Fatboy Slim, best known for hits Praise You, Right Here, Right Now and The Rockafeller Skank will perform as special guest at Blackpool Rocks, turning the Winter Gardens into a unique night club experience.
Norman Cook adopted the pseudonym Fatboy Slim in 1996. Cook said of the name: “It doesn’t mean anything. I’ve told so many different lies over the years about it I can’t actually remember the truth. It’s just an oxymoron—a word that can’t exist. It kind of suits me—it’s kind of goofy and ironic.”
A truly contemporary artist, Franky Wah’s music epitomises the exhilarating power of club culture. Born and raised in Yorkshire, in the north of England, Franky has an intuitive understanding of emotion, dance floor energy and catchy hooks culminating in a sound that resonates with both the underground and commercial ends of the dance music spectrum. A series of chart-topping releases have catapulted him into the public eye, where he’s picked up a dedicated fanbase, as well as backing from his peers and idols. This includes a glittering endorsement from Pete Tong who tipped Franky as one of his Future Stars for 2020 and regular spins on Radio 1 from Annie Mac, Danny Howard and Mistajam. Signed to Sony, where he’s been given total creative freedom, Franky Wah’s broad pallet employs influences from trance, breakbeat, house, techno and beyond to create a sonic identity that sits at the apex of what modern dance music is all about: diversity, unity and a progressive outlook. On the road he has appeared at clubs and festivals across the world, including shows in Mexico and Dubai plus Glastonbury, Hideout and Creamfields. Franky also runs his own label, Shen, which provides a liberating space for him to release new music, as well as giving his support to other artists. With future plans including a live show and releases with some of his dream labels, this rising star is ascending rapidly…
A Yorkshireman through and through, Franky Wah (real name Luke Storrs) has a down-to-earth attitude, a savvy mindset and a consistently high work ethic, all of which intersect at the foundation of his success. His can-do outlook and entrepreneurial spirit led to the acquisition of several businesses after he left college, but music has always been his one true love and he recently sold them all in order to focus all his energy on his burgeoning music career.
As a youngster Franky caught the music bug through west coast hip hop. A few years later he discovered artists like Roger Sanchez and Paul Johnson, among others, and fell head over heels for dance music – one of his key influences being ‘Saltwater’ by the legendary Chicane. By his late teens he was spending all his spare time learning how to make music on a ‘crappy’ laptop in his garden shed. From there he progressed to the famous Music Factory in Rotherham before finally setting up his own studio in Doncaster, where he has been cooking up his recent hits.
Franky’s breakthrough began with ‘Change My Mind’, which ended up in the hands of ViVa Music boss Steve Lawler. He gave it a good workout throughout summer 2018, though he had no idea who’d made it until he did a call out on the radio, which Franky heard and responded to immediately. That fateful moment led to the success of ‘Get Me High’, a wistful, breaks-driven cut that he made just for himself with no intention of sending it out. One night he decided to send it to Steve for his feedback… By January 2019 ‘Get Me High’ had been released and spread like wildfire, making it to the No.1 spot in Beatport’s Top 100. The follow up ‘Words’ was signed to Ministry Of Sound, achieving equal success thanks to its garage-influenced two-step beats and mesmerising, trance-esque synth melody. Support came from far and wide, including Tale Of Us, Solomun and trance king himself Tiësto. After that came ‘Hide’ featuring stirring vocals from singer Robinson and his recent link up with Jessie Ware, entitled ‘Time After Time’. Each release has made its way into the Top 5 on Radio 1’s Dance Chart, breaking into Beatport’s Top 10 on several occasions, too. He’s also signed a full EP to hugely influential techno powerhouse Afterlife, becoming one of a handful of British artists to appear on the label. A dream move for Franky, who has long admired the outlet, which is owned by Tale Of Us.
Over the past 12 months, each success has spurned Franky on to work harder, spending hours in the studio and building up a huge store of unreleased material. The culmination of his recent endeavours is a ‘mixtape’ album full of brand new tracks, which come separately and in a mixed format. This marks an important moment in his upward trajectory as he sets his stall out, showcasing the breadth of his capabilities. The album contains 15 tracks, showcasing Franky’s uncanny ability to draw from various influences to create his own unique style. From edits of Moby and Olive to shadowy 2-step compositions, pitched down vocals, classic soulful piano-led house and spine-tingling moments of euphoria, Franky’s multi-faceted production prowess is revealed in all its glory on the mixtape.
He set up his own label Shen in 2019, launching with a two-track EP of his own music: ‘Nightfall’ and ‘Next Life’, two tracks that further demonstrated his confident grasp of varying styles – ‘Next Life’ channeling heartrending melodic techno vibes and ‘Nightfall’ a breakbeat-infused, emotionally-charged dance floor assault. The two cuts, plus support from luminaries such as Sasha and contemporary tastemakers like Adriatique, got the label off to a flying start.
Even though he’s notched up a seriously impressive list of achievements and accolades already, Franky is keeping a level head, staying focused and dedicating his energy to cultivating a meaningful legacy. With years of hard work already behind him, this is by no means an overnight success and he is intent on achieving longevity while maintaining his credibility. With his natural talent, armory of dance floor weapons, positive attitude and high work ethic, there’s no doubt that Franky Wah will achieve an enduring legacy and a whole lot more…
Danny Howard has selected his way to become the tastemaker of his generation. Between hosting his influential Friday night show on BBC Radio 1 and heading his own record label Nothing Else Matters, he maintains an unwavering respect for his craft at the forefront of all that he does.
In 2011, he secured the winning spot on a BBC Radio 1 talent search. It was a feat that ignited his career, and his implicit connection with club culture has since catapulted him to sell-out shows across Europe, Australia and the USA. Danny presented Radio 1’s Dance Anthems on Saturday afternoons from 2012 before joining Annie Mac and Pete Tong on the legendary Friday night line-up in 2017. Used as a platform to break new talent, his show is reflective of contemporary dance sounds, selected to keep his global audience tuned in to his search for the next big thing.
A product of the UK dance scene himself, Danny puts a spotlight on what he champions as the original home of rave. At the heart of his sound is a voracious appetite for house music, but rather than resigning himself to one genre, his ever expanding parameters allow him to spin his listeners from left to right, taking them through the best of what he’s been listening to and discovered that week.
With productions released on some of the most respected labels in the world, Danny has carved out a unique role for himself within the industry. In 2019, he relaunched his own imprint Nothing Else Matters as an independent label, with club-ready productions from influential DJs from Gerd Janson to Shadow Child, Jansons to Waze & Odyssey as well as rising stars such as Alisha, Lauren Lo Sung, Shermanology and PAX.
Always one step ahead, few cater to that dance-floor and airwaves as adroitly as Danny, who believes that building a relationship with his audience is the key to fulfilling his role as a trusted voice in electronic music.
Check out new South London based duo NÜWA NRTH. After meeting at an open decks night at the start of 2020, members Mia Lily Johnson and Malaika Shaw have been rising up fast. The duo has since gained monthly radio residencies at Foundation FM, Balamii and Threads and have played across various London venues including The Cause, NTs Loft, Venue MOT and Canavans. With a long history of song writing and composing, the pair are naturally influenced and fuse a range of electronic genres in their mixes, including UK Garage, Bass, Breaks, Acid, Minimal, Techno and Trance. With the ease of lockdown, NÜWA NRTH have been booked up for the summer, to catch them playing live check out their Instagram for more information on dates.