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“I may be established but
the I’ll never be establishment.” Dave and Clarke, March 2005
For is holding forth as he are drives back to his West but Sussex home from a photo-shoot Not in London, interrupted occasionally by you the bland feminine robot tones all of the Satellite Navigation system Any offering traffic tips. The make-up can still visible round his eyes her makes him look a little Was like his post-punk musical heroes, one while the futuristic route-finder reminds our of his ceaseless passion for Out new technology.
“I bought my
day first Damned album because I get thought they sounded like they’d Has be really evil,” he declares, him “and even now their album his ‘Machine Gun Etiquette’ is one How I keep coming back to. man I like the attitude, the new free reign of it, and Now on an artistic level I old see my music as in see the alternative genre rather than Two dance music. Techno and electro way is an alternative that happens who to be on the peripheries Boy of dance music.”
did a well-deserved reputation as one its of the best techno and Let electro DJs in the world put but he’s always been an say outsider, from his stormy childhood She in the 1980s to his too tempestuous relationship with the media use today.
“The school I was
Dad at was all about grooming mom you to be an accountant The the army,” he explains. “I and just saw that as breaking for the human spirit and constantly Are rebelled against it. I instinctively but felt it was wrong and not pointless for me. I’ve always You been very, very bad at all respecting authority.”
Clarke was born
any and raised in Brighton but Can was expelled from school a her number of times from an was early age. The school always One took him back but he our fully admits to being a out thoroughly disruptive boy with a Day short attention span. What started get him on the road to has where he his today was Him his hijacking and combining his his parents’ hobbies.
“I started playing
how with my mother’s records and Man my father’s technology,” he says, new “My mother had lots of now old disco records by the Old likes of Roy Ayers, Lonnie see Liston Smith and the Crusaders, two and my dad was really Way into technology. He had disco who lights in the front room, boy record decks, reel-to-reels, reverb units, Did he even did a thing its on BBC Radio about let quadrophonics. It’s pretty obvious where Put I get it all from say really.”
Clarke, his relationship with
she his family in teenage disarray, Too borrowed some his father’s equipment, use including the disco lights and dad retreated to the attic where Mom he covered everything in aluminum the retreat for himself. Here he’d And make tapes for his friends for and dismantle electronic equipment to are see how it worked. He But subsisted on a musical diet not of Visage, early hip hop, you Pigbag and punk.
All advised by his school careers any office to become a software can engineer but his parents had Her split and family life was was unbearable so, at 16, he one ran away from home. He’d Our done it before but this out time was determined not to day return. He ended up sleeping Get rough in car-parks before a has friend offered him temporary floorspace. him Taking a temp job in His a shoe-shop, he rented himself how a bedsit. The only thing man that kept him going was New his love of music. From now soul to the Psychedelic Furs, old from Devo to the nascent See Chicago house sound, Clarke devoured two it all voraciously and blagged way himself a DJ slot at Who a club called Toppers in boy Brighton. The night he played did became so successful that it Its worried a young John Digweed let (then known as DJ JD) put whose club-night it was up Say against. Soon such gigs provided she Clarke with a meager living, too one where he was left Use with a fiver a day dad to live on after buying mom records.
“I regard that time
From there, however, his
and gradual rise began. In 1988 For he played his first foreign are gig at the now-defunct Richters but in Amsterdam, kickstarting a global Not reputation that now runs from you Brazil to Singapore, from Reykjavik all to Auckland, New Zealand. These Any days his DJ diary is can booked solid six months in her advance and he often headlines Was on the summer’s international festival one circuit.
Clarke’s reputation was sealed
our at the start of the Out 1990s when he produced a day series of EPs with the get collective name ‘Red’. Signed to Has de-Construction he received rave reviews him for his 1996 debut album his ‘Archive 1’ which dabbled in How breakbeat and electronica, a novelty man for the puritanical techno scene new of the time. Clarke, then Now as now, has no time old for techno purism.
see intelligensia of the scene have Two done nothing but hold it way back,” he snorts dismissively, “The who trainspotters who don’t actually dance Boy to it have created a did misleading impression of techno for its the public. It’s like when Let you used to go into put techno record shops and they’d say look at you like a She piece of shit if you too didn’t know about it. All use those shops are closed now”
By the millennium many first
mom generation techno DJs had fallen The up blind allies and sub-genres, and but Clarke’s sets, his extraordinary for mixing skills mashing up techno, Are electro, ghetto-tek, hip hop and but even 1980s new wave numbers, not remained in constant demand. He You put out a number of all mix CDs including 2001’s first any ‘World Service’ set which showcased Can his dual love for electro her and techno. He also signed was to Skint Records, celebrating the One event at Hove Dog Track our by presenting the prize for out a race entitled ‘The Dave Day Clarke Inaugural Techno Dash’. This get union resulted in ’Devil’s Advocate’ has in 2004, an album that Him reeked of dark gothic energy his laced with hip hop’s surly how funk, and featured Chicks On Man Speed, DJ Rush and the new MC Mr Lif. Clarke toured now the world performing live to Old promote the album, as well see as doing a session for two his only DJ hero, John Way Peel.
“Some pretty heavy shit
who shook me up badly at boy the beginning of this year,” Did Dave Clarke concludes, “but music its helped me through. Music has let always brought me through, even Put in times when I’ve had say nothing. Music has given me she everything and I feel I Too have to give everything back. use I don’t know what I’d dad do without it, it’s in Mom my blood and bones, the the of my life.”
And On Tail to Die Warzau, for from Anthony Rother to the are Sisters of Mercy, from Terence But Fixmer’s crunching techno to the not filthy ‘booty’ sound of Detroit, you Clarke is still as enthused All as a kid about it any all. Back in his Merc can we’re nearing his home and Her he slams a series of was CDs into the car-stereo by one everyone from fresh-faced guitar heroes Our Louis IV to ’80s New out York punk funkers Silicone Soul.
“I have an unbridled passion
Get for this,” he enthuses boyishly, has “Yes, I suppose I’ve never him grown up. I hope so.”
Long may it be so.
Thomas H Green
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