Dave Angel

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Biography

  • “A legends legend” – Thump Magazine (2015) “The return of Dave Angel” – Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1 (2014) “Dave Angel is a legend!” – DJ Mag Top 100 Issue (2013)
    “A legends legend” – Thump Magazine (2015) “The return of Dave Angel” – Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1 (2014) “Dave Angel is a legend!” – DJ Mag Top 100 Issue (2013) A part of the very fabric of the UK techno scene, Dave Angel’s status as an erudite for electronic culture is anything but hyperbole or smothered in exhausting superlatives, but cemented in facts and encased in the endless memories of those who have lived, loved and danced, to the astonishing output of music he has created over the years. Born the son of a Jazz musician and elder brother to British hip-hop artist Monie Love, Dave’s path in music came to the fore during the explosion of acid house in London, back in the late 80’s. Hosting one of the zeitgeist shows of its time, his weekly broadcast on pirate radio station Phaze One (alongside Fabio and Groverider), saw him champion a new sound that was gradually captivating the youth of the country and catapulted him into the media spotlight, with notable publications including Mixmag, DJ Magazine and The Guardian; all proclaiming Dave as a one of the major forces in the UK techno/acid house scene. DJing professionally formed through a natural development prior to the recording process, as in 1989 after tinkering at home with a basic set-up of a keyboard and two tape decks, his first attempts at production created a somewhat controversial ‘Nightmare Mix’ edit of Eurhythmics ‘Sweet Dreams’. Initially a funk DJ, the TB-303 changed his life: "When I got into techno and acid it was like ‘this is the new sound, this is the new technology!’", says Dave. "I was thinking: ‘this is the music of the youth, and 20 years from now it’s going to be like the rock of the sixties!’- I had to get in on it”. Angel’s reworking of ‘Sweet Dreams’ generated such reaction at club level, that RCA were forced to officially release the track; which went on to debut at #23 in the UK Singles chart. The track’s success launched Angel’s name on a national level and opened his possibilities to a wide selection of creative opportunities. Most notably are his EP’s ‘The Family’ on Apollo, ‘Royal Techno’ on Rotation Records and his classic ‘Sea’s Of Tranquillity’ EP, hailed as a landmark release by the techno intelligence. Since this initial success Dave has not lost his drive to create music, which continues to be regarded as some of the bravest and most influential electronic music Britain produces. Often turning up to his early sets armed with a screwdriver in order to tear apart his Technic 1210s, by abolishing conventional BPM’s his sound has managed to pioneer, whilst still retaining classic inspirations. Heavily influenced by the Detroit sound, Dave’s back catalogue is punctured with singles, EPs and remixes on some of music’s most reputable record labels that include Polydor/Love, OuterRythum, Fnac, React Records, Island, R+S and Outrage imprints, amassing impressive sales units and critical acclaim during his 20+ years as a producer. As a remixer, he has been invited by some of electronic music’s most revered artists and acts to apply his artistic trade to their music. These include Orbital, Sun Electric, Carl Cox, Spooky, James, Roni Size and Underworld. One of his most highly-acclaimed remix duties includes Juan Atkins’s Model 500 alter-ego, where he skewed the sparkling “I Wanna Be There” into a broodingly weighty offering. Equally propelling him further onto the conscious radars of techno impressionists whom matter, Carl Craig’s Drums Suck Mix of ‘Airborne’ taken from the Handle With Care EP, was met with mass praise from fans and critics alike, revealing itself as a twelve-minute expedition of definitive, elastic electronica. The formation of his renowned recording imprint Rotation Records not only allowed Dave to create some of his most exquisite work to date but also gave the earliest platform to some of the biggest names in the scene today. Artists such as Adam Beyer, Christian Smith, Deetron, Vince Watson, Laidback Luke, The Advent, Jamie Anderson, Bryan Zentz, Steve Rachmad and Misstress Barbara among many, all cut their earliest grooves on the label and each helped to define Rotation as both a purveyor for fresh sounds and emerging talent. Fast forward to 2014 and Dave was back on Bedrock Records with the highly regarded triple header ‘Voodoo EP’, which went on to score a Beatport Top 20 and strong support from a host of big hitters including Pete Tong, who spun it on his BBC Radio 1 show exclaiming “The return of Dave Angel” along with Eats Everything quoting “Dave Angel is one of my heroes and this is massive!!” and of course Bedrock head honcho John Digweed amongst many others. Further output in the same year saw continued Pete Tong BBC Radio 1 support on the London based Anjunadeep release, ‘Quartz’. And it doesn’t stop there. In early 2015 Dave made a debut on the industry renowned Crosstown Rebels with ‘Revelation’ & ‘Guru’ proving the ability to effortlessly turn his hand to a deeper, hypnotic and more twisted sound for Damian Lazarus’ revered label. The release went on to receive three Mixmag reviews over February & March with BBC Radio 1 airplay from B.Traits, premieres on THUMP and Clash, whilst a Beatport chart placement of #21 made an all round success of this debut. The list of support went on and on. Bringing us bang up to date, and Dave’s latest Bedrock outing entitled ‘Progress’ literally progressed up the Beatport chart to a Top 10 placement, garnering support right across the board that included Adam Beyer on his ‘Drumcode’ radio show all the way to a surprising Above & Beyond spin on their internationally reaching ‘Group Therapy’ radio show. Roll forward to now and Dave has just returned from an intense U.S. Tour in autumn, with no signs of slowing down, his latest studio project ‘Scorpion’ is due to land on Bedrock Records in November 2015. Following this up will be by his long awaited EP for L.A. based Halocyan Records in 2016 and a busy European tour schedule to watch out for! As has long been attested by the scenes biggest names and continually backed up by his constant slew of robust dancefloor gems, Dave Angel remains one of the electronic community’s true characters, whose industrious approach to his craft gives off an aura of positivity like no other, a kind of warmth that you cannot fail to feel through his exceptionally, uplifting music. Links: www.facebook.com/daveangelmusic | www.soundcloud.com/daveangel | www.twitter.com/djdaveangel
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    Selected discography

    Albums: Title // Label // Year Tales Of The Unexpected // Blunted (Island Records/Universal Music) // 1995 Classics // R & S Records // 1996 Globetrotting // 4th & Broadway (Island Records/Universal Music) // 1997 Frame By Frame // Plaza In Crowd // 2011 Frame By Frame (Remixes) // Plaza In Crowd // 2011 EPs / Singles: Title // Artist // Label // Year Angel - Sweet Dreams (Nightmare Mix) // by Eurythmics // RCA // 1990 1st Voyage // R & S Records // 1990 Rolling Thunder // Outer Rhythm // 1991 Never Leave // Love Records // 1992 Stairway To Heaven // R & S Records // 1992 Outrages Angel EP !! // Outrage Recordings // 1992 The Family EP // Apollo // 1993 Royal Techno EP // Rotation Records // 1993 New Orchestrations EP // Fnac // 1993 3rd Voyage (inc. Free Flow/Fallen Destiny/Endless Emotions) // R & S Records // 1993 Original Man // Aura Surround Sounds // 1993 In Flight Entertainment // Blunted (Island Records/Universal Music) // 1994 Seas Of Tranquility EP // Rotation Records // 1994 Handle With Care EP // Blunted (Island Records/Universal Music) // 1995 Extra (Dave Angel Remix) // by Ken Ishii // R & S Records // 1995 Stalker/Timeless // Jockey Slut // 1995 Frozen (Dave Angel Remix) // by Robert Armani // ACV // 1995 Beavis At Bat (Dave Angel Remix) // by Hardfloor // Harthouse // 1995 Overlap (Dave Angel Remix) // by Ken Ishii // R & S Records // 1996 Mazzoslamma (Dave Angel Remix) // by Vinyl Blair // Hard Hands // 1996 Timeless (inc. Timeless/Rudiments/Fever) // 4th & Broadway (Island Records/Universal Music) // 1996 I Wanna Be There (Dave Angel Remix) // by Model 500 // R & S Records // 1996 Icon EP (as Sound Enforcer) // Blunted (Island Records/Universal Music) // 1996 Fingerbobs (Dave Angel Remix) // by Spooky // Generic // 1996 Law, Order and Sound Enforcement EP (as Sound Enforcer) // Primate Recordings // 1996 Funk Music // Island Records/Universal Music // 1997 This Is Disco // 4th & Broadway (Island Records/Universal Music) // 1997 Tokyo Stealth Fighter // 4th & Broadway (Island Records/Universal Music) // 1997 Schattenmund (Dave Angel Remix) // by MikeroBenics // Global AMBition // 1997 She’s A Star (Dave Angel’s “Pat” Remix) // by James // Fontana // 1997 Hybrid (Dave Angel Remix) // by Eat Static // Planet Dog // 1997 The Fusion Formula (Dave Angel Remix) // by Jacob’s Optical Stairway // R & S Records // 1997 Excursions EP // Jericho // 1998 Insights EP // Rotation Records // 1998 Sword Of Orion (Dave Angel Remix) // by Dan Curtin // Sublime // 1998 Dolphin (Dave Angel Rework) // by Jamie Anderson // Artform Records // 1998 Knockout EP // Rotation Records // 1999 Everlast (Dave Angel Rework) // by The Ambush // Grand Casino Records // 1999 Juke (Dave Angel Tiptronic S Five Gear Speed Remix) // by Stacey Pullen // Science // 2000 The Knockout EP (The Rematch) // Rotation Records // 2000 Dominica (Dave Angel Remix) // by F2 // Bellboy Records //2000 Just Play (Dave Angel Rework) // by The Hacker // Rotation Records // 2001 Can’t Stop (Dave Angel Rework) // by Jamie Anderson // Artform Records // 2001 Myths EP // Rotation Records // 2002 Ocean Dwellers EP // Rotation Records // 2003 Time (Dave Angel Remix) // by JB3 aka Joey Beltram // Novamute Records // 2003 Warriors EP // Rotation Records // 2005 Rotation (DJ Marky & XRS Remix) / Brothers (XRS Remix) // V Recordings // 2006 Sheba/Mothership - Part 1 // Niah Records // 2007 Taurus/Gemini // Niah Records // 2007 Acid Drop (Dave Angel Remix) // by T.E.K. // Beiak Records // 2007 Dreams // Apollo/R & S Records // 2009 Medusa (inc. Centaur) // Jericho Records // 2008 Ghost Train EP (inc. Ghost Train/Viper) // Plaza In Crowd // 2009 Dogspray // Jericho Records // 2009 Guitardust (Dave Angel Rework) // by Kimihiko Chiba // Niah Records // 2009 What Cha Gonna Do // Glam Rox Recordings // 2009 Front & Back/The Arc // Jericho Records // 2010 Metropolis How (Dave Angel Remix) // by Little Nobody // IF? // 2010 Heartbeat (Dave Angel Remix) // by Beatbullyz // Big Weekend Records // 2010 Cottage Industry (Dave Angel Remix) // by Vadim Yershov // Dig Deeper // 2011 Rubber Band (Dave Angel Remix) // by Marco Bailey // Bedrock Records // 2011 Ginger Pussy (Dave Angel Remix) // by Russ Gabriel // Artform Records // 2012 Homage EP // Tronic Music // 2013 Homage (Christian Smith Hypno Remix) // Tronic Music // 2013 Subway // Toolroom Records/Rhythm Distrikt // 2013 Maximus // Intec Records // 2013 On The Road // Finest Cut Records // 2013 When You Say Deep (Dave Angel Remix) // by Tony Smart // FineGrind Audio // 2013 Harlequin // Bedrock Records // 2013 Breaking (Dave Angel Remix) // by Simply City // Hope Recordings // 2013 Keep It // Bedrock Records // 2014 Voodoo EP (inc. Voodoo/Homahwak/Give It Up) // Bedrock Records // 2014 Centre // Tronic Music // 2014 Quartz // Ajunadeep // 2014 Stallion // Free Download // 2014 Revelation/Guru // Crosstown Rebels // 2015 Motor (Dave Angel Remix) // by Christian Smith // Tronic Music // 2015 Progress/Stand Strong // Bedrock Records // 2015 Nightwalker // Bedrock Records // 2015 Incoming EP Vol 1 (Portrait/Clone/Piranha) // Halocyan Records // 2015 DJ / Compilations CDs: Title // Label // Year Mixmag Live! Volume 13 (with Darren Emerson) // Mixmag/DMC Publishing // 1994 X-Mix-4 – Beyond The Heavens // Studio !K7 // 1995 London Electronica // Kickin Records // 1997 The History of Mixmag Live – Vol. 3 (with Darren Emerson) // Mixmag/DMC Publishing // 1997 39 Flavours Of Tech Funk // React Music // 1998 DA01 // Trust The DJ // 2001 DA02 (The Reworks Album) // Trust The DJ // 2002 DA03 // Trust The DJ // 2003 Legends #4 // D-ROM // 2013