About Pascal FEOS
A cornerstone of the German techno scene, Frankfurt's Pascal F.E.O.S. (born Pascal Dardoufas) played a major role in establishing trance in the early 1990s and continued exploring styles such as acid, downtempo, and minimal techno throughout the following decades. The influential DJ and producer first became known as the co-founder of Resistance D, a pioneering trance duo whose output blended cosmic reflection with hard-charging acid. In addition to work under dozens of pseudonyms and collaborative ventures, including the ambient group Aural Float and projects with fellow visionaries such as Pete Namlook, Atom Heart, and Laurent Garnier, Dardoufas helped guide the sound of minimal techno with his Planet Vision and Level Non Zero labels. His extensive output under his main moniker yielded no-nonsense techno releases like the 1999 full-length From the Essence of Minimalistic Sound as well as more house-leaning efforts such as 2013's two-part Departed 2 Return.
Pascal Dardoufas, a German resident of Greek descent, frequented clubs in the early 1980s, and started his DJ career in 1984, playing Italo-disco and Hi-NRG at clubs such as Omen (Frankfurt), Warehouse (Cologne), and Tempel (Munich). His sets evolved with the times, shifting to harder sounds like EBM and acid house. After meeting Maik Maurice Diehl in 1989, the duo began performing live techno as Resistance D, and their debut EP, Cosmic Love, was released as a white label 12" in 1991. The record became an early classic of the burgeoning trance scene, and the pair released tracks on labels like Rising High and Injection Records, in addition to becoming one of the primary acts on the Sven Väth-affiliated Harthouse.
Dardoufas was highly prolific outside of the duo -- he debuted his Sonic Infusion alias with a 1992 single on Eye Q Records (also co-run by Väth) and released several rave-oriented singles with Pete Namlook, in addition to short-lived projects with Oliver Lieb, Uwe Schmidt (Atom Heart), Laurent Garnier, and many others. Branching away from his more intense, club-oriented work, Dardoufas formed the ambient/downtempo group Aural Float with Alex Azary and Gabriel Le Mar in 1993. The trio released three evocative home-listening albums on the Elektrolux label, beginning with 1995's Introspectives, in addition to composing music for the popular German television series Space Night.
Pascal F.E.O.S. launched Planet Vision in 1996, and the minimal-focused imprint PV in 1997. His debut solo album, From the Essence of Minimalistic Sound (loosely what the initials in his moniker stand for), appeared in 1999. A Sonic Infusion full-length, Reformatted, was released in 2002, merging elements of trance, techno, and house. Self Reflexion, his second album as Pascal F.E.O.S., came out in 2003, mainly consisting of straightforward techno but occasionally delving into Aural Float's downtempo style. In the Mix: Rize and Fall, a mixed CD for Väth's Cocoon Recordings, also appeared in 2003. After shuttering Planet Vision, Dardoufas launched Level Non Zero in 2004, and issued his minimal techno full-length Synaptic in 2006. Terra Bong appeared in 2010, and two playful sets of house tracks, Departed 2 Return Vol. 1 and 2, were released in 2013. Pascal F.E.O.S. continued to release singles and perform live up until his death from stomach cancer at the age of 52, on May 8, 2020. ~ Paul Simpson
HOMETOWNBad Nauheim, Germany
BORNMarch 11, 1968