Monday 24th Oct, 2016
Ian Blevins
From: UK
Ian Blevins

2009. Theorists are predicting this will be the year of the Blevins.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves - there's still plenty of 2008 action to be had in the world of DJ Ian Blevins. Rather than rest on his laurels after a hugely successful summer season in Ibiza - his third consecutive summer on the White Isle - Ian has returned to the UK for a series of special guest appearances and to spend time in the studio before heading down under with plans to conquer the Antipodean audience.

Under his belt and in his suitcase, Ian is packing some serious musical artillery. House, disco, broken beats, Detroit techno and soul, all tried and tested at the most serious musical institutions in Ibiza - if not the world - from a weekly residency at the legendary We Love... Sundays at Space (gracing the decks of the Terraza, Premier Etage and El Salon) and the much-heralded series of secret AzuliBeach parties to music industry insider hangout Lo Cura and iconic sunset institutions Café Mambo and Sunsea Bar.

Upon returning to the UK, Blevins has scored some seriously enviable gigs, including Secret Sundaze at Newcastle's Cosmic Ballroom, Azuli at The Cross and Automatica at Bar Rumba in London plus a residency at Ward 10, a long running underground night in Sunderland.

Not bad for a guy who only purchased his first set of decks in 2002.

After a thorough education on all things house during his teens, Ian's career behind the decks kicked off with a few house parties, followed by a weekly residency at Durham's Jimmy Allans and Saints, now known as Warehouse. As he gained more exposure to club nights in the region, Ian's taste of music began expanding and developing even further, encompassing the many different sounds he continues to be influenced by today.

In 2004, Ian decided to share his passion and knowledge of music with the world by setting up his own website, www.ianblevins.co.uk, which has received over thousands of hits and garnered praise and attention from all corners of the globe. He continues to update the site regularly, offering music lovers a broad variety of mixes, recommendations and news updates.

During this same period, a delicately crafted and long anticipated exclusive cassette mix grabbed the attention of those in-the-know and earned Ian a runners up place in the highly respected IDJ magazine reader's mixes awards.

From here, Blevins began running his own club night in Middlesbrough called the Ghetto, a night that has produced some of the most memorable parties the North East has ever seen with guest DJs including DJ Camacho, Quentin Harris (UK debut), DJ Spen, Karizma, Frankie Feliciano, King Britt, Theo Parrish, Ron Trent, Moodymann and a massive one off event with Body and Soul Legends, Joe Claussell and Danny Krivit as well as co-hosted a series of outdoor events with Fatdog Records, which saw Maurice Fulton, Benji B and Marcus Worgell grace the decks.

In his spare time on home soil, Ian has also played on the same bill as ...... for DJs including Erick Morillo, Sandy Rivera, Ashley Beedle, Dixon, Tom Middleton, Jo Mills and the Unabombers, to name a few. It has been the musical mecca of Ibiza however, where the young Blevins has really been given the chance to shine.

His debut season, 2006, saw him hook up with house legends Mn2s and Azuli, where he was given the opportunity to play the infamous Bora Bora Beach club and Savannah. Along with regular guest slots at Coastline and Bling Bling in Ibiza Town, Ian also played weekly shows on Holiday FM's El Divino hour.

A return to Ibiza in 2007 saw Ian hold a weekly residency at Space for Azuli Records, treating the backroom to a wide range of eclectic electric records every Friday night. A busy season topped off with the opportunity to play the Premier Etage for We Love... Sundays' closing party - giving Blevins a taste of the year to come.

Which brings us back to 2008 and the build up towards 2009 - watch this space for news of all the Ian Blevins action as it comes to hand...

For bookings contact info@ianblevins.co.uk and for further information visit www.ianblevins.co.uk and www.myspace.com/ianblevins

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