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Lars Bartkuhn

The virtues of dance music are either setting the pace or, in most cases, at least keeping up with the ever-changing flavours of the season. Lars Bartkuhn has a different ambition: He’s aiming for longevity, combining influences like classic deep house, soul, funk or Brazilian music with modern jazz elements. Together with his brother Marek and Yannick Elverfeld he set up Needs Music in 1999, a production threesome and label based in Frankfurt that rose to international fame among music lovers and dancers with timeless pieces of music like hit single “Worlds”. For his solo projects, Bartkuhn also uses the names Laurentius and Passion Dance Orchestra, to spell out his deep love of fusion music.