One can always tell one’s attitude from the music they make towards life, and Phutek is more than a classic example of a producer and DJ that grabs life with both hands and pushes their limits of creativity.
Craig Regan aka Phutek began his journey to become one of the Techno scene’s treasures working as an AV controller at the legendary Amnesia House club night in Coventry in the early 90’s under the wing of his godfather, one of the event’s organisers.
Inspired to learn the craft of mixing with vinyl after watching the likes of Sasha, Grooverider and Carl Cox up close and personal from the stage, Craig began to develop and hone his skills to become one of the midland’s most in-demand DJ’s, spinning at parties all over the country. Craig scored residencies with Crazy Daisy’s, Seduction, Tin Tin’s and Houseworks in the Midlands; although it was at Houseworks where the young Craig met his hero and mentor, the late great Tony de Vit. Tony took a shine to the enthusiastic, budding DJ and began to nurture his progression, while the two became great friends.
Craig’s bookings soon started to flood in from further afield from iconic clubbing brands Trade, Hed Kandi & Cream in the late 90’s early 2000’s. The wide range of prolific brand’s Craig represented were testament to a time where artists were not pigeon-holed for their sounds; versatility and imagination were celebrated and raw mixing talent shone through the white noise of genre specific PR machines of today.
However, after the hedonistic days of the 90’s, dance music began to splinter off into sub-cultures; a natural progression from House and Trance house began to take place for Craig, embarking on a dark safari into the purer, deeper shades of Techno. The Phutek guise was born in 2003, and Craig found his true niche within the business as a purveyor of fierce, driving yet atmospheric cuts of crystal clear techno.
After developing his music production knowledge at Coventry College with a Reason and Cubase evening course, Phutek took the plunge into the industry full time, securing a role as A&R for the popular Element Recordings Techno roster. Craig cemented Element as a base camp to take his productions and those of his artists into the digital age, achieving multiple digital store chart #1’s, and a flurry of Top 10 releases.
In early 2015 Phutek launched his own label Layer 909 Records. While building the label for its launch, he delivered some fresh demos to Carl Cox at his birthday party in Ibiza in the summer of 2014, this was to be a defining moment in a new surge of respect for his music.
The 3 tracks Phutek passed Carl, he went on to chart; ‘They Will Use Your Mind’ made it into his top 10 tracks to Burn the Desert at The Burning Man in an interview with Mixmag. Most notable he played ‘From The Dust’ as his last track of 2014 & ‘Assembly of Souls’ as his first track of 2015 at the massive Awakenings NYE event in Holland, both Phutek’s productions.
Ritchie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Sven Vath, Nicole Moudaber, Slam, Advent, Orbital, Joseph Capriati, Marco Bailey and Umek are just a handful of respected techno artists who have supported Phutek’s productions in the last 18 months and are now homing in on his Layer 909 releases. However it was Carl who coined the phrase ‘Technofire’ while describing Phutek’s productions, a phrase that stuck and once the tracks are heard, you will see why!
With the spirit of his mentor, the legendary Tony De Vit still being channeled through his productions and DJ sets; and the later influence of Godfather of Techno Carl Cox, Phutek is the ultimate secret weapon to unleash after the midnight hour. His productions are crafted with the big room Funktion One soundsystem in mind, the festival arena, or the 3000 capacity club; his DJ sets are designed purely to keep you dancing, keep you sweating and completely lose yourself in his red hot world of techno fire, the perfect escapism.
Phutek’s career has ignited well and truly in the last 6 months and continues to burn bright. 2015 will see his return to DJing after a few years concentrating solely on productions, taking to the stage at Xstatic Summer Festival, We Are FSTVL, Amnesia House Summer of Love Reunion, Crazy Daisy’s Summer Festival and joining the UK tour of Lisa Lashes’ new Techno infused brand Basement Boutique, hand picked by the queen of dance as the man to close each and every party. This year his productions have been dropped on the main stages at festival giants Tomorrowland, Miami Ultra, and Timewarp, yet again propelling Phutek’s music into the ears of the world’s Techno tastemakers.
Since launching Layer 909 Phutek has now started gaining outside interest from other labels, releasing his productions on a range of credible underground imprints including I AM TECHNO, Deepwater, Baptism, Sounds of Juan and Yin Yang, plus many more TBC over the rest of the year.
Phutek is a leader, not a follower; an excellent example of an industry professional who has settled into his necessary niche, carved out a unique sound and is always seeking to push the boundaries of cutting edge techno rhythms and beat.
Words- Spin Sister PR