JACKHAMMER 22ND BIRTHDAY: SURGEON, GARY BECK, STEPHEN BROWN (LIVE), WOLFJAZZ & KEYTE, DUELLIST + MANY MORE

Friday 22 December
23:00-05:00 £15

More big guns will be blazing as Jackhammer celebrates twenty-two pounding years!  Massive live up for this one, as they welcome 90s techno legend Surgeon (Bongo debut), Gary Beck (one of Soma Records’ finest) and local star Stephen Brown with a live set, no less.

LINE UP:

Surgeon
Gary Beck
Stephen Brown (live)
WolfJazz & Keyte
Duellist
Jack Brown
Violet Haze
Bash Man
Euroshopper
Hammay

SURGEON (BIO)

Anthony Child (born 1 May 1971), better known as Surgeon, is an English electronic musician and DJ.[3] Child releases music on his own labels Counterbalance and Dynamic Tension. Established imprints, such as TresorSoma, and Harthouse, have also released Surgeon’s original material and remixes. He has also been recognized as one of the first wave of DJs to use Ableton Live and Final Scratch to supplement his DJ sets.

Child grew up in Kislingbury, in Northamptonshire, England. In 1989, he moved to Birmingham to study audio-visual design, where he played in a jazz/rock/fusion band called Blim, and learned to DJ from friend Paul Damage.[1] At that time, there were no Techno clubs in Birmingham so he and his friends started House of God,[4] and by 1992 he was DJing there regularly. In 1994, he released his eponymous debut EP on Downwards Records.

Surgeon’s musical style is characterised by his incorporation of the more cinematic and left-field aspects of his musical background into his club-based material. His production, remix, and DJ repertoire are inspired by krautrock and industrial music bands such as FaustCoil, and Whitehouse. In particular, the extent of Coil’s influence is such that most of the track titles from Surgeon’s Tresor album “Force and Form” are direct references to Coil recordings.[5] Child also is influenced by Chicago housetechnodub music and electro, and also from non-musical works by Mike LeighDavid LynchWilliam S. BurroughsBret Easton Ellis and Cindy Sherman.[4]

Child is also known for several significant artist collaborations in his career. These include tonal experiments with Mick Harris, British Murder Boys with Regis, and with Ben Sims as Frequency 7. He has also opened for Lady Gaga, performing with Lady Starlight.

He is also known for producing music for the PlayStation racing game, Midnight Club: Street Racingfrom Wikipedia

GARY BECK (BIO)

As a regular fixture at the world’s top clubs and festivals, Glasgow born producer and DJ Gary Beck has long been established as a primary figure in techno. Known and respected for his unique sound, he has gained support from the best names in the business and released music on some of the genre’s leading labels, including institutions such as Soma, Cocoon & Drumcode, as well as his own BEK Audio imprint. Since his emergence onto the scene in 2007, Beck has accumulated an impressive list of achievements. Highlights include a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, two Boiler Room sessions, featured music on BBC 1 Drama ‘Stonemouth’, as well as numerous collaborations with exceptional talents such as MR. G, GreenVelvet, Debra Debs, Mark Broom and Speedy J…. from Resident Advisor

STEPHEN BROWN (BIO)

Stephen Brown, better known as ‘Broonie’ to his pals, has been making music since the late 80s.  Inspired by Yogi Haughton’s Hoochie Coochie club (Edinburgh’s first regular house music nights), he started playing live with Roland drum machines and basslines, emulating the acid sound of Chicago under the name of MD3 and would continue to do this for another two years (1989-91).

Initially signed by Saskia Sledgers for her legendary Djaxx-Up-Beats label in Holland, he put out a run of releases for her plus via labels closer to home, such as Soma, T&B, Drought, and Neil Landstrumm’s Scandinavia imprint Throughout the Nineties.  These included his ‘Cornucopia’ EP, under the alias Earl Brown – in Muzik Magazine’s Top 20 Releases of 1996, with Broonie’s talent compared to that of Chicago innovator LIL’ LOUIS  (and it was only his second release).

Consequently, his profile rose internationally and he started playing out again.  Enjoying touring in Belgium, Germany, France, Denmark, and Norway, he would always return to play at his local club, PURE, in Edinburgh.  Here Stephen’s career would take another turning point when he played live one night before Derrick May.  May immediately snapped him up for his legendary Transmat label in Detroit and the two remain friends to this day.

Fast forward many years and Broonie has been resident for Nightvision and Terminal V festival for some time now, playing alongside all the big names from the worldwide techno scene, and touring regularly once more.   He has a fierce but groovy sound of his own, rooted in soul and funk.

Event type:

Tickets available via link above or on the door (unless sold out).

Location

The Bongo Club
66 Cowgate
Edinburgh
EH1 1JX



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