Reared on a diet of mix tapes and late-night radio, House Trained label and artist manager Phil Loraine’s fixation with dance music was formed growing up on Merseyside in the UK, during the early years of acid house. After loaning a mate’s Technics 1210s one summer, he soon perfected the art of beat mixing in his bedroom and was hooked. His first nightclub flirtation came when he was invited to play in the back room at ‘Bowlers’ - a 10,000 capacity “rave” venue in Manchester; he was subsequently asked back to play the main arena. His next break came when he was offered a residency at ‘The Void’ nightclub in Stoke-onTrent, which played host to some of the “Best of British” of that era including the likes of Graeme Park, Boy George, Judge Jules, Tall Paul, Smokin’ Jo & Jeremy Healy.
The fact that Eelke Kleijn DJs in his socks and produces in a standing position tells you a lot about what you need to know about him. Three albums into a well established yet still rapidly ascending career, Kleijn is an artist very much in his element. In the grand scheme of things, he’s an underground artist, but one who has effortlessly made the jump into the wider world when the time and opportunity have felt right. His remixes for the likes of John Legend, Pendulum and James Newton Howard & Jennifer Lawrence are testament to his ability to reach wider audiences without giving up on his core values. With a background playing piano, guitar and bass and a healthy sideline in composing for film and TV, his productions are imbued with a deep sense of musicality and emotion, always engendering a strong sense of space, place and occasion. His work scoring Hollywood blockbusters like Rush, Parker and This Means War has been met with great acclaim. His latest artist album, Moments Of Clarity, is the apex of his work so far, blending progressive, ambient, epic breakbeat, deep house and melodic techno in perfect harmony to create an album that is as at home on the dancefloor as it is on the home stereo. DAYS like NIGHTS is becoming an increasingly important part of what he does. Serving as a multi-faceted platform where he enjoys total creative control, it encompasses a label, a radio show and podcast and spectacular parties.