Stalking through pulsing clubs, often dressed in black, sometimes wearing eyeliner, Dave Clarke is a DJ who should be a rock star. His influences range from hip hop to goth and he has produced and DJ-ed in a variety of dance genres, with his fancy currently settling on techno with a heavy electro twist.
As a teenager Dave discovered his father's extensive range of stereo equipment and lights and took them off to the attic, the walls of which he'd coated with silver foil.
Despite the attractions of his rather odd lair, Dave ran away from home at the age of 16 and spent several years DJ-ing at small nights and working in go-nowhere jobs.
By the early 90s Dave has a record deal. In 1996 he released 'Archive No.1' which was critically praised for breaking away from the straightjacket of techno purism. Even after many years of the music business, Dave hasn't lost his enthusiasm: 'I have an unbridled passion for this,' he says. 'I suppose I've never grown up. I hope so.'
'He's quite a techie person, so we'd spend a while chatting about the equipment in the studio. Then the next time we'd see him he'd say that he'd bought all the stuff he'd been talking about before.
He is also part of the sessions family because he's done so many and John really loved him. When we did John's tribute night Dave was one of the first people to come forward to perform, and he ended up playing a beautiful set, mixing Teenage Kicks into techno. After the show he put up a message on his website explaining the reasons behind why he played the songs he did, as they were all dedicated to John.
- Andy Rogers