RESISTANCE XMAS PARTY
DAVE CLARKE BRINGS THE WHITE NOISE !
The word legend is used lightly these days but, when it comes to techno, there are few people that have achieved as much as Dave Clarke. Starting out in the 1980’s in Brighton, Dave Clarke broke the mould with his debut album Archive One in 1996. Fast forward 16 years to 2012 and through his unbridled enthusiasm for music across all genres and a keen ear for what the dance floor needs, Dave Clarke is as relevant today as ever. Dave’s brilliant “White Noise” show on 2FM every Saturday night continues to bring cutting edge techno to the masses and he is a big supporter of new Irish talent. Dave Clarke brings his “White Noise” to Forum Waterford for the RESISTANCE XMAS PARTY on Friday, 21 December. Support comes from 3 techno titans of the South East, Diarmaid O’Meara, Luke Creed and Niall Power.
Advance tickets (€15) are available now at Next Door (Forum Waterford) and 051 871111.
He may be known as The Baron Of Techno, a moniker given to him by John Peel, but Dave Clarke has an anarchist streak a mile wide and punk in his soul. “I got so much shit for being a futurist,” he states (he was the first Techno artist to release an Internet only single back in 2000), “When I started going digital and moved away from vinyl some of my fellow artists asked me, ‘How much are they paying you?’ How much is who paying me? It was such a strange situation - this is techno – it’s supposed to be forward-looking! ‘Whatever these people say, I’m still going to move forward, it’s the right course.” He did and does. He plays out every weekend everywhere, to name a recent few, The Rex in Paris, Klubbers Day in Madrid, Buenos Aires, Fabric in London and headliner of Britain’s Glade Festival. At every event there’s the same attention to detail, his sets swooping whip-smart along the cutting blade of techno and electro, backed up by a seasoned bag of DJ tricks that pushes the whole caboodle to the next level.
It all started back in the 80s when Dave blagged himself a DJ slot in Brighton. Soon such gigs provided Clarke with a meagre living, then in 1994 his reputation was sealed by a series of EPs known collectively as ‘Red’. His mix CDs included the two best-selling ‘World Service’ outings (one of which made it into the top ten best mix compilations of all time in Resident Advisor) showcasing his dual love for electro and techno. When his production pace ebbed, Music Man Records gathered together ‘Remixes And Rareties’ in 2007, making Album Of The Month in Mixmag and receiving critical plaudits all over. These and countless other tunes are chopped, hammered, filleted and turned on their heads during Clarke’s DJ sets. That’s where he comes alive, where skills honed for years blow venues apart. A 2010 highlight, for instance, was the fifteenth birthday party of FUSE, the Brussels club where his standing is second-to-none, where he’s developed an extraordinary relationship with the crowd. He speaks of it with his breath catching, as thrilled as ever by the ride the music takes him on. “I love having a crowd absolutely hanging by a thread, completely gripped,” he announces passionately, “I often say to myself in the middle of a set, ‘I love my job’.”