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Hailing from Germanys largest urban agglomeration, the Ruhrgebiet district, Damiano von Erckert represents a growing breed of artists not bound by genre specific constraints. Raised near by and now residing in Cologne, his broad interest in a variety of musical spheres started young, growing up under the wing of his father, also a DJ, allowing him to accumulate a varied taste in House, Techno, Soul, Hip Hop, Funk, Afro and Disco.
A love for the golden era of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s House, Techno, Disco, Soul and Afro clearly resonates through his production output and he is quick to credit the likes of Stax, Blue Note, Strictly Rhythm and KDJ as key influences. His ability to reach back, relish and recreate classic elements, diverting away perhaps from traditional house orientated means, really enhances the authenticity, originality and positivity of his sound that is now starting to gain notoriety amongst his peers.
Surprisingly enough, his early endeavours didn’t catch the eye of many prospective labels, ultimately prompting a young Damiano to start his own back in 2011, AVA. Records. Now in full swing and already working alongside the likes of Lowtec, Tito Wun aka Twit One, Retrogott, Hulk Hodn, Max Graef, MCDE, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Andy Vaz, Christopher Rau and Funkycan aka Am Kinem, AVA. has a strong desire to build a platform from which it can pay tribute to contemporary club music and having initially compiled what is surely the first real prominent house and techno collective in Cologne.
AVA. now looks with a wider scope to further develop the multifarious label, for which Damiano is leading the A&R. Maintaining a retro feel throughout their ethos and core value, every release’s cover is hand made with meticulous detail, with the artwork usually sourced from vintage photographs or pictures.