“It’s not just about the records, but how they are played “
David’s musical roots lead back to the 80’s hip hop electro and early house scenes, initially as a break dancer, raver and then local DJ. It wasn’t however until 1996 on returning from a trip to Ibiza and experiencing the White Isles magic that David chose to channel his energy fully into music. For the following 10 years he DJ’ed up & down the UK and overseas playing house, club classics and trance. Highlights included a tour of South Africa and USA, sets for Cream, Ministry of Sound, Renaissance, Turnmills, Pukka Up and Escape in the Park plus a number of residencies in Brighton and London, most notably at The Honeyclub, Brighton. During this time David DJ’ed alongside many of the leading figures including Danny Rampling, Anthony Pappa, and Matt Darey. David has received recognition for his DJ’ing abilities winning the progressive category of Guy Ornadel’s ‘Future Talent’ Competition (which was run in association with Ministry of Sound), being a runner up in IDJ Magazines Readers Mix Tapes and featuring on “DJ’s Complete Guide” DVD.
‘David Rees has that extra bit of majique’ IDJ Magazine
With a natural talent for shaping music, David rolled out a number of studio tracks between 1999 and 2006, collaborating with Rod Layman, Clive Mead and Mark Broom, some featuring vocalists such as Lara McAllen (Angel City) and Coco (Fragma). A number of these productions have been released under guises - Mischief, One, Moonbase, Rees & Mead and Thought of One on labels including Kickin Music, Celestial Records, Adjust Recordings, Essential Direct, New Sound 2000, Soulstorm and Aquarius Recordings. Over the years DJ support has been received from Tall Paul, Boy George, Mike Gray, Tim Lennox, Danny Slade, Phats & Small and Brandon Block, to name just a few.
David has also promoted club nights ‘Presence’, judged ‘DMC’ mixing championship heats, been director of a collective and worked for John Digweed, which usually resulted in driving to the airport and back!
2006 saw David take a break from dance music which gave him an opportunity to learn the finer workings of studio production whilst also creating a number of relaxation, meditation and bespoke projects for clients in the alternative therapy/healing market.
With his batteries fully recharged, 2010 sees David return with his love of dance music stronger than ever.
‘Mischief Digital’ a label in partnership with Rod Layman is now well established with Vols 1 & 2 currently riding high in the Juno Download charts http://www.junodownload.com/labels/Mischief+Digital/. Further new collaborations, labels and solo projects are well underway and a very excited David Rees will be returning to the decks before the year is out!