Roger Semsroth aka Sleeparchive, grew up in East Berlin, but he did not belong to the
GDR born and raised kids that embraced Techno as soon as the Wall came down.
But he felt in love with Techno in the mid 90s, as the sound had already outgrown the
raw disarray of its pioneering days. The sounds that attracted him to the proceedings
were much more refined, reduced, and intense, produced by artists like Jeff Mills,
Mika Vainio and Regis.
When the first Sleeparchive 12“ hit the shelves of record
stores in 2004, its success and impact on the international club scene
seemed sudden at first, but well deserved as well. The run of subsequent releases in
the following years fulfilled every early promise with aplomb. It established an
impressive career that lasts to this day, and will most certainly continue for quite
some time to come.
It soon became very obvious that the idea of
Techno Sleeparchive pursued would not succumb to the trend imperatives of the
scene. It was steadily dwelling on the initial enthusiasm for the music, whilst
determinedly developing a signature sound further on with every new track, or
remixes of likeminded other tracks, thus forming a body of work that is pure
consequence, a whole canon of systematic studies in kicks, bleeps and loops, its
frequencies and atmospherics bleak enough to not divert from anything you hear,
and move to. Soon enough dues were not only continuously paid by DJs and music
enthusiasts all over the world, but also by those who inspired him, and he became a
genuine key figure of Techno himself.
Thankfully Sleeparchive did not remain a non-visible studio entity for too long. And
just as his music became an integral part of the international Techno soundtrack, his
live performances followed suit, either on his own or as TR-101 DJ Pete aka Substance.
For years now he was invited to unleash his
sounds at nearly every major club and festival of the worldwide Techno circuit,
carefully restructuring and redefining released and unreleased tracks in the process,
meeting his deep concentration at work with crowds propelled to work even more.
This archive offers few distractions, fewer compromises, and not much sleep.