8 Hard Techno Artists You Should Know
Born in Tunisia and based in Berlin, the sounds of Cera Khin are hard enough to bring the roof down. Take a look at her Instagram to get a feel for her vibe: each video of her live performances contains enough energy to make you feel like you’re right there on the dance floor. Described as a hardcore-fueled signature style, Cera Khin’s thunderous beats have brought her to a diverse roster of regions worldwide since her 2016 debut, including Portugal, Colombia, the UK, and even in the United States. Expect high BPM madness across the genre spectrum during Cera Khin’s thrilling performances, where she often closes the night with gabber and hardcore. You can catch Cera Khin all over the globe in 2022, including performances at Bang Face Weekender in May, Rotterdam Rave Festival in August, and more.
Celebrated for her status as a globe-trotting techno maven, there’s no artist quite as passionate about her craft as Fatima Hajji. The Spanish producer, DJ, and label owner is a trailblazer and a triple-threat with two decades of work under her belt. With a penchant for fast, threatening techno beats, Fatima continues to climb the ranks of the industry and command a crowd for headlining shows. In 2016, Fatima established herself as a curator and host by launching her record label and events imprint, Silver M, which will see the release of Fatima’s debut full-length album and a handful of new singles on the way. Quickly becoming a household name in hard techno, Fatima Hajji proves time and time again that she’s capable of taking this sound to the next level.
Catch Fatima Hajji at Quantum, Brooklyn on June 25th, 2022. Tickets are avaialble now
Representing the promising sounds of the new school, Clara Cuvé is well on her way to closing the world’s biggest hard techno stages. Well-respected by peers and supported by brands such as Drumcode and Boiler Room, German DJ Clara Cuvé is a master behind the decks: she’s built her reputation as a hard-hitting selector with a true love for the music, continuing to announce show after show alongside some of techno’s major players, including Richie Hawtin, Joseph Capriati, and more. As she dips her toes into production, you can check out her first track, “Control,” via R - Label Group before we see more heat from her.
Get familiar with Juliet Fox before she claims her spot at the top. Aussie-born and Berlin-based Juliet Fox has stolen the hearts of techno connoisseurs throughout the rise of her career, never afraid to crank up the energy to the max. Performing alongside trailblazers such as Nina Kraviz and Adam Beyer, Fox’s experimental flair flows through her DJ sets with ease and fierce energy. Beyond her mettle in the DJ booth, Juliet is an accomplished producer as well, with releases on Drumcode, Filth On Acid, Toolroom, and more trendsetting labels in the scene. Dancing across house and techno into fast, hard beats, Juliet Fox will take the headlining slot sooner than we think.
For the hard techno fans who feel the urge to go even harder, look no further than CC Luna. Self-describing her sound as transcending, dark, and fiery, Stockholm’s CC Luna has embraced the industrial and hardcore end of the techno spectrum throughout her budding career. She’s a powerhouse producer with countless releases under her belt on hard techno imprints such as Dolma Red, CANCELLED, Modular Soul, and more. Outside of the studio, CC Luna delivers DJ sets, not for the faint of heart — you can regularly catch her alongside acts like 999999999 and performing as a resident DJ for DI.FM Radio and KINK VIBE. Crowned Stockholm’s Producer of the Year at the 2019 Elly Awards, there’s a reason her catalog has caught global attention from techno enthusiasts.
Make way for the hellish sounds of Lesia Karz. The Belarusian producer and DJ kicked off her project in 2016 and has become a workhorse in the hard techno scene, unleashing her original music on her imprints Eclipse Recordings and Black Square Recordings alongside Gene Karz. Lesia’s output is nothing short of incredible — take a look at her storied catalog, and you’ll find countless hard-hitting anthems fit for a seance on the dance floor.
Best described as a Swiss army knife in the rave scene, Ayako Mori has been holding down the underground in Germany. This Japanese powerhouse is the owner of three different record labels: Physical Techno Recordings, Kalmary Records, and Unbekannt, all the while producing her own club weapons and performing DJ sets across Europe. A regular name on Beatport’s hard techno charts, there’s a reason why Mixmag Asia described Ayako Mori as one of the hardest working creators on the techno circuit. Her most recent release, a remix of Chemtrailz’s “To Be Right Now,” puts her pounding hard techno kicks on full display and is sure to be a secret weapon in the scene this summer.
A tried and true hard techno leader, Juliana Yamasaki has built this movement since she began her DJ career in the early 2000s. By 2006, Juliana launched her label Descontrol Techno before throwing parties in São Paulo, paving the way for hard techno producers and DJs today. In 2022, Juliana continues to be a driving force in the hard techno scene in multiple regions: she’s the label head for DCRYPTED TECHNO and continues to churn out heart-stopping releases. To get a feel for her earth-shattering style, listen to the title track off her Burning Fire EP via Odd Recordings — it’s an instant earworm.
Words by: Jordan Mafi