After a decade behind the decks as a DJ-for-hire, German spinner Timo Maas finally became a full-blown techno convert in the early '90s. He hung around warehouses and cut live mixes that kick-started his ascent through Deutschland's rave scene. There were residencies in Hamburg, a slew of singles, and even a compilation release appropriately titled Music for the Masses. Maas's rise peaked circa 2002 with his debut full-length, Loud, a 14-track slice that spawned crunchy techno-rock hit "To Get Down," which has soundtracked everything from videogames to beer commercials.
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Unlike the German, Brit legend Lee Burridge had to leave home just to begin building his rep. With a fresh obsession for acid house and illegal dance parties, he was recruited into Hong Kong nightlife following a fateful meeting with a wandering club owner in 1990. Early the next year, Burridge fled to the former British colony, set up a series of weekly parties, and spent the next six years turning the island's nonexistent scene into a thriving underground thing. By 1997, though, he was back in the UK. And in the 13 intervening years, he has enshrined himself as electronic music royalty and a fixture at festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, and Winter Music Conference.
This Wednesday, both Maas and Burridge will make a special non-WMC stop at Nocturnal, where they'll play together for the first time in Miami. Witness the intersection.