Record Store Day is a special fixture in the audiophile calendar, and Leeds has been given the opportunity to celebrate in style as Sonic Sahara & Nothing Stays The Same team up to invite Tom Trago for a four hour set at the fantastic Studio 24.
Another in a long line of prestigious Dutch DJs, Trago has become a Rush Hour golden child, honing his selection skills ever since starting out in Amsterdam cafes aged just 15. A fine producer of funky house and jumpy techno grooves, Trago has released three albums and a multitude of singles and EPs during his musical endeavours, and is known for bringing together a diverse musical catalogue of his own productions and his wide-reaching influences as he takes to the decks.
Viewed by many as a musical educator, Trago delves into futuristic sounds to engage and challenge his audience, an appropriate first booking for Nothing Stays The Same, the sparkling new brainchild of local techno stalwarts Selective Hearing. Working in tandem with their good friends Sonic Sahara, NSTS will use this record store day treat as the launching pad for a monthly party exploring some of the city’s most interesting spaces. The first hidden gem to be opened up, Mabgate’s Studio 24 offers a part warehouse part lounge environment unlike any other in the city, known to only the most proactive of Leeds’ party-goers; for a new night looking to explore less stepped-on territory, there might be no better place to start the journey.
Sonic Sahara lend their support to guarantee that things get off to the best possible start, offering up experience gained through parties with names as big as Al Dobson Jr, Pender Street Steppers, Ptaki and Les Yeux Orange. Turning their attention to Trago, they’ll offer him everything he needs to keep things bouncing once again after the resident DJs and special guest have demonstrated their intentions, and all under the watchful eye of the venue’s trademark white hawk, winged protector of the dancefloor.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Paramount Artists