Skanks Radio presents guest DJ Rennie Pilgrem, 6th July 19:00 BST

This just in from Arimtage Skanks very own Boywonder:

“This week we invite the Godfather of Breaks to the Studio to grace his skillz and show of his new flavas. After having him play for Skanks VS Supertronix at Jamm we just had to get him up to do a show. We have picked the perfect date too as the legendary TCR BBQ @ Lockside Lounge is just round the corner

“Son of a jazz trumpeter, Rennie grew up listening to Charlie Parker and playing various funk bands on tenor saxophone. Later after getting heavily into ‘black’ music he formed various funk bands playing sax and keyboards. Rennie’s musical infatuation took a big twist when he heard the sounds coming out of Detroit in the late ‘80s. After making rudimentary House music on the wrong kind of drum machines with soon to be Rhythm Section members Ellis Dee, Richard Thake and Nick ‘Newton Scott, they had interest from (amongst others) the new British house label Guerrilla. Preferring to release their own material they formed Rhythm Section Recordings and became part of the wave of breakbeat house that went on to become known as Hardcore in the early ‘90’s.

“Their third release ‘Comin’ On Strong’ was a anthem and would have charted top 40 if they’d known about ‘bar codes’ on records. With Ellis Dee the crowned king of rave Djs, Rhythm Section played at pretty much every main party between ’90-92’. On the same bill as The Prodigy, Moby, Altern 8, Shades Of Rhythm and Bizzare Inc. Their music was very big with pretty much every major DJ at the time, Fabio, Grooverider, Ray Keith, Carl Cox etc etc…

“As the drugs sped up, so did the music. When the bpms reached a ridiculous 150, Rhythm Section decided to call it a day and separately went back to making music at House tempo.

“In 1993 Rennie founded Thursday Club Recordings (TCR) as a medium for putting out his own material. His first few releases were funky house with a smattering of breaks lurking in the background. Recording now as ‘Thursday Club’ he had a big tune with ‘Thursday Theme’ which was chased by Virgin.

“A chance PA in Florida was another turning point in 1994. Hearing a thriving breaks scene at its original tempo galvanized Rennie into going back to pure breaks.

“‘A Place Called Acid’ (1995) was one of the biggest breakbeat tunes around. With his pedigree as a member of the legendary Rhythm Section in the rave days Rennie’s remixing skills are much in demand. He also set up ‘Friction’ with Adam Freeland, Tayo and Ian Williams which pretty much kick-started the whole ‘Nu Skool’ scene. He also coined the term ‘Nu Skool’ along with his fellow Friction partners as a way of describing their music.

“He’s released records on Whole9yards, City Of Angels, Chrysalis/EMI, Mob and China Records to name but a few. He’s collaborated with many top producers including legend Arthur Baker (on ‘Like No Other’, ‘Hey Funky People’ and ‘Face It’), BLIM (on that massive ‘Eskimo’ track and the equally huge ‘2Freaks’) and with Meat Katie (on ‘Rubba’ and ‘Atmosphere’). Following on from the huge ‘Black Widow’, Rennie also decided it was time to go back into the studio with Uberzone and their follow-up ‘Cous Cous’ received support from the likes of everyone from the Plump DJ’s to Pete Tong and Sasha!

“He continues to DJ all over the world and wow audiences with his dancefloor-friendly funk-infused breaks sets. He is resident at Rome’s premier night, Agatha and runs a hugely successful clubnight, ‘Hum’, with Meat Katie which takes place in London (the last one had 1400 people pack through the doors!). He is also part of the team responsible for the ‘Breaksday’ concept – so far 3parties have been held, one at WMC in Miami which was one of the most talked about parties of the conference and more recently at The Glade Festivals which were both huge successes.

“He has been voted ‘Most Valuable/Influential Person’ at The International Breaks Awards four years running and last year also picked up awards for Best Single (2Freaks) and Best Remix (for Emit/Collect which has just been signed to Universal).

“Rennie released a mix album on Perfecto ‘Perfecto Breaks’ which received huge support across the board and has recently remixed the likes of Braund Reynolds, Rich Thair and Ferry Corsten’s ‘Rock Your Body’ which got caned by all the top jocks. Lately he has completed new collaborations with the likes of Lee Coombs, scored the opening sequence for the movie ‘Football Factory’ and his second artist album ‘Pilgremage’ was released to high acclaim on TCR – his label that is 13years young and is fast approaching its 100th release – an incredible feat for any independent label. And of course he continues to be chairman of the local ‘Dwarf-Hurling’ association.

“Renie Pilgrem & The TCR Allstars is his Live band incarnation. They have played Glastonbury twice, The Glade Festival, Fabric twice as well as Festivals in Slovenia and Italy. They are officially ‘big in Southern Spain’ regularly pulling over 2000 people to their performance. IDJ included them in the Top Twenty Electronic bands around alongside The Chemical Brothers and Basement Jaxx.

“Rennie’s was recently asked to do a new track for the new Wipeout Pure PSP consol and has just released a new mix album in celebration of TCR’s 100th release. Radio 1 just asked him to do the hallowed ‘Essential Mix’ which got critical acclaim from around the world.

“Currently Rennie is making headway into the world of TV and Film. He wrote the Title music to the Brit Film ‘The Football Factory’, and has written the music to a several ads/games including Sony Wipeout. He and his label have also had their music featured on American mega series CSI and Rennie’s music has been on several film trailers including Spiderman 3 and The Matrix.

“As well as concentrating more on music for TV, Rennie is currently working on his full first film score called ‘The Fix’ for some underground British Film makers and is also producing an album for electronic Turkish artist Oojami.. An Ep of electronic Funk called ‘Street Legal’ is Rennie’s latest release on TCR, with its follow up ‘Street Legal 2’ to drop in August 2010.”