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.
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.
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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.