Martin Dawson

King Roc and Mutual Society member

Martin Dawson
In late 2006, King Roc - otherwise known as Martin Dawson - had had it with the music-writing process. Despite first starting in music as part of a three-piece breakbeat / techno band (which also included DJs Tom Neville and Nick Sentience), he felt he was now trapped in a restrictive framework of 4/4 dance. He’d left the band to become a successful house producer - releasing on Simple, BuggedOut!, Love Minus Zero, Playtime, even oldschool German electroclash label Beautycase, and remixing classics like New Order and Future Sound of London. But it wasn’t enough. He wanted to move outside the 4/4 framework, to be free to experiment with style, and to leave behind the restrictions of a dance DJ’s career. The first step was to look for new inspiration. Dawson had worked at Phonica, the ‘last London record store still standing’, which had launched the career of Get Physical’s Heidi and Simple’s Will Saul, and which had single-handedly turned London onto minimal, deep techno and all the new European styles. And through Phonica, Dawson met a new collaborator, Giles Smith, to form one of his new projects, Two Armadillos. With Smith having co-promoted and been resident DJ of uber-cool London party Secretsundaze, the two wanted to create something deeper, lighter, and housier than the electronica of the time. Their first EP, ‘Tunnel of Light’, on Steve Bug’s Dessous label lead to more collaborations to be released on Buzzin’ Fly (‘Nostalgia’), Four:Twenty (‘Butterfly Bee’), and Secretsundaze Records (‘Warriors’), and the first bookings for what will be a regular touring show in the last half of 2008. But at the same time, Dawson was also looking for something bigger than music, hence his Mutual Society project – a collaboration with Australian visual artist Seb Godfrey / Drunkpark, developed to be a platform for experimenting with the intersection of music and visuals. Dawson describes Mutual Society as a throwback to “the hippy albums of the 70s”, a “cross between Pink Floyd and Twin Peaks” in the way it reinterprets the old-school concept album in a modern context. Following on from this, ‘Chapters’, Dawson’s debut album, was release further into 2008.

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Martin Dawson

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