The Next Big Thing 2004
About John Digweed:
If you're not an avid follower of dance music but are tuned into popular culture at all you've likely experienced music touched by the hands of John Digweed. Originally hailing from
England but having clearly arrived on the global scene over a decade ago John has long since cemented his name in the pages of dance music history. His list of achievements are
groundbreaking to say the least. Highlights of which would be the first proper DJ mix compilation ("Renaissance", done with Sasha), being the first British DJ to hold a residency
at what was then the world's most well known club in NYC (Twilo, also with Sasha) as well as having remixed music by Danny Tenaglia, Underworld, Quincy Jones and New Order.
John Digweed is a DJ's DJ. The beauty of what he does lies in just how different he really is from his contemporaries. From his early beginnings in Hastings, England at the age of
15 in the blossoming scene of Acid House to the apex of the international DJ'ing world he has created and maintained a level of integrity that is the benchmark for both DJ's and
Right around that time, John met a talented young DJ from Wales named Sasha. And the rest, as they say, has been and continues to make history. John and Sasha began playing together at
now famous club nights like Northern Exposure in Brighton and Renaissance in Mansfield. The duo not only shared the marquee at the events, but would eventually compile and mix the
critically acclaimed Northern Exposure and Renaissance series of CDs. In fact, he has reached the very top of his profession, being voted number 1 in a voter's poll by DJ magazine in
2001. John Digweed has become the people's choice while maintaining his longstanding presence in underground dance culture.
His popularity as both a DJ and a person seems to have no limits, but his efforts transcend DJ'ing alone, since he is as
much a producer and promoter. His moniker "Bedrock" is actually three things: a record label, a promotions company and a studio production partnership with Nick Muir.
His management and creative direction for the Bedrock record label has helped launch the careers of Danny Howells, Jimmy Van M, Chris Fortier and Phil Thompson (Moonface). He has had
the vision and creative insight to seek out mixes and remixes from artists as varied as Rui Da Silva, POB and The Freelance Icebreakers. To have a record released on Bedrock serves
as the global stamp of production quality, ingenuity and integrity for underground producers worldwide. In fact, the name John Digweed is synonymous with those very qualities. From
the nights he has either created or been a part of (Bedrock, Northern Exposure, Renaissance) to his world renowned mix CD's (Renaissance, Global Underground, Northern Exposure,
Communicate, MMII and Bedrock) he has consistently produced characteristic products that stay in demand, himself included. Even with all of his global traveling he has still been
able to hold down two monthly Bedrock residencies.
As one half of Bedrock the production duo he has landed two tracks in the top 40 ("Heaven Scent" and "For What You Dream Of") the latter of which made it into the hit movie "Trainspotting."
He has even tried a bit of acting himself ("Groove"). He and Nick Muir, as Bedrock the production team, also recently scored a Hollywood film ("Stark Raving Mad") as well as the
animated series of "Spider-Man" for MTV. He's been kept busy by three recent tours, Delta Heavy and Area 2 (with David Bowie and Moby) in the U.S., and a twenty date Bedrock/Nokia
University tour of the UK. A massive one-off event called the Big Beach Boutique in Brighton had him gladly performing alongside Fatboy Slim to 250,000 of his fans and neighbors.
Sasha and John Digweed's names weren't just creating a stir in England; word of their magical nights had spread to America. After much praised and successful gigs stateside, John and
Sasha were eventually invited to conduct a monthly residency at New York City's Twilo in 1996. Playing up to eight or nine hour stretches (and sometimes even longer) before crowds of
up to 2,000 people, Sasha and John weren't simply playing great music, but were heralding the tide of DJ and club culture hitting the U.S. Twilo has since closed its doors, but Sasha
and John's now legendary names still carry the same potency across America, and around the world. Together and separately, John and Sasha continue to make extensive tours to international
destinations like Norway, Greece, Japan, Australia and Israel, to name but a few.
In 1998, John began the weekly Bedrock club nights at Heaven, now an institution for discriminating London clubbers. Mirroring John's philosophy, the nights were geared as humble affairs
for music lovers. And like John, the night has become globally revered. Over the years, fans have been treated to A-list talent, including Deep Dish, Carl Cox, Paul van Dyk, Basement Jaxx,
Grooverider, Adam Freeland, Hybrid and, of course, Sasha.
In the fall of 2000, John began hosting his own weekly Friday night radio program on Kiss 100 FM. The radio show is quickly coming up on it's forth year as one of the most successful
dance music shows in all of England with internet broadcasts to the far reaches of the world. The purpose of the show has been twofold: the first half of the mix show is an opportunity
for John to further break new material by producers from around the world. The guest mix portion of the show has acted as a showcase for international DJ and production talents celebrating
the global phenomenon of dance culture. It has achieved a near cult status with listeners trading CD's and MP3's of the various broadcasts across the internet. The show's formula seems
to be working; its audience has more than quadrupled since its inception.
In 2002, Sasha and Digweed launched the Delta Heavy tour with sound provided by the VDOSC Sound System and specially designed visuals by the ground breaking design house Imaginary Forces.
As a person John's lack of pretense is complimented by imagination and invention. Good reason for John being one of the most respected, analyzed and imitated DJ's in the world. His DJ
sets are both solid and durable with unyielding precision. His DJ'ing and production sound has practically become its own genre. He generates an aura of self-explanatory excitement and
enthusiasm. His sets are often filled with moodiness and musical mystery but held down with a punchy distinctiveness and earthly rhythm. Always emanating a sense of boundlessness...
Visit John Digweed's web site.
The Endless Summer North American Tour:
Minneapolis, MN: Wednesday, August 25 at Escape
Chicago, IL: Thursday, August 26 at Soundbar
New York, NY: Friday, August 27 at Crobar
Boston, MA: Saturday, August 28 at Avalon
Miami, FL: Monday, August 30 at Back Door Bambi
Los Angeles, CA: Wednesday, September 1 at The Mayan Theatre
Denver, CO: Thursday, September 2 at The Church
San Francisco, CA: Friday, September 3 at Mezzanine
Montreal, Canada: Sunday, September 5 at Cream