Line-up /Paul Daley, Andy Barton, Neil Clark, Graeme Binnie, Bruce Anderson
We are a little bit overjoyed to announce that next up on the Headway turntables will be very special guest and one half of Leftfield, PAUL DALEY!
Paul has been on Dance music’s frontline since the release of Leftfield’s debut single ‘Not Forgotten’ in 1989. With partner Neil Barnes, the duo went onto become one of the most globally successful and respected acts in Dance music, along the way shaping styles and creating sounds that have influenced heavily and been borrowed from literally. As a DJ, remixer and producer in his own right, Paul employs the same approach to being different, fresh and exciting as he has throughout his vocation and the success he has enjoyed has come through an absolute understanding of the music, the clubs and the people.
As dance acts go they don’t come any bigger and few have had such an enormous impact on the international scene. By not repeating themselves, Leftfield delivered two key albums - for which they received Brit & Mercury nominations for Best UK Dance Acts in both 1996 & 2000 - that helped shift Dance music’s sound into new and dynamic phases and as such the reputation and the respect that the name Leftfield still commands to this day, is literally second to none
Since Leftfield parted ways in 2001, Paul has been in demand as a DJ, remixer and producer in his own right, turning out killer dancefloor ammunition for, among others, Slam (‘Alien Radio’), Dub Pistols (‘Six Million Ways’) and Bolz Bolz (‘Take A Walk’ - which went on to be synched to a Smirnoff commercial), plus the sunset-tinted ‘Adios Ayer‘ for long-time friend Jose Padilla (Café Del Mar) and a rework of Massive Attack’s ‘Butterfly Caught’. In 2004 he produced a single for the curious alliance of funk renegade Afrika Bambaata and robo-synth-pop pioneer Gary Numan, who teamed up on a new version of Numan’s 1979 track ‘Metal’, resulting in an electro floor-curler with a commanding presence.
Paul has been operating in the shadows for the last ten years, DJ'ing and remixing whilst putting the finishing touches to his solo album, due out in 2010. He is just as comfortable playing cutting edge electronics to 200 kids in a sweaty warehouse as he DJ'ing to large festival crowds.
When Paul DJ’s, it’s still predominantly a diverse mixture of electronically infused Techno, House and beyond. The linear connection being the all important funk and sonic subversive element. But appreciating so many different types of music, has always made it hard to pinpoint Paul Daley as a particular style DJ (or producer, or remixer…) and is key to his ability at keeping a dancefloor on the edge.
Paul understands and encourages new music from underground labels from all over the world, anyone who comes to listen to a set should not expect to hear some kind of 90’s revival (he didn't hold down a 3 year residency at Fabric for nothing...), his sets and records represent an energy of someone half his age with twice as much musical experience.
Anyone fortunate enough to catch his summer residency at Ibiza’s uber cool country club ”The Underground” over the last 5 years bears witness to this.
Those who have heard Paul play understand his love and sincerity to the music. This has always outweighed taking an obvious commercial route as a DJ and this attitude continues to this day.