Justin Robertson – Sat 13 June – 10pm

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Justin Robertson’s tastes have always been catholic, though in 2008 you would be hard pushed to find a musician working successfully in areas as diverse as techno, house, dancehall and art pop. Justin is a true modernist: he excels as a DJ of international repute; is a creator of bespoke techno; one third of New Pop band Thee Earls, a remixer for the likes of The Whip, Bjork and Felix Da Housecat and most recently he has written and produced an album called Silent Life.

Justin works in so many genres that he sometimes needs to create new ones. This year Justin was approached by Harmless records to compile and mix their Art of Acid compilation which was reviewed to universal acclaim in September. As a dj of 20 years repute Justin was the obvious choice to be allowed access to the Trax back catalogue that Harmless own and he collated a mix of house music that had inspired him as a clubber on the Hacienda dancefloor in back in 1988. He also curated a second disc which featured re-edits from the likes of Boys Noize and Dusty Kid.

Justin’s lineage through music has taken many twists and turns. He began as a DJ in Manchester and his early 90s clubs – Spice and Most Excellent – were hugely influential and cornerstones of the burgeoning dance movement. The Chemical Brothers, then students in the city, cited him as their mentor. In the 90s Justin generally operated under various nom de stages, the most renowned being Lionrock with whom he scored several Top 40s hits – ‘Rudeboy Rock’ and ‘Packet Of Peace’ among them – and appeared on Top Of The Pops in a dashing purple suit opting for gramophones over Technics. It wasn’t until 2001 that Justin stepped out under his own name releasing house and techno like ‘Have Mercy’ for the Bugged Out imprint.

As a DJ Justin continues to play a mix of techno and electronic house at clubs such as The Loft in Barcelona, Pacha in Buenos Aires, Bugged Out in Manchester, Shine in Belfast, Chibuku in Liverpool, Together in London, and at various clubs all over Europe and the rest of the world.



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