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Part of the Eastern Electrics 2017 takeover
Darius Syrossian is known for making an impact; both with his fierce brand of tech-house and uncompromising attitude to live shows. Sometimes this outlook has led to him being labelled difficult, but it is for this exact reason that his music remains essential. “It’s all house and techno and I’m not interested in fads,” he writes in his biography on Resident Advisor. That sums it up really: principled, to-the-point and willing to cut through the bullshit.
The Leeds based DJ’s first foray into house music came in the 90s when he began to attend outdoor raves with “friends that were a lot older than me”. Soon he had a job at Global Beat Records, of the world’s leading outlets at the time. Releasing on VIVa Music, Hot Creations, 54 Music, 8Bit and Sankeys, Syrossian did the rounds of some of the UK and Europe’s finest tech-house labels. In 2012 he was awarded Best of British 2012 Breakthrough Producer by DJ Mag. But Syrossian wasn’t fussed.
“As I’ve said before, I try not concentrate on stuff like that too much,” he said in an interview that year. Since then, he’s held residencies in Manchester and played across Europe and Ibiza. He’s also accrued a devoted fanbase. This is in part due to his solid, regular approach to releasing material. However, his simply massive popularity is most likely a direct result of the success of his DO NOT SLEEP night at the Vista Club at Privilege in Ibiza, now the home of Carl Cox’s new endeavour.
Whether it’s his feud with Sankey’s David Vincent, or his constant calling out of EDM “fakers”, Syrossian is never more than two steps away from controversy. Yet when the music’s so good, it’s difficult to argue with a man who speaks his mind, often when his words ring true.
Ahead of his set at London’s Eastern Electrics, here are four tracks Darius Syrossian deems are ready for the summer.