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Ad Brown

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Ad Brown

United Kingdom

Ad Brown

Biography

Marking a new dawn in British progressive-trance, his precision-built,

evocative electronic soundscapes have fast found the ears of many of the scene’s

leading lights. Prog maestros like Sasha, Nick Warren & Dave Seaman are ardent

supporters, as are forward-thinking trance legionnaires like Ferry Corsten and Gareth

Emery. No less a talent behind a pair of turntables, he has become the warm up

man-of-choice for some of the biggest names one the scene. In the last 3 months of

2009 alone he has supported Calvin Harris and Paul Oakenfold on their respective UK

tours. He’s Ad Brown an..

Marking a new dawn in British progressive-trance, his precision-built,
evocative electronic soundscapes have fast found the ears of many of the scene’s
leading lights. Prog maestros like Sasha, Nick Warren & Dave Seaman are ardent
supporters, as are forward-thinking trance legionnaires like Ferry Corsten and Gareth
Emery. No less a talent behind a pair of turntables, he has become the warm up
man-of-choice for some of the biggest names one the scene. In the last 3 months of
2009 alone he has supported Calvin Harris and Paul Oakenfold on their respective UK
tours. He’s Ad Brown and in 2010 he’s going to be an impossible-to-miss presence.
Ad Brown – The Early Years: Attending the prestigious Academy of Contemporary
Music (the starting point for stars including Sugar Babe Amelle Berrabah and Mercury
Music Prize Award Winner Toby Couling), Ad took his degree in Business and Music.
Whilst studying he learnt the label ropes whilst moonlighting in the promotions
department of heavy-hitting dance label, Serious Records. Upon graduating, Ad had
to decide whether to go down the record label or DJ/recording artist route. He opted
for the latter…

Release The Music: Through both his Ad Brown and Maxi Valvona releases, he
quickly began to made a name for himself as the go-to man for enriched prog-
themed atmospherics. Think the melodies of Above & Beyond crossbred with the
backing tracks of Digweed and you’re nine tenths of the way there.
Signed to Black Hole Recordings and releasing on the progressive tipped off-shoot
Fris, he debuted in late 2008 with the double-header release ‘Smoke’ and ‘I Just
Do’. Just a few months later recognition came fast to his door with the ’09 releases
‘Hope’ and ‘Chasing Rainbows’. The latter scored the 5/5 Money Shot review in DJ
Mag, with the publication stating that the track positively bulged with
dark synthery, thudding drums and imaginative percussion and added that it was
one with a murderously good chiming top line. A month after its release the track
was compiled onto the 2009 Trance Energy album and Ad himself was named by the
music-critics.com website as a producer to watch in 2009. Over the course of the
year Brown also drew many plaudits for his much-spun bootleg rewiring of Holden &
Thompson’s prog house classic ‘Nothing’. It was music again championed by a
remarkably broad spectrum of DJs. In May of that year he also delivered the ‘Velvet
EP’, his debut release under his new pseudonym, Maxi Valvona (for Solarstone’s
Insatiable Records). On the immediate horizon for 2010, he has an intensive release
schedule with tracks & remixes forthcoming on imprints including Anjunadeep, Black
Hole, Baroque, microCastle and Slinky.

Ad Brown – The DJ: You will rarely see a spinner more at home and at ease in
front of a pair of CDJs than Brown. Combining flawless mixing with sophisticated
selection and electric audience interaction, both UK and abroad, he has brought clubs
under his spell.

Releases