Infobox musical artist
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Name = Photek
St Albans, England, United Kingdom
Drum and bass Downtempo Deep House
Label = Science
Astralwerks/Virgin/EMI Records Photek Productions Sanctuary Records
Photek is Rupert Parkes (born
1972, St Albans, England), a Los Angeles-based record producerand DJ. He joined the drum and bassscene relatively early (his first release was in 1992, a collaboration with "Rob Solomon" a.k.a. "Lexis"), and is still one of its most respected players. In the mid-to-late Nineties he was a very active remixer, and he has also done some soundtrackwork, most notably for " The Animatrix".
His early tracks are somewhat ambient, but already feature the rhythm pattern of his seminal
1997work Modus Operandi, which embodies most of his mid-nineties style: atmospheric, but at the same time very cold and paranoid, consisting mostly of jazz-influenced, highly complex drum patterns and sequenced double basslines, sometimes with minimalistic synth melodies on top.
1998follow up to "Modus Operandi" was the Form & Functionalbum. Photek is also influenced by traditional Japanese musicand culture, with song titles as "Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu (2 Swords Technique)" (named after the Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryutechnique) and "The Seven Samurai" (named after the movie of the same name).
His album "Solaris " (released in
2000) saw quite a bit of change to his music, with gloomy house tracks alongside free-form ambient noise and the usual snare drumattacks. It included the house single "Mine To Give" (featuring Robert Owens), which reached the top spot of Billboard magazine's " Hot Dance Music/Club Play" in 2001.
After "Solaris", he paid his way out of his contract with
Virgin Recordssublabel Science, and continues to release 12-inch singles on his own "Photek Productions" label.These tracks are more club-oriented and reminiscent of the recent work of Roni Size. Parkes also worked with Nine Inch Nailson the album " With Teeth" by providing additional programming on "All The Love In The World" and remixing the single "The Hand that Feeds", he's rumored to also have been working with Pharrell.
His latest album "
Form & Function Vol. 2" was released on 24 September 2007. He also contributed music to the movie "Dreamland".
* "Special Forces"
* "Studio Pressure"
* "The Truper"
* "System X"
* "Code Of Practice"
List of number-one dance hits (United States)
List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Dance chart
* [http://www.photekproductions.com Official website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/photekproductions Blog] at
* [http://www.last.fm/music/Photek Photek] at
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