Colin Faver is ‘the reason that you’re dancing and enjoying the global dance music scene as we know it.’
Mr.C, the accomplished MC, DJ and Superfreq boss, who’s also known for co-founding legendary club The End in 1995, has recorded a mix dedicated to the late Colin Faver (featured in above image). Faver, who passed away earlier this month aged 63, was one of the UK’s first House and Techno DJs. He played a prominent role in British Dance music in the 80s, holding down a residency at the Camden Palace from 1982-88, and went on to co-found pirate turned legal radio station, KISS FM. Entitled ‘Beyond The Clouds’, Mr.C’s mix was recently uploaded to his SoundCloud and includes a summary of Faver’s momentous contribution to UK music:
‘Rewind to the post punk era of the early 80s. It’s 1982 & Colin Faver gives up is job as a commercial graphic artist & is working for a record shop in Walthamstow London called Small Wonder records, who signed the first Cure & Bauhaus singles. It was then when the first wave of New Wave electronic music surfaced & Colin was mixing up electronic music at the New Romantic Institution that was the Camden Palace championing music from Kraftwerk to Afrika Bambaataa to Visage. It was this music that directly inspired the likes of Juan Atkins in Detroit & Frankie Knuckles (RIP) in Chicago, who were without doubt Colin’s American counterparts in the birth of House & Techno Music in the mid 80s.
Colin remained the resident at the Camden Palace into the late 80s as well as being resident at Pyramid at Heaven & Jungle at Busbys playing House & Techno as it had never been heard before in the mid 80s. After this came Colin’s residency at RIP at Clink Street in 1988, Dungeons in Lea Bridge Road in 1989, Rage at Heaven in 89-90, Knowledge in the early 90s & played at just about every top club in the UK that played dance music.
Colin was a regular DJ on London’s Kiss FM when it was no more than a weekend pirate radio station in the mid 80s & held down a weekly radio show once Kiss became legal for the best part of 2 decades.
Colin Faver is the reason I got started in this scene, allowing me to rap with him at the Camden Palace in 1984 & fully taking me under his wing, along with Eddie Richards in early 1986 as their resident House Music rapper, way before I was a DJ in late 87, when these two huge influences became my colleagues on the decks too. I have everything to thank them both for as they were my mentors & influences.
This tribute mix is coincidentally 3:03 long & was mixed using 100% vinyl from the 80s & early 90s, is emotional & has been uploaded unedited, warts & all, with pure love from the heart.
My condolences go out to Colin’s long term partner Brenda Russell & all those who loved him. Colin Faver R.I.P.’