Dave Clarke In-depth Biography
One of the most respected (and idiosyncratic) techno DJs and producers in the '90s, Dave Clarke} began his music career as a hip-hop DJ in the mid-'80s, shifting to acid-house and later rave near the end of the decade. He began recording for Stress (as Pig City}) in the early '90s and also appeared on R&S, XL and his own Magnetic North Records. By the mid-'90s, he had gradually shifted away from rave to a brand of straightahead techno with the ferocity of hardcore yet the sublime feelings of classic Detroit techno. A series of three singles named "Red" gained fame during 1995-96 (the last went Top 40 in the U.K.), as did his ferocious DJ sets.
Clarke's} phenomenal album debut Archive 1} appeared in 1996 on Deconstruction. Demagnitized}, a compilation of his earlier material on Magnetic North (with additional tracks from Cristian Vogel}, DJ Hell} and others), was released in 1995. Clarke} also mixed two volumes of the crucial electro compilation series Electro Boogie} for Studio !K7. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide