Isu (Technokunst / Lick The Click! / AKT Records)
Andrey Pushkarev is popular with his audience for his signature sensitive melodic Techno sound and is notable for using vinyl records from his large ‘library’ that he has been adding to for more than 10 years. Deep house, tech house and techno DJ sets, with a focus on quality, precision and finesse...
Andrey Pushkarev (RU)
The story of Isu, a.k.a. István Kántor, starts around the first half of the nineteen-nineties in the logbook of the Hungarian underground music industry, making his name early on with his organizing skills and “cassette-jockey” sets.
After receiving his first Michael Jackson cassette - Bad – and getting to know black electronic music meant there was no way back: all of his pocket money went towards his ever-growing collection of industrial, techno and EBM records. In secondary school, with his like-minded friends Kalt and Dexter, he became a vinyl-junkie and started to roam the nightlife of Budapest.
In 1998 Isu started his civil service as a technician at the very much acclaimed underground Tilos Rádió of Hungary, where Tizso gave him a chance to broadcast his own radio programme, Eat da Beat, on air ever since on Saturday nights through to Sunday mornings. Not long after he joined Minimalheadz collective, the guys he set up the radio programme with.
He introduces quality electro and techno to the Budapest audience under the umbrella of Minimalheadz, inviting important foreign acts like DJ Assault, DJ Godfather and Matthew Herbert.
At the same time he started to work at the legendary I&I Record Store, gaining experience in the business. He currently runs Akt Records, one of the biggest electronic music record stores in Hungary, the favourite hangout of both the public and the professionals of Hungarian techno and minimal.
His biggest throws were the uniquely mystical Labyrinth parties under the Castle of Buda, brought to life with his friend Tégla, together with Alkotótábor, a mini-festival near the Lake Balaton, realized in 2003 with Fiba és Wuki from Keszthely, attracting more and more visitors every year.
In 2005 meeting Chrom and Crimson, they established Lick the Click!, which in the next five years became the most reliable series of events in Hungarian minimal/techno/house, featuring artists such as Matthias Tanzmann, Frivolous, the Noze, Dapayk Solo, Deadbeat, Moritz von Oswald ft. Tikiman and many others. Around this time Isu launches the Akt Records presents... parties with Szilvia Lednitzky, who also starts helping out in Lick the Click! and later Technokunst. The Akt Records parties enumerated artists like Modeselektor, Mr. Oizo, Apparat, Marko Fürstenberg or Monolake for the Hungarian lovers of electronic music.
In 2010, with acknowledged fine artist DJ Dork, he looks for a new platform to share their ideas on techno: Technokunst comes to life with the expressed aim of bringing quality – instead of commercial - techno back to Hungary. In Budapest’s only stable and quality club that thinks “differently”, the belly of the A38 ship, Technokunst.
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