The headquarters of Upon You lies in Berlin, where, since the 90s, our entreprenurial protagonists individually discovered their own sounds and approaches. Resmann is one of the capital city’s most accomplished DJ-producers, for both his solo work and as member of Luna City Express and (formerly) Pan-Pot Grunert spent many years working for music magazine Frontpage, co-ran the label Timing Recordings and established a DJ escort agency. Meinhardt, meanwhile, steadily rose as an exceptionally gifted DJ and party promoter. Now, having met with a mutual vision, they joined forces and bundled their energy into Upon You. And although Berlin is their center, they have successfully shared their musical versatility and love for detail on an international level. These days, Resmann and Grunert maintain the business side of things while Meinhardt has stepped away to focus solely on his creative output On the surface, the sound of Upon You could be categorized as tech-house, but with every release, new nuances of ambitious and functional club sounds emanate from the vinyl grooves. Upon You strives to be more! The stylistic diversity is aided by a varied roster, including Ruede Hagelstein, ONNO, Emerson Todd, Re-UP, Gunnar Stiller, and of course label honcho Marco Resmann. Upon You also launched the sub-label series Sweet & Sour, a sub-label serving as a base for outside producers and newcomers such as Samuel Dan, Dennis Horvat and Marcus Gehring.
Of equal calibre is the label’s agency Upon You Bookings, with an impressive roster and regular label nights at Berlin’s famous Watergate (where Marco Resmann is resident DJ) as well as Panorama Bar. Aside from the constant flow of 12” EPs (designed by Eat, Sleep + Design), Upon You Records has issued the acclaimed compilations Diary No. 1 (compiled and mixed by Resmann) and No. 2 (compiled by Meinhardt). This year brings new signings Magit Cacoon and Sierra Sam and most notably, the label’s fifth anniversary! Upon You will celebrate by releasing a double-CD compilation and international tour, continuing to spread the gospel of techno, with no signs of slowing down. Five years is just the beginning!
Has it been five years already? We’ve been so busy pumping out tracks and organizing parties that we haven’t had a whole lot of time for self-congratulatory nonsense. But now, looking back at the past half-decade – with nearly 300 tracks released and dozens of packed label nights in Berlin and around the world – perhaps the time is right to mark our accomplishments. With that in mind, we bring you The Hot Five, a two-disc set lovingly compiled by our label co-founder and flagship DJ/producer Marco Resmann. And, as much as this collection is a celebration of our existence so far, it’s not just some exercise in anthologizing and repackaging. One of the guiding principles of Upon.You (and as we feel it should be, house and techno in general) is moving forward, which is why everything found here is piping fresh: the first disc comprises twelve new, exclusive tracks from our talented stable (including Gunnar Stiller, The Cheapers, Matthias Mesteño and Emerson Todd), while the second disc contains ten brand new remixes of selections from our past releases, crafted by some of the outside producers we’ve admired and befriended (such as Layo & Bushwacka!, Kris Wadsworth and Barem)