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For those of you that are into your hard dance, you will have definitely have heard of the lady at the forefront of it all – DJ/Producer/Presenter – Miss Anne Savage.
Anne has been around since bosh was just an embryo. With her vivacious personality, her dedication to her fan base and her ability to get a full capacity crowd going nuts to her pumping sets, Anne is an inspiration to many DJs both male and female. Her sound is driving and her technical ability is flawless. Anne is one DJ who knows what clubbers want and delivers it with style and panache.
Anne’s journey to DJ stardom began back in her hometown of Burnley, where she was thrown in at the deep end and asked to become resident at the legendary ‘Angels’ alongside guest dj legends such as Joey Beltram and Carl Cox. Heavily influenced by the dance scene explosion that took Northern England by storm, it wasn’t long before Anne’s lead guitar had been traded in for a pair of decks. Working in the renowned record shop Eastern Bloc by day and DJing in clubs by night, Anne’s big break came in the form of a residency at event leaders of their time, ’Ark ’ in Leeds alongside Sasha, Graeme Park, John Digweed, Juan Atkins and Rob Tissera.
Anne Savage is a prominent fixture on the world DJ circuit and the last 10 years have seen her progress from DJing and producing to become the face of dance music.
Voted one of the world’s top female DJs in DJ Magazine’s ’World’s Top 100 DJs’ and featured as the only female in the ‘Top 10 Club DJs in Britain’ by the ‘Independent on Sunday’, Anne is a DJ and producer respected internationally, playing in almost every corner of the globe with her usual four to five gig weekends.
2004 sees Anne spreading herself globally, with many dates lined up for Ibiza, U.S, Canada, China, South Africa, Australia, India, Kuala Lumpur and Russia! Anne will also be frequenting the festival circuit with dates at Creamfields, Godskitchen’s ‘Global Gathering’, Coloursfest, Planet Love, Tidy Summer Camp and UK clubs such as Slinky, Frantic, Time Flies,Euphoria, Goodgreef and Godskitchen.
Although Anne is predominantly known for her ‘Hard Dance’ diversity on the turntables, including techno, hard trance and hard house, Anne also has a real passion for a bit of breakbeat and she’s certainly making a mark on that scene, with Rennie Pilgrim and The Freestylers already taking interest. Anne is host to a breaks night called ‘Freaky Beatz’ (www.freakybeatz.com) where she can be caught throwing down some of the best breaks, electro and Leftfield tracks around. She also fronts a ‘breaks’ radio show on Ministry Of Sound (www.ministryofsound.co.uk) and has subsequently been asked to mix a bonus breaks CD to be added to the forthcoming worldwide Slinky album.
Anne Savage is much more than just the figure behind the decks. For the past 6 years Anne has been producing under many different guises – the most instantly recognizable being her work with BK, the Tidy Trax label and Nukleuz Recordngs. She makes up one half of the Tidy Girls, alongside Lisa Lashes and isa familiar collaborator with some of the most upfront sounds on the scene.
After Anne’s successful mix for Tidy’s ‘Music For The Harder Generation’ Anne was asked to complete the next installment of ‘Euphoria’, the compilation market leaders selling up to 100,000 copies. This triple pack CD mixed by Anne features classic hard dance floor fillers and the most upfront future anthems, titled ‘Frantic Euphoria’ it was the one of the fastest selling albums in the series.
Holed up in her studio, Anne has been working on various new tracks, one being ‘Psychout’, the debut release for Goodgreef Recordings. This was given rave reviews across the board, from DJs to all dance music magazines a certified Dance Anthem. Anne has recently completed 4 tracks in collaboration with three dex, FX and 909 Techno wizard Sterling Moss for his new imprint ‘Race Trax’. These have already made their way onto numerous compilations. More recently, Anne has been in the studio with some of the Hard Dance scene’s future heroes, working on a ‘Hellraiser’ style track called ‘Parasite’ and ‘Never Never Land’ with Ingo for two separate EP’s forthcoming on Tidy White and new project ‘Tidy Tools Ep’ . Look out for ‘Intoxicating Rhythm’ which was a new collaboration with ‘Vinylgroover & The Redhead’ which is also due as a full Tidy release. Remix wise, Anne’s ‘Techy base mix’ of Pinear & Bamford’s ‘Blackmagic’ on Pitch Control is being caned by all the A-list Hard Dance DJs and ’Magnetman’s’’ Wuck U Right’ also got the Savage remix treatment and is due out as a white label this summer.
Not satisfied with having the roles of DJ and Producer under her belt she also likes to get stuck into presenting. Due to Anne’s established DJing career she was approached by the producers of Channel 4’s “Faking It” series who were looking for the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of DJs to house, teach and turn classically trained musician Sian Evans into a DJ, in just one month! Anne bravely took on the challenge and managed to successfully fill her role as tutor, with the ‘faker’ fooling 3 judges. Anne input helped win the episode a BAFTA, shooting her into household fame. So, not only is Anne a favourite with clubbers throughout the world but she’s also loved by Mums and Dads too! With sets across the UK and all around the globe this is one lady who has quite literally taken the world by storm.
Since ‘Faking It’ presenting offers have come flooding in with the BBC flying her to Australia to film a clubbing guide to Melbourne. Anne just filmed a scene in Miami for a clubbing movie definitely worth seeing this year, ‘Hey DJ’. Anne has a scene with the main character ‘Hound Dog’ – a wannabe DJ who has limited success with the ladies but manages to lure Anne into his boudoir…go to www.heydj.com for more details.
You can also catch Anne on Rapture, Sky One, MTV Dance for the Top 100 Hard Dance Anthems and MTV Europe, where she’s presenting the Dance Floor Chart.
Anne’s presenting isn’t limited to TV – she has also presented Part 1 of DVD ‘Serious Mixing – Learning to DJ’, sold across all major music stores in the UK. From equipment set up, beat match mixing and choosing your records, Anne takes you through the many stages of what you need to know in an easy to understand manner.
Anne has her fair share of column inches and is regularly featured in Mixmag, DJ, and I-DJ plus publications throughout the world, with M8 dedicating two pages a month to Anne’s news and reviews. Anne is an icon to female clubbers everywhere and can be seen outside the music press with demand from lifestyle publications such as InStyle, Vogue Italia and was voted no 67 in Loaded magazine’s top 100 sexiest females!!
The most prestigious feather in Anne’s cap came when she was asked to fill in for Dave Pearce’s Sunday night show ‘Dance Anthems’ on BBC Radio 1 with an estimated figure of 2.2 million listeners, this launches a bright future in national radio for Anne.