Rubber - Slammin Melodic Electronic Music
Rubber’s musical career started young, he played piano until he was a teenager then the keyboard and soon after electric guitar in a band at school called Zepher 7. In his 1st year of university Rubber started going clubbing to the Gallery @ Turnmills and was hooked on what he saw. This inspired the purchase of his first pair of belt-drive turntables and he soon upgraded to Technics 1210’s.
Little did Rubber know that 12 years later he would actually be DJ’ing for UK house music heavyweights Kinky Malinki @ the Turnmills closing party.
In 2005 Rubber and some close friends and fellow music lovers started their own night called Jambasha. For the next 3 years Rubber was the driving force behind the running of parties independently and in conjunction with Kinky Malinki at a variety of bars and clubs across London including amongst others: Turnmills, The Scala, Pacha, Fluid, The Chapel Bar, Matt & Matt, The Golden Jubilee (River Thames boat parties), Ember & Raduno.
In 2008 the Jambasha Collective began renting a north London studio (next door to Judge Jules!) and their own record label JDR (Jambasha Digital Recordings) was born. Today JDR sells online in 200 record stores across the globe and also occasionally produces vinyl for the JDR break-beat sub-label. With Jambasha Collective members Adam Nyquist and Chevy One producing under the name Mid Week Shopping Club and Rubber running the business side of the label, JDR has big things planned for 2010. Our latest release on Cubrik Ghetto Star has been remixed by D.O.N.S. and been played on Radio 1 by Pete Tong.
Rubber’s dedication to good music, whatever its sub-genre, his ability to read a crowd and then tease them into submission, and the pure optimism of his let’s get this party started attitude have all been central to the attention and respect he has attracted from the diverse range of clubs, DJs, producers and promoters that he has worked with over the years.
Rubber relocated to Dubai in late 2008 and has since been enjoying settling into an amazing new country and learning the culture. Rubber’s first musical outing was in Feb 2009 @ Zinc alongside one of the UAE’s top DJ’s Greg Stainer. It was a successful night with the crowd lapping up Rubber’s style of tunes. The whole club still rammed at 3am was chanting “1 more, 1 more, 1more……….” Rubber was invited back to play alongside Greg @ Zinc and off the back of another excellent performance was last summer offered a residency at Dubai’s hottest new nightclub Fratelli Club.
Fratelli Club was open for 3 months and Rubber played 3 hr warm up sets each week starting with Sebastian Ingrosso at the opening night followed by the likes of Nick Warren, Blank and Jones, Stoneface & Terminal, Tom Craft, etc. With a different guest and style of music each week Rubber had a fairly difficult task to produce a fresh top quality multi-genre warm up. I think anyone that came to Fratelli would agree that Rubber with his passionate love of music and solid DJ’ing skills smashed the warm ups. The 5 hr Rubber and Nick Warren set recorded live from the club has had 9000 downloads online since and is a true highlight of what Rubber is all about. Check it out!
When Rubber plays a main or peak-time set e.g./ The Princes Cup Dubai Polo, Live on Radio 1 Dance Anthems, Local Legendz @ Zinc (all February 2010) the crowd gets a chance to see that he loves good quality electronic music of any sub-genre. Rubber = Slammin Melodic Electronic Music. The Jambasha and Kinky Malinki crowds in London also love Rubber’s eclectic and versatile playing style. Depending on the moment, his sets will include uplifting, deep, soulful, techy, progressive, electro or trancier cuts of house and will be spiced up with the occasional phat as fook break-beat tune or some jazzy, soulful, funky, liquid drum and base. One thing is guaranteed, you will be dancing!
Rubber was voted #13 in the recent DJ Mag Top 50 Middle East Poll.