DiscoPhobia returns to its residency and East London home - Horse & Groom welcoming on decks its guest Claire Ripley (Highgrade/Dessous).
Claire Ripley (Highgrade/Dessous)
Gwen (Space Breakes Records)
Anya Freespirit (DiscoPhobia)
DiscoPhobia - the Darker Shade of Disco is London-based party, which consistently redefines its own musical boundaries, but best represented by shades and varieties of house music, from etherial and deep to techier, darker varieties. Sonic binaries, both soft and strong are blurring the spectrum between light and shadow, creating new shades and colours and filling previously empty places with new forever evolving meanings while staying faithful to its true source - house music. With a curiosity of a growing adolescent DiscoPhobia sticks its mischievous fingers in whatever musical jar it wants to explore in never ending search for its true self while staying faithful to its origin and deeper varieties of house.
Claire Ripley (Highgrade/Dessous)
Over the past 3 years Claire has stormed in to the House and Techno scene with an array of stunning releases with her first major E.P getting signed to Steve Bug’s highly respected imprint Dessous Recordings.
With 2010 being a big year for Claire she went on to also feature for several other labels such as Neurotraxx, Dogmatik Records and Geddes London based Murmur having her huge hit ‘Slow Loris’ remixed by Solomun which gained respect and plays from none other than Richie Hawtin. 2011 saw Claire pushing the same tempo with a strong output of releases on Gorge’s Katchuli and 1Trax including a remix of Robert Owens, as well as playing on the Circoloco parties in Maidstone and at Fabric.
Away from having her tracks signed to some of the worlds biggest labels she is also the head of Phobic Records. Since the labels start in 2008 it has showcased some of the best international artists on the scene with the likes of Tim Green, Chris Lattner, Ekkohaus, Alex Arnout and Inxec. The work that has featured on the label over the years has seen massive support from top DJ’s worldwide from the likes of Seth Troxler, Dubfire, Magda, Slam, Simon Baker, Laurent Garnier, Matt Tolfrey, Nic Fanciulli, Gabriel Ananda and more.
2012 sees Claire releasing on a number of other well respected labels including Highgrade Records in Berlin and an e.p on Wiggle including Nathan Coles and Terry Francis remixes alongside new production partner Zeitgeist. Claire’s success continues in 2012 with appearances not just across the UK but also worldwide.
Its easy to see why Claire was selected as “Keep an eye on” in Mixmag and described as “Very impressive stuff” by DJ Mag.
Gwen (Space Breaks Records)
Each person has his personal vision of music, particularly through his records collection, based in London Gwen is one of them, he holds an incredible collection & dops it over the years ...
Disco, Brazilian music, jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, deep house & House classics, all his travels around the globe allows him to dig rare tracks.
Born in 1973, he fell in love with house music in 1991, while listening to NYC imported mixtapes from Tony Humphries. This important discovery will leave a definite impact on his musical path.
Then, refining his style, he began production work, buying his first drum machine having in mind the works of Kerri Chandler, Todd Terry and Kenny Dope who he considers as quintessential for him.
His first track released on Yellow Productions in a Kenlou style, he then started his own Deep House label « Space Breaks Records » with a unique imprint, Deep, Raw, Rough which directly acquires real legitimacy with some key artists in the deep house scène like Ron Trent, Kerri Chandler, Dj Deep, James Johnston, Andre Lodemann or Jimpster...
He runs through clubs in London, Manchester, Hard Times in Leeds, New York, Paris, Croatia, Germany, Spain ... In the way to leave a mark & a footprint as he says.
His biggest pleasure is to share the happiness that the music is giving him with as many as many people around him as possible.
This is an important reason for him to keep developing his skills and sound further as both producer and an artist.
Tomas Karkalas aka Tomee have always had strong affinity for music. His first major exposure to electronic music was with his discovery of Sutemos.net netlabel, a mixture of ldm/ambient/dub/techno sound and in particularly Intelligent Toys compilations caused a dependence on sound that later in life grew into severe addiction.
Tom's ifirst encounter of proper, big raves happened when he set his foot in London with his introduction to warehouse parties and big clubs . But it was Fabric that had a major influence on his evolving music taste. That was the place where he spent endless hours lost in sounds realizing that the only spot in the club he would want to be the most was DJ booth. Tom's condition has worsened and Fabric was to blame on his decision to buy his first pair of decks. This was a point of no return.
Currently a student of SAE and future sound engineer Tom found himself exactly in place where he imagined - DJ booth. Besides having started his DJing career relatively recently he already found himself playing in Bar Sia, loft of MOS, but also Aquarium and CAMP in East London.
Tom's music style is diverse from minimalistic groovy housy stuff to underground, deep, hypnotic and broken beat techno with producers like Surgeon, Lucy, Marcel Dettman, but also Seth Troxler, Martin Buttrich and Villalobos being his major influence.
Tom is currently a resident and a part of DiscoPhobia family.