Erol Alkan returns to the United States with a limited schedule of club sets in addition to two shows at Indio's Coachella Festival of Music and Art. Having recently scooped DJ Mag’s ‘Compilation of the Year’ for his ‘Fabriclive 77’ mix, itself following on from his ‘Illumination’ EP of solo material, Alkan remains as imaginative and uncompromising behind the decks as ever.
Since his last visit to the US, Alkan has remixed the likes of Tame Impala, Kindness, Manic Street Preachers, and more recently under his ‘Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve’ guise, Temples’ ‘Sun Structures’ in its entirety, pushing the record in even further psychedelic directions and topping Rough Trade’s end of year best album chart. He also still plays at possibly some of Europe’s best clubs, with recent gigs at Manchester’s Warehouse Project, Berghain and I Love Techno.
Alkan’s return to the US comes as his London based label, Phantasy, continues to evolve. Album artists such as Daniel Avery, Ghost Culture and Connan Mockasin are apparently gaining international acclaim, alongside music by Tom Rowlands (The Chemical Brothers) to underground artists such as Babe, Terror and U. Alkan’s own ‘Sub Conscious’, the centrepiece track of ‘Fabriclive 77’, has recently been remixed by Tin Man and new Phantasy artist Kamera.
As well as his own signings, Alkan’s 6 Mix residency on BBC Radio 6Music allows him the freedom to showcase his own discoveries for the dancefloor and beyond, presenting alongside Andrew Weatherall, Derrick May and Jamie XX.
Having recently returned to Resident Advisor’s annual poll of Top 100 DJs and taking the #1 spot in Rockdelux’s International DJs poll, Alkan already has a schedule of commitments throughout the coming year including Bestival, Secret Solstice, Farr Festival and Sonar, where he’ll bridge the gap between main stage live shows from Duran Duran and The Chemical Brothers.
Alongside both weekends of Coachella, Alkan plays New York’s Verboten (9 April), Vancouver’s MIA (16 April) and Miami’s Electric Pickle (18 April), as well as a rare six hour set at Monarch in San Francisco (11 April).
For more info and tour dates check: www.erolalkan.co.uk