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Bicycle Corporation announce Bert Bevans for eleventh 'Roots' show.

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

Bicycle Corporation is excited to present guest DJ Bert Bevans for his eleventh 'Roots' show. Scientific Sound Asia is the leading English-language radio station and DJ agency catering to Sri Lanka, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, India, South Korea, and the broader Asian region.

The dynamic pair known as Bicycle Corporation consists of Marco Mei and Stefano Ugliano, also recognized by the moniker 6884. They have created an extensive collection of over 50 tracks, traversing a range of genres such as French House, Deep House, Tech House, and Techno.

Marco began his musical career in the early nineties, initially working with the crew for House Music and Techno events such as 'Urban People.' His skill and commitment quickly garnered him acclaim in the Italian music scene, resulting in coveted bookings both in Italy and abroad.

Stefano, hailing from Turin, Italy, exhibited musical talent early on. His passion for music drove him to delve into classical piano, percussion, and drums, while also cultivating a profound admiration for artists such as Chopin and the intricate rhythms of the West African Djembe.

Amidst his wide-ranging musical tastes, Stefano was particularly enchanted by the craft of DJing, especially the charm of mixing tracks that were seldom played on Italian radio at the time. Driven by passion and foresight, Stefano, together with Marco, established Bicycle Corporation and set off on a remarkable odyssey in music.

Despite their ongoing success, Marco and Stefano stay humble, revisiting past creations and setting up a Bandcamp page to distribute their music. This move demonstrates their respect for their origins and their dedication to forging a deeper connection with their listeners.

The weekly Roots radio show highlights Asian artists whose engagement with Afrocentric sounds has profoundly shaped their careers in electronic music. This carefully curated platform acts as a stage for the varied talents arising from the area, shining a light on those artists whose musical foundations are deeply interwoven with Afrocentric elements.

Alongside their Roots show, Bicycle Corporation's House Music and Techno radio shows have become prominent in Asia's radio and electronic music landscape. These broadcasts not only display their mastery in these genres but also foster a dynamic cultural exchange within Asia's electronic music community.

British DJ and producer Bert Bevans sitting on a bench at a holiday resort, colour image.

Guest DJ Bert Bevans.

This week, the Bicycle Corporation is excited to host guest DJ Bert Bevans on their show. Hailing from British Honduras, Bert Bevans has had a distinguished career in the music industry. He began his journey by playing records at "Block Parties" in Hollis, New York City, and went on to perform at legendary NYC clubs like Studio 54, Paradise Garage, Xenon, Electric Circus, Bonds, and the Playboy Club.

Bert Bevans and his family moved to New York on July 27, 1969, settling first in Jamaica, Queens, and then moving to Hollis, Queens, where Bert spent his formative years. After finishing school, Bert began studying aviation but did not complete his education. He shares, "Had I graduated, I would've been sent to Vietnam, so I chose to leave. Nonetheless, my passion for flying remains."

Bert Bevans recounts his evolution into a DJ as a "Natural Progression." His journey started with playing records at "Block Parties" in Hollis, Queens, where he sharpened his skills and developed a deep passion for music. His career path unfolded naturally, with opportunities emerging as he progressed.

Bert Bevans did not initially intend to become a DJ, but destiny had different plans. While employed at Melody's Record Shop in New York City, Bert became a central figure in the city's vibrant music scene.

Melody's became a hub for DJs in search of the newest tracks, drawing a notable crowd from NYC's DJ scene. Bert's authentic love for music and his amiable nature struck a chord with them, resulting in invitations to spin at their venues. It was from this modest start that Bert's career as a DJ took off, with each gig at a club marking a step in his ascent within the music industry.

In April 1977, the legendary Studio 54 opened its doors in New York City, swiftly becoming the pinnacle of nightlife luxury. Soon after, Bert Bevans was at the turntables, providing the soundtrack for private parties. His initial gig at Studio 54 commenced a lasting association with the club, as he became a staple at its elite gatherings.

DJ Richie Kaczor of Studio 54 was sent to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands to lead the opening of a new Studio 54 location. After successfully establishing Studio 54 in St. Thomas, Richie was recruited to open another branch of the iconic nightclub in Barcelona, Spain. Upon leaving St. Thomas for Barcelona, he passed on the prestigious residency at Studio 54 in the Virgin Islands to Bert Bevans.

Following two prosperous years in the Virgin Islands, Bert Bevans made his way back to New York City. Not long after his return, he was presented with an enticing proposal from Steven Hatter, owner of The Embassy, a prestigious club in London, UK, inviting him to become a resident DJ.

Bert's remarkable talent and reputation had already established him, leading to a prestigious residency at Xenon, a rising star in London's dynamic nightlife. This era signified an important phase in Bert's journey as he kept creating ripples across the Atlantic.

Bert Bevans smoothly transitioned into the dynamic London club scene, making significant appearances at venues such as Camden Palace, owned by Rusty Egan and Steve Strange of Visage. There, Bert shared the DJ booth with respected peers like Colin Favor and "Evil" Eddie Richards, further establishing his status in the international electronic music community.

His charismatic performances and unmistakable talent opened a floodgate of opportunities, propelling Bert to frequently shuttle between London, New York, and other global cities. This peripatetic way of life became emblematic of Bert's career as he enchanted audiences worldwide, imprinting his legacy on the international club circuit.

In 1991, Bert Bevans met up with his old friend Justin Berkmann, who was building a revolutionary "Paradise Garage type sound system" for an innovative new club in London. This club, which was scheduled to open in September, was the now-iconic Ministry of Sound.

Bert's association with the Ministry of Sound was a pivotal point in his career, establishing him as a key figure in the club's iconic roster of DJs and enhancing its reputation as a worldwide dance music authority. Even with his responsibilities at the Ministry of Sound, Bert maintained his globetrotting ways, performing at a multitude of venues and hotspots across the world.

Over the past few years, Bert Bevans has contributed his expertise to Santeri in the development of "Seduction" in Phuket. The venue has become renowned for hosting prestigious tours from the Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi, thereby cementing its status as a top destination for fans of electronic music. Moreover, Bert was instrumental in forging a partnership with Café del Mar Ibiza, enhancing Seduction's prestige in the international dance music scene.

Demonstrating his versatility and dedication to the growth of electronic music, Bert recently played a role in launching the Ice and Spice Bar in Ho Chi Minh City. The show, which first aired on Sunday, June 13th, is available for listeners to enjoy Bert Bevans' dynamic mix of House, Disco, and Soulful House on the Mixcloud player below.

'Roots' 86 show with Bert Bevans.

Marshall Jefferson - Family (Extended Mix)

Mass Order - Lift Every Voice (Take Me Away)

Ann Nesby And DJ Sidney Perry - Turn It Up (DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins Remix)

Beautiful Thieves Feat. Wheeler Del Torro And Jaidene Veda - Over And Over (DJ Spen & Reelsoul Remix)

The Shamanic Feat. Andrea Love - Fire (Club Mix)

Giorgio Moroder - I Wanna Rock You (Remastered)

Hymn - Come Together (Ron Carroll Original Mix)

Nervous - Deliver Us (Feat. Lt Brown & Jay Sebag)

Maw - We Did It For Years (Original Mix)

Soul To Soul - Back To Life (Booker T Kings Of Soul Satta Dub)

Diana Ross - The Boss

Byron Stingily, Teddy Douglas - We Belong (Monday Night Vocal Dub)

EBTG - Missing (Todd Terry Club Edit)

Todd Terry - Waiting (Club Mix)

Kai & Kyle Feat. Gordon Chambers & Ck Gospel Choir - Higher Than High (Sean Mccabe Remix)

Average White Band - Let's Go Round Again (Dimitri From Paris Remix)

Donna Summer - Could It Be Magic (Remastered)

Kenny Hamber - Stand By Me (DJ Spen & Reelsoul Remix)  

Listen on Mixcloud here.


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