Since the late seventies, the Bavarian capital, Munich, has been a non-dwindling source of advanced musical creativity. Especially in electronic music has Munich excelled: “Made in Munich” has gained worldwide reputation through famous artists like Giorgio Moroder, Richard Bartz, Disko B Records and DJ Hell in the last few decades, and the Zenker Brothers emerge from this solid foundation, bringing their own unique definition of contemporary dance music. Having originally held a residency at Harry Klein in Munich, they now DJ together around the world, and run their own fantastic label, Ilian Tape. We were delighted to host them, Stenny, and Blackhall & Bookless to our 10 year celebration of Ilian Tape and Jaunt earlier in the year.

It was the elder of the brothers, Dario, who first found his way into Munich’s flourishing scene of electronic dance music during the late nineties. He was a huge fan of Hip Hop and Dub when he stumbled into the neon lights of the omnipresent Goa parties staged in many clubs. His first set of turntables was a gift from his parents at the age of fifteen and he quickly found himself on the other side of the dance floor. In 2006 his younger brother Marco, who also was an enthusiastic lover of Hip Hop and Reggae, went to see Dario perform and fell in love with the unique vibe of House and Techno. This night was a crucial turning point for both brothers,  and lead to the point in 2012 when they started playing their now notorious B2B sets.It was only a question of time before these two would channel their creativity and start to work together on more than just the platters, and in 2007 they founded Ilian Tape, with some long lasting friends, in order to, initially, establish a platform for their own productions. Rooted in the legacy of Detroit Techno, House, Dub, Rap Music and Breakbeat, the two brothers have managed to define their own trademark sound over the years. The brothers say of Ilian Tape: ‘Over the years artists from all over the place e.g Argentina, Serbia, Italy, USA or Japan, have joined the family and contributed to define a diverse but always personal label sound. For us it’s not about big clean studio productions, but more about the human touch in music. We don’t care about the hype, we just do what we love!’

Besides focusing on Ilian Tape, they have releases on such notable labels as Tresor and Marcel Fengler’s IMF imprint. In 2015 they released their first album, Immersion, which was the next natural step project after they moved their two bedroom studios together in 2013.

The brothers never forget their roots, where they came from and the essential meaning of a well-known proverb: “Live and let live”. So they transcend the musical legacy of their hometown into the new millennium, shaping and forming it the Zenkerian way towards something very unique and, even more importantly than unique, connective.