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Sweden’s Erik Pettersson is better known as DJ/producer Sonic Union, one half of prolific progressive house pair Bastards of Funk and Sonic Union and co-founder, label owner and manager of Lowbit Records.
Having played and produced progressive, techno and tech-house for over 14 years, his versatility, experience and sheer talent enables him to turn his hand from everything to producing, remixing, mastering, DJing and label management. He is known for his technical prowess both behind the decks and the mixing desk, while his DJ sets – which have seen him tour Mexico, India and Greece and hold residencies in Canada and his native Sweden – are renowned for their uniquely uplifting energy.
In 2005 he joined forces with his production partner Daniel Sandberg aka Bastards of Funk and a musical match made in prog-tech heaven was born! Since then this dynamic duo has had their music consistently championed by the likes of Laurent Garnier, Tiesto, Carl Cox, Armin Van Buuren, Hernan Cattaneo and Anthony Pappa, featured on compilations including Global Underground and Ministry of Sound and released on labels such as Replug, Whartone, Spherax and Baroque. Also hugely in demand for their remixing skills, to date they have remixed top talent including Jim Rivers, Andy Caldwell, Cid Inc, Shiloh and Quivver and the requests just keep on coming! Having just released their rework of Soundprank ‘Fortis’ on Proton Music in May 2011, their remix of Jim Rivers ‘Black Keys’ is due out in July on McGroove and their interpretation of Interplay’s ‘Ignition’ is forthcoming on one of the biggest progressive labels in the world, Anjunadeep.
Not content with their own production achievements, in 2009 the duo formed their record label Lowbit Records with the aim of championing the hottest up and coming producers on the progressive scene and releasing consistently top-notch tracks – and in just two years their eagle-eyed ability to spot and sign the most spine-tingling tracks and talent has seen the label grow from strength to strength. Given Lowbit’s soaring success to date, it’s no surprise that the label’s impressive artist roster reads like a who’s who of some of the most high-profile progressive artists as well as some of the most talked-about new talent, including Cid Inc, Ben Coda, Soundprank, Thomas Penton, Kassey Voorn and Deepfunk. This star quality hasn’t gone unnoticed, and Lowbit tracks are now regularly finding their way into the record bags and podcasts of DJs including Carl Cox, John Digweed, Paul Van Dyk, Jaytech, James Grant, PROFF, Noel Sanger, Beltek and many more.
With such success under his belt it’s fair to say that 2011 has gotten off to a flying start for Erik, but not just on the production side; so far the year has seen him play at Lowbit parties in London, Greece and Miami, tour in India and warm up for Spektre and Leeroy Thornhill of The Prodigy. He also hosts a monthly 2-hour Lowbit radio show on Proton Radio and his own monthly Sonic Union podcast, which has over 10,000 subscribers.
With a packed DJing and production schedule, a burgeoning label and worldwide Lowbit parties to run, it’s no wonder that Erik has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the hardest-working DJ/producers out there. But as the saying goes, there’s no rest for the wicked – this Swede has a lot more up his sleeve for 2011, so stay tuned…