Producer / Curator / Promoter / DJ / Journalist. 1991-present.
Music Genres: techno, dubstep, house, experimental, ambient, post-pop.
A play on the word agnostic, the music of dub gnostic aligns itself with the ethos of dub reggae production techniques, but applies this ethos to the genres of house and techno. Hence, he's not entirely sure if it’s a dub. Resistant to sub-generic catagorizations, he has been said to play any and all manner of house and techno: progressive, deep, minimal, electro-house, tech-house, dubstep and machinefunk.
DJing as DJ Nobody alongside Richie Hawtin, Eddie Richards in Toronto.
His influences derive from his youth in London, where Plus 8 Records was situated in the early 1990's. London was also conveniently situated between the techno movement in Detroit and Toronto's burgeoning Jungle scene. Throughout the nineties, dub gnostic worked with several of Canada's pioneering figures and production houses. These include Destiny Productions, Transcendance, Alien Visitation (who produce Toronto's Harvest Festival under Alien InFlux), Moontribe (Toronto) and STC (Vancouver).
DJing as (the) Alchemist alongside PWoG, Dubtribe and Underground Resistance at the Last Transcendance.
In 1997, he relocated to coastal British Columbia with the mandate to develop the minimalist house and techno sounds that had become established through Toronto artists like Mike Shannon, Jeff Milligan and Jeremy Caulfield. It was in Vancouver, that he paired with Tobias c. Van Veen and established Technowest.org - an online info-resource (an off-shoot of techno.ca) and one-time booking agency for artists such as Sutekh, Ben Nevile, Fishead, Forest Green and Jon Delerious. Another product of their collaboration was the New Moon series. This series brought Art and Activism together in public space installation / protests that sought to consolidate the right to free association by means of conviviality and art. It was also in Vancouver that he became acting manager for the first West Coast Canadian techno imprint "Bug Girl Sound".
The first Perlon Records show at Neptune Soundbar.
In 2000, his work as promotions/production director at Neptune Soundbar in Victoria, set the bar for the possibilities in West Coast club culture. With a 3000 W monitor system (including dedicated sub-bass) and a 28000 W in-front-of-house PA, this intimate venue (capacity 210) was a treat to play for everyone from DJ Heather to Ricardo Villalobos. It was also at Neptune that the careers of Cobblestone Jazz and Adham Shaikh became cemented in the region as in-house residencies permitted the opportunity to experiment and develop.
Deepen at Lotus Lounge, Vancouver 2000.
In addition to his own contributions to the nightclub industry, dub gnostic had by this point DJ'd for legendary Canadian venues such as Toronto's Industry Nightclub, and Vancouver's Lotus Lounge and Sonar Nightclubs. It was also in 2000, that he first performed on Texeda Island, at a beach party that would soon become the Diversity Festival (where performed several times in subsequent years). In autumn 2000, he recorded "Creston Blue" with Ben Nevile (telegraph, cycling 74) which was released in 2001 on Mosaic Records out of the UK.
After a brief stint in Edinburgh, Scotland, he returned to London to concentrate on academics (Cultural History) and focused his musical interests in a regular radio show, Future Theories, which he co-hosted with DJ Nitin (No. 19 Music, Toronto) from 2001 through 2005. Having returned to BC in 2005, presently in Victoria, he’s appeared on the festival circuit and select bookings in British Columbia and Washington State. His most recent residencies include the “Convivial” series at Whitebird Lounge and the “Rhizomes” radio show on Victoria’s CFUV Radio. He is currently working with Chris Rozek (Revolver Records Canada) on dubstep and techno tracks, some of which appear on his Soundcloud site.
In Studio with Chris Rozek, 2010.
Dub Gnostic (1998-present)
The Alchemist (1996-1998)
Dave Baphomet (drum'n'bass moniker, 1996-1997)
3 National Tours. International Destinations have included Boulder (Colorado), Austin (Texas), Seattle (Washington) and Edinburgh (Scotland).
Orca Fridays residency, Victoria BC, 2000.
As Dub Gnostic:
Convivial (2009, Whitebird Lounge, Victoria, British Columbia)
Orca (2000, Victoria, British Columbia)
Future Theories (2001-2003)
New Moon (1998), Together 604 Network (1998)
Harvest Festival (2000-2001, Toronto, Ontario)
As The Alchemist:
Fusion (1997, Vancouver, British Columbia)
Paradigm Shift (1997-1998)
Operation Organic (1995-1997)
As DJ No-Body:
Destiny Fridays (1993-1994, Toronto, Ontario)
Further (1994-1996, London, Ontario)
Spadina Hotel's Ambient Mondays (1995, Toronto, Ontario)
Dolphin Intelligence Network (1994-1996, London and Toronto)
Transcendance (1994-1995, Toronto, Ontario)
Bacchus (1995, London, Ontario)
Climax: London Regional Art Gallery: London, Ontario
Featuring: John Acquaviva, Richie Hawtin, Nick Holder
London, Ontario, 1994.
Xenophrenic: London, Ontario
Featuring: Fred Gianelli (Psychic TV), Jeff Milligan, John Aquaviva.
Fused experimental electronic music with experimental lighting and video.
Co-produced with Transcendance, Toronto.
Scanner Live: McLaughlin Planetarium: Toronto, Ontario
Featuring: Scanner (UK), Legion of Green Men, Kelli Hand, Paul Johnson. Programmed video, lighting and lazer show for Planetarium concert. Co-produced with Transcendance Productions.
Boob: Toronto, Ontario
Featuring: Nonplace Urban Field (Burnt Friedman, ~scape, Germany), David Kristian (Montreal), Algorithm (Toronto). Canada’s first drum’n’bass show with live P.A.s.
Premonition: Victoria, British Columbia
Featuring: Echoplex (Poland/Detroit)
Parking lot multimedia installation.
New Moon Series: Vancouver, British Columbia
Featuring: Jeremy Caulfield, tobias c. van Veen, Tyler Stadius, Jarkko. Indoor/Outdoor installations.
Dub Gnostic Presents: Vancouver, British Columbia
Featuring: John Acquaviva, Phil Western, Perfume Tree
Series of club events at Celebrities and The Starfish Room.
FreeMaison: Sombrio Beach, British Columbia
Featuring: Interchill Records, DJ Leanne
Outdoor installation in Old Growth Rainforest environment.
Neptune Soundbar: Victoria, British Columbia
Featuring: Perlon Records, Mike Grant, A:XUS, Mike Shannon, Tyler Stadius, Noah Pred. Promotions Director, collaborated with other clubs and talent buyers in the region, facilitated graphic design and street promotions.
Rhizomes Radio (2007-2009, CFUV, Victoria British Columbia), 2003-2005 (CHRW, Future Theories, London, Ontario), multiple appearances on CiTR (Vancouver BC), CKLN (Toronto, ON), CKDU (Halifax, NS) and others.
Journalism and Graphic Design:
-Wrote columns for Monday Magazine, Phat Magazine, Offbeat (1998-2000, Victoria, BC)
-Cover story for Monday Magazine on Interchill Records (1999, Victoria BC)
-Self-produced Magazines: Free Articulations of Random Thought (1993-4)
-Produced graphic design for a variety of clients since 1992
Throughout his career he has worked alongside notable talents, including: Shackleton, Appleblim, Richie Hawtin, Underground Resistance, Freddy Fresh, Freaky Chakra, DubTribe, Cobblestone Jazz, John Acquaviva, Mathew Jonson, Ben Nevile, Deee-Lite, DJ Heather, Sammy Dee and Zip of Perlon Records, Rolando, The Glitch Mob, Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Random Noise Generation, DBX, Cosmic Baby, The Art of Trance, Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia, Scanner, Hyperactive, Repair (pre-Repair project Wax Bean Orchard), Fred Everything, Miss DJAX, The Acid Junkies, Dead Voices On Air, Terry Mullan, Dan Curtain, Jeff Milligan, Mike Shannon, Jeremy P. Caulfield, Dan Bell, Mike Grant, Octave One, Nonplace Urban Field, David Kristian, Fred Gianelli, Kelli Hand, 'Evil' Eddie Richards, Legion of Green Men, Mike Dearborne, T-1000, Aux 88, Freddie Fresh, Fierce Ruling Diva, Suburban Knight, Altitude, D. Wynn and Mike Huckaby.