Originally founded in 1992. Mark Willing and Stuart Taylor, crazed from
three years constant raving, were convinced they could make the kind of
music they were hearing in the clubs. Thus, D.E.D was born. The original
set-up was pure old-skool grooves - combining '92 rave stabs with sampled
death-metal guitar riffs and breakbeats. The music pounded relentlessly,
never much below 170BPM. ‘Are my ears bleeding?’ was a commonly
After playing a number of underground events they decided to expand the
range of music they were playing and, along with another friend, formed the
very successful trance-techno act 'Cybernaut' (Magick Eye records).
Cybernaut has played hundreds of gigs in the UK and Europe – supporting
such acts as ‘Fluke’, ‘The Shamen’, ‘Eat Static’ and even diverse acts like
‘Hawkwind’ and playing huge gigs at Brixton Academy, Wembley Sports
Ground and at the Paris Love Parade.
They continued in Cybernaut until October 1999, releasing a string of
successful singles and the highly acclaimed follow-up album 'Hydrophonics'
(Magick Eye MEY CD 24).
The other member of Cybernaut however decided he needed a break, so
rather than continue under the same name, Mark and Stuart decided to
resurrect and update their old act and capture the spirit of the old-skool
days. Thus, D.E.D was re-born.
The first gigs set, D.E.D swept through some of London’s biggest nights,
such as ‘Escape from Samsara’ and ‘Trancentral’ building up an incredible
following in a very short space of time.
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Always trying to stretch the concept of a live dance act, D.E.D also played
some succesful gigs on local TV and radio. The UK club-scene seems to
love the old-skool/nu-nrg cross over that the D.E.D hard-house sound
offers. Huge build-ups, enormous old-skool riffs and sweet nu-nrg hoovers
are the order of the day!
In 2000, D.E.D is going from strength to strength – Still working on their love
of gigs, Mark and Stuart have also started work on the first releases and
remixes as well as collaborations with various UK record labels and artists.
Find out more at their official web site, http://www.d-e-d.net
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Here is a list of the gigs performed since 1997 under the names ‘D.E.D’ and
25 / 02 Float, Reading Boxing Club, Reading
26 / 02 UMR presents 'PLUR', The Drome, London Bridge
(currently booked – more in negiotiation)
31 / 03 Trancentral, Tyssen St Studios, Dalston, London
19 / 05 Escape From Samsara, The Fridge, Brixton, London
01 / 07 Solstice 2000 open air festival, Elgin, Scotland
30 / 04 Float, Boxing Club, Reading.
02 / 07 Escape From Samsara, The Fridge, Brixton.
06 / 08 Lost The Plot, Central Club (Special charity gig in aid of Kosovo
27 / 08 Escape From Samsara, The Fridge, Brixton
27 / 08 Float, Boxing Club, Reading. (DJ mixed set - tbc)
04 / 09 Submaniac, Club 414, Brixton, London.
17 / 09 Escape From Samsara (4th Birthday), The Fridge, Brixton, London.
24 / 09 Trancentral, The Pleasure Rooms, Tottenham, London.
05 / 11 Techtonic, Pleasure Rooms, Tottenham, London
11 / 11 Baraka, Oxford.
29 / 11 Special DJ Set, 'Clubber's Breakfast', Thames Valley Television.
10am - 1:30pm
19 / 12 Special Live Set, VFR Reading 107FM. 12am - 1am
04 / 04 Destination Venus, The Fridge, Brixton
29 / 05 Astral Phoenix, Tyssen street studios, Dalston
11 / 06 Escape From Samsara, The Fridge, Brixton
12 / 06 Guildford Free Press Benefit, The Drome, London Bridge Arches
(with GREEN NUNS OF THE REVOLUTION and LAB4)
18 / 09 Paris Love Parade (with Escape From Samsara), Paris, France.
23 / 01 Escape from Samsara, The Fridge, Brixton
13 / 03 Lost The Plot, Reading University Student's Union, Reading
20 / 03 Escape from Samsara, The Fridge, Brixton (EFS Vol. 2 compilation
09 / 04 Altered States, Heaven, Charing Cross
11 / 04 Coalition, Maltings, Farnham
01 / 05 The UFO Club, The Berkley Suite, Longleat
11 / 05 Escape from Samsara, The Event 2, Brighton
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05 / 06 Existence, Royal Holloway College, Egham
13 / 06 Skankadelic, Hobson's, Banbury
29 / 08 Destination Venus, Brixton Academy
18 / 09 Escape from Samsara, The Fridge, Brixton (3rd Birthday)
03 / 10 Strange Fruit, The Depot, Bristol
16 / 10 Lost The Plot, Reading University Student's Union, Reading (with
07 / 11 Skankadelic, Hobson's, Banbury
13 / 11 Escape from Samsara, The Fridge, Brixton
27 / 11 Head Charge & Escape from Samsara, The Arches, Sheffield
28 / 11 Astral Phoenix, Tyssen Street, Dalston
05 / 12 Species & Escape from Samsara, Trinity Hall, Bristol
11 / 12 Existance, Royal Holloway, Egham
27 / 12 Escape from Samsara, The Fridge, Brixton
24 / 01 Scope Charity, Farnborough Recreation Center (with Chris
13 / 02 Hybernation, Heaven, Charing Cross
29 / 03 Trancemission, Route 66, Trowbridge
30 /0 3 Escape from Samsara, The Fridge, Brixton
18 / 04 Transmission, The Zodiac, Oxford
02 /0 5 UFO Club, Berkley Suite, Longleat
03 / 05 Neurology, The Joiner's Arms, Southampton
09 / 05 Club-U-Lyke, The Arts Centre, Bridport
15 /0 5 Hybernation, Heaven, Charing Cross
21 / 05 Escape from Samsara, The Event 2, Brighton
23 /0 5 Trancentral, Cloud 9, Vauxhall
07 /0 6 Release Benefit, Brixton Academy
05 / 07 Skankadelic, Hobson's, Banbury
11 / 07 Techtonik, Roseberry's, Dalston
25 / 07 Escape from Samsara, The Fridge, Brixton
02 / 08 Escape from Samsara (Staff Party), The Pavilion, Woolwich
23 / 08 Escape from Samsara / Shiva, Kassel, Germany
06 /0 9 One World Festival, Guilfin Ambient Tent, Frome
19 / 09 Escape from Samsara, The Fridge, Brixton (Special Soundclash
with Lab4 and 5HT)
03 / 10 Welcome to the Future Tour, The Arts Centre, Poole (with
31 / 10 Welcome to the Future Tour, Shepherd's Bush Empire (with
01 / 11 Welcome to the Future Tour, Civic Theatre, Guildford (with
14 / 11 UFO Club, The High Post, Salisbury (with Billy Nasty)
06 / 12 Existance, Royal Holloway College, Egham
12 / 12 Synaptic, Marcus Garvey Centre, Nottingham (with Way Out West,
Pablo Gargano and Cosmosis)
26 / 12 Techtonik, Roseberry's, Dalston
31 / 12 UFO Club, City Hall, Salisbury
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