DJ GRAEME DOYLE BIOGRAPHY
Filth comes in many forms. There’s the stuff old men perv over down the local newsagents, the stuff farmers spread aimlessly over their fields and then there’s the stuff that spurts from the speakers courtesy of any performance by DJ Graeme Doyle.
For Graeme’s sound incorporates sleazy b’lines, trippy grooves, dark squeaks and crazy bleeps. This contributes to a spellbinding, energetic soundtrack which has captivated and mesmerised the people who have both tapped their feet and wiggled their hips to any of his sets.
Graeme’s persuasion to the more sinister sounds of dance music can date back to his mid-teens, when tapes of underground heroes like Carl Cox and Grooverider were passed around his school. Stirring feelings of intrigue, Graeme and a small group of friends set out to see if all the stories of crowd controlling DJs, mental atmospheres and 6am licences were for real. ‘There was underground parties going on and now and again we’d get into them. They were proper dens, filthy rooms with filthy music. It was fucking brilliant!’
Returning to school on a Monday morning with little sleep but a thousand stories, a determined and deck driven Graeme had chosen his lifetime obsession; the art of DJing via the power of house music. After countless hours honing his skills in his bedroom, Graeme’s first break came in 2002 when he was rewarded with an impromptu set at Fever, a Maidstone based house night held at the town’s River Bar and organised by a certain Nic Fanciulli who was also resident DJ. Fanciulli was thoroughly impressed by the young man’s performance and immediately asked for him to return the following month. It wasn’t before long that Graeme’s dedication was rewarded as he became resident at the night, and before he knew it he was thrust further into the spotlight when Fanciulli believed it was appropriate for the night to be handed over to him.
Graeme’s rapid rise up the ranks continued when he was rewarded with a warm up set at ClubClass’ New Years Eve ‘02/’03 which he soon followed up with a gig at ClubClass’ 6th birthday in March 2003 alongside Pete Tong, Danny Howells and Nic Fanciulli. Doyley has played at every ClubClass New Years Eve party since, in addition to sets at the nights MYNC Sessions special in September 2004 with Erick Morillo, MYNC Project and Yousef, ClubClass’ New Years Reunion in January 2005 and more recently for their huge event headlined by Deep Dish in April 2005. These gigs are of particular satisfaction to Graeme as ClubClass holds a significant influence in his development as a house head and DJ. It was the nights brilliant underground parties held at warehouse venue Atomics in the late 90’s which gave Doyley the confidence that DJing and promoting awesome nights could be achieved in his home town.
Graeme’s opportunity to get involved with the coordination and promoting of nights has also helped considerably in his development as a DJ.
Graeme sites Danny Tenaglia’s legendary DJ set at Homelands in 2001 as a ‘life changing experience’, in particular the energy levels that he built up by playing dark, underground house. Some four years later Doyle still sites that the set ‘makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It was absolute genius.’ Other inspirations include Lee Burridge, Danny Howells, Terry Francis, Justin Robertson (with whom Graeme also played alongside on New Years Eve ‘04 for ClubClass), and of course Nic Fanciulli, mainly for his ability to keep his feet on the ground as the rest of the world goes mental around him. In Graeme’s eyes all of these DJs have the ability to keep their sound firmly in the underground yet still know how to ignite the most hedonistic of atmospheres and it’s this which he finds truly inspirational.
Studio wise Graeme has been busy experimenting alongside ClubClass resident Sam Ball where they have created a number of electro-house productions. This includes ‘The Jig’ and ‘Acid Shit’ with heavy influence from the clicky sounds of DJ T and Booka Shade at Get Physical Music which Graeme cites as one of the best record labels around.
So what does the future hold for Graeme Doyle? In June 2005 Graeme laid Fever to rest, which now holds the position as the longest serving house night at River. In place of Fever came Deep South Music alongside fellow aspiring DJs Duncan K, Nick Carter and Nathan Doe. Built around its inventive website (deepsouth-music.com), and invigorating club night called Deep South Sessions, which launched at River in Maidstone and has already quickly moved on to gaining a residency at the Rhythm Factory in London , Deep South Music will assist greatly in Graeme’s ambitions as both a DJ and a producer. Guests so far have been Nathan Coles (Wiggle/Fabric), Inland Knights, Swag Records, Jay Tripwire, Grant Dell The Electric Press (20:20 Vision) and Olivier Desmet from Amenti Records. Future off-shoots for the brand include Deepsouth-soundsystem, for which Graeme has already started to produce for, with long-term plans to eventually develop the moniker into a record label.
So with a continued commitment to the finest, freshest bass-driven acid, electro and tech-house, an open-minded approach to new music technology and a willingness to take risks for the sake of a good party, the future looks bright for Graeme. With dirt on the decks and a filth purveyor behind them it’s no wonder why.