Mr. Statik, aka Stathis Kalatzis, born in 1978, is known to many from his hugely successful residency at Athens’ place-to-be, ‘Six D.O.G.S’. Originally heavily influenced by the 90’s breakbeat and early hardcore scene, Statik went on to gain international recognition in the contemporary techno scene, a long standing contribution to the community that included numerous slots at many international renowned festivals and releases on some of the world’s leading house and techno labels.
Growing up in Volos, Greece he then moved to Athens to study Political Science at Panteion University where he gained a firm embrace of techno music which lead to the birth of Improvize; a mobile party with fellow DJ Chevy aimed at bringing a fresh sound of techno and house music to the local community.
2003 saw a sharp increase in Statik’s global appearances, one of which being at the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in Cape Town. In the beginning of 2005 he formed the Mud Max project alongside his friend Motek (which saw releases out on Balkon and Ware). After the second half of 2006, Mr. Statik began his solo work signing his first EPs to Karloff, Stock5 and Octopus with a variety of tracks that embraced his moodier and more atmospheric side to techno.
In 2007 Statik was sharing his time between his local residency at Fetisch and his growing international bookings, which included appearances at Monegros Festival and Berlin’s legendary Tresor night. The following year proceeded with releases on UK’s Immigrant Recordings as well as Berlin’s Rotary Cocktail and Perplex labels.
As Statik’s international recognition grew, so did the quantity of releases seeing records drop on the likes of Mo’s Ferry and BPitch’s sister label, Memo. In 2011 his debut EP, “Even Giants Have a Soft Spot” was released on BPitch Control, finally solidifying his involvement with Ellen Allien’s long running label.
Following the release came further touring for the Greek artist and a popular monthly residency at Athens’ ‘Six D.O.G.S’. It was also a year of heavy studio work that embraced a wider range of genres, along with numerous collaborations with many different artists. His comeback on Rotary Cocktail recordings is the first of many projects to see the light in 2013, as well a long sleuth of records and international appearances. 2013 is also the time that eventually moves to Berlin so as to join the Red Bull Music Academy new found HQs there.
Ever expanding on his influences and exploring both new studio approaches and side projects, Mr. Statik has a diverse set of releases hitting 2014 – whether its his debut EP on Parisian mainstay Karat records, his Steampunk’d alias along side fellow Greek Lee Burton landing on Amam and his grittier interpretation of modern techno under The Magnecian mantle on Autochtone records.
2015 is balanced between touring and getting back to the studio, this time with a more conceptual mindset on the follow up material both under the Mr. Statik & The Magnecian aliases plus a new side project hand in hand with Greek producer/director Felizol that aims to bridge the audio visual world. The fruits of these efforts are about to hit stores towards the end of the year and 2016, with Stathis’ first drop on Holic Trax paving the way.