SPRING FESTIVAL - HOUTRAK
MAY 13 & 14, 2023
999999999 are an imposing and inescapable presence at the vanguard of the hard
techno scene. In the studio and on stage, the immediacy of uncompromising
machine music collides with the unpredictability of improvisation to create an
ever-shifting, forward-pushing energetic force.
Since the project started in 2016, the Italian duo have released a potent run of
gnarly, precision-tooled 12”s on their own NineTimesNine label, most of which have
been repressed multiple times in response to widespread demand. Elsewhere, their
‘300000003’ track (released on Planet Rhythm in 2018) was a breakout success,
catching a viral wave, going through repress after repress and breaking their take
on acid techno to a huge new audience. In 2020, they moved from a vinyl-only
operation for their own productions to offering their music up digitally, and
welcoming other artists into the fold.
But it’s as a live act 999999999 have truly carved out their reputation, presenting a
hardware-only set with the impact and intensity to set alight the world’s largest
techno events. Their rap sheet of past achievements is long and winding, taking in
monolithic festivals and intense basements alike – every different strand of
Awakenings, Fabric in London, Fabrik in Madrid, Crssd in San Diego, Fuse in
Brussels, Sub Club in Glasgow, Kompass in Ghent, Possession (with Boiler Room) in
Paris. They’ve completed tours across the Americas, in Asia, Australia and through
every pulsing pocket of party energy in Europe.
Beyond their tours, 999999999 also take pride in hosting their own specially
curated 9x9 Invites events across Europe, most notably in the much-missed Berlin
techno mecca Griessmuehle where they welcomed respected artists such as Sunil
Sharpe and Umwelt. They also enjoy taking control of the club for the entire night,
for example doing the first 12-hour takeover of Khidi in Tbilisi in late 2019.
The secret to the success of the 999999999 project lies in its force of personality.
Every thunderous kick, daggering synth stab and twisting acid line is fired off with
a clear-sighted intention – everything is pitched to elicit the maximum physical and
emotional response from the dancer. There’s no middle ground, just an
emphatic tribute to the hard, dark, deep end of the night.
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