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Bicycle Corporation announce Bert Bevans for 10th 'Roots' show.

British DJ and producer Bert Bevans performing at Bar Stars, colour image.

Bicycle Corporation proudly presents guest DJ Bert Bevans for his tenth 'Roots' show, streamed on Scientific Sound Asia Radio, the premier English language radio station and DJ agency serving Sri Lanka, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, India, South Korea, and the rest of Asia.

The dynamic duo behind Bicycle Corporation are Marco Mei and Stefano Ugliano, also known as 6884. Together, they have crafted a diverse catalogue of music spanning over 50 tracks across various genres including French House, Deep House, Tech House, and Techno.

Marco embarked on his musical journey in the early nineties, initially as part of the crew for House Music and Techno events like 'Urban People.' His talent and dedication soon earned him recognition within the Italian music scene, leading to sought-after bookings not only in Italy but also internationally.

Stefano, originating from Torino, Italy, showed promise as a musician from a young age. His love for music led him to explore classical piano, percussion, and drums, alongside a deep appreciation for artists like Chopin and the rhythmic complexities of the West African Djembe.

Despite his broad musical interests, Stefano found himself captivated by the art of DJing, particularly the allure of spinning decks with beats rarely heard on Italian radio stations at the time. With determination and vision, Stefano pursued his dream alongside Marco, forming Bicycle Corporation and embarking on an extraordinary musical journey.

Even amidst their current success, Marco and Stefano remain grounded, revisiting their earlier works and establishing a Bandcamp page to share their music. This gesture reflects their appreciation for their roots and their commitment to connecting with their audience on a deeper level.

Their weekly Roots radio show spotlights artists from Asia whose immersion in Afrocentric sounds has significantly influenced their electronic music careers. This curated platform serves as a showcase for the diverse talent emerging from the region, providing a spotlight for those whose musical roots have been deeply intertwined with Afrocentric influences.

In addition to their Roots show, Bicycle Corporation's House Music radio shows and Techno radio shows have been at the forefront of the Asian radio and electronic music scene in recent years. These programs not only showcase their expertise in the genre but also contribute to the vibrant cultural exchange happening within the electronic music community in Asia.

British DJ and producer Bert Bevans sitting on the beach in Bali, colour image.

Guest DJ Bert Bevans.

This week, Bicycle Corporation welcomes guest DJ Bert Bevans to their show. Bert Bevans, originally from British Honduras, boasts an illustrious career in the music industry. He first made waves by spinning records at "Block Parties" in Hollis, New York City (NYC), before gracing the decks of iconic NYC clubs such as Studio 54, Paradise Garage, Xenon, Electric Circus, Bonds, and the Playboy Club.

Bert Bevans' family immigrated to New York on July 27, 1969, and made their home in Jamaica, Queens, before later relocating to Hollis, Queens, where Bert spent his teenage years. Following his schooling, Bert pursued studies in aviation, however, he never completed his education. In his own words, he explains, "If I had graduated, I would have had to go to Vietnam, so I left. I still love flying though!"

Bert Bevans describes his journey into becoming a DJ as a "Natural Progression." It all began with spinning records at "Block Parties" in Hollis, Queens, where he honed his skills and ignited a passion for music. From there, his career trajectory seemed to unfold organically, with opportunities presenting themselves along the way.

Bert Bevans never set out with the intention of becoming a DJ. However, fate had other plans for him. While working at Melody's Record Shop, located in New York City, Bert found himself at the epicentre of the city's music scene.

As one of the go-to spots for DJs seeking the latest releases, Melody's attracted a who's who of NYC's DJ community. Bert's genuine passion for music and affable personality resonated with these DJs, leading to invitations to their clubs. From these humble beginnings, Bert's journey as a DJ unfolded, with each club appearance contributing to his rise to prominence in the music industry.

In April of 1977, the legendary Studio 54 opened its doors in New York City, quickly becoming the epitome of nightlife extravagance. It wasn't long before Bert Bevans found himself behind the decks at this iconic venue, spinning tunes for private parties. His debut performance at Studio 54 marked the beginning of a fruitful relationship with the club, as Bert became a regular fixture at its exclusive events.

Studio 54 DJ Richie Kaczor was dispatched to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands to spearhead the opening of a new Studio 54 venue. Following the successful establishment of Studio 54 in St. Thomas, Richie was enlisted to launch yet another iteration of the famed nightclub, this time in Barcelona, Spain. As Richie departed from St. Thomas for his new venture in Barcelona, he entrusted Bert Bevans with the esteemed residency at Studio 54 in the Virgin Islands.

After spending two successful years in the Virgin Islands, Bert Bevans returned to New York City. Shortly thereafter, he received a compelling offer from Steven Hatter, the proprietor of The Embassy, a renowned club in London, UK, to take up a residency.

Bert's exceptional talent and reputation preceded him, earning him another prestigious residency at Xenon, another emerging hot spot in the vibrant London nightlife scene. This period marked a significant chapter in Bert's career as he continued to make waves on both sides of the Atlantic.

Bert Bevans seamlessly integrated into the vibrant London club scene, making notable appearances at venues like Camden Palace, owned by Rusty Egan and Steve Strange of Visage fame. Here, Bert shared the DJ booth with esteemed colleagues such as Colin Favor and "Evil" Eddie Richards, further solidifying his presence in the global electronic music community.

His magnetic performances and undeniable talent led to a whirlwind of opportunities, resulting in Bert frequently jetting between London, New York, and various other cities around the world. This nomadic lifestyle became synonymous with Bert's career as he continued to captivate audiences across continents, leaving an indelible mark on the international club scene.

In 1991, Bert Bevans crossed paths with his old friend Justin Berkmann, who was in the process of constructing a revolutionary "Paradise Garage type sound system" for a groundbreaking new club in London. This club, set to open its doors in September, was none other than the iconic Ministry of Sound.

Bert's involvement with Ministry of Sound marked a significant milestone in his career, as he became an integral part of the club's legendary lineup of DJs, contributing to its status as a global dance music institution. Despite his commitments at Ministry of Sound, Bert continued his jet-setting lifestyle, travelling extensively around the globe to perform at various venues and nightspots.

For the past few years, Bert Bevans has been lending his expertise to Santeri in building "Seduction" in Phuket. This renowned venue has hosted esteemed tours from the Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi, solidifying its reputation as a premier destination for electronic music enthusiasts. Additionally, Bert played a pivotal role in securing a partnership deal with Café del Mar Ibiza, further elevating Seduction's status within the global dance music community.

In a testament to his versatility and commitment to expanding the electronic music scene, Bert recently contributed to the opening of Ice and Spice Bar in Ho Chi Minh City.

Originally aired on Sunday 9th of May, listeners can tune in to the Mixcloud player below to experience Bert Bevans' electrifying blend of House, Disco, Tech House, and Soulful House.

'Roots' 82 show with Bert Bevans.

Ten City - That's The Way Love Is (Extended Mix)

DJ Spen - As Always (DJ Spen Edit)

The Discoboxers - Stevie Wonder, Mary J Blige Vs Doctor Love

Neil Pierce & DJ Rae - Paradise (Original Mix)

Basement Boys - Love Love Love (DJ Spen's Classic Reproduction)

Tsos & Benjy - Kalamba (Original Mix)

Aretha Franklin - Love Is The Respect (DJ Spen Re-edit)

Julie Mcknight - Still Here (David Morales Disco Juice Mix)

Kings of Tomorrow - Reach Out (K.O.T.S NYC Mix)

Scott Diaz Feat. Letta - Work It Out (Original Mix)

Rhemi - Everything Is Good (DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins Remix)

Kelis - Milkshake (X-press 2 Triple Thick Vocal Mix)

Bibi & Sami Dee, Da Slammin' Phrogz - Somethin' About Da Music (Roger Murttock Ultimate Mix)

Soulista Feat. Karmina Dai - Symphomaniac (Original Mix)

Soul Avengerz - Heard It All Before (Funkatomic Remix)

Fusion Groove - If Only I Could Feat. Steve Lucas (Liem Remix)

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - The Love I Lost

Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Don't Leave Me This Way

Listen on Mixcloud here.


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