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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25 Years Fuse, Palais 12, Brussels, BE 27-04-2019

Jeff Mills - The Dancer (S-File 2019 Remix) (CDr)
Floorplan - I Feel Him Moving (M-Plant - MPM32)
ROD - Sundt (Noventa Records)
Black Lotus - Eclipse (Flug Remix) (Flash Recordings - FLASH216)
Club MCM - Club MCM (Mark Broom Re-edit) (Do Not Sleep - DNS002)
Ethan Fawkes - Back To The Flow (Ethan Fawkes - EF005)
Tronikhouse - The Savage And Beyond (Savage Reese Mix) (Incognito Records - IR-009)
Dave Clarke - Red1 (Mark Broom's ADE Edit) (CDr)
Avision - Jux (Ben Sims Edit) (Hardgroove - HARDGROOVE 024)
Cajmere - Percolater (Will Clarke Remix) (Relief Records - RR2170)
Jeroen Search - The One (Figure - FIGURELP03)
S-File - Freak It (GND Records - GN128)
Parris Mitchell feat. Nina Kraviz - Feel My Butterfly (Ghetto Acid Original Mix) (Snatch Raw - SNATCHRAW003V)
Theodore Elektrk - Chicago Rising (Chicago Jaxx - CJAXXX038)
Robert Hood - Reflector (M-Plant - MPM31)
Trunkline - Clone (OFF Recordings - OFF188)
Oliver Rosemann - Grieß (Konsequent - KSQ-061)
Vainqueur - Lyot (Maurizio Remix) (Maurizio - M2)
Brother From Another Planet - Planet Earth (7th City - SC-001)
Vainqueur - Lyot (Maurizio Remix) (Maurizio - M2)
Andrew McLauchlan - Love Story (Re-Edit) (Bush - BUSH1078)
Vainqueur - Lyot (Maurizio Remix) (Maurizio - M2)
Missing Channel - Legion Of Hunger (S-File Remix) (CDr)
Vainqueur - Lyot (Maurizio Remix) (Maurizio - M2)
Robert Armani - Ambulance (Dance Mania - DM 041)
Vainqueur - Lyot (Maurizio Remix) (Maurizio - M2)
Robert Hood - Bond Solid (K7 Records - K7376DTM)
Planetary Assault Systems - Give It Up (Mote-Evolver - MOTE055)
Heiko Laux - Self (Klockworks - KW24)
Dave Clarke - Wisdom To The Wise (A.Mochi Re-Edit) (Boysnoize Records - BNR102)
Beton feat. Dj Deeon - Keep Breathin (Twin Turbo - TT051)
Theodore Elektrk - Respect The Roots (Chicago Jaxx - CJAXXX038)
Paul Edge - Wappi (Response Audio - RES011)
Speedy J - Rise (Plus 8 Records Ltd. - PLUS8014)
Pépé Bradock - Deep Burnt (Kif Recordings - KIF.S.A 008)
Harry Romero - The Get Down (Bambossa Records - BMBS023)
Dimi Angelis - Riding The Storm (UTCH Records - UTCHEP0029)
Ritzi Lee - Meltdown (Underground Liberation - UL004)
Dave Clarke - Thunder (Deconstruction - 74321 306991)
Floorplan - We Magnify His Name (MB Dubplate Mix) (CDr)
Hndrk - Ravy (CDr)

Dave Clarke DJ Sets

25 Years Fuse 2019 (Exc ..

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Added on: 08.06.2019

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Whip It Wave, Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL 23 March 2019

Front 242 - Welcome To Paradise (V1.0) (Red Rhino Europe - RRET6)
Eleven Pond - Watching Trees (Angular Recording Corporation - ARC092)
Trentemøller - Deceive (Trentemøller Club Mix) (In My Room - IMR17)
Ghostdance - Ghostdance (Surprise Mix) (Complete Koas - CK 3003)
Night Moves - Transdance (U.K. Disco Mix) (GC Recordings - GCT2)
Cabaret Nocturne - Blind Trust (Rotten City Files - RCF 002)
Principleasure - Komply (Principleasure - PPLEASURE003)
Empire State - Sunshine Makes It Worse (VEYL - VEYL005)
Alek Drive - Ultra (iM Electronica - 4061798141821)
Ectomorph - The Alarm (Interdimensional Transmissions - IT42)
David Bowie - Cat People (Putting Out Fire) (MCA Records - MCA 770)
Ectomorph - The Alarm (Interdimensional Transmissions - IT42)
The Ghost That Walks - OBD2 (New Flesh - NF21)
Actors - How Deep Is The Hole (CDr)
Front Line Assembly - Eye On You (Terence Fixmer Remix) (Metropolis - MET1141D)
Adriano Canzian - I Wanna Kill You feat. Delectro (Icon Series - ICONS014)
Front 242 - Take One (Radical G Mix) (Alfa Matrix)
Nitzer Ebb - Control I'm Here (Strategic Dancefloor Initiative Remix) (Mute - L12MUTE71)
Front 242 - Take One (Radical G Mix) (Alfa Matrix)
Front 242 - First In / First Out (Red Rhino Europe - RRE LP 7)
O. Children - Ruins (Deadly People - DEADLY015CD)
The Neon Judgement - TV Treated (Dave Clarke Gothic Remix) (541 - 541416507607)
Dave Clarke - I'm Not Afraid (The Hacker Remix) (Skint - 4050538354331)
Lebanon Hanover - Gallowdance (aufnahme + wiedergabe - a+w 7"001)
She Wants Revenge - Red Flags And Long Nights (Geffen Records - 9857524)
Whitey - Get By (CDr)
Dave Clarke - IVT? (Mad Professor Remix) (Skint Records - 4050538388633)
The Clash - Bank Robber (Dub Version) (Select Cuts - SELECT CUTS 1017)
New Age Steppers - Private Armies (On-U Sound - ON-U LP 01)
Whitey - Get By (CDr)
She Past Away - Sanri (Hallucination) (Dead Scarlet Records - DS022-1)
The Comet Is Coming - Summon The Fire (Impulse! - 00602577345371)
Devo - Whip It (Virgin - VS383)

Dave Clarke DJ Sets

Whip It Wave 2019 (Excl ..

(84:59 mins)

Added on: 25.03.2019

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Glastonbury Festival, Pyramide Stage, Worthy Farms, Pilton, UK, 25 June 2004

Marco Bailey & Q'hey - Bass Sequence (MB Elektronics - MBELEK015)
B Bommersheim - Mood Shifter (Chromagnon Recordings - CHR002)
Umek - Hivid (Consumer Recreation - KUPEC 008)
Reese - Funky, Funk, Funk (Network Records - NWKT 23)
Tronikhouse - The Savage And Beyond (Savage Reese Mix) (Incognito Records - IR-009)
Dave Clarke - Wisdom To The Wise (Bush - BUSH1015)
Jamie Anderson - Tornado (Noise Music - Noise Music 006)
Joey Beltram - Universal Mind (Tresor - TRESOR 214)
Club MCM - Club M.C.M. (Steve Rachmad Remix) (Brave New World Records - BNW 014)
Bandulu - Crisis A Gwarn (Dj Bam Bam Remix) (50hz - 50hz001)
Claude Young - How Is Your DNA? (James Ruskin Rework) (MB SElektions - MBSELEK01)
Dave Clarke - Just Ride (James Ruskin Re-Edit) (Skint - SKINT 95)
Max Walder - Acid X-Perience (Lupp - LUPP 016)
Mark Broom - Glory Dayz (Clean Mix) (King Of Snakes - KS004)

Dave Clarke DJ Sets

Glastonbury Festival 20 ..

(31:20 mins)

Added on: 05.02.2019