For all the talk of resurgences and revivals of rugged underground techno, it’s important to remember that there are people who’ve been keeping the sound alive and current all the way through the lean days of dubstep’s dominance, minimal overload and vinyl’s decline.
Sunil Sharpe is a perfect example; starting with down-and-dirty gigs on the Dublin scene in 2000, he’s steadily reached out into the global scene with no thought of fashionability. He’s not only made a name for himself as a DJ and (since 2006) a producer, but as a supporter and documenter of this scene, particularly via his shows on Ireland’s RTE Radio – which started in 2007 but have latterly expanded to include lengthy interview segments.
This depth and breadth of involvement means there are few people out there who are better placed to contextualise the current movements in techno. Enter Sheworks.