Going into our third year of parties, we continue to push the best of the underground in Swansea. This month we invite a man responsible for giving Maya Jane Coles her first break; Alex Arnout has collaborated on productions with Jamie Jones and Clive Henry ( among others) and has played at the hottest clubs in the world including DC10 and Fabric.
Having started his DJ career in Spain, and in the humble surroundings of many a local bar, the nineties were spent learning the basic skills so often lacking in todayâ€™s break-through â€˜DJsâ€™. Eventually catching the ear of someone that mattered, Arnout began playing more familiar outposts like DC: 10 and Pin Up in Ibiza, Dance Valley in Amsterdam and Circo Loco in London. On top of that, his finely sequenced journeys through all things house have also won him a residency at Londonâ€™s definitive Sunday session, Fuse, as well as gigs at the most revered of them all... fabric.
A pure passion for 4/4 (which has been burning ever since first hearing House Sounds of Chicago albums in the mid eighties) naturally lead Alex to begin experimenting with his beloved sound in the studio. Over the course of the last decade, the fruits of said labours have been bountiful: there have been releases alongside Daz I Kue from Bugs in the Attic; with an old school friend by the name of Leiam Sullivan as Ceramix (with whom he remixed Peace Division and Low End Specialists and earned a No.1 on Pete Tongâ€™s Essential Buzz chart with 'Can You Dance?') and more recently under his given name on Adam Shelton and Subb-anâ€™s fast-rising Brum label, One Records. The track was 'Vanishing Point' - a prowling deep house record lapped up by the likes of Visionquest that is indicative of his analogue aesthetic overall.
Aiming simply to â€œmake great musicâ€, there have also been collabs with Jamie Jones and Clive Henry for the hotter-than-hot Hot Waves crew, whilst EPs for Composite and Vitalik and another collaborative effort with Clive - this time as Black to The Future - have also been confirmed and can be added to the myriad Arnout reworks included on the recent Rebel Rave compilation on Crosstown Rebels. All those accomplishments are commendable on their own, but one of the most important roles Arnout plays in the contemporary electronic scene is as label boss and A&R man for his own decidedly individually label, Dogmatik.
Having inadvertently launched the career of Maya Jane Coles by releasing her first releases, Dogmatik can also count the likes of Glimpse, Peace Division, Afrilounge, Tom Demac, Mark E, Ed Davenport, Stojche and Claire Ripley amongst its friends given the releases and remixes they have contributed to the labelâ€™s catalogue since its inception in 2006. â€œMy ethos is to find fresh talent and push them into the scene, always backed by quality remixersâ€ says Alex of the label he runs; the label which has held memorable parties both at Sonar and in Ibiza during recent years. More and more often stepping out of the shadows of engineering, collaborating or running a label, then, the accomplished Arnout is making himself evermore an impossible talent to ignore.