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Tak louMIDDLE EAST: U.A.E.
POSTED ON: 04/18/09 10:30:50
A Little Bit About
Hi, my name is Steve, I am 29 and come from a little known part of the world called Lincoln in the UK.
I’ve been djing for 12 years. Positioned between the 3 big cities of Leeds, Sheffield, and Nottingham I grew tired of always having to travel to get my fix of quality house music on a weekly basis, yet there was little on offer on our doorstep. After scraping together enough money to buy some turntables my friends and myself (a collection of promising musicians, bedroom dj’s and budding young promoters) originally started promoting and djing at free outdoor events in and around my home city. We were not looking for money as a reward, we just wanted to have a quality party of our own in our home town. At the time we could not agree on a name for the night so we named it after the style of music we would play. Funky, grooving, tech house music. Funktec was born. From free parties to house parties to boat parties, regular gigs at most of the better bars in the city followed. The music and our name was spreading and this led to longstanding residencies at arguably two of the best nights to grace the midlands in recent years, Reach @ Ponana and Choobe @ The Cell. The latter was hailed by Mixmag magazine as one of the top 3 nights in the country at the time and featuring dj‘s such as Mark Knight, Cagedbaby, Pete Gooding and Inland Knights to name a few. The growth of the club scene in Lincoln tied in directly with the growth of the city as a whole and is now recognised as one of the most emerging, fresh and dynamic nightlife destinations in the UK. Now living in Dubai, I look back fondly over the messy years spent trying to create something of our own and being there at the beginning of it. It was hard work at times, but mostly it was just having a laugh with likeminded friends, most of whom have gone on to success in various music projects or collaborations. I salute you all!
Musically I’m into pretty much any type of sound as long as it has that essential ingredient; it has to be emotive. When I dj I touch base on a variety of styles from chill out, house of all varieties, minimal, progressive, breaks, drum& bass and techno but I suppose when it comes down to it overall my dj sets generally hover around the deep and tech house sounds.
I have far too many influences to give a detailed list but to mention a few; Sasha, Ben Watt, Spooky, Francoise K, Tom Middleton (in all his guises) Masters at Work, Quivver, Layo & Bushwacka, Laurent Garnier, Carl Craig, LTJ Bukem as the masters and of the new breed it would be Booka Shade, Ame, Lindstrom, Robert Babicz, Commix, Guy J, Gui Boratto, Manuel Tur, Spiritchaser, Todd Terje and Jamie Anderson. I could go on forever - There is just so much good electronic music being produced.
Since moving to Dubai in early O8 I have teamed up with Kazeen Events & DJ Agency after Adrian Galea (co-founder) heard a mix I posted online and asked me to get involved with them, showing belief in my djing and our shared tastes and electronic music and clubbing in general. Kazeen have staged numerous highly successful events and regular club nights in Dubai over the past 5 years, most recently the immense Halloween party 'All Hallows 3' at Dubai World Trade Centre, and we are looking forward to many more successful events in the future.
Please feel free to get in touch if you so wish
Check out kzevents.com for future gigs and www.facebook.com/mixtape (UAE) for links to mine and my friends mixes.
My current Dj set up is
Pioneer DJM 700 Mixer
Pioneer CDJ1000 mk3 x 2
Pioneer EFX 1000
Novation Remote Zero SL Midi Controller
Sennheiser HD25 headphones
Native Instruments Audio 8 Soundcard
Ableton Live 7
NI Traktor Scratch Pro
Email - Stevedarley1@msn.com
Phone - 00 971 (0)50 6289399