Austria duo Klangkarussell makes a ruckus on U.S. tour 

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  • Adrian Held and Tobias Rieser — aka Austrian EDM duo Klangkarussell — make their Bay Area debut in The City on Friday.

Rising Austrian EDM duo Klangkarussell gives San Francisco a taste of its polished, Euro-house as it drums up fans before the upcoming release of its first LP.

On Friday night at 1015 Folsom, opening for London DJs PLAID, producers Adrian Held and Tobias Rieser will strip down their live, stadium-ready show on their debut U.S. tour.

Klangkarussell rocks simple CDJs and USB sticks. Both are fans of Ratatat, Jamie XX, Disclosure and Sable Sheep.

“It’ll just be a normal DJ set without any preparation. We just play what we want and what the moment feels like,” Held says. “We’re not going to change our style [for U.S. audiences]. It’s going to be housey, but there are definitely some moodier parts. It’s not full-on the whole time. There’s going to be quieter moments and higher moments. It’s a nice way wave — maybe.”

Klangkarussell’s rise marks one of the more fruitful high school reunions of all time. Held and Reiser met 16 years ago in school, but lost touch for a decade. When they reunited over beer, each learned the other was working on music.

The duo broke out with the synthy-smooth, brassy, maximalist techno single “Sonnentanz” in June 2012. It went to No. 1 in the Netherlands and No. 3 in Austria and Belgium.

Bay Area video-sharing service gave it the critical boost. “It was very important for us,” Held says. “When someone put it on YouTube, then shit got crazy.”

Klangkarussell signed to a subsidiary of Universal and in May released a highly polished second single “Netzwerk (Fall Like Rain)” with a stunt-filled music video. The full-length “Netzwerk” debuted in Europe this month and is slated for a July 28 U.S. release.

“It feels very good,” Held says. “I never thought — no one ever thought — we were going to release music on a major label with an international release. It’s like a dream coming true.”

With club dates scheduled in Los Angeles, Florida, Washington, D.C., and Vancouver, British Columbia, Held and Rieser won’t get to enjoy an extended stay in The City.

“I’ve never been,” he says, “but I’ve heard that it’s quite the European city. It’s exciting. I’m really looking out for San Francisco. It’s a big one.”



Opening for PLAID, Secret Sidewalk, Dusty Brown, Makeitfunkysf, DJ M3, Rick Choi, 404, One MoHit and Grape Vodka

Where: 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom, St. S.F.

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Tickets: $17.50 to $20

Contact: (415) 431-1200,



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