US house legend Dennis Ferrer is starting 2018 with a real bang. The man behind definitive house label Objektivity will make his long overdue debut at London’s fabric on February 10th. It will be the first time he has played the vital club and he is sure to make a real mark with his well rounded mix of deep house and melodic techno.
Coming off the back of a huge tune in December 2017—a remix of Damian Lazarus’s ‘Fly Away’ which reached number 2 in Beatport house Top 100 and 18 overall—Dennis remains as influential now as he was when he started over a decade ago. His label, too, continues to unearth, mentor and foster some of the best new talents in the world. The likes of Andre Hommen, Nasser Baker and CJ Jeff have benefited from the Objektivity platform and the label has plenty lined-up for 2018, including celebrating its 12th year of releasing “intelligent music for intelligent people” rather than simply signing “big names”.
2018 will also see Dennis Ferrer team up with Skream for a new project called LOCAL HEROES, which will see a number of shows take place round the world, starting in the UK. The two kicked it off after Skream invited Dennis to play his stage at 2017 Eastern Electrics, and the Local Heroes idea was born short after. The aim of the project is to pay tribute to the true (and often “unsung” beyond their city limits) talented dj’s and producers, hand picked by Dennis and Skream to support them in each city. Expect some back to back action, as well as a number of collaborative releases by Ferrer & Skream under the moniker “Local Heroes”, with first one already scheduled to drop on Objektivity in Q1 2018, called ‘Old Yella’.
The UK has always had a great relationship with New Yorker: his sound, which is well informed by the past but always looks to the future, ranges from dark and driving to more deep and emotive. It has taken Ferrer to plenty of key clubs and festivals as well as gathering high profile media support and plenty of plays for his remixes and originals across Radio 1. Looking at the year ahead, Ferrer says to be “wrapping up some pretty interesting stuff”, involving two respected and well known UK labels (top secret stuff) and what better place is there, to try this new material, than fabric London?
The next chapter in Dennis’s ongoing story with the UK is about to start and promises to be the most exciting yet.