A rare chance to catch Techno's most respected artists for our opening night with incredible Funktion One sound, all at East London's most intimate and personal music venue, The Hive Project in Hackney Wick.
Ancient Methods is somewhat of an enigma in the world of Techno. He's gained real underground notoriety through his own self titled record label, releasing the highly anticipated, numbered Method series. His industrial and abrasive approach to the Techno sound has gained him legions of fans who also align themselves with the much fabled Downwards sound. His work and support from longtime friend Regis, and their work as Ugandan Methods has undeniably pushed his sound towards the limelight, whilst always retaining all the credibility any DJ/Producer worth his salt would wish to have. His DJ and live sets are always a very personal affair, and after our trips to parties such as Plex(a major inspiration for us), we just couldn't not book him to spin for us at our first event.
DJ Skirt. Well what can we say about Skirt that hasn't been said already? In our opinion, she is the crown princess of Techno, with an unbelievable wealth of knowledge of the sound that would make the geekiest Techno head feel like they'd been into the scene for five minutes. Living in Birmingham, the epicentre of the UK sound, you can see this inspiration come through her original work and remixes on some of Techno's most respected labels' such as Horizontal Ground, Semantica and Candela Rising. A pure vinyl head, with skills beyond her years, she brings the heat to every Techno party she plays, and sits proudly and comfortably at the top of some of the best Techno parties on the globe alongside some of Techno's most respected heroes such as Surgeon, and also seen her spin at much fabled nights as The House Of God, Berghain and Fabric. This was an easy choice for us, and we're proud to be showcasing her sound in the intimate surroundings of The Hive.
Part of what we aim to achieve within our parties is to showcase some emerging and exciting talent alongside our headliners, and we think Manni Dee is the epitome of this modus operandi. Black Sun was the label that got heads turning towards Manni, supported by some of the most respected DJ's in the scene. His two releases on the label to date sit proudly alongside efforts from Blawan, AnD and Sunil Sharpe. From there on in, support from Surgeon, Yuji Kondo, Rebekah, Skirt, AnD, Pangaea and Perc amongst many others and a release on the ever impressive label Shades, is propelling him towards the Techno stratosphere at a real pace. With tracks coming up on(the aforementioned Perc's label) Perc Trax, and one of his masterpieces nestling nicely on Pangaea's Fabric release, Manni looks set to land firmly amongst the big league. We're looking forward to his educated and diverse Techno sound hitting our eardrums at the night, enthusiasm we hope you share with us for sure.
Resident Billy Allen is undoubtedly one of London's most respected and technically gifted DJ's, and that is no overstatement. Also taking up a residency at the long standing VOID events, he was a natural choice to bring him to every party we throw. Head of eponymous label Candela Rising, Billy is fast carving out a status of being one of the most forward thinking label heads in the industry. Candela has so far brought us releases and remixes from the likes of Lakker, Paul Birken, Moerbeck, Jeroen Search, Skirt and Clouds. That resume should show you this dude knows what he's talking about. Acting as co-creative director for Individual Collective, you can be sure with his sublime knowledge, you're always sure to see something exciting to come to our night.