Steve Rachmad

Steve Rachmad

Real Name:
Steve Jerome Rachmad
Steve Rachmad is a Dutch techno producer, DJ and remixer. By many, he is considered a father of Detroit techno in the Netherlands, respected in the world of electronic music for his deep, groovy sounds that tend to rest on impressive strings, melodies, funk and soul. His career has been reaching its highest peaks from 1996 up to the present time. Yet, it is somewhat less known that he has been in the music realms for over 25 years by now.

Steve’s life story starts in Amsterdam. At the age of 12, teenage Steve already starts buying his first records: to mix, remix, and cut-and-paste their parts with an open reel tape deck. In such a cut-and-paste fashion, he presented his first release in the mid-1980s. Among these early releases was also the one created for a hip-house/dance artist Tony Scott.

From that time on, Steve finds his inspiration in the 1980s dance and electro, works of former Time members (Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis), The System, Arthur Baker, to name but a few. At the age of 15, he also starts his DJing career with a disco set in a small Amsterdam club. Nevertheless, his love for music urges him to start buying equipment, which would later result in a professional studio that is, according to him, “everything he ever dreamt of having.” Today, his equipment is mainly analogue, providing him with a chance to explore the realms of warm, alive, non-static sounds. He laid the corner stone of this collection in 1985, by getting a TR-808.

A year later, Steve gets introduced to the house music. His attention is captured by the new sounds echoing mostly from Detroit and Chicago, i.e. by the work of artists such as Mr. Fingers and Derrick May. Following their style, Steve’s own style takes a new direction. He is soon to be found releasing for artists like Darren Emerson and Derrick May.

The incoming years are to be marked by numerous successful releases on labels such as 100% Pure, Cocoon, Underwater, Fragile, M-Plant, Tresor, and the recent years on labels as Sino, Delsin, Music Man, Artless, etc. He also made over a hundred remixes, signed under various pseudonyms. He remixed a variety of artists, from Taksi, Derrick May and John Tejada, to Armand van Helden, Club MCM, Armin van Buuren, Seven Grand Housing Authority, Victor Calderone and Basement Jaxx. Among Steve’s most respected releases is certainly his album “Secret Life of Machines,” which came out in 1996 under his pseudonym Sterac, and is up to this date considered as one of the all-time techno classics. About the same time his DJing path starts rapidly evolving as well. Until today, Steve shares his talent with the crowds all over the World. He occasionally spins disco and electro, but mainly techno.

Of all the fictitious names he used throughout his career to sign his productions, the ones that remained until today are Sterac, Sterac Electronics, Ignacio and Parallel 9. In the later years, he also releases more and more under his real name. The history of remixes continues into the present, including a variety of people, such as M.A.N.D.Y. vs Booka Shade, DK7, Clashing Egos, Sweet Coffee, Infinity (Juan Atkins vs Orlando Voorn), etc. In the latest years, next to his characteristic techno sound, he also actively focuses on electro, stripping it down to the old-school feel. His Sterac Electronics remixes of the vocal track Love Sweet Love (by Clashing Egos), Keep on Running (by Sweet Coffee) and Body Language (by M.A.N.D.Y. vs Booka Shade), and his own “Keep on running” and “Night Heat” releases on Music Man Records have ended up in the record bags of a wide variety of artists, from techno, to minimal, house and electro. He re-confirms his reputation as an artist with exquisite ear for technical qualities of sound, always returning to his soulful roots and maintaining the warmth of analogue-produced music.

Steve Rachmad Discography


USA 3051 CD Steve Rachmad Presents Tons Of Tones Steve Rachmad Presents Tons Of Tones - Platinum (Album) Urban Sound Of Amsterdam USA 3051 CD Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
SINO102LP Steve Rachmad Neo Classica (Album) Sino, Sino SINO102LP Hong Kong 2006 Sell This Version
PURE LP011 Sterac AKA Steve Rachmad Sterac AKA Steve Rachmad - Secret Life Of Machines (Remastered & Remixed) (Album) 100% Pure PURE LP011 Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PDJ7432DS Steve Rachmad A Lot Of Love(CD, Maxi) Pro Dj International PDJ7432DS Australia & New Zealand 1995 Sell This Version
DBM2170 Steve Rachmad Presents Tons Of Tones Steve Rachmad Presents Tons Of Tones - Citation Saga (Part 1 Of 2)(12") Fierce! DBM2170 UK 1996 Sell This Version
DBM2189 Steve Rachmad Presents Tons Of Tones Steve Rachmad Presents Tons Of Tones - Citation Saga (Part 2 Of 2)(12") Fierce! DBM2189 UK 1996 Sell This Version
DBM3133-1 Steve Rachmad Presents Tons Of Tones Steve Rachmad Presents Tons Of Tones - Nocturno(12") Fierce! DBM3133-1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
MM 060 Steve Rachmad Presents Ignacio Steve Rachmad Presents Ignacio - Sikora Music Man Records MM 060 Belgium 1999 Sell This Version
rot0023 Steve Rachmad Tir Na Nog Rotation Records rot0023 UK 2000 Sell This Version
SINO 03 Steve Rachmad AKA Sterac Steve Rachmad AKA Sterac - Sinosphere(12") Sino SINO 03 Hong Kong 2001 Sell This Version
MM104 Steve Rachmad & Petar Dundov Steve Rachmad & Petar Dundov - Amsterdam Session Music Man Records MM104 Belgium 2003 Sell This Version
MM 100 Richard B* / Steve Rachmad Richard B* / Steve Rachmad - Superman / Legacy Of The Lost World(12", Pic) Music Man Records MM 100 Belgium 2003 Sell This Version
MM 122 Steve Rachmad & Joel Mull Steve Rachmad & Joel Mull - Amsterdam Session 2(10") Music Man Records MM 122 Belgium 2006 Sell This Version
SINO 16, sino 16 Steve Rachmad I Am A Machine(12") Sino, Sino SINO 16, sino 16 Hong Kong 2006 Sell This Version
MM 131 Steve Rachmad Moog On Acid Music Man Records MM 131 Belgium 2007 Sell This Version
70 dsr/str1 Sterac aka Steve Rachmad Sterac aka Steve Rachmad - Rond Bot EP(12") Delsin 70 dsr/str1 Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version
EC 078 Steve Rachmad Surdosong(12") EC Records EC 078 Netherlands 2008 Sell This Version
True1221 Steve Rachmad & Heiko Laux Steve Rachmad & Heiko Laux - Hutspot / Stamppot Truesoul True1221 Sweden 2009 Sell This Version
SVALB02C Steve Rachmad Hidden Alleys(12") Saved Records SVALB02C UK 2009 Sell This Version
mm152 Steve Rachmad Presents Ignacio Steve Rachmad Presents Ignacio - Virton Upgraded Music Man Records mm152 Belgium 2010 Sell This Version
figure spc H Heiko Laux & Steve Rachmad Heiko Laux & Steve Rachmad - Figure SPC H Figure SPC figure spc H Germany 2010 Sell This Version
WAD 005 Heiko Laux & Steve Rachmad Heiko Laux & Steve Rachmad - The Viking Soma Quality Recordings WAD 005 Germany 2011 Sell This Version
WOLF 021 Steve Rachmad Fruit Of The Room(12") Wolfskuil Records WOLF 021 Netherlands 2011 Sell This Version
rej024 Steve Rachmad Bling It Up! Rejected (3) rej024 Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version
PURE 084.2, PURE0842 Sterac Aka Steve Rachmad Sterac Aka Steve Rachmad - Secret Life Of Machines (The Remixes Part 2) 100% Pure PURE 084.2, PURE0842 Netherlands 2012 Sell This Version


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March 24, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
Guided by the original grooves to the avant-garde electronics, the dutch DJ & producer Steve Rachmad aka Sterac became definitely one of the most respected artists of the international techno scene.

What is very important to remember is that he grew up under the elements of Soul and Funk and also all the street dance culture, having Arthur Baker and other references such as the main latin Hip Hop names such as Chep Nunez, Omar Santana and The Latin Rascals and their copy-and-paste practices that drove him to learn and do fine edit later for Hip-House artists like Tony Scott.

“Guys like Arthur Baker gave a black-latino taste to German sound”, said Steve Rachmad recently about the transformation of the cold german electro into the American electro-funk era. Like many other groove supporter kids of his age, his first record was the classic 'Planet Rock' from Afrika Bambaata & The Soulsonic Force. “I know there was a really small group of people who were into that sort of sound. I have personally been under their influence up till present time. I still listen to Arthur Baker and similar regularly”, he concluded.

The acquisition of his first TR-808 drum machine represented one of his first major steps as a producer. Why did he choose an 808? “I liked 808 because of Planet Rock and SOS Band records. That’s basically why I bought it. I worked as a newspaper delivery boy then, so I bought it with my earnings from that job. That’s where my studio collection starts, so it’s one of the crucial points of my career as a producer. Over the years I got hold of many other amazing machines, but this one will always have a special flavour for me”, claimed Steve very honestly about his past.

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