ROBIN BALL - BIOGRAPHY
Robin Ball is a dance music maverick. He’s been DJ’ing and putting on parties since the age of 14 in his own un-conformist style. He’s run independent record labels and a music distribution company, tutored unruly kids in the art of DJ’ing and run a 3 piece live dance music group.
At present he is most known for Memory Box. A club night project that celebrates the influences of today’s electronic music scene and encapsulates some of the most memorable moments in its time. This is music that has defined a generation. Spanning the golden eras between Electro boogie and the modern bass sound via seminal movements of Chicago House, Detroit Techno, Acid House, Balearic Beat, Breakbeat, Trip Hop , Drum & Bass, Deep House, Techno, Techouse, Nu Disco, Garage, Grime and Dubstep.
In its inaugural year, Memory Box has captured and celebrated defining moments in the last few decades of electronic music. Delving deep into its rich history, Memory Box trawls the archives to produce a broad selection of sonic memoirs to enlighten, inspire and educate a new generation.
Memory Box started discreetly in room 2 for Robin’s other club night ‘Socialeyes' at Corsica Studios but was so popular it took on a life of it’s own taking the main room in March 2013 with a night of ‘Acid House’ headed by Justin Robertson followed by a brilliant ‘History of the Roland TR-808’ set by Tom Middleton in July 2013. From there it’s gone from strength to strength. The first birthday was held at Plan B Brixton on 25th January 2014 with A Guy Called Gerald, 808 State and Saytek followed by Memory Box ‘A History of Bass’ on 21st February with Pinch, Plastician and Altern8. Both have had a great reaction from the crowd and press alike. Next up ‘A History of Acid House’ with Tyree Cooper and Mr. C at Plan B.
In addition, Robin created Memory Box Social in August 2013 as an offshoot to Memory Box. Running monthly at the Horse & Groom in Shoreditch it offers a more laid back and intimate affair playing Acid House and old school classics, with guests including Mark Archer (Altern8), Unique 3 and Shades of Rhythm.
Over the years as a DJ Robin has delivered his unique sound alongside a whole host of dance music’s stars. From luminaries Andrew Weatherall and Gilles Peterson to old-skool icons like Carl Cox, Sasha and Leftfield, through Detroit techno legends Kevin Saunderson and Stacey Pullen to UK drum & bass heroes Sub Focus and Dillinja and underground innovators Luke Slater and Underground Resistance. From the UK through Europe all the way to Australia Robin has ripped dance floors apart with his unique forward-thinking style and mixing prowess.
In 2006 Robin formed a London-based club night with a concept that was close to his heart. Having been involved in all types of music events from small clubs to big festivals he’d always had a love of intimate parties with a good sound system and a great crowd. This is how ‘Socialeyes’ was born. Robin began Socialeyes by hosting special one-off events in some of London’s cool venues, and hosted a few acclaimed boat parties travelling down the River Thames. The premise of Socialeyes was to always push open-minded, forward thinking electronic dance music on only the best sound systems in intimate fun spaces. The Socialeyes ethos is to cross the musical boundaries between house, techno, electro and bass. Defying genres and joining no cliques, Socialeyes brings an underground musical experience with a happy friendly vibe.
Over the years, Socialeyes has welcomed guests as diverse as Basement Jaxx, Bar9, Ben Sims, Boddika, Bok Bok, DJ Yoda, Elite Force, Funk D Void, goldFFinch, Hannah Holland, Jakwob, Justin Robertson, Mark Broom, Matt Tolfrey, Max Cooper, Mensah, Nathan Coles, Presk, Silicone Soul, Sei A, Terry Francis, Thefft, The Advent and T.Williams to name but a few!
Robin can also be found in the studio and has collaborated with several producers and engineers on music productions for his own labels of the past; Magus, Groovepressure and Groove Pleasure as well as Rob Pearson’s Evasive Records but at last he’s spending time in the studio working on his first pure solo productions for release in 2014. Watch this space.