2012 and just like the littlest hobo, this pooch still needs to find time to settle down.
After putting on parties in Manchester for the past 10 years Andy Proctor AKA Stretford Dogs Club is in the mood for partying, as always. Behind some of the UKs best underground club nights like Manchester’s stalwart Deep House night Development & the ever so unique I AM parties in Manchester & Liverpool over the years, he’s invited some of the worlds best DJs to play, always to intimate sub 300 capacity crowds.
A list of DJs that have played for Andy reads like a who’s who of House & Techno, Body & Soul masters Francois K, Danny Krivit and Joe Claussell. US pioneers like MAW’s Kenny Dope Gonzalez, Theo Parrish, DJ Spinna, Ron Trent & Glenn Underground. Techno legends like Deetron, Rolando & Stacey Pullen and right through to German masters like Alexander Barck ( Jazzanova ) , Ame and Dixon.
Towards the end of 2010, Andy took on a new guise “Stretford Dogs Club” , a tongue in cheek DJ pseudonym and started to produce online mixes via Soundcloud that quickly took up popularity all around the world, with listeners regularly tuning in from Brazil to Japan.
In 2011 he also started a project to create a 24 hour mix across the year entitled “A Day in a Dogs Life” which gained recognition and his reputation quickly gathered place. Last year was a builder for Stretford Dogs Club, and was a year which saw him invited to play regular dates at various Manchester clubs including the best of them all, Sankeys.
Also playing for Snafu up in Aberdeen and ending the year with two dates in Cape Town and Preotria in South Africa the SDC sound managed to get everywhere. Playing alongside the likes of DJs/producers like Dixon, Waifs & Strays, Death On The Balcony, Heidi, Andre Lodemann and Alex Barck from Jazzanova - as well as being invited for an Interview and Podcast/Mix with the likes of The Independent online and for Ministry of Sound radio on New Years Eve – SDC is the underground talent gaining more and more props from all the right people.
With 2012 already well underway, it looks like it could be his best year yet, with bookings in South Africa, Berlin, Croatia already on the calendar and an upcoming tour of Canada scheduled in towards the end of the year, it’s beginning to get hectic. This year has already seen UK bookings in London, Coventry, Middlesbrough, Wrexham and of course Manchester.
He’s also secured a regular spot at Snafu in Aberdeen where he’ll be playing 3 times this year, once headlining, once from start to finish and in November they’ve asked for his input on who he wants to play with.
He’s also had the pleasure of playing with and warming up for DJs like Prosumer, Theo Parrish and Todd Terje, with lots more on the horizon. Also in 2012, he’s started his own radio show on Deepvibes radio which has already seen him attract guests like Mark Farina. Alongside a monthly DJ Podcast that’s seen the likes of Osunlade, 6th Borough Project, Halo & Black Coffee guest already, and also seen DJs as big as DJ Sneak asking if they can submit a podcast.
With his label Development Music also gaining props from all over with great releases of late from the likes of Alex Agore and James Johnston, we expect this year to be another success in adding to the pedigree of Stretford Dogs Club.
Andy's recently upped sticks and left Manchester for warmer climates and now resides in Mallorca, settling in nicely as he begins a monthly residency at Palma's Cafe Garito from September 2012.
Maybe tomorrow, he’ll wanna settle down.