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.”
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.
To many Hot Since 82 is a household name, from Coachella to Glastonbury, Fabric to an Ibiza residency at Pacha, it’s easy to forget his success didn’t come overnight.
Nevertheless, it was written in the stars that Daley Padley should become a DJ. Long before ‘82, his parents were already dancing the night away to Northern Soul. Many of his family members were in bands or playing instruments, so it made perfect sense for Daley to get behind the decks. His formal DJ education started at age 17 in his hometown Barnsley, where he’d play a twelve hour set each Sunday. He even landed a summer residency at Ibiza’s Amnesia in 2006.
But that was not Daley’s path. It would take a sabbatical of three years to truly find his inner voice. When he played out ‘Let It Ride’ at an afterparty on the White Isle – a track sitting on his hard drive for months – the response was overwhelming. He sent it to his friend Noir, who released it on Noir Music that very summer. It flew to the top of the deep house charts, just as a new style of bass-heavy, garage-influenced music was exploding. Hot Since 82 was born – and here to stay.
Since then, Hot Since ‘82’s trajectory has been nothing short of incredible. Four BBC Radio One ‘Essential New Tunes,’ two ‘Essential Mixes,’ he’s a top 10 Beatport seller of all time with his ‘Bigger Than Prince’ remix, Mixmag cover star, performing live at many of the world’s leading festivals, accompanied by a string quartet, x7 Ibiza seasons including x3 as a resident at Labyrinth at Pacha, touring the world with his unique clubbing experience TAKEN… the list goes on.
Come 2019, Daley has achieved what many aspiring artists can only dream of. Having toured extensively across five continents Hot Since 82 has become a staple in the international club and festival scene, as proven by his sold out tours in North and South America, Australia and of course the U.K. So what’s the secret? “I love interacting with the crowd. Emotions in a record are everything to me. My mission is to take people somewhere, and to hope they enjoy the journey and leave feeling enlightened.”
Winner of numerous awards, British-Japanese queen of the electronic underground Maya Jane Coles has proven herself internationally as an artist, producer, songwriter and DJ of note, amassing a staggering a staggering 3.2 million followers on Soundcloud alone!!
Maya has played in over 40 countries. Gigging from the Tate Modern to MOMA, stadiums, cranes, hotels, car parks, bridges, deserts, fashion launches, mountains, muddy fields, beaches, not to mention the most prestigious clubs in the world. Critical and fan support have closely followed her career with Maya picking up multiple awards including Beatport’s ‘Staff Pick: Artist of the year’ and ‘Best Producer’, ‘Best DJ’, ‘Best Compilation’ or ‘Best Underground Track’ from Mixmag and DJ to FACT and SPIN.
Indeed, Maya has already graced the cover of over 20 magazines in 8 different countries including twice for Mixmag (UK), DJ Mag (UK), Village Voice (USA), Trax (France), Groove (Germany) and Vicious (Spain), alongside coverage as diverse as Vogue and Nylon through to Rolling Stone, Wall Street Journal and GQ. Maya even found time to front an international campaign for Dr. Martens.
So why all the fuss? Well, Maya is somewhat of an enigma; on a typical Maya Jane Coles record, Maya will have written, produced, engineered, arranged, mixed and performed every element of the track; some times top-lining and, on many occasions, even designing the sleeve artwork too. Maya is no overnight success, rather someone who has been paying their dues and honing their craft for years…
First intrigued by the musical mixture of sounds from dub to punk to soul to jazz to world to classical music played at home; Maya began to pick up a few instruments herself and started song writing.
Production felt like the natural next step to release her own vision at every part of the process from beginning to end. First producing hip-hop at 15, Maya migrated to dubbier electronic sounds aged 16 and following the experience of exploring good underground house in the clubs and warehouses of East London she started to make house records, culminating in her first release ‘Sick Panda’ on Dogmatik back in in 2007. The release led to gigs at events like the BBC Electric Proms and Bestival.
Maya has since produced acts such as Alpines, Nimmo and Little Boots recently working with Chelou on his cult single ‘Halfway to Nowhere’ and five tracks on his forthcoming debut album.
Also a prolific remixer with Maya’s credits include Depeche Mode, The XX, Bonobo, Massive Attack, Tricky, Little Dragon, Sia, Florence & The Machine, Peaches, and even the legendary Ella Fitzgerald!
Alongside her production and remixing credentials, Maya is an esteemed DJ. Aged 17, Maya bought herself a pair of 1210′s and learned how to mix on vinyl, and since then Maya’s reputation as a DJ has reached heady proportions with acclaimed mixes for Resident Advisor, XLR8R, Boiler Room, a Mixmag cover-mount CD and multiple Essential Mixes.
One of the world’s true DJ headliners Maya has played every key club from Fabric (UK), Womb (JPN), Panorama Bar (GER) and beyond holding residences at various Ibiza super clubs. Maya has also played the world’s key festivals from the electronic like Sonar (SPN), Detroit Movement (USA) and Melt (GER) through to multi-genre behemoths Coachella (USA), Roskilde (DEN), Glastonbury (UK), Fuji Rock (JPN), and Montreux Jazz (SUI). Maya has also programmed her own ‘MJC & Friends’ festival stages and parties with performers ranging from Bonobo, Tale of Us, Daniel Avery, Charlotte de Witte, Ellen Allien and Dixon through to burlesque royalty Dita Von Teese!
Jaguar exudes positivity: it’s positively part of her DNA. She enjoys the company of fellow music-loving humans and has a can-do attitude that’s seen her traverse various areas of the music industry, from radio production and party promoter to writer, presenter and of course as a DJ both on Radio 1 and bi-weekly on Reprezent and across Europe as part of her burgeoning DJ career on the road and in the rave. An active member of the LGBTQ+ community, she’s just launched her own party brand Utopia – a perfect moment of togetherness, colourful sounds and friendly faces. Like almost everything she’s involved with, she’s super-excited about it. She’s part of a D.I.Y. generation with the ability to do anything and everything, and for Jaguar and her peers, that is exactly what they aim to do. It’s no accident that she has set up a busy WhatsApp group bubbling with daily ideas and ideals for budding and up-and-coming artists, young industry-heads and most importantly, those who love music discover. Jaguar has played an integral part in launching the careers of Prospa, TSHA, Blueprint, India Jordan, Effy and James Organ. In the end, it all comes back to that sense of community.
“The DIY generation,” she muses. “Well, for my generation, there’s so much at our fingertips. You can do anything and everything! These days you’re not just a producer, DJ or presenter: everything is blurred! And I find that there’s a nice community spirit and people want to work together, which is really positive.” As we speak midway through March, the world, as you will have noticed, has changed considerably. And that might be the understatement of the century. But like her peers, Jaguar remains positive about the creative ideas that are being conjured day by day. Does she think things will get better? “I hope so. I’m amazed that artists are so motivated! People seem to be excited about having time to do stuff. My WhatsApp group now has 150 people in it and we communicate in that all the time to share positive outlooks for the future.”
Of course, you could say the same about Jaguar’s own career. Still in her early 20s, she’s just announced her own show on BBC Radio 1: BBC Introducing Dance. It’s designed solely for Jaguar to continue to showcase the next wave of emerging electronic producers on the UK’s primary station. It is a new home for undiscovered dance music that will undoubtably be the genesis for many new acts on Radio 1. We also can’t not mention her other role over at Mixmag, where she’s also the ever-popular smiley-faced presenter of the Lab in London, hosting everyone from Erick Morillo to Hot Since 82. She’s quick to recognize that what she does is part of who she is, and something she takes quite seriously. “Giving someone a platform, an opportunity, that’s how I am. It’s part of my life and I love it.” Jaguar is quick to point to the success of Prospa and ABSOLUTE as examples of how she’s used that platform. “In the end, it’s about connecting with other humans.”
But let’s rewind a little bit. Now 24, this DJ and tastemaker is originally from The Channel Islands. “I grew up in a small place called Alderney where there are 2,000 people! I went to boarding school and it’s been a really cool journey. You can be from a random small place and still enjoy the ride if you have the vision.” Back in 2014, Jaguar was an intern at Radio 1, a position she applied for herself and was surprised to get. “I did student radio in Leeds, and applied as an intern, because it just looked fun – and then I got it! Spent two months working on Annie Mac’s show and at 1Xtra and it was a radio crash course.” She is, naturally, still obsessed with music and radio. That obsession led her to host her own show on London station Reprezent Radio, where Jaguar fast grew her name as a tastemaker, welcoming the likes of Haai, La Fleur and DJ Boring all before their rise to prominence. That came coupled with a stint at Mixmag a year later, and she realized that her groove and lane was honed down to electronic music. “To become the host of The Lab was a HUGE thing.” It was, she says, “an honour.”
She’s excited about the future too. Jaguar wants her Radio 1 show to be about giving opportunities to undiscovered and emerging UK artists, by helping them break out into the scene. She will be an authentic, trusted voice for the next generation of electronic music artists, and will continue to be passionate about unearthing cutting-edge new dance music that she finds through a multitude of sources, not least that WhatsApp group. That new show has just been announced on Radio 1 and as she rightly says, “Stuff is changing. More women are being given opportunities. I have a lot of female-identifying friends like Heléna Star and EFFY and there’s a real nice sisterhood vibe. I’m very positive and I feel things are changing.” The new show on Radio 1 is the first proper step towards being a serious mainstream cultural commentator, not just in dance music but just music full stop. But if there’s one comment she makes that resonates the most as we come to a close, it’s probably this one. “Being with humans dancing to great music is the best.” Rave on.