Wednesday 26th Oct, 2016

At the early age of 13, Yanneck Salvo began playing the saxophone in a string of jazz-funk outfits. Four years later he bought a DJ set, becoming an avid collector of hip hop, jazz, soul and funk records. From 1995 onwards he was heavily into house music and drum&bass, spinning in the Geneva club and bar circuit. 

That's also when Ianeq -already an instrumentist and DJ, now wielding an MPC sequencer - started producing beats for Geneva hip hop combos. In 1999 his DJing took him to high-profile gigs such as the French Transmusicales and Swiss Pale_o festivals. Ianeq produced his first abstract hip hop track, "Visions" which was included on the "Hosomaki Mix" showcase CD. A year later he wrote "La Mandarine", a jazzy broken beat number for DJ Goo's Synchrovision Records. 

Having set up his own studio in 2001, Ianeq found a musical partner in Rosario. As a result they started producing as Square Meal, releasing on the ARM record label -and playing live to a large audience. At that time, Ianeq also joined the multitalented DJ/producer collective A Few Among Others, uniting five music heads from various parts of Switzerland. Since then he has delivered DJ sets at clubs like Cargo in London and Batofar in Paris. Ianeq also hosts a live mix show at Basic.ch since 1998.

In 2002, among the highlights of Mental Groove Records' first compilation was his majestic Detroit techno tribute, "The Light". It was licensed elsewhere then remixed by Moonstarr in 2004, with two new cuts from Ianeq. That year he also released a superb housey broken beat 12" for A Few Among Others. 

"Reset / Snowflakes Hesitate" gained heavy radio and deckplay from European connoisseurs such as Alex Attias and Rainer Trüby (Compost), Michael Rütten (Soulpatrol), Lars Behrenroth (Global House Connection), Dirk Rumpff (OFFtrack), Gani Shqueir (Milkaudio), Les Gammas and the Garage Traxx crew. 

Ianeq's music retains heavy hip-hop influences and brings the best of other electrorelated styles together with a soulful echo of the music that inspired them. In 2004 Square Meal were joined by Japan's renowned DJ-producer Kent, recording a full album of dancefloor-pounding and home-listening material as Enterplay. "Water & Dust" received support from open-minded DJ's such as Laurent Garnier, Benji B and Chloé. 

Having delivered new tunes to AFAO and ARM, Ianeq spent most of 2005 promoting the Enterplay album and collaborating with people as diverse as Jonas (top Swiss MC), Grand Pianoramax (Obliqsound) and Snax (Captain Comatose). His work with the latter came out on Get Physical in April 2006 and was a favourite to many top DJ's in the circuit. 

During spring of this year, the Enterplay trio set up a tour that took them to packed venues in Switzerland, Belgium, England and Japan. Motivated by this touring experience, particularly in the land of the rising sun, Ianeq has been working hard in the studio to produce "Karasu", his deepest track to date. The track was signed to Drumpoet under the Quarion moniker and started getting massive deckplay from Ame, Dixon, Alex Attias and many others. This attention resulted in remix work for DJ Gregory, Agnès, Mustang and The Dining Rooms due to come out in the spring of 2007.

Now based in Berlin, Ianeq is working on his debut album as well as new material for his Quarion alias.

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