Timothy J. Fairplay
Asphodell, Scrutton Street axis alumni, Centurian of Rome, Junior and advocate for Crimes Of The Future, Timothy J. Fairplay has for the past ten years adopted many monikers and musical guises. Whichever way you choose to address him, however, one thing is for certain - Tim has crafted a sound something unique. Whether you know him as 50% of The Asphodells alongside Andrew Weatherall, as co-founder of club night and label Crimes of the Future alongside Scott Fraser, or simply for his solo production prowess, Tim has become a firm fixture of the electronic music scene over the years.
Tim first became inducted into the ’Scrutton Street Axis’ in 2006, sharing a recording space with Andrew Weatherall. Helping to craft the sound of Weatherall as his studio engineer, Tim then joined forces with the man himself to create The Asphodells 2013’s ‘Ruled by Passion, Destroyed By Lust’ LP. Critically acclaimed by everyone from The Guardian and The Quietus to Resident Advisor and XLR8R, the LP placed itself firmly in the outer edges of cosmic funk, Krautrock and proto Industrial, bringing with it a cult-like status amongst fans old and new in the process.
Crimes Of The Future, the joint label and club night between Tim and Scott Fraser, was born in Glasgow’s The Berkeley Suite, and since then has spawned a monthly residency at London’s Waiting Room and welcomed its 18th release in 2018. In that time the likes of Mystic Bill, Antoni Maiovvi, Black Merlin and Vercetti Technicolor have all been inducted into the Crimes Of The Future catalogue with releases by Betonkust & Innershades, and NOIA Rubicon & Rude 66 due for the first half of 2018. Not content with simply being label bosses Tim and Scott are also a production, DJ and live outfit having taken COFT across the UK and beyond, while Tim has DJ’ed at Fabric, Radion in Amsterdam and Output New York to name a few.
Aside from his many collaborations, Tim’s solo output has been prolific throughout the years, with releases on Pinkman, Knekelhuis, Höga Nord, Bird Scarer and Emotional Response amongst others, as well as on his own label Centurians Of Rome. In 2017, he released his early Techno flavoured debut solo album ‘Where Is The Champion?’ on Charlois and starts 2018 with releases on Work For Love, Nocta Numerica, Body Works, and Weapons Of Choice.
We are thrilled to have Tim close the festival for us! He will be playing at 6.30pm on Sunday.
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