The Baron of Techno guides us through his lengthy career, touching on both the personal and the political.
No history of UK electronic music would be complete without a mention of Dave Clarke. Dubbed The Baron of Techno by famed BBC DJ John Peel, Clarke's CV includes a UK #1 dance album, one of the best mix CDs of the past decade and beloved remixes of Felix Da Housecat and Depeche Mode (among many others). Add to this a quick-hitting style behind the decks and a reputation for speaking his mind no matter the consequences, and you have yourself a living legend.
Clarke's major passion at the moment is his radio show, where he helps promote the artists he loves. He hasn't lost any of his interest in the DJ circuit, though, headlining festivals like Lowlands across Europe throughout this past summer. RA's Will Lynch caught up with the DJ/producer at this year's Amsterdam Dance Event right after he finished chairing a panel on The Do's and Don'ts of Digital Promo at the annual conference to talk about all of this and more.
Dave Clarke - Protective Custody - Bush
Dave Clarke - Just Ride - Skint Records
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - The Message - Sugar Hill Records
Laurent Garnier - Greed (Dave Clarke Mix) - F Communications
Mescalinum United - We Have Arrived - R & S Records
Jungle Brothers - I'll House You - Idlers
Evelyn Thomas - High Energy - Record Shack Records
The Damned - Anti-Pope - Chiswick Records
Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead - Small Wonder Records
Dudley Moore and Peter Cook - One Leg Too Few - Island Records
The Specials - Ghost Town - Chrysalis
Depeche Mode - Dream On (Dave Clarke Acoustic Version) - Mute
Fast Eddie Smith - Jack the House (Jack Mix) - Underground
Dave Clarke - Deo Gratias - Skint Records
Aphrohead - In the Dark We Live (Dave Clarke 312 Mix) - Bush
Dave Clarke - Wisdom to the Wise - Bush