In 1999 after being fired from his office job for browsing music on the internet all day, Desyn took months to compile and mix his perfect demo. In less than 4 months he was being booked at clubs in Helsinki, Finland, UK and the USA. He then joined Deep Dish’s exclusive booking agency and in 2002 he did the cover CD for DJ Magazines WMC issue. During 2003 Desyn embarked on a mission to do 80 shows in 100 days supporting his extremely respected ‘In House We Trust’ CD, released on Yoshtoshi. The end of 2003 saw him playing along side Sasha in The Hague and Sander Klienenberg at the opening of his ‘Everybody’ night in Ibiza. 2004 was filled with lavish studio success; transforming the work or artists like Blondie, The Eurhythmics, James Brown, The Beatles and Depeche Mode; into the form of dancefloor-pleasant remixes and re-edits. It was also the year his ground-break Essential Mix on BBC’s Radio One saw his popularity grow ten-fold.
Beginning 2005, armed with a host of remixes and productions, Desyn performed his only Australian show courtesy of Sweetchilli.
I arrived at 10:30pm greeted by friendly security, a friendly entry fee ($30) and a not-so-friendly flight of stairs. The place wasn’t as full as I had expected, probably due to some punters being deterred by the atrocious weather. Ben Korbel was serving up some rock-hard progressive house to a crowd consisting of Sweetchilli die-hards, water-soaked Good Vibrations festival expatriates and the usual Oxford Street drop-ins. The tail end of Ben’s set comprised a cocktail of chunky, electro-influenced house music, memorable tracks were “Jus Everybody” by Solid Groove and a remix of Prodigy’s “Poison”. As Ben dropped his final track, a glichy James Holden style prog monster, people from the surrounding couches swarmed to the dance floor. With much cheering, hooting and anticipation; Desyn took to the decks at 1:00am.
He lists his musical inspiration as stemming from; acid house, funk, soul, disco, rock, Brazilian, carnival, reggae and dub. I can honestly say there were elements of each of these over the 3 hours. The first hour of his set constituted solid progressive house. The punters ear drums were pleasured by smooth, seamless, fluid mixes. The crowd favorite of the first hour being “In My Heart” by Ethan. Desyn owns two record labels and spends half his life discovering new music; so understandably I couldn’t identify all that many tunes, which was refreshing. A large part of his production involves re-edits. This was prominent in the second hour of his set; which saw him utilize short tracks in succession building the set masterfully. The intensity in the second hour grew slightly as Desyn purveyed an eclectic blend of progressive, infused with elements of rock, acid and percussive flavors. Desyn received a first-class reaction to the droning fiend “Techno Monster” by The Idiots and the quirky track “Deluded” by DCM vs. Cody. Desyn uses his Alternative Route label to release club hits, and his Sexonwax label is a vehicle showcasing the weird, quirky, dirty, underground music, that he loves. The third and final hour and a half of his set saw the crowd disperse, revealing the die-hards smiling and dancing on. Desyn finished up with a blend hard melodic progressive, epitomized by fast punchy drums, swelling synths, deep unrelenting basslines and lush melodies. There were some epic tracks in the final hour; the future of the Alternative Route label is safe. Many ‘high-fives’ were exchanged amongst the crowd as Desyn played the Livio ‘Romanian’ Re-edit of Jakatta’s classic “One Fine Day”. The crowd’s appreciation was obvious as Desyn departed from the decks just after 4:30am accompanied by clapping and cheering. I left soon after, very satisfied.
What a fantastic night! A great crowd, punter-friendly entry fee and a Dj that well and truly pushed the envelope into my letterbox.