Oval Space and The Pickle Factory's 2018 Residents Revealed

With great pride Oval Space and The Pickle Factory reveal their 2018 club residents, playing for the venues exclusively in London over the next 12 months. Oval Space’s residents have a distinctly US flavour, with Detroit techno luminary DJ Bone and Chicago selector extraordinaire Sadar Bahar playing exclusively here in London over the next 12 months. Joining Jane Fitz and Evan Baggs' ongoing residencies at The Pickle Factory will be London’s very own Josey Rebelle, and UK techno starlet Gwenan.

The word legend is often cast around in the world of electronic music. Occasionally though it seems like just the right word to use. DJ Bone is steeped in Detroit history and is amongst the most technically accomplished techno DJs in the world. His passion and his unique skill shine through in everything he does and has earned him his place amongst Techno royalty – Mills, DVS1, Ben Sims, Dave Clarke – and as an inspiration to a younger generation of DJs like Ben Klock and Ben UFO. His fervour and enthusiasm for DJing even caught the ear of John Peel, who invited Dulan to perform live in front of an audience at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios back in 2001—quite a coup when you consider that only Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills and Dave Clarke had the honour of doing this before him.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, but being raised in Chicago during the 70’s was a good breeding ground for developing Sadar Bahar’s taste in music, where he was being exposed to Gospel, Funk, Disco, Jazz, Soul and other types of genres. Around the 80’s, Chicago was learning the meaning of House music and DJs like Sadar were – and still are – the flag bearers. However, Sadar’s interest was also in the direction of rare disco and boogie grooves he found in stores and kept pulling them out of his record case to put on the turntables. Onto the present day, and his strict vinyl-to-vinyl ethos and deliverance of the deepest and unknown selections, derived from “real” music, created by “real” musicians playing “real” instruments, has made Sadar one of the most respected in the game. Anyone who’s seen him play can attest to the pure brilliance of his art and dedication.

In the last twelve months Jane Fitz and Evan Baggs residencies at The Pickle Factory have gone from strength-to-strength and both will remain as stalwarts for the venue in 2018, sharing with party-goers the depths of their expertly curated record collections. Jane kicks things off with a debut All Night Long session in the club, details of which can be found here.

Heavyweight selection first and foremost is the mantra Josey Rebelle, one of The Pickle Factory’s incoming residents, holds central to all she does. Coupled with the skills to seamlessly join the dots between house, techno, boogie and more, it’s a formula that has seen her gain a esteemed reputation both in her native London and at clubs and festivals across the world. And whilst her club sets centre around house, techno and disco sounds old and new, Josey demonstrates the full spectrum of her musical knowledge on her shows every Sunday on Rinse FM, a slot she’s presided over from way back in 2011.

Last but not least is Gwenan, a DJ close to our hearts, who is fast becoming one of the most respected selectors techno for those who know. Recent sets at the likes of Freerotation Festival have turned heads for all the reasons, and it’s been a sharp rise for the now Berlin-based DJ over the past few years, playings gigs overseas in Paris, Ljubljana, and as far afield as Tokyo. Considered, groovy selections from her deep crates will find a welcome home under Pickle’s beams after several standout performances in the space over the last 12 months.