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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 pre conceived musical conceptions 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 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 which 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 Ep's of astonishing quality for Polydor/Love, OuterRythum, Fnac, Island, R S, 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 intelligence. Notable remixes include work for such luminaries as Orbital, Sun Electric, Carl Cox, Robert Armani, Juan Atkins, Spooky, James, 4hero, Roni Size, Underworld. The list goes on and on...
Yes, he definitely thinks you can hear the influence of Jazz on his tracks. He hopes, at least. But, you can be sure about at least one thing: What he makes come from what he feels. It is all about improvisation, feeling, emotion, exactly the same way as Jazz. Nicholas Gooden aka Dave Angel was born in Chelsea, raised in a very non-orthodox musical formation and on a very non-orthodox place. His father, a Jazz musician, influenced him deeply, as well as his friends and his environment, including the radios where he could hear not only Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, but also Soul and Funk. Even though playing instruments still as fourteen, like the percussion, he passed through many difficulties and his life was uncertain. To explain how he could get over and succeed as an artist, we will have to go back to the year 1989.
“Dave Angel is one of lifes gents, 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 scenes best loved DJs.” (Future Music)
One day, Dave found a very primitive Casio keyboard at a mate’s house and borrowed it, feeling it was the time for his first steps. He built a dark bassline that he put together with two drum sequences from different tracks recorded with his double tape deck. He had to find a track for that base, so he took a look at his records, and found the synthpop classic “Sweet Dreams” of Eurythmics. That was it: his Nightmare mix version was ready, as well as the beginning of his majestic career. But even though getting five hundred copies of a first pressing with a friend’s money, things could still have been turned into a fiasco: when the staff from BMG showed interest, Annie Lennox, the Eurythmics’ vocalist, in a very difficult period of her life, asked to interrupt the process, but luckily her partner, David A Stewart, loved the track and convinced her to let it pass. Dave Angel will always be grateful for Stewart giving him his life: his Nightmare Mix became a thrilling tune, a fever in every DJ s cases with elements of Jazz, Detroit techno and the raising breakbeat hardcore, reaching 23rd in the English charts.