John Digweed

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John Digweed
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Digweed in 2014
Background information
Born (1967-01-01) 1 January 1967 (age 49)
Hastings, England
Genres House, progressive house, tech house, techno, progressive trance
Occupation(s) Disc jockey
record producer
Record Label Owner
Years active 1989 – present
Labels Bedrock Records
Global Underground
Renaissance
Associated acts Sasha & John Digweed, Bedrock
Website JohnDigweed.com

John Digweed (born 1 January 1967 in Hastings, England[1]) is an English DJ, record producer and actor.[2] DJ Magazine voted him World No 1 DJ in 2001.[3]

Biography[edit]

Digweed began DJing at the age of 15, and made a name for himself in his home town of Hastings, where he put on successful club nights, the most famous of which were his successful raves on Hastings Pier,[4] where the likes of Carl Cox and The Prodigy performed.[5][6] His breakthrough came in 1993, when he sent a mixtape demo to Geoff Oakes, founder of the Renaissance nightclub in Mansfield,[7] who played it to fellow DJ Alexander Coe (aka Sasha).[8] The two DJs struck up a long-term friendship and working relationship, despite Sasha twice failing to turn up for gigs that Digweed had booked him for in Hastings.

In partnership with Sasha, Digweed is known for promoting progressive house and notable for producing the first commercial compilation for a nightclub,[9] when they released their 1994 compilation of mixes from Renaissance entitled Renaissance: The Mix Collection. Until then, mixtapes from clubs had only been circulated by DJs on an amateur basis. The Renaissance CD was first time that a compilation CD had been planned strategically for marketing, from artwork to promotion.[10] The two DJs famously followed this up with their Northern Exposure compilations[11] and those on Global Underground.[12][13]

Digweed then started the record label Bedrock Records to further promote the music that he was playing at the time.[14] He and his friend Nick Muir went on to produce under the Bedrock alias,[15] getting their big break when their first track "For What You Dream Of" was used in the film Trainspotting.[16] The Bedrock duo also produced the soundtrack for the MTV adult cartoon drama Spider-Man in 2003.[17] In his sets, Digweed is noted for adopting tracks with new and different styles.[18]

Between 2000 and 2005, Digweed promoted his "Bedrock" sound with monthly club nights for club members and newcomers to the electronic music scene. He played on Thursday nights at Heaven in London,[19] and on Friday nights in a smaller club night at The Beach in Brighton.[20] These nights featured numerous guest DJs, including Danny Howells, Phil Thompson, Hernan Cattaneo and Chris Fortier. As Digweed's international schedule increased, these events drew to a close, although occasional reunions have been held at Heaven since.[21] He celebrated ten years of his Bedrock club night on 10 October 2008 at Matter in London,[22] with a near on ten-hour set.[23]

Digweed has enjoyed popularity throughout North America as well as Europe. He and Sasha established a monthly residency at the now defunct New York club Twilo, which proved a key location for the American electronic music scene.[24] The residency began in 1997 with a lukewarm reception, but grew into one of the most popular club nights in New York City by the end of its run in 2001.[25] Sasha and Digweed played at Twilo on the last Friday of every month,[26] playing sets that lasted between eight and twelve hours. In early 2001, Sasha suffered an ear injury and was unable to play for their last four dates before Twilo was closed by the New York City authorities. Digweed continued to play the time-slot by himself until 6 May 2001, when Twilo was raided by the NYPD and subsequently forced to close down.[27]

Digweed has a cameo of himself playing music in Greg Harrison's 2000 movie Groove, which tells the story of an all-night rave in San Francisco.[28]

In early 2002, Digweed along with Sasha and Jimmy Van M undertook a six-week countrywide tour of the United States called Delta Heavy. The tour was promoted by Clear Channel and attendance reached 85,000.[29] It took place in a variety of venues but was completely self-reliant from a technical point of view; sound, lights, and visual setups were brought along to every gig of the tour.[30] Also in 2002, Digweed curated and compiled the soundtrack to the film Stark Raving Mad.[31]

From September 2000 to January 2011, Digweed hosted a weekly two-hour radio show on Kiss 100 in the UK, in which he played the first hour of music and a guest DJ played the second hour.[32] Beginning in September 2006, his show was available on all three Kiss radio stations. By that time, the show's name had become Transitions, which was also the name of a four-volume series of mix albums by Digweed that was released every six months during 2006–2008.[33] In January 2011, Transitions aired for the last time on Kiss 100,[34] but the show continues to be broadcast online.

2008 saw Digweed and Sasha reuniting for a Spring Club Tour that once again featured performances all over North America.[35] In 2011, Digweed's music was featured in the film movie adaptation of Irvine Welsh's best-selling novel Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy.[36]

He featured among the top ten artists from 1998–2008 and was voted DJ Mag's number 1 one DJ in 2001. In 2010, he was voted number 29 in DJ Mag's annual Top 100 DJs vote. In 2013, Digweed was ranked the number 17 best DJ in the world in Resident Advisor's top 100 DJ charts;[37] he currently is number 43 as of June 2016.

John is the brother of 25 times World Clay Shooting Champion George Digweed, MBE.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1993: Bedrock – "For What You Dream Of" (Stress Records) (UK #25)
  • 1997: Bedrock – "Set in Stone" / "Forbidden Zone" (Stress Records) (UK #71)
  • 1999: Bedrock – "Heaven Scent" (Bedrock Records) (UK #35)
  • 2000: Bedrock – "Voices" (Bedrock Records) (UK #44)
  • 2001: Bedrock – "Beautiful Strange" (Bedrock Records)
  • 2002: Bedrock – "Emerald" (Bedrock Records)
  • 2003: Bedrock – "Forge" (Bedrock Breaks)
  • 2005: Bedrock – "Santiago" (Bedrock Records)
  • 2006: Bedrock – "Warung Beach" (Bedrock Records)
  • 2007: John Digweed – "Gridlock" (Renaissance)
  • 2009: John Digweed & Nick Muir – "Tangent" (Bedrock Records)
  • 2010: John Digweed & Nick Muir – "Satellite / Meteor" (Bedrock Records)
  • 2010: John Digweed & Nick Muir – "Satellite / Meteor (Remixes)" (Bedrock Records)

DJ Magazine Top 100 rankings[edit]

  • 1997: No. 12 (First year that DJ Mag poll was changed to a readership vote)
  • 1998: No. 7 (Up 5)
  • 1999: No. 6 (Up 1)
  • 2000: No. 3 (Up 3)
  • 2001: No. 1
  • 2002: No. 3 (Down 2)
  • 2003: No. 5 (Down 2)
  • 2004: No. 8 (Down 3)
  • 2005: No. 6 (Up 2)
  • 2006: No. 8 (Down 2)
  • 2007: No. 3 (Up 5)
  • 2008: No. 9 (Down 6)
  • 2009: No. 17 (Down 8)
  • 2010: No. 29 (Down 12)
  • 2011: No. 55 (Down 26)
  • 2012: No. 98 (Down 43)
  • 2013: Not on List
  • 2014: Not on List
  • 2015: Not on List

DVD[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Digweed's entry on the ASCAP database". The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 18 September 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ IMO Records. "John Digweed Biography", IMO Records' Retrieved on 29 February 2011.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Top 100 (250) DJ MAG 1997 - 2014 | Top 100 DJ MAG DJS Pop House Trance EDM 2016". new.vk.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  4. ^ Skruff, Jonty (October 9, 2010). "John Digweed Mourns the Destruction of Hastings Pier". Track it Down. Standingwave Ltd. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ "1991.10.25 – Storm, Hastings Pier, Hastings, England « The Prodigy On Tour". www.theprodigyontour.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  6. ^ "First film screening on Hastings pier". www.hastingsobserver.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  7. ^ "Geoff Oakes on Renaissance's return". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  8. ^ "John Digweed - DMC World Magazine". 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  9. ^ "Q&A: In Transition with JOHN DIGWEED | EMF". www.emfmag.net. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  10. ^ Crisell, Luke (2009). On the Record: The Scratch DJ Academy Guide. Google Books: Macmillan. p. 70. ISBN 1429966238. 
  11. ^ "Sasha And John Digweed* - Northern Exposure". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  12. ^ "John Digweed - Global Underground 006: Sydney". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  13. ^ "Sasha - Global Underground 009: San Francisco". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  14. ^ "RA: John Digweed". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  15. ^ "Interview: John Digweed". 2016-03-16. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  16. ^ "Bedrock Feat. KYO - For What You Dream Of...". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  17. ^ itsmonotune (2012-05-17), John Digweed Presents Bedrock - Heaven Scent, retrieved 2016-06-27 
  18. ^ "John Digweed Interview". DJViBE.com. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  19. ^ "John Digweed's Bedrock club night returns". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  20. ^ John Digweed (2010-06-23), John Digweed Big Beach Boutique Brighton 13/7/02, retrieved 2016-06-27 
  21. ^ "Bedrock Anniversary at Heaven". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  22. ^ "Bedrock 10th Anniversary at matter". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  23. ^ "VIBE Interview: House Music Vet John Digweed Reveals DJ Career Secrets". 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  24. ^ "How to DJ with Integrity, According to John Digweed | Thump". Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  25. ^ Romano, Tricia (2000-10-24). "Trying Times for Twilo". Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  26. ^ DJs, Sleepy & Boo (2014-03-06). "Q&A With John Digweed: Back to the 'City That Never Sleeps'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  27. ^ "John Digweed - Biography | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  28. ^ "John Digweed Gets Down In The "Groove" Film, New LP". Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  29. ^ "Delta Heavy Tour featuring Sasha, John Digweed and Jimmy Van M". www.deltaheavy.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  30. ^ "Sasha & Digweed's Delta Heavy Spring 2002 Tour". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  31. ^ Daywalt, Drew; Schneider, David (2002-05-23), Stark Raving Mad, retrieved 2016-06-27 
  32. ^ "Transitions". Kiss FM. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  33. ^ "John Digweed - Transitions". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  34. ^ Twitter: DJJohnDigweed
  35. ^ Gleitzman, Benjamin P. "CONCERT REVIEW Sasha and Digweed Melt Faces, Shake Booties - The Tech". tech.mit.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  36. ^ Heydon, Rob (2012-11-20), Ecstasy, retrieved 2016-06-27 
  37. ^ "RA Poll: Top DJs of 2013". Retrieved 2016-06-27. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sasha
DJ Magazine Number 1 DJ
2001
Succeeded by
Tiësto