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BIG thanks to everyone who came down to the launch of Throwing Shapes on Saturday 21st July, what a night!! Amazing music from Rob Mello/James Johnston/Francis Inferno Orchestra/J:Cub and the atmosphere was seriously good in there!!
We're seriously looking forward to the next one already :-)
Once again we've brought you 3 of the hottest DJ's/Producers about at the mo.......
Here’s some info about the DJ’s on the night:-
Washerman is the solo project of Gianni Siravo who used to record as one half of the amazing Azuni. Gianni started getting in to dance music back in 1989 at the tender age of 14 spending his formative years learning how to mix whilst hanging out with his friends who were older resident DJs in hishometown of Zurich, Switzerland. Fascinated by electronic music and vinylculture, a young Gianni knew this was what he wanted to do with his life.
Coming from a poor Italian immigrant working class family he could not affordturntables or vinyl, until one day one of his older friends passed on to him a spare box of acid house and dance vinyl and some older vinyl decks. Gianni practiced hard and was soon playing several local parties and spending every bit of money he earned on his vinyl addition. He was soon seduced by the sounds of Chicago, New York and Detroit and collected as much house, deep house and techno as he could afford. By the age of 18 Gianni realised he wanted to make his own beats and bought himself a 303, an 808 and copy of
Cubase on his Atari. Although a basic set up, Gianni soon found his niche and after years of making minimal acid tracks he slowly started to play at Zurich’sbest parties during the flourishing ‘90s underground House scene.
As Gianni was a versatile DJ he used to play all types of music from House to Detroit Techno to Disco to ‘70s & ‘80s to Hip Hop and Soul and Funk and everything in between. Gianni was a knowledgeable selector so was in big demand and by the last ‘90s he was starting to experiment with new sounds and got heavily in to producing Jazz, Funk and Soul making a kind of Jazz Soul fusion with electronic music which got him a lot of attention. His tracks and remixes started to become successful leading to him touring Europe regularly with his popular Fusion sound and label leading to a dream hook up
with the Metalheadz and big performances at the Sonar music festival in Barcelona in 2006. Although he found success with this new sound, his heart was still always with house and back in 2006 he hooked up with his friend to create Azuni which was a project aimed at bringing back real house music to the younger generation.
From their early releases on the excellent Drumpoet Community label, Azuni gained huge success and created a huge global fan base with several huge releases and remixes. Gianni subsequently ended his Azuni project in 2011 to pursue his own solo project as Washerman. With a couple of huge tracks and remixes under his belt, his new Washerman project is in huge demand with Gianni back to creating some amazing, unique, original new music. Off the
back of his Washerman project Gianni kicked off his exciting new label called Traxx Underground with label partner Samann aimed at keeping the underground vibes alive and staying true to his original house roots. Keep an eye out for Washerman and Traxx Underground, the best is yet to come!
Pete started off working in notorious London record shops like Daddy Kools and his own Atlas Records while making a good name for himself as a DJ. His reputation as a top producer really took off following his work on Eskimo Recordings as Reverso 68 (with Phil Mison) and as LSB (with Baby G). His solo material for Maxi Discs is the first original music to be released under his own name and is inspired much more by his love of early house than his previous output. Heavily influenced by the musical direction of his DJ sets over the last year, a desire to really work the dance floor and a certain nostalgia for the house sounds of the 90s (when the site of white doves could make a grown man cry), Yo Drums is all about Pete getting back home after a long night spent driving the crowd wild and then switching on the laptop and the synths and trying to recapture the essence of that feeling in a track. And just like one of his DJ sets Yo Drums mixes elements of house, Italo and disco into a heady potion of dance floor dynamite.
An avid record collector and long-time resident for the seminal ‘For No Reason’ parties in the former rave mecca of Preston, Lancashire (North of Manchester), Seelie has been carving away a solid reputation of one of the best resident DJs in the UK, but it is with his own productions that he is really starting to cause quite a stir with ONE Records snapping up the amazing ‘Soulocation’ for his first solo release. Although still young at the age of 25, Seelie’s musical taste and style befits someone a lot older and when getting down to his distinctive house sounds you’d think you were listening to some old jock from the US. With a keen interest in deep house and house music from across the last three decades, Seelie is an amazingly skilled and technical DJ who manages to blend all ages of house effortlessly, with a purpose, making him stand head and shoulders above most upcoming and established DJs today, selecting the juciest house cuts and those tunes that make you run up to the booth for a track ID.
Having DJ’ed with the likes of Chez Damier, Argy, Prosumer, Adam Shelton, and Tristan Da Cunha on a regular basis, Seelie’s inspired new productions and DJ Sets have caught the ears of some of the best house labels and parties around with his sound having a definite nod to the bumpin' and raw sounds of New Jersey/New York and refined beauty of Detroit. Seelie's music and DJing captivates anyone with a feel for the groove and tickles the taste buds of any discerning house head. His house purist attitude shines through and his talent sets him apart from his peers, so keep a close ear to the ground and come into Seelie’s HOUSE!
We hope to see you all on the dancefloor throwing some shapes once again!!
Tris & Frenchy XXX
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