Rune started his DJ career in 93.Having spent 4 years playing drums in various funk bands, the basic skills of beatmixing and cutting, came to him easily. Before releasing his first EP in 95, he spent three years producing hiphop tunes for local talents.
Being fed up with blunt smoking lazy rappers that never showed up on time for sessions, he decided to work alone and this led to house music. While having a natural flair for music that makes people move and doing really good from the beginning, it was in 2002 with the Artificial Funk single “Together” that people outside Denmark started taking notice of what is now the brightest star on the Danish house scene.
After the success of “Together”, Rune’s next outing became one of the Ibiza 2003 season defining tracks, in the shape of the haunting sax driven classic, "Calabria". Even in 2008 the track is still creating chart mayhem, as the covers won’t seem to end. Alex Gaudino - Destination Calabria, landed at top 4 in the UK single charts. Runes own version Enur - Calabria, also created mayhem across Europe in the summer of 2007 ending up with topping the American airplay chart in the beginning of 2008. A new updated version of Calabria has already been adopted by The Swedish House Mafia and more and is looking to be one of the big hits for the 2008 Ibiza season.
Not one to stand po-faced against a wall in a club, Rune believes that many DJs have forgotten where they came from - "they used to be in front of the speakers dancing and screaming along with everybody else" - and once in awhile he still knocks the needle off the records during his sets because he is dancing so much.
Having won best club DJ off the year 4 years in a row in his home country Denmark, Rune is known for his unique blend of classics and new releases. His technique is beyond just playing the tracks. You’ll see him adding accapellas, and his sets consist mainly of special edits created for the occasion. Rune believes that it’s important to deliver a show, so there is a lot of action behind the decks.
In 2005, rune and his brother Johannes Torpe (half of Artificial Funk), decided to take matters into their own hands. Tired of labels with conventional ideas of how to release their music, they joined forces and created their own label Arti Farti.
A couple off releases in, Arti Farti is a grand success. With support from Laurent Garnier, Pete Tong, Roger Sanchez to Josh Wink, the label is set for the stars.
In 2006 the brothers also created Tattoorec.com. With its unique concept of no titles, only tattoos, the label quickly gathered support from the biggest minimal DJs across the globe. Sven Väth, Richie Hawtin, Magda, Tiefschwarz, RicardoVillalobos, all support the weird and experimental releases. It’s a playground for the brothers, with focus on challenging the limit of what will work on a dance floor.
All releases from Rune, being on Tattoorec, or Arti Farti have deep roots from Detroit and Chicago, and it’s important for him to keep each release exciting and fresh sounding.
2006, Rune also joined forces with Jerome Sydenham, a long time hero. They created the label Avocadorecs, and their first release Elephant/Cantstop not, got plays from everyone. Also Rune was granted the honor of remixing the classic "That’s the way love is", by Ten City released on Ibadan.
2008 | Rune RK - Calabria update – ARTI FARTI
2008 | Artificial Funk - Album: Sleep less live more
2008 | ink and needle - eleven/twelve - TATTOORECS.COM
2008 | Rune RK - Bodybuilder loves Tattoogirl – ARTI FARTI
2008 | Rune and Jerome Sydenham – Peter Pan / Snow Bored – ADVOCADO RECORDS
2008 | Rune RK - Day in the dark – UNDERWATER RECORDS
2008 | Rune and Jerome Sydenham – Elephant / Can’t stop not – ADVOCADO RECORDS
2007 | Rune RK - Bariton – ARTI FARTI
2007 | Rune pres. Fashionvictims - Koochi Koochi - ARTI FARTI
2007 | Enur - Calabria (ragga version) - MINISTRY OF SOUND
2007 | Rune RK - Yesteryear – ARTI FARTI
2007 | Rune and Jerome Sydenham-time is gone/days of our lives - ELEFANT RECS
2007 | ink and needle - nine/ten - TATTOORECS.COM
2007 | ink and needle - seven/eight - TATTOORECS.COM
2007 | ink and needle - five/six - TATTOORECS.COM
2006 | ink and needle - three/four - TATTOORECS.COM
2006 | ink and needle - one/two - TATTOORECS.COM
2006 | Artificial funk - Friend for a weekend - ARTI FARTI
2006 | Rune RK - Soy Ari/Backyard superman - ARTI FARTI
2005 | Rune RK- You got me - ARTI FARTI
2005 | Artificial Funk - Never Alone - TOOLROOM RECS
2004 | Rude RKade - Smile UNDERWATER
> 2004 | Heavy Rock - Drummer SOUTHERN FRIED/B’y’N
> 2004 | Rune - Stonetap CREDENCE
> 2004 | Rune feat Luco - Nothing New VARIATION
> 2004 | Rude RKade - Beautiful UNDERWATER
> 2003 | Rune - Calabria CREDENCE
> 2002 | Artificial Funk - Together SKINT/SONY
> 2001 | Artificial Funk - People Don’t Know BROTHER BROWN
> 1995 | Artificial Funk - Use It (The Music) DISCO:WAX
> 1995 | Artificial Funk - Real Funk MULTIPLEX
> 1995 | Artificial Funk - Zone One MULTIPLEX
2008 | DJ Hell – Familienklang > 2007 | Argy – 1985 LIEBE DETAIL > 2007 | Len Faki - Rainbow Delta OSTGUT TON > 2005 | Deux – Xpand URBANA REC > 2005 | Beatchhuggers – Soulshakers TOOLROOM RECS > 2004 | Safri Duo – Rise UNIVERSAL >
2004 | Random House feat Robert Owens – Longin’ UNDERWATER >
2003 | Safri Duo – Fallin’ High UNIVERSAL
> 2003 | Morjac – Stars CREDENCE
> 2003 | Örtz – Secret Garden BIGSTAR >
2003 | Space Cowboy – Just Put Your Hand In Mine SOUTHERN FRIED
Arti Farti - founded 2005
Tattoorec.com - founded 2006
Elefant - founded with Jerome Sydenham 2007
Nightology Records – founded 2008
RUNE RK // AWARDS AND SUCH
2007 | Danish DJ awards Club DJ of the year / Rune RK
2006 | Danish DJ awards Club DJ of the year / Rune RK
2005 | Danish DJ awards Club DJ of the year / Rune RK
2004 | Danish Music Awards (Danish Grammy)
Dance Release Of The Year / Rune - Calabria
2004 | Danish DJ Awards
Artist Of The Year / Rune
| Dee-Jay Favorite Of The Year / Rune – Calabria |
Remix Of The Year / Morjac – Stars (Rune’s Artificial Funk Remix)
| Producer Of The Year / Rune RK for Rune – Calabria |
Club DJ Of The Year / Rune RK
2003 | DJ Mag (UK)
Top 10 Tracks Of The Year > Artificial Funk – Together
2003 | Mix Mag (UK)
Top 50 Tracks Of The Year / Rune – Calabria |
Top 50 Tracks Of The Year / Heavy Rock – Drummer
2002 | Danish Dance Awards -
Club DJ Of The Year / Rune RK
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