Deepchild is Australian DJ/producer Rick Bull – a stalwart of the Sydney deep-house/minimal-tech community and long-time radio presence on the airwaves of Fbi 94.5FM radio, where he hosts the award-winning ‘Monday Sunsets' each week from 6-8pm, recently voted 'best national radio-show' in the 2006 Australian Dance Music Awards .
With top billing shows along-side the likes of M.A.N.D.Y (at Berlin's prestigious Watergate club), to remix work for techno superstars, Booka Shade (voted best act and best record label, Get Physical, in dance bible IDJ last year), there's much that can be said for this genre-mashing producer. If the increasingly demanding international schedule weren't enough, a string of highly successful 12"s and remixes in 2006 have well and truly solidified Deepchild's reputation as a serious 'contender' in the saturated international dance-music community.
From rare collaborations/remixing work with Force-Inc's legendary producer, Luomo, Booka Shade, to Audiomontage (aka Freerange Record's own Jimpster), Russia's D-Pulse, Square-One (UK), Colourblind (FR) and detroit-funkateers Bumper (MDEX Records, US), a steady stream of dance-floor 'dub-wise techno' releases have ensured Deepchild tunes have graced many a DJ crate the world over. Tweaked-out micro-house, funked-out electro quirk and sublime 'fathomless and heavenly' (Sydney Morning Herald) deep-house joints all flesh out the truly diverse range of Deepchild productions. Dub, soul, West-Coast hip-hop and r'n'b, minimal techno and freaked-out post-disco are all thrown into the eclectic mix that is uniquely ‘Deepchild'. The 'unifying force' a muscular, warm and human approach to forward-thinking 'machine-music' that is sensual and jackin'! Little wonder, then, that well-respected UK music journal, The Wire, went as far as to proclaim that this sound was as sexy and addictive as new-dub electronica gets.
When Stereo-Heaven (the biggest DJ store in Essen, Germany) found that their biggest selling tech-house record was in fact written in a small share-house studio in Sydney's Inner-West (Deepchild's "No Disgrace", on Future Classic), they took the time to make special mention of what is indicative of Deepchild's head-turning appeal: "over here in my hometown in Germany, we really love "no disgrace"!! it's also by far the best selling record in our new local shop, too...from deep or tech house to minimal DJs, hip-hop and electronica fans - everybody is into that 3-tracker...really an amazing 12" you've created!"
Freerange Record's 'tech-house institution', Milton Jackson, phrased it rather more succinctly, "Oh My God. I think you are my new hero".
And so it continues on home turf with residencies at several Sydney clubs as well as cameos at national festivals ( WOMAD, Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival , local tech-house 'institutions' Mad Racket, HonkyTonks, Deep as F*ck, Loose Kaboose and so many more) serve to keep sleep 'hours' minimal, and the dance-floors sweaty!
Danceable. Seductive. Undeniably unique. Deepchild produces a sound and proven performance record that is classic, futuristic and vital - the world over.