Abovezero Daytime Terrace Party with Jay Bliss & Tom Demac photo gallery
Deep Summer dive into groovy waves of sounds can cause permanent smile. Safety not guaranteed! Midway through the warmest season on the 15th of July we are housing our next Sunday musical treatment. This time joining us for the first time in England Jay Bliss from Romania, Sibiu and Tom Demac from the northern part of Britain, Manchester. The therapy is only complete with the series hosts Roberto Amo, Disandat and Almond Lama. Vibes from dub across deep to a touch of tech are to be expected no legs should be left at rest. See you at our east end meeting point the Light Bar's upstairs dance floor!
Love and Smiles
Jay Bliss began his DJing career in his hometown of Sibiu, Romania, organizing underground raves. Over the course of a busy three years he gained much local support and was soon an integral part of Hermannstadt’s underground electronic scene.
The year 2003 saw him scoop a first place prize at the first DJ Contest organised at the legendary Chill Out club, and an invitation to mix at the biggest open air event at that time in Romania, DeLa Hoya Festival. A Chill Out club residency was to follow.
After meeting Markus Homm (Freunde Tontraeger / Highgrade / Ostwind) in 2004, the two conspired to open a record shop, Electrique Boutique. It was, at the time, Romania’s only record shop; this a testament to Jay’s ‘can do’ attitude and devotion to the industry.
In both 2005 and 2006 Jay was nominated at ‘Best Newcomer of the Year’ at Romania’s Nights.ro Awards, and in 2006 he founded Exposed Audio - first Romanian net label exclusively for techno music. With this, Jay had an outlet to flex his creative muscles as both producer and organiser.
Developing a style sitting somewhere between house and techno, with strong detroit roots, Jay has gone one to play across Europe supporting the likes of Loco Dice, Guy Gerber, Paco Osuna, Derrick May and Efdemin. Forming Hermannstadt Collective along with fellow Romanian Mihai Popoviciu (Highgrade), the duo signed exclusively to Immigrant Records, soon finding support from the likes of Reboot, Martin Landsky, Simon Baker, Patrick Graser, Valentino Kanzyani, Alex Flitsch, Ryan Crosson and Lauhaus; meanwhile Jay continues to explore his solo endeavours as Jay Bliss and also as Synthcast with Mihai Popoviciu & Markus Homm.
2009 will be an exciting time for Jay with plenty of releases due, and with the debut of his live act expected in summer, now is the time to show support for this undeniable talent.
t's now a year since Tom gave up his day job and took up the music full time. 12 months ago he removed his cape, stepped out of the charming and convincing Web Design manager alter-ego, bought a £20 Argos coffee filter, bean grinder and multi packs of Rizla; and has spent every week day since hunched over his synths in the studio filling up ashtrays at a rate of nots. It's not been a bad year either, from his 2 stand-out tracks Rivalry with Irony and Slip Slop Slap hitting monthly top 10 and top 30 respectively on Resident Advisor, a healthy year of gigging, taking his Live show to Fabric, Space - Ibiza, Mulletover, Freerotation and many other places in between (collecting a fine selection of club toilet photos along the way), being remixed by Soulphiction, Luke Solomon, Jamie Jones, Wolf and Lamb, Dave Aju etc…to completing his first Live compilation album (released early next year).
Having packed his boxes and swapped the rolling hills of Wales to move back to the red-brick terrace familiarity of his beloved Manchester. There's no more inspirational beach walks, now its Netto to grab some milk and get down to it.
From early back-bent sessions in a friends garage (containing a few rusty boxes and a four-track), Tom went on to study music technology at Salford University, exchanging most of his studying time for studio time along with persistently pestering the Orbit residents at the legendary Eastern Bloc records and promoting club nights. Since then he has developed his own characteristic sound, based on a philosophy of creating music with bollocks for the dance-floor but carrying enough 'essence' to be enjoyed in the home.
2011 is already shaping up to be a good year for Tom with more releases lined up for Murmur, Liebe Detail, Hypercolour (plus a few very special things will be announced soon), the No Fit State compilation with Murmur and the launch of the new techno project - 'Dense' with good friend Glimpse.
Keep your ears peeled for Demac's 'uniquely kinked grooves' over the coming months…
The Light Bar
233 Shoreditch High Street
Liverpool Street Station or Old Street Station
Shoreditch High Street Station
£5 - Limited Tickets available from Resident Advisor
£6 - Concession List - E-mail your full names to firstname.lastname@example.org
£8 - On the door
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