Ever since Animal Trainer launched their global party campaign, the Swiss duo’s unique brand of ‘slow rave’ has captured the imaginations of countless electronic music lovers all over the world and spread their gospel to thousands, if not millions, of music lovers. Adrian Flavor and Samy Jackson are the two men behind Animal Trainer, a dynamic duo which grew up on a diet of the world’s very best electronic music artists in their hometown, Zurich. Driven by passion for the music and an insatiable appetite for the party, Adrian and Samy have become two of the hottest properties on the international circuit and represent the epitome of what Switzerland’s new generation of artists has to offer.
Raised in a city with arguably the strongest club scene in Switzerland, Animal Trainer made their name through a series of parties called ‘Rakete’, which still take place at the infamous Hive club. The duo had already spent some time refining their skills as DJs before launching the event, but their sterling reputation was cemented at the club. It was only a matter of time before the ambitious duo pushed things a step further by injecting their love and passion into creating their own music.
In 2008 Animal Trainer dropped their first release, ‘Talkshow’, which was followed by releases with some of the industry’s most influential labels; Defected, Poker Flat, mobilee, Einmusika, Katermukke and their own highly- regarded Hive Audio label among them. More recently they released ‘Aeron’ on the influential Canadian label My Favorite Robot and have an abundance of material pencilled in for release, including original material and remixes for Freude Am Tamzen, You Are We and Mona Berry.
2013 saw the release of Adrian and Samy’s debut full-length album, titled ‘Wide’. Spread across 13 tracks, the LP demonstrated their maturity as artists, focusing on the dance floor, but also incorporating down-tempo cuts and collaborations with vocalists such as Jan Blomqvist and Jimi Jules. It was a resounding success, with widespread praise and leading publications such as Groove Magazine and Data Transmission weighing in with glowing reviews. With each new release Animal Trainer push the boundaries of their sound, introducing subtle nuances, unforgettable hooks, emotive rhythms or enchanting melodies while retaining their own individual groove to keep the dance floor bubbling. It’s not an easy task, but the boys stay focused and lock themselves away in the studio as often as they can in order to maintain the high standard they have already set.
Their increasing popularity has taken them from Zurich, and all over Switzerland, to some of Europe’s most respected club spaces; Watergate (Berlin), Robert Johnson (Frankfurt), Studio 80 (Amsterdam) and Lightbox (London) among them. While their worldwide fanbase has also skyrocketed leading to a myriad international appearances and tours including; South America, the United States, Asia, Australia and Mexico, playing at clubs like Warung Beach Club, D-Edge (Brazil), Bar Americas (Guadalajara), Public Works (San Francisco), Revolver (Melbourne), S.A.S.H. (Sydney), Baum (Bogota) and many more.
In the years since their first release Animal Trainer have maintained a constant focus on high quality club music, staying relevant when others have followed the hype, and evolving into a force to be reckoned with. They are party boys who take their music very seriously, but are never serious themselves – it’s a winning combination that has kept them one step ahead and on a constant upwards trajectory. Whatever they do next you can be sure that it will be something special...
By: Marcus Barnes
On the ongoing search for the sexiest groove, Medo prefers to let speak the music. His sets tell stories, characterised by passion and rich basslines. Often ending in deep tech house, the spectrum ranges from smooth jazz to soul to nu disco.
After gratefully having been through all the "social media effective stages" as a DJ (such as selfies with a huge crowd, selfies surrounded by hot chicks, selfies in hotelmirrors while touring the world) he now calls BEING IN THE NOW his home. Furnished with total awareness and an esoteric third eye and ear for sensing the energies in a room he's playing for, he might challenge your musical horizon to become inspired. Drop your expectations as they could provoque self-inflicting damages to your musical ego. Enjoy the ride of beats and waves or do whatever - Thank you for dancing.
Switzerlands biggest city Zurich has become one of the clubbing capitols in Europe, a fact which some local DJs also can take some credit for, such as Ray Douglas. At the start of the century, during a time when most clubs were strictly focusing on one musical genre, he brought Open Format mixing to many venues. Quickly after starting his career, Douglas was spotted by the owners of the famous high class club Indochine, where he played with many artists he now refers to as influences, such as Cut Killer, Armand van Helden, DJ Scene, DJ Vice or Vandalism. Star guests as Kanye West, Kelis, Jamiroquai, Diddy, Dennis Rodman or Beyonce enjoyed his sets there as well. Constantly improving his skills and widening his musical spectrum, Douglas was booked by almost every major club of the country, and due to his sets with many internationally renowned DJs, he was recommended in other countries as well and played at venues as Cabaret (Moscow), Ulus 29 (Istanbul), Baby (Munich), Chinawhite (London) or Just Cavalli (Milan). In 2012 alone, Douglas played over 130 gigs. By 2015, Ray Douglas is a reference in Switzerland when it comes to combining different styles of music, from classic Disco or HipHop to Deep House and contemporary dance music and beyond. Being able to please young crowds at big room venues as Zurichs Kaufleuten equally well as sophisticated guests at company events or exclusive parties such as „A Night At The Dolder Grand“, it’s no surprise Douglas is the only Swiss DJ who got nominated for the "Swiss Nightlife Award" as „Best Open Format DJ“ every year since it exists.
„Music is freedom" ... freedom to express, process and transform your emotions while creating a bond with the audience. For Lilly there´s no better way to initiate this bond, than with sending her audience on a musical journey with her DJ sets. It´s as simple as that, electronic music just has been her passion ever since. Based in Zurich, and spending more and more time with people of this great and flourishing underground scene, her devotion for music got stronger and in 2015 she finally decided diving into the business herself. With powerful, impulsive tech and melancholic deep sounds, intriguing melodies and electrifying basslines, Lilly creates an unique and energetic vibe sending her audience straight to outta space on a trip where return tickets are not needed anymore. As authenticity and focus are two of her most appreciated attributes it´s needless to say, that she´s already full force ahead working in the studio to create her own sounds. There would be no real journey with Lilly, if she didn't present her emotions with her own music.