Ignition Technician aka Richard Wilkinson is from and based in Leeds (u.k), working as a DJ and producer for the U.K's legendary Orbit club Wilko honed his skills with dynamic DJ sets and live performances. The legendary nights at the Orbit club launched Ignition Technician on to the world circuit, playing all over Europe plus tours to Brazil, Australia, Japan and the USA. Wilko started out as a sound engineer for the world famous Cream club, which led to him playing back to back with Paul(chunky)Bleasdale in the Cream back room. During his time at Cream Wilko looked after artists such as Carl Cox, Dave Clarke, DJ Sasha, Underworld, Daft Punk, Bassment Jaxx and Chemical Brothers as well as been Paul Okenfold's personal soundman for a year.
Wilko went on to work for other top uk club nights including Bugged Out and then the Orbit. Ignition Technician's Productions have been championed by the electronic underground as well as the dance music elite, it was Carl Cox who discovered Ignition technician in 1999 and was the first DJ to play early productions from dub plates. Soon other DJ's including Dave Clarke, Laurent Garnier, Joey Beltram, Billy Nasty as well as more surprising fans including Pete Tong, Judge Jules, Jon Peel and Colin Murry where soon spinning Ignition productions week in week out, this led to Wilko appearing as a guest on MTV's Dance Floor Chart as well as regular visits to BBC Radio One for live and DJ performances.
Wilko started his Ignition Technician project in 1999 with best mate and production partner Pete Simpson, though the two often work on there own separate projects they remain mutual confidents on all things musical. Wilko fly's the Ignition Technician flag on the club circuit with his DJ skills and solo live sets. Pete and Wilko plan to come together for a live world tour, planned for 2007. Ignition Technician's productions have a techno-based sound that looks to any source of inspiration and is open to all influences of music. Unafraid of boundary's and other peoples opinions of what techno should sound like, Wilko puts together DJ tools for his own use, holding firm to the old clich� 'I make music that I like, if other people like it then that's a bonus'. Wilko is owner and producer of his own labels Pirate Audio, Notorious North and Dj Special Needs. Wilko also co-owns the Orbit clubs highly respected label Player with Red Seal Records boss Jon Nuccle and Eastern Bloc records manager Mark Turner. Wilko also owns Ignition records with best friend Pete Simpson. Producing as Wilko, Player and ignition technician has built up a massive fan base world wide, and led to releases for high profile labels such as Primate, Tortured, Tronic, Potential, Audio, Planet Rhythm and wedafuqawi to name a few.
Ignition Technician has worked with producers including the Advent, Space DJ's, Angel Alanis, Glenn Wilson, Cave, Marko Nastic, Jel Ford, DJ Bam Bam, DJ Urban, Rino Cerrone, mark Antonio, Mike Humphries, Trevor Rockcliffe,DJ Preach and DJ Misjah. Ignition Technician is currently working with Therimin management(UK) which became Archetype in 2004 and DJ Misjah's agency Rerun bookings(Belgium) Ignition Technician has showcased his original style around the world djing on every continent with the exception of Antarctica, this success had made Ignition Technician one of the most sort after DJ's in the sub continent, Asia, Europe and South America. whether wilko's dropping Techno or booty or playing live or spinning, Wilko loves been out on the road testing new productions and deck skills. Over the years Ignition Technician has worked for many labels having more than 150 releases under his belt. Wilko's personal high lights are releases for Christian Smith's Tronic label, releasing for Misstress Barbara on her Iturnem label and glen Wilson on his punish imprint as well as the bigger releases on Primate Recordings and Billy Nasty's Tortured records. A big turning Point came in 2004 with the release of Ignition Technicians highly acclaimed album 'Social Services' on long standing techno label WEDAFUQAWI. Touring and maintaining his continued dedication to producing for his own labels dominated 2005 for Wilko. In the pipeline for 2006 are releases for Intec, Wetmusik and Primate Recordings plus releases of a dj mix and live set on cd for primal rhythms. When Wilko is not gigging he lives in the studio and is constantly trying to improve as a musician. This positive work ethic has allowed him to rise up through the ranks and hold his own in a scene that already has many excellent DJ's and producers.
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