#48 - Colin Dale
After The Third Man’sspecial and exclusive live set we now hand the controls over to one of the UK techno scene’s founding father’s Colin Dale. This time Colin takes us into the deeper realms of techno and tech-house as he brings us Cajmere and Dyed Soundorom, Tigerskin, Osunlade and Nadirah Shakoor, Midland, John Tejada and more with a charismatic and deeper shade of techno that is Colin Dale’s definition of Abstrakt Dance.
To call Colin Dale ‘legendary’ is no over-estimation. Here is a man who has been one of London's most cutting edge DJs for over 30 years and still continues to surprise and marvel.
Music was always a big part of the Dale family's life: soul, reggae, jazz and funk. Even before Colin left school friends included Fabio, Grooverider, Dave Angel, Jumping Jack Frost and Bryan Gee all who went on to be top DJs in their respective scenes. It all began in 1982 when Colin who was then working as a banker in the city of London began to warm up for Hip Hop supremo Tim Westwood at the cult Gossips nightclub in Soho playing cuts like Soul Sonic Force, Strafe, Shannon and Donna Summer.
In 1985 Colin was one of the key members of the pirate radio station Kiss FM and soon after left banking to pursue a career in music and the ‘Abstrakt Dance’ radio show was born. For 16 years ‘Abstrakt Dance’ was a ground-breaking show which quite simply bought Techno to the masses. Guests on the show included All the UR crew, Hawtin, Angel, Pullen, Garnier, Saunderson, Craig, May, Cox...the list goes on and when the show was put on the internet in 1993 Colin became a household name in Techno circles Worldwide. It was the first ever Techno show to be transmitted live with visuals and it was revolutionary.
Production wise Colin has recorded for Perfecto on their very first LP, Obsessive, Logic, Sensei, Visitor, Abstrakt Dance, Swag, Laus and Alien Funk amongst others as well as 7 well received mix compilation LPs for various major record labels. As well as being a regular guest at clubs such as Fabric, Rex, Pasha (Buenos Aires) and Love (Brazil) Colin has toured the Worlds clubs extensively - Japan, China, Russia, Australia and Eastern Europe, U.S.A Colin is a favourite the World over.
Fast forward to 2013 and its all systems go...there’s the freshly launched label ‘Abstrakt Dance’ with Jules Dickens, regular sets @ Fabric, The Whitehouse, East Village, Jamm and The Egg club in London and also more Wildlife AM and D.S.T.P Warehouse parties which have been taking London’s club-land by storm. Colin is also currently promoting a night called ‘Boom Boom Room’ with old friend Terry Francis from Fabric London.
Then there’s lot’s of hot new music as well from labels such as Plastic City, Conic, Influential House and Evasive record labels amongst others as well as a heavy remix schedule plus a sample / loop CD coming out on Monstersounds distributed by Loopmasters. Colin Dale’s ‘Please Standby’ EP’ is out now on Abstrakt Dance.
EPM Podcast 48 – Colin Dale tracklist
1. Cajmere / Dyed Soundorom - 1+1 (Original Mix) Cajual Records
2. Alix Alvarez - Treat Me - Ovum Records
3. Tigerskin / Till Von Sein - Home Alone (Original Mix) Dirt Crew Recordings
4. Midland - Realtime - Graded Records
5. Okain - O'Clock (Gerd's Deep Mix) (Tsuba Records)
6. Osunlade / Nadirah Shakoor - My Reflection feat Divine Essense (Deetron Remix) Strictly Rhythm Records
7. John Tejada - Somewhere - Kompakt Records
8. Slok feat My Favorite Robot - Feel Alive (Subb An Remix) Circle Music Records
9. Danny Howells - Everything's Here (Deetron Remix) Dig Deeper Records
10. Johnny Eres Tu - Loko - Soulman Music Records
11.taMe - C'est Bon Le Groove - taMe Records
12. Colin Dale – The Project – Abstrakt Dance Records
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Q&A with Colin Dale
1. Please give us a quick run through the music in the mix. What inspired you to choose these tracks?
The music in the mix spans house, tech house and techno as I really hate limiting myself musically and it also gives me a chance to really give the mix a sense of moving from A to B. It features my own production, seasoned artists like Cajmere, Danny Howells and Osunlade through to new schoolers such as Midland, Alix Alverez Slok.
2. Your new label with Jules Dickens ‘Abstrakt Dance’ has just released its first EP, your very own ‘Please Standby EP’. How much is this a statement of intent?
You’re absolutely right, we are on a mission. The whole ethos of the label is very in line with the radio show which I used to do on Kiss FM which is “Forward thinking, diverse fresh electronic sounds for discerning dance music heads”. Jules and I are into the same thing musically and we thought it would be a good idea to revamp the label. There’s a wealth of undiscovered talent out there that deserves to be heard so along with the label we’ll be doing Abstrakt Dance events as well.
3. How would you describe your DJ style?
When asked that question I usually answer ‘Tech House’ as it’s probably the best description but it’s really all-encompassing as I love both House Techno music. It also really depends where I am as well as I never play a set with a preconceived idea of where I’m going to take it. It really all depends on what’s happening on the dance floor.
4. Both yourself and Colin Faver championed techno on UK radio (Kiss FM) for many years giving a voice and platform for many underground artists. How would you say your styles contrasted and compared?
Colin was more European sounds and I really pushed the Detroit techno movement in the UK for about a decade. Also in the second half of my show called ‘Outer Limits’ I tended to be more obscure than Colin as I delved into Industrial, ambient, rare house and other electronic music which wasn’t being heard on the airways. Outside of radio we also work together a lot as we ran Knowledge Deep Space nights with Brenda Russell both of which were pioneering London techno nights. I have the utmost respect for Colin Faver.
5. How has the radio landscape changed since then?
I have to say I think I was really lucky getting into radio when I did as it was the heyday of dance pirate radio in London and also when Kiss FM got the licence to go legal it was another ground-breaking time. In the early 90s there were a handful of other radio stations around but none were really championing House music like we were so we had a captive audience. These days because of the proliferation of internet radio stations and DIY radio shows it much harder to get substantial numbers. Back when ‘Abstrakt Dance’ was voted best specialist show figures of 50,000+ listeners to live evening shows were the norm but you’d be hard pressed to get those types of figures listening to a live internet show these days. Not many people know but as far as I know the Abstrakt Dance was one of the first shows broadcast live on the internet as far back as 1993.
6. Have you ever been in trouble with the law?
Nope….never……but that doesn’t mean I’ve never broken the law.
7. What one word of advise would you give your younger self?
‘Career’. Back when I started getting into music I had no idea I’d be doing it 30 years later with the same amount of believe and passion.
8. How do you occupy your time outside of music?
Running the label, DJing, producing and running Wildlife Artist Management doesn’t really leave as much chill time as I’d like but I love to relax watching films, geeking out on new technology, reading, travelling, family (I have a granddaughter), occasional computer games, current / world affairs and listening to Jazz / Funk music.
9. Which new producers or DJs have recently caught your eye?
David Holness, Midland, Jules Dickens, Phillip Ort, Stu Bryan, Scott D’Souza, GERD, Dark Male, Sir Lord Comixx, Huxley, James What, Minty Luke, Reset Robot, Burnski. I could go on and on.
10. Please give your current DJ Top 10:
1. Cajmere / Dyed Soundorom - 1+1=1 (Original Mix) Cajual Records
2. Tigerskin / Till Von Sein - Home Alone (Original Mix) Dirt Crew Recordings
3. Colin Dale – Please Stand By E.P – Abstrakt Dance Records
4. Okain - O'Clock (Gerd's Deep Mix) (Tsuba Records)
5. Envoy – Wishes & Stars E.P – Soma Records
6. Midland - Realtime - Graded Records
7. Danny Howells - Everything's Here (Deetron Remix) – Dig Deeper Records
8. Dopeus – The Getaway E.P – Third Ear Records
9. taMe – C’est Le Bon Le Groove – taME Music Records
10. David Alvarado – Ysleta – Ovum Records