Ste Roberts, Ryan Hope, Paul Bardsley
Brought together through a mutual love of design and music, VOLUME was set up shortly before we graduated in Graphic Design as a platform for the both of us to collaborate on various projects ranging from humble club flyers and record sleeve artwork through to large scale corporate branding.
Whilst bopping away and working on various projects together we would always joke about putting on our own night with friends and like minded people who we think deserve to be heard. Them playing quality house and techno and us making things look pretty. And now we're doing it.
So what makes us different? Um... Well not a lot really we suppose. We just want to throw a party, do some nice flyers and let the people we know play some good, quality music. Some of these people are well established friends as well as well established names, plus the parties are to be held in Shoreditch's lush Light bar.
The fun and the music are the priorities, we're not about playing 'pop techno' or the same old sounding 'plinky-plonky' tracks all night long. We're all about quality music, we're bloody anal music snobs to be fair, and we know that the people playing are too. Besides, it's an excellent place to start your evening or carry on from the night before.
A nomadic, upfront and ever-changing vehicle for expression, Immigrant Records was founded almost a decade ago by Robin Porter in the sun kissed state of California.
Immigrant's focus on young up-and-coming artists sees them pitted alongside some highly respected producers of the moment, and has enjoyed success releasing house and techno productions from some of the industry's most exciting international producers, including John Tejada, John Dahlback, Alland Byallo, Jens Bond and Todd Bodine, to name but a few, as well as featuring consistently fresh remixes from the likes of Jay Haze, Michal Ho, Anja Schneider, Barem, Alejandro Vivanco, Polder; the list goes on.
Recently, the label boasts a freshly signed exclusive roster of often previously unheard artists from across the globe – young guns such as Subb-an, Santos Resiak, Mr Statik and Felipe Venegas lead the way in giving more established artists a run for their money.
Immigrant upholds a brilliant philosophy that stresses the importance of artist development and the creation of a family unit. Quality music; quality representation; a celebratory ethos. Onwards and upwards in royal fashion!
We hope to see you all there, old friends and new.
• STE ROBERTS
Ste Roberts caught the music bug back in 2000 as part of the cleverly named DJ duo Private Parts, hosting a number of parties in the north of England.
2003 saw a blur of activity and after being selected as winners of the monthly i-DJ Raw Talent mix competition; winners of the ‘Nu-breed’ DJ competition at Stereo in Newcastle; being interviewed on BBC Radio 1 and playing at Leeds Masterpeace Festival, Private Parts parted ways in 2004 to follow their own musical directions.
Ste Roberts gained work experience at Leeds based house label 2020 VISION, working alongside Ralph Lawson. A job in local independent record shop Tribe Records quickly followed, where Ste served up the finest electronic music to the likes of Paul Woolford and Matt Tolfrey on a regular basis, as well as visits from guests such as Magda, John Tejada and Doc Martin.
In spring 2005 Ste was invited to play at Technique [http://www.technique.org.uk] for their KOMPAKT Records party with dance music legends The Orb and new kid on the block Dominik Eulberg. Ste was asked to become resident at new electronica night Room 237 [http://www.rm237.co.uk] in 2005, and sets at events such as Superconductor, Surroundz and Dirty Disco saw him play alongside Luke Vibert, Squarepusher, Michael Mayer and Radioslave, amongst others.
Having begun to work for top underground house and techno label Immigrant Records in 2006, Ste became integral to the label’s re-growth and when re-developing the team in 2008, head honcho Robin Porter chose Ste for the position of A&R manager. Such access to a wealth of previously unheard music has meant that Ste’s record bag is now more than ever equipped with rare and unshared sounds, often outed at the label’s T-bar residency.
With a new focus on ensuring that the Immigrant Records output is amongst the most cutting edge of its time, 2008 was an eventful year for an ever-learning and musically maturing Ste, with 2009 yet to continue on upwards with a foray into production. Watch this space.
• RYAN HOPE
Ryan Hope originally started his DJing career whilst at University in Leeds, he became a resident for the after hours of pioneering club night Technique and then later moved to London where he now works as event manager for Immigrant Records and PR Superstar for Pete’s 50th.
During recent years he has been seen playing alongside the likes of MANDY, Matthew Dear, Craig Richards, Max Essa, Santos Resiak & King ROC.
Paul’s love for electronic music began at an early age, first taking to the decks in his teens. Bemusing Stockton residents with Underground Techno he played almost every week before he should have legally been in a licensed venue. Following years of collecting records, a strong love for all forms of electronic music became cemented.
Currently residing in London, Bardsley keeps himself busy in the studio recording and producing music plus working on sound design for short movies. He is also responsible for co-promoting and DJing at Dalston based night ‘Pete’s 50th’ The wide range of sounds that his sets consist of can be heard at Pete’s 50th, covering Trip-Hop and Electronica through to Disco, House and Techno.
Productions from PB have been released on Paris based label S-Sens, Australian label Bellarine and The Disclosure Project Recordings. Underneath the guises ‘The Ugly Twins’ and ‘Super Computer’ Paul has collaborated releasing tracks for riffraff and Reticent Recordings.
Before moving to London Bardsley was a resident for the highly successful *riffraff night based in Middlesbrough and has also played many gigs up and down the UK for nights including Nish Nish @ London, Goodgreef @ Yarm, Fraction & WHQ @ Newcastle, Gagged @ Manchester, Dulcet Beats @ London, Mayhem @ Middlesbrough, and also been featured on National Radio station Galaxy FM as a Nu:Breed DJ.
International bookings over recent years have seen Mr B play many sets in Ibiza at Plastik, The Orange Corner, Hush, Kanya, Savannahs and Benimussa Zoo. Further to Ibiza Paul has also played Shove @ Neu Chatel, Switzerland and appear on American radio show LRCN.
With a stem of fresh productions waiting to be released and a whole host of gigs lined up in the big smoke, this is proving to be a very eventful year for Paul Bardsley.
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