The Hacienda in Manchester, circa 1988, was a special place; a convergence of post-modern architecture, cutting edge music, out there youth culture, Factory Records (arguably the most influential record label of the decade), the greatest bands for yet more decades to come, including New Order, The Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses, and three DJs that “pissed petrol on the fire” (Anthony.H.Wilson), were busy sound tracking the whole affair with a freshness of attitude that launched many, many clubs and even more DJ’s. You’ve read the books, seen the films, bought the albums, and yes, even worn the T-shirts! A great time was had by all…clearly!
One of the Hacienda Three, “perhaps The Hacienda’s most singular resident DJ”, is Jon Dasilva. Fresh to the scene in ’87, Dasilva had found DJ inspiration in the House and Disco DJ’s of deepest New York and Chicago, amidst a sea of influences from Bowie to Dub Reggae to Kosmische Musik and beyond…
As a DJ, these wide musical tastes and his ability to work so many genres into proper dance floor action also mark Dasilva out as specialist deck-master, taking his cues from the legends that inspired him, the likes of Francois Kevorkian and Ron Hardy. Considered an influence on a whole generation of DJs from Balearic Legend, DJ Moonboots to the ubiquitous star, Sasha, Jon has nevertheless retained a freshness of approach as displayed in his recent DJ mixes where his penchant for the varied shades of techno and house as well as his keen nose for sniffing out the most interesting modern producers have been so clearly evident.
A mercurial producer, he has had a string of cutting edge productions to his name spanning over three decades, on labels including Ellum Audio, Rush Hour, Soma, Mute, Deconstruction, Eskimo, and many more. Maceo Plex and Jon Dasilva were recently been awarded Best House Track 2012-13 at The International Dance Awards for Love Somebody Else. (Feat. Joi Cardwell)… He is in the process of finishing a second album with his band The Virgo Mechanically Replayed, alongside new electronic collaborations, which will see the light of day in 2018/19. Also look out for Dasilva’s label Moiré Product …a string of releases due this year after it’s debut with Starmer’s U Got in March this year. His collaboration with Posthuman continues (several I Love Acid Parties in Manchester in 2017/18) with their THIS IS ACID hybrid DJ/Live show (see email@example.com for more details)
SASHA On Dasilva:
“Well Jon to me was the most influential DJ in my career really. He showed me the way! Not only did he give me my first breaks, my first proper, proper breaks, he taught me how to build DJ sets. I used to go and watch him play from 9pm and follow the whole night and listening to the way he crafted his DJ sets and his use of vocal a cappella and sound effects was just mind-blowing. He was so ahead of the game. I don’t think there’s another more influential person on my DJ career really.”
Mark Luvdup has been entertaining clubbers the world over at the highest level for over three decades. Voted in the top 25 DJs in the world in DJ Magazine’s reader’s poll – Marks’ pedigree is unquestionable. An unbridled sense of humour, notorious clubbing antics and brilliant selection of energetic and funky party music had made Mark one of the most instantly recognisable characters in worldwide clubbing.
Mark absolutely rocks the party wherever he DJs, equally at home mixing up hands-in-the-air classics or delighting the dance floor with the latest upfront party belters (or a mixture of both). With his 2nd nature floor-reading skills and superior technical mixing ability, Mark knows how to get the party started and keep it going, with clubbers always screaming for more!
Mark has DJed in every major club in the UK as well as throughout Europe, including, of course, Ibiza, as well as Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, Latvia, Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Russia, Georgia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand and South Africa have all been visited regularly too.
It’s not just the DJing that has established his name so strongly, as Mark has caused quite a stir with his production, remix and mix compilation career. He has worked on over 40 remixes for such well-known acts as Womack and Womack, M. People and The Charlatans. Other notable remixes have been for Sam Ellis, Soft House Company and Rollo Goes Camping. His own material has received such critical accolades as Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune on Radio 1, and Mixmag Update magazine’s single of the week. As well as all this, the mixing duties on several dance compilations have won him a couple of gold discs to hang up in the bathroom (Fantazia’s Club Classics series) and an appearance on Radio 1’s Essential Mix show was awarded a very high 8.5 out of 10 rating.
To quote from a Mixmag article;
“Without people like Mark Luvdup, the great British club scene would be a much sadder place”.
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Lenny Fontana from New York learned his craft from DJ Frankie Crocker, the program director of WBLS. Inspired by DJ Larry Levan, Fontana went on to play at Studio 54 in the late 80’s and other NYC clubs. Through the 1990’s he travelled the world and played at many famous nightclubs globally. He was the first US DJ to play at Pacha Ibiza and in Dubai.
Lenny had his first successful production in 1992 with Butch Quick’s “Higher” (Strictly Rhythm). In 1999 he had his first crossover hit record, “What You Need” (Defected Records/Ministry Of Sound) with under the name Powerhouse Featuring Duane Harden. This was a Top 10 hit in the UK was performed on the famous TV show Top of the Pops and the Pepsi Chart Show. In 2000 Lenny recorded his hit, “Chocolate Sensation” (FFRR/Warner). Both singles crossed over from the House charts to the Pop charts with the videos on heavy rotation on MTV worldwide. In 2005 Lenny Fontana presents Octah’via (of C+C Music Factory) “The Way”(Defected Records), which became a dance club hit.
After some soul searching, Fontana founded Karmic Power Records in 2013. In 2015 Lenny Fontana & D-Train “Raise Your Hands” (Karmic Power Records) was a huge success as WMC Miami. Including remixes by David Morales and others, it received support from Louie Vega, Tony Humphries and many other DJ’s worldwide. At the end of 2015 the record hit the #3 position in The Music Week Club Chart UK, and #14 in the End of the Year Chart. Lenny also produced a successful single for Meli’sa Morgan, “So Good”(Fresh Entertainment/RFC Records). In 2016 and 2017, D-Train’s follow-up single “When You Feel What Love Has” (Karmic Power Records) received worldwide attention and hit the #4 position on Music Week Club Chart UK. With over 650 spins a week on daytime radio rotation in the USA, the song hit the #31 position on the Nielsen Billboard Indicator Radio Chart (USA) and the huge urban station WBLS 107.5 FM, Sirius XM Venus, Music Choice and many other FM stations added it to their daytime rotation. Currently, there is a new release slated with the famous UK artist feat. Alison Limerick, called “Bye Bye” (Karmic Power Records).
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Darren Partington has been a key member of 808 State since the late 80’s; the story of 808 State defines an era of electronic dance music, and sets a blueprint of possibilities for future generations. Formed in Manchester in 1988, their first album – Newbuild – is now regarded as a milestone in UK electronica and sprang from a desire for a more outer-limits dance sound from the growing warehouse party scene in North West England.
From The Hacienda in Manchester to limelight in New York, Japan and Ibiza, Darren has DJ’d some of the world’s most iconic venues and clubs. He has remixed David Bowie, The Stone Roses, Bjork, Africa Bombaataa, and New Order, and has influenced the likes of Aphex Twin, Altern-8, Prodigy and Moby.
Darren’s set includes all the old-school classics with some big club bangers thrown in for good measure… he is determined to keep that classic sound alive. Darren has been there since the very beginning, so don’t miss this dance music pioneer playing the best tunes of the last 30 years.
DJ/Producer/Promoter and Radio Host Sandro Valentino hails from the city of Naples, Italy but has lived in the UK for most of his adult life. Originally a rock drummer his love for electronic music began in 1990 when he was inspired by the early Illegal Acid House parties in the North West of England.
After gigging all over the UK throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s his DJ Sets, Studio Productions and Remixes have graced many quality underground clubs and house labels including Sony Music, Hed Kandi, Good For You Records, Metrogroove Records, Toolbox Records, Dejavoo Records, Daddy Funk Records, Phunky Rabbit Records, Lowered Recordings, Disco Legends NYC, Soulful Legends NYC, Ibiza Live Records plus many more.
In 2015 Sandro joined forces with Keef from Jacked to promote exclusive club nights showcasing some of the best global DJ talent including: Lenny Fontana, Graeme Park, Russ Marland, Alan Hartley, Marshall Jefferson, Heller & Farley, Allister Whitehead, Andy Carroll to name just a few. Sandro also regularly plays for Covert and Pier Jam Events including warming up for the likes of Erick Morillo and other ‘A list’ DJ’s at Gorilla in Manchester.
He also hosts his own monthly radio show ‘Guilty Grooves House Radio’ on cult radio station Chorley 102.8FM which showcases exclusive interviews and guest mixes from the world’s best DJ/Producers. Sandro to this day continues to produce and remix for some of the best underground house labels on the planet and the future looks bright for the UK/Italian Producer who is currently working hard in the studio setting high quality production standards for the world’s best dancefloors.
To listen to DJ Mixes, Productions and Radio Shows you can visit his official website and the following media links
Keef with over 25 years’ experience of being a DJ launched a club night in the Greater Manchester area called ‘Jacked’ in 2013 which has become one of the most successful nights in the North West of England. Headlining guests include: James Holroyd, Krysko, Graeme Park, Lenny Fontana, K-Klass, Russ Marland, Davos, Marshall Jefferson, Elliot Eastwick, David Dunne, Andy Carroll, Allister Whitehead, Heller & Farley and Alan Hartley.
From 2015 to 2017 Keef has played at the following venues: Ministry of Sound London, Egg London, Venus, Gorilla and The Oxford Club in Manchester. He also regularly plays for ‘Covert’ and ‘Pier Jam’ events warming up for the likes of Erick Morillo and other ‘A list’ DJs and was chosen to play at ‘Space Ibiza on Tour’.
Keef presents his own monthly radio show on the cult station Chorley 102.8FM ‘The Deep Down Radio Show’ showcases interviews and guest mixes from some of the best DJs and Producers on the planet. He also collaborates with close friend DJ/Producer Sandro Valentino and is currently working on new studio productions for release in 2018. Keef is looking forward to 2018 and bringing more headline guest DJ’s to Jacked.
The future’s dancefloors are looking very busy for Keef so keep an eye out for further news and announcements on forthcoming shows and releases.
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There are DJs that are instantly recognisable because of their visibility on social media or the wacky things they do, and then there are equally talented, immensely passionate people who ply their trade without getting caught up with the trappings of fame, people like Steve Parry.
However, his recent production for John Digweed’s Bedrock imprint ‘Flippant’ and new single for his own Selador Recordings label, ‘Apricity’ might well be about to change all that as Steve is now taking his considerable experience into the studio with devastating results and his star is very much in the ascendency. Steve has amassed a wealth of musical knowledge and honed some serious DJ skills over his time working as manager of the world famous 3 Beat records, a 3 year residency at Cream in Liverpool and a host of headlining gigs across the globe. As a radio host, his Red Zone show ran for 10 years on Juice FM in Liverpool featuring the hottest new music and regular world class DJ guests. His new show on Frisky Radio, The Selador Sessions continues in that vein. As a promoter Steve has also had much success. Firstly with his legendary ‘Alderaan’ nights which ran from ’97 – 2001 in a room above the infamous Lemon Lounge which helped to shape the very scene Liverpool has become known for. Steve’s attention to detail and crowd-focused guest selections has built a solid and lasting reputation in his hometown and far beyond. His new project – Luna, is shaping up to be just as influential and acts as a welcome antithesis to a scene in the stranglehold of corporate greed. These days Steve’s day jobs include working on his company – SMP3 Music Management. where he sources music for a diverse range of DJs including Sasha, Just Be, Behrouz, Sander Kleinenberg, Tiga and many others. SMP3 also has a promo mail out service which regularly features tracks from labels such as as Bedrock, Sudbeat, Lost & Found, Natura Sonoris, Under No Illusion, Carioca and Babicz Style.And of course, Steve has also turned his hand to running his own record label with long time friend, Dave Seaman called Selador. A lifelong ambition realised having been involved with music for so long, the label’s primary aim is to showcase the musical diversity of both Steve and Dave, and it’s success so far is mainly down to their passion and utter devotion to quality over quantity.
More than three decades since he was first bitten by the house bug, it is clear that Alan Hartley has lost none of his passion for the dance floor, whether he is playing to it or dancing on it.
Having fallen in love with house music the first time he heard it in a club in north west England in 1986, it would be another 10 years before he purchased his first pair of decks. But, in the time since, Alan has established himself as an eclectic DJ capable of reading and reacting to any crowd and a successful promoter creating one of the most glamorous brands of the Noughties with Twisted Elegance.
Always seeing himself as a clubber first and DJ second, Alan started out DJing in a backstreet of Liverpool at the now legendary G-Bar and the last 20 years have seen him play for some of the UK’s biggest house nights, among them Garlands, Venus and Miss Moneypenny’s.
As the new Millennium dawned, his flamboyant style and dynamic sets also made him the perfect booking for glamorous party brands like Chuff Chuff, Ultima and Peruvia.
In 2002 Alan turned his hand to promoting and co-founded Twisted Elegance at Manchester’s Ampersand nightclub. With its glam house soundtrack, lavish production and teams of entertainers it quickly became one of the country’s most popular dance floors. Indeed, in 2007, Pete Tong declared Twisted Elegance the ‘new kings of glam’.
However, after five hectic years promoting, Alan decided the time was right to go back to his roots and at the end of that year he gave give up the glitter cannons to focus on DJing.
It proved to be a wise move and one which saw his DJ reach widen dramatically.
Within months he would be making his debut for Creamfields.
Booked to play the closing gig in the VIP arena at the festival’s 10th anniversary in 2008, Alan left the crowd panting for more at four in the morning on a soaking wet Saturday and ensured himself repeat bookings for 2009 and 2010.
In 2011 he was asked to open the main stage at the festival, the same stage that just hours later would be taken over by none other than David Guetta.
Alan’s magnetic Sunday afternoon set enticed bleary-eyed festival-goers from their tents and filled the field with close to 5,000 clubbers winning him a whole new army of fans.
Four years later Alan had the honour of opening another Creamfields main stage – this time at the brand’s inaugural festival in Ibiza at Ushuaia, while this August will be his ninth time playing for Creamfields in the UK.
2011 also saw him achieve another of his dreams when he landed a set at Space, Ibiza, playing El Salon at Carl Cox’s Revolution night.
Recent career highs have included playing alongside his own DJ hero, Roger Sanchez twice, and for the past three years Alan has played and managed the Love House arena at Reminisce, one of the UK’s fastest-growing classics festivals as well as for the Heroes of House brand.
This summer will also see Alan return to Ibiza to play for Sin Sundays at Ocean Beach.
Versatile and skilled at steering the dance floor, Alan firmly believes clubbers’ satisfaction comes before musical education.
He is equally happy playing the anthems and classics – that create ‘those goose bump moments’ – as he is playing big room driving house, tech and techno.
In his own words ‘house without boundaries’.
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DJ JOHN KELLY is a true legend of dance music. He is part of an elite group of DJs who are responsible for shaping the British dance scene in the late 80,s In 1988 with James Barton (owner of Cream) and together, they opened a club in Liverpool called The Underground where the DJ’ed together .
The house music scene grew rapidly and fuelled by the energy and excitement they were generating, the pair moved on to a new, bigger venue, Quadrant Park. ‘The Quad’ as it was known, had a capacity of 5,000 and stayed open until 6am; it was the UK’s first super-club and the precursor to the legendary Cream.
JohnKelly’s DJ reputation grew and word spread quickly. As the UK dance scene erupted John started his DJ touring and James Barton stayed in Liverpool to promote but still worked together even to this day
in the 90’s , ‘John Kelly’ was one of the first name on the lips of promoters at emerging new clubs including Gatecrasher, Slinky, Passion, Sundissential and Miss Moneypenny’s. Within a short period of time he earned himself residencies at the world’s greatest clubs, including Cream, Godskitchen, Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher and in Ibiza where he held a resudencey in the the biggest club in the world, Manumission and also playing Pacha , Space, El Dinino ,Es Paradisa ,Eden , DC10 .amongst his many Radio guest spots he was also was a guest twice on the prestigious Radio 1 essential Guest mix where Pete Tong called him “A Genius in the mix” In-between residencies he was invited to play all over the planet and has made guest appearances at clubs and festivals across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, South America and of course, the USA.
John is always keen to collaborate with other DJ’s and as well as playing regularly alongside the world’s top DJs, his albums, made-jointly with Seb Fontaine, Sonique , Judge Jules , Brandon Block and Jim Shaft Ryan, have sold nearly a million copies.Being awarded 2 silver disc’s for 2 of them. On the production side, he has remixed tracks for The Farm and Utah Saints, and he has even had a place in the UK top 40 singles charts with the track ‘Outrageous’ which he made with his close friend Judge Jules, under the guise of Stix & Stoned. With his own releases, including the Superstar DJs CD for Slinky, , it is easy to see why John is regarded as one of clubland’s most sought-after DJs.
Musically, John’s style reflects the diversity and influences over the now 28 years of playing clubs and his own personal journey from the very early days of dance music to the present day. His ability to read a crowd is second to none and he loves nothing more than seeing the reaction of the crowd as he lifts them to a frenzy of excitement. With a wealth of experience, and “maverick mixing”he can move instinctively and effortlessly between genres, from House, Techno,Funky House ,Tech,Trance ,Electro and back again .
John Kelly is still very much in demand and tours the UK every weekend mixing new and old with his “Classics House set’s” and this year has also played Ibiza, Dubai ,Marbella, Majorca and Hong Kong and played the emotional last ever “Cream Grand Finale”at Nation in Liverpool before it got demolished.
John also does a Cream Classics set, an old school “Quad” set 1988-1991 and a Gatecrasher trance classics set
John Kelly will always be known as a pioneer of the early house scene but nowadays he uses the latest technology to bring his own personal mix to each track he plays. What sustains him is his passion for music, his enthusiasm and his ability to turn even a small gathering into a great party. Above all, this man knows how to get a crowd moving.
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Sally Rodgers one half of A Man Called Adam regarded as pivotal in the development of the electronic music genres Acid Jazz and Balearic,whose DJ sets have soundtracked sunsets, back rooms, bars and festivals in San Francisco, Singapore and San Antonio. A selector with an enormous depth of musical knowledge,who seamlessly mixes the old with the new to blur the lines and find surprising musical connections.
Recent gigs include Brilliant Corners (a 5 hour vinyl only set), Spiritland, Bar No 90, Pikes & LaTorre (Ibiza), Bestival, Outlaws Yacht Club & Bar 212 (Leeds) where she’s played the best Contemporary House, Rare Japanese Ambient, Italo-disco, Soul, Jazz, Art-Pop, French House, 60s soundtracks, Krautrock, Loft classics, plus her own exclusive re edits to keep the party alive.