Much is said of the warm-up and the headliner. But few roles are more pivotal than that of the resident DJ. It is their vision which is projected as the identity of wherever they call home. They are expected to adapt easily whether it be warming-up, closing or deputising for the headliner should they miss a flight. They’re often encouraged to muck-in in other aspects, such as programming and booking. This is where the very best residents excel. And they need to know the crowd inside-out. It takes reading the dancefloor to a whole new level of telepathy!
They are the beating heart of their venue or series of events. Though they are often unsung heroes, it’s great to see that the importance of the resident has re-emerged in recent years. At LWE, we appreciate the skill, dedication and responsibility required to be resident more than most. Broad shoulders, as much as creative flair and direction, are required. We feel these qualities and more are present in our two additions for our 2018 programming.
Dense & Pika have become pretty synonymous with Drumcode. They have been ever-present at our annual joint Halloween shindig at Tobacco Dock. Often charged with overseeing the depths of the carpark, their robust, industrial overtures are right at home in the subterranean event space. This year alone they have contributed an EP, Suki, and a track to the sixth edition of the long-running A-Side series. Plus, there’s also their huge collab with the boss himself, Adam Beyer, Going Down. So already, they feel like a member of our extended family.
But Dense & Pika are far more than simply Drumcode producers. For starters, they run their own impressive imprint, Kneaded Pains as well as co-founding Hypercolour – quite a claim. They can also count Cocoon, Crosstown Rebels & Hotflush amongst the labels they have released on, either under their current or past incarnations. That’ll give you some idea of how highly they’re regarded. And as remixers they possess a true midas touch. Paul Woolford’s Erotic Discourse, Tiga’s Louder Than A Bomb & Audion’s Mouth To Mouth; Dense & Pika’s interpretations result in pure dancefloor fire!
Whilst their musical backgrounds differ (Alex was into garage and jungle, Chris was part of a soft rock band), their paths converged under Soho’s Mad Records. At the time, Chris rented the studio in the basement and Alex spent most of his time wax digging. That was 2002. True ravers at heart, the dancefloor has always been their inspiration and their focus. Fifthteen years down the line, they are one of the hottest production duos active.
William Djoko…artist, performer, producer, showman…his ascent through the scene and continuing story is anything but typical. Immersed in music, theatrics and the arts, bringing an element of showmanship to all his DJ sets, acting as an energetic link between the crowd and the music he loves so much. Early success in his native Holland saw him perform at every major festival across the Netherlands while similarly holding one of the longest standing residencies at Amsterdam institution Trouw – where Djoko honed his craft in the world of electronic music and met some of his closest friends and alies in the industry. Quite an achievement for someone who followed his flair and love for music on the off chance that success would follow.
Whilst we might have waved goodbye to the Amsterdam club at the start of 2015, its legacy lives on in its alumni – it goes without saying Djoko knows a thing or two about what it means to be a resident. Not merely a DJ; but an ambassador. A curator. A consistent deliverer. An intrinsic understanding of the delicate balance between DJ & entertainer. The dance floor regularly responds rapturously to the fluidity of Djoko’s sets, which tend towards the percussive and futuristic, with regular switches in style and tempo within his distinctively synthesizer and drum-heavy blueprint. Musically, clubbers are never quite sure what to expect from Djoko’s performances, other than they will be on point and hugely entertaining.
With releases on Tuskegee, Voyage Direct, Strictly Rhythm and forthcoming on Edible his musical pedigree is there for all to see. In was in fact at a Knee Deep in Sound Printworks show that Hot Since 82 saw William perform and instantly commission a remix for release on the respected label of the same name – an example of the synergy Djoko spreads wherever he turns.
2017 has seen his star shine brighter than ever. He’s played everywhere from BPM Mexico, to Elrow Town London; Warehouse Project Manchester to Concrete in Paris. And at DC10 he has wowed crowds at Circoloco at a string of dates throughout the summer, climaxing in closing the main room on a hazy September night. Far from a stranger, William was our resident at Printworks during Issue 001. Already part of the family, it only feels natural to invite him back into the fold as a resident across all our events in 2018.