'Can Sasha and John Digweed still rock it like they have in the past?' will no doubt be the question on some onlookers' lips when the pair take to the decks at the main festival and the Afterparty of this weekend's South West Four festival. Though much of the recent interest in the duo has been triggered by Sasha's new Maven/Live set up, it's fair to say that perhaps there has never been more of a time when, music-wise, the pair have been under the spotlight.
In particular, for John Digweed, who fronts the ubiquitous Bedrock label - one of dance music's most prominent names - the release of the recent Bedrock Layered Sounds Volume 2 is as much a reflection of where the label is at in 2005 as it is a broadsheet for Digweed's own present sound.
Having come out pretty much unscathed following the saturation of the progressive house market in the last few years, the label surprised the expectations of many with what was arguably its best release in a long long time, Guy Gerber's 'Stoppage Time'. Since then, with one or two exceptions, it has avoided the big room prog numbers which defined the label in its earlier years while still continuing to cater to the dancefloor. Add to that a new single "Santiago" by Digweed (in partnership with Nick Muir) as Bedrock the artist, forthcoming in the latter half of 2005 and it's unlikely interest will be waning anytime soon.
On the Bedrock club night front, while the low-key night at Herbal in London back in June had some of the Bedrock faithful wondering whether their beloved night was bound for Hell not Heaven, Digweed is adamant there'll still be more yabba dabba doo times ahead,
"Bedrock the club night will always be a big thing hopefully. There may be fewer of them, but they’ll still happen and when they do you’ll know about it!"
Following our interview with Sasha, RA checks in with his other half, John Digweed for a light-hearted chat about all things Bedrock (including the Flintstones!) and this weekend's SW4.