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Steve Davis on Autechre and DJing at Bloc Weekend

Steve on a modern-day Stravinsky at the Bloc.

Kavus Torabi and I recently had the amazing experience of DJing at the last ever Bloc Weekend at Butlins in Minehead.

BBC iPlayer did a fly on the wall mini-documentary about our involvement for posterity. For those of you not aware of this legendary event, then I suppose Bloc could be described, by all intents and purposes, as the thinking person’s electronic music festival. Anybody who has been somebody in the world of ones and zeroes has played there, and while we were extremely late newcomers to the party, it’s a great pity that Bloc is no longer.

We got to meet up once again with Techno Titan Anthony Child (aka Surgeon) whose set with co-pilot Blawan was astonishing. I was also lucky enough to meet with Holly Herndon for an interview the morning after she’d blown the main stage apart with her innovative, interactive set. Other notable performances came from Floating Points, Thom Yorke and the amazing Appleblim & Second Storey. It was impossible to catch every artist as there were six stages each evening but all tastes of electrickery were catered for. However, the biggest surprise of the weekend for us was an unexpected meeting with even more royalty in the shape of an incognito Rob Brown from Autechre.


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