Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:19 pm Post subject: LOEFAH (Swamp 81), Kirk Degiorgio and Francois K.
Celebrate your love of all things dub, dubstep, techno, and generally outer-spacey. Join Deep Space for a Valentine's celebration featuring a rare stateside appearance from Loefah and Kirk Degiorgio alongside resident DJ Francois K. Monday, FEB. 13 at Deep Space.
The seminal work of producer pioneer, Loefah has been formative in the creation and development of the now worldwide scene of dubstep. Along with his partners, Mala and Coki, he started and continues to run the now infamous DMZ brand. His own production was initially well known for his much respected bass weight and half time beat patern, well illustrated by his productions such as 'Horror Show', 'Mud' and 'Ruffage'.
Though still part and parcel of DMZ, in 2009, he started his own label called Swamp81 which better reflected his developing direction in underground music. As "dubstep" grew further and further from its roots and became increasingly commercial, Loefah turned his attention to an emergent new hive of creativity to create the home label, Swamp 81. With a steady stream of output from the likes of Kryptic minds, Skream, Pinch, Ramadanman, Addison groove, Instra:mental, Boddika and FaultyDL, it became increasingly clear that Swamp81 is dedicated to the promotion of subcultural bass music rather than dubstep music per se. The releases display a like minded dedication to weighty electronic music and that is what has made the ripples world wide for this label, winner of the best new label in at the dubstep awards 2010.
Reflecting the eclecticism, Swamp81 releases are being supported by a variation of DJs such as Atrak, Josh Wink, Joy Orbison, Ricardo Villalobos, Giles Peterson, Kode9, Benji B, and many more.
Whilst Loefah continues to tour viraciously through clubland, his music increasingly progresses into new territory, pushing the sound of swamp81 and the uk’s underground scene in general.
Every year a newcomer bursts out of the underground to break through to the mainstream DJ scene. Except this year, the newcomer is an experienced producer with 25 yrs of DJing experience behind him.
Alongside producing for labels such as Planet E, Rush Hour, R&S, Versatile, Mo Wax, etc - Degiorgio's 25 year DJ career has been carefully nurtured.Over the past months Degiorgio has played ecstatically received sets at a list of clubs the envy of any DJ tour; iconic venues such as Fabric, Ministry Of Sound, Berghain, Trouw, Cielo, plus the world's most important techno festival: Movement in Detroit.
In a highly publicised recent development, Kirk has teamed up with Ben Sims – another of the UK's most respected DJ's – to create Machine – a regular club night in London with International editions in the world's top cities. Machine focuses on new music only with guests carefully selected from the worlds best DJ talent and state-of-the-art visuals from A/V artist Mox. A Machine label will be releasing material from the residents Degiorgio and Sims, plus selected guests.
Degiorgio's ART label has once again become the label to watch for the finest in pure Techno – launching a Dance Division to accommodate the stream of peak-time anthems by Degiorgio, The Third Man, Paul Mac plus remixes from Carl Craig, Vince Watson, Ian O'Brien, TJ Kong and more. Degiorgio's EP's for ART, Detroit's Planet E label and huge club remixes for TJ Kong, Clara Moto, Martin Buttrich and others have been hammered by everybody from DJ Hell, Laurent Garnier, Kenny Larkin, Richie Hawtin, etc.
With his highly acclaimed podcasts for Bleep43, Bodytonic, Littlewhiteearbuds, ClubbingSpain, Infinitestatemachine, MixMag Russia and his monthly Sound Obsession show for RBMA Radio, Degiorgio is quite simply the name on everyone's lips.
FRANCOIS K.'s BIOGRAPHY:
Born and raised in France, François Kevorkian's passion for music led to playing the drums during his teen years. He moved to the United States in 1975, where he hoped to find more challenging situations than those back home. Due to the heavy competition for any gig as a drummer in those days, he instead tried his hand at becoming a DJ in underground New York City clubs, around 1976. His career then skyrocketed, and he quickly made this his full-time occupation, although some work was at more commercial venues such as the club New York, New York in 1977. He taught himself tape editing and started making disco medleys, some of which are still popular to this day, such as Rare Earth's "Happy Song". By 1978, he was offered a position doing A&R for the then-nascent dance indie record label Prelude Records, which immediately allowed him to go into the studio and do remixes. His first remix, of a Patrick Adams production, "In The Bush" by Musique became a wild success both in clubs and on the radio. It was the first of many remixes that helped Prelude define the sound of New York's dance music, including many memorable songs, such as "You're The One For Me' and "Keep On" by D-Train, and "Beat The Street" by Sharon Redd. His stint at Prelude ended in 1982, the same year where he collected the most number one singles in Billboard's Dance Music Chart, which included his remixes of now-classic songs such as "Situation" by Yazoo, and "Go Bang" by Dinosaur L.
During that time, he was privileged enough to play as a guest DJ at such legendary venues as the Paradise Garage, The Loft, Better Days, Studio 54, Les Mouches, Buttermilk Bottom, and AM-PM, as well as a residency at New Jersey's Club Zanzibar on Fridays for over a year. The great success of his remixes led him to record producing, and his first work was the Snake Charmer EP for Island Records, utilizing an all-star cast of Jah Wobble, The Edge, Holger Czukay, and Jaki Liebezeit. His career as a remixer and producer led him to work or collaborate with many more mainstream artists, such as Eurythmics, Diana Ross, U2, Kraftwerk, Mick Jagger, Ashford & Simpson, The Cure, Midnight Oil, Jimmy Cliff, Foreigner, Jean Michel Jarre, Jan Hammer, The Fatback Band, Bunny Wailer, The Smiths, Pet Shop Boys, Cabaret Voltaire, and culminated in his involvement in mixing all of Kraftwerk's 1986 studio album, Electric Café. He mixed Depeche Mode biggest-selling album, Violator as well as many of their 12" club remixes.
During this time he decided to build his own recording studio, Axis Studios, which ironically shared the same building as Studio 54. It quickly turned into a major commercial operation. Due to the pressures of studio work, he had abandoned DJing around 1983 to dedicate himself to recording and mixing full-time, but couldn't stay away from the turntables, and started spinning again in early 1990. By that time, the scene had really become much more international, and he quickly was able to start traveling and gaining much exposure overseas, including Japan. He toured there, DJ'ing with Larry Levan in the Summer of 1992 (the 'Harmony Tour') right before Levan's death in November of that same year. The demand for his DJ appearances led him to start traveling to many of the best club venues around the world, including London's 'Ministry Of Sound' and 'Fabric', Japan's 'Spacelab Yellow', Ibiza's 'Pacha' and 'Space', as well as Italy's 'Angels Of Love' and many large-scale festivals, in countries spanning the entire globe.
By 1995, he went on to start an eclectic independent record label, Wave Music which allowed him to find an outlet for his own creative endeavours, including the FK-EP, as well as signing records by Abstract Truth, Floppy Sounds, and a slew of other electronic music releases. Then in 1996, he (along with partner John Davis) became involved in starting what arguably became one of New York's most revered weekly parties, Body&SOUL which took place every Sunday afternoon at Club Vinyl (6 Hubert Street), playing along with co-resident DJ's Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell and Danny Krivit for a mixed crowd of ecstatic and faithful dancers from all over the world. The 'Body&SOUL' sound, a unique soulful mix of very organic and spiritual dance music grooves, led to the release of a successful compilation series by the same name.
His career as an artist did not stop evolving, as he rekindled his interest for a more electronic sound, and the release of his Sonar Music set in 2002 marked a turning point; he started playing a much edgier and futuristic style, with more to do with techno and dub than the house sound he was mostly identified with as a DJ until that time. In 2002, he also started touring along with Detroit techno legend Derrick May, playing sets together as the 'Cosmic Twins'. His recent appearances at Berlin's Tresor, Manchester's Warehouse Project and London's Fabric have helped gain him many younger fans that may not have been aware of his previous work, which in turn has led to the timely Summer 2006 release of a compilation CD, entitled 'Frequencies', (Wavetec), which takes the listener on a grand tour of the types of electronic music sounds he has been championing of late, from electro and more minimal sounds to 'big-room' house and techno.
In April 2003, he also started a DJ residency at a new weekly Monday night event in New York City called Deep Space NYC, now in its eighth year, and which focuses on the dub aesthetic in all of its forms. His work at Deep Space has generated numerous awards including Clubworld Awards' prestigious "Best Resident DJ" award the the "Best Party" label from Time Out NY, the Village Voice and NY Magazine. The musical scope there is extremely eclectic, ranging from spaced-out techno to the deepest reggae, dubstep, hip-hop as well as drum & bass, house, and cosmic disco sounds. This led to the 2005 release of ‘Deep Space NYC Vol. 1’, a mixed CD featuring several of his own original productions (along with Jamaican dub legends Mutabaruka and U-Roy); he also recently did notable remixes for Moloko, Yoko Ono, Cesaria Evora, Nina Simone, as well as much for his own label. In 2005, he was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame as both a remixer and DJ and he completed an epic 3-CD mixed compilation for Ministry Of Sound.
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