Arthur Baker @ Back To The Phuture: Here All Details!
aaamusic | On 29, Jun 2010
The second Back To The Phuture at Aura takes place on 8th July. Hosted by Wall Of Sound head honcho Mark Jones and features avery special guest in the form of the legendary Arthur Baker. He started his career in Boston in the early seventies as a DJ playing Philly Soul. He then became famous for producing the first electronic rap record in the early eighties and still continues to shape the face of music production to this day working with the likes of New Order and Bob Dylan along the way.
They will be joined by the in demand DJ Luca C who will be in residence over the summer alongside Mr Jones.
Set in the beautiful, secluded northern part of the island, venue of the season Aura attracts a cosmopolitan mix of discerning visitors and residents in the know. Amidst the olive trees and tranquil gardens Mark and a series of special guest DJs will be laying down the best in electric dreams in the Garden Of Eden atmosphere unique to this part of the island. Aura’s John Beach says “We want to reflect what is really happening in the UK and across Europe right now and we felt that Back To The Phuture’s unique synthesis of contemporary and classic electronic music was the essence of all this’.
Back To The Phuture is the radio and club night created and hosted by Mark Jones and inspired by our current obsession with electronic music. Initially a radio show that began life on BBC 6 Music in 2009 and celebrates the very best in electro pop from the past, present and future. It brings together the synth pop pioneers of the late 70s and early 80s with new artists and DJs, creating a platform to promote electronic music in a contemporary setting.
The show has enjoyed massive success, uniting the likes of Gary Numan and Little Boots for a session and orchestrating a performance by Heaven 17 and La Roux at the BBC’s famous Maida Vale studios – two synth pop icons from two generations, singing each other’s songs, getting wrapped up in the arpeggiated analogue throb. It was a definitive pop event that drew huge audiences and broke the record for the most watched music event ever on BBC Digital with 1.3 million hitting the red button.
In May Back to the Phuture hosted the free party of the summer so far with live sets from Howard Jones and fast rising Kids On Bridges and a stellar DJ line up including Martyn Ware (Heaven 17), Rusty Egan (Blitz and Visage) and of course Mark Jones. This was the first in a series of live appearances over the coming months including Short Circuit, the International Music Summit in Ibiza, Sonar, Vintage Goodwood and Secret Garden Festival, culminating in the opening night of Bestival 2010 on Thursday, September 12.
With so many of today’s musicians now drawing their inspiration from the electronic sound of the 80s, the time is apt to celebrate the pioneers and highlight how they’re connecting with and shaping the future of music.