aka Pure started DJing and producing in 1991, and has since released upwards of twenty records, both solo and collaborative works, on labels such as Drop Bass Network and Praxis, as well as his own labels Loop, Atmosfear, and Sub/Version (together with Christoph Fringeli of Praxis). Votava’s work had a huge influence on the development of hardcore techno and helped invent what was to become known as breakcore. He’s collaborated with artists like EC8OR, Liza´n´Eliaz, Gangstar Toons Industrie and Christoph Fringeli, but is best known for his early 90s group with Christopher Just
, the famed Ilsa Gold, whose innovative pranks and heavy rave sound paved the way for subsequent generations of mash-up and breakcore producers.
Stylistically, Votava has always pushed the borders of speed, darkness, and general weirdness. In the late nineties, he began composing and producing abstract, improvised home-listening music with releases on the Mego, Staalplaat and dOc Recordings, Votava’s current label. Votava began dOc in autumn 2001, initially as an outlet to release a mix of his own solo and collaborative works, but has since broadened into a platform for like-minded musicians such as Martin Siewert, Vitor Joaquim and video artist Dekam
, with whom he often collaborates.
These days Pure is as likely to be found performing at formal museum installations as spinning breakcore to drugged out crusties at parties.
In 2006, Votava worked on a collaboration with the Heart Chamber Orchestra
featuring Erich Berger aka Terminalbeach
and the Trondheim Sinfonietta. It was produced by Teks for the Trondheim Matchmaking festival.
Recent releases include 'Home is Where my Harddisk is', vol.2 on Feld records, 2006, and contributions to a compilation from French label Duumvirat, Icy Space and Glowing Pulse.
Together with Jason Forrest and DISK/CTM, Votava organizes CTM breakcore offshoot, WASTED.
> Website Pure
> dOc recordings
> Pure on Meno.at
> 2008 > WASTED OVER BERLIN
> 2008 > WASTED OVER MARSEILLE
> 2008 > WASTED OVER TOULOUSE
> 2008 > WASTED OVER PRAGUE
> CTM.08 > THE LAND UNKNOWN
> 2007 > WASTED OVER RIGA
> 2007 > WASTED VS OVERKILL
> 2007 > WASTED 5
> 2007 > WASTED 4
> 2006 > WASTED 3
> 2006 > DISK Session #02
> 2005 > WASTED 2
> 2005 > WASTED 1
> 2005 > CTM.05