Dave Martin (Technique)
Dave Martin is fast becoming a name to be reckoned with within the UK and increasingly across Europe. As the resident and promoter of the mighty Technique club in Leeds England, Dave has had an enviable platform from which to get clubbers from all over Europe shaking their
stuff. His recent position as Immigrant Records and Immigrant Digital label manager has given Dave an venue to develop his production skills and Djing profile as well as offer the label a talented A&R employee and musical visonary.
In 2008 Technique reaches the ripe old age of 7, no mean feat for a club that was started with no money by a bunch of students! Over this 7 year period Technique has grown to become a household name for anybody with so much as a hint of interest in the US and European house
and techno scene. The club has also provided Dave with the experience and confidence to grow as a touring DJ. Playing alongside, and earning the respect of the likes of Richie Hawtin, Craig Richards, Magda, Luciano, John Tejada, Alex Smoke, Derrick May, Carl Craig, Steve Bug, Mathew Jonson and Michael Mayer.
2006-2007 saw Dave's profile grow further still, playing at all of the UK's clubs that are championing the house and techno scene in all of the major cities. He made his Fabric debut, a real personal highlight, as well as gracing the decks of such reknowned establishements as Stealth in Nottingham an Tribal Sessions (Sankey Soaps) in Manchester. However, his infectious beats were not only limited to the UK; Dave also made his movements into Europe with appearances in Barcelona (during the prestigious Sonar festival) and in Oslo's hottest club, Sikamikaniko.
In 2005 Dave became part of the furniture for the awesome Immgrant Records team, as well - Dave is now manager for the label, Immigrant have worked with the likes of John Tejada, John Dahlback and Funk D'Void in the past and with a host of new talent planned for the future,
watch this space for big things from Immigrant in the coming year!
Dave also became an official Archipel DJ in 2005. He's now one of the tatse makers and taste testers for Pheek's (M-nus/Archipel) label.
Having played alongside Dave in early 2005 Pheek approached Dave to join the Archipel team as their official UK DJ, and they've been working together ever since.
So what's next? Well Dave's schedule doesn't seem to be letting up, 2008 is already looking pretty stacked out! There's big plans afoot for Immigrant and Dave will be diving even deeper into his role there. He'll be making returns to all of his favourite haunts and adding a host of
new events to his schedule - with Technique events already planned in Tokyo, Berlin, Ibiza and Budapest as well as guest appearance at anywhere else you can care to imagine! Dave will also be spending a lot more time in the studio…who knows you might even see a release
Make sure you do not miss Mr Martin this year!
James Barnsley (BackToBasics/Whalebow)
James Barnsley is the newest member of the basics family after building the main room with his own two hands, he now finds himself playing regular main room sets as well as his long standing back room gigs in England’s best small club! Keeping his style fresh and interesting with Deep, Techy house music, there is never a lack of energy on the dance floor. James’ skills have seen him play high profile gigs such as, ‘River Bar’ for ‘Club Class’ in London and ‘Space’ in Ibiza for ‘We Love’. 2006 has seen James venture into the studio with his most recent track ‘Acid Tambarine’ made with production partner Burnski, the track is gaining interest from major record labels as well as tearing the roof off at Basics. As well as his main room gigs James has made quite a stir in the backroom gaining support from Mark Farina for his clever blend of Hip Hop, Disco and Funk. James’ latest project ‘Whalebow’ is the new basics after hours @ the mint club. As well as running the night he is also one of the residents and can be found smashing it in most Sunday mornings also securing two new residency’s for 2008, one being 'Twaddle' in Leeds and the other being 'Riff Raff' (the hottest underground club night in middlesboro) 2008 is set to be the biggest year yet in James's DJing Courier.
Paul Kaminski (Mono_cult)
Mono_cult resident Paul is currently involved in exclusive daytime and after hour parties called mono_cult showcasing new innovative artists. "Our music policy is open to interpretation, focusing on cutting edge electronic soundscapes for the educated generation. We intend to drive the Leeds underground scene forward, harnessing local talent along the way. As well as our home @ lounge we will be hosting rooms from North to South, and bringing our sound to Ibiza 07. " Mono_cult was founded by 5 friends, all influenced by the techno movement and Paul’s music has always been at the center of this. After spending recent time in Berlin & other European cities he has experienced the underground scene to its maximum. Summer 2007 has been an eventful one for Paul and the rest of the mono_cult residents, they were handed a residency at SPACE (Ibiza)!! They were also hosting the new "El Salon" room at Carl Cox`s night every Tuesday (12pm-6am). With Mono_cult now returning at the fav Paul will be again demonstrating his djing skills and versatility in abundance.