Whether going solo or doing parties with Planet E, Cocoon or BBC Radio One for the historic 500th Essential Mix, they've always got the mixture of established and the soon to be huge perfectly balanced. Sven Vath, Carl Cox, Ritchie Hawtin, Loco Dice, Luciano, Ricardo Vilalobos, Carl Craig and Adam Beyer are among those representing the former, whilst they can lay claim to being among the very first to champion the likes of Seth Troxler, Maya Jane Coles and Resident Advisor's No 1 DJ Jamie Jones.
Yousef is a man firmly in control of his imminent destiny. He's an artist that continues to evolve and develop with consummate ease. As a producer he continues to smash preconceptions about not only his style but the wider spectrum of House and Techno as well. Recently he's gifted his beats to an ever expanding cluster of the most revered and respected imprints in the business, be them Carl Cox's Intec, Nick Curly's Cecille and of course Sven Vath's timeless label Cocoon. Read more www.yousef.co.uk/
Dinky is a powerhouse. Dinky - Alejandra has grown her stature the old-fashioned way, with killer DJ skills and a catalog filled with classic, game-changing tracks. Caught up in the musical revolution started by the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Dandy Jack and Atom Heart in the early '90s, she taught herself to mix records and was soon appearing at desert raves. Read more www.residentadvisor.net/dj/dinky
Matthew Styles migrated to London around the turn of the millennium in order to further exhibit his already multiple years of turntable training. The move proved to be a pivotal moment in all that was to come. A pair of seemingly casual events - purchasing an Akai MPC and meeting the London Records' A&R man Damian Lazarus through mutual friend Rob Mello - would in many ways shape much of his proceeding decade. in 2003 he was asked to take up a management role at Crosstown Rebels. Read more www.residentadvisor.net/dj/matthewstyles
After making names for themselves as individuals and becoming recognised within London’s underground clubbing scene, Samantha Blackburn and Chloe Fontaine have embarked on a new empowering journey as a promoter duo.
Byrdz is a night dedicated to dark, deep and sultry rolling beats and basslines, with strictly female spinners.
DJing has long been a male dominated field but with the addition of these talented ladies to the mix, London now has a new base for fresh female talent of 2012 and beyond, helping to pave the way for other like-minded femmes.
London-born Chloé Fontaine, and Samantha Blackburn, originally from South Africa, created Byrdz back in August 2011 as a platform to showcase and promote female DJs London while adding their expressive, passionate styles and skill on the circuit as solo DJs, both holding residencies at some of London’s most avant- garde and leading-edge parties and also regular slots on local radio stations.
In recent years Samantha and Chloé have become popular names within London’s house music scene, with Chloé’s excellent knowledge of house, from rolling tech and techno to deeper and more soulful sounds, and Sam’s distinctive driving tech and tribal rhythms. Both women have already enjoyed a number of international bookings and Samantha has recently been labelled “one to watch” by Mixmag. Chloé’s productions have been snapped up with releases on two different techno labels this coming May and June. These two women together make a truly desirable fusion.
Samantha and Chloé want to see more women getting up there on the decks, as the scene needs more female emotive influences to add to its repertoire. Byrdz already has a strong, committed following, and is growing rapidly. Summer 2012 will be their first season in Ibiza and they are currently being contacted by people bugging out over the concept and wanting to take the brand to the next level securing international spots for the rest of the year.