Thursday, September 18, 2014 -
17:00 to 23:00
Digs DMan started Djing at Nottingham University in 1987. His first gig was playing hip hop supporting American punk band MDC at The Garage, later home to a fledgling DiY’s first club night in November 1989. After further gigs in and around Nottingham, Digs met Woosh in ’90 and a partnership was created, mixing his Hip Hop and beats with Woosh’s jazz and funk grooves. Backroom slots at DiY nights began, with the duo graduating to the house room by 1991. Post Glastonbury ’90, where the confluence of DiY and traveller mates began, DiY free parties took place, with the duo initially representing for the Sunday afternoon; taking the house vibe through funk, disco and fusion to a sunset closeout with Larry Youngs’ Fuel ‘Turn off the Lights.’
Club nights and slots continued, taking in Back 2 Basics, Slam at the Arches in Glasgow, Turnmills, Club UK and endless British rave haunts. Free parties continued in tandem, via the legendary Barton Stacey airfield party where Digs found his funky feet - reaching a zenith at Castlemorton Festival in ’92, with Chipping Sodbury a noble precursor in ’91. Numerous trips to San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, Paris, Stuttgart, the Antipodies and Ibiza (Pacha, Space Terrace, Amnesia, Summum) widened the net and exposure to the dancefloors of the world.
Studio duties began, with the Undisputed Funk sampling ‘Rumpfunk’ notably bootlegged in France in 96, and tracks included on the ‘High in a Basement’ compilation on Other records. Production and remix duties continued, remixes including A Man Called Adam, Atjazz, and Chumbawamba’s Criminal Justice EP at the height of lobbying against the Criminal Justice Act. Digs hooked up with cousin Andy Cato of Groove Armada, who he introduced to the free party scene at Moreton Lighthouse in ’91 “We crossed the country in my Hillman, stopping at service stations and waiting for the phone call with the final location” to write ‘In the Box’ a funkified throwdown which saw release on DiY Discs.
Digs returned to this partnership recently, with the DMan vs GA EP released on Hypercolour records in March of this year, and Digs ghostwriting trax for Groove Armada’s clubbier releases. Under nom de plume DMan, Digs worked with North London rapper Eugenius Scrooge, returning to his love of dope hip hop and skankified dub, Digs has remixed and released for Ornate Music, with Digs – Jus’ in Style EP released last year, alongside remixes of Inland Knights and Agnes. A new DMan partnership with vocalist Hannah Fay is currently bearing fruit, with lush garage monster ‘My heart goes Loop da Loop’ causing a stir in live sets at the Strongroom, London and Saltwater, Nottingham.
DiY celebrate 25 years this year.
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