22-25 July 2021 Jodrell Bank Observatory

Daniel Avery

It’s enlightening to discover that Daniel Avery’s second album – Song for Alpha, the brilliantly absorbing and visionary follow up to 2013’s flawless Drone Logic – was inspired largely by his transient life spent between nightclubs, flights, the passenger seats of cars and hotel rooms, cementing a worldwide reputation as one of the defining techno DJs of the decade. Unlike the cynicism caused by such travels on countless rock’n’roll antecedents, Avery’s take on the musical world is hugely positive.

“Electronic music is unique in that, whilst it has an immediate effect on the body, the culture surrounding it has the ability to run deep into your life. When I’m in a club, I want to give myself up to music. Witnessing a DJ create an atmosphere from the ground up takes patience and effort from everyone involved present but when the pivotal moments hit, your watch stops ticking. As a DJ, those are the moments I search for and they are the moments that have continued to shape me as a producer.”