• Own imprint: Amulet
  • Other associations: Dekmantel, Sushitech Records
  • City of origin: Den Haag
  • Currently located: Amsterdam

For Guy Blanken, music is a matter of the heart, and a boundless playing field for sonic explorations. His compulsive curiosity has led him to unusual corners of the electronic music realm – spawning a multifaceted, yet distinctive discography. As Makam, he has investigated anything from exhilarating club anthems to contemplative downtempo moods. And as Talismann, he is probing ever deeper into the abyss of sinister soundscapes and industrial drum patterns.

Makam first made his mark with releases like the New York House inspired album ‘How Long Is Now?’ (2010) on Sushitech and the ravey house jam ‘What Ya Doing’ (2012) on Dekmantel. But it was his second album ‘Than Sadet’ (2016), which would truly unveil his ambidexterity as a producer. Mostly a departure from the dance floor, it added an entirely new dimension to Makam’s musical landscape. Though this hasn’t kept him from delivering bombs like last year’s ‘Forget/Regret,’ on his own imprint Amulett.

Talismann is Guy’s darker incarnation. From the moment he delivered tracks like ‘Mars Wars’ and ‘Zula’ (2012), his take-no-prisoner approach has been indisputable. Six releases down the line, Talismann Records has cemented its position as the home of intense, inky techno and ambient. Moreover, Slagmann, his collaboration with Slagwerk Den Haag, has resulted in one of the most experimental, and arguably most intriguing albums in his oeuvre. ‘Krysalis’ (2019) is a ritualistic experience, incorporating a colorful arsenal of traditional musical instruments.

When Guy hasn’t locked himself in the studio, or isn’t tending to one of his labels, he loves engaging with the dance floor during one of his tireless DJ or live sets. Finding a home at Amsterdam institutions like (the now closed down) Trouw, Dekmantel and De School has given him the opportunity and freedom to connect with fellow travelers, and continue on his fascinating musical journey.

AlbumLabelYear
Than SadetDekmantel2016
How Long Is Now?Sushitech Purple2010
Singles & EpsLabelYear
The Struggles / Kubaa Rumbaa / Androids Know Love TooDekmantel2015
A Night At TrouwAmulett (2)2015
LoleattaAmulett (2)2014
AiméSushitech Records2015
Dreams Of TomorrowSushitech Records2012
Dekmantel Anniversary Series Part 2Dekmantel2012
What Ya Doin'Dekmantel2012
Reconstructed Disk 1Sushitech Purple2011
Glacial ValleyPariter2011
You Might Lose It (Kerri Chandler JX-8P Mix)HSUS2011
Reconstructed Disc IISushitech Purple2011
Hide You EPSoweso2010
Things I EmbodySushitech Purple2010
The Hague SoulSoweso2009
Deep LovingSushitech Purple2009
New York HustlerSushitech Purple2009
Than Sadet Sampler EPDekmantel2016
DJ MixesLabelYear
PHNCST092Phonocasts, Phonographe Corp2013
RemixesLabelYear
The BallroomDance Pool, Dance Pool1995
Hush HushPopYhtiö2006
Imagination / SequentialRiot! Recordings2007
Come In 2 My SpaceOngoing1997
World Full Of WeirdosCrème Organization2013
House TrainRush Hour Recordings2013
Sweet FreedomDig It International1992
Pariter ReconstructedPariter2012
The Politics Of DancingModul2002
Feel The Heat Of The Night 2003Epic2003
Chica BoomRCA1987
Broken (Remixes)20:20 Vision2009
Broken20:20 Vision2009
The Transmission Express EPConcrete Music (4)2013
Renaissance: The Masters Series Part 19Renaissance2013
Balance 023Balance Music (3)2013
CascadeSushitech Records2014