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Luke Solomon
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Luke Solomon

Luke has been incredibly busy as of late. Current work includes performing on percussion and vocals with his band Freaks, which features a six-piece band with lead singer Stella Attar, on keyboards Justin Harris, Guitar, Johnny Rock, Bass Ty Holden and Sascha Darroch Davis on drums.

Aside from producing Freaks. Luke and partner Justin Harris have been asked to produce 2 new songs for forthcoming Robert Owens album. Other producers working on album include Roberto Mello, Dixon, Ame and Kirk D'Giorgio.

As for Luke Solomon's future solo projects. Luke has started a new branding under the guise of Bad Brains and Black Flags, a tribute to Luke's heavy Washington Punk influence. Under this moniker Luke has currently been working on traditional re-edits and steering away from the shape of the modern day remix. First up is a re-edit of the Henrik Shwarz future classic, leave my Head alone Brain. The remix single is due for imminent release on Sunday music. Luke has also re-edited the next Koobla single on house label of the moment Free Range. The track is entitled San Salvador and is also due for imminent release. Other re-edits in progress include a new version of another future classic by Mike Monday, entitled "what time is it?" Set for re release on Brique Rouge.

Luke's current BBABF's productions include a forthcoming release on Icon Records in theUS, home of Tone Theory (Derrick carter) and Home and Garden,Classic. The EP is called Bad Brains and Black Flags, and is an up-tempo groove using a sample of The Who's Baba Oreilly. Luke is also currently finishing a single for DJ of the moment Luciano's label Cadenza. The 2 track single is entitled Downtime Revisited. One side is a Mood 2 Swing influenced musical excursion, and the other side is a 6AM twisted funk entitled Search and Destroy.

Luke has also teamed up with Classic artist Timothy Shumaker of Home and Garden fame. The 2 have shared a love for obscure oddities over the last 15 years and are both heavily influence by the musical talents of David Sylvian, Brian Eno, Robert Fripp and the heavierside of industrial including bands like Front 242 and Nitzer EBB. The project is an Album project alongside prose written by Luke and is under the guise of "This Modern Dance", the album is to be titled "absurd Decisions" and will feature songs such as "Nerve Gas", "Hiroshima" and "Sheeps Brains." More info on this can be obtained from here.

Also check out Luke's Myspace page and the Freaks Myspace page.

Luke has also started a new project with derrick carter entitled "10". The first single is due for release in March feat. Artists, Brett Johnson and Justin Harris plus many more.

Classic (Luke's label with Derrick Carter) will continue to release compilations throughout the year including a DJ mix from Rob Mello

Luke is also started a freaks residency fortnightly on Sundays @ Public Life in London. He also continues his 3rd year of residency and london's greatest underground venue, TheEnd. Luke's involvement in the music industry began almost ten years ago when in 1992 he was hired to buy dance tracks for an old soul record shop in North London. Not content with toiling away in a retail position, he soon formed a recording partnership with his co-worker Ty Holden and completed remixes for labels such as Freetown and Black Sunshine. Soon after Freetown picked up the young Luke to work in promotions for their rapidly expanding dance label that went on to sign such acts as Robert Owens, Master at Work, Kerri Chandler, Ron Trent and Lee John.

Meanwhile Luke's DJing career was taking off after a humble start DJing at his university in Middlesex. By 1995 he was a resident DJ on the now legendary pirate radio station 'Girls FM' where he met his partner in crime, Kenny Hawkes. This partnership spawned their residency at 'Space', in central London's Bar Rumba which has just celebrated it's fifth birthday and continues to attract big name DJ's such as Derrick Carter, DJ Sneak, Francois Kevorkian, Carl Cox and Dave Morales. By this point Luke had also moved on from Freetown to work in A&R for Roger Sanchez and Marts Andrups.In 1996 Luke began recording with Rob Mello from Sensory Productions, under the artist names of 'Heaven and Earth' and 'Purple Haze', with tracks released on PrescriptionUnderground, Freetown and Guidance. They also released tracks on Luke's new label, Classic Music Company, which was formed with Chicago don, Derrick Carter and Luke's own label spin off, Acid. Justin Harris soon entered the arena and they began producing under the guises of Freaks, The Electric Imbalance Allstars, Robotic Movement and The Unknown. By 1999 the label Music For Freaks was established which unleashed their own freaky, formidable creations on the world and has grown alongside Classic to be one of most highly regarded dance labels of it's time.

Freaks are now well into recording their forth studio album ' Psych.' This being the sequel to 2003' 'the man who lived underground.. Freaks intend to take the album away from Music for Freaks and are currently in talks with various labels, riding strong of the back of theirbiggest selling single, The Creeps. Over the last 2 years Freaks have continued to remix a whole heap of artists from all kinds of musical genres. Damon Albarn, Kasabian, Riton, telepopmusik, to name a few. Luke has hung up is title as company director and Derrick Carter and himself are bringing classics 12 inch output to an end . They have completed a double cd entitled a classic decade. The follow up the big selling thanks for coming by, due out in September this year. Focusing their efforts on their newly formed publishing company. Luke has also finished a mix cd for KSR in Japn, also due for release in September this year, entitled mix this. Freaks also continue to release limited material on their DIY label, wash house.Still as busy as ever Luke continues to travel the world and DJ, having just finished another tour of Australia. And Djing in Chicago once every couple of months. The classic residency at the end goes from strength to strength.

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