Art Department heads up Native at Bristol’s infamous Motion Warehouse this August

Nightlife and events app FIXR announces “Native”, a series of innovative, curated club nights across the UK. Combining thoughtful artist line-ups with colour and imagination, every event is different, bringing a new experience and a sense of unity to those who join our tribe.

Taking over the infamous Motion Warehouse for the August Bank Holiday Sunday, this one-off special will see the likes of 3D mapping, forest installation and custom built production to fit alongside the specially curated selection of artists.

Joining them this August Bank Holiday will be a DC-10 style line-up consisting of Art Department, Subb-An, Danny Daze, Laura Jones, Maher Daniels and De Sluwe Vos all bringing their unique styles to the stage at the infamous Skate Park.

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Jonny-White

Art Department is the brainchild of Canadian techno/house Legend Kenny Glasgow and Canada’s fastest rising star, No.19 label owner and remaining member – Jonny White.

As individuals both Kenny and Jonny have released countless critically acclaimed records and are regarded internationally as two of the most forward thinking, revolutionary underground producers out of North America. Kenny’s credentials date back to the late 80’s and include productions on Narcotic, Jinxx, his own Method 11/11 label and Turbo. Whilst White’s revered No.19 Music label along side a blindingly fast – growing discography have seen him rapidly rise to the forefront of the international scene.

The pair, despite being close friends and stalwarts in the Toronto electronic music scene for years, had not joined forces in the studio until only as recently as 2009, when Damian Lazarus called on them to remix Riz MC for his prestigious Crosstown Rebels Label. The result was an entirely new sound that drew cues from the best of both artists. It was a futuristic and raw, synth-driven, underground masterpiece, the start of a new idea and the birth of Art Department…

Before long the two were working full time in the studio to expand upon what they had created but now with a new focus… the concept for Art Department was to create a live dj/vocal performance based on the new sound they were beginning to produce and would feature Kenny Glasgow’s unique and sublime vocals that had been heard only 10+ years earlier on records like “Pressing On”. It wasn’t long before Damian heard what the pair had been working on and immediately offered them a deal with Crosstown Rebels that would include several singles, remixes and a full length album due out at the beginning of 2011.

The momentum continued and Art Department performed their first ever live show at the Crosstown Rebels Get Lost event at the 2010 WMC in front of a jam packed room, along side an A list cast of 17 artists from the label. DJ’s, promoters and party animals regarded the performance as one of the most ground-breaking & important shows at this years WMC… Simple label boss – Will Saul was quoted saying “the live show was the best thing we’ve heard since we heard Mathew Johnson for the first time…”. The follow up performance came the very next night at Jamie Jones & Lee Foss’ Hot Natured party where Art Department treated the enthusiastic crowd to a mind-bending DJ set and secured their spot as residents for the much lauded Hot Natured brand.


Damion Pell
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Loves long walks along the beach, holding hands and romantic 80's power ballads, partial to electronic music and likes to make the odd mix or two.