Not being one to jump on the 2011 predictions bandwagon for the most part (largely due to the inevitable backlash and general disparaging voices of dissent from various angles), the New Year is bringing a slight change as we bring one name that seems destined for larger things (clubs, audiences, labels, tracks etc) in the coming months.
Stopmakingme (Dan Avery by day) is already well known by some for his DJing expertise, having graced the stages of many of the UK’s havens for clubbers, and landing a residency at Fabric alongside regularly playing Bugged Out, and Adventures In The Beetroot Field. Aside from all of this, he also finds the time to work with The Filthy Dukes running the Kill ‘Em All camp: that’s the infamous clubnight which is usually found at Fabric but is occasionally stumbled upon as a pop-up somewhere in London. He also pitches in with the Kill Em All Records imprint, which has recently seen top quality releases from Dan himself and Hidden Cat (who will feature on the Toothpaste, released through RemuteD in the spring).
Which brings us, conveniently, to the new ace in his hands, the production work. After years spent DJing he seems to have not only Sensei-like mixing skills but he has evidently also been paying attention to the structure and composition of his record collection. Coming from almost nowhere, in terms of production, in 2010 Dan made a name for himself with a number of releases; a remix here, an EP there, leading to what is set to be a slew of releases in 2011. Already lined up are an EP for Bang Gang in February, an EP with Justin Robertson’s new project, The Deadstock 33s on Southern Fried in March, and the aforementioned ‘Toothpaste EP’ in the springtime through RemuteD. Add to this his excellent Hercules & Love Affair remix that has been doing the rounds across the likes of The Fader and Pitchfork recently (and PlanetNotion – Ed), and that we’re only in January, and we seem set on hearing the Stopmakingme moniker on a regular basis. A fact that we a very happy about indeed.
Should you wish to catch the man in action, he has a whole host of dates over the coming months, the biggest of which would be:
12th Feb – Bugged Out @ The Coronet
16th Feb – Rex Club, Paris
19th Feb – Audio, Brighton
25th Feb – Southbank Centre w/Juan Maclean & Matias Aguayo