Blackball Episode #10 – Mr Statik – Part A
For the 10th Episode in the Blackball series Mr Statik joins your host Boycott on a 5 hour back to back session! This…a Blackball Marathon. This show, which comes directly from Athens in Greece, is split into two parts. Check back next Friday for part 2!
Stathis Kalatzis is hidden behind the Mr.Statik moniker. Born in 1978, he grew up in Volos, where his musical influences go back to 1990 and the rising hardcore/breakbeat scene. Several parties, moving to Athens to study Political Science at Panteion University and a firm embrace of techno music lead to the form of Improvize – a mobile party with fellow dj Chevy aiming at bringing a fresh sound of techno and house in all its forms.
During 2003 he performed in more gigs, club nights and had the chance to make a wonderful trip to Cape Town with the Red Bull Music Academy. At the beginning of 2005 he formed the Mud Max project alongside amigo Motek (first releases out on Balkon and Ware). After the second half of 2006, Mr Statik started to work solo as well, signing his first EPs to labels such as Karloff, Stock5 and Octopus with a variety of tracks that embrace his moodier and atmospheric side.
2007 found him djing between his local residency at Fetisch and gigs abroad (with Monegros Festival and Tresor standing out as highlights) whereas in 2008 more releases and international appearances followed, alongside a signing to UK label Immigrant and Berlin’s Rotary Cocktail and Perplex.
2009 kicked off with a series of remixes, further appearances across Europe and a signing to Bpitch Control’s sister label Memo. In 2010 he continued working heavily on remixing duties for various artists/labels, while preparing his Bpitch Control comeback and touring between Germany, France and Spain.