Born in Chelsea, the son of a Jazz musician, Dave Angel’s first musical instrument (appropriately) was a drum at the noisy age of eight. Not one for conforming, even at the early age, Angel spent little time in school, preferring truancy to chemistry and the music room to the classroom.
1988 and the explosion of acid house in London and the rest of the country seemed to be the major break for Angel, who at the time was pioneering this unbelievable new sound on Radio Phaze One – a well known pirate radio station in the capital. The technological explosion which was to rock preconceived musical concepts established the young DJ who found himself proclaimed as “one of the major techno talents in Britain” (Echoes March 1992).
DJing formed a natural progression into the recording process and two weeks recording at home with two basic turntables and two tape decks and a child’s Casio keyboard (yes a child’s!!) in 1989, bore the fruits of his first musical excursion ~ a remix of The Eurhythmics “Sweet Dreams” ~ somewhat controversial but eminently successful. Angel’s reworking of the track created such a massive buzz in the clubs that RCA were forced to officially release the track and incredibly it charted and climbed to No 23 in the UK National Charts first time round.
Since this initial success, Dave has not lost his drive to create music that continues to be regarded as some of the bravest and influential dance music this country produces. Heavily influenced by the Detroit Sound, he has subsequently released singles and EPs of astonishing quality for Polydor/Love, OuterRythum, FNAC, Island, R&S, the Outrage and Apollo imprints, all of which have sold well and received a barrage of critical acclaim. Dave was also solely responsible for the Classic “Sea’s Of Tranquillity EP” which was hailed as a landmark release by the Techno intelligentsia. Notable remixes include work for such luminaries as Orbital, Sun Electric, Carl Cox, Robert Armani, Juan Atkins, Spooky, James, Four Hero, Roni Size, Underworld – the list goes on and on…
Dave Angel signed up with Island Records with the release of “In Flight Entertainment” and the “Handle With Care” EPs. 1995 saw the release of Dave’s debut album “Tales of the Unexpected” which was voted No.5 in the 1995 album chart.
“Angel concocted an album which will stand the test of time, a Major criticism of Techno in 1995” / “Again where Techno went wrong in 1995, Heaven certainly sent an Angel” (The Guardian newspaper 1995). Dave released further remixes of tracks from the album, “Timeless” and “Rudiments” were club hits, the album also contained the track “Fever”, which whenever played set dance floors on fire.
Dave released his second album “Globetrotting” for Island Records. Singles such as “Disco” were remixed by the likes of Ian Pooley and the Wax Doctor. Also, Tokyo Stealth Fighter and the highly successful “Funk Music” which still gets into DJ’s boxes today.
After three long years Dave parted company with Island Records and started to concentrate more on his own label – Rotation Records – with releases such as “Insights” being voted single of the month (Mixmag) and also his debut on Jericho Records with an EP called “Excursions” being also voted single of the month (Wax).
“Dave Angel just seems to go from strength to strength” (Mixmag).
1998 also saw the release of “39 Flavours Of Tech Funk” a mix compilation on React Records (Mix Album of the Month ~ Muzik Mag), which received rave reviews from across the globe. “Dave Angel has been at the forefront of Techno for nearly a decade” (Upfront Mag ‘98), also being voted one of the best mix CDs of 1998. Bringing in more DJ work for the ever-busy Mr Angel. This year also saw Dave being nominated for The Essential Mix for the Muzik Awards.
Dave went on to release another cracking EP on Rotation called “The Knockout EP”, which again was voted single of the month (Mixmag July ‘99). “Dave’s a bloody boxing genius” (Mixmag Aug ‘99).
Going into 2000 and Dave released the second in the Knockout series – ‘The Knockout, The Rematch” – going head-to-head with Jamie Anderson. Yet again the EP got a single of the week award from the NME (Oct ‘00).
2001 saw the launch of the Internet based trustthedj.com, with Dave as one of their artists, signing an exclusive Internet deal. Starting off with DA01 – a mix compilation, getting rave reviews and also bringing in new fans to his already respected fan base –
“Pure joy from start to finish” (Time Out). “DA02 – The Reworks” – a collection of remixes he craeted over a 10 year period, ranging from his own ventures to the likes of James, Ken Ishi , Baz and DJ Krust / Roni Size. The saddest thing was that due to big label politics he was not able to license the main remix – “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurhythmics – which was, as you know, his first ever music production. Following the success of DA01, Dave ventured back into Mix CD terrain and this time produced the slamming DA03 for Trustthedj.com
Continuing his Rotation input, he released the EP titled “Ocean Dwellers”, which got rave reviews and the “Warriors EP”.
Dave has currently been back in the studio after a long break and will be releasing various EPs on some big labels…watch this space. Prolific in his writing and DJing, Dave Angel has become and surely will continue to be one of the freshest and innovative musicians on the dance music scene. “He continues to keep his music on the cutting edge” (NME).
“Dave Angel is one of life’s gent’s, universally respected by everyone who’s had the pleasure of his company. And, as ever, he’s still in demand as one of the dance scene’s best loved DJs” (Future Music).