While the general consensus may be that DJ culture has found its downward spiral amid the commercial club overhaul, John Digweed is yet to be persuaded. As a bona fide veteran of the British dance explosion, and renowned for his technical abilities behind the decks, Digweed’s Bedrock imprint and corresponding club nights have set in motion a seemingly perfect revival of new age electronic music cut to the stone of heyday club culture.
Taking to the global festival and club circuit like a duck to water throughout 2012, Digweed and a host of his fellow label cohorts also held a huge anniversary session at Fire nightclub in South London to celebrate the 14 years and more than 100 singles that have forged his imprint.
John Digweed is an expert of the long game; a wise journeyman. Famed for his dynamic and escalating DJ sets that develop subtly over many hours, the British jock has led the dark electronic house movement since its very inception.
Never one to rest at the top, this week sees the release of Digweed’s annual mix compilation from his respected label Bedrock Records, which has had a remarkable 12 months of big releases.
“We are on a bit of a roll at the moment,” says Digweed, who managed to secure 28 exclusive tracks (available as individual downloads) for ‘Bedrock Eleven’, from the likes of Spooky (back in the progressive house limelight after what seems like an eon), Christian Smith & John Selway, Santos, Marc Marzenit, Rowdent (aka Rowan Blades and Dennis White), Peter Heller, and others.
Bedrock Records latest wonderkid Guy J has been the talk of the town lately, with a recent Big Interview with Pete Tong, a new album ‘Esperanza’ and a slew of tour dates on the back of it.
Hear what this up-and-comer has to say about all of his recent successes, and his feelings behind ‘Esperanza’ in the interview that follows.
On Fast Trax this week, Pete started off with the video for ‘What A Wonderful World’ from Axwell and Bob Sinclar featuring Ron Carroll.
The Upfront tune for this week is called ‘Crash Jack’ from Darren Emerson, due out 22nd September.
John Digweed’s classic progressive house anthem ‘Heaven Scent’ has been re-released as a mysterious Greg Downey trance remix this week. Beatportal caught up with John Digweed to find out more the remix.