A pianist since the age of 5, now 26 years old, David is most likely the only artist to be both skillfully master classic pieces at the piano and to have delivered one of the most discussed and critically acclaimed sets for Berlin’s edgy underground party series, theBoiler Room. Gravitating towards both, the classical and electronic side, August manages to navigate an unusually vast spectrum of music.
The last few years have moved at an incredibly rapid pace for August. At just 20, 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 such as Hamburg Is For Lovers(2011), heralding August’s arrival as clubland’s wunderkind.
It was with his 2013 conceptual debut album Times that August gave us a deeper glimpse into his artistry. Times saw August move beyond the dance-floor, 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, only to be repeated in 2015.
Since the release of Times and the switch to performing live, August’s schedule has 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 the Arts Berlin, blending technical innovation with further classical training, while also making his debut for Dixon’s Innervisions label, with one of 2014’s most acclaimed 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”.
After a string of sold out shows with his live band in 2015 (Melkweg Amsterdam, Volksbühne Berlin etc.) – 2016 will witness further evolution in Davids’s production and performances; three sold-out concerts playing his composition “X – Poème Symphonique” alongside Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin which was recorded by Boiler Room Berlin, the release of a new EP titled “J.B.Y. / Ouvert” on the Ninja Tune Imprint Counter Records in London and a number of Festivals (Sonar, Dockville, Pitch to name a few) as well as a step back in the DJ booth with a number of curated events across Europe, all indicate that we’ve barely scratched the surface of one of electronic music’s most engaging artists.
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