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Combat Skill was one of the first pure Hardtechno-Labels in History, which released a lot of quality music. The Nürnberg based label was founded in 2003 and is run by DJ Ocram.

Marco Enrico Cantalamessa aka DJ OCRAM started to build his career at the age of 7 when he got his first 2 records: a Technorecord “New Sciene – Out of Control Vol.2” and a Raprecord called “Turtles in Crime”. He was sold immediately to the technotunes and started to buy more records, cds and record tapes in this style.

His first mix was born out of an old, cheap record player and a cd player in the year 1993. He looked up to his hero’s at that time: Torsten Fenslau (RIP) and Sven Vath. He played many techno and schranz to their style.

Johannes Heil, Thomas P.Heckmann and Thomas Schumacher inspired him in his trip to techno again… In 2001 he met Amok, Sven Wittekind and ViperXXL, long before they were popular, and the first time the music was too crazy for him, but at the first USB-party 2002 he was infected with this schranz, all other styles from his past were to slow for him. While ViperXXL and Amok released their first record, He was working hard on his own music too. He got his first booking as a schranz DJ in 2003 for one of biggest parties to Poland, called “Techno Unity”.

He started his own label and booking agency Combat Skill, with many famous artists. His label had many releases and many are yet to come! Dj Ocram’s first own EP “Welcome to your Doom EP” was released in October 2004! Next to the label he also organizes Combat Skill Parties and built a booking agency.

Combat Skill has developed in the last decade an impressive back catalogue containing releases and collaborations with artists like: DJ Rush, Sven Wittekind, Robert Natus, Arkus P., Pet Duo, Frank Kvitta, DJ Amok, Sandy Warez, Patrik Skoog, Dj Ocram, Leo Laker aka Switchblade, O.B.I., ViperXXL, Matt M.Maddox, Ganez The Terrible, Waldhaus, DJ Mahatma, Patrick DSP, KillSwitch & Reset, SveTec, HardtraX, Richie Gee, X-Tension, Sepromatiq and many more.

Sublabels like: SW7, Hardtechno Invasion followed ...