Wales is a country that has produced its fair share of musical talent over the years. Some of the world’s biggest recording artists have been proud to call the small British nation their home and when it comes to electronic music, some of the industry’s heaviest hitters and most influential characters have also been produced within the Welsh borders, none more so than dance music royalty Sasha and Paradise and Hot Creations head honcho Jamie Jones. The latest talent to stand up and be noticed is the North Welsh double act BRODYR.
BRODYR, the Welsh word for brothers, is the musical alias of the sibling partnership of Mike and Dave Blackwell. Although only started in September 2015, the seeds for the BRODYR project were planted a lot longer ago than the three years it has been in operation. With both brothers showing a clear inclination for music from an early age, each learning to play the piano by ear, their path into the electronic music industry was cemented by regular trips to Ibiza, first with their parents as children and later, into their teens and beyond, with friends. Heavily influenced by some of the Balearic Island’s most recognisable faces, in particular Carl Cox and Marco Carola, BRODYR have developed their own unique stlye that encompases the full techno spectrum, rannging from minimal to tech house and everything else in between.
Having played their very first gig in Space Ibiza, big things were always likely to follow for BRODYR. Following up their debut performance with appearances in some of Europe’s biggest clubbing institutions, BRODYR have become regulars at The Warehouse Project and have also played venues like EGG London, as well as performances at festivals such as Parklife, Manchester, and Hideout, Croatia. Appearing on lineups for these brands often sees BRODYR sharing bills with some of the industry’s biggest and most in demand names, never seeming out of place while rubbing shoulders with artist like Denis Sulta, Yousef, Sam Divine and Mark Fanciulli. BRODYR are also currently residents for nghtwrk, one of Chester’s most popular and forward thinking club brands.
Not just DJs, BRODYR have added a very significant production feather to their cap. Calling on all of their experience and musical influences, the duo have honed their skills and taken the time to find their true sound and in November 2015 released their first track, Parallel Universe, on CRAFT Underground. Since then, the brothers have enjoyed a whole range of successful releases and are currently signed to some of the scene’s best respected labels, including Mushroom Smile Records, Be Color Music and Kool Katz Recordings.
With a number of local and international bookings already confirmed, as well as a catalog of music awaiting release, it is easy to see why BRODYR have been labeled as “one to watch” for the remainder of 2018 and beyond. The future is bright for these Welsh brothers, watch this space for more to come.