Sun Valley All-Stars
A collaborative effort between various producers and musicians connected with Reliable Recordings and the Sun Valley Sound Studio. The All-Stars project is an opportunity to explore more musical avenues, live instrumentation augmented with samples and programmed beats.
Sun Valley All-Stars is a loose, freeflowing musical project featuring, amongst others, Sebastian Tanganui-Lloyd, Cuffy, Roger Perry, Joost, Wairere Iti and pretty much whoever is hanging around the studio at the time and wants to get involved.
Craig Harris and Tim Richards
This track is one of Craig and Tim's most recent. The boys have been on a roller coaster ride over the past year. With releases on Reliable Recordings and Om out this year, and receiving glowing public accolades from veterans Greg Churchill and Dick Johnson, Craig and Tim are gaining respect as engineers and musicians. They are continuing to develop their signature sound. Expect big things from these boys in the future.
Dick 'Magik J'Johnson
DJ Dick Johnson's reputation for rocking a party began amidst the acid house madness of Manchester's infamous Hacienda, where he was Saturday night resident alongside Graeme Park and Tom Wainright. He soon had his own room The 5th Man, where the legendary basement sessions became a part of club history. Residencies followed at Federation, Spice and Nottingham's Renaissance.
Between 1994 and 95, Johnson started producing tracks for Cream's Olympic label, New Order's Pleasure Recordings and Manchester's Paperecordings collective. Shortly afterwards, he established Shaboom Records with Mark Bell and Ben Davis.
A man of many monikers, Johnson records on his own as Magik Johnson/Magik J, as Del-5 with Ben Davis, and alongside Soane as Troffman. His music has been released on such influential imprints as Danny Tenaglia's Twisted label, Layo & Bushwacka's End Recordings, KAOS in Portugal and Paperecordings - and he has completed remixes for Crazy Penis, DJ Sneak, Joey Negro, Q-Burns, Human League, Neon Heights and many others.
Dick Johnson was one of the first UK DJs to pay regular visits to New Zealand from 1994 onwards, and in 2001 he decided to permanently relocate his base to the far side of the planet. He wasted no time in making his mark - taking his own ELECTRIC tours on the road up and down New Zealand, releasing the clubnight's companion ELECTRIC CD through Festival Mushroom Records, producing music for the national television network, and remixing seminal local artists, including the Headless Chickens and Subware.
Please refer to www.inmusic.co.nz for bio details.
Reed & Radley
Reed and Radley have clocked up more than 25 years in the studio and behind the Technics. They cut their clubbing teeth in northern England before taking their passion for house music one step further.
Chris Reed's career began more than a decade ago in Leeds, then one of Britain's clubbing capitals. After signing to Liverpool's 3 Beat label, he produced a string of singles under the Neuro name. The first, Initiate, was championed by Mixmag and Manchester's pioneering Eastern Bloc record shop. The most successful, Mama, was licensed to groundbreaking Belgian label R&S and appeared on a string of compilations around the world.
After leaving Leeds, Chris returned to hometown Manchester, setting up a home studio and DJing at the Home club. He moved to New Zealand in 1999 and after stints in Queenstown and Wellington settled in Auckland, where he made a swift return to the studio with Paul Radley.
Paul's career also started in Leeds. He regularly played at the Orbit, which went on to become Britain's longest-running regular club night, and co-promoted Mindbiscuit, a monthly deep house affair. Paul was a regular fixture behind the decks at some of northern England's most discerning nights and completed a sound engineering course in Manchester before moving to New Zealand, via Sydney.
Both are firmly established in Auckland's house scene, playing regularly at the city's best clubs. Chris also co-hosts George FM's flagship Saturday morning show, English Breakfast. Together they are carving out a reputation as producers of high-quality deep, driving grooves. Their productions have graced both volumes of Reliable Recordings' Sun Valley Sounds while British institution DIY has licensed their four-track Foundations EP.
Reed and Radley are putting the finishing touches to their next two EPs which will be released later this year.
ReactorMusic is the musical collaboration between Roger Perry and Joost Langeveld. The ultimate pairing of top DJ and studio wizard.
The ReactorMusic guys make fat, dirty fucked up House music for real House heads. Working together now for about 6 years Roger and Joost have spent a good while getting their sound right. ReactorMusic have released tracks on Wrong, Shaboom, Global Underground, Reliable and FMR.
Roger is one of the true innovators of the New Zealand Club music community. His DJ-ing career began in the mid-80s as a sprightly seventeen year old playing HipHop, Funk, Boogie, Electro and what was later to became known as House Music. Roger is widely credited for introducing House music to the Clubs of NZ. Instrumental in the establishing of seminal Clubs like The Asylum, The Playground, Siren, Calibre and more recently the Wyndham Bowling Club. Roger has DJed alongside everyone from Derrick Carter, Doc Martin, Crazy Penis through to Qburns, Derrick May and Tiefschwarz to name but a few. Roger has also toured and promoted the likes of Luke Solomon, Inland Knights, Huggy, Erik Rug and Phil Asher amongst others.
Joost is one of the leading producers/engineers of New Zealands Club music scene. Cutting his teeth in the late 80s with acts like NRA, Strawpeople, Jules Issa, Pitch Black, DLT, OJ and RhythmSlave, Mark deClive-Lowe, DJ Joshua plus his own collaborations Nemesis Dub Systems, Unitone HiFi and Subware.
Joost started his musical career in the early eighties as a bass player. In 1986 he hooked up with a jaded 70s prog rocker who taught everything he knew about synthesizers and computer music. From 1992 till 1996 Joost worked and lived in New York, running B-Rave Studios in SoHo and producing tracks for Unitone Hifi and German record label Incoming!. On his return to New Zealand he touched base with Roger again and ReacctorMusic was born.
Cuffy & LeonD
Hailing from Wellington, New Zealand, Cuffy & Leon D are no strangers to the NZ dance music scene having achieved top producer and DJ status in their home country. Credited with releases on a number of regional labels over the past decade, Cuffy & Leon D are poised to storm the global house community with their crisp, hook-laden productions and musically inspired sounds.
Cuffy and Leon teamed up in 1999. Combining their gear and knowledge in pursuit of creating their own sound.
Cuffy started DJing mid '97 and currently has regular DJ slots at Auckland's Ink Bar, Wyndham Bowling Club, Centro, Mesh, Calibre and Coast amongst others....
As well as being part of the 2000 intake for the Red Bull DJ Academy in Dublin, Cuffy has DJ'd abroad including gigs with the likes of:
Jonathan Yeo @ Zouk Club in Singapore
Terry Farley @ The Kitchen in Dublin
Derrick May @ Fix in Sydney
FC Kahuna; Dano @ DNA Lounge in San Fran.
Leon D cut his musical teeth playing guitar in rock band Fat Mannequin, which introduced him to both the live stage and studio environment from age 16.
In '98, frustrated by the lack of tonal variety in guitars, Leon D swapped his for a collection of keyboards and samplers, and the rest is history. As a natural progression from producing dance music, Leon D started DJing late 1998.
Currently, he holds regular DJ slots at Auckland's Ink Bar, Wyndham Bowling Club and Centro Lounge and is a regular at Wellington bars Studionine and Paradiso.
Leon D has clocked up support slots for many international acts including Ian Pooley, Eddie Matos, FC Kahuna, DJ Joshua, Dano, Miles Hollway, Dick Johnson and Singapore's Jonathan Yeo.Daniel Ward
With his musical roots in hardcore drumming Daniel appreciates the angry side of music as is evident in 'Filthy'. But with so much of his life dedicated to funk and hiphop (he is a percussionist for the Hot Grits & House of Downtown as well as producing hiphop), Daniel definately understands a groove. These traits are demonstrated best when he DJs, going from original 70s funk right through house music to the darkest tech grooves whilst keeping the same underlying vibe.
These days his dark side is exorcised through being one half of the Sinister Sound System and through creating tracks like 'Filthy'.
Subware is the musical collaboration between label manager Joost Langeveld and DJ Jason ' Rockpig' Hall . Formed in 1998 Subware quickly gained an enthusiastic following. Part of the Reliable Recordings family of artists, Subware makes music with a bass heavy, groove oriented and slightly twisted sensibility.
From '98 on Subware quickly built a reputation as a feisty, twisted live experience. More recently their performances have developed a more organic approach incorporating live musicians and singers to make Subware an even more exciting experience. Subware has released tracks on Reliable Recordings, Defender Music, Influence Records, Freq Records, Sound Fiction, Shaboom and Global Underground.