“I first walked through the doors of fabric in October 2004 and fell in love with the club straight away,” Jay Clarke told us when we introduced him in a blog feature back in January 2017. “fabric has been instrumental in my electronic music education as a party goer, and has helped shape me into the artist that I have become today.”
It’s a special thing to hear how we’ve impacted on the careers of certain artists, and better still when we have chance to follow and support them throughout their journey. Jay Clarke has been one of our most regular guests since the start of 2017, appearing both in Room One and Room Two of our space. One of the key signings on Ben Klock’s Klockworks label and founder of his own BLACKAXON imprint, Clarke’s sound is defined by its driving energy. As he plays alongside Klock in Room One this coming Saturday, he sent over a typically pulsating mix that makes us proud to call him one of our Saturday night staples.
We've been seeing you pretty often recently, but what have you been up to outside of EC1?
Around working a full-time job, I’ve been touring a lot recently with some amazing gigs in and outside of Europe this month, including Spain, Hungary, Ireland, Georgia, Malta, and Turkey. A particular highlight was playing at Klockworks presents Photon at Bassiani. Tbilisi is one crazy place!
I’ve been working on the next few releases on my label BLACKAXON with some new and upcoming artists. BAXN003 drops in the autumn. I’ve also been in the studio working on remixes for Shlomi Aber and Dense & Pika.
Is there a theme to the mix?
The theme of the mix is built around my idea of Room Two, and the sounds and energy you expect to hear when you walking into the room around midnight. I’ve also gone tougher in the latter half to reflect the techno I play during my peak time sets.
Can you describe how you came into contact with Ben Klock?
Before joining the Klockworks team, I had been watching Ben DJ since March 2010. The first time I saw him play was actually in Room Two at fabric. At the time I had been following the story of Berghain and at that point I’d never been, so getting to see one of their infamous residents perform was very special.
Ever since then I’ve been to every London gig he has played, as well as travelling to Berlin and other gigs in Europe to watch him play. He’s one of those DJs that’s always been very technically talented and it’s always a pleasure to watch him play. It’s always exciting and he really sets the bar for quality with his DJ sets.
Musically, his productions have been without question one key influence and inspiration in my productions. To be able play alongside Ben on line-ups, to hear him play my music, and to be part of the Klockworks family is a dream come true.
Is there anything you feel you've learned from the experience of playing with us on a regular basis?
The London crowd like to get the energy going early!
What are you up to through the rest of the year?
The rest of the year is full-on gig wise. I’ll be playing the fabric 19th birthday this year in October alongside some of my favourite artists, I’ll be making my debut at Awakenings for Photon which is massive! I’m sure there’s a Berghain date in there as well. On top of that I will be trying to squeeze in some studio time to continue work on my upcoming releases on Klockworks and Redimension (and some others which I can’t talk about just yet!), and preparing BAXN004 & BAXN005.