Bert Bevans, guest DJ from Bicycle Corporation, will be hosting his inaugural Electronic Roots show. Scientific Sound Asia serves as the premier Asian electronic music station and DJ agency, catering to both regional and international audiences.
Bicycle Corporation comprises the Italian duo of DJ and producer Marco Mei, along with the talented Stefano Ugliano, also known as 6884. Together, they have collectively produced and remixed more than 50 original tracks spanning the realms of House and Techno genres.
In the early nineties, Marco embarked on his musical journey as a disc jockey, deeply inspired by the emergence of Electronic music and Afrocentric rhythms. Enthralled by this musical evolution, he initiated his own House music events and Techno gatherings under the banner of Urban People, spanning various regions of Italy.
His exceptional skills on the decks earned him widespread recognition, leading to a coveted residency at Pacha, Egypt. His tenure at Pacha catapulted him into the international spotlight, garnering DJ bookings across the globe and igniting his musical journey around the planet.
Born and raised in Torino, Italy, Stefano exhibited remarkable musical talents from an early age. He immersed himself in the study of classical piano, percussion, and drums with fervour, displaying a deep appreciation for the works of Chopin and the rhythms of West African Djembe.
As Stefano matured, his fascination with music evolved, and he found himself drawn to the captivating image of the electronic DJ commanding the crowd. Little did he know that the same electronic beats, elusive on '90s Italian radio stations, would herald a completely new chapter in his life.
Despite their current success, Marco and Stefano remain grounded in their humble origins. Recently, they revisited some of their earlier tracks and established a Bandcamp page to distribute them. Through their House Music and Techno radio show, Electronic Roots, they shine a spotlight on key artists from the Asian region, showcasing their commitment to promoting diverse talents.
Guest DJ Bert Bevans.
This week's featured guest on the show is Bert Bevans, a DJ originally from British Honduras. His DJ journey began with performances at "Block Parties" in Hollis, New York, followed by iconic venues in New York City such as Studio 54, Paradise Garage, Xenon, Electric Circus, Bonds, and the Playboy Club.
Bert's family immigrated to New York on July 27th, 1969, settling in Jamaica, Queens, before eventually moving to Hollis, Queens, where he spent his formative years. After completing his schooling, Bert pursued studies in aviation, although 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."
Becoming a DJ seemed like a natural progression for him. He began his journey by performing at block parties in Hollis, and from there, his career unfolded organically.
Although he never intended to become a DJ, Bert's path took a turn when he worked at Melody's Record Shop. Many of New York's DJs frequented the shop to discover the latest releases, and they grew fond of Bert. Impressed by his taste in music, they extended invitations for him to join them at their clubs.
From there, his journey as a DJ unfolded, ultimately becoming a part of musical history.
In April of 1977, New York witnessed the grand opening of Studio 54, arguably the most renowned club of all time.
It wasn't long before Bert found himself playing his first private party at the club, marking the beginning of his association with Studio 54. This inaugural event was just the start of many memorable performances for Bert within the iconic walls of '54'.
Studio 54's DJ Richie Kaczor was tasked with launching a branch of the renowned club in St. Thomas, located in the Virgin Islands. Following his successful stint there, he was enlisted to inaugurate another Studio 54 establishment in Barcelona, Spain.
Upon Richie's departure from St. Thomas, he entrusted Bert with the residency at Studio 54 in the Virgin Islands, a responsibility that marked a significant milestone in Bert's career.
Following his two-year tenure in the Virgin Islands, Bert returned to New York. Shortly thereafter, he received an enticing offer from Steven Hatter for a residency at his esteemed club, 'The Embassy', located in London, UK.
This opportunity paved the way for another residency at the burgeoning London hotspot, Xenon. Bert seamlessly transitioned into the London club scene, gracing venues such as Camden Palace, owned by Rusty Egan and Steve Strange of Visage fame. At Camden Palace, Bert shared the DJ booth with Colin Favor and "Evil" Eddie Richards, further solidifying his presence in the vibrant London nightlife scene.
Bevans embarked on a whirlwind of travel between London, New York, and various cities worldwide for several years. In 1991, his path crossed with his old friend Justin Berkmann, who was spearheading the development of a groundbreaking "Paradise Garage type sound system" for a new nightspot in London. This venue, slated to open its doors in September, none other than the iconic Ministry of Sound, marked a significant chapter in Bevans' career trajectory.
Continuing his journey, Bevans maintains a rigorous schedule of travelling around the globe, captivating audiences at diverse venues and nightspots. In recent years, he has played a pivotal role alongside Santeri in the development of "Seduction" in Phuket. Additionally, Bevans has recently finalized a partnership deal with Café del Mar Ibiza, marking another significant milestone in his illustrious career.
Prior to the pandemic, Bevans played a key role in the opening of an Ice and Spice Bar in Ho Chi Minh City. Tune in live on Wednesday, January 31st, 2024, from 6 PM to 8 PM Indochina Time (ICT), with a repeat broadcast on Sunday from 6 AM to 8 AM (ICT).
'Electronic Roots' episode 106 with Bert Bevans.
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Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives (Classic Club Mix)
Ten City - That’s The Way Love Is (Louie Vega Extended Mix)
David Morales & Elle Cato - I Feel Love
David Morales & Scott Paynter - Give Me More (Sunday Mass Vocal Mix)
Bob Marley, Robin Schulz - Sun Is Shining
Black Coffee - Music Is The Answer (feat Ribatone)
David Morales & Michelle Perera - Life Is a Song (Philly Mix)
Salomé de Bahia - Outro Lugar (Bob Sinclar Extended Mix)
Cleveland P. Jones & DJ Spen - Pearls (DJ Spen & Jihad Muhammad Mix)
Dawn Tallman - Get Here (Kenny Carpenter Classic Mix)
Reelsoul & Groove Junkies - It Seems To Hang On
ID - Flowers (Remix)
David Morales & Scott Paynter - Give Me More feat. Romina Johnson (Manoo Remix)
Quincy Jones - Stomp feat. Coolio, Yo-Yo, Shaquille O’Neal, Luniz, Charlie Wilson…
Todd Terry - Something Goin’ On (Tees Remix)
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