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Electric Zoo Artist Spotlight: Better Lost Than Stupid

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At Electric Zoo 2010, Martin Buttrich, Matthias Tanzmann, and Davide Squillace came together to put on an exclusive back-to-back set in the Sunday School Grove. Before we knew it, a fun project between friends gave way to Better Lost Than Stupid. The three curate some of the biggest labels on the underground scene and maintain residencies at some of the world’s most famous clubs. In terms of house and techno, where one lacks, the other flourishes. They all bring a unique attribute to the table; and talks of the trio producing tracks together have us on edge for their return to New York.

Martin Buttrich

Currently based in LA, Martin Buttrich has left his mark on the world’s techno scene. Notwithstanding to techno, his resume includes working with pop acts like Madonna and Muse, along with house legend Roger Sanchez, and techno kingpins Josh Wink and Green Velvet. In 2002, he joined forced with Loco Dice to bring to fruition Desolat, one of the most notable techno labels around. Since then, it’s all been history. Buttrich’s style of production ranges from using the most minimalistic assets of music production to the most intricate facets of computer programming. From pop music, to house and techno, he can do it all.

Martin Buttrich – L2 (Original Mix)

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Davide Squillace

Italy’s own Davide Squillace has a forumla of producing funk-infused techno that sets him apart from the over saturated realm of dance music. He curates a number of labels on his own, including This and That, Sketch, and Hideout Records — while still releasing on other big names such as Ovum and Sci+Tec. With this much on his plate, it’s hard to believe Davide has time for anything but music. His productions are bouncy, upbeat, and more often than not feature immaculate percussion work. His charade on the Better Lost Than Stupid semblence will be sure to set the dance floor off.

Martinez – Basic Structure (Davide Squillace Remix)

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Davide Squillace & Luca Bacchetti – Around The Bay (Martin Buttrich Remix)

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Matthias Tanzmann

German native Matthias Tanzamann has made a name for himself in the deep and tech world largely through the labels he runs, Moon Harbour and Cargo Edition. These imprints have hosted the releases of many noteworthy producers and have paved the way to Tanzmann’s rise through the ranks on the underground dance scene. His productions and live sets are more house oriented, so his contribution to Sunday’s set will be sure to put the groove into things.

Pete Tong – Wardance (Matthias Tanzmann Remix)

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What To Expect

The coming together of these three heavyweight acts is something to get excited about. Whether it be the fact that they all individually run some of the biggest underground labels around, or that they hold residencies at DC-10 in Ibiza, these guys have been trained in the art of providing an unparalleled party experience. If you want to get an idea of what one of their sets is like, have a listen to their Exit Festival set from last year.

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