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  • David August


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The last few years have moved at an incredibly rapid pace for August. At just 19, he made his debut release on Hamburg’s hugely influential Diynamic label with his Instant Harmony EP. Several more EPs followed, which included break out tracks “Hamburg Is For Lovers” (2011) and “You Got To Love Me” (2012), heralding August’s arrival as clubland’s wunderkind. David August has delivered one of the most heralded sets for Berlin’s edgy underground party series, The Boiler Room.

It was his 2013 conceptual debut album Times that August gave us a deeper glimpse into his artistry. ‘Times’ saw August move beyond the dancefloor, creating an album focused heavily on live instrumentation and the use of his own vocals. During the year long-recording process of ‘Times,’ August made the decision to quit DJing and only play live. It was a decision quickly validated – in 2014 he was named as one of Resident Advisor’s top 5 live acts in the world.

Since the release of ‘Times’ and the switch to performing live, August’s schedule has exponentially filled, taking him to over 40 countries, and seeing him play the world’s leading venues. Conversely, August has still found time to continue his rigorous Tonmeister studies at University of Arts Berlin, blending technical innovation with further classical training, while also making his debut for Dixon’s Innervisions label, with one of 2014’s heralded EP, Epikur. Epikur, combined with a string of successful remixes in 2014, led Billboard Magazine to proclaim August as “one of house music’s brightest hopes”.

2015 has witnessed further evolution in August’s production and performances; four sold-out shows at Hamburg’s Planetarium in partnership with a live guitarist, the debut of his new band project David August & Ensemble at Berlin’s renowned XJazz Festival, collaborations with Deutsches Symphonie Orchester (DSO) Berlin and the launch of a label, all indicate that we’ve barely scratched the surface of one of electronic music’s most engaging artists.