Lars Bartkuhn

Lars Bartkuhn

As a young child Lars Bartkuhn started out writing his first piece of music with a synthesizer and sequencer, which his parents bought him upon realising their son’s obsession with music. Playing guitar as a teenager, Lars fell deeply in love with the music of Pat Metheny, Keith Jarrett and John Coltrane. His love went beyond jazz, reached out to soul, funk, rock, alternative, brazilian sounds, classical, contemporary, minimal and dance music.

In the mid 90’s Lars became fascinated with the deep and soulful side of house music which led him to form Lamaya Productions, and the now legendary record label NEEDS (not wants) together with his older brother Marek Bartkuhn and DJ Yannick.

NEEDS rapidly became a synonym for soulful high quality music. While labeled a house music imprint, it was Lars’ input that lead the trio to explore into alternative and at the time unorthodox, musical influences that allowed for original textures and arrangements to be included into their productions.

Countless remix commissions followed and their sound travelled worldwide with works for Francois K, Jazztronik, Ennio Morricone, Atjazz to name a few. Many of Lars Bartkuhn’s productions have been played, charted and admired by DJs around the globe. Some tracks even heralded as true dance floor classics creating a solid and international fan base.To date, Lars has produced five solo albums all of which demonstrate a never ending creative flow of ideas and artistic diversity, complexity and passion. After some years away from the dance scene and residing in Brazil, Lars has decided to continue the journey with a fresh single coming out on Sounds Familiar roster partner Volcov’s label - Neroli Records. With this return to dance floor oriented music Lars will be touring a new live act that showcases him brewing those special vibes and rhythms.