Michael Burkat had his first experience with Techno in the early 1990's; but first contact with electronic music in the late 70´s, early 80´s with Bands like Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, J.M.Jarre and DAF. 15 Years later, in 1994, he traveled to the Tribal Gathering Party to Munich and from this night on, Techno became to one of the most important things in Michael´s life. After being taken over by the sounds of House and Techno, Michael had his first residency in a small techno club in Dortmund, Germany. There he played his weekly set of House and Techno. At the end of 1996, Michael started working at a record shop at a Dortmund record store named Channel Jam. From his good work for the record store and his club-residency, Michael attracted the attention of "Fine Audio Recordings" and in April of 1999 he was hired as A&R for Fine Audio to continue the brilliant work Chris Liebing did.
In September 1999 Michael released his first record on Fine Audio, which was co-produced by Henry Cullen. Later in 1999, Michael founded "Compressed" Records with Under Cover Music Group. In 2000 Michael build up his own studio and began to work as an engineer. With releases on well known labels like Primate, Compressed, Audio, Heroes, Fieber and many others, Michael grabbed the attention of the worldwide electronic music scene. As a DJ, Michael has traveled throughout all of Germany and Europe and his sets, like his productions, are compositions of clearly structured sounds, which never bore any dance floor
After a successful 3 ½ -years work as A&R of the UMCG labels Fine Audio and Compressed, Michael decides to take his own path and separate from UCMG Germany in December 02. He's continued developing his production and Dj-skills over the years and is now successful in his own work with his very own labels. With the founding of his company "Still Music" in February 2003 he has set the basis for further activities.April 2003 brought the launch of his fresh own imprints "Temper and Goodfellas". Together with Bound, Northwest Dynamics and Still Music, there are now 5 top-labels to be found under the "Still Music"roof.
Michael Burkat has grown in stature over the last 8 years and have been produced quality techno with support from DJs around the world. This scene has seen many producers come and go but Michael has mutated his distinct sound over the years to keep listeners interested. Michael has always leaned towards the groovy and melancholic side of techno whilst never taking his eyes off the dancefloor and his brandnew album A place called nowhere (together with his buddy Lars Klein) , should see his sound reaching a wider range of supporters than ever.
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