DJ Fonik Celebrating 20 years of experience as a DJ dating back to 1997 and 15 as an aspiring producer, it’s no wonder that Fonik has garnered the support of many peers and colleagues down his musical path. Not driven by the desire for fame or money, Fonik does it for the love of the music, the thrill of moving a crowd, the joy of inspiring emotion and the respect of his fellow musicians. “The minute it feels like work, it’s time to hang up the headphones. I do this because I love it.” While he enjoys most every genre of music, breaks or breakbeat has been the driving force in Fonik’s music career. Fonik has done countless club gigs, guest spots on FM and internet radio and special events as well as music festivals. He has recorded hours upon hours of mixes, original tracks, edits and remixes, which can be found on Soundcloud, Mixcloud and HearThis. Whether hard and edgy or smooth and sultry, Fonik’s world class taste in music shines through in the music he creates and plays for everyone to hear intentionally appealing to a broader audience as a result. With a conviction and stage presence to match his experience, Fonik sets the bar high for his music in technical accuracy and diversity through different vibes in each set.
Look for his name on future rosters as his sets are not to be missed. 3. Fonik - Formed in 1999 as a duo, Fonik (originally Psychiatric Challenge) became a quartet in 2001. Working essentially with free improvisation / experimental noise using prepared guitars and electronics, pieces were recorded live in whatever location was possible at the time. In 2006 Fonik became a core duo again with an even more uncompromising approach, blurring the boundary between music, noise and art. Performances are generally as a duo but occasionally as a trio or quartet depending on situation / availability of the ‘occasional contributors’ listed below. The duo’s background is varied coming from jazz, avant garde, post rock, industrial and new music with many years of playing and performance hours between them.
Material recorded is occasionally reworked with various sound editing techniques bringing a completely new angle to the material. It’s kind of a combination of traditional improvisation techniques combined with diy technology. These reworks are done in real-time, this becoming an improvisation in itself, with parameters being tweaked as and when required. Recently Fonik have presented the films ‘Nosferatu’ and ‘Das Kabinet’ providing a live improvised soundtrack (Manchester’s’ Green Room completely sold out) and are currently working on a re-edit of ‘Metropolis’ for 2008. Nosferatu with 5 accompanying soundtracks will soon be available on DVD from Electronic Musik. Fonik are also making appearances as part of Manchester musicians collective ‘Gnod’.
Gnod’s line-up shrinks and swells as the music rotates & expands to reach new frontiers and quite possibly other worlds. Members are also part of DIY promoters the ‘Warrington Improvised & Experimental Music Collective’ who regularly stage live performances of visiting artists. Ian runs the Electronic Musik CDr label which has an equally uncompromising approach in choice of releases. Fonik are: Harry Gallimore – electronics / percussion :: Ian Simpson – prepared lapsteel / percussion Occasional contributors: Pascal Nichols - percussion :: Dave Jackson – sax / reeds :: Tim Lyons – trumpet / voice. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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