Behind the Decks: Audax

By James Brown.

Each week we get behind the decks with the very best resident DJs from across the Manchester club scene, chatting about the newest releases, the best clubs and the picks of the month. This week we hook up with a resident from one of the newest and deeply thought out clubs in the city. The brain child of a consortium of DJs from across Manchester, bringing you an amalgamation of incredible talent from across the globe on a monthly basis. Solar began last month with huge success and returns to Gorilla this Saturday with non other than Robert Dietz. We got chance to sit down with DJ, producer and resident DJ Audax to discuss living room back to backs, top clubs and why he's proud of Manchester.  


Age: 30

Club Night : SOLAR

What do you love most about the clubbing scene in Manchester?

The constant variety of acts, venues and events from festivals to small club spots and everything in between. This, put with the ever ‘up for it’ attitude and ‘togetherness’ of the Manchester crowd makes it a home to be proud of!

What makes Manchester so important to the UK club scene? 

Manchester’s deeply rooted history and its influence, not only on electronic music, but on the long list of bands who have reached international acclaim through clubs such as the Hacienda. The nostalgia is big part of its importance. I don’t think any UK clubber can class themselves as accomplished without a few Manchester tear ups under their belt! And there’s plenty of opportunity for that.

What’s one of the best club nights you have ever been to in Manchester?

Personally my favourite venue was the Warehouse Project at its original home of the old Boddington’s Brewery. Best club night for me has been any event where Loco Dice has done what he does best!

Favourite place to party in Manchester?

Gorilla – great size, layout and staff are great to deal with from the door to the bar.

Favourite Manchester bar for pre-club drinks?

Luck, Lust, Liquor and Burn. Based in the Northern Quarter. This used to be called Socio and has never lost the amazing cocktails, food and atmosphere but now has a great Mexican / Vegas influenced restaurant upstairs. The new downstairs space at Whiskey Jar also in based Northern Quarter looks a promising addition to another top bar.

What's your favourite tune of all time to hear in a club?

Hard, hard question! Difficult to pick one but I think it’s a good fight between Paul Woodford’s Erotic Discourse and Man With the Red Face. Two tracks that will always bring back some amazing memories from my early club years.

If you could throw a club night with any two DJs going back to back in your own living room for 20 of your mates, who would you choose?

Loco Dice and Carola – every single time! For me these two have delivered at every event I have seen them play. Might be a bit strong for a living room but I couldn’t pick any other partnership.

Pick of the month? (Track and Clubnight)

Track has to be ‘Mind Your Step (DF Dub) by Dennis Ferrer and Janelle Kroll. Rolling, driving techy beauty that adds a great bass influence to my techno sets. Played this as the last track at our last event with Martin Buttrich and had such a massive reaction even at 4am.

Clubnight this month was Mute’s return to South with Brawther – great night with bookings and following to match.

Finally, if you could choose one club in the world to go to for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Reset in Barcelona – sound system was like nothing I’ve ever heard before set in a stunning castle overlooking the city. The only place that for me has topped the Amnesia Terrace.

Audax supports Robert Dietz this coming Saturday at Gorilla. BUY TICKETS.