|Posted: 24 Jul 2010 19:07 Post subject: LDN / 30JUL / TECH:DRIVE @ IMW with Makaton, Voidloss etc
RITMIKA presents TECH:DRIVE
@ ISLINGTON METAL WORKS
7 Torrens Street / Angel / London / EC1V 1NQ
6 with flyer or before midnight - 8 otherwise
Beyond cheap tricks and fancy concepts TECH:DRIVE is a straightforward platform for an
unspoilt techno expression.
Keeping a distance from the trendy club culture where dancefloor has long lost it's
purpose TECH:DRIVE is powered by a simple intention of putting the music and the dance
back on the forefront.
TECH:DRIVE aims to provide an environment where techno artists can directly connect to the
audience while performing in an integral fashion free from the predefined expectations
they are invariably facing in an average nightclub.
TECH:DRIVE testing grounds will be the legendary Islington Metal Works (otherwise known as
Slimelight and Electrowerkz) which is an atmospheric warehouse space just behind the Angel
ISLINGTON METAL WORKS
[Rodz-Konez / Token / RSB / House Of God]
Birmingham born Makaton has greatly contributed to the city's reputation of the industrial
techno stronghold. Starting with 1999 Makaton's own label Rodz-Konez has been serving as
the sole outlet for his one-of-the-kind sound apart from a couple of recent releases put
out by Token and RSB. Although Makaton's music can generally be described as dark and
industrial there's a lot of variety and progression to be heard throughout his releases as
it's all about pushing foward for the man. Having no interest in DJing Makaton is known
for his expressive live sets with a heavy peak hour dancefloor appeal.
[Singularity Recordings / DirtyBass Records / DirtyBass
Voidloss is the name given to the main musical output of a multi-faceted artist with a
long and diverse music history starting with industrial bands in the early nineties,
through to becoming a key player within the infamous United Systems free party network in
the UK's rave/warehouse scene, and eventually forming the commercially successful
international hit label DirtyBass Records, as well as a studio providing mastering
services, production and live PA tutoring.
Abandoning the easy commercial path and returning to the underground Voidloss is the
deeper, darker side to the artist infusing cinematic musicality with an unbridled approach
to the strangely compelling occult arena always looking to incorporate new sounds and
genres into the creative process and focus it through the eyes of techno. The project has
garnered acclaim with his own imprint Singularity Recordings as well as releases on
Surface Recordings, Dynamic Reflection, Labyrinth, Subsist, Hard Signal and more.
Voidloss' live PA combines an endless changing pallette of sounds, rhythmic structures and
soundscapes into emotionally charged techno imagery providing something more than just a
mix of beats. You can expect an explorative and ritualistic journey for the mind as well
as the feet.
[Aftertaste Recordings / Singularity Recordings / Detatched /
Manchester's native Casual Violence is steadily gaining a reputation for his organically
deep, hypnotic and emotionally dark techno based music. Never 100% aimed at the dancefloor
but rather focused on subtle and gradual build-up of rhythmic energies, textures and
atmospheres his productions and live sets require a degree of time and thought from the
Using turntables for over 15 years Casual's mixing is tight and solid and while track
selection is generally more dancefloor-friendly than his live sets it still stays much on
the deeper side of electronic music. He is currently holding DJ residencies at the UKs
much respected techno club Detatched as well as Hemlock Nights over in Amsterdam.
Production-wise Casual Violence is working on a new material for his own forthcoming vinyl
imprint Self and is a regular on both UK's digital Singularity Recordings and Dutch
Aftertaste Recordings where his full debut EP "Why So Few" was well received. Other
notable releases of late include the Blackhaus EP on Detatched and his recent remix of
Inigo Kennedys "China Rising" on Rodz-Konez.
[Duality / Labrynth / Jactation Records / Detatched]
Systemic's first experiences of electronic music were provided by the legendary Orbit club
in Morley where he would religiously spend every possible weekend absorbing the
frequencies of the world's finest techno and electro artists inspiring him to master the
art of DJing. He soon started to receive his first bookings going on to win a DJ
competition that secured sets at events around the country. Having already studied music
from a young age Systemic proceeded with obtaining a degree in Music Technology & Audio
With both being regulars at the Eastern Bloc Records shop in Manchester Systemic's music
found its way to Martin Wareham resulting in a series of successful EPs on Jactation
Records during 2006-2008. Gradually Systemic started to release on various other labels
including the Portuguese imprint Labrynth run by Michaelangelo with his tracks being
remixed by the likes of Phase, Paul Mac, Paul Damage and Sir Real. Finally 2009 marks the
establishment of Duality - a platform for Systemic's own output alongside talented and
cutting edge artists from around the world.
[Detatched / Ante-Rasa / Limetree]
Since breaking into the UK rave scene in 2001 Calvin Whittaker aka Siege been playing all
over the country and has established himself as a DJ with creative and ultra tight mixing
style. Just like both of his mates Systemic and Cas Vio he is also a resident of the UK's
finest techno night Detatched.
Sieges has also been into production side of things for the last 5 years and has recently
started to put out his own releases. Having a wide range of influences Siege favours an
experimental approach to his productions often blending the elements of various styles and
sub genres while retaining a firm dancefloor appeal. Siege also records and performs under
the name Solitude Suite alongside Casual Violence.
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