Real Name – Gerd Janson


Country – Germany, Frankfurt


Music Style – House


Why is he important?

As a DJ, producer, writer, one-time record store worker and owner of the respected Running Back label, Gerd Janson straddles every aspect of the dance music firmament. Although known for his somewhat irreverent attitude, he plays with a reverence for history, his selections plotting a timeline of club music from its dusty analogue past to its stripped back digital future. In the studio, his production alias Tuff City Kids reinforces this approach, with a string of classic, rave-heavy releases to their name.


Why have we booked him?

The closing set at CTEMF has been 6 years of hallowed ground. An exclamation mark on the incredible sets that have come before it. This year there is no better pick than Gerd Janson – a supreme DJ who exemplifies the ethos and style of CTEMF. Gerd’s flawless mission at Robert Johnson in Frankfurt and rise as one of the most respected producers and DJ’s in the world closes CTEMF 2018 on a journey of house music through the ages.


Recommended Tracks/Mixes

Listen to his newest release:


Our favourite track:


Also watch his Boiler Room set at Sugar Mountain 2018: