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Remix maestro, studio sorcerer, and indie dance DJ phenomenon Erol Alkan with the full lowdown on his storied career.
Have you heard the one about _(artist-name)Erol Alkan_? The humble 12-year-old maestro-in-the-making who sneaks out the window of his parents’ flat to play gigs for a tenner? About the bearded studio sorcerer worshipped by bands and DJs half his age as a living electronic idol? About the kid in his early 20s who’s founded that Trash night in London where they’re playing Bowie and basslines at the same time? We heard that he invented the mash-up. We heard that he created the second coming of French Touch just by remixing _(artist-name)Justice_’s _(song-title)Waters Of Nazareth_. We heard he brought guitar music back from the grave. No, it was electronic music. Or was it reggae? We heard he once revived a Roland 303 just by looking at it. Haven’t you heard? Look no further than the well-worn t-shirt: L.O.V.E. is the answer. What kept Erol on the cutting edge of the independent and electronic scenes for the decade he ran Trash until its final night in January 2007, and at the forefront of bold new territories in the musical cosmos in the years that have followed, is his unwavering devotion to the music he plays. His studious interests across the sonic spectrum made it inevitable that at some point he would cross the boards and start to create music as well as play it. His alchemical fusion of George Michael and _(artist-name)Missy Elliott_ resulted in 24-carat party gold, and ‘bastard pop’ was born, with Erol as one of its founding figureheads alongside _(artist-name)Soulwax_ and _(artist-name)Richard X_, reaching its apex with Kylie performing Erol’s infamous _(song-title)Can’t Get You Out Of My Head_ fusion with _(artist-name)New Order_’s _(song-title)Blue Monday_ live at the 2002 Brit Awards. It wasn’t long before Erol was lending his magic touch to increasingly higher profile releases, with his remixes of _(artist-name)Alter Ego_’s _(song-title)Rocker_ and _(artist-name)Mylo_’s _(song-title)Drop The Pressure_. Remixes for _(artist-name)Bloc Party_, _(artist-name)Death From Above 1979_ and _(artist-name)The Chemical Brothers_ ensued. Erol also dabbles in the mysterious rites of _(artist-name)Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve_ – a warped balearic psychedelic brotherhood consisting of Erol and _(artist-name)The Grid_’s _(artist-name)Richard Norris_. Part folk astronauts, part electronic necromancers, they have reanimated songs by _(artist-name)Midlake_, _(artist-name)Findlay Brown_, _(artist-name)Goldfrapp_, and _(artist-name)Tracey Thorn_ into beautiful, searing moments of euphoric bliss. Whether he’s playing the latest in hardcore thrash or producing delicate anthems of spectral beauty, one thing’s for sure: music, truly fertile music, is never very far from Erol Alkan, and his sound can surely only continue to grow in the future. Haven’t you heard?