Collective Minds Tom Ellis + Alex Downey
Collective Minds is a collaboration between likeminded friends with a passion for underground house and techno. The concept behind the event is to showcase some of the UK’s best underground house/techno DJs alongside some of the industries most respected names. Following on from their re-re-launch nigth with XDB, Adam Shelton and Jayson Wynters they are back for their 4th instalment on 12th November. Its nearly 3 years since they were last doing regular parties so it’s good for the city’s music heads to be getting a regular run of partys from these guys again.
Spotlight has undergone some changes since Collective minds first started spinning on the decks, now firmly on the map with their success from their friday night triumph Digbeth Dining club and solid music selection on Saturdays with a new and improved Martin Audio system.
For Collective Minds next event they welcome Tom Ellis for his live set and he will be joined by Alex Downey and Birmingham Djs including Jayson Wynters and BabMag featured artist from issue two Adam Shelton.
Tom Ellis – (freerotation/Modo Di)
Tom Ellis has been caressing our ears with jazz-infused house cuts and off-kilter techy wobblers for the last decade or so with his hardware heavy sound bubbling away beneath the mainstream. An out an out producer at heart, Tom has been longstanding resident with the Freerotation family and over the last few years has been producing some great music for labels, such as Telegraph, Steevio & Suzybee’s Mindtours and more recently his own imprint Modo Di. We are looking forward to hearing his live set in spotlight on that Martin Audio system….
Alex Downey – (Third Ear)
There’s only a handful of DJ’s I’ve ever heard who are naturally gifted and Alex Downey is one of them,” says techno don Ben Sims at whose Split/Balance nights Downey has regularly played. Based in Brighton, Alex fell in love with techno from seeing the likes of Derrick May and Dave Clarke at the Zap Club in the early nineties, and his regular pilgrimages to London’s Lost parties were an inspiration, where Jeff Mills became a massive influence on his musical perspective. Alex Downey has been an ardent supporter of quality underground music and a prominent purveyor of all things electronic as a DJ, vinyl pusher, and radio presenter for well over two decades. Alex was a key figure behind the counter at Brighton’s legendary Covert Records and has amassed an immense record collection spanning the house, techno and electro spectrum, while his unrestricted sets behind the decks have earned him much respect and a great reputation amongst the global electronic community. Alex has been a resident at the celebrated Freerotation Festival from it’s inception, and is currently a resident DJ at Brighton’s ‘First Floor’ party, playing alongside the likes of Function and XDB. He’s DJed at such diverse events as Wiggle, Split, Fabric, Labyrinth Festival in Japan, The Big-Beat Boutique, The Essential Festival and continues to play the best parties. But just as important to his career arc are the hundreds of smaller parties and long-forgotten club nights that rocked hard and kept the lifeblood of the scene pumping. Alex’s style behind the turntables defies categorization. For him techno isn’t a dogma so much as a spirit of electronic freedom to adapt and embrace new styles. He is highly rated by DJs and is regarded as a keeper of the flame. He’s the high priest at his new business venture; ‘The Temple of Vinyl’, a monumental warehouse stocked floor to ceiling with the black gold, whilst his broad taste and consummate selection skills can be heard on his ‘Vivid’ radio shows, on Brighton’s Trickstar FM every Wednesday evening. More recently, Alex has become a Third Ear resident DJ, as the seminal label seeks to bring together a select group of idiosyncratic DJs that showcase the label’s ethos, and is now represented by the ‘Guaranteed Connection Artists’ agency
Adam Shelton – (One Records)
Jayson Wynters – (Phoenix G)