Psychedelic Disco Tech Present Steve Cobby

Friday 11 August 2017

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The Psychedelic Disco Tech are delighted to present the Jewel in the Crown of their City of Culture Events ( Thank You Mr Wilberforce 29 July, They Fuck You Up Your Mum and Dad 9 August, Raving Mad 10 August all at Fruit. Where have you been?) A PDT gig starring Mr Steve Cobby himself.

If you know his canon of work, you will be there and you can skip the paragraphs below. If you haven’t You can get on the bus here and make up for lost time.

Some Info; Steve Worked as guitar tech for guitar hero and leg’ John McGeogh. You may have caught him on Music TV as part of Ashley & Jackson.

After packing them in he co-founded the legendary Fila Brazillia with David McSherry in 1990. If you are not made of wood and like expansive transcendent electronica, go check them out.

Together they released 10 critically acclaimed lp’s and produced over 70 remixes for artists as diverse as Radiohead, Busta Rhymes, Black Uhuru, Simple Minds, James, A Certain Ratio and Moloko.

He formed Pork Recordings with David Brennand in 1990 then 23 Records in ’99 with Sim Lister and David McSherry and finally Steel Tiger Records in 2006 with Lister. More of an umbrella for his various projects than a label per se. His other writing and production collaborations include Heights of Abraham; J*S*T*A*R*S and The Cutler.

He’s released two solo lp’s as The Solid Doctor : How About Some Ether and Beats Means Highs. A third, entitled “Saudade” was released on his own imprint Déclassé in March 2014. Everliving (to which our poster pays it’s respects ) was released to critical acclaim in 2016.

Numerous remixes, from Harold Budd ( Classical minimalist composer genius dude) and Theoretics to Jon Kennedy and Yesking have been undertaken in a solo capacity. Plus work with (old egg head himself ) Professor Brian Eno and the Yorkshire genius Bill Nelson. it goes on. It’s about the work with Steve.

Fabric nightclub has played host to many Cobby DJ sets and this was rewarded with an appearance on Fabric 18 alongside fellow Hull alumni Bobby Beige and Bliss.

He co-produced Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli’s debut solo l.p. ‘The Twilight Singers’ in 2000 and co-wrote and produced ‘Three White Roses and a Budd ep with Bill Nelson and avant garde American composer Harold Budd. He’s worked with Darren Emerson on his solo in an engineering and writing capacity. (You know, the cool one in Underworld. See Steve and Darren play back to back on the 23 September, another must go to gig)

His collaboration with Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinder is under the guise of Hey Rube. Adam Regan from Different Drummer Records and Leftfoot promotions in Birmingham is also a regular collaborator. Their project, ‘Chieftain’.

Cobby has DJ’d in many places around the world including Croatia,Sydney, San Francisco, New York and Tokyo and the scruffy jewle of them all the Calton Club Whalley Range Manchester home of PDT. He has performed live in Europe, Japan and the United States.

Production, co-production and remix projects include Radiohead; Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers.

As Fila Brazillia (with David McSherry) his music has been used in films, including Riding Giants directed by Stacy Peralta ( Check it out it is totally rad, as we surf dudes say) – and adverts, including for Nokia. As JSTARS (with Sim Lister)

In 2013 Steve Cobby provided the soundtrack for the Hull ‘UK City of Culture 2017’ bid film – ‘This City Belongs to Everyone’, produced by Nova Studios – on 20 November 2013 Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire was announced as the winning City, and so as UK City of Culture 2017. For that alone the city owe him the right to drive through red lights and his sheep across bridges and all that stuff.

Cobby releases work under the pseudonyms, The Solid Doctor and J J Fuchs. In March 2014, Cobby released his first Solo album for 17 years entitled “Saudade” on his own imprint Déclassé – As seen on the T shirt worn with Mr J Corbyn PM.

with David Brennand a.k.a. Porky to form The Cutler; singles released during 2007 and 2008 include Stiletto, Pickaxe, and Cinquedea. Debut album Cutler was released July 2008 and the Black Flag EP in 2009. The second album release (September 2012) was The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things with vocalists Andrew Taylor and Russell Morgan. The most recent release (10 June 2013) from The Cutler is their third album Everything Is Touching Everything Else with vocalists Isobel Helen, Andrew Taylor, Archie and Sheffield’s alt-folk outfit Little Glitches – all on Steel Tiger Records.
with Stephen Mallinder, a co-founder of Cabaret Voltaire, to form Hey, Rube!; first album release Can You Hear me Mutha? (October 2012, Steel Tiger Records)
with DJ Adam Regan, of the Different Drummer Soundsystem and Leftfoot, to form Chieftain; debut release The War Bonnet EP (2012, Steel Tiger Records)
with Sim Lister to form JSTARS; released Put Me on a Planet on Steel Tiger Records in 2006.
with Sim Lister and Jake Harries to form The Heights of Abraham; most recent release Two Thousand and Six on Twentythree Records in 2006.
with classically trained guitarist Rich Arthurs of Orgatronics to form ‘Peacecorps’; released Bushfarmer on Steel Tiger Records in 2007.
with Richard H. Kirk to form Citrus.
with Djinji Brown to form ‘NorthEastSoundSystem’.
with David McSherry to form Fila Brazillia; most recent releases the album Retrospective on Twentythree Records in 2006 and Neanderthal in 2007, also on Twentythree Records.

Hello. You made it. Well done.

The Psychedelic Disco Tech owe Steve loads. He has blown the roof off our club every time he’s played. We like to think our audience truly get the heart of what Steve is about. We want to recreate that in Hull and with you there, we know we can.

Finally. Steve should be celebrated for being a true artist. What’s that you ask. Well. Look at the work, look at the enquiry look at the range of collaborations, explore the body of music. No where has the £ sign come into it. It has been a quest to find truth and beauty through and in music and that my friend is enough.

Our mate your mate. Your town. A loyal son of Kingston Upon Hull. Celebrate him now. What are you waiting for? FFS.

Peace and love by the way. See you on the dance floor.




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