Backdrop co-founder and resident DJ. Techno hypnotist & record obsessive in search of those heads down & sweaty stompers, bat-s*** crazy B-sides, brazen break beat, rancid acid and tripping electro. KMAH Radio resident with monthly show – “Skew-whiff with Dr. Joseph”. Music journalist. Veterinary Surgeon (hence the Dr).
Backdrop co-founder, designer maker & creative force.
Embrace the savage sounds, sumptuous sights and wonderful ways of backdrop …don’t waste any time, bring your dancing feet, your creative minds & your passion for raving and join us in this techno haze.
Backdrop co-founder and creative force. From Canada via Hong Kong, Newcastle is now my hometown and it is here, under the techno teal of the Tyne, I have enjoyed diving down the rabbit hole with you all.
Co-Founder, Resident DJ, last at the party. North East England via Hong Kong. A passion for raving and hunting down esoteric, heavy, trippy wax. Reality can feel tough; music helps.
Having DJ’d in Chicago since ’93, Amir’s classic synthesizers and drum machines pay homage to his old school roots. An adventurous and technically gifted producer, his jazz and acid infusions actively advance and challenge perceptions of what divides house and techno. Transcending modern genre tags, this beautiful debut both blows up the dancefloor and holds you close through deeper moments. His passionate and hard-working approach continue to protect and unite the culture we all hold so dear.
Hailing originally from Newcastle and now located in London, DJ-producers Blackhall & Bookless are beginning to forge a strong name for themselves in the electronic music sphere, working in close connection to their own Jaunt imprint, which has made the smooth journey from club night to record label. Renowned for these niche parties in Newcastle, London and beyond, the label now serves as an extension of their’ discerning tastes, with every release handled with the same love and enthusiasm that they’ve channeled into the parties over the years. As such, the ethos behind the label is one that mirrors their own musical wares, with the sounds as one might imagine revolving around a mix of refined house and techno.
Carl Hardy is a proud Cleethorpes native with a huge contribution to the electronic music scene. A record label owner, promoter, radio show host and most significantly a DJ. A widely respected selector with a vast and interesting record collection that he’s been collecting for just under 10 years, which spans every aspect of electronic music. Carl is also a dear friend to us at Backdrop, we love you Carl x, and thank you Jane for the link up.
Their Fabric x Fear of Flying mix is one of the most powerful, surging hour’s of dance music we have heard. With a focus on continual and incrementally increasing energy, their dynamic control over a throbbing floor has been honed internationally. Their regular KMAH show is also always a firm favourite for the Backdrop family (and great for tips!).
“Crowds are so different anyway. Some crowds are not that energetic, and they don’t seem to show their emotions as much as others do. And you’re like, ‘Oh god, I played a horrible set, they really didn’t like it’, and then afterwards people come to me and say, ‘Oh that was amazing, we loved it so much’.”…I think we know which crowd we were!
Unique in creating her strong reputation from DJing alone, Jane plays a hard-to-categorise mix of music that can take in early UK acid tracks, deep, spacey house, modern psychedelic techno, or ambient textures.
John Rowe is an internationally respected recording artist, DJ/producer, friend to Backdrop, and owner of Hypnohouse Label Group, with an incredible energy and verve to his live performance – as those of you in attendance at Backdrop and UU at The Old Police House will know, when John tore the roof off in probably the most furious live performance we’ve experienced.
“The initiation for everything that followed was marked by his first visit to Berghain… “At around 17 I was already spinning House and Techno and had heard one or two things about the club. When I turned 18 I went for the first time, after three hours of queuing up I finally got in. I realized very quickly: ‘That’s quite something – this club and the people inside make the difference. I’d like to be an artist here, not just a regular visitor.’
“It takes twenty years to define your voice, but it turns out it’s simple. You just define your own boundaries at any given point of the process and the secret of consistency is to remember those boundaries for the next time. I think I’m just working within certain limits, and then within those be as inventive as I can. Then I can add a new element every once in awhile if I’m up for it. It’s just a balancing act.” (Levon Vincent, LWE).
Luz Diaz is the founder of Room 4 Resistance – a Berlin-based queer forward collective focused on community-building and creating space & visibility for women, gender queers, non-binaries, trans people, black people & people of colour in Dance Music. Room 4 Resistance takes place every 2 months at ://about blank.
If talent converted into record sales, David Moufang would be a very rich man. His records with partner Jonas Grossmann as Deep Space Network and his own solo releases as Move D are among the furthest outreaches of techno’s push towards the stars. Moufang grew up in Heidelberg listening to his parents’ collection of early Pink Floyd and Kraftwerk records but the most overwhelming influence on his childhood was outer space, the result of a trip to the cinema with his father to see 2001: A Space Odyssey. “I was space crazy as a child,” Moufang told journalist Tony Marcus in 1995, “when the other kids were riding around in their little cars I’d be building my own spacecraft. I’d put in a small engine, put rubber on the wheels so it made some noise and stand there with a walkie-talkie and my headphones on. It was very techno…”
‘I still like to think that House is the mother of them all. In a way it can be argued that Techno for example is just a sub genre of House. House music has this long standing historic significance but of course it has become a genre with thousands of sub genres, which all have their own set of rules and sounds and its own aesthetics.’
“I’ve actually felt incredibly blessed in the second half of last year to have played a kinda astonishing number of practically life-affirming gigs, to the extent that it’s hard to list them all. The closing set on a Sunday night at De School in Amsterdam was a definite highlight, along with b2bs with Call Super at Sameheads in Berlin and Phonox in London, Contact in Tokyo, getting super weird closing out Globus (upstairs at Tresor) for 20 people on NYD in Berlin, Freerotation in July… the list really goes on but what all these gigs had in common was that I felt a real connection with the crowd, usually a close physical proximity as well as a sense that we all shared a body and a brain.”
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Backdrop’s main features writer, ticket seller and all round techno lover. I moved up from art school in London and have started studying in Newcastle. Past pieces include work for Belle Jar as well as PR work for Home Office PR.
“Saoirse’s first foray into the field of electronic music came at a very young age, accompanying her mother to free parties and raves in her home country of Ireland. It was at these parties that her young ears began to make sense of the sounds from the likes of Leftfield, Fluke & Orbital and a close allegiance to electronic music was forged.”
“SIREN is an organization and collective focused on multiple ways to diversify electronic music. We run parties and radio shows, host workshops and publish a zine, in addition to curating and consulting for various lineups. Members of the collective are also writers, graphic designers, fine artists, producers, DJs, VJs and work in the music and nightlife industry. We hope to make a platform that promotes women and non-binary people and create a community of people who attend our events.”
Raised in Turin and currently based in Munich, Stenny debuted on Ilian Tape with his first 12″, Solstice Deity on in 2013. Mainly inspired by the spirit of 90’s Techno and IDM, his contribution as a producer could be described as club-focused but more than just functional. The dusty and stepping drum programming, often contrasting with the dense, atmospheric surrounding, is one of the peculiarities of his style, which in fact, references often to the Jungle or Hardcore era, whilst aiming to evolve without genre boundaries. As a DJ he maintains a similar, versatile and open minded approach, ranging between contemporary and classic, but always forward-thinking, club music, often bringing a fairly heavy style, as we saw at Backdrop when we invited Stenny along to play as part of our ten year Ilian Tape and Jaunt celebration earlier in 2017.
“To be a DJ for me means to be in touch with the audience without speaking and to interact with the crowd and give them what they need while staying true to myself at the same time. It’s also fundamental to my work that I succeed at letting the music, the crowd and myself run freely. I have to turn off my head and go with the flow. I love to create and play with different moods and atmospheres. And I’m still fascinated by the fact that music can release a huge amount of energy and fun immediately. Music and bass in particular make people happy!”
Arising from a solid musical foundation in Munich and a residency at Harry Klein, Zenker Brothers are now world-renowned DJs, producers and record label bosses. Playing B2B, and bringing their own unique definition of contemporary dance music with breakbeat-heavy style of techno, and having multiple releases on their own, and other renowned labels, like Tresor, the Zenkers are a force to be reckoned with in contemporary Techno. We were incredibly happy to host both them, Stenny and Blackhall and Bookless to celebrate 10 years of Jaunt and Ilian Tape earlier in 2017, and are proud to call all friends.