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Tall Paul

Tall Paul
Tall Paul

Legendary DJ Tall Paul, began his career in the late 80s, playing for private parties at his family’s venue, Turnmills. At the same time Paul started working with pirate radio stations Touchdown FM and the capital’s seminal pirate Sunrise FM. From there he went on to get residencies at Trade, Zap Club in Brighton and from there met up with Shelley Boswell, which lead to regular slots at the Gardening Clubs’ “Club For Life”.

In 1992 Paul put out his first vinyl offering – the white label ‘Love Rush’, a Trade anthem. He then hooked up with Hooj Choons’ Red Jerry and came up with the dance classic “Rock Da House,” and then went on to produce numerous top 20 hits including the club anthems Escrima “Deeper” and “Train of Thought”, and his highest entry to date, Camisra “Let Me Show You”, which entered at No. 5. All this lead to a series of remix projects for artists such as New Order, Stone Roses, Erasure, Human League, K Klass, Wild Child, Energy 52, Duran Duran, Nalin & Kane, Blondie, Bizarre Inc, Keane and The Killers.

Paul has won Paul has also sold over 1 million compilation albums including Virgin’s The Gallery Modern Masters, Club Nation 1998 and Cream Anthems, as well as winning numerous awards in his career, both from DJ Mag as Best Producer, and from Muzik Mag who awarded him DJ of the year. His enduring popularity has seen him DJ worldwide travelling to the U.S., Canada, Japan, South America, Asia, India, Dubai, South Africa and all over Europe.

Seb Fontaine

Seb Fontaine
Seb Fontaine

Seb Fontaine is one of the most recognized DJs on the international club scene. Through his high profile and long-standing residencies, radio shows and compilation CDs, Seb has been at the forefront of the scene for many years and continue to showcase his electronic house grooves at high-profile gigs around the world.

Initially playing soul, funk, rare groove and hip-hop, Seb started DJing at venues in West London in the late 1980s. After discovering house music, Seb progressed through a number of high profiles residencies at clubs such as the Hanover Grand, Ministy Of Sound and Cream. With these high profile residencies came the opportunity to work with KISS FM and later Radio One – where he presented a weekly Saturday night show to a worldwide audience. As an elite international DJ, Seb has also released a number of best-selling compilation albums for Global Underground (‘Prototype’), Ministry Of Sound, Cream and Positiva.

More recently, Seb Fontaine has hosted Type @ The Cross – a long-standing monthly night that was considered one of London’s best nights during its 8 year tenure. Since the closure of The Cross, Seb has continued to play shows throughout the world and is now as happy playing to the glitterati in Monaco as he is rocking underground dance floors. He is set to continue his residency for Contact @ Amnesia this summer – a club at which he has played regularly throughout the summer months for 10 years – where he appears alongside the likes of Mark Knight, ATFC and Kurd Maverick.

On the production front, Seb has recently hit #1 on the Cool Cuts and Buzz Chart with ‘Need to Feel Loved’ as Reflekt. Originally released on Postiva in 2004 and produced by Seb Fontaine and Julian Peake, ‘Need To Feel Love’ is now setting dance floors alight once more in 2009 with a re-release, featuring remixes from the likes of Adam K & Soha, forthcoming very soon. The original release of this track was a massive international success and featured on the award-winning movie ‘It’s All Gone Pete Tong’ in 2005. Seb continues to run his own Mono-Type label which has released a number of his own productions such as ‘Do The Do’, ‘Gimme More’ and ‘Shine’ – the follow-up to ‘Need To Feel Love’ as Reflekt. Additionally, Seb has recently released remixes on Hussle Recordings and Floorplay while also working on a host of new productions.

Seb Fontaine has been at the pinnacle the dance scene for over 10 years and maintains his status as one of the world’s best DJs. With the continuation of his international DJ schedule and a high-profile gaining massive support and set for release on Positiva, 2009 looks to be another successful for this world-beating DJ and producer.

Freemasons

Freemasons
Freemasons

Russell Small is one of the very few DJs to have had multiple top ten hits and several chart-dominating remixes across two decades, and he can uniquely claim to have done it as different artists. Russell’s first extremely successful career was as Phats & Small, and his second was with the Freemasons.

He started DJing in Brighton in the early 1990s, until one track transformed his life forever. ‘Turn Around’ became a huge hit, climbing to number two in the UK charts and spreading like wildfire all over the world. The track launched Russell on the global stage as a recording artist and one of the world’s most exciting DJs.

Two albums followed, as did more hits including ‘Tonite’, ‘This Time Around’, and ‘Feel Good’. Russell then teamed up with James Wiltshire to embark on a recording partnership under the name Freemasons. The duo’s ‘Love On My Mind’ was a slow burner, taking over a year to climb the charts, but once it did, it became an evergreen clubbing anthem.

Over the next few years Freemasons was the hottest dance act in the world. Their own tracks ‘Rain Down Love’ and ‘Uninvited’ dominated the clubs, and remixes of songs by Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Kelly Rowland were picked as the lead radio edits across Europe.

This success led to gigs all over the world, with the duo headlining Mardi Gras twice, and playing everywhere from Rio to Seoul. In 2010 the boys embarked on a ‘Summer of Pride’ tour, headlining every major Pride festival in the UK and the USA.

By 2014, Freemasons decided to take some time out. In, 2016 Russell teamed up with Dino Psaras (DNO P) to release ‘Listen’. Their next track ‘She’ is due out soon. His latest artistic venture is sure to be Russell’s third success in a row, scoring him the ultimate musical hat trick.

George Kafetzis

George Kafetzis
George Kafetzis

George Kafetzis, born in Birmingham and one of the cities best kept secrets. He broke into the scene over 10 years ago and going from strength to strength. For people who know him he is respected highly for his technical abilities and pure showmanship whilst behind the decks. For those that don’t, upon witnessing one of his stomping sets, both ears n feet shall be satisfied undoubtedly so . His unique sound consists of smooth house, rocking electro and deep jacking beats with a relentless mix of acapellas thrown on top just for good measure!! This guy does things with tracks you never thought to be possible.

Over the past 10 years he has played at nights/venues across the country including; Cream Bugged Out, Miss Moneypennys, Coca Loco, The Canal Club and GodsKitchen and Gatecrasher Birmingham/ Nottingham just to name but a few in doing so he has had the opportunity to play alongside some of the worlds best djs..and hold residency for Cream Tours in Birmingham .

Currently he is working in the studio as a producer and had success with many remixes over the past 3yrs. He has a unique sound which can/does lend itself to a variety of genres/projects. For over a year he has been one of the chief remixers for Miss Moneypennys music working on most of their current and future projects. Since starting out as a producer he has been fortunate enough to work alongside 80s soul legend Roachford , Mobo award nominee Nate James and ‘thee remixing man of the moment’ Will Bailey.

George is co-owner of Red/Yeloleather Records and Discover International Records which was founded by himself and Jonze with support from the likes of Martijn Ten Velden, Mark Knight, Nick Bridges, Micky Slim, Filthy Rich and is becoming one of the UKs great independent labels.

His excellent productions and remixes are starting to pathe the way to his well deserved success, George is a major talent, with energy and drive like no other. Watch out for this continuation and a number of his own productions forthcoming in the very near future, he is set to be the household name you cant pronounce!

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