Mechanical Cabaret perform a headline set new club night Nervous Energy, featuring Roi DJing along with Komputerdave from the band Komputer, and DJ Zaira. It’s the first time in ages that we’ll have played here, it was formerly Upstairs At The Garage which we performed live at several times in the noughties including our debut album launch party!
DJ Komputerdave (David Baker) – Bio:
David Baker started DJing while studying Performing Arts at Middlesex Polytechnic, sometimes with his future musical partner Simon Leonard. Together they signed to Mute Records as synthpop duo I Start Counting in 1984, releasing a string of singles and albums, before re-emerging for the 90s as Fortran 5, with a more dancefloor orientated sound. In 1996 they reinvented themselves again as a Kraftwerk inspired project under their current Komputer banner. Parallel to this electronic path, David has pursued a career as a pianist while still DJing. Exposure to many different types of music has resulted in a very eclectic taste, which is reflected in his DJ sets.
DJ Roi – Bio:
Roi makes and performs his own music as Mechanical Cabaret, and has DJ’d at clubs and events around Europe, especially London, since 1991. He began DJing that year as resident DJ and co-conspirator of the industrial culture event Scream Inc. along side Andy Edwards and Tim Dill-Peterson, which ran in Cardiff for several years until the mid 90s, when Roi moved to London. Then he began working his way into DJing at various club nights and gigs, at various underground venues in London like Gossips and Madame JoJos in Soho, HQs, Borderline and Underworld in Camden, The Lexington, Electrowerkz and The Garage in Islington… playing Electro, Disco, Synthpop, Industrial, HiNRG, Acid House, anything electronic and dance-able really.
He then became resident DJ at Mark Moore and Frankie D‘s Electrogogo club night at Madame JoJos in Soho from 2002 until 2007, which ran weekly every Thursday night for over five years. He also DJ’d supporting legendary bands such as Nitzer Ebb, DAF and Suicide around that time. He then co-ran a synth/electroclash night called Deviant at Metros on Oxford Street, and had Dave Ball from Soft Cell as guest DJ on the opening night. After that he started playing live keyboards for Billie Ray Martin (ex-S’Express singer) and co-ran an electro night called Dirty Contacts with David Baker. Since 2016 he took on regular live keyboard duties for post-punk legends Killing Joke, and continues to DJ at numerous electronic music related nights and parties around London, and occasionally in mainland Europe too, eg. in Munich at The Loft, an industrial music event. This year he also took up residency at The Woodman in London where he regularly plays evening sessions to the gathered throng…