SYNERGY Presents JOHN ASKEW & GREG DOWNEY!
After a great Synergy debut in Edinburgh earlier this year with his Open To Close concept with Simon Patterson, John Askew returns this time to Glasgow at the intimate venue TUR with Greg Downey whose eagerly anticipated return to Glasgow is also not to be missed! Both headliners will play 2 hour sets of the finest underground music around from their respected labels VII, Skullduggery and more, so don't miss this! Support from Garry Noon.
Saturday 2nd December 2017
TUR, 46a Queen St, Glasgow, G1 3DS
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From guest appearances on BBC Radio One, to hosting his own show on London’s prestigious Kiss 100, from exclusive residencies at 3 of the World’s most influential clubs (The Gallery, Cream and Ministry of Sound) to an ever increasing diary of guest slots around the world, John Askew is now enjoying the rewards of over a decade of consistently hard work.
After spending most of his teens playing guitar in a variety of local rock bands, John’s musical alliance was suddenly disrupted when he attended a rave in Cornwall in 1993. He immediately ditched both his band and his beloved Les Paul in exchange for a pair of decks.
After a year of practicing for up to 6 hours a day John made his club debut at the then notorious Acid House venue in North London – Woody’s. A few months later he blagged himself a slot at a rave in Wiltshire which in turn led to a residency for the then infamous Wiltshire based sound system “Code Red”. This position gave John the opportunity to regularly play to thousands of underground revelers that would loyally make their way out into the countryside every weekend to party in the open air. His sound was influenced by a mixture of the melodic German music that was putting Frankfurt on the map as the capital of trance, and the tougher, more percussive sounds of artists like CJ Bolland and Jeff Mills.
At the end of 1995 overwhelming pressure from the police led the organisers of Code Red to move the parties from the fields into the clubs. With this move John started warming up for a host of top international techno names such as Billy Nasty & Dave Angel. He quickly established a name for himself and was subsequently booked to play a number of other high profile club nights including Universe’s legendary Final Frontier where John rocked the decks along side Paul Oakenfold and Carl Cox.
Over the next few years John found himself starting to a regular at Heathrow and Gatwick, traveling to Slovakia, Denmark, Sweden, France, Ireland and Amsterdam to deliver his now trademark sound.
A sound and style that one Scandinavian radio presenter summed up as “…like watching Jeff Mills mixing but using Paul van Dyk’s records!!”.
John’s debut appearance at The Extreme Club in Bratislava (Slovakia) was simultaneously broadcast on the national radio station Fun FM. Two hours into the set and there were still 1000 people waiting outside on a “one in one out” basis. This night was to be a significant turning point for John as it was the one event that began his obsession with radio.
The next 5 years brought John residencies and guest slots at some of the coolest club nights in the South of England not to mention more trips abroad. In 1999 John teamed up with Bristol’s most respected techno dj, Simmer, to form Shimmy recordings. With highly acclaimed reviews from the national dance press and a huge underground following in the West Country, John began to gain a reputation for his unique writing and production skills which combined euphoric melodies with hard punchy beats.
In 2000 John took up a touring residency for Universe (of Tribal Gathering fame). In one month john played 21 gigs across the country along side many of the world’s finest djs including Carl Cox, Timo Maas, Danny Rampling, Danny Howells, Way Out West and John “00” Fleming.
On NYE 2000 John rocked the main stage at Ministry of Sounds’ infamous event at the dome. His technical wizardry on the decks in front of 26,000 clubbers led Ministry to offer him a residency at their world famous club – Ministry of Sound – London – where John was resident for 2 years.
For these 2 years John rocked the main room at Ministry with his legendary end of the night 3 hour sets.
Since 2001 John has been pushing his distinctive sounds to the masses through his now firmly established record label – Discover – which has seen releases from The Thrillseekers, Ralphie B, Pablo Gargano, Germany’s Kyau vs Albert, Backbeat and many others.
His diary is full of dates at some of the world’s names in dance – including: Cream, Ministry of Sound, Slinky, God’s Kitchen and many more.
Having graced the decks on almost every continent, the Belfast born Greg Downey is no amateur when it comes to the art of DJing. Having impressed the promoter of Gategrasher while playing at an afterparty in Ibiza, Greg was asked to play at Space the following week. Very shortly afterwards, Greg broke through the UK trance scene playing at major shows such as Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, Slinky, Inside Out, Goodgreef, and Passion. What was every aspiring DJ’s dream to travel the world soon became a reality for Greg. He was crisscrossing the globe flying from New York City to Sydney to Ibiza to Shanghai to Buenos Aires to London playing to massive crowds.
Greg recorded his first “Live As album” on Discover from the mega Planet Love festival in Northern Ireland, which captured Greg's energy as a DJ and was featured as 'Album of the Month' in Mixmag. Soon the prestigious BBC Radio One came calling and Greg appeared as a guest on Eddie Halliwell’s radio show. It came as no surprise when Greg was voted into DJ Mag Top 100 poll coming in at number 82. This was a huge accomplishment for such a young talent.
As Greg’s DJing career was taking off, so were his productions. Catching the attention of John Digweed with his remix of “Heaven Scent”, Greg solidified himself as a producer when his remix claimed the number one spot on Beatport for over a month. His remix was championed by Sasha, Eric Prydz, Paul van Dyk, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren and John Digweed. Greg was then snapped up by Paul van Dyk for his label Vandit. His first release “Stadium” was a huge success which became Mixmag's Cream Ibiza anthem of 2008. Greg was also chosen by Paul van Dyk to remix his track “New York City” which appeared on his “Hands on In Between” album.
Working tirelessly in the studio, Greg started to produce hit after hit. His track “Global Code” on Vandit was featured in every Paul Van Dyk’s set for close to a year and his following single Show Time for Dutch heavy weights Spinnin was No. 2 on Beatport. Having teamed up with the lead singer Paul Draper from Mansun in 2010 to remake their classic track “Wide Open Space,' it became the track of the year having crossed over to daytime Radio One with support from Scott Mills and Vernon Kay and was chosen by Mixmag as their tune of the month. This track was later snapped up by major label EMI for a full release.
2011 saw Greg up the game once again when his remix of Everything But The Girl – Missing was signed to Warner Music. Greg’s mix was released alongside Fedde Le Grand’s and reached No. 1 on Beatport and was No. 1 on Australia’s leading radio station Radio Metro. Greg had three more top ten hits with Spinnin' Records, Knight Moves , Game Face and Sunrise. Greg and Simon Patterson teamed up with English vocalist Bo Bruce to create the anthem “ Come To Me,' this was an instant Ibiza anthem at Amnesia and Space and across the globe.
Wanting to explore the darker side of his sounds, Greg developed his R.I.C.O alias to bring out the deeper underground techno sound. As Greg explains, “I think it’s good to try new things and to develop yourself in the studio, I love growing as an artist and developing,” after receiving great feedback from fans and fellow DJs of the tracks released under the R.I.C.O alias. Game Face and Afraid Of The Dark have been firm favourites of Markus Schultz featuring on his Global DJ Broadcast show several times. Greg’s diversity also saw him snapped up by Gareth Emery’s Garuda for his debut release with Crazy For You in 2012.
Supported regularly by the likes of Armin van Buuren, Gareth Emery, Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, Sander van Doorn, Above and Beyond, Greg's many achievements, alongside his outstanding technical ability will ensure he continues to reach great heights.
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