Saturday May 16th will see Re:Publik play host to another legend of the UK house scene, in the shape of Manchester's finest, ELLIOT EASTWICK. Elliot has long been a regular visitor to these shores over the years and always produces the goods with some stellar performances for Play & for Musiklab. On this occasion has promised to dust off some old Salt City Orchestra classic's aswell as some of the most up-front house tracks currently working the dancefloors.
Elliot's Djing career began in 1992 at Manchesters famous Hacienda, playing frivilous disco sets in the clubs gay Traitor Bar. It was here he fell over his soon to be partner in crime, Miles Holloway. Picking up his first residency at the boardwalks now defunct 'Yellow' night alongside journalist Dave Haslam. It was here he taught himself to experiment a little, playing disco next to soul, house, and weird funky nuggets.The gigs at the Hacienda coninued, playing support to all sorts from Sister Sledge to The Pet Shop Boys and various others. In 1993 came an offer Elliot couldn't turn down. A new club was opening in the nearby city of Leeds, called 'Hard Times' which was to become one of the most respected and underground of the British 'superclubs' [rip]. With Eastwick and Hollway at the wheel this was sure to be one of the most solid resident team ups in the UK, outplaying the likes of Danny tenaglia, Todd Terry, Derrick Carter who were regualr visitors to the club.
in 1994 came his first studio outfit, as Salt City Orchestra, the pair recorded 'Storm' for the awesome Tribal uk label. It instantly became the labels biggest selling record and planted the seed for the now legendary Paper Recordings, which they set up in 1994 and released classics like 'Downtime' 'The Book' and many more. Word spread fast and soon enough the pair were remixing for the likes of Underworld, Moloko, the Sneaker Pimps and Marshall Jefferson and releasing records and mix albums on both Pagan and Paper labels. Elliot left hard times in 1996 to concentrate on his homegrown 'Robodisco' . This night is still in full effect and whilst releasing its quirky mix albums ,it continues to be a vehicle for Elliots sideways slant on house. The pair also began touring the world Djing.
In 1997, things went full circle and Elliot and Miles were asked to be the Saturday night residents at the Hacienda, this time with full control of the night. Unfortunalty the club shut down 6 weeks later, but not before elliot managed to play the last record, this can be seen in reincarnation the the film "24 Hour Party People."
A new millenium brought a new guise, out went the Salt City Orchestra and in came the new 'Reset', which helped Paper recordings become the UKs biggest selling undergorund house label. By the early 2000s, Elliot also conquered his fear flying and spent the year catching up on all those exotic locations such as New Zealand, Africa, Australia, Usa, Norway and Russia. Elliot also had got more into the presenting side of things with shows on Kiss & Galaxy FM, which in turn led him to write regualr for music mag's like Muzik, Faith , Jockey Slut and Mixmag. With the success of these, Elliot decidied to go into TV presenting with shows such as 'Fakin' it' which he was a judge for a DJ comp for Channel 4 aswell as his own 'This is Music' for Granada TV & ITV. Knowing Elliot one thing that comes across is his superb sense of humour, which led him to create ''Elliot Eastwick's World Famous Pub Quiz' which was hosted at some top venues like The Comedy Store in Manchester aswell as various clubs and pubs across the The UK & Europe, aswell as backstage at some of the top UK festivals and band tours such as Coldplay.
He also managed to hit the mainstream charts with the hit single 'Numer One' on the Wall & Sound label, which was a disco-funk house cut that feeatured the vocal talents of Sam Lynam.
Nowadays Elliot is back on the Uk scene once more touring and playing various clubs. There is also a revamp of the Paper label, and new studio work on the way. Elliot is busy as ever and after a break to tour his World Famous Pub quiz, is currently back rocking dancefloors that he knows best. Make sure you get along to catch him with support from two of
Waterfords better known house DJS, Warren Sauvage & Paul Mac at The Loft, Electric Avenue on Sat May 16th. Doors open at 10.30 & admission is 12 euro.