Having developed into far more than a forward-thinking rehearsal space business, Pirate is home to a wealth of exciting talent on a global scale. We spotlight three London-based artists to keep on your musical radar.
Pirate is a global creative studio network with a strong foothold in the UK, US, and Germany. Over 365,000 artists globally, including hobbyists and professionals from all genres, choose Pirate for their production, DJing, or rehearsal needs, taking advantage of their flexible booking system and competitive pricing. Run by artists for artists, the team is dedicated to providing creators with industry-standard facilities and a supportive environment.
Below, we shine a light on three techno artists rising in the London scene who are honing their skills for the world stage from within the Pirate community.
Percussive, drummy techno, grime-tinted broken beat steppers, and UK sound system rollers.
Syz, originally from Brighton and now based in London, has been creating a buzz in the music scene over the past few years. He has consistently released tracks through respected labels like Banoffee Pies, Pressure Dome, Control Freak Recordings, Shanti Celeste’s Peach Discs, and more recently, Unknown Untitled. Syz has set the standard for emerging talent in the UK and earned the endorsement of notable figures like Mary Anne Hobbs, Pearson Sound, Pangaea, Zenker Brothers, and Saorise
Syz is a regular at Pirate’s London recording studios for heads-down music production sessions. He also uses their DJ studios to refine his mixing style, which has earned him bookings in the UK at renowned venues such as Venue MOT in London, The Love Inn in Bristol, and Patterns in Brighton, to name a few. Securing a number of bookings abroad in 2023, Syz is expected to gain even more momentum on the international stage in 2024.
Syz’s track, “Dddanz,” on the recent Unknown Untitled VA compilation has paved the way for a more club-focused output from the producer in the coming months. He also has a forthcoming remix in the works for Lucas SM, which will be released on the Barcelona-based label, Noise Pollution Recordings. Furthermore, he is currently hard at work on plans to launch his own label imprint, “Vitalizm,” which is scheduled to launch in early 2024
Find SYZ on Instagram.
Inventive, broken beat, and bassy techno.
Despite only taking up production in 2020, after moving back from Berlin, Talik has already developed a distinctive style influenced by artists like Forest Drive West, Anunaku, DJ Plead, and Martyn.
Talik has released her most recent EP, “Firefly,” on Martyn’s 3024 label, following her debut on the label in July 2021 with “I See Faces in the Trees.” She has also contributed to three EPs with the Dutch label Intercept and released tracks on Pressure Dome, Pseudonym Records, and Marie Montexier’s Paryía Records. Consequently, she has garnered support from Mary Anne Hobbs, DJ Mag, Mixmag, Crack Magazine, KEXP, and many others.
Talik uses Pirate’s East London DJ studios as well as their production rooms. Her equally impressive skills behind the decks have earned her performances at several of London’s top clubs, including the dance music mecca, fabric.
Talik’s latest EP Firefly is out now.
Find Talik on Instagram.
Customer Service is a techno producer and DJ.
Customer Service is a DJ/producer on the rise as well as the co-founder of labels Control Freak Recordings, Foam On A Wave, and one of London’s premier parties, Cabin Fever. The Hong Kong-raised, London-based artist is set to release his sophomore EP later this year, following his 2020 debut, “Dance First, Think Later.” His musical catalogue to date has garnered support from notable figures in the industry, including Ben UFO, Tom Ravenscroft, Solid Blake, dBridge, re:ni, upsammy, and others.
Like Talik, Customer Service has racked up many hours in Pirate’s East London recording studios, as well as their DJ studios. A diverse selector with a penchant for hypnotic and otherworldly sounds, he’s graced some of the most revered booths in London (FOLD, Corsica, and brilliant corners), as well as further afield in Rome, Berlin, and the rest of the UK.
Customer Service’s sophomore EP, landing in 2023, features a remix by one of his favourite Australian producers and a collaborative track with his Cabin Fever and Control Freak co-founder, Finnaman. He’s also planning a ‘more abstract’ project beyond club sounds and anticipates celebrating his label’s 5th anniversary in 2024.
Find Customer Service on Soundcloud.
If you haven’t yet, you can rent a Pirate studio to produce, DJ, or rehearse, and the studios are available 24 hours a day. From the London recording studios used by the artists above to New York rehearsal studios and Berlin DJ studios, Pirate has you covered for creative space at home or on tour, whatever your style.
Pirate also runs a series of great opportunities for artists to develop their skills and showcase their music. As part of the Artist Hub, Pirate partners with industry leaders, including music agencies, venues, labels, and individual artists, to provide a range of free development opportunities such as workshops, events, and gig placements.
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