Mano Le Tough

A little patience goes a long way. Mano Le Tough (a.k.a. Niall Mannion) is proof of that. The Irish-born DJ, producer, and label owner is one of the most celebrated names in underground house and techno but his ascent didn’t happen overnight. As recently as a few years ago, Mano was just another expat DJ eking out a meager living in Berlin. Although Mano had first acquired a taste for dance music back in Ireland, Berlin was a place where he could finally get behind the decks on a regular basis—it wasn’t long before he was playing up to three nights a week and throwing his own party, Passion Beat. Mano’s eclectic style, which often includes forays into assorted strains of house, techno, disco, new wave, and more, is the direct byproduct of his many long nights in the DJ booth.

It was in Berlin that his production talents truly blossomed. Mano soon began releasing 12-inches for a variety of labels including Prins Thomas’ Internasjonal, Tensnake’s Mirau, and Ben Watt’s Buzzin’ Fly. Mano really began to turn heads once he began to incorporate his own voice into the mix. By infusing his dancefloor creations with elements of intimate, heartfelt pop, Mano not only stood out from the crowd—he also caught the ear of Permanent Vacation, who issued his widely lauded debut full-length, Changing Days, in 2013 as well as its follow-up, Trails in 2015. The last few years have seen him make the proverbial “leap” and become a staple of the international DJ circuit and with his undying commitment to his craft it doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon.