|I knew of Peter Ward from
my visits to Trade, where his style was "chunky
but funky and tough edged house," but as he played in the Lite
Lounge, rather than the main room, I had hardly ever heard him play.
It was when he played in the main room one night unexpectedly (for
me at least) that I got blown away by his set, where he played some
wonderful hard uplifting music. This was when I was running 2Klub
presents SWEAT at Subway City in 2001, and decided then and there
that I had to have him come up to Brum and play for us. He did not
disappoint! Apart from Trade he's also been playing various clubs
in and around London and Brighton, with his latest residency being
at Twist, at Fire in
Vauxhall, the new after-hours hard dance event.
As I've got to know Peter I've discovered a very straight-forward
guy with an intelligent and deep understanding of the music business,
and the club scene. His roots go back to the founding fathers of the
modern hard dance scene, including the legendary Tony de Vit, as you'll
discover if you read his interview on the Trade website. For those
who are aspiring DJs, there's a very interesting and honest story
there. Below is what Trade say about him on their website. For the
interview click here.
"Peter has held residencies at some of the most famous venues
in the U. K. of which include the legendry Heaven and the Fridge in
London as well as the Paradise Factory in Manchester. In addition
to these he has been found in the Velvet Rooms, Escape from Samsara,
Transcentral and Manchester Mardi Gras. His professionalism, adaptability
and obvious talent caught the eye of Trade promoter Laurence Malice
who signed Peter to become part of the Trade collective.
Before joining Trade Peter had already taken his sound around
the world on his own, playing Italy, Germany, Belgium and Canada
amongst others. Peter was the first guest in seven years to be given
a yearlong residency at La Demence, in Brussels. Peter had achieved
that rare feat of becoming better known for his talent outside of
his own country than in it.!
Since 1994 Peter has been busy in the studio producing tracks under
Transform 21 (#1 in the German charts), Injector and the Action Men.
He has released under labels: Tec records, Choci Chewns and VCF Records
as well as collaborated with such noted DJ's as Mrs Wood, Choci and
Richard Kirk of Cabaret Voltaire. Then in 2000 he set up his own label,
in conjunction with fellow producer DJ Mishka named 'Ephedrine Recordings.'
He states that the label is an interesting fusion between hard-edged
house and hard trance. The label has recently had its thirtieth successful
release, and has had several tracks signed to compilations, including
a recent Nukleuz CD.
Since joining the Trade Collective in '99, Peter has released two
tracks for the label - in 2001 he released 'Trash Dance' which was
quickly followed up by his latest release 'Let's Move' both of which
achieved highly respectable sales and critical acclaim.
The latter half of 2001 saw Peter's international respect skyrocket
and in just 3 months he performed in South Africa, Los Angeles,
Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ibiza and Paris alongside his London residency
at Trade where he can be seen whipping the crowd up and priming
them for the night to come with his set in the Lite Lounge, portraying
his pumping style in a stylish and funky "subliminal"
set that puts a sexy feel into his music. " (Extract from the
Trade website, dated 2002).