In the latest edition of RA’s Origins series, they speak to US techno giant DVS1 (aka Zak Khutoretsky). Born to Russian parents in St. Petersburg, his family moved to Minneapolis when he was young, with his father leaving very soon afterwards.
Often in trouble, the young Zak would skip classes and fight with classmates. By his early twenties, he was dealing acid to fund big warehouse parties and after a short prison spell opened a club in his hometown. Now a resident at Berghain and under the wing of German powerhouse Ben Klock, DVS1 is considered a cornerstone of a new resurgence in techno over the past few years.
Watch the RA piece below, one of the series’ most insightful yet.