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Optimo Music / UK

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Twitch and Jonnie Wilkes aka Optimo first made their names in the mid-90s with the notorious Edinburgh club night Pure, renowned for being the first UK event to book artists including Jeff Mills, Green Velvet and Richie Hawtin.

But it was in 1997 that the Optimo project began, foregrounding the pair’s anything-goes approach to DJing – at Optimo, you’d be as likely to hear kosmische, post-punk, industrial and ‘50s swing as you would white label dub techno and slinky NYC house.

It’s a formula – or non-formula, more accurately – that’s served them amply ever since, with gigs at clubs and festivals the world over, a clutch of critically acclaimed compilations, and a much-lauded label keeping the Optimo flag flying high well into its third decade.

Posted: 10 November 2015