Dave Clarke

Dave Clarke is a DJ with an anarchist streak a mile wide and punk in his soul. Technologically, he’s an early adopter with the studio to prove it, but he also embraces sounds outside the staunch electronic dance remit, from Nick Cave to Savages to old favourites Bauhaus. Such music informs his attitude as, using Serato on a 13” Macbook Pro Retina for his ruthlessly effective, fat-free club sets, he pushes the worldwide boundaries of what techno and electro can be. After a break , recent years have seen him make his presence as a producer felt again, working with Dutch partner Mr Jones (Jonas Uittenbosch) as _Unsubscribe_ and dropping remixes ranging from John Foxx’s seminal synth-pop gem ‘Underpass’ to Gesaffelstein, Detroit Grand Pubas and Octave One. Not a week passes when he doesn’t live up to his nickname, the Baron of Techno, a moniker given him by the late, great BBC Radio DJ John Peel.

“I still love DJing with a passion,” Clarke enthuses, “Keeping a balance with technology so it doesn’t take over. Anything in a DJ set-up has to provide something extra, as opposed to being there as smoke and mirrors. There’s too much of that sort of thing going on, especially since the American EDM explosion…”

Dave Clarke was born and raised in Brighton, England, but currently resides in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The offspring of a technology loving father and a disco-soul loving mother, it was always evident that Clarke would cut a swathe through music. As a youth he ran away from home, sleeping in car parks and on beaches. He took lousy jobs in shoe shops, living off £5 a day, to subsidise his income from badly paid local DJ gigs - anything to further his involvement with music.

“I didn't really engage at all with the outside world,” he recalls, “I was your typical disenfranchised JD Salinger-inspired young adult that used to hide in and behind music.”

Clarke’s debut release was in 1990 on XL, around the time the label was launching The Prodigy. He used the name Hardcore, a guise he then took to the legendary Belgian techno-rave imprint R&S where he released various EPs (some as Directional Force). By 1992 Clarke’s own label, Magnetic North, was on the rise and he unveiled the classic ‘Alkaline 3dh’ (as Fly By Wire), among others. A next level career boost was round the corner when his ‘Red’ trilogy were unleashed in 1994. These catapulted Clarke into a different league and he suddenly found himself remixing the likes of Kevin Saunderson’s Inner City, The Chemical Brothers, New Order, Depeche Mode, Moby, Leftfield and Underworld. Undisputed landmarks in techno, DJ Mag rightly incorporated ‘Red’ in its All Time Techno Top 100 list.

Clarke’s debut album ‘Archive One’ followed, flecked with hints of breakbeat and electronica, a novelty in the puritanical techno scene of the time. Clarke’s mix CDs include the techno/electro double ‘World Service’ outings, one of which sold nearly 100,000 and made it into Resident Advisor’s top ten mix compilations of the 21st century. He briefly signed to Skint Records resulting in 2004’s ‘Devil’s Advocate’ album, jammed with dark techno energy but laced with hip hop beats. When his production pace ebbed, Music Man Records gathered together ‘Remixes & Rarities’ in 2007, making Album Of The Month in Mixmag and receiving critical plaudits all over.

As a DJ, Clarke plays out most weekends across Europe and the world. There’s the same attention to detail each time, his sets swooping whip-smart along the cutting blade of techno and electro, backed up by a seasoned bag of DJ tricks in which his early hip hop roots clearly show. Aptly nicknamed The Man In Black, Clarke blends into the background upon arrival and lets his music do the talking. That’s where he comes alive, where skills honed for years blow venues apart. It might seem from appearances that Clarke is not enjoying what he does but don’t let the grumpy image fool you. He loves every minute of it and feels humbled and blessed he’s able to do what he does.

Whatever the scale of the venue, from small, sweaty clubs to venues such as Fabric, Fuse or Berghain, Clarke nurtures an extraordinary relationship with the crowd. It’s the same with festivals. He’s played Awakenings, I Love Techno, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, Glastonbury and Nature One, and developed a special relationship with Tomorrowland where he has his own stage. Here he has showcased names such as Green Velvet, Chris Liebing, Jeff Mills and Ben Klock. Clarke also continues to be an absolutely key player in the Amsterdam Dance Event where his Dave Clarke Presents event at Melkweg has sold out consecutive years running.

As well as _Unsubscribe_ , whose debut single ‘Spek Hondje’, featuring vocals from Chicago house b-boy Bear Who, appeared in 2013 on Rob Booth’s Houndstooth label, Dave Clarke also reappeared as a solo producer, electro-revamping ‘These Days Are Mine’ by Manchester band I Am Kloot. The year also saw a re-release for ‘Red 2’’s ‘Wisdom To The Wise’ on Boysnoize Records, with remixes by Boys Noize, Marcel Dettman, Steve Rachmad and A.Mochi. Early 2014 sees Dave remix of Marcel Fengler coming out on the legendary Ostgut Ton label.

And then there’s White Noise, Clarke's weekly radio show, a global institution and an indicator of where the scene is headed, going out on 40 stations worldwide (this year he celebrated his 400th edition live in the 2fm Studio in Dublin). Here Clarke casts light on aspiring producers he discovers in his Soundcloud Dropbox alongside more established artists.

“I’ve never been interested in what’s trendy and what’s not,” Clarke explains, “but the best music comes to me every single day and I want to share it.”

His affiliation with technology makes him the perfect ambassador for brands such as Denon, Oyaide, Soundtoys and French gear manufacturer Arturia, as these are the tools of his trade. Deep down, however, Dave Clarke continues to buck predictability and to do his own thing. He flies the flag for true techno spirit, pushing cutting edge sounds alongside a consistency of vision and purpose rare in the ever-changing world of dance music.

In short, Dave Clarke might be established, but he will never be establishment.

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Dance Presents... ADE 2020, Radio 1, London, UK 31 October 2020

Co-Accused - Psychonaut Society (Jensen Interceptor Remix) (CDr)
Assembler Code - Line Of Sight (Avoidant Records - AVD 007)
DJ Frankie - Taking Over (Avoidant Records - AVD 007)
Robodroid - Dark Attack (Crobot Muzik)
Animistic Beliefs - Toque Mortal (Brokntoys - BT45)
Techmarine Bottom Feeders - Com Puteri Nhumane (Children Of Radiation Mix) (Engineroom - ER11)
The Adapt - Utter Destruction (Abseits Recordings - ABSR12)
Steve Allman - Creator (Eon - EON003)
Luz1e - Seismic Shift (International Chrome - INTLC005)
Baby T - I Wish (Central Processing Unit - 01011010)
Brice Kelly - Flying Low (Monotone - MOND006)
Kaxtelian - Ghetto Cyberpunkers (HV Records - HCR-D008)
CYRK - Reality (Lone Romantic - LR020)
BinOhm - Train Wreck (RXmode Remix) (Monotoon Obscure Records - 10164630)
Aux 88 - Electro Techno (Remix) (Direct Beat Classics - DBC-016)
Carl Finlow - Syncopated Automated (Avoidant Records - AVD 007)
Héctor Oaks - Forwarded State Of Evidence (DJ Stingray Remix) (Bassiani - BASRMX01D)
Information Society - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang (Inertia vs. The Crusher Remix) (Gravitas Recordings - GR094)
Mr Gentle - Cyber Arps (Lloyd Stellar Remix) (Preset - PRESET #47)

Dave Clarke DJ Sets

ADE 2020 (Electro Mix)

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Added on: 23.11.2020

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ADE, Mekweg, Amsterdam, NL 23-10-2020

David Barroso - Perform (Combine Audio - COMBINE034)
Gabriel D'Or & Bordoy - G13 (Dynamic Reflection - TN044)
Bernardo Hangar - Yad Tahat Yad (Alleanza - ALLE148)
Russ (ARG) - Overwhelming (Signal Rec - SGN019)
Divide - Interazione (Antiterra - ANTR003)
Yant - Hydro#3 (Blackaxon - BAXN005)
Kwartz - Ground Contact (K S R- KSR005)
T99 - Anasthasia (Dave Clarke Remix) (Arkham Audio Records)
Woody McBride - Noize Vitamin (Techno Mix) (Urban Kickz Recordings - UKR198)
Mark Broom - Bang 7 (CDr)
Mark Broom - Bang 6 (CDr)
Moteka & Shekon - Stellar Enigma (Skryptom)
Sev Dah - Daimonic (K S R- KSR005)
Sleep Archive - Stuffed Birds (Sigma5 - S5PVC1)
Jay Denham - BLM (Urban Kickz Recordings - UKR200)
Robert Hood - The Struggle (M-Plant - MPM35)
Gaetek - Vesuvius (Oscar Mulero Ømre Edit) (Conform - CNFR027)
Maral Salmassi - 177Z (Kernel Existence Remix) (Konsequent - KSQ 081)
Kernel Existence - Touchee (CDr)
Inigo Kennedy - Stellation (Granulart Recordings - GR016)
Louk - Brake Fluid (Paul Mac's 6 am Remix) (Syntax Error - SYNTAX003)
TWR72 - Simplex (OOM Records - OOM001)
Subradeon - Save Our Soul (Sous Music - SOUS018)
Robert Hood - 7 Mile Dog (Rekids - REKIDS165)
ZPKF - Hybrid (CDr)
Alexander Johansson, Mattias Fridell - Vilseledda (N&N Records - NN0016)
Pushmann & Tegar - That Funk Alliance 2 (CDr)
Floorplan - Save The Children (Detroit Mix) (M-Plant - MPM35)
DJ 3000 - Don't Stop (Motech Records - MT137)
Robert Armani & Dolby D - Orchestryy (Ritzi Lee Remix) (Dolma Records - DM241)
Kr!z - Scorpion's Tail (Voltage - VOLT001DIGI)
Millhouse - Harsh Times (Riot Radio Records -RRRVF1)

Dave Clarke DJ Sets

ADE 2020 (Quarantine Sp ..

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Amsterdamse Bos, Amstelveen, NL 30 May 2020

Steve Bicknell - Defence Mechanism (KR3 Records - KR3001)
Makaton - Age of Consent (Disconnekt Records - DNR002)
Giordano & Pabla - Stronger Growth ( Konsequent - KSQ073)
Ian Axide - Birmingham (Emphatic Records - EMPHATIC045)
Fran Hartnet - 2000 Machines (Aurora. - AT001)
Bernardo Hangar - The Mysterious Stranger (ANAØH Records - ANA061)
Kr!z - Scorpion's Tail (Voltage - VOLT001DIGI)
Dimi Angelis - Cosmic Flowers (Key Vinyl - KEYLP03)
Shawn Rudiman - Hausalarm (Pittsburgh Tracks - PGHTRX-LP-03)
Mark Broom - Blue (S-File 2020 Edit) (CDr)
Arthur Robert - Kataract (Figure - FIGUREX20)
Deniro - Static (Reclaim Your City - RYCL012)
Demian Licht - Schwingung (Motus Records - MTS005)
FBK - Repressed Blood (Knotweed Records - KNOTWEED RECORDS 036)
Damon Wilde - Rotary (Slam Archive Edit) (Soma Quality Recordings - SOMA525D)
A.Paul & The Advent - Confined (Planet Rhythm - PRRUKD20041)
Subradeon - A New Sun Is Rising (Hardgroove - HARDGROOVE 030)
Electric Rescue - Mauvais Genre (KR/LF - KRLF012)
Jay Clarke - The Cage (Klockworks - KW28)
Ryan McKay - Drumworks (BEK Audio - BEK038)
Black Lotus - Eclipse (Flug Remix) (Flash Recordings - FLASH216)
Avision - Liquid Gold (Mike Dehnert Remix) (Teksupport Records - TEK006)
2000 And One - Hood Thang (Intacto Records - INTAC062)
TWR72 - X-Static (Aerobik - AER004)
The Exaltics - The Chase (Shipwrec - SHIPLP04)

Dave Clarke DJ Sets

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Added on: 01.06.2020