Wednesday 12th September 2012 by Gabriel Szatan
To have the audacity to go and get KICK DRUM tattooed on your knuckles, you’d come away looking a tad foolish if you couldn’t back it up with the requisite production chops. Fortunately Blawan, who first sat behind a percussion kit aged 10, has got a very firm grip on how to really make a beat knock hard; this is a man who is acutely aware of the potency of a driving rhythm, and one who has gained notoriety for the chest-rattling thumps that can be found right across his body of work, from early Hessle Audio 12″ ‘Fram/Iddy’ right through to the recently released ‘His He She & She EP’ on Will Bankhead’s Hinge Finger label, which contains the ubiquitous club smash ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?‘ Despite only releasing music for a relatively short amount of time, the Sheffield native has already garnered much acclaim for his refreshing output, most notably for last year’s breakout smash Getting Me Down, which won the coveted top spot on Resident Advisor‘s Tracks Of 2011.
Bucking the popular trend of flowing freely between genres, behind the decks Blawan leans heavily on the techno side of the spectrum, often plumbing the depths of extremely dark, relentless 4/4 tracks before surfacing for air. In doing so, he has become one of the most sought-after DJs working in electronic music today, slotting in as comfortably with Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann, residents at Berlin’s famed techno mecca Berghain, as with current contemporaries such as Boddika and Objekt. Check out the man in action below, playing what has been heralded as one of the most memorable and impressive Boiler Room sets in years.
Blawan with join forces with Scuba and Jackmaster plus many more still yet to be announced to play at the final dollop of the year at Stealth on December 7th. For more information & tickets check out the dollop Nottingham Facebook event.
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