Sheffield-based promoters Cycle haven't been around for long, but they've already made quite the impression on the city's musical landscape, applying the pressure with a distinctly darker spectrum of techno. For their first event they brought the coarse, tough selections of J. Tijn to the bar-type surroundings of The Harley, and for their next they'll be moving into the confines of the Mesters warehouse at Hope Works with Tresor's Marla Singer and duo Witch. We caught up with Cycle's Lawrence, George, and Louis ahead of the 18th March to find out more.
Tell us a little bit about how Cycle got started.
We met at university in Sheffield, each with our own interest in electronic music. After experiencing the local underground scene, we knew it was something we wanted to be part of. When curating events, we’re simply trying to base it around the music that we enjoy, with a focus on bringing different artists to the steel city.
Where does Cycle fit (or not fit) within the Sheffield clubbing landscape?
Sheffield has an established music scene with a new wave of promoters covering most forms of underground dance music. We’re hoping to be a part of this by representing hard, uncompromising techno.
What made J. Tijn the appropriate starting point for the series? How did that first night go?
Initially our interests were directed towards more UK focused club music [Swamp81, Hemlock, Hessle Audio]. As time has gone on we’ve moved towards the techno end of the spectrum, most likely the result of going to events headlined by some memorable artists: Jeff Mills, Surgeon, and Clouds. J. Tijn made sense as a first booking as we felt his style of techno summed up this shift in musical interest. The first night came together really well, especially when considering that we were playing hard techno on a weeknight…
What can we expect at Hope Works on the 18th? Any more of the same tripped-out visuals?
6+ hours of solid techno in the smoky confines of the Mesters warehouse at Hope Works. Sheffield visual artist Zaron Mizmeras was responsible for the live visuals at the last event and we’re really excited to see what he comes up with on the 18th, but yes it’ll definitely be tripped-out.
Words: Josie Roberts