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WLA GARCIA – EKHOPORT REC. / IN_TENSION REC. PORTUGAL
Wla was influenced by his father who when he was a small child listening to Blues, Jazz & Disco. Since an early age Wla Garcia had a love for music and this led to him being further influenced by his older brother XL Garcia. During the late 80s his brother started to play with decks and from there he found himself playing in clubs around Portugal. Wla Garcia was so excited to what he saw that he then decided to buy his own decks along with a friend and learn the art of mixing.
During this time he began to arrange small events in schools and youth clubs to get experience until the time he found himself playing in front of crowds in venues around Portugal. Wla Garcia during this time created a following and a style that eventually made him become popular to the Portuguese dance crowd.
When Techno started to become very popular in Portugal Wla had his own club night at a venue called âSaturdayâ of which he invited international artists like Trevor Rockcliffe, Mike Dearborn and Gayle San to name but a few and sometimesâ¦ these parties sometimes went on for 24 hoursâ¦
Because of his commitment and love of the dance music an agency in Portugal (X-Club) recognized is talent and decided to introduce him to their own parties up and down the country, this led to Wla performing at events where there could be 10,000 people and DJs performing there like Carl Cox, Jeff Mills, Josh Wink, Dave Clarke, Richie Hawtin, Umek, Adam Beyer, to name just a few.
But lets forget the past, lets bring you the presentâ¦ by the late 90s Wla decided to build his own personal studioâ¦ his first release was on a Portuguese compilation for Squeeze Records titled âSqueeze 2000â from there, he decided to start his label along with is brother called Brotech.
The first EP on Brotech was released in 2000. The EP included a remix by Cisco Ferreira aka The Advent and the sales were phenomenal. This success led Wla Garcia to record more tracks and he was further recognized for his unique style by international artists worldwide and this to his track âWork in Progressâ on Bush Records which was charted by Carl Cox for five weeks in is website.
Since the launch of Brotech and the success that came from it Wla decided to start his own label In_Tension Records (2001). Wla was now achieving what he set out to do and that was to create his own style of Techno. Labels started to see what he was achieving and invited him to send his own work, Bush Records and Kombination Research gave Wla the chance to do this.
Wla just started his new project along with Cisco Ferreira aka The Advent where they bring out always one side each on every release. From their new imprint EKHO PORT who promises to be one of the best techno labels and always releasing the best techno you can hear.
So, we have an artist who has played alongside with the greats of Techno but we also have an artist who as well enjoyed doing this produces some of the finest Techno coming out of Portugalâ¦
SOME IMPORTANT GIGS: GUARNICA – NY (USA), HYPERSPACE – BUDAPESTE (HUNGARY), MOTOR CLUB – DETROIT (USA), KADOC (PORTUGAL), LOFT ELECTROCLUB – LOUSANE (SWITZERLAND), LOVE PARADE – BERLIM (GERMANY), BUDAPESTE PARADE – (HUNGARY), CLUB INDIGO – SOFIA (BULGARIA), CLUB MUSOTICA – EDINBURGH (SCOTLAND), FABRIC – LONDON (U.K.), CLUB METRO – CHICAGO (USA), TO NAME JUST A FEWâ¦