Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

John's Back to Mix It for the Uni

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

John's Back to Mix It for the Uni

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Byline: By Simon Armstrong

Easily one of the most respected and in-demand DJs in the world, John Digweed, will be bringing the Bedrock experience to Durham University tonight, as Simon Armstrong reports

With his driving, progressive grooves, and seamless mixing skills, John Digweed has been at the forefront of the dance music scene since the early 1990s.

Making his name at Renaissance in 1992, he cemented his reputation with the legendary Northern Exposure mix series with Sasha, launched his own successful Bedrock nights in London and Brighton as well as taking to the airwaves with his own weekly radio show.

With his club nights rated as among the most important in the country for breaking new music and sounds, the last month has seen him undertake a lengthy university tour, which tonight stops off at Durham.

He said: "It's been very successful so far. It's something I've wanted to do for a while but commitments in places like America and Australia have always got in the way.

"The feedback has been great and at some of the dates we've had DJ workshops where the youngsters can have a go, so it's a chance to give something back and invest in the future.

"The club scene is very international these days, so the tour is a chance for me to play at all these places across Britain that I don't normally because the old circuit doesn't really exist any more."

While progressive breaks DJ Steve Gerrard has been taking to the decks for many of the dates, tonight sees John ably supported by Bedrock resident Phil Thompson.

The label recently marked its 50th release with a special set of remixes featuring some of the imprint's classic cuts, including Digweed's own Heaven Scent and Emerald.

A breaks offshoot was launched last year with Newcastle DJ and Bedrock regular Jonathan Lisle as A&R scout, signing tunes.

John said: "I didn't expect the main label to get to its 10th release, never mind 50, so it's brilliant the stuff we put out is so well received. …

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