Tim Deluxe (GB)
Deluxe grew up in North London. At 14 he gained a Saturday job in Time Is Right records, in Islington's Chapel Market and whilst there perfected mixing skills that, although he was still under 18, led him to a slot at Ministry of Sound standing in for CJ Mackintosh … And he rocked it. In 1994, whilst still at the record shop, Deluxe met, graphic designer Omar Amidora and hardcore label: Boogie Beat, owner, Andy Lysandrou. Sharing the same enthusiasm and passion for music, the three decided to set up a label: Ice Cream Records – a certain inspiration of the speed garage movement: 'RIP Groove' under Deluxe and Amidora’s Double 99’ moniker being their most notable release in 1997. Between 1995 and 1998 Deluxe also put out releases: ‘An American Adventure EP’ and ‘I Know’ on Cross Section records - catering for the likes of Derrick May, Norman Jay, CJ Mackintosh, Erick Morillo and Darren Emerson. Whilst the label took off, between 1999 –2000 Deluxe and Amidora recorded the album – ‘7th High’, which included collaborations with Sneaker Pimps and Byron Stingily. Deluxe also cut countless remixes including Black Grape, Robert Miles, Mighty Dub Katz and Ultra Nate. In 2001, Deluxe went solo to pursue his individual sound. His first track ‘Sirens’ was quickly picked up by Darren Emerson (after the two hooked-up and did some work together), for his Underwater imprint. The B-side ‘We All Love Sax’, was something Deluxe had written the previous year and had just left in his studio gathering dust… One Essential New Tune later and heralded as one of 2001’s records of the year by every magazine, DJ and radio presenter – Deluxe was on the map - not only a solo artist, but also as a DJ. Fast forward to 2002 and Deluxe’s follow-up solo single ‘It Just Won’t Do’ (featuring Sam Obernik on vocals). It came out of Miami as THE biggest tune (number one Miami Buzz Chart and Number One Muzik Miami Tune) and was supported by DJs across the spectrum –from Tong to Morillo to Cook, to radio support from Steve Mac, Jo Whiley, Nemone, Gilles Peterson and Sarah Cox, amongst others. Giving it an Ibiza run first, the track was released in July 2002 on Underwater and reached number 14 in the UK top 40 charts; it was acclaimed as one of THE anthems of the summer 2002 – gaining best Ibiza anthem at 2002’s Muzik Awards. He also mixed Underwater’s first ever album release alongside Darren Emerson, a compilation entitled Underwater: Episode One. Remix wise, Deluxe has added his flavour to Kylie’s ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’, Lo-fidelity Allstars’ ‘Sleeping Faster’, Joeski and Chus’ ‘ El Amor (on NRK), Layo and Bushwacka’s ‘Love Story’ – which went in the UK Top 40 Charts at number 8, and he recently did his thing on Basement Jaxx’s ‘ Do You Thing’… Deluxe’s DJing also took off in 2002; he had gigs throughout the UK and all over the world and was announced as an exclusive resident for the Subliminal/Underwater nights in Ibiza last summer – this summer he is the exclusive resident for Underwater at Pacha, Ibiza every Tuesday – which will include Deluxe debuting his LIVE show with tracks from his forthcoming artist album on Underwater on August 19th. His sound is chunky, funky and party-fueled house with a tech-tainted edge - above all uplifting and full of energy; with big assed baselines and an attitude like no other. 2003 was all about taking it to the next level which is exactly what he did. The first 7 months were spent creating his debut artist album ‘The Little Ginger Club Kid’ featuring Terra Deva (Shake Down ‘At Night’), Sam Obernik, Ben Onono (co-wrote ‘It Just Won’t Do’), Bugsy and Shahin Badar (vox from Prodigy’s ‘Smack My Bitch Up’). Tim spent the summer of 2003 doing his exclusive residency for Underwater in Ibiza and DJing across festivals and clubs around the world. He performed his first live show at Pacha, Ibiza with live PA’s from all the album collaborators. The summer ended with the release of the first single from the album ‘Less Talk More Action’ (mixes by Yousef and MJ Cole), followed by the album release itself. The next step in the Deluxe path is the release of ‘Mundaya’ as the second single from the album at the end of January with bigger and better live shows to be scheduled for 2004.
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