Just a small snippet of my 2 hour set from Collective Minds with XDB and Adam Shelton in Birmingham.
Dont mind the bumps and knocks, :) hope you enjoy.
Check the details below for our next event....
Collective Minds is a collaboration between friends with a passion for underground house and techno. The concept behind the event is to showcase some of the UK’s best underground house/techno DJs alongside some of the industries most respected names.
Following on from our re-re-launch nigth with XDB, Adam Shelton and Jayson Wynters....
We are back for our 4th installment…. Its been nearly 3 years since we were last doing regular parties so it's nice to get things moving again.
Spotlight has undergone some TLC and we have installed a new and improved Martin Audio system…. Its sounding mint..
For our next event we welcome Tom Ellis to CM for his live set and he will be joined by Alex Downey and 2 birmingham DJs. Adam Shelton and Jayson Wynters.
Tom Ellis - (freerotation/Modo Di)
Tom Ellis has been caressing our ears with jazz-infused house cuts and off-kilter techy wobblers for the last decade or so with his hardware heavy sound bubbling away beneath the mainstream. An out an out producer at heart, Tom has been longstanding resident with the Freerotation family and over the last few years has been producing some great music for labels, such as Telegraph, Steevio & Suzybee’s Mindtours and more recently his own imprint Modo Di. We are looking forward to hearing his live set in spotlight on that Martin Audio system....
Alex Downey - (Third Ear)
The media keeps on telling us that dance music has returned to the underground, dived back to its acid house roots for a real party, but they never tell us who or where. Alex Downey, DJ, club-promoter, record shop-founder, website host and electronic visionary, is a good place to start.
"Its not about being underground for the sake of it", explains Alex, "The more, the merrier, and all that, but it is about sorting the wheat from the chaff". Club-land has become bloated in the UK but we've ridden through the tough times and those left standing tend to be the ones that actually care about the music.
Alexs manifesto, he half jokes, is "Everyone loves techno they just don't realise it yet". His enthusiasm for the music is infectious and fired up with youthful charm. He's played alongside everyone from Richie Hawtin to Josh Wink, Carl Cox to Laurent Garnier, and his experiences have made him realise that while he's a techno-boy at heart, its the spirit of entertaining the crowd that moves him.
He's played everywhere from sprawling festivals to art-house events at the ICA; he's been known to drop the deepest of techno and yet has worked as an A&R source for smart house imprint Loaded; his recent expeditions in Japan have culminated in large crowds refusing to go home but he can be found playing on week nights to crowds of less than 200 in dingy seafront venues; he's as happy playing Ben Sims' word-of-mouth 'Split' bashes in London as he is warming up for Dave Clarke at the Boutique in Brighton. Bottom line: Alex Downey is in the business putting the funk n' sparkle back into machine music.
Adam Shelton - (One Records)
Jayson Wynters - (Phoenix G)
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