DJ Tennis (Life & Death, Italy) - Leeds debut
Voyeur (Kaoz Theory, UK)
Jeremy Underground (MLIU, France)
Dan Shake (Mahogani Music, UK)
On September 20th we will be back into town for another year in Leeds! As always, we’ll be kicking things off things with a bang at our home, the Beaver Works! Joining us will be Life and Death head honcho DJ Tennis for an extended set on his Leeds debut in the Main Room, supported by Flux favourites Voyeur and resident Wallauer. In the basement we are really excited to be joined by My Love Is Underground boss Jeremy Underground and Flux's rising star Dan Shake for a rare b2b set.
Founder and A&R of Life and Death, Manfredi Romano grew up tour-managing punk bands and organising left-field music events in Italy around the turn of the Millennium. Having completed his studies in computer science at the University of Pisa, Manfredi went on to form DAZE, Italy’s first booking agency solely devoted to electronic music. Drawing on two decades of experience behind the scenes, Romano shifted focus in 2010, establishing himself as a DJ in his own right. As a performer, Tennis valiantly showcases an astute ability to create intimacy in even the vastest of gatherings. As a respected producer, Romano consistently channels his past relationships with post-rock luminaries such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tortoise and Fugazi into intricately-synthesised electronic constellations. Fine chef and restaurant owner, Tennis splits his time between Miami and Barcelona, where he enjoys riding motorbikes, collecting vintage action-figures and building upon his vinyl record collection - which now numbers over eleven-thousand strong.
Born in 1986 in a Parisian suburb, Jeremy is a passionate record collector and music lover who’s collection and knowledge of deep house surpasses his years of collecting it. Falling madly in love with deep house in 1997 thanks to Radio Nova in Paris, he spent his formative teenage years in record shops with a sole idea in mind: unearthing all the hidden treasures of house music, leaving no stone unturned. Then, later on getting into the same process with other musical styles such as jazz, soul, funk etc. Jeremy started “My Love Is Underground” in 2010, a vinyl-only label dedicated to his first love: the authentic New York/New Jersey house sound. His mission was to bring these warm vibes back and showcase the spirit of this golden era in house. Regarded as a fine selector with a strong musical identity, Jeremy now carries his heavy bag of records across the globe, spreading his love for underground music. His honesty and dedication towards music has rocket launched him to the world of international DJing, with the now extremely rare feature of being a DJ only and not a Producer/DJ. His sets evoke class, burning up dance floors wherever he goes & you can be sure that the flag for ‘hard core deep house’ will be flying high for years to come.
Perhaps best known as the first ever non-Detroit artist to be signed to Moodymann’s prestigious label Mahogani Music, London based Dan Shake has been making his mark on dance-floors all over Europe, both with his distinctive productions and his expertise in working a crowd. The former Leeds student secured the feat in a charmingly anachronistic fashion: having just watched Kenny Dixon Jr perform alongside the 3 Chairs at Dimensions Festival, Dan simply handed over a demo CD with a collection of unreleased tracks. Moodymann was hooked almost instantly, taking the first plunge on welcoming an outsider into his tight-knit crew of Detroit strong artists. Citing influence from the layered percussive rhythms of Afrobeat pioneers such as Tony Allen and Fela Kuti, the soul-drenched sampling of J Dilla and the kind of dark, dense grooves laid out by contemporary producers such as Flying Lotus and Motor City Drum Ensemble, Dan's situation in winding up on a label renowned for encompassing all those traits is obviously a blessing for the young producer.
Benson Herbert and Leo Picking are a young duo making big moves. They broke through in February 2012 with a captivating remix of Bombay Bicycle Club’s “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep” and have since gone on to play live in the Boiler Room and in the booth alongside greats like Frankie Knuckles, Masters At Work, Dennis Ferrer and Cassy. Kerri Chandler was so impressed with the duo that he snapped them up for his Madtech imprint in November 2012. Releasing the pair’s debut single "Blame It on the Youth" with a remix of his own, Chandler launched Voyeur to the next level. Ensuing months saw people clamour to be heard playing music by the pair, including Radio 1 stars like Heidi and Annie Mac who gave them national exposure. It is no surprise, then, that Mixmag named Voyeur as 2013 "Stars To Watch" alongside peers like Krystal Klear and Ben Pearce. As DJs this duo weave their own sonic tapestries, calling on smoky deep house, physical tech and plenty of shades in between at venues all across the UK and Europe. Having become a regular and popular choice as his warm up DJs, the pair's relationship with Kerri Chandler has continued to develop, with the house legend now mentoring the young duo as they prepare a wealth of new original material for his new Kaoz Theory project.
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