From a young age, Nick was attracted to electronic music - raised on his brothers 90’s Rave cassettes. With the purchase of his first single, Snap’s ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’, the fascination of music creation had started.
His first step into music production, strangely, began in a local supermarket. A Sony Playstation magazine with a game called ‘Music’ being promoted on the front cover was all too tempting to leave alone for the young, creation-hungry kid - the number one spot on his 1998 Christmas wishlist was filled. Santa came, and the venture officially began. Sequencing loops on his Playstation was fun, but over time, he wanted a bit more quality. A piece of PC Software called House eJay came out in 2002. It still allowed him to piece together loops and loosely make his own productions, but the desire for more advanced creation wouldn’t go away. He’d seen his brother playing on a bit of software called Reason and fancied giving it a go himself. Once he’d tasted the flavour of creating music with nothing but a synth and a drum sequencer, he realised he’d finally found what he was always looking for – music production that was entirely his, not pre-written loops.
Over time, Nick’s music collection had built up. Bored of listening to music with a two second gap at the end, it was time for Nick to get practising on his brothers turntables and start mixing. The mixing and production bug had sunk it’s teeth in deep, and it wasn’t long before Nick had created his first few albums. Although the albums weren’t passed any further along than friends and family, Nick couldn’t see his musical days ending until the nurses in his retirement home started telling him to “turn that damn music down!”
Using his creative edge, he was able to span all electronic genres and practise different production techniques for different styles of music. Taking this path is what led to Nick’s innovative style of production. It was now time for Nick to push the album creation aside and start thinking seriously about producing quality music – the music he had always had a soft spot for – House.
Nick explored many different style of House music over a large number of years, searching for the sound he wanted and felt complete listening to. He found that it was warmth, soul and energy he desired in music – this became very apparent to him when he found himself completely immersed in Deep House and Detroit Techno.
Always striving for more quality, he started saving his pennies and began building his own home studio at the age of 16. The studio blossomed over the years, transforming from a teenagers bedroom into a semi-professional music studio. Practising lots of different techniques in the studio and working on several tracks at once gave Nick another high dose of creativity, composing tracks every day and annoying his neighbours with a constant onslaught of punchy beats and wall-vibrating bass.
Nick had soon reached the point where he felt his music was saleable. He had held his music back for too long and it was time for people to listen to the energetic and warm sounds he had been cooking up in his audio lab.
After becoming very good friends with his pal Joe Brunning, who shared the same musical outlook, they both began working on tracks together, sharing ideas and constantly searching the internet to see what was new in the world of House. Nick and Joe wanted to create a platform for artists who looked at music in the same way that they did – this was when their joint record label was born – Lifted Digital. After coming up with the idea in 2008, they put the wheels in motion and started working on a bunch of tracks that could be put out as a massive package for the launch of the label: five EP’s produced by the two of them. Their first ‘Lifted’ release came out in early 2010, which included Nick’s remix of a track called ‘Soul Machine’ by Joe Brunning. Interest in the duo’s music began to build and was starting to catch the eyes of some incredibly well known DJ’s. Signings from well-esteemed labels such as Bush Records and Mentor Records were offered, and gratefully accepted, giving them both a great opportunity to grow further in the music industry.
Nick continues to work hard in his studio, searching for new sounds and dreaming up new ideas for making dancefloor wreckers and melodic grooves.
From a very early age, Joe Brunning was drawn to music. He loved dancing and was always watching what the DJ was doing at parties and discos. Little did he know, DJing and music would become his calling in life and he would one day be behind the decks spreading his musical message to the masses.
Throughout Primary and Secondary school he played drums, keyboard, guitar and piano respectively but never felt passionate about any of them. With age, Joe became more aware of Dance music and the role of the DJ.
He studied the skills needed to become a DJ, found a genre of Dance that he loved and as they say, the rest is history!
From when he first started, to the present day, there is so much that Joe has achieved in his career as a DJ and Producer so far.
In 2001, he won the first ever ‘Young UK DMC DJ of the year’, beating over 800 other entrants from around the whole of the UK. Joe attacked the competitions with his unique energy, flare, skills and persona that set him apart from the rest, which he still holds the same integrity in his sets to this day. The final round was whittled down to four DJ’s and was judged by none other than Carl Cox, who was very impressed with Joe’s confident style and tricks.
After this huge achievement, Joe was quickly signed to a DJ agency and went on to tour around the UK representing the DJ competition, playing an ever developing sound of upfront House and Techno combined with his trade mark ‘cut and paste’ style.
He has also won many more competitions and held residencies in some of the best clubs in the UK such as the Egg in London, as well as guesting frequently at venues such as the ‘Ministry of Sound’, ‘Turnmills’, ‘The Cross’ and the ‘Zap Club’ to name a few. Joe has also played at some great festivals including ‘V Festival’ in Chelmsford and has also demonstrated his DJ skills live on BBC TV. Over the years his DJing has taken him abroad to countries such as Scotland, Ibiza, Asia and Australia, and he has featured in many Dance magazines and radio interviews, such as Radio 1.
Joe also went to college and studied Music Technology and gained a Merited BTEC on the two year course which gave him the know how to start making his own music. Since then his producing has come on in leaps and bounds and has had many high profile releases on some prestigious records labels such as Trevor Rockcliffes ‘Mentor’ imprint and also Pete Tongs ‘Bedroom Bedlam’.
Joe is forever pushing his organic interpretation of House and Techno, always wearing his heart on his sleeve, which in turn has led to some more signings for 2010 including ‘Bush’, ‘Smartie Partie’ and ‘Restructured’ records. Some big names in the industry have shown huge support for Joe’s music, such as Carl Cox, Trevor Rockcliffe, Paul Mac, Ben Sims, Greg Gow, Eric Powell, Danny Tenaglia, Pete Tong - and the list goes on, which is a big motivation for Joe to keep pushing his sound and to constantly try and better his work.
In 2009, Joe teamed up with musical genius and best pal Nick Humphrey to start their own record label: Lifted Digital. This project has been very exciting for them both and many releases are being worked on regularly. Expect the very best in House and Techno, which will be produced with pure passion, honesty and integrity from these two up and coming artists.
Joe continues to DJ where ever he can and has no intention of stopping in this game until he reaches the top. He will continue to push boundaries and it is evident that Joe is one determined, talented young man.
D00sh is the brain child of Kube 72 & Danny Oliver and after their recent success on Carl Cox's 2010 Space CD, Endemic, Stripped, Divert and Lifted Releases, they have decided to make their partnership complete.
Both Danny and Kube 72 are no strangers to the electronic music scene and after meeting each other in their hometown of Chelmsford in 1999 they have formed a strong friendship and it’s this friendship that has taken them both to various clubs and festivals where they would DJ and make their mark on the dance scene.
Kube 72 has been a DJ since 1996 and has played alongside artists like Carl Cox, Dave Clarke, DJ Rush, Technasia, Joris Voorn, Green Velvet and many more. He has performed at clubs like Tresor (Berlin), Turnmills (London), Waegenburg (Hamburg), Club Grant (Poland) and at Festivals like Glastonbury (UK), Summer Spirit (Germany) & The Love Weekend (Berlin). He mastered his skills as a techno DJ not just on two but three decks and has had a residency in Dresden at the Triebwerk Club for the past 8 years. He had his first release on Tekkxp Records and since then has had his own productions supported by the likes of Carl Cox and Laurent Garnier to name but a few. Since then he has appeared on Subsensory Recordings, Teggno Records, Stripped and many more.
Danny Oliver began mixing in 1994. He was influenced by Sasha, John Digweed, Billy Nasty and Leftfield whilst living in Germany. Enjoying being behind the decks at parties and at home he developed his skills by running his own night in Hanover Germany called 'Perception' at the Hanomag Club which attracted Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, Trevor Rockcliffe Timo Mass and live acts such as Hardfloor. Danny has played at the Hanomag, Germany - E-Works Berlin, Germany - Rubin Club, Hamburg, Germany - Turnmills, The Cross, The Ditch Bar, Fluid, Barhouse, The Drunken Monkey in London.
2011 has seen D00sh play at the Ministry Of Sound recently on the Endemic Tour alongside the Gallery with Nick Warren and Hernan Cattaneo and continue to work on both remixes and original material.
Matías Giunta was born on 21st July 1987 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His journey began at the age of 11, when he started receiving comments from friends about his music and the unique sounds he was listening to. Later, he began to listen to and become influenced by the non-commerical music in Argentina - Electronic music. This new musical concept would have a great impact upon him. The first genres to influence him were Techno, House, Breakbeat and Trance.
He soon realised his love lied in House music - namely tribal, deep, funky, tech and progressive House. As a result, he started to become interested in creating his own tracks and has been producing since 2001. Matías finally released his first single, after repeatedly failing due to his lack of knowledge in the field.
As of 2001 he's been trying out several genres in order to find his true style in electronic music. In addition, he has been persistently trying to perfect his sounds in order to achieve a better quality in his productions.
In his quest to find the genre that would make him identifiable within the electronica scene, he realised that he could not shut himself in in just a single music genre. In fact, he enjoys making Progressive House, Deep House, Tribal House, Tech House, Progressive Trance, Chillout, Ethnic and Experimental tracks.
In 2010 he joined the Sudam Recordings team to work with Kintar & Rex, Maindave, Frangellico and Chantal. He started his own radio show on Eilo Radio called "Reverse", and played in numerous clubs including Chocolate and Shamrock.
He is now on the pursuit to improve his sounds and review the wide variety of genres in Electronica.
Odisseas Aivazidis aka Odiseas was born on 1st August 1986 in Thessaloniki, Greece. During his early childhood, his musical influence stemmed from the daily exposure of music from other family members. Odi's brother was a record collector and exposed him to many old school Techno sounds from artists like Acen, Bizarre Inc, Channel X, Westbam, Marusha, and of course the unique style of The Prodigy.
Odi began collecting records in the mid 90's and would listen to them for hours; memorizing artists, grooves, beats and breaks on each. Through the years his collection started to grow even more. In the beginning of 2008 he felt the burning desire to write and produce his own music - for now he plans to devote as much time as he can in the studio.
Liquid Phonk was established in 1999 by Patrick Lesser and Mirko Koenig. When Patrick performed his first live act at a large private party, Mirko (who played a DJ set at same party) noticed him and the two decided to try working together in the studio.
In fact, the co-operation between the two worked very well on the first attempt, although they both preferred different kinds of electronic music. Little by little they formed a common style and soon the first demo CD was finished, which they handed over to Patrick Lindsey after a party night. A few months later, Patrick and Mirko had a record deal in the bag, which they owed to the title "Daydreamer". In Summer 2001, only two years after Mirko and Patrick met, they finally released the very first Liquid Phonk vinyl on Patrick Lindsey's SCHOOL Records label, followed by the second release one year later. The last release was on Lindsey's new label, IDPL.
After putting the project on hold for a few years, both Mirko and Patrick, went their own musical way (Mirko founded the DJ team 'Deepkins' with his old friend Christoph Shane and Patrick had a few techno releases on Bangbam, Labil and May Recordings). The two have now renewed their musical bond, and jointly, with renewed vigor and sound, there are various planned releases on Lifted Digital, Foul & Sunk and Compost Black Label.