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Colin Faver, who played an essential role in British club culture, has sadly passed away.






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Colin Faver, who has died aged 63, was an important figure in the development of British club culture from its beginnings in one-off nights in London in the late 1970s to the multi-national business of today.

Faver’s career as a DJ was one of the most enduring, spanning more than four decades, and he is recognised by dance music cognoscenti as an early champion of the genres which still provide the soundtrack to nightlife around the world. These were particularly the techno and house styles – electronic dance music using fast tempo and pulsating bass lines – developed by black musicians in such cities as Chicago and Detroit during the 1980s.

Faver was an evangelist for acid house in the late 1980s and he also became a fixture behind the decks of such club-nights as Shoom in Southwark and the Hacienda in Manchester. At one stage, he had weekly residencies at Heaven and the Wag in London, as well as at Rex Club in Paris. This led to international bookings and Faver toured Europe and Australia, Japan and North America.

Softly spoken and entirely lacking in ego, in recent years Faver found that his musical tastes had shifted from techno to more melodic material he featured on the digital radio station Mi-Soul. His views on the work of a DJ in a world that was increasingly dominated by egotistic self-promoters were delightfully unpretentious.

“I remember Colin playing house music when it didn’t have a name,” recalled his fellow DJ Mark Moore of S’Express. “His shows on Kiss FM were events in their own right. One time in 1987 he rang [the Detroit producer] Derrick May live on air hoping to get an impromptu interview. Instead he got the answering machine so mixed Derrick’s answer message into one of the tunes he was playing. Colin was always in the mix.”

Colin Faver, born December 24 1951, died September 5 2015

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