Adam Beyer


Adam Beyer (born 1976, Stockholm) is a Swedish DJ and producer and owner of the Drumcode label.

In his young years he liked hardrock music, hip hop and rap music and he played the drums. In 1987 he comes in contact with housemusic  by listening to the foreign radioshow "Rakt over Disk". which inspired him to start playing. At the age of 13 he went to his first rave and two years later he started to play at local parties, for instance his school. From there his popularity kept growing and at the age of 16,17 he met Joel Mull who introduced him to Peter Benisch. Because Peter Bernisch had a sampler at home the three strarted to experiment with producing. Soon they started to built their own studio and in 1993 they send a demo  which resulted in their first record deal  eight months later with the New York based Direct Drive. In 1994 they release "Swed EP under the name Slaughterhouse with the hard house tracks "Elysian", "Midland", "Implementation" and "Euthenesia",  followed by more hard trance tracks under various names. At this point Adam did not produce under his own name because the sound was to commercial for him. After finishing school in 1995, Beyer started work at the Planet Rhythm record store while releasing some tracks under a variety of names and continually djing all over Scandinavia.

Adam Beyer sites Drumcodes 1 (Planet Rhythm 1995) as the first record to define his style; hard, percussive and loop oriented. This 12" names Beyer´s future label and was soon followed by his critically acclaimed debut album Decoded (Planet Rhythm 1996). His need to create the perfect dj tool gave rise to the launch of the Drumcode label allowing him total musical freedom. The label´s strong concept and high production levels meant it enjoyed immediate success. After six releases Beyer launched his second label Code Red focusing on a slightly softer side of techno. Code Red finished with its 10 th and final release Stand Down (Code Red 1999) which was a compilation of remixes from various international artists.

His production skills soon brought Beyer to the attention of djs worldwide and global bookings soon followed. His meteoric rise has been cited as one of the catalysts for Swedish techno´s current influence. He pinpoints the Stockholm sound as being closely linked to his network of friends in the city aswell as the triumvirate of himself, Joel Mull and Cari Lekebusch. After many releases and remixes on various labels he launched the second album Protechtion (Drumcode 1999). While the market was being flooded with monoton loop oriented techno Beyer worked on strengthening the arrangements that characterised his earlier works, aswell as adding melodic strings. Still with a clear focus on the dance floor.

The same year Adam Beyer and Cari Lekebusch linked up to create a stunning live act first witnessed in London to instant acclaim. The act created the intense feeling of a creative dj set while the duo played back to back mixing their production styles.Adam Beyer’s music is synonymous with all that is exciting about techno. Having emerged as the figurehead of the hugely prolific Swedish techno scene, Beyer’s focused and considered approach to his craft has worked to confirm his position as a globally recognized DJ and producer who headlines the worlds cutting edge clubs and festivals week-in-week-out. However life in music began for Beyer down in the grassroots; making the most of Stockholm’s blossoming techno scene and working in the city’s renowned Planet Rhythm record store. It was here that Adam hooked up with the triumvirate of Cari Lekebusch, Joel Mull and Jesper Dahlback; sharing a passion for dynamic and diverse techno which inevitably led to the beginnings of production experimentation and musical exploration which has maintained to the present day.