Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Exploiting His Break!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Exploiting His Break!

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Byline: By Simon Armstrong

Landing his big break by winning Muzik Magazine's Bedroom Bedlam competition, Steve Gerrard is now a regular at Bedrock and Renaissance. He spoke to, Simon Armstrong, as he prepares to play a gig in Newcastle tonight

Since being plucked from obscurity by winning a readers' mix tape competition in 1998, Steve Gerrard has gone on to establish himself as one of the leading lights in the progressive house and breaks scene.

With the current shift away from the dark percussive sounds that have dominated dancefloors over the last couple of years, recent trends have seen many DJs turning to breakbeat to infuse a fresh energy into their sets.

Leading where others are now following, the Birmingham-based DJ has always been determined to include more than straight four-to-the-floor beats in his pounding club workouts - complete with plenty of melody.

Tonight, he'll be taking to the decks at Newcastle's Sugar nightclub as Fragile continues its bid to bring the finest in up-and-coming talent to the city, in association with Sunderland label Nascent Recordings.

Gerrard himself is looking forward to unleashing a succession of driving tracks - including several of his own remixes as one half of the acclaimed Wrecked Angle production outfit.

Reworking 90s progressive classics Age of Love by Age of Love, Chakra's anthem I Am and Fluke's Slide, he's brought them up to date for the breaks crowd.

"Those records have been really well received," he said. "They've been some of my biggest tracks over the last year when I've been playing out and it's amazing when you see the reaction on people's faces.

"They were all classic tunes and we thought we'd be able to do something with them but we didn't expect them to take off.

"We don't want to be seen as bootleg kings so it's important we work on our own new productions as well, and we've got a few on the go now, including one called Back to Babylon which featured on a mix we did for Annie Nightingale's radio show. …

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