Black Fan may be a new name to many, but this exciting producer has a House music heritage, DJ pedigree and record collection matched by very few. He made his first foray into DJing as a teenager in the late 80’s, at a time when you were just as likely to have a Marley Marl record in your box as you were Ten City or Derek May. Eclecticism in your sets wasn’t a trend, it was just how it was for those early pioneers who fell in love with the music and the culture.
Under a different moniker he secured his first residency in 1990 at The Institute Birmingham, playing every Friday night alongside the late Tony De Vit. The early 90’s saw his DJ career explode, and through great demand he secured guest bookings and residencies all over the UK. He played key underground parties as well as many of the now seminal nights of the early Rave & House scene. This included the likes of The Eclipse, Shelley’s, Renaissance, Amnesia, and the now infamous Energy parties.
As the scene started to transform and shift further away from it’s music driven, hedonistic roots, Black Fan decided to move on too. He left his much-loved residency at Tolerance at the end of 93, went away for a while and just did his thing. This was mostly off the radar, and firmly rooted in the underground. During this time as a promoter and DJ he worked with many of the peers he respected, Nicky Siano, Recloose, Maurice Fulton, Osunlade and King Britt just being a few. In 2008 he took a break from promotion and regular DJ’ing, but like anyone who is House, he never truly left it.
One night a little while ago, whilst staring at a wall of records and fighting the urge to get down all night in a sweaty little basement, he came to terms that it’s just in his bones. He dusted off an old drum machine, started to make some music, and there the Black Fan alias was born.
The next chapter begins April 2015 with debut single release “Hercules & The Beast” on WOLF White, followed by an EP for Local Talk in June, as well as other remixes and production releases in the pipeline. 2015 is set to be the year that Black Fan comes to the fore again, bringing with him a truly unique take on the music & scene.