Dance System (Thu 06/04)

The visionary producer, label owner, and DJ James Connolly and his alias Dance System will be touring Australia and New Zealand at our O.G Home of House music, Geisha Bar! 🇦🇺

London’s James Connolly continues to leave an indelible mark on the world of electronic music. The innovative producer and DJ behind the aliases L-Vis 1990 and Dance System, has been a driving force in the world of electronic music for over a decade. With a string of visionary-yet-reverent releases on labels such as Night Slugs, PMR, Warp, Mad Decent, Sound Pellegrino, Ultramagic, Clone, Monkeytown, Warehouse Music and Edible, Connolly has not only survived in the volatile world of dance music but has helped to shape it.

Connolly’s contribution to electronic music has been recognised by a new generation of producers, with Grammy-winner Mura Masa citing him as a major influence. But Connolly’s impact extends to veterans of the genre as well, with the likes of DJ Deeon, Parris Mitchell, and Green Velvet all celebrating his work. Pop producers such as Diplo, Skrillex, A-Trak, and Calvin Harris have also championed Connolly, with the latter proclaiming him his “favourite DJ”.

After taking a five-year hiatus from producing house music to focus on his L-Vis 1990 artist project, Connolly revived his Dance System alias in 2019 with a series of successful releases, including the Wind ‘Em Up EP on Modeselektor’s Monkeytown and the Please EP on Eats Everything’s Edible. An official Dance System remix of A-Trak’s ‘Work It Out’ followed, before Connolly closed out the year with the ‘Can’t Stop’ EP on Mella Dee’s Warehouse Music, complete with a launch party that featured surprise guests Skrillex, Alex Virgo, Joe Corti, Absolute, and more.

During the 2020 lockdowns, Connolly used this period of isolation to refine and develop what would become the blueprint for System Records. All the lessons and previously disparate threads from his fifteen-year career converged into a plan to fire up the next generation of ravers. Echoing the sentiment that launched Night Slugs all those years ago, System Records was to be an antidote; a new space for Connolly to get serious about having fun, a platform for new talent and a home for the “misfits and geeks who managed to find our way in life with the help of dance music.” He went on to cultivate the love of collaboration he’d started with the 12 Thousand Nights album and developed a fully integrated world of sound and visuals, as he’d learned to do with Nineteen90.

Connolly developed a distinct visual identity for the label, one that has elevated his Poochi character into something even more outlandish, drawing from the Y2K era and sending the dog further into 3D cyberspace, as a little escape for people with a little bit of utopia, and a world people can invest their time in.

Dance System’s playful sound has earned him support from some of the biggest names in the industry, including Peggy Gou, Patrick Topping, Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Ben UFO, Nina Las Vegas, Modeselektor, The Black Madonna, and Richie Hawtin, among others. With headlining sets at festivals such as Lovebox, Parklife, and Reading and a highly acclaimed performance at Glastonbury on the IICON stage, Connolly has solidified his position as one of the most exciting and innovative electronic musicians of our time.

Be a part of something that has left a lasting impression on the electronic music world, one that cannot be easily erased from memory.

Support DJs  ⊕ James A ⊕ AND. ⊕ TACHEE
Doors: 10pm
Early Bird Tickets on sale now! 🎟️

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