What’s in a name? For Adrian Shala and Adrian Schweizer, it’s a decade – and counting – of jointcreativity. After getting to know each other in Zürich in 2008, Adrian & Adrian became inseparable, notjust as friends, but also as artists.
The two men carved out a career as one of the most consistentlydelivering DJ/producer duos in the house and techno scene: Adriatique.The key to an enduring partnership is, of course, to complement each other, and the two Adrians doso admirably. Music-wise, their various tastes combine into one unique sound, and their respectivepreference for studio work and performance means that both aspects are equally well covered.Adriatique’s DJ performances as well as their productions are long, meditative, relentlessly buildingaffairs, ever challenging the listener with subtle twists interrupting their hypnotic groove. There ismore to the duo than just a well-oiled electronic music machine, however. They also live together,draw plans together, and support art in all its forms together.After almost a decade of joint work, 2016 saw the fulfillment of Adrian and Adrian’s long-held wish: thefounding of their very own music label annex platform for the arts. Called Siamese, their imprintreleases Adriatique’s own music as well as productions by others, as long as it adheres to theAdrians’ creed: that music should be meditation. Going above and beyond the average for a label,Siamese also supports visual and performance artists, organizing club nights that place thesecollaborators in the spotlights just as much as the musical stars.Drawing from their own experience as strangers turned fulltime partners, Adrian and Adrian know thatit is the bridging of differences that breeds creativity. This is why, in the future, they plan onexpanding their network of collaborators as well as the creative scope of Siamese’s activities. Theymay be a decade in the business, but Adriatique’s true mission has only just begun.