Style with substance….
Back in 1993…..when Rick Cee was a mere twelve years old, his interest in House music began. Back then he claims his main influences were Jeremy Healy and Graham Park and of course being from Manchester the Hacienda.
Rick Cee purchased his first set of decks in 1994 out of the loot for £35, one Sony and one Technics, using a wheel to change the pitch and complete with a mixer originally from Tandy (inclusive of echo button, ha)! Within a few months he found himself Djing at numerous ‘legal’ parties and by 1997 (16 years of age) he was playing the main room at Fluid in Manchester.
Over the next 14 years, Rick Cee saw his life change to a nocturnal existence that spanned the Globe. From Garlands in Liverpool to Sankey’s in Manchester to Pacha in London. From the summer of 2002 to date, his reputation crossed the continent when he was asked to play at Café Mambo, kanya, The Orange Corner, Plastik, Eden in Ibiza and Fiesta En La Playa in Tulum, Mexico and is now a yearly occurrence.
He boasts a long list of DJ’s that he has played at nights at including Jonathan Ulysses, Redsoul, Jay C, Jason Herd & Jon Fiz (herd ‘n’ Fitz), The AudioWhores, Oliver Lang, Jamie Gittins, Tom Sheridan, Mistress Da Funk, Jo Mills, Ralph Lawson, Nick Hussy, Copyright, Redsoul and John DeArgo to name a few!
His sets combine soulful, funky, classic, jacking and tech house dependant on where the crowd takes him. He now also uses Traktor synced with ableton live using an X1 controller with his Pioneer EFX dependant on what gig his is playing, he still likes using good old CDJ’s and also vinyl when playing classics, three deck vinyl mixing used to be his thing before the digital age kicked off.
Rick plays the most recent in uplifting house tunes slipping in the odd classic or two and combines them with technical individuality. He also makes his own edits of acapella’s and samples to be used in his sets so they can be as individual as the nights that he plays at. Whist also in the studio he has remixed tracks for the likes of Jon Fitz that was released on Lowered recordings.
Rick Cee recently played at Kendal Calling festival and received this review from the Boxfresh team “Rick Cee ushered in Ibiza and the sun shone – for a moment we could have been nearer the Balearics than Barrow and his brand of house was just the tonic. Feet shuffled and people smiled -he passed CDs out to the gathering crowds and we were on the home straight.” and has just had a another return booking.
Now relocated to London, Rick Cee originally from Manchester continues to obtain regular gigs in the city and continues to travel the globe.
Rick Cee now promotes his Brand Funkie Junkie “hooked on house music” renowned for its Manchester boat party’s and now his new night #CutTheMustard in Shoreditch, London @ Corbet Place 2nd Saturday of every month. With regular tour dates booked the brands and Rick Cee continue to grow, when his not DJing he is busy producing behind closed doors.
Born and raised in Merseyside, Armack (aka Rob McBride) has been DJing in bars and clubs throughout the UK for the last 10 years. Originally a classically trained pianist, Armack quickly realised his real love lied with electronic music when he was introduced to the northwest superclubs of Cream and Sankeys in the late 90s.
Armack is a talented DJ and producer who is renowned for adapting the style and tempo of his music to the specific audience he plays to. Taking many of his musical inspirations from the likes of Sven Vath, Umek and Tiga, Armack can be found playing anything from deep/chilled house to dirty tech house and electro riffs.
Summer 2011 saw Armack host nights in London and Ibiza – most notably, he recently played at the Official Cream Amnesia Pre-party in Ibiza and in December 2011 at Cable, London. Now using the latest forms of digital technology – Traktor Pro S4 and Ableton Live – Armack’s sets are always adventurous, making use of live loops, samplers and effects.
In Winter 2011, Armack made a return to the studio and Spring/Summer 2012 will see the release of some much anticipated productions, collaborations and remixes.
To coincide with these releases, Armack has launched a new deep/tech house night – #CutTheMustard (www.cutthemustard.info) – running monthly at the uber-cool Corbet Place, London. #CutTheMustard, with its ever-increasing fanbase, is fast-becoming the elite showcase of underground house music in East London.
In Summer 2012 Armack will embark on a global tour throughout Europe, Asia and Australasia, so be sure to keep up-to-date with this page for details on gigs.
Finally, please listen to the mixes on this page, let us have your comments and stay tuned for upcoming tracks and live recordings.
Much love xx