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Deep SF Innovators Series presents Lovebirds photo gallery
Friday, July 20th marks the return of the DEEP Innovators Series. This time we welcome the first California appearance of the Lovebirds along with Fred Everything, and Marques Wyatt! Tickets will be available via Resident Advisor.
// Lovebirds //
Lovebirds is the solo project of Hamburg resident Sebastian ‘Basti’ Doering. Although the Lovebirds name has burst onto the scene relatively recently, Basti is no beginner in the production game. Basti formed Knee Deep, together with old friend Toddie Freese in 1998. Knee Deep became a household name in the dance scene, leading to international DJ gigs and mountains of remix work. As Knee Deep, Basti has remixed Jamiroquai 3 times, as well as Bob Sinclair, David Morales, Brandy, and many others, even winning the prestigious “best remixer” category in the 2002 German Dance Awards in the process. A few years on, Basti had achieved all he wanted to with Knee Deep, and was ready to move into more deeper, melancholy musical avenues. And so Lovebirds was born.
The first Lovebirds release appeared on Trax of Interest in 2000. In 2006, having built up a repertoire of unsigned material, he sent a CD to John Buckby, label owner of Winding Road Records and a mutual friend of Vincenzo. The first Lovebirds single on Winding Road was the ‘Modern Stalking’ EP, which came out in 2007. The EP contained tracks of mid-tempo house, each coming from a different musical angle and giving the world a taste of what he was capable of. It was received by the deep house and neo-disco community with open arms. DJ’s such as Prins Thomas, Ashley Beedle and Jimpster went wild for it. Bill Brewster made the EP the Single Of The Month in iDJ magazine. Lovebirds had landed.
His second single for Winding Road was slamming vocal track ‘Love On My Hands’, which featured the voice of Holly Backler. As with the first EP, this release drew much praise from the deep house contingent and put Basti ever more firmly on the map. July 2008 saw the release of third single for Winding Road, ‘In The Shadows’. Further releases followed on Freerange, Lazy Days, Teardrop, OM and Kneedeep, with tracks like My Man (Freerange - 2010) receiving praise from the likes of Ewan Pearson, Josh Wink, Brothers' Vibe, Ian Pooley and Jazzanova not to mention the dance press throughout the UK and Europe.