Deepchild is Australian DJ/producer Rick Bull ? a stalwart of the Australian deep-house/minimal-tech community and long-time radio presence on the airwaves of Fbi 94.5FM radio in Sydney, 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.
Touring top billing dj set along-side the likes of Richie Hawtin and Green Velvet (at the massive EXIT Festival, Serbia) jeff mills (Tribal Sessions in Leeds), Jesse Rose, Dixon and Sebo K (for Jesse's "Made to Play" monthly at Berlin's legendary Panorama Bar), M.A.N.D.Y (Watergate, Berlin), Ewan Pearson and Will SAUL (SONAR, Barcelona) 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 of weren't enough (try playing Germany and then Kuala Lumpur in the space of 4 days!), a string of highly successful 12"s on labels and remixes last year have well and truly solidified deepchild's reputation as a serious 'contender' in the saturated international dance-music community.
London, Berlin, Prague, Cologne, Manchester, Leeds, Serbia, Kuala Lumpur and more have all featurer in this years extensive dj/live touring menu, with residencies in homeland of Sydney (AU) at Bread and Butter and KINK fleshing out time between quarterly European tours and a busy studio schedule. When not turning the dials in his studio in Bondi, Sydney, deepchild bunkers down for extended production duties in his unofficial 'second home' of various studios in Berlin (where much of his label-community and European booker are based).
From 'big-label' original releases for labels like US Om Records, remix work for legendary producers New Order, Booka Shade (Get Physical), deeper cuts for freerange records (UK) and future classic, and serious tech-weapons for BEEF, Dieb and Detroit's own MDEX Records, a steady stream of bouncy, jackin' minimal sounds have insured deepchild has remained one of Australia's most in-demand producers. Hipp-e, robert babicz, Tigerstripes, Jimpster and Luomo have all leant their remix credits to deepchild 12"s....
The journey has been a long and sonically expansive one. Recent dj support from the likes of Justin Martin, Mattias Tanzman and Hipp-e, sits solidly against the proclamations of respected music journal, The Wire, who went as far as to proclaim that this sound was "as sexy and addictive as new-dub electronica gets". From quirky, stripped-back techno to deep dub explorations, deepchild has proven a robust producer and highly repsected dj and live-performer.
When Stereo-Heaven (the biggest dj store in Essen, Germany) found that their biggest selling Tech-House record was infact 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, hiphop 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 is rather more sucsinctly, "Oh My God. I think you are my new hero"