Whether in the liberating expanses of a sunny Berlin open air or in the most intimate settings of their ridiculously long after-hours, the lovingly crafted brand of organically deep and infectiously shoulder-shaking house music that Foehn and Jerome have made their own has an unrelenting tendency to hit the proverbial spot.
Both hailing from the state of Carinthia in southern Austria, the dynamic duo of Fabian Foehn and Christopher Jerome initially began their love affair with the intricate rhythms of the deeper side of electronic music separately. A chance encounter in the early hours of one night in December 2010 gave rise to the DJ/Producer team that has since been providing the vibes on many a dancefloor – with a chemistry and understanding that might lead you to suspect that they were in fact separated at birth.
Fabian’s early passion for music came about through his father, an avid collector of predominantly jazz, funk, and soul records who always insisted on playing his vinyls loudly. A young Fabian’s curiosity about the technicalities of music production is what led his father to show him how to go about recording tapes. Fabian used this newly acquired know-how to record numerous radio shows, before developing more of an interest in the medium of vinyl. Having grown a bit tired of his father’s taste, however, he took his first steps in amassing his own collection of four on the floor house music at the age of 13, and started DJ’ing in his bedroom. It wasn’t long before the temptations of club life proved too alluring. Having persuaded some local promoters to allow him to step in as a replacement for a sick DJ at a local club, Fabian landed a residency, and gigs across Austria followed shortly thereafter.
Chris grew up in a family full of musicians, and took up the piano at the tender of age of 6 – gaining an exposure to classical music at the hands of his teacher. It would be another 7 years before he would first start listening to electronic music devotedly, after having snuck in to house music parties in his hometown. Captivated by the sight of a disc jockeys at work, Chris saved up for his own pair of turntables and, after countless hours of practice, was finally able to string together a mix he was content with. He would first sample the thrill of playing music for an audience at the parties he organised with friends in Carinthia, and started making beats and organising jam sessions in his spare time. Bookings in towns and cities in several parts of Austria ensued.
It’s not particularly surprising that two young chaps from the same hometown, with a passion for very similar shades of electronic music, and with gigs at the same parties and festivals would become mates. The two first met in 2008, and started producing tracks together a year later. Slightly more remarkable, however, are the circumstances in which they’d DJ together for the very first time. On New Year’s Eve 2010, Fabian and Chris were Djing at separate parties, some 40km away from each other. Neither of them had even the slightest inkling that they’d randomly end up at the same after hour. The two decided to play back-to-back entirely spontaneously, giving rise to the team “Foehn and Jerome and to the very first of the many “12 hour +” marathon sets that have now become a staple of their Djing repertoire. Neither of them have looked back since.
Based in Berlin since being seduced by all that the city has to offer in early 2011, Foehn and Jerome continue to go from strength to strength. April 2011 marked their first contact with Berlin’s “symbiont music” label, who soon took them on board and oversaw their acclaimed remix on Fuchsberg’s “Checkpoint EP” in October 2012. They have also been residents at Vienna’s infamous “Grelle Forelle <><” nightclub since its opening in December 2011. Their monthly “Cafe Sturz” parties at the club have acquired somewhat legendary status as evenings of unbridled debauchery (the colloquial Austrian term “Sturz” can be translated as “mashed”/ “buzzing”/ “spangled” or anything else pertaining to general intoxication) but more importantly for top quality music. The undying dedication, passion, and commitment that these “gentlemen reprobates” have for their craft is hard not to sense when seeing them play. Whether you've caught their refined and rolling sound at festivals like Burning Man, Urban Art Forms or Plötzlich am Bodden, or at a number of clubs and venues they've played at across Europe, you'll have found that it does what all good electronic music is supposed to do: get you moving. And you can rest assured that it will continue to do so for many years to come. https://soundcloud.com/foehnandjerome