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Session Victim Biography
October 2013

The late James Brown aside, you won’t see anyone with such a visceral connection with soul than Session Victim in the midst of a DJ set or live show.

Listening to their intricate work on Wolf Music, Permanent Vacation and Retreat (the vinyl only imprint that Hauke runs with Quarion) it’s easy to hear how Session Victim have also become the ‘go to’ producers for an expertly crafted dance floor bomb.

When you combine the remixing and DJ credentials with the release of their debut album on Delusions of Grandeur, one of the most hyped house labels out there, and the label says ‘we’re very proud and happy to be presenting their debut LP The Haunted House Of House on our humble label’, you begin to feel the warm respect that exists around these two crate digging aficionados as musicians in their own right.

Two of the most studious and unpretentious heads in house music, the secret to Matthias Reiling and Hauke Freer’s success is bound up in over two decades of friendship and a genuine obsession with music composition, samples and the warm crackle of a well-loved piece of vinyl. Mocking their penchant for locking themselves in their treasured Berlin studio in their name, ‘Session Victim’ have had a prolific and shimmering presence since their underground hit ‘Good Intentions’ reduced Move D to  tears when he used it to close his Free Rotation set.

Session Victim are the antithesis to both the superstar DJ and the hipster DJ. You won’t find them dressed head to toe in black wearing skinny jeans and a neckerchief and you won’t find them playing the same set more than once. What they play depends on you and each other and the beauty of this never ever yields the same result.

Several tours to America, trips to Russia, Japan and a full club and festival schedule throughout Europe during 2012 and 2013 led to even more studio lockdowns and the release of the widely played ‘Glow in the Dark’ EP on Delusions of Grandeur and the highly acclaimed ‘Random Blues’ on Wolf Music, both of which reflect a hungry, determined Session Victim on top of their game.

With a new EP on Retreat coming up and remixes for Midnight Magic and DWIG about to be released, Session Victim put all their studio effort into their second album, crafting tools for their live show, tracks for their DJ sets, and songs to bridge the gap.

Discography

Original Music

Random Blues - Wolf EP 18
Wolf Music Recordings
2013
Glow In The Dark
Delusions of Grandeur
2013
Can't Help It
Retreat
2013
Harlequin
Retreat
2012
The Haunted House of House Part 1
Delusions of Grandeur
2012
The Haunted House of House Part 2
Delusions of Grandeur
2012
The Haunted House of House Part 3
Delusions of Grandeur
2012
The Haunted House of House Part 4 Ltd
W/lb
2012
Right from Wrong
air london
2011
Treats Vol. 3
Retreat
2011
Treats Vol. 2
Retreat
2010
Paw To The Floor EP
Wolf Music Recordings
2010
Left the Building EP
Delusions of Grandeur
2010
On the Roll
Retreat
2010
Million Dollar Feeling
Delusions of Grandeur
2010
Treats Vol. 1
Retreat
2009
Out on Love
Retreat
2009
Late Runner EP
Real Soon
2009
The Joy of Painting EP
Hairy Claw
2009
No Friends EP
Real Soon
2008

VA Sampler

Large Processor
Permanent Vacation
2011
Wewanttothankallourfriends
Wolf Music
2010
Memory Lane
Cookies
2010
Swashbuckler
Hairy Claw
2010
Watergate 04 - Contribute
Watergate
2009

Albums

The Haunted House of House
Delusions of Grandeur
2012

Remixes

Egyptian Nipples - L.A. Melody (Session Victim Remix)
Apersonal Music
2014
Dwig - Forget The Pink Elephant (Session Victim Remix)
Giegling
2014
Midnight Magic - Same Way I Feel (Session Victim Remix)
Permanent Vacation
2014
Baio – Modern (Session Victim Remix)
Greco-Roman
2013
Jay Shepheard & Matthew Burton - Liberal Zee (Session Victim Remix)
Retrofit
2013
Volta Cab - Always In The Place (Session Victim Remix)
What's In The Box Records
2013
Rainer Trueby - Welcome To Our World (Session Victim Remix)
Compost Black
2012
Pascal Viscardi - City Chords (Session Victim Remix)
The Exquisite Pain
2012
Duffstep - Your Touch (Session Victim Remix)
Join the Dots
2012
Greymatter - Give It To Me Slow (Session Victim Remix)
Wolf Music
2011
Matt Flores - Water on the Moon (Session Victim Remix)
Farside
2011
Choklate - Break My Heart (Session Victim Remix)
Surround Sounds
2011
Aldo Cadiz & Antonio De Angelis – Thunder (Session Victim Voodoo Workout)
OFF
2010
Sidwho? - I Do The Night (Session Victim Dub)
Future Classic
2010
Agnès - Hi Murda (Session Victim Rmx)
Resopal Red
2008
Schedule
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Saturday April 26th
5 Years of Retreat at Zukunft, Zurich (DJ set)
Monday May 5th
5 Years Retreat Vinyl at Golem, Hamburg
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Friday May 16th
5 Years of Retreat at Corsica Studios, London (DJ)
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Saturday May 17th
Ritter Butzke, Berlin (DJ)
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Saturday May 24th
Lille Ole Bull, Bergen (DJ set)
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Sunday May 25th
De Zon Festival, Amsterdam (DJ set)
Wednesday May 28th
5 Years of Retreat at Badaboum, Paris (DJ set)
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Saturday May 31st
Abandon Silence, Liverpool (live) - daytime
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Sunday June 1st
Forbidden Fruit Festival, Dublin (live)
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Friday June 6th
Tradgarden, Stockholm (live)
Sunday June 15th
Rocket, Barcelona (live)
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Sunday June 22nd
Gottwood Festival, Anglesey (live)
Friday June 27th
Renate, Berlin (DJ set)
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Saturday June 28th
Groovement, Perth (DJ set)
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Friday July 4th
The Garden Festival, Tisno (live)
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Sunday July 6th
The Garden Festival, Tisno (DJ)
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Friday July 11th
Noisily Festival, Leicester (live set)
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Saturday July 26th
Klamme Handjes Festival 2014, Amsterdam (day)
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Friday November 21st
Hijacked at Ritter Butzke, Berlin (live)
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