Having enjoyed a breathlessly successful 2015, there can be no doubting Alan Fitzpatrick’s position as one of the most influential electronic artists of the moment. Pumped up by yet another series of head-turning productions over the previous twelve months, the Englishman’s profile continues to transition rapidly from the techno underground towards the electronic music mainstream, attracting significant attention from BBC Radio 1, Mixmag and Resident Advisor and elevating Fitzpatrick to the position of global headliner. A status supported by the release of Fitzpatrick’s Fabric 87 mix compilation in April 2016 and the accompanying 25-date tour that will roll out across Europe before touching down in North and South America.
Already a universally respected and in-demand producer, Fitzpatrick has succeeded in carving out his own musical niche within the ever-expanding genre of techno, earning him the reputation of a seemingly unstoppable source of hit music. Tracks such as ‘Love Siren’, ‘Truant’, ‘Skeksis, ‘For An Endless Night’, ‘Always Something For Nothing’ and ‘Reflections’ (a BBC Radio 1 Essential New Tune) have all topped sales charts since 2009, drawing high praise from peers and tastemakers across genre divides for the vibrancy, originality and inventiveness that has come to characterise Alan Fitzpatrick’s music. Whether he is adding diva vocals to cavernous beat workouts, fusing emotive chord sequences with trademark heavy-funk grooves, blending jungle beats and hardcore bass lines with barnstorming techno dynamics, or conjuring up sumptuous low-slung soundscapes; Alan Fitzpatrick knows how to move your mind, body and soul by delivering tracks that stands out from the norm.
As if this impressive succession of high impact, floor-filling bombs was not enough to sustain the best-selling Drumcode artist, a new sound has emerged from Fitzpatrick’s sonic palette; broader in its range and rooted in experiments with more soulful or deeper influences from across electronica, breakbeat, dub and house. Despite spreads his musical wings, Fitzpatrick’s magic touch remains with this latest departure producing some of his biggest hits to date in the form stand-out releases for B-Pitch Control, Hotflush Recordings and Hypercolour plus remixes for Roisin Murphy, Leftfield and Pan Pot and not forgetting his remix of Trus’Me ‘I Want You’, a huge Ibiza anthem and a unanimously popular choice for DJs spanning the club spectrum through the latter half of 2014. All of which further reinforces the necessity for observers of all things techno to recalculate what it is that they can expect from an Alan Fitzpatrick record.
The same intuitive sense that Fitzpatrick possesses in the studio is also evident when he steps into the DJ booth. A regular guest at a long list of high profile clubs across the globe and an alumnus of the coveted BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, Fitzpatrick has a global profile. Fans, who now can be counted as more than two hundred and twenty five thousand, from all over the world, fuel an increasingly busy and broad-ranging tour diary. Attracted to the energy of Fitzpatrick’s trademark tough, hooky grooves and incendiary beats molded together with cerebral moments of emotive melody, the man from Southampton can be found headlining events across Europe, North America, Asia and South America, clocking up well over 100 performances in 2015, including 30 festivals and a busy Ibiza season playing for Carl Cox @ Space and Tribal Sessions @ Sankeys.