Resident profile: Dorbachov

Resident profile: Dorbachov

Monday resident Dorbachov is Damien O’Reilly, a London based Techno DJ and Producer from Northern Ireland. Damien’s musical journey began from listening to hardcore and techno cassette tapes in the Northern Irish countryside throughout the 90s, to becoming a regular across Ulster’s quickly emerging rave scene. Bitten by the bug, Damien knew he needed to be on the other side of the DJ booth – ‘Dorbachov’ was born.

Several bookings followed and, with his ‘90s influence clearly evident in his sets, it wasn’t long before he was offered a residency at the Dublin hotspot ‘So Loco’.

After a move to London, Dorbachov changed his focus and direction to the studio. Heavily immersing himself into production, he realised his true potential in formulating clever and energetic live sets. His vocational background was electrical engineering and this is clearly evident in his industrial and calculated sound that would not be a stranger in the clubs of Berlin.

Dorbachov’s next move was to present his releases to a wider audience. His debut track releasing on the rising label ‘Haute’ in 2012. Several further releases followed on favoured labels such as Clutch Trax, Renesanz, Terminus Audio, and Gobsmacked.

In 2015 Dorbachov set up ‘Carbyne Records’ and released his own album ‘Free State Propaganda’ on the imprint with solid reviews including an interview in Ireland’s ’Hot Press’ magazine.

It was in 2016 that Dorbachov moved into the niche area of Live Modular sets. He took these sets and effortlessly formulated them into tracks which were quickly picked up by several reputable labels including Distrackt, Wunderblock, UKR Special series, and Room 2. Dorbachov’s talents in the studio have also spread into publishing with a remix for Channel 4’s acclaimed cult-series ‘Utopia’.

Dorbachov has made a steady return to playing out, with both his Live Hardware and DJ sets of engaging, intelligent heavyweight techno gaining popularity, with bookings across the UK including North London techno institution ‘The Cause’.

In 2019 Damien launched his ‘Carbyne Live Transmissions’ Radio Show. This has given him an outlet to showcase not only his own talent and personality, but an opportunity to showcase the talents of guests from around the world.

It has been a real show of restraint and maturity to enter the industry in the route that he has. Letting his music speak foremost, it is this that has rightly opened the door. With several bookings and a planned release schedule, it is guaranteed to be another huge year for Damien and his Dorbachov brand.

Check out Dorbachov’s “Carbyne Live Transmissions” on Mondays every four weeks. Next show on Monday 25 May 2020 at 6pm UK time 19hrs CET.

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