs case, that’s great news!