General Discussion: RIP Colin Faver....

superbe avatar

1015 posts since 5/6/08

5 Sep 2015 19:17
Sad news today….makes me feel old….
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1015 posts since 5/6/08

5 Sep 2015 19:21
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1015 posts since 5/6/08

5 Sep 2015 19:23
bertoni avatar

1466 posts since 29/9/11

posted 5 Sep 2015 19:46, edited 5 Sep 2015 19:46
WTF! This for real? Last time I saw him was on this mini-doc linked to Rich Sen's "This ain't Chicago" compilation….

superbe avatar

1015 posts since 5/6/08

5 Sep 2015 19:51
Heard this morning from old school mate…. No details but yes I'm pretty sure it's forreal
bertoni avatar

1466 posts since 29/9/11

5 Sep 2015 20:00
Fuckin hell. RIP Colin. A massive part of the best music scene ever has left the room.
Jesus avatar

6061 posts since 7/10/08

5 Sep 2015 20:25
if fucking cilla didn't get her own thread get the cunt in here
bertoni avatar

1466 posts since 29/9/11

5 Sep 2015 20:57
You might have had your life changed by Surprise Surprise and Blind Date mate, but I fucking didn't. Colin Faver is way more deserving of his own thread here than Cilla fucking Black.
lowfields avatar

107 posts since 21/11/10

6 Sep 2015 09:12
Hàaaàaaaaaaaa cilla shove her in "useless plastic scouse" thread
Jake Unkutt
Jake Unkutt avatar

2884 posts since 2/3/04

6 Sep 2015 09:24
this was the first DJ I started tuning in to on Kiss 100,,had to stick an extra aerial up on my roof to pick up the signal down in Brighton…RIP dude
smith avatar

11214 posts since 5/5/04

6 Sep 2015 09:39
Not just another DJ but a club culture icon. R.I.P.

If you don't know who he is, or his work , this is definitely worth a read:

I take a deep breath and catch up with one of the most respected and hard working players on the scene…

It’s a sticky Tuesday evening and I’m stood outside the front doors of London’s leading dance music station, Kiss FM, desperately trying to pull open the main doors of this majestic looking building in Holloway Road. I’m here to interview DJ extraordinary Colin Faver and find out about his new Techno compilation. So when an ominous looking security guard appears on the other side of the reinforced glass and swoops the door open it’s my cue to speak and after a to the point cross-examination probably devised to sus out the anoraks, stalkers, general freaks and dodgy characters of this world, the Security man allows me inside this very stush Kiss reception.

So here I am sitting on the Kiss sofa waiting for Colin to appear. Above me a pair of Kenwood speakers gently pump out the signal as it’s broadcast. I’m trying to imagine the type of character I might find behind the man that is Colin Faver and came to the conclusion that a certain amount of cock-sureness and arrogance should be expected when dealing with anyone who has been in the business and has had as much success within it as Colin has. He has acquired a lot of respect over many years so when he arrives it’s an unexpected pleasure to find I’ve arranged a chat with a cool, unassuming sort of man, the type of fella for whom you would gladly hold open a door.

Colin’s show begins at 9.00pm, that’s about forty minutes away and I’ve got about an hour of his time then to chat about his achievements and attempt to find out what exploits out, a daunting task so as Colin pushes a cup of coffee into my hand I waste no time and ask Colin to describe to me the spark that began the fire which is his DJ'’ng and promoting career, a fire which has continued to burn for over fourteen years. Perhaps it was a calling from an early age. Some kids want to be train drivers, others astronauts, perhaps a little Colin Faver back in the early days always wanted to be in music.

“I’ve always enjoyed music. As a kid I remember playing records at my mates parties. When I left school I embarked upon a career in advertising as a commercial artist. A friend of mine owned a small record label called Small Wonder Records and it was him who persuaded me to give up my steady nine to five job and begin working on a part time basis in a record store. My first love in life was music and I’ve always had a calling to entertain, I guess”.

When work was through, Colin spent the evenings in the numerous clubs of London, all the time he was building contacts with the music industry; bods and keeping an eye out for up and coming talent for his friends label. Among the groups he signed were The Cure, Banhaus and numerous other punk bands which apart from a very select soul movement was the staple diet at the time music-wise. We’re talking about the early eighties here before the acid house explosion and it’s quite conceivable that without Colin Faver and his protege’s sowing seeds, tracking down and breaking the seals on those early American exports of House, Hip-Hop, Hi NRG and Electro, club culture may never have been born. The distinct and diverse sounds that have evolved and mutated and which we take for granted today would sound absurd. Try to imagine a world without the ‘repetitive beats’ all of us revolve our life around, it’s a harrowing image, “All I did was play music in the clubs and was glad that others liked it too”. A bit of modesty could be at play here, I think, “I got my first break at the Marquee Club in London when the regular guy was sick. This lead to offers of work at several other clubs. I played the Paradise Garage in New York, that was a real eye opener. I found the crowd there different, they let themselves go and came to shake the DJ’s hand when he’d finished his set, that sort of thing. The first time I saw that back in this country was Shoom”.

By now things were beginning to blow up for Colin and he began to get immersed in work. In addition to his involvement at one-nighters such as ‘Enter The Dragon’, ‘RIP’, and of course ‘The Shoom’, he was resident DJ at mixed gay nights of ‘Jungle and Pyramid’ at Heaven and was flying to France on a weekly basis to play at the Rex Club and Le Palais in Paris. So far, so many hands in the air.

By 1992 he was co-promoting ‘Knowledge’ with Colin Dale and Jane Howard of Serious Business. The aim of the night was to run a mid-week event to promote unknown talent. It quickly gained a world-wide reputation playing host to top-notch names like Sven Vath, Dave Angel and Laurent Garnier:

“The vibe, that whole togetherness and shared experience thing was rife back in the days of Shoom. Of course, a lot of it was down to the Ecstasy, but the feelings and unity that manifested saw us through the Acid period and endured through to the heyday of Rave in the early nineties by which time people were coming from outside of town to be part of the family at clubs such as Warehouse in Doncaster, The Orbit in Leeds, and one-off events like Raindance, Sunrise, Back To The Future and Universe – The Tribal Gathering to name a few”. He continues, “It’s a shame to see so much division in the music today. Each is split into their particular group and style of music now, Drum n’Bass, Garage, Hardcore and few are prepared to venture outside of their choice of sounds”. Colin says.

At this point I have to switch off my dictaphone. We’ve been nattering away like two old army veterans swapping stories about the war. Time has whizzed by and preparations have to be made for the show. If I want to probe further I’m gonna have to take a walk upstairs to the studio with Colin and sit it on the show. Just what I had hoped!

I have to come clean and tell you that my stomach kind of shuffled around a bit at the thought of sitting in on a live show – sod actually presenting it. Colin’s show is one of the most definitive Techno shows in Europe and as we enter Studio CR1, I capture a glimpse of a massive mixing desk that I’m sure is on loan from the set of Star Trek. Our man promptly sits behind this monster collection of buttons, sliders, blinky things and knobs to begin pushing and prodding. This ain’t the sort of work you can pick up overnight:

“I did my first radio shows at Moorfields Eye Hospital on Sundays between 7.00pm and 9.00pm. I played soft rock and Tim Rice had a show after mine playing opera! When punk began to emerge I started dropping some of that and it must have disagreed with the patients because I was soon asked to leave! It’s here though that I got the experience that has stood me in good stead ever since.

I was introduced to Kiss when it was a pirate by Paul Oakenfold. Kiss became legal in September 1990 and this lead to my regular show every Tuesday night, Kraftwerk, DJ Pierre, Kevin Saunderson and loads of other top names have been interviewed on this show and I was well chuffed in 1991 when I won an award for best ‘On Air Mixer’”, he says grinning from ear to ear.

“I do another show on Kiss once a month called ‘The Extended Chillout Zone’ that focuses on ambient releases and I’ve done other radio work some of which was broadcast all across Europe via Satellite. If I had to make a choice between playing out and my studio based work it would be a very difficult decision. Luckily I don’t have to make that choice but the buzz that used to be there every time I played is only there about every third gig now. Make of that what you will”.

The top of the hour is upon us, and Colin cues in the first tune of the night, ‘From Da East’ by Sub Species on Strictly Rhythm. The relentless dirty hook driving this particular tune marks the beginning of a two hour show which, week after week delivers the best in Techno House sounds.

The latest feather in the mans cap, and the real reason I’m supposed to be here, is ‘Techmix’. This is a new concept from Kickin Records which aims to showcase the skills of best Techno DJ’s from all around the world. To ensure the series is established shaking in the required fashion, Colin was drafted in and is featured on the first outing which was released in August. As I write, August is some weeks away, but even so I’ll stick me neck out and bet anyone a pound to a lump of shit it’s being snapped up quicker than the proverbial hot cake. All nineteen tracks are gems, the mixing fluid.

“Yeah, I’m well pleased with ‘Techmix’”, mutters Colin over the top of a cigarette. “It’s the first compilation I’ve produced. I had complete freedom of choice with the contents. In fact the entire selection is part of a recent set and I understand that’s going to be philosophy for the whole series”.

As another banging tune is mixed in I wonder what goals a man like Colin Faver can set for himself for the next few years. A collaboration with Brenda Russell will see a brand new label started in the very near future and in my book so many fingers in so many pies makes Colin a workaholic.

“I certainly wouldn’t give myself that label. I intend to keep DJ’ing. I don’t want to be stuck in a studio. I enjoy producing and have done remixes for Fortran 5, S-Express and Babyford but I don’t want to fall into the trap of getting permanently stuck in the studio. Come the year 2000 I want to be there havin’ it”.

And as Colin Faver mixes in yet another tune with the expertise of over a decade in the trade I breathe a sigh of relief and make a mental note to make sure I’m there for that one.

PH avatar

711 posts since 5/2/07

6 Sep 2015 10:14
Sad times. He was a major influence on me when I first got into techno.
NickMSM avatar

416 posts since 21/8/13

6 Sep 2015 19:21
Sad news. One of the big names I remember at the legendary Sterns/Interdance club down in Worthing early '90s.
DELFOR avatar

364 posts since 10/2/09

6 Sep 2015 20:17
bertoni wrote: You might have had your life changed by Surprise Surprise and Blind Date mate, but I fucking didn't. Colin Faver is way more deserving of his own thread here than Cilla fucking Black.

True words mate, both Colin's were important in my younger years.
bertoni avatar

1466 posts since 29/9/11

7 Sep 2015 08:27