Session Victim • Worldwide Bookings David Oyston
Biography

Releasing an unparalleled energy behind the decks, you won’t find a duo with a more visceral connection to soul than Hauke Freer and Matthias Reiling, AKA Session Victim, in the midst of a DJ set. Their live set pitches the energy levels up further still - the frenzied head banging of two friends jamming like their lives depend on it, now a signature scene.

Since the success of their bedroom-produced debut LP took them a little by surprise back in 2012, the ‘two man house band’ have formalised their ad hoc studio jams and day-to-night sampling sessions into something resembling a schedule and blessed their Hamburg studio with a few more synths and studio tools. Yet besides that, refreshingly nothing much has changed about their friendship, spanning over twenty years and a regular Hamburg to Berlin exchange. With a record collection covering several decades of hip hop, funk, disco and soul and the ever-present avalanche of vinyl-only house and techno cuts, it’s their passion for uncovering dusty vinyl treasures and the feeling that can be captured on a miniature moment in wax that inspires both their DJ sets and production environment.  Session Victim’s second long player ‘See You When You Get There’ was featured highly on various ‘Best of 2014’ lists, including XLR8R and DJ History.

Respected contemporary and Pampa Records head, DJ Koze, got in touch about doing his own version for their track ‘Hyuwee’ for his DJ Kicks 50th compilation and two more tracks made it onto Seth Troxler’s DJ Kicks in the same year.  Defining moments for 2016 have included, remixing hotly tipped Texan thai-funk band Khruangbin (the Session Victim remix has already clocked up 100k listens on Soundcloud) as well as remixing artists such as Boris Dlugosh, Jesper Ryomand Kapote.  Having also been on two North American tours this year, recorded a Beats in Space radio show with Tim Sweeney in NYC, played both Concrete in Paris and Rhythm Section’s 5th Birthday in Peckham, plus plenty of action on the festival circuit, personal highlights this year have been free-flowing. Their ‘Matching Half EP’ released in October, demonstrates an ability to produce a house sound to suit peak time at venues like Panorama bar or Fabric just as easily as groove-laden bombs for vibey basements with low ceilings.  The second, hugely anticipated release on Berlin-based vinyl-only imprint XK showcases another side of Hauke and Matthias’s production talents, with killer cuts from their solo endeavours on both sides of the record.

2016 in many ways has been a hard one and it’s easy to feel a bit despondent about that. Yet when you go to a party with Session Victim at the helm, what is striking and refreshing is the degree to which they keep the good vibes alive in their intimate universe, weaving magic dance floor moments, stamping their wild personalities on every performance and leaving a trail of smiling faces in their path. Forthcoming highlights will see the German duo bring in 2017 at Mad Racket in Sydney followed by the release of their third LP in spring on Delusions of Grandeur...

Discography

Original Music

Delusions 50: Part 1
Delusions Of Grandeur
2016
See You When You Get There Pt. 3
Delusions Of Grandeur
2015
Hyuwee
K7 recordings
2015
Stick Together
K7 recordings
2015
See You When You Get There Pt. 1
Delusions Of Grandeur
2014
Much Too Strong - Treats Vol. 5
Retreat
2014
See You When You Get There Pt. 2
Delusions Of Grandeur
2014
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

See You When You Get There
Delusions Of Grandeur
2014
The Haunted House of House
Delusions of Grandeur
2012

Remixes

Boris Dlugosch- Keep Pushin
Hafendisko
2016
Jesper Ryom- Deep Blues
Delicieuse Records
2015
Kapote- Fuck Music
Toy Tonics
2015
Wayne Snow - Red Runner (Session Victim Remix)
Tartelet
2014
Brame & Hamo - Clockwerk (Session Victim Remix)
Splendor & Squalor
2014
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
Choklate & Cola Cube- Break My Heart
Z Records
2014
Andre Laos- Detour
Let's Play House
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

Music Appears On

Permanent Vacation Safari 3
Permanent Vacation
2015
Defected In The House Ibiza 2015
Defected
2015
Bargrooves Ibiza 2014
Bargrooves
2014
Delusions of Grandeur BeatportDecade Deep House
Delusions Of Grandeur
2014
Schedule
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Friday December 9th
Freerange x Delusions of Grandeur at Chalet, Berlin (Dj set)
Saturday December 10th
Kalif Storch, Erfurt (DJ set)
Saturday December 31st
Mad Racket, Sydney (Live)
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Sunday January 1st
Piknic Electronik, Melbourne (Live)
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Friday January 13th
W Hotel, Bali (DJ Set)
Friday January 20th
Toldi, Budapest (live)
Friday January 27th
Watergate, Berlin (DJ set)
Saturday February 4th
Hidden, Manchester (DJ Set)
Friday February 10th
Corsica Studios, London (DJ set)
Friday April 21st
Kreisen Festival, Hamburg (21st or 22nd)
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Saturday May 6th
Friedas Buxe, Zurich (Live)
Thursday June 29th
Love International, Tisno (live + DJ)
Friday August 11th
Wilde Moehre Festival, Drebkau - Aug 11 to 13 (Live)
Available For
Friday December 30th
Available for Asia and Australia
Friday January 6th
Available for Asia and Australia
Saturday January 7th
Available for Asia and Australia
Friday March 3rd
Available for Japan
Saturday March 4th
Available for Japan
Friday March 10th
Available for Japan
Saturday March 11th
Available for Japan
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