Âme

Âme

After a long night of dancing, many night club patrons leave the venue with a
certain track stuck in their heads. But for Âme, the DJ/production duo of
Kristian Beyer and Frank Wiedemann, the tunes lodged in their brains are the
ones they didn't hear, ones not yet written that would fit perfectly in their sets.
Since 2003, Beyer and Wiedemann have penned songs that once existed just
outside club- goers' imagination, songs that boldly combined floor-filling
elements with conceptual conceits while maintaining their visceral appeal. As
part of Innervisions, the collective/label they run with Dixon, Âme (pronounced
"AHM") offer glimpses of the future of electronic music through their live
project, genre-melding compilations, and an independently run shop that
completes the connection between artist and admirer. In a genre obsessed
with reliving the past, Ame are focused on what's still to come.

The partnership was formed in their hometown of Karlsruhe where
Wiedemann first crossed paths with Beyer in 2001 at the latter's record shop,
Plattentasche. Bonding over Chicago house, Detroit techno and much else
besides, the duo joined forces in 2003 to produce seminal deep house
platters for Sonar Kollektiv, many of which were collected on the duo's selftitled
debut album. Intent on not repeating themselves, Ame splintered their
established sound and found a more nimble, compositional approach that
yielded their scene-conquering single, "Rej." Not content to rest on their
laurels as the tune made the rounds on Defected Records and many others,
the pair teamed up with Dixon and Henrik Schwarz in 2006 for another instant
classic, "Where We At," featuring Derrick Carter's stirring vocals.

It would've been understandable if Beyer and Wiedemann had further
pursued the sound which brought them such acclaim, but for Ame the appeal
is in breaking down influences and songwriting habits in order to craft
something new. Without attachments to particular methods and patterns, the
duo was free to develop an overarching view of what dance music could be
and pursue it through various moods, timbres and even genres. But if one
stylistic point shines through it's the group's penchant for orchestral
instrumentation and composition, albeit deconstructed and enmeshed in
vintage synth tones and spectral vocal samples. From the waltzing prototechno
of "Fiori," a key movement in Ostgut Ton's ballet score, Shut Up and
Dance! Updated, to the gargantuan brass tearing through the wildpitch strings
of "Enoi," their work simultaneously evokes the conceptual ardor of John
Cage or Tony Conrad and the dance floor thrust of DJ Pierre or Underground
Resistance.

Âme 's ability to fuse together seemingly disparate influences is greatly
informed by their talents as DJs. Not given to fulfilling trends, their sets draw
upon the whole of dance music's history and keep them in great demand
around the world. Their regular nights at such establishments as Robert
Johnson (Frankfurt), Fabric (London), Trouw (Amsterdam), Lux (Lisbon), and
Air (Tokyo) are exceeded only by their marathon sets during Innervisions
nights at their beloved Panorama Bar (Berlin). Those awaiting the opportunity
to experience an A?me DJ or live set have been well cared for as well, as the
pair have captured their curating skills on mix CDs for Sonar Kollektiv, NRK
Sound Division and Fabric, as well as the landmark survey of historical
minimalism, The Grandfather Paradox compilation done in collaboration with
Dixon and Schwarz. Ame are set to follow this achievement with a periodspanning
mix all their own, Primary Structures.

As core members of what they refer to as the Innervisions family, the duo are
deeply involved in the group's operations. The imprint is renowned for
exacting quality control, releasing only five or six titles a year encased in
lavish artwork, many of which are widely tipped. With input from Wiedemann,
Beyer and Dixon drive the label's A&R direction, selecting a few artists – who
have included Laurent Garnier, Chateau Flight, Stefan Goldmann and Culoe
De Song – to accompany the main cohort of Henrik Schwarz, Tokyo Black
Star, and themselves. Fully prepared for the 21st century, Innervisions
connects to its fanbase through a thoughtfully stocked web store which sells
records, fashionable clothing and books like Tobias Rapp's Lost And Sound
(which they translated into English) and its release subscription service. Ame
are also crucial components of A Critical Mass, a live project that finds the
pair, alongside Dixon and Schwarz, reworking the creative DNA of each
other's songs in real- time. It's just one more facet of Âme’s artistry, further
evidence of the duo's position at the forefront of electronic music.

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