Photek

Genres: Action & Adventure Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

Rupert Parkes, 6 September 1971, Ipswich, Suffolk, England. Parkes became interested in hip-hop while at school and later developed a taste for jazz and funk and learnt to play the saxophone. In 1989, he was turned onto dance music, in particular the Detroit techno sound of such artists as Derrick May, after a visit to the hardcore night ‘Telepathy’ in north-east London. After moving to Ipswich in the early 90s, Parkes began working at a record shop owned by Rob Solomon with whom he also began to record original material. An early result was the 1992 jazz-inflected hardcore track ‘Sensation’, recorded as Origination, which was picked up by Ray Keith a friend of Solomon’s who was involved with Soho’s Black Market Records and was influential in the rave scene at the time. The following year Parkes and Solomon released ‘Make You Do Right/Out Of This World’ under the same name and as Studio Pressure recorded ‘Jump Mk2’...

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