MACEO PLEX: ELLUM
Buoyed by the whirlwind success he has enjoyed over the past twelve months, Alan Fitzpatrick approaches 2013 secure in the knowledge that he is on the top of his game and brimming with the confidence you would expect from a talent who is recognized globally as one of the most influential artists of the moment. Having enjoyed a rapid ascent through the ranks since his emergence as the new kid on the techno block in the latter half of 2008, Fitzpatrick now holds a high status as a universally respected and in-demand producer and DJ who has succeeded in carving out a recognizable musical niche for himself within the ever-expanding genre of techno. A seemingly unstoppable source of hit music, the momentum Fitzpatrick has generated is due in no small part to the impact his productions have had on DJs and the record buying pubic. Never was this more true than in 2012 when Alan’s studio output seemed to eclipse all those around him with his ‘Always Something For Nothing’ and ‘Skeksis’ tracks achieving the accolade of Beatport Techno number 1 sales positions, and in the process drawing high praise from his peers across the techno scene for the vibrancy, originality and inventiveness that has come to characterize Alan Fitzpatrick tracks.
Alan’s output for Drumcode in particular has worked to grow his reputation as a maturing and dynamic producer capable of bringing stylistic variety to his productions. The release of his ‘Life Through Different Eyes’ and ‘Skeksis’ EP’s powerfully demonstrated the range of Fitzpatrick’s inventiveness in the studio and showed there is no end in sight for the insight that inspires him to create universally popular techno records that stand out from the norm. Whether he is adding diva-like vocals to cavernous beat workouts (‘Always Something For Nothing’ / ‘Skeksis’) or fusing emotive chord sequences with his trademark heavy-funk sound (‘For An Endless Night’ / ‘Prometheus’) or showcasing his sound-defining ‘Shadows In The Dark’ album or collaborating with Adam Beyer on the hugely popular ‘Human Reason’ and ‘Memesis’, there is a uniqueness to Alan Fitzpatrick productions that ensures his star remains firmly on the rise. Elsewhere, Alan’s releases for Bedrock (‘Reflections’, ‘Moon Palace’ – which was awarded a BBC Radio 1 Essential New Tune) and his own 8 Sided Dice imprint have raised the UK producers profile to a level where his remix services are in high demand, being recruited by the likes of John Digweed, Adam Beyer, Slam, Ben Sims, Cari Lekebusch and Joey Beltram.
This same intuitive sense of what will move a crowd that so effectively inspires Fitzpatrick’s own productions has opened doors to Alan at a long list of high profile clubs across the globe and led to a coveted BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix in November 2011 that was met with an overwhelmingly positive reaction from old and new fans alike. Fans, who now can be counted in the tens of thousands, from all over the world, have witnessed Alan skills behind the decks as an increasingly busy and broad-ranging DJ diary sees Alan tour across Europe, North America, Asia and South America. 2012 brought debut tours to Argentina, Colombia, Japan, Singapore and Dubai while Alan cemented his place on the European circuit with guest appearances at headline events such as Carl Cox’s Revolution London, Global Gathering Ukraine and Hyperspace Budapest. Alan remains a core artist on Drumcode’s showcase events, including ADE and Miami conferences, where his trademark tough, hooky grooves and incendiary beats compliment the brands musical template. Away from the main room, 2013 will see Alan flex his after-hours muscles on a more regular basis via a series of shows with London’s long-established after-hours event, Jaded, where Alan will take on the role of resident, playing extended Sunday morning sets for the Jaded faithful in each quarter of 2013.