Utah Saints

Formed 1991.
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Utah Saints Mini Mix

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Utah Saints is an English electronic band based in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. The music is written and produced by Jez Willis and Tim Garbutt, who were joined on-stage by other musicians when the band played live from 1991 to 2001, since then they have performed as DJs. The band had three top ten singles in the UK Singles Chart in the 1990s, and were notable for their pioneering and extensive use of sampling technology — in particular, their practice of manipulating samples from mainstream pop and rock songs and combining them with contrasting dance beats, using samples in new contexts. They had 3 further UK top 40 singles in 2000 - 2001, a top 10 single in 2008 and a top 30 single in 2012.

They have consistently DJed throughout their career, mainly in Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand averaging a minimum[contradiction] of 80 gigs a year, resulting in iDJ magazine referring to them as "Two of the most clued up DJs I have ever met".

Due to their genre crossing sets, Utah Saints have never been fully immersed in any one scene, other than the general electronic dance field. As a result they have performed at a wide range of events, ranging from underground electronic clubs to headlining festival stages, including their legendary headline set at Wickerman Festival in Scotland in 2009, which was nominated as a standout festival moment in the UK festival awards. They also were voted 2nd best dance act at Glastonbury (1st was Fatboy Slim) by NME magazine in 2000.

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