Tom Middleton, Rebecca Vasmant, James Johnston
Know The Way are massively excited and proud to present the legendary musician, composer, producer, remixer and DJ extraordinaire Tom Middleton!! This a rare chance to catch the man in such an intimate venue!! Grab a ticket quick so you don't miss out!!
TOM MIDDLETON (Global Communication/Cosmos/Jedi Knights):
To the untrained eye Tom Middleton is just another DJ. Beard, box of records, bounces behind the decks. You seen one, you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong. You see Tom isn’t just a DJ. He’s a scientist; a meticulous technician with a thirst for all musical forms from breakbeat to baroque.
A classically trained pianist and cellist, Middleton worked in the early 1990s with Aphex Twin co-producing "En-Trance To Exit" on the Analogue Bubblebath EP for Exeter's influential Mighty Force Records. This was followed by his first solo outing, "My Splendid Idea", under the name Schizophrenia for the same label.
Soon after, he teamed up with Mark Pritchard. The pair recorded under a host of pseudonyms, including the popular Reload (featuring experimental techno and ambient music), Global Communication (primarily ambient), and Jedi Knights (electro funk and house music), plus lesser-known aliases Chameleon, Secret Ingredients, and Link & E621. Global Communication's 1994 ambient album 76:14 is widely considered to be a landmark of the genre.
Researching each and every project with eagle eyed glee, Tom approaches every venture, from productions to DJ mixes, with the attention to detail that’s usually reserved for the likes of architects, surgeons, engineers and (ahem) two bit biography writers. His mix CDs such as ‘The Sound Of The Cosmos’, ‘3D’ and ‘The Trip 2’ show true precision and forethought with Tom spending hours of preparation studying the key of each track and how they relate to each other. His ‘Crazy Covers’ compilations reveal an encyclopaedic knowledge of contemporary popular music from the 1950s to this very day. Not to mention a sense of humour.
Achievements are in abundance where Tom is concerned… The blissed out AMBA project pitched him alongside an orchestra and choir to maximum mesmerising effect. His 50 improvised performances with The Bays pushed dance music to its most unpredictable, wildest, limits. He helped Aphex Twin secure his first record deal and founded labels such as Evolution, Universal Language, Heard and E3. He’s flirted with chart success with the 2002 club smash ‘Take Me With You’, hosted his own show on Kiss FM, been resident at Ibiza’s most super of superclubs Manumission and tutored the winning DJ Ryan Shaw in ITV’s cult DJ challenge The Joy Of Decks.
As a DJ he’s performed in almost every corner of the globe to crowds as large as 150,000. With his trademark widescreen musical repertoire, he’s spent years championing styles long before they were the norm, helping Ulrich Schnauss develop his career and hosting Hot Chip and Mylo’s festival debut appearances. From ambient to drum & bass, techno to rock n’ roll, his attention to detail allows him to find connections between the most disparate forms of music, uniting every genre with technical skill, utilising all manner of forward thinking technologies. Such versatility has also scored him a wide range of remixes, too, with artists as far flung as Kerri Chandler, Prince and All Saints.
More recently Tom’s seen major airplay action with ‘Remember The Love’ – his homage to the roots of house music written over the course of 24 hours at dance music’s inaugural International Music Summit – Forge on Digweed’s seminal Bedrock imprint, Orange Light’s ‘A Few Good Days’ and The Golden Girls’ stone-cold classic ‘Kinetic’ on the recently rekindled R&S.
He’s toured with the Smirnoff Experience performing in Moscow, Paris and Shanghai alongside high profile acts such as Kelis, Faithless, Duran Duran and Mark Ronson and recently remixed classics ‘Oh Marie’ and ‘Quando Quando Quando’ for a worldwide TV campaign for Fiat.
No, Tom is no ordinary DJ. He’s a true scientist, a self-proclaimed research freak who spends his life consuming information in the pursuit of authenticity, clarity and truth. Not just on music, but all his passions. From his love for innovative, simplistic design – he’s currently designing bespoke luxury villas in Italy and a domestic product to help mothers with newborn children – to his flare for fine food and wine. He even considered becoming a chef at point. Fortunately he didn’t, or dance music would be lacking one of its most unique, ardent, inventive ambassadors.
First and foremost Rebecca Vasmant has a deep obsession with music and sound and from a young age has always been interested in how sound works. This obsession has lead onto becoming one of the most cutting edge Djs around playing all genres of music within sets. Techno, House, Jazz, Soul, Funk, Disco, Brazillian, Samba, Bossa, Folk and Electronic Soul are all predominent in her sets, Finding a way to bring her love of both electronic and live music onto the dancefloor. Known for being extremely credible and unique, Rebecca has made a huge blast onto the scene in the last five years.
Having headlined many Ministry of Sound World more underground World tours as the only female resident in over 15 years already. Brazil, Nicaragua, India, Dubai, Bulgaria, Estonai, France, Spain, Bosnia, Istanbul, Latvia, and Austria already under her belt and with Mexico and Brazil to come, Being the first female World Tour Resident for Ministry Of Sound and also being resident for Cabret Volataire Edinburgh and having played at places like We Love Space Ibiza, Zoo Project Ibiza, Back To Basics Leeds, We Love Sankeys Manchester, The Arches Glasgow, Sub Club Glasgow, Soulist Soundsystem Paris, Turnmills London, Ministry Of Sound London, East Village Shoredich, Public Life London and Pacha London.
Playing along sides the likes of Dj Format, X-press 2, SLAM, Green Velvet, Silicon Soul, Funk D Void, Billy Nasty, Justin Robertson, Tommy Four Seven, Chris Leibing, Erol Alkin, Mylo, Riva Starr, Dj Format, Jo Mills, Dj Falcon, Steve Mantorvani (italy) ,Gigi Barocco, Paul Oakenfold, Joey Negro, Shit Robot, Max Herbert, Tania Von Pear, Luciano, Hans Bouffmyre, Larry Tee, Sebastien Leger and of course Harri and Domenic to name a few, Rebecca is set to play and headline many more parties to come.
As a Producer Rebecca has had releases on labels such as Universal Music, Amour recordings and various others and is currently working on a first album due to drop late 2012, collaborating with some of the best names in the underground house and techno scene as well as working on various live Jazz projects under her second alias which will see her name grow even further.
JAMES JOHNSTON (No Matter What/4lux/City Fly)
James Johnston's passion for deep house and the classic house sound has seen him emerge as one of the most exciting producers at the forefront of the current underground house scene. As well as releasing music on many respected labels he also co-runs the mighty No Matter What with fellow house head Alex Agore; a label which has quickly become buy on sight with the last two vinyl releases, both featuring James, hitting the NO.1 spot in the Juno house chart.
James is also an in-demand DJ and sets are an education in how house should sound and be played, showcasing his ability in joining the dots between the classic sounds that are synonymous with Detroit Techno, Chicago House and New Jersey Garage – fusing a cross-pollination of sounds complete with an ear open to the future...
For James, 2012 was a busy and productive year. As well as many releases on such labels as Brother's Vibe's Mixx Records, No Matter What and Outernational, James also remixed the legendary Robert Owens and was asked to mix Tomska's 'A Deeper Movement EP' for Saft, which went straight to No.1 on Juno. He also travelled the world DJing with gigs as far away as Russia. Now 2013 is also shaping up to be a nexus of activity with forthcoming releases on Wilson, No Matter What, Artful Division (a split EP with Ethyl), 124 Recordings, Love Revolution, Freche Fruchte and a split with Washerman on his new label - not to mention a plethora of remixes. Looks like 2013 is going to be a big year for James!