Off Key presents Slam & Terry Francis photo gallery
What can we say OFF KEY’s 1st birthday was always going to be a special event but Sunday passed all expectation and proved to be our finest and possibly one of Maidstone’s greatest ever parties.
The atmosphere was out of this world rivaled by only one club that comes to mind in our book, which is DC10. From the masses of umbrella’s being thrown around in the air to the cutting edge house and techno being pumped through the speakers we were all blown away by Carl Craig and our loyal OFF KEY crowd who with out fail made the party atmosphere once more.
So on to the next party and we have enrolled to 2 of the finest purveyors of house and techno, OFF KEY is proud to present: SLAM & TERRY FRANCIS:
INTRO: The legendary UK techno duo of Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle have travelled far and wide, touring Australia, the USA, Europe, South America and Japan and they hold residencies at 3 of the UK's best clubs (Pressure & Return To Mono in their home town of Glasgow and Fabric in the nation’s Capital, London.)
SLAM ON FIRE: The last 2 years has been one of their busiest periods ever. Performing dynamic sets at many of the world’s leading festivals including Monegros, Oxygen, Bestival, 10 days off, Extrema, Glastonbury and T In The Park, they have also played at some of the world’s best clubs including the legendary Womb In Tokyo, Cocoon in Frankfurt, Rex in Paris and Berlin's infamous Watergate and Berghain to name a few. They recently celebrated 10 years of their illustrious club night Pressure @ the world famous Arches club in Glasgow with a Mixmag cover mount CD and have started their own Podcast series, recorded live at their Return To Mono club nights the Glasgow bunker, Sub Club. They have had a string of monster releases on their own PARAGRAPH & SOMA imprints, while releasing and remixing on Ovum, Material Series, Mobilee and soon to be Drumcode.
PARAGRAPH: The first release “City Destroyer”, with its sinister pitched vocals and crafty, crisp and skippy electronic sound-scapes, secured club plays from the likes of Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer and Laurent Garnier. Paragraph 2, “Hot Knives”, was even bigger staying in the Beatport top 10 for 10 weeks with plays from just about every big name including Carl Craig, Anja Schneider, Dave Clarke and Dubfire. Paragraph 3, 4 and 5 “One Note Samba”, “Variance”, “Heart of the Soul” respectively, were massive successes seeing Slam combine their love and talents for both House & Techno on the same EPs. Slam now bring their friends and peers onto the label to remix the first 5 Paragraph releases with Germany’s finest tag-team, Pan-Pot first to bat. Turning out 2 outstanding remixes, they set the bar high for those who follow, including Harvey McKay, Alan Fitzpatrick, Gel Abril, Adam Beyer & Jesper Dahlback, Steve Lawler, Chris Liebing, Gary Beck and Julien Chaptal. There will also be an album with an exciting new concept based around Paragraph later in the year.
REMIXES & RELEASES: This surge in activity has put them in demand as remixers with fellow big names such as Josh Wink, Paul Ritch, Pan-Pot and Radio Slave calling on their services. On top off all this they still find the time for new projects like Paragraph records. New releases include Paragraph 5, featuring Slam tracks “Variance” and “Collecting Data”, Paragraph 6, the Pan-Pot remixes of “Room 2” and Slam remixes of Samuel L. Session “Can You Relate”, Paul Ritch “The Wolf” and Fabio Gianelli “Apparlas” on Material. They have recently released an EP, along with Rejected’s Joris Voorn & Edwin Oosterwal, for Podium boss Len Faki’s Figure label, and are soon to be releasing a mammoth Techno work out on Adam Beyer’s Drumcode Label. SLAM have also just remixed Josh Wink ‘Everybody to the Sun’ for Ovum and The Black Dog’s “CCTV Nation” for SOMA.
SOMA RECORDS: SLAM are also the proud co-owners of Soma Records, which, in its 19th year, continues to be one of the world’s finest purveyors of cutting edge electronic music, with recent releases and remixes from Silicone Soul, the Black Dog, Mihalis Safras, Mark Broom, Joris Voorn, Prompt, Samuel L. Session, Christian Prommer, Radio Slave, Paul Ritch, D'Julz, Adam Beyer, Steve Rachmad, Itamar Sagi, Reset Robot, Gary Beck, Harvey McKay and Funk D Void & Sian.
I got to about 14 and realised that I enjoyed dancing I started listening to early soul stuff,
Motown, that kind of thing. I actually got into a bit of rock when I was 15. That was my
brother’s influence really his room was next to mine and I had to listen to it every day. I
wasn’t into school really. I wasn’t really very good at school but I went. I was better at art
and crafts than the academic stuff.
Later on my Mum and Dad thought I was wasting my time. All they could hear was
‘BANG-BANG-BANG’ coming from my room, they thought I was just wasting my money
on records and staying up all night when it would never go anywhere. They are really
proud of me now. It’s the same for any walk of life that’s not the norm I suppose. When I
was eight my mum made me take Cha-Cha lessons. The neighbour’s kid went so I had to
go. I got my bronze medal actually. I remember getting booted off the course for not
paying attention. But it was definitely the start of my rhythm!”
“I’ve always collected music. I never bought pop stuff really, even the rock I was into was
stuff like Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Dub reggae was the next thing, listening to David
Roddigan on Radio London on a Sunday while I was outside fixing my moped. I met this
guy when I was 16 that got me into more black-orientated music. I got heavily into funk
and soul, was going round buying old disco records. The same guy gave me some early
house records: ‘Can You Feel It?’ was one of them I think, some really early Blaze stuff
too. I got into it that through him. I progressed into 80’s funk; Aleam, Get Loose, Soul II
Soul a little later and then the house stuff.”
“When I was about 15 I wired two tape decks together into one, trying to blend the
music so that I could do a tape. I got my first decks when I was 19/20 and I had no idea
what the pitch controls were for. I taught myself, totally. I started doing my mate’s bar in
Leatherhead. It was this rockers’ place I knew they wanted music and my mate knew I
had decks so it made sense to run a night in there. The first couple of weeks we did it the
rockers were like ‘what the fuck’s this shit? This is terrible.’ They was all ‘avin it about three
weeks later. I’m well known for working at Swag Records [a shop in Croydon, South
London] too. That just fizzled out really, although I still go in and rob records off them. I
was working there for 7 years. Winning the ‘Best Newcomer’ title at the Muzik Awards was
a help to me around that time too.”
LABELS & PRODUCTION
“We started Housey Doingz, which was myself, Nathan Coles, Justin, Dave Coker and
Laurent Webb. The studio, Strangeweather Studios, became synonamous with “tech
house” over the years. As well as Housey Doingz Ive produced on lots of labels. The key
ones would probably be Pagan, Eye 4 Sound, Swag and Eukahouse. I also did two
compilations through Pagan called “Architecture” 1 and 2. I didn’t do anything for
about two years, I think I burnt myself out a bit and its been really nice to have a break
but I’ve been getting back into it lately. I’m gonna do an artist album for fabric – we’ll
have different people working on it with me. Its not a dancefloor album either, it’ll be
funk or reggae, anything goes really. We’re gonna get some percussionists in so it should
be quite entertaining. It’ll be more of a concept album than a club album, it’ll be a nice
little project to work on rather than straight club music. No master plan with it really, just
seeing what happens.
I love the people at fabric and the music really suits the place – it’s industrial, it’s dark but
it’s clean at the same time. Everything seems to suit each other so well and the
soundsystem is just so good; when you play records on it they just
TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT ARE NOW ON SALE FOR MAY & AUGUST:
This is strictly a ticket only event and will only be available from the following places:
Early Bird Tickets £10
Standard Tickets £15
Banks Bar (Standard Tickets Only) 01622 676799
Or direct from Sam Ball / Duncan K / Lee Brinx
NB: Tickets for our August Bank Holiday finale are now on sale and as you will have seen on Sunday you are in for a surprise with 2 of the most sought after acts coming to close our summer at Banks.
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