To celebrate our landmark 20th release and 2nd Birthday we take on the new basement at Road trip with a line up of artists that have contributed to the label since its creation.
The rise of Tom Budden epitomises what can be achieved when a dance music obsessive
channels all that dancefloor enthusiasm wisely. By patiently building a reputation and not being afraid of the graft as well as the good times, he’s carved out an enviable position for himself as an in-demand DJ, producer, label owner and promoter.
Presenting a thoroughly modern sound that has furrowed paths at both the deeper and the more driving end of the spectrum, his DJ sets are renowned for being precision tuned perfectly for the vibe, the venue and time of night… or indeed day.
With a string of high profile gigs at UK clubs including Ministry of Sound, Sakneys, Shindig, matter at the 02 and Cocoon at The End, his international profile has taken off in recent years too. Whether it’s smashing it at Kristal in Romania, touring Australia and Asia alongside James Zabiela or joining James and Nic Fanciulli’s legendary DJ tag team at the Snowbombing festival in Austria.
He remains loyal to his hometown crowd in Southampton too, with an ongoing residency at the infamous High Tide Boat Parties, which he also helps promote. It was from this party pedigree that he took another major leap in 2008 and launched his own label, the respected ALiVE Recordings.
The label’s tenth release, Tom Budden – ‘The Tree Dance’ was a real milestone for both the imprint and its owner. It appealed to some of the finest ears from across the board and was snapped up for a range of CD mixes including Global Underground and Subliminal. You’ll also hear his touch on remixes including Tijuana’s ‘Groove Is In The Air’ for Bedrock, Danny Howells ‘Laid Out’ on Dig Deeper, James Zabiela ‘Blame’ on Renaissance and Simon Rogers ‘EC1M’ on Paolo Mojo's OOSH.
Tom’s popular ALiVE show on Proton Radio has been running for 7 years and he’s dropped successful guest mixes for internationally syndicated radio shows including John Digweed's Transitions, Carl Cox's Global and Mark Knight's Toolroom Knights.
If there was a textbook on building solid credentials for clubland success then Tom Budden should have written it. He’s methodically earned a position as one of the most exciting names in dance music, and his continued ascent looks as sure-fire as his enviable track record.
2010 saw the introduction of a new artist project. Ross Evana was born with an exciting new sound and 7 years experience of playing dance floors around the globe under his previous guise. His first track on Get Physical 'Ouija Board' peaked at number 12 on the Beatport house chart - a punchy techy sound that was a taste of things to come. Ross' new vision will incorporate his house roots into a unique tech sound set to be unveiled to the world.
Ross has played in many of the worlds' best venues, including including Womb Tokyo, Pacha NYC, Ministry Of Sound London & Singapore, Vanguard Hollywood, Vinyl Denver, Warung & D Edge Brazil, Mazoom Verona, Angels Of Love Napoli, Il Muretto Venice, We Love Space Terrace & Privelege Ibiza, The End, Ministry of Sound, Matter & The Key London and many more.
His new label Omerta Recordings will showcase his new productions as well as some of the scene's leading labels. Look out for a new wave of exciting music coming in 2010. There is plenty to come, as you will soon find out....
One of the unsung heroes of the UK house music scene, James Talk has gone from a fledgling producer and DJ championed by Pete Tong to a global star, gracing the world’s most respected labels and clubs on a regular basis. The 27-year-old Southampton talent has been DJing half his life, and over the last 7 years has carved a name for himself in the production world as one the most talented groove-makers around. Whether it’s the straight-up, chunky acid and tech house sound that he’s best known for, or the flashes of anthemic genius in his tracks with Ridney (Sunshyne and their Pet Shop Boys-approved rework of West End Girls both chosen as Tong’s Essential New Tunes), his productions are always filled with colour, character, and funk. Having graced world-leading labels like Get Physical, CR2, Bedrock, Noir, Saved and fabric in recent years, he’s kicked off the new decade in sterling form with his stomping, peak-time remix of M.A.N.D.Y. vs Booka Shade’s Donut – with the latter loving his version so much that they’ve asked him to remix their stone-cold classic Manderine Girl. In addition, he’s got releases coming up throughout 2010 on acclaimed labels like Blu-Fin, Great Stuff Recordings and Global Underground. After playing many of the world’s most revered clubs over the last two years – including Tokyo’s Womb, Chicago’s Spy Bar, London’s Ministry Of Sound, Manchester’s Sankeys and Toronto’s Footwork – he’ll be continuing to tour the globe extensively throughout 2010, with many more exciting plans afoot for the year. His successful Radio 1 Essential Mix from September 2009 will be followed on by a third guest mix for John Digweed’s Transitions show. In an age when the continental European sound dominates the house and techno scene, James Talk remains one of the UK’s brightest talents, reminding the world where tech house came from in the first place. A breath of fresh air from the droves of posturing scenesters and minimal chinstrokers, his is a sound which goes back to the visceral essentials.
Teva, aka classically trained producer, DJ and studio engineer Jay Gilbert is a name synonymous with the new wave of hot young UK DJ/Producers. Having already previously infiltrated the high ranks of the Dance world with a string of well received remixes and EP releases under his No Brainer moniker, Jay is ready to set the night on fire as his latest incarnation Teva. With Teva Jay will focus on his musical roots and his mastery of the piano, creating a more live and organic sound with both his productions and his live shows.
From an early age Jay was classically trained on the piano and a perfectly pitched ear allowed him the ability to replay anything he listened to on TV and radio. This gift was then taken and adapted to electronic music during his mid teens due to an intense interest in seminal acts such as Faithless, Massive Attack and Groove Armada.
During College Jay got to grips with production, learning to use a fully functioning analogue studio and experimenting with the likes of Logic and modern digital production equipment. This experience and knowledge was elevated by a 3year degree in music production and engineering, which Jay excelled in. During this time he began DJing heavily across the UK and gained his first signing and debut release to Jim Rivers’ Misfits label, a 2008 EP that gained heavy weight support from major players including Dubfire, Hernan Cataneo, Nick Warren and Steve Angello.
Currently enjoying success with a string of releases on burgeoning south coast label ALiVE Recordings under the No Brainer alias, Jay has been credited with support from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Yousef, James Talk and Joris Voorn. Jay has also scored a massive success with a number one DMC Buzz Chart placing of his killer remix of Groove Armada’s ‘I Won’t Kneel’, a partnership with his child hood heroes that looks set to continue in the near future.
Pedram Mehrshahi aka Pedramovich is young, polite and relatively unassuming – three factors which serve to hide an undeniable talent which is being steadily exposed via tracks and remixes for respected labels like Supernature, Alive Recordings, Hypercolour and Four:Twenty.
His production alias has seen him make fans of Anja Schneider, Paul Woolford, Nic Fanciulli, Slam, and countless others in just over 12 months and things are looking pretty rosy for the Sheffield based artist.
Born in Yazd, a desert city in Iran in 1986, Pedram was initially inducted into the world of electronic music by the likes of Pink Floyd and Jean Michel Jarre whose tape packs had pride of place in his dad’s collection – a place almost designed for every child to plunder. A move to what is arguably the electronic music capital of the UK, Sheffield, only fuelled his early interests, with labels like Warp and acts like LFO seeming like “neighbours” to not just Pedram, but most youngsters in the city.
The next parts of the chain are fairly typical, with commercially orientated acts like The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers acting like gateway drugs to the ‘hard stuff’, in this case the progressive-noir sound of Sasha and Digweed in the early half of the new millennium.
Tape packs and the grainy internet radio such as Groovetech (RIP) weren’t enough though, and Pedram was soon a regular fixture in the crowd of Sheffield clubbing institutions Urban Gorilla, Remedy and Scuba, where the promoters and residents turned a blind eye to his age and were happy to indulge the scarily informed and incredibly eager punter when it came to chatting about music. A passionate autodidact, the information, music and vibes of these nights were filtered by Pedram, and began to emerge as a desire to produce using Fruity Loops and whatever music software he could afford.
Early production attempts were handed to the aforementioned club residents, who tested them so that Pedram could find exactly the sounds he wanted and it wasn’t before long that the likes of James Zabiela and Paul Woolford were taking music away for their own sets. Fast forward just a few years to 2008 and this combination of dogged determination and happy accidents has led to a refined sound which combines deep house and techno with ambient electronica to make lush sounding grooves for the dancefloor. DJing, an area which has constantly provided him with influence, has also become something he has made his own with his sets echoing his fluid production and winning him gigs as far flung as India. A friend passed a CDR to Supernature label bosses and reknowned djs, Audiofly, and the hobby became a career in early 2009 – with Tom Budden’s Alive Recordings, Renaissance and more all releasing his music in some form.
Now signed to the Supernature DJ Agency and with even more labels expressing interest in the Iranian-Yorkshireman, he’s proving himself in fine style.
Starting his DJ career for the infamous High Tide boat parties as a willing understudy to Dj’s like James Zabiela, Nic Fancuilli and Raymundo Rodriguez, Mouj has honed a sound which has lead to him becoming one of the much loved Jaded residents, his energy and clean cut mixing of his early morning sets @ AKA/Ghost and now Cable have become the reason why many a after party punter happily forfeits their Sunday roast. Famous for his acid house finales and his completely irreverent mixing of genres and decades, Mouj is fast becoming a name with that infectious vibe you cannot ignore.
Playing a groove laden mix of house and techno with a constant underlying
energy Mouj is as happy playing the warm up as he is closing a full on knees
up. This versatility has lead to him becoming one of the resident Dj’s for ALiVE.
Production has seen Mouj take his musical philosophy from behind the decks to the studio. Although it is early days his output is rapidly establishing his own unique sound that is receiving praise from all members of the house music fraternity. With a remix for Groove Armada under his belt this year 2010 looks like there is plenty more to come.
With forth coming original releases on ALiVE, Electric Sheep Recordings, Cubism. His productions are rapidly establishing him as one of the UK's bastions of underground dance music.
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