Andy Vaz

Andy Vaz

Background, Yore

Andy Vaz hails from Düsseldorf, Germany, the breeding ground of Kraftwerk. Andy manages and curates Background Records, internationally acclaimed as being the most instrumental label to originate from Düsseldorf in the past decade. Background Records has started in 1997 and is one of the older existing Labels around. The Label has been a pinnacle cornerstone of the German electronic music movement. The Label is highly regarded as one of the essential individuals on the global front for providing a cultural conduit for electronic music, between Düsseldorf, San Fransisco, Detroit, Montreal, Toronto, London, South Africa and countless other cities around the world. Some of the most influential artists and musicians of the post minimal electronic music movement around the world have had some of their most important works presented on his Background Imprint. Artists such as: Sutekh, Jan Jelinek, Todd Sines, Terrence Dixon, Algorithm/Jeff Milligan, Akufen, Submania, Dean DeCosta, Rhythm Maker, Kit Clayton, Ectomorph, Deadbeat, Baby Ford, Stewart Walker, Donnacha Costello, Geoff White and Smyglyssma, have graced the Background stage. Background recordings has been a major force in the presentation of minimal techno, introducing and educating the world to the geographic variable influences that exist within the genre.

In 2000, Andy Vaz has released his own material. At first he started his Sound Variation [—] series. A set of 10 conceptual releases, where all works were defined by the criteria of re-use, recycling of same instrumentations, within the context of boundless compositional approaches. Free Jazz was the teacher.

Next to the series Andy Vaz also started putting out minimal techno & deep house dance material. Music, that is focused on the Groove and is based on his rich experiences as an internationally rewarded Live Act. Apart from having played countless clubs, festivals and venues, he’s done everything from the legendary “Liquid Room” in Tokyo to the Mutek Festival in Mexico. Andy has build up an excellent reputation as a crowd shaking and unique sounding DJ & Live-Act.

In march 2007 Vaz launched a new label called “YORE”, which focuses on the authentic old school Detroit & Chicago House Sound. Later in 2011 he released his critically acclaimed second full lenght artist Album “Straight Vacationing” which turned out to be a major success worldwide. In 2018 his first Label Background Records, which was on rest for a while returned back on the scene in full swing.