It’s not every day you get to book one of the biggest legends in dance music so we’re absolutely DIElighted to book Mark Archer for DIE this Thursday in Dolans Warehouse, Limerick.
Before you read on check out the latest Future Music FM show where Skirmish resident Benswan joins me on the 1s and 2s to give you a taste of what’s in store.
Mark Archer from Altern8 has been instrumental in one of the biggest explosions music has ever seen – rave music. Rave music has influenced so much of the music we hear today. At its conception in the early 90s it was as much a movement as it was a new form of music. For anyone who stays updated here you’ll know we’re highly influenced by the rave scene and our taste in music is varied in all things ravey – techno, breaks, jungle, IDM – if it’s ravey we love it. This Thursday will be an experience of the best in old and new rave music.
Starting his production career in 1988 as part of a hip hop/sample house called Rhythm Mode D, he then went on to contribute towards acid house and techno, pushing the boundaries in groups such as Bizarre inc before starting a new project as Nexus 21 which saw releases on infamous labels R&S and Network.
It’s crazy to think how popular and accepted rave music was in the 90s! Altern 8 crashed the UK charts in 1991 with ‘Infiltrate 202’ and ‘Activ-8 (come with me)’, two chaotic slices of hardcore, the latter reaching number 3. They were aided in their chart aspirations by the circulation of fictitious press stories concerning their alleged activities, which included promoting the decongestant Vicks Vapo Rub, which, it was claimed, heightened the effects of Ecstasy; and standing as local candidates for the 1993 General Election.
Archer has gone on to record tracks as diverse as Nu Skool Breaks for Rennie Pilgrem’s label TCR, under the pseudonym ‘Mr Nex’, and remixed ‘Edzy’s’ – ‘Do it till you burn’ on Strictly Rhythm. 2007 was a return to the sound of Nexus 21 with the solo release of the ‘Songs for einna EP’ on the Black Dogs new label offshoot DS93, the EP sold out before it’s release date and has had collectors paying big money for the sought after vinyl only release.
The EP was followed earlier this year with the release on new label Mutate of the ‘Ring of Gyges EP’ which follows on from the DS93 release in style. Contributions on Balkan Vinyl’s Coloured series and Rave Wars, along with a 2011 remake of his own “Frequency” and 2013 remake of ‘Armageddon’ tracks (originally credited to Altern 8) featured remixes by Killa Productions and Luke Vibert, KiNK, Dj Marky and a whole host of big name remixers.
Also on the night J.Tijn joins the DIE crew in their series of epic bookings. His forward thinking style has carved his name out in the electronic music scene. Coming from a grime and dubstep background his take on techno is ferociously produced and has seen him collaborate with Randomer and JoeFarr as well as see releases out on Bedouin Records among other labels.
Get a schooling in electronic music history and join us this Thursday for 3 rooms of music and the absolute craic.
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