Tracing back the roots of Connaisseur Recordings’ success story leads to the southern German town of Pforzheim. Primarily known for its exquisite jewellery and watch-making industry, the so called City of Gold, was also home to a small scene of likewise passionate and ambitious djs and producers, like Afrilounge, Patrick Chardronnet and label owner Alex Flitsch. When Alex, his future wife Hilary and Martin Henkel founded it in 2005, these artists eventually become known to a wider audience.
It was Chardronnet who kicked off the label history with his fantastic Eve by day. The melodic tech-house track received overwhelming international feedback from djs like Laurent Garnier and firmly established the imprint on the map. What was to follow, were five successful years, relying on traditional virtues of Swabian entrepreneurship like diligence and a strong focus on quality, mixed with an uncompromising passion for electronic music. With more than 40 Releases and an additional 25 records out on both sublabels Connaisseur Supérieur and Outils Du Connaisseur, the label family has by now already become a major player on the international scene. Tracks like Driven by Dutch producer Estroe, Lux dementia by Afrilounge and Kollektiv Turmstrasse’s Tristesse, are responsible for unforgettable moments on dance-floors worldwide.
In this Focus On series we are going to enjoy these four artists from Connaisseur Recordings:
- Alex Flitsch
- Sebastian Roya
- Patrick Chardronnet