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Dan Wilcox AKA Sweep started producing and DJ'ing during his teens in 1999. Initially spinning through the genres of turntablism, trip-hop, hip-hop, D'n'B, reggae, funk, soul, house, breaks, electro and dubstep to whatever the newest thing is, this progression led Sweep to host residencies at Wellingtons premiere establishments; Sandwiches, San Francisco Bath House and Good Luck as well as performing at virtually every other venue in the city.
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Sweep played sets at events such as the infamous Phat festivals, The Uprising, Canaan Downs Festival, Waitangi Day festivals, The Newtown Festival, Cuba Carnival, several charity events and too many others to mention.
Sweep played host to several regular shows on www.radioactive.fm, Wellingtons leading alternative radio station.
As well as solo sets, Sweep has been blessed to share the stage with amazingly talented musicians such as those of Fat Freddy's Drop, Katchafire, Kora, Shapeshifter, Derrick May, Hollie Smith, Opensouls, Rhombus, Olmecha Supreme, Strictly138 and many others.
In 2006, Sweep released the debut album 'Geminisation', featuring what may have been the first NZ dubstep release '2feet2step2u'. 'The Fortune Disco' was the first of his tunes to make playlists around the nation.
'Geminisation' was followed up by the album 'Step In Time' (2008), which was received well on alternative radio playlists. This was prominently dubstep-based but began reaching into the realms of glitch-hop and electro.
2010 marked the release of the third Sweep album 'Pressure Sound', many of these tunes reflected his passion for reggae culture with the anthemic remix of Tanya Stephens' 'It's A Pity' and tunes such as the internationally acclaimed 'Cheng', 'Kaitiaki Riddim' and 'Nice Up The Dub'. Semi-comedic songs 'Ooompa' (a nightmarish dubstep re-work of the Oompa Loompa song) and 'Attack of the Martians' (a similarly wrong take on Sesame Streets martians) were also received well, making regular radio rotations alongside the jazzy-step tune 'Daddy's Heart' featuring the stunningly moody vocals of NZ ex-pat Sheba Williams.
After some technical setbacks (3 computers died in one year alone), Sweep has come back to the game with sneak previews into the album 'The Light Fantastic' as well as upcoming official remixes of a couple of big Jamaican artists and a few dodgy bootlegs in the mix.
Stay tuned for the release of 'The Light Fantastic' and other official releases in the pipeline. (All of the tunes on this site are un-mastered and posted up pre-release as works in progress but the finished results will sound squeaky clean).
Spread the word, share the love and hopefully you'll get the chance to see Sweep bringing the heat to your local dancehall soon : )