I’m absolutely delighted to be invited by Live Nation and The Great Escape Festival Festival to help give input to their Saturday DIY convention next month in Brighton. This year’s theme they focus on a subject that’s close to my heart and currently the most common question I get asked ‘how to get gigs’? In this day and age with online tutorials and pages full of YouTubehelp, the easy part is actually making the music. Once the songs are written and the performance is honed, the next task for any new artist is building a fan base, and that means going live. The gig or club night is the best place to excite and engage an audience, and can provide the initial fan base around which an artist’s business can then evolve.
John 00 Fleming is a man with whose electronic music career has been equal parts industrious and illustrious. Now spanning two decades or more, he’s been the driving mix-force behind music compilations, now too numerous to count and – for the larger part – a steadfast advocate of ‘the singles school’ of music release.
When John 00 Fleming launched ‘JOOF Aura’, he was unquestionably going to get in on the action. With ‘Chemical Equilibrium’, John’s astounding alchemy in the studio comes to fruition. This track is deep, yet hair-raising and spine tingling. Inside you’ll find tech-drive grooves, lush vocals and immersive pads. On remix duties we have Wes Straub and the rising star of UAE Subandrio who add a new level of deep-seated grooves to the track.
I’m in a very fortunate position to have played at many clubs around the world and experienced the good, bad and ugly! Do I have a favourite? I have a handful, but one in particular in the UK.
Though my career initially started on the South coast, things really took off for me when I became part of the London underground scene in the 90’s and was fortunate to hold around 7 residencies across the city. One of these clubs was Camden palace, today it’s know as KOKO London. I played for multiple promoters here; SunnySide up, Mind over matter, Twisted, Frantic and Peach. This unique 19th century grade 2 listed theatre created the most amazing atmosphere with multi tiered balconies surrounding the dance floor, everyone feels as if they are front of stage. Still today the building has kept its original architecture both inside and out, with the addition of one of the best sound systems I’ve heard in a club.