At the ripe age of fifty, world-renowned prog and tech house master John Digweed is as fresh as ever. With a jam-packed touring schedule and a busy day-to-day, the veteran remains relevant in a scene he’s dominated for more than thirty years. In July alone, the English DJ has booked gigs in Denver (he headlines Thursday Night Service this week at the Church nightclub with support from Chris Fortier and Milkman), San Francisco, L.A., Ibiza, Athens and Belgrade. After all these years, what keeps fans coming back for more?
Banger sets at international festivals
With ULTRA (Miami, Singapore and Japan), BPM Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, DEMF and Glastonbury on his 2017 roster, Digweed keeps his worldly fan base satisfied by billing festival sets around the globe. And even though there’s nothing quite like an intimate club night with Digweed manning the mood music, he still has a way with the big stage. His style, a mix of mesmerizing lulls, perfectly timed peaks and amplified drops, is universal and speaks to electro fans everywhere.
Reunions with his partner-in-crime
There ain’t no party like a Sasha & Digweed party, according to any old-school house fan still dancing today. The duo, which has produced a handful of compilation albums together, has a palpable style and a synchronized energy unlike any other. For both seasoned fans of the scene and newcomers alike, Digweed and Sasha continue to periodically reunite to feed off each other’s newfound flair.
For many years, Digweed has been known to play well past curfew for his late-night followers. With his seamless transitions, minutes melt away in time, and when last call is announced, the musical journey hardly seems like it's spanned six hours. True to his audible art, Digweed is all about the musical marathon to keep his supporters suitably satiated.
Loyalty to the fans
In a time where it seems like it’s all about business, Digweed remains true to his fan base, even when circumstances are out of his control. Just a week after harsh weather canceled a recent appearance in Argentina, Digweed rescheduled the show to appease and honor ticket holders with an everlasting eight-hour set. Digweed is also committed to his residency in Ibiza (with seven gigs booked in 2017), where he spins regularly so that locals and tourists alike can schedule attendance at his iconic island get-downs.
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New talent discoveries
Through his label, Bedrock, with Nick Muir and his weekly Transitions radio show, Digweed is able to stay on the pulse of fresh talent on the scene, which continues to influence his track lists. Just a few weeks ago, Bedrock celebrated the release of Spanish duo Lopezhouse’s EP debut, November Clouds / Otsalia. Digweed recently featured a Guy J remix of the pair’s track “Cross & Angels” on his spring 2017 five-disc Live in Brooklyn release.
John Digweed with Chris Fortier and Milkman, 8 p.m. Thursday, July 20, The Church, 1160 Lincoln Street, $20, 303-832-2383.