It’s now been a couple of years since Rivet emerged on the techno scene. In that time the day’s most respected labels in Skudge and Kontra-Musik have picked him up and released his music and remixes. It’s stuff that’s pleasingly organic, arresting and authentic the minute it comes out of the speakers and seems to blend old school values with new school techniques; fuse curious samples with real world found sounds. Full of boisterous, full-blooded charm its physical, rusty, industrial stuff designed to get those basements dancing.
Keen to do his own thing and go his own way without working to a formula, Rivet is influenced by anything from Baby D to Liaisons Dangereuses and early Paul Johnson. “I love music that gives energy,” says the man who grew up listening to Bronski Beat and Boytronic before eventually becoming obsessed with jungle and breakbeat in the 90’s.
Just as likely to get people moving as his productions, though, are the man’s DJ sets. So far he’s graced only the most hallowed spots around Europe but always does so with fierce intentions and rare skill: playing vinyl only off four decks, he juggles, cuts, drops and chops at an alarming rate, but importantly never does so to the detriment of the set’s overall flow.