Brighton Mixtapes 009: Cliquee
Updated: Jul 14, 2021
Since the success of our beloved Berlin Mixtapes Series, which has featured awesome guests so far, we felt there was a real gap in terms of showcasing the amazing talent within our own home city right here in Brighton. We have a wide spectrum of artists that span across many genres therefore we decided we would create the 'Brighton Mixtapes' Series, so that we can not only showcase established artists but also feature up and coming musicians that would like a platform to be heard.
Equally, whilst our focus at Berlin has always been somewhere between Deep House and Techno we can now open up and extend a wider reach into other genres that Brighton has to offer. Also each artist will be subject to a series of one answer quick-fire questions to accompany each guest mix to give readers a quirky insight into the artists' likes and dislikes.
Next up we bring you DJ & producer Cliquee (clicky), who started DJing professionally in 2007, this soon led to him producing his debut EP and signing with Society Music Recordings in April 2016. Since signing with Society Music, Cliquee has also signed to Kaleydo Beats, Aila Records, Antarctic Records, TrueLife Recordings, SubTech Collective Light, SubTech Collective Dark, BlackKat, TrueLife Recordings, NightShift Records, KONNEQT, Acid 606-61 & Maintain Replay Records. His tracks have been used on various compilation albums for the likes of Techno Kreis, Techno Szene Records, Re:vibe Audio, Unlicensed Radio Records, Green Alien Records, Spiral Groove Recordings, Honey Bunny, Ten Tec Stuck and Techno Materials. Originally from Portsmouth (UK), he has performed all over the south coast of England including London’s Ministry of Sound, as well as making his Amsterdam Dance Event debut in 2017. Soon other international performances came to fruition with gigs in Italy, Cyprus & Germany. Since moving back into the production side of the industry, he has had great success within the Techno scene. His style is unique and eclectic, best described as "Tech with a twist" his sound has elements of Techno, Tech House, Minimal Techno, Detroit Techno, Dub Techno and Deep Tech, as well as influences from his wide appreciation for all musical styles.
Hi Cliquee, how are you and what have you been up to this week?
Hey Markus, been a busy week actually. I'm working on 2 new tracks and 2 podcasts, 1 for the UK and one for Germany. I've signed a remix to a UK label and an original track with a Belgian label, so been very productive.
How long have you been DJing?
I started producing in 1992 and DJing in 1994. I had a long break to raise my daughters and started DJing professionally again in 2007 and released my first EP with Italian based label, Society Music Recordings in 2017.
Your name Cliquee, where does it come from and what's the concept behind the name?
It's based around the term for a small group of close friends or clique. I also have hyper mobility, so my joints click a lot, hence cliquee (clicky).
You run a brand with your partner in crime Lee Arthur called Aural Sex, a show that used to be lots of fun on our home Trickstar Radio plus you've had showcases on the infamous Goat Shed Radio. What's next for the brand?
We've taken a break for a time with the Aural Sex brand. We are looking at moving the brand into a joint production and performance duo in the near future. Using a mixture of live music performances alongside our unique 4 deck, 2 mixer DJing technique to provide a visual experience to match our sound.
You flutter between Brighton and your native Portsmouth, are there any projects you're working on in regards to shows or events?
I love performing in Brighton, my sound matches the city perfectly, so will definitely be looking at more appearances in Brighton for the summer hopefully when all this virus malarky blows over. I have a couple of tentative bookings around Europe later in the year so watch this space for those.