Bill Brewster 1st NZ Tour
Seminar: Friday 25th May @ 7:30pmRed Bull Studio, 13 Hargreaves St, Freemans Bay GIG: Saturday 26th MayInk Bar, K-RdSupport From, Recloose, Frank Booker & Philippa $10 before 12, $20 afterThis month an absolute legend in the world of dance music is heading to Australia & New Zealand for his first Antipodean tour. Not only is Bill Brewster interesting because of what he does on the decks, but he has played a massive part in defining dance music via his books and journalistic endeavours.
While in Auckland Bill will be holding a seminar at the Red Bull Studio on Friday night May 25th at 7:30pm, as well as playing a party at Ink Bar Saturday night May 26th.
Having long ago cemented his name as dance music’s key commentator and historian, in-tandem building an illustrious career as a DJ and producer over the past 30 years, music aficionado Bill Brewster is finally heading to Australia and New Zealand for his first ever down-under DJ tour this May.
His books ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ and ‘The Record Players – DJ Revolutionaries’ helped to define dance music culture, the industry that surrounds it and the main figureheads who have helped to shape into the force that it is today. ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’ has been translated into seven different languages, including Portuguese, Japanese, Serbo-Croat, Spanish, Italian etc, and has now sold over 150,000 copies worldwide, around 100,000 of that in English. His other book ‘How To DJ Properly)’ has been translated six times, including French, Italian and Portuguese, with sales of around 110,000 in English and another 30,000+ in other languages.
His first delving into the world of recorded works came back in 1982 when the band he was singing with called Group Therapy released the album ‘Arty-Fact’. Since then he has re-rubbed the likes of The Beat Assassins, Superstars of Rock, two times Brit awards nominee Elkie Brooks, Jackson 5 and seven times Grammy nominee David Gamson and has his own project with Alex Tepper (ex-Futureshock) called Hotel Motel. From the year 2000, he has also been busy compiling and mixing compilation releases, having completed 10 out on labels including Hooj Choons, Universal, Capitol, Strut and Harmless. Known by a number of his peers as ‘the Oracle’, Bill has an enviable knack of foreseeing trends long before they have become a reality.
It’s no wonder that for more than three decades he has been the go-to man for media and alike when it comes to opinions and grounded predictions into the future of dance music. His website www.djhistory.com is a portal for like minded individuals. “What I love about dance music is it’s a technology-driven industry so you never quite know in which way it will turn or twist and I love finding out about new things. It’s what’s kept me fiending for the next big thing for the past 35 years”
Replicating his knowledge and love of music in a club environment, Bill began Djing in 1986. He was a founding resident of Fabric, going on to play weekly for 6 years. Emphasising his musical diversity on the decks, one week he would come on after Sasha in the main room to finish the night, the next he would be sparring with Leo Zero in Room 3 playing mental disco records and Balearic biscuits.
For his coming Australian/New Zealand tour, Bill has been scouring through his massive record collection to bring a mix of definitive classics, that will sit alongside up to the moment bombs to get the dancefloor pumping. “I’m psyched about coming to Australia and New Zealand not least because I’ve heard it’s warmer than Grimsby. I’ve been furiously digging out some forgotten gems in my records room for the trip and I’m looking forward to busting some of them out, so hold on to your corsets”