This Sunday at Common is a special day for lovers of whiskey and good music alike as Auchentoshan presents a classically modern set from Ivan Smagghe alongside a Q&A and Auchentoshan whisky tastings from 4pm with DJ support from Will TRAMP! (Homoelectric, Warehouse Project) and The Kill ‘Em All DJ’s (Fabric) from 7pm.
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Ivan Smagghe belongs to a top table of DJs that journalists like to lazily describe as “The DJ’s DJs”. Along with the likes of occasional partner-in-crime Andrew Weatherall, Ivan has the ability to play music like a raw conduit between his famously onscure records and the dancefloor’s strobe-soaked bodies, injecting something of himself into the mix along the way.
His genre defying/ defining production work originally in Black Strobe and now in It’s A Fine Line has commected him to and garnered the praise of (amongst others) James Murphy, Trevor Jackson, Ata, Optimo and the aforementioned Weatherall. All fellow crusaders in the fight to prove that electronic music can be so much more than a one dimensional soundtrack for a night on the lash.
The success of his musical blog ‘a few things from Ivan Smagghe‘ has generated a compilation series of edits for Paris uber-fashion store Colette. The first volume sold out in a couple of weeks. His project with Tim Paris, It’s A Fine Line, has already put out numerous remixes (from Superpitcher to the XX) and releases that can’t be pigeonholed (electro rockabilly on Kompakt to italo rickety disco on Marketing Music). Their new studio is now fully set for original music, remixes and production. Expect a lot more from them in 2012.
Aside from his A&R role for now 10 years old label Kill The DJ (who have released the first EP of RMVN, Ivan’s project with Roman Flugel), Ivan has also started solo work as well as more planned collaborations with musical friends, with Ewan Pearson and Tiga being first on the list.
4pm – Midnight
Common / 39 to 41 Edge Street / Northern Quarter / Manchester / M4 1HW