Undoubtedly one of Plymouth’s most established and skilled DJs, Calrek has been a prominent feature of the local underground music scene forwell over a decade. Combining his love of quality music and technical knowledge, he has brought true underground techno to Plymouth.
Initially working as a roadie for a rhythm and blues band, Calrek's first attempt at live musical performance was playing the electric guitar for several local heavy metal bands. He quickly progressed to working as a sound engineer for outdoor events and club nights. During this time Calrek had regular dealings with our other DJs, event promoters, music producers and professionals within the sound industry. He soon gained valuable experience, and always acknowledged the importance of well produced music and finely tuned sound equipment in a club setting. Having had first his hand experience of the Plymouth club scene in the mid nineties, it became apparent that the scene was crying out for a regular, quality techno night in Plymouth, and so Calrek’s vision of Oorpi was born. The objective was simple - the highest quality techno music with intelligent visuals and lighting in a uniquely created environment, allowing the music to make its mark.
Realising the need to stay one step ahead of the game, Calrek felt that producing his own tracks was a natural progression. Oorpi 1 and 2 were soon cut on vinyl and unleashed on the Oorpi regulars, becoming instant classics. At the time, Calrek set out to make the Oorpi Techno vision become reality. Several years later, Oorpi Techno, as the event was now known, went back to basics. Discarding the usual backdrops preferred by club promoters, Oorpi Techno broke the mould and took place at the purposely blackened-out Tramps venue at Bretonside, Plymouth, showcasing the professional digital lighting and visuals of Damage FX and Missing Linkz to their full effect. The event also made a positive and lasting impression by incorporating the very best in sound reinforcement audio systems.
As well as showcasing the local techno elite, Oorpi Techno brought the creme of the techno scene to Plymouth, including the UK’s Glenn Wilson and Mark Hawkins, dutch techno artist Spark Taberner and Germany's O.B.I.
As Oorpi Techno grew into a huge success, Calrek’s mixing skills became apparent. Lightning-fast and nimble, Calrek can any rival world class DJs by mixing between 30-50 quality vinyl records per hour, whilst at the same time using a mixer to full effect to bring in tracks with his unique style. Despite his technical skills, Calrek is a strong believer in maintaining the human element, and if the occasional mix drifts a little, so what? In an age of locked grooves and digital perfection, his presence behind the decks leaves the listener in no doubt that his sets are live and unplanned. From recognisable classics to fresh new material, each piece of vinyl in Calrek's collection must be high quality techno, or it will simply not make the grade. The resulting records leave Calrek with a varied collection of techno that cannot be pigeonholed - from tribal and funky grooves to driving basslines and relentless hard beats, stabbing synths to explicit vocals, Calrek spins them all with unrivalled finesse.
Following on from the huge success of another of Calrek's projects DMTNetradio (which was Plymouth's first 24/7 streaming underground net radio station) and again leveraging his programming and development knowledge to full advantage, Calrek built his own legendary live video chat (known as LVC to his regulars). Often imitated but never surpassed, this groundbreaking app has allowed Calrek to interact with techno lovers across the globe for well over a decade. Combining high quality sound, visuals, and the live video chat, Calrek's website attracts visitors from all over the world. As well as featuring his own live sessions, the site also broadcasts live shows by other European guest artists such as Germany's Hardtrax, Danny Heiling plus Moscow’s DJ Niv. Many other international artists are waiting their turn to be a guest on his broadcasts.
Calrek has forged strong links with fellow techno DJs and promoters across the scene, and as a result he has headlined at numerous large events overseas in recent years, such as the very successful Mexhanika festivals in Russia, and the Technosphere festivals in Russia and Ukraine. He is a resident DJ for the Technosphere organisation and has performed at the huge Kazantip festival in Crimea.
Watch this space to see what Calrek has in store for the future!
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