After an entire 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 together live mixes that kickstarted 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. But ultimately, Maas's rise peaked circa 2002 with his debut full-length, Loud, a 14-track slice that spawned the crunchy techno-rock hit, "To Get Down," which has soundtracked everything from video games 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 non-existent scene into a thriving underground thing. By 1997, though, he was back in the UK. And in the 13 intervening years, he's enshrined himself as electronic music royalty and a fixture at festivals like Glastonbury, Coachella, and Winter Music Confererence.
This Wednesday, both Maas and Burridge will make a special non-WMC stop at Soho Studios where they'll play together for the first time ever in Miami. Witness the intersection.