Hailing from the second largest city in Norway, Terje Bakke
has currently been making waves with some mystical, hypnotic and melodic deep house. This is a miracle. Bergen, Norway is far away from the European house scene, or actually: Far away from any music scene except for pop music. However, being “excluded” from the usual hotspots of Europe is something Mr. Bakke turned into an advantage: The results are house-tracks that without any doubt are categorized as deep and repetitive”, but sounds idiosyncratic and uniquely his own. His sound in his production is reflected in his dj-sets where the grooves are hypnotic and characteristic. It is Bakkes quest to discover that perfect sound, that perfect vibe and squeezing it until the last drop. Shoegaze in spirit, but jack had a groove...
The Danish techno scene has many players but only one that fits the following description.
DJ, producer, professional to the bone and endearing extraordinaire. Adding a busy factor = 1000, you have MHM One
– the one of a kind wonderkind from Copenhagen.
MHM One began his creative career in the mid 90′s juggling graffiti, singing and playing the drums in various bands. It was, however, the passion for the turntables that became his true artistic love. In the beginning he was mostly collecting and playing electro and rare groove vinyls, later came Techno! The musical vision came to him, like in a dream, during a longer stay in Berlin. No matter how big of a cliché it sounds, this is what shaped the musical styles of the man in question.
Giving birth to his concept of bringing the Copenhagen scene a synergy of music and art and warm atmosphere, several new initiatives saw the light of day. Amongst these was the Kill Your Telly clubnight, which was so powerful a concept that it went straight to the top of the collective mind of ravers in the Danish capital.
His DJ styles should be experienced rather than read, but since we have to nail them to paper, they are best described as: Godlike. On a more mortal scale, we would say that his selections are always of the highest quality and when MHM starts playing house and techno your legs feels like moving in funny ways. The journeys (yeah, that’s right, another techno travel agent!) on which MHM One takes his dancefloor passengers, are hypnotizing and the (often quite long) sets are master mindedly executed as to ensure the distance, and thereby the ride, being equal to an overseas journey (still metaphorically speaking though).
Having spent almost a decade playing other people’s music, MHM One started making his own in 2007. This led to his debut only one year later: The Bubububadub EP on Tartelet Records. A bass heavy tech house track with a simple and catchy vocal feauture from Who Made Who’s Thomas Høfting, that became a hit among the worlds top djs including Villalobos, Zip, Tobi Neumann and Loco Dice who picked it up for his Mix CD “The Lab” on NRK Records.
MHM One has been remixing tracks for Nikola Gala, Joe Montana, Martinez, IGYOT and Spejderrobot to just name just some. His production skills and artistic fingerprints are very similar to what he is doing in the clubs. He draws inspiration from the dynamics and synergy between DJ and dance floor but also from the more melancholic moments of his personal life.
MHM One’s pipeline is full of new stuff, so keep an eye and both ears open.