Stereo Addiction

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It was in Brighton that Gustavo and John-E, as young adults, exchanged their first words. They both had a strange fascination with the hypnotic groove that can only be achieved by a sea of people flooding a dancefloor. The newly established duo then decided they had to move to London. They would solidify their friendship through an apprenticeship in the noisy clubs of the capital and dance, celebrating the sounds of the gods of electronica: Jeff Mills, Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier.

Over the years Stereo Addiction have released their music on a slew of well-respected labels, from Luca Ricci’s Aenaria Tech to Kasey Taylor’s Vapour Recordings, to Rui Da Silva’s Kismet label and they have shared DJ booths and stages with the likes of Underworld, John Digweed, Sasha, Afrika Bambaataa, Carl Cox and Gui Boratto among many, many others. Apart from having played at all of Portugal’s biggest clubs, from Lux in Lisbon to Gare in Oporto (where they now hold a bi-monthly residence) and everywhere inbetween, they have deejayed all around the world from Japan to Switzerland. In 2008 London welcomed them back with open arms, Stereo Addiction floored the capital’s crowds with gigs at AKA, Plastic People, Notting Hill Arts Club, Cargo (at the Atlantic Waves Festival), Aquarium and Sketch.

2009 saw the duo’s profile rise in a big way, along with their first release on eVapour8, the boys have also been invited to return twice to The Egg in London to play alongside such international luminaries as Tiger Stripes and The Bloody Beetroots. They have made a new video, Gustavo has been busy in the studio working on various collaborations while still finding time to play his first gigs in Berlin at Fête de la Musique and in Club Maria.

John-E and Gustavo were also invited by Vodafone to play a gig with Portugal’s biggest hip hop crew Da Weasel and, perhaps most exciting of all, Stereo Addiction were invited to play in September at London’s most notorious night spot – the legendary Fabric.

In 2010, Stereo Addiction played an epic set at one of Europe's biggest dance music festivals. the Exit Festival in Serbia. The guys held a bi-monthly residence at Oporto's legendary Gare Club, they also impressed MTV to the point where they were the headliners of choice at the MTV Insomnia party at Zmar and at the music channel's big birthday bash. Gustavo & John-e were responsible for one of the most memorable performances at the first edition of the Optimus Hype party alongside Loco Dice and turned in a storming set at that year's Neopop festival.

As amazing as 2010 was, 2011 may have been the biggest year of the duo's career with their triumphant return to the Sudoeste festival, warming up the decks for the legendary Richie Hawtin. They were also invited to play at the Maré de Agosto festival in the Azores. In May of that year they returned to London to close the Shoreditch Digital Festival and were also invited to play for one of London's most exciting new promoters - Leading Astray. Also abroad, Gustavo & John-E were invited to rock spring break at Ibiza. Back home, Stereo Addiction headlined one of the biggest student events in recent memory - the 100 year celebration of Lisbon's current higher education system, they also played the inauguration of TMN's new venue and of the new kiosks on Lisbon's Avenida da República.

With big things on the horizon for 2012, Stereo Addiction's continued rise seems unstoppable!

If fate had designed a meeting for these two boys that would later be revealed to be musical soul mates, none of what is happening to them now would have such a perfect taste.