On the 6th July Mark Dale & Joe Le Groove get together again to bring you Shatterproof @ Electric Social, south London's freshest new venue. On this night expect all kinds of audio and visual trickery, beginning at 9pm with electronic funk and taking a journey all the way thought to the freshest Tech House dance floor essentials. Joining us on the night for a guest set will be producer and Dj Dave Mothersole (Proton Radio/Swag Records/X-Kiss FM) throwing down his very special blend of bad boy house music. So remember the weekend starts here with Shatterproof @ Electric Social on the 6th July and it’s free admission all night, so please arrive early because we have special surprise, electronic disco DJ to start the night with.
Over the last few years Dave Mothersole has steadily become one of Londonâs biggest, best loved underground DJs. Known for his smooth mixing skills, dynamic flow and deep, ultra funky interpretation of house and techno heâs gradually risen through the DJ ranks to become a regular fixture at clubs and parties all over the UK and oversees. A life long music fan, Daveâs obsession with rhythm and sound started early whilst listening to his parents Beatles and Beach Boys records when his family lived in Italy. On returning to England at the age of eight he discovered the pop music of the day and started collecting his own records. From there he moved on to the more obscure sounds of groups like Kraftwerk and Pink Floyd and then into Punk, New Wave, Synth Pop, Jazz-Funk, Electro, Hip Hop and eventually the early House.
In 1986 he went traveling to India and stumbled across the party scene in Goa. It was a major turning point that not only introduced him to the concept of all night parties, but also made him realize the full potential of electronic dance music. âThe music was a mixture of eighties synth pop, Ital disco and obscure Hi-N-R-G, which probably sounds dreadful now, but at the time it was amazing,â he says. âIt was all instrumental and the vibe and the energy of the crowds dancing under the stars changed my outlook on life for ever. I still listen to some of old the tapes even now.â After returning to Goa the following year he found things where kicking off back in England when he arrived home. He soon became a regular at clubs like Spectrum and The Trip, but it wasnât until a couple of years later that he fell into DJing. âI had loads of mad techno records by groups like Front 242 and Nitzer Ebb and someone offered me a weekly slot at a night called The Hard Club at Gossips in Soho. I used to ‘try’ and mix them with Detroit techno and early house stuff and even though I didnât have a clue what I was doing when I saw the effect that you could have on people, just by playing records, I was totally hooked.â
From there he moved on to a residency at the London club Browns, where he stayed for two years. âI used to do three nights a week and play the whole night myself. It was hard work sometimes but it taught me a lot about building the mood of a night and learning to work a crowd. It was an apprenticeship really and Iâm really glad I did it.â In 1993 he started working at Swag Records in Croydon, gave up Browns and started to play at underground parties like Heart & Soul and later Wiggle. It was here that he really started to develop the sound heâs now known for. Mixing raw, funky house grooves with lush melodic techno and deep, booming electro he quickly became one of the major players on the then still nascent tech house scene. Since then heâs been a regular at nights like Subterain (The End), The Bomb (Nottingham), Ministry Of Sound (London), Bed (Sheffield), Check Point (Reading) and Fabric (London) and has played just about every major club in London whilst still holding down residencies at underground events like Whoop Whoop, Positive Sound and The Laundry.
The last four or five years have seen Dave traveling around the world, taking his unique sound to parties and clubs in countries like Spain, Holland, Belgium, Croatia, Turkey, France, Israel, Australia, Malasia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, USA, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Canada and Italy as well as doing major festivals like Homelands (England and Scotland), Impulz and Dance Valley (Holland). Heâs also played at premier clubs like The Twilo and The Arc (New York), Spundae (Los Angeles), The Zouk (Singapore) and Propaganda (Moscow) and was voted best visiting DJ of 1999 after a two week tour in New Zealand.
In 2001 Dave was given his own weekly “Late Night Sessions” show on London’s Kiss 100 (Tuesday’s 2 -4 AM) and has quickly gained a fine reputation for his laid back presentation and non stop two hour mixes.
Still as happy playing unannounced at free parties on the beach in Brighton as he is spinning in front of 3000 clubbers at Amnesia in Ibiza, he remains one of the most down to earth DJs around. âI love what I do and still feel Iâve got so much to learn,â he says, âThe most important thing Iâve learned so far is that itâs easy to please the crowd and itâs easy to please yourself, but the hard thing to do is please both at the same time and thatâs what itâs all about. DJing for me is about entertaining people whilst letting them know where youâve come from and where your going.â
RESEDENCIES: Whoop Whoop (London), The Laundry (London), Positive Sound (Brighton), Electrolounge, 333Club, (London)