Fresh from our recent Decoded takeover parties in Cairo (Egypt) and Dublin (Ireland) series, we head to the UK to team up with the renowned House Proud featuring Circoloco resident and one half of Peace Division Clive Henry plus our very own Editor, Damion Pell. Starting out 9 years ago at Mission nightclub in Leeds, Russell James’ House Proud night is the culmination of a lifetime dedicated to dance music. In recent times, their 12 hour Sunday terrace events in Peterborough have become one of the go to underground parties in the South East.
Clive is one of the UK’s longest standing flag-wavers for underground house music having been an original member of the West London house mafia, one half of the genre-defining tech house outfit Peace Division and resident at the world’s most musically influential nightclub DC10. Clive started his long musical journey way back in the mid-eighties when he was working after school to earn money to feed his vinyl addiction. He caught the DJing bug going to local hip hop jams in West London and listening to early electro/hip hop on pirate radio. It was all about to change however, when in 1988 he was introduced to London’s early acid house scene by Rocky and Diesel from Xpress 2. They took him to the seminal Spectrum and Shoom clubs which proved highly instrumental in shaping Clive’s musical future.
Not long after, Clive and Rocky started running their own successful nights in the emerging West London party scene called Bone and Gosh with guests like David Holmes, Andrew Weatherall and Ashley Beedle. It wasn’t long before Clive started playing at his own events, which in turn lead to bookings at other clubs, first in London and then across the UK. In 1998 he founded the iconic tech house label Low Pressings with fellow surburbanite Justin Drake who went on to become his production partner in Peace Division.
Our Editor and Resident DJ, Damion Pell takes the reigns for Decoded Magazine once again. Found at 103 Ministry of Sound, the snow capped peaks of Snowboming or playing at Barcelona’s famous La Terrazza, for over 20 years, Damion has enjoyed an international DJ and Producing career allowing him to push his take on underground House & Techno.
Now based in The Netherlands, Damion has put together a 1 hour House Proud guest mix to download, enjoy
In keeping with Decoded Magazine’s continual support for the underground electronic music scene, it was only natural to team up with Peterborough’s House Proud, a 9 year labour of love from promoter Russell James.
“We’ve hosted events at Sankey’s (the year it was DJ Mag club of the year) and also small intimate venues across the UK over the years, but its in our 600 capacity terrace, which has an incredibly inclusive atmosphere, that things have really clicked.” Russell tells Decoded, “I built the terrace events up around residents and now have some amazing acts wanting to play. The events start at 2pm and we’ve been known to be at capacity soon after; I’ve actually seen queues around the corner for over 2 hours with one in one out, which hasn’t been done for as long as I can remember in this city, especially on a Sunday!”
Previous guests have included the cream of the House scene like Adam Shelton, Anek, David Glass (past resident), Harry Romero and Yousef to name a few along residents Drew Tilney, Martin Smith and Sean Johnson always play a massive part in the programming of the event. For more information, follow their Facebook page