Andy Riley( Inland Knights, Toka Project, Drop)
The man is back for another big one especially as Andy Riley is usually all good for a 4-5 hour monster of a set!!!!! this is one of those special gatherings for those that have genuinely been into House music for quite sometime. A gathering of the community.
This is a party with some serious History, that is all about the people and having a great time !!!!
We will also be celebrating several birthdays including Andy Riley`s
support from Ed , Azza & Andy Vann
Dj, Producer, Label owner. Andy Riley has certainly been busy over the last 20 years. His productions as one half of Inland Knights, as well as various solo outings under his Toka Project guise, have ensured that he has remained a prominent fixture both from behind the decks and on wax.
After a few years serving his apprenticeship as an in-demand local Dj in and around Nottinghamshire UK, Andy’s inevitable step into production started in earnest with fellow Dj Steve Walker.
Toka Project was born with the release of Swungbeats ‘King Sized Blue’Ep in early 1995. Originally a collaboration with Walker, all early output was released on Nottingham’s ‘Strictly 4 Groovers’ label, now better known as DiY Discs. Andy and Steve went on to remix a number of artists on the labels roster at the time, notably Gibby Music of Crash Records fame and Fred Everything amongst others. By 1998 Toka Project productions were in full flow and in the same year they released the much acclaimed ‘Be Free’ Ep for Chicago’s legendary Guidance Records, the title track also appeared on Guidance’s’ High Fidelity House Imprint Vol 2’. These two releases helped to push the Toka Project brand abroad and in 1999 Andy embarked on a three-month tour of the U.S and Canada with Andy Macari and Jay Cowley, stopping off in New York, LA, San Francisco, Phoenix, Philly, Tampa, Seattle, and Washington D.C amongst other places, and Montreal, Vancouver ,Whistler and Victoria in Canada. Ep’s and remixes on top labels such as Transport, Silver Network, So Sound, Amenti, Robsoul and Tango were to follow, all released to critical acclaim globally.
Over the course of the 90’s, Riley had been DJ’ing with Smokescreen Sound System and by 1998 had started writing tracks with fellow Smokescreen DJ Laurence Ritchie. As Inland Knights Laurence and Andy undertook a hectic production schedule to write tracks for Drop Music, Laurence’s fledgling House label. Drop Music has gone on to become one of the most highly regarded House labels in recent times. Inland Knights have become one of the most prolific and respected production outfits in the House community, carving a distinctive and unique House sound, and regularly taking on remix duties for fellow labels and producers, not to mention a Dj schedule which takes them further and further afield as their reputation grows. Bookings have included slots at UK clubbing institutions such as Fabric, The End, The Egg, Turnmills, Shindig, Back 2 Basics, Chibuku Shake Shake, Ministry Of Sound, Cargo, déjà vu, The Arches and The Sub Club in Scotland, as well as smaller more intimate venues nationwide. Countless international trips have seen them tour the Globe. Release highlights include the ‘Mohammed Ali’ remix for Faithless on Cheeky Records, CD compilations and remixes for NRK and Om Records and Inland Knights first full length album entitled ‘Creative Spaces’. More recently Inland Knights have released an album celebrating 10 years of Drop Music entitled ‘Dust till Dawn’ as well as the Retrospective ‘Inland Bytes’, a look back at Inland Knights career so far.
Currently, as well as remix and production commitments, Riley maintains a busy international Dj ‘ing schedule, and can be found most weekends playing up and down the UK and Europe, as well as regular visits to the U.S, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa playing both as one half of Inland Knights, and solo under his own name.