ESSENTIAL: ANDREW WEATHERALL

Andrew Weatherall continues to be his own star in a career matchless with successes. The very meaning of success has been something on his own definition, always being in charge of the path it has snaked down, gaining a sizeable reputation and respect on his own terms.

Arriving at the door of fame equipped with a vast array of ideas, Weatherall escalated into underground folklore at the start of the acid house boom and remained one of the unheard golden boys of the late eighties and early nineties generation. Though he was an innovator of the time, he resisted the urge to scale the same heights of high-profile DJs such as Paul Oakenfield or Fatboy Slim.

He turned his hand to thrusting many of the decade's notable artists into the limelight, working closely with New Order, Beth Orton and Happy Mondays, as well as providing the meat behind Primal Scream's 1991 hit album, Screamadelica. Weatherall also ticked over with fine work of his own. The Sabres of Paradise and Two Lone Swordsmen proved to be boundary pushing aliases, with songs on his last album 'Wrong Meeting' on Two Lone Swordsmen depicting much of Weatherall's character on a deeply personal level – in an extremely judgmental industry, he has succeeded in shaping others perception of him as an artist.

Skipping forward over twenty years, a lot has taken place. The London-born star still has an appetitite to perform and has never ceased to make music that firmly in mind. Weatherall – though creating under other guises – released his first album in 2009, A Pox on the Pioneers, this debut creation paying homage to his defining punk-rock character, with elements of dub and glam-rock lyricism. From a teenage punk background and post-rock era, something of a formality in his demographic, his acquired taste through a range of music genres came in the 2007 Sci.Fi.Lo.Fi compilation for Soma – a Scottish house and techno label. Though techno is the genre Weatherall most heavily identifies himself with today, RnB, rockabilly, rock and roll and glam-rock have proven to be a surprising success for himself and the label - just another testament to Weatherall's unique character.

Last year was undoubtedly to be one of the production master's best. He released his second album and first since 2009, Covenanza, on Rotters Golf Club label in collaboration with Nina Walsh. The album consisting of rippling electronica and post-punk melodies and was said to reminisce a clutter of life thoroughly lived. Soon following this was the remix album Consolamentum, a fine rework of the magic created on Covenanza featuring Israeli duo Red Axes, Timothy J. Fairplay and Black Devil Disco Club to name a few.

Weatherall now resides in Seven Sisters, north London in search of a quieter style of life, a much needed change of scenery from some 20 years spent in the ever-changing fray of east London's Shoreditch. One thing that shows no sign of changing is the man's hunger to continue showcasing his talents, continuing to perform across Europe in the higher echelons of action. This year promises to be a fruitful chapter once again; Weatherall's remix of 'Find Love' by Phil Kieran will be released this month on Hot Creations, demonstrating his flexibility to work on any project.

The Londoner will also be appearing at Brighton's Patterns in May. Joining him on the south-east coastline will be Brighton favourite Pablo Contraband and ex-Portishead contributor Andy Smith, set to be an unmissable night of high quality action. Find tickets here.



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