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It’s all too easy to endlessly list Richard Dinsdale’s accomplishments. It’s all too easy to wax lyrical about his Ministry Of Sound residency, his genre bending productions or his rapid rise to the top of house music’s well spread table. But where’s the fun in that? Of course Richard’s one of the UK house music’s recent heroes. You wouldn’t be reading this if he wasn’t. What you need to know is why he is where he is. And why this time next year he’ll be even further.
With razor sharp studio skills, Richard’s productions – whether you’re talking the body-slamming electro-jack anthem ‘Crunch’ or his sonorous slice of sonic seduction ‘Your Mind – all have one thing one thing in common; their attention to detail. If Richard wants it to rumble, he’ll spend as long as it takes to strike 10 on the Richter scale. If he wants the dancefloor to dissolve beneath your feet, he’ll work that euphoric rush to perfection. He’s been known to take months on some productions. Admittedly, on paper that sounds painstakingly boring. How it sounds on the dancefloor is another thing altogether. A modern day musical martyr, Richard sacrifices his time to give you the best house music experience he could possibly provide.
While his rise to dancefloor stardom has appeared somewhat swift, his lifelong immersion in bleeps and squeaks happened at an early age. Heavily influenced by his mum’s passion for Motown, Richard’s discerning taste in music was refined before he was out of short trousers. By the time you or I were puffing a cheeky fag behind the bike sheds, he’d already moved into electronic pastures, listing the tracks the DJs played on specialist shows and working his fingers to wee stubs on his first pair of wobbly belt drives. Oh yes, his attention to detail isn’t exclusive to the studio; he’s a mean mother crusher as a DJ too.
Having earned his stripes in various bars and clubs of Surrey, Richard really began to flex his DJ muscles when he began his residency at Seb Fontaine’s much-loved monthly night Type. Developing an innate ability to tease and tickle the crowd with perfectly programmed sets that rise with lolloping techno grooves and fall with spine-tingling synth whooshes, his skills didn’t go unnoticed.
A year later and he was a proud resident disc spinner for clubbing institution Ministry Of Sound. And his DJ profile has gone through the roof. Not only can you catch him still rocking floors at Minsitry under the Toolroom Knights umbrella, but you can expect to find him as one of the rave jet set with regular gigs in every corner of the globe; extensive tours of Australia, Indonesia, Eastern Europe and the US are already in the bag and you’re just as likely to catch him at lavish venues such as Ministry Of Sound Singapore as you are Glastonbury Festival.
As for his productions, Richard’s currently eased his foot off the remix pedal in order to focus on his own productions and range as a producer which has resulted in an artist album, ‘U-Turn’ out now on Toolroom Records, as well as recent signings to Global Underground (‘Walkies!!’), Spin Out Records and Juicy Music.
His single ‘Walkies!!’ has wowed audiences even before it’s release and has been snapped up by Ministry of Sound Clubber’s Guide 2009. He’s always shown a flare for surprise – just compare the bumpy electro grooves of ‘Bora’ to the sharp techno energy of his Neo Geo remix of Dub Pistol’s ‘Rapture’ – and he’s keen to capitalise on this; be it a hefty 12”, or a rollicking remix, you can continue to expect the unexpected. And to boot, he’s just finished a collaborative album with well-respected electro chart buster Michael Gray.
From filthy funk to energising electro via rolling ravenous techno and good old-fashioned house music, on labels such as Toolroom, Nervous, Global Underground, Juicy Music, SR2 and Sunday Best, Richard’s already exposed a widescreen remit. But the best is yet to come. Call it an exciting unpredictability if you want, but be sure to bank on one thing and one thing only; his eagle ear for consistent sonic perfection in both the studio and the club.