Test blows away the autumn leaves on Friday, October 24th with a
highly anticipated live performance from UK producer Regis as part of
the DEAF festival.
Since the mid-90s, Karl O'Connor has been releasing dense, unrelenting
techno on Downwards, Infrastructure and Sandwell District.
Together with Surgeon and Female, O'Connor is one of the main
proponents of the so-called Birmingham sound.
Karl's music is not just inspired by traditional techno structures:
taking influence from the UK's industrial music scene and post-punk's
sense of nihilistic situationism - check release titles like "Disease
Through Affection' or 'Delivered Into The Hands of Indifference' - it
is distinctive and refreshingly uncompromising,
Formerly one half of British Murder Boys with Surgeon, more recently,
O'Connor's involvement with the Sandwell District label and releases
as Kalon have gained him more overground attention.
Expect him to rock the Underground to its foundations with an
incendiary live set.
Support comes from Mantrap boss Sunil Sharpe and ADJ from Touchin' Bass.
Coming through the traditional DJ route of pirate radio, outdoor raves and working on the front line at a record shop (Dublin’s Spindizzy), Sunil Sharpe is one of the country’s most celebrated underground DJs. Playing at legendary European clubs like Berlin’s Tresor and Bratislava’s Sub Club, as well as in every part of Ireland itself, Sunil has also recorded for labels such as Open Source, Tonewrecker and Bastardo Electrico, with his forthcoming 12? on the Irish label already picking up plays and plaudits from Dave Clarke, Technasia, Neil Landstrumm and Anderson Noise amongst others. On top of establishing the Mantrap imprint, which has quickly become a favourite with many of techno and electro’s big hitters, Sunil is also a resident on 2FM’s Late Night Sessions, where he can be heard play each month. With DJ sets that reflect his favourite styles from the past and present, Sunil’s trademark techno energy shows no signof letting up.
1995 saw Andy’s first release under the guise of 3 Elements on his own Analogique label, which subsequently ran until 1998, releasing Electro and soulful Techno.
In 1996 Andy became a music buyer for the now infamous IQ record store. The store subsequently became a Mecca for underground electronicia and established Andy one of the most respected Electro DJ’s in the capital. Two years later he hooked up with the Outside Records contingent and these encounters subsequently helped secured future DJ tours and an artistic partnership which has lasted ever since. 1998 also saw Andy holding down a number of residencies at Technology, Sub Terrain, Electric Kingdom and Arthrob, all at The End in London. He also organised parties for IQ Records in an old theatre in London’s West End and promoted several three day parties in a 17th century chateau in Normandy, France.
1999 saw the sad demise of IQ Records, so Andy decided to set up Pyramid - a small Soho record shop dedicated to Electro, IDM and Electronica. The following year saw the creation of the Pyramid Transmissions imprint with label partner John Cranmer. The two soon started collaborating together on tracks and Andy also began a long line of productions with Jeff Nagel and fellow Outside artists.
Since 2000 Andy has held down DJ residences at Perverted Science, Wang and Scand in London, The Lost Mine in Birmingham and UFO in Plymouth. His DJing has also taken him further afield to Germany, France, Belgium and the USA, where he’s played for the Electro Alliance in Miami, E.L.M. in California and Outside in Charlotte. In terms of production, Andy has been busy releasing tracks on labels such as District Six, Millennium, Outside, Touchin Bass, Ai and Pyramid Transmissions. Both ADJ and Pathic continue to collaborate on music and perform live sets in venues across London and the UK
Admission €15/€11 before midnight
Venue: The Underground, 31-2 Westland Row
Doors @ 2230
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