Spotlight: David August

Posted Friday 10th April, 2015 by Lotte Bowser

Easter Sunday for me was a far cry from a leisurely pub roast and excessive chocolate scoffing. At 2 o’clock on Monday morning, I found myself in the sweaty depths of Fabric, almost wetting pants with excitement for the set that was about to start; David August Live.

If you don’t already know, then get to know. This 24-year old Hamburger is without doubt one of the most exciting artists on the music scene at the moment, proclaimed by Billboard Magazine as ‘one of house music’s brightest hopes’ last year following his debut EP on Dixon’s Innervision’s label ‘Epikur’.


Merging his expertise in both classical and contemporary music, his set on Sunday night took a spellbound crowd through a boundless spectrum of sounds. Starting out at 90 BPM and rarely creeping above the 120 mark, it was a dark, hypnotic, and seriously sexy voyage through deep, tech house, peppered with groovy getdowns such as his reconstruction of Syl Johnson’s ‘Is It Because I’m Black’ that featured in his critically acclaimed Boiler Room set last April.


The last year has been explosive for August ever since that set graced the web. He isn’t new to the scene though; after his debut release the ‘Instant Harmony’ EP on Solomon’s label ‘Diynamic’ in 2010, he then released ‘Times’ three years later, his conceptual debut album that truly showcased the extent of his talent, using live instrumentation and his own vocals to create tracks that went beyond the club environment and heralded him Wunderkind status. It was during the recording of this record that August decided to quit DJing and only play live - a move that was swiftly validated after claiming 4th place in Resident Advisor’s top live acts in the world in 2014.


With a wall-to-wall schedule, taking him to some of the most renowned venues in the world, August still manages to make time for his Tonmeister studies at the University Of the Arts Berlin, which combines elements of classical training, technical innovation and maths. The guy clearly isn’t just a pretty face, he’s bloody clever too. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for him over the next year - with his new band project David August & Ensemble at Berlin’s X-Jazz Festival, shows with the German Symphony Orchestra and sold-out concerts at Hamburg’s Planetarium, not to mention the launch of his own label, 2015 is set to be a big’un.


Next stop for me, Diynamic’s Outdoor Festival on Saturday 20th June in Barcelona. Check out the rest of his tour dates here.