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Reach Up Disco Wonderland at The Magic Garde
December 1, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - December 2, 2023 @ 2:00 am£5
DJ Andy Smith presents Reach Up – Disco Wonderland DJ Andy Smith and Nick Halkes ( aka Nick Reach Up) drop 80s disco, boogie and proto house, evoking the spirit of legendary NYC clubs such as Paradise Garage and Studio 54. They’ll dip into the rich soundtrack that emerged as the 70s turned into the 80s forming the DNA of today’s club music and mesh the set with the freshest productions, remixes and re-edits that they have sourced or can find! As schooldays best friends Andy and Nick ran a mobile disco together and hunted for bargain 12 inch vinyl in their childhood home town of Portishead near Bristol. At this point they had no idea that Andy would supply beats and tour the world with Portishead before becoming one of the top 100 djs in the world nor that Nick would go on to set up the XL and Positiva labels becoming one of the UKs most respected dance and electronic music industry executives. Reach Up launched more than five years ago at London basement venue The Waiting Rooms and soon after appeared at Carl Cox’s night at Space, Ibiza where they played for three seasons on the bounce and then also began packing out their monthly London residency at Peckham’s South London Soul Train (hosted at the legendary Bussey Building). The chaps 2018 Summer festival tour took in Bestival, Boardmasters, Eastern Electrics, Kendall Calling, Bluedot and an 8 hour take over at Festival No6. 2019 and 2020 saw them spread the good vibes in Lisbon, Berlin and back out on the festival circuit at Shindig, Beautiful Days and beyond. And as if that wasn’t enough to impress then their raft of releases certainly is. Following the 2017 release of the Reach Up Disco Wonderland compilation on the renowned BBE Records, Volume 2 was released in 2019. Andy and Nick’s re-edits of two tracks on the 2017 Reach Up Disco Wonderland comp were just the start. Nick’s collaboration with Full Intention, both to release original music on Midnight Riot and remix State of the Nation feat the Jungle Brothers, gained support from Purple Disco Machine, Dimitri from Paris and Roger Sanchez.From there a chart topping Nick Reach Up remix of Hideaway by De’lacey followed and a Nick Reach Up collab with Birdee and vocal legend Barbara Tucker that scored coveted daytime Radio One play in the UK whilst hitting top 3 on Traxsource. An invitation to remix Mel C took the Nick Reach Up sound into new territory whilst a rework of Body Work by Hot Streak also took off.Most recently Nick was approached to remix the Kylie single Magic taken from her album appropriately entitled ‘Disco’ and in October 2020 had 4 remixes of his simultaneously in the Music Week Upfront Top 20. In the time that all this was happening amongst other achievements Andys re-edit of Will Sessions & Amp Fiddler feat. Dames Brown – Lost Without You notched up a tune of the month accolade in Mixmag. Despite having much to look back on Reach Up’s monthly radio show on the award-winning Soho Radio features regular guest mixes from the likes of Full Intention, Jumpin’ Jack Frost, Young Pulse, Danny Rampling and more showcasing the hottest new music along with classic and more hidden gems from back in the day. Despite knowing each other for decades maybe this is still just the start for Nick and Andys Reach Up Disco Wonderland adventure?!
ft Guest DJ Paul Dakeyne
Paul Dakeyne is a DJ/Producer who has dedicated the past three decades of his life to dance music production and DJ’ing. Paul was also the world’s first DJ to mix live on CD’s and play a ‘computer only’ MP3 set to a live audience, plus mix dance music in 5.1 surround sound.
For six years he (was a resident and) toured globally for the world-famous Ministry of Sound and has played DJ sets for the likes of U2 and for the legendary Kraftwerk. Paul has featured on a (3-hour set) prestigious ‘NYE Essential Mix’ slot on BBC Radio 1 and has written/produced music for TV themes and large gaming companies.
Although remixing around 250 records in his career as an artist in his own right, Paul landed one of dance music’s seminal crossover moments with his “Eighteen Strings’ monster hit by Tinman, scoring a UK top ten in 1994. He has continued his DJing activities into the 00s/20s to a global online audience, with livestream sets on Twitch, Radio Shows and Podcasts. He also runs his own digital record label, ‘Tap Danzin’ Freakz’ and produces remixes for DJ service Mastermix too.