One of the biggest acts in electronic music, Dave Clarke, returns to the Nerve Centre Derry for the first time in more than 10 years this Saturday.
He may be known as The Baron Of Techno, a moniker given to him by renowned BBC Radio DJ/journalist John Peel, but Dave Clarke has an anarchist streak a mile wide and punk in his soul, having no truck with establishment figures or authoritarianism. A hard working purist, forward thinking futurist, technology geek, part Gothic and gadget lover who embraced the digital revolution in an early stage while his peers were still sniffing the smell of vinyl.
As a DJ, he plays out every weekend everywhere. At every event there’s the same attention to detail, 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. That’s where he comes alive, where skills honed for years blow venues apart.
Whether on prolific festivals like Tomorrowland, Awakenings, I Love Techno, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, Glastonbury and Nature One, in acclaimed venues such as Fabric, Fuse or Berghain or in dark, sweaty, small capacity clubs, Clarke feeds and nurtures his extraordinary relationship with the crowd.
In 2015, Clarke will continue to gather air-miles by the gallon and preach his vision on techno both on the decks and on the radio, whilst never forgetting the long and bumpy journey he had to undertake to get where he is now: on top of the game, respected by both fans and peers and very much relevant in today’s scene. He might be established, but he will never be establishment.
Tickets priced £12 are on sale now at The Nerve Centre Box Office and online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/303259