DJ Earl w/ footwork dancers Sirr Tmo + Dre - United States - 24 September - DJ Earl w/ footwork dancers Sirr Tmo + Dre - United States - 24 September
"Lol Earl just does it like it's nothing. These footwork guys always have these sick mixing skills. "
Steeped in Windy City lore, Chicago-born producer DJ Earl is the latest to don the footwork mantle. A for dancers by dancers movement founded by RP Boo and popularized by the late, great DJ Rashad and his TEKLIFE crew, footwork emerged in the 90s as a mutation of house, ghetto house and juke. With a blistering 160 bpm pace, looped vocals, drum fills, handclaps and snares, footwork was made to match a battling dancer’s step. Twenty-four year-old TEKLIFE affiliate DJ Earl has developed his own unique approach to the infamous genre. Whipping crowds into a frenzy with his high-octane sets, Earl crosses over into jungle, hip hop and even ambient noise. His newly-released Warp Records album Open Your Eyes, for which Earl teamed up with Oneohtrix Point Never and TEKLIFE crew members DJ Manny and DJ Taye, is both a testament to the strength of the genre’s lifeblood and the force Earl’s own creative expression. For his TodaysArt 2016, DJ Earl is joined on stage by dancers and fellow footwork devotees Srr Tmo and Dre, treating The Hague to the full footwork experience.
Theater aan het Spui - Zaal 2
Teklife / Hyperdub