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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Oct-18 > JONAS RATHSMAN


Jonas Rathsman has evolved from filtered house to darker electronics. Declan McGlynn joins the Swedish maestro in his new studio to talk gear and his ‘less is more’ approach



The list of labels Jonas Rathsman’s name has graced includes some of the most respected in dance music. Imprints like Solomun’s DIYnamic, Damian Lazarus’s Crosstown Rebels and Anja Schneider’s Mobilee –all renowned for their melodic, hypnotic and pulse-pounding releases – have dominated dancefloors across the world for a decade.

Rathsman started life on the now defunct, but much-loved label French Express, his Tobago EP introducing us to the disco-drenched, sampled-based, filtered-house sound he loved, but has since retired in favour of a darker, evolving, more atmospheric tone.

Tobago ended up on the office stereos of major labels who commissioned him for a series of remixes for huge names like Sam Smith, Disclosure and Booka Shade. In fact, it was Disclosure who made his track Wolfsbane the first release on its Method White, after witnessing it dominate a packed dancefloor at Space Ibiza. His own mix series ELEMENTS –starting life as a catalyst to find new music –grew into a label of its own too. Now he’s opened a new studio complex in Gothenburg where, after a series of false starts, he’s built a creative community of producers and songwriters in his hometown.

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