Keith Tenniswood (aka Radioactive Man and one half of Two Lone Swordsmen alongside Andrew Weatherall) has been privy to
some of the most twisted machine funk to emanate from the UK in the last decade, and has hooked up with production partner Billy
Nasty for the project Radionasty. Billy has taken techno to the world via his DJ sets and Tortured label.
Radioactive Man (aka Keith Tenniswood) began his musical career, aged nine, when his father thrust a guitar in his hand. Destiny
also took charge when he met up with Jagz Kooner and Andrew Weatherall - The Sabres Of Paradise - at night-clubs like 'The
Drum Club', 'Full Circle' and 'Sabresonic' and began working with Weatherall manipulating the front of house sound on the Sabres
Having been an integral part in the Weatherall studio set up, it seemed a natural step that upon the demise of Sabres, Weatherall
and Tenniswood should arise from the debris and form their own production team, the Two Lone Swordsmen. In 1996 they released
their first album together as the Swordsmen, entitled 'The Fifth Mission-Return To The Flightpath Estate' on Weatherall’s own
Emissions imprint. They have since recorded for Warp Records and Rotters Golf Club.
Outside of the Two Lone Swordsmen, Tenniswood leant his talents to David Holmes’ 'Lets Get Killed' album and has also worked
with The Aloof, Primal Scream and Red Snapper. He released his debut album also titled “Radioactive Man” on Rotters Golf Club,
in September 2001. The album received many plaudits (amongst them, “One of the UK’s most underrated DJ/producers”) and
established him as a producer in his own right, disassociating him from the 2 Lone Swordsman moniker. He has since released the
album ‘Booby Trap’ and today he can be found DJing in the UK and overseas most weekends, and still finds the time to work on his
own label Control Tower which he set-up with Simon Brown, aka The Dexorcist.
20 years is a long time in electronic music, but that’s how long British techno DJ Billy Nasty has been at the forefront of the game.
From early beginnings in London’s acid house scene to the huge global following he enjoys today, Billy’s continual hunger for new
music, combined with his extensive experience, has made him one of the scene’s most enduring and in-demand figures. And with a
current residency at BLOC festival plus a string of new releases coming up, Billy shows no signs of slowing down soon.
Emerging from a background playing rare groove and funk, Billy’s first forays into house appeared during his residency at London’s
The Brain Club, alongside Lost founder Steve Bicknell. Meanwhile, he manned the tills at Zoom, one of the capital’s most important
record shops, soaking up everything from American house and techno to the emerging strains of British progressive and early
European trance. Quickly making an impact, he was asked to contribute the first volume of the seminal ‘Journeys By DJs’ series –
gaining him entry into the Guinness book of records for being the first DJ to produce a commercially available mix.
As the dance scene of the early 90s splintered into numerous subgenres, Billy’s profile sky-rocketed, resulting in regular slots at
famed London clubs Final Frontier, Open All Hours, The Drum Club and Strutt. Collaborating with a handful of likeminded friends,
Billy’s studio work started to reach the public’s ears, and by 1995, he was jetting across the globe every weekend, spinning at many
of the most famous clubs and festivals in dance music history.
Around this time, he formed his own agency, Theremin, and was responsible in no small part for introducing the wider world to
the talents of now-huge European DJs such as Adam Beyer, Marco Carola and Joel Mull. Meanwhile, his first label, Tortured,
showed the development of his style into a harder, purer form of techno, and quickly became one of the genre’s most influential and
prominent imprints. This was followed in 2001 by Electrix, where Billy released more experimental techno and electro from artists
including Umek, The Advent and Carl Finlow. Again, this quickly became one of the leading labels in its field, and remained so until
its closure in 2006.
Having decided to wind down his labels to concentrate on DJing and studio work, Billy has spent most of the 21st century doing
the same as he always has – sourcing out the freshest, most innovative, dancefloor sounds to spin. Incorporating the recent trends
towards minimalism, along with dubstep, electro and classically-styled techno into his seamlessly-mixed style, Billy is a regular
guest at Fabric, and holds a residency for the UK’s hugely acclaimed electronic music festival, BLOC, whilst continuing to travel the
globe for gigs each and every weekend.
As electronic music continues to splinter and evolve deep into the future, one thing is certain – Billy and Keith will be right there in
the thick of it, doing what they do best. They kicked off the proceedings at the beginning of this year with the release of Radio 3 on
the well received EPM 10 Compilation closely followed by a formidable DJ debut at the promotions company and label’s revered
Off-Sonar Party. Later this year two more tracks, Radio 1 and 2, are set to be released on fabric’s musical directer and long time
resident Craig Richard’s label TYRANT giving the pair the vinyl platform that these tracks deserve.
Friday 28th October 2011
RadioNasty - Billy Nasty vs Radioactive Man
Wolfjazz (Trade Union)
@ The Caves. Niddry Street South, Edinburgh
11pm - 3am
£5 in advance or b4 12