Event Preview: Ejeca at XE54

First appeared in New Rhythms, February 7 2018

Dj/producer Ejeca has become a staple in the global dance circuit, and what better stage to grace than that of the XE54 basement.

Ejeca’s national tour will kick off in Sydney on February 17, and will see him appear in Melbourne on Saturday February 24.

The tour comes off the back of Boiler room x AVA Festival, where Ejeca, aka Garry McCartney, shared the bill with Bicep, Midland and Marcel Dettmann.

Ejeca is one of Belfast’s best music exports, and has a down-to-earth attitude that has allowed him to gain recognition from his musical peers, and with constant solid releases, it’s always been music first, hype later.

From a young age his fascination with production culminated in early releases such as the limited edition, vinyl-only Tusk Wax Five EP, and his work with fellow Northern Irish, Bicep on AUS. After 12 long years of hard work, his big break finally came when two of his tracks were named ‘Essential Tune of the Week’ on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show.

Ejeca is now a firmly established name as a reputable purveyor of high quality house and techno, and with his label Exploris now on their tenth release it’s safe to say his selection of tracks is always on the pulse. His recent releases on Sasha’s Last Night On Earth, BPitch! Control, Poker Flat and official remix for Inner City’s ‘Good Life’ has shown his varying side from from the melodic to driving sides of techno.

He frequently releases on labels including Sasha’s Last Night on Earth,  Flash Recordings, his own imprint Exploris, and Defected. 

In doing so, he produces a conglomerate of styles ranging from house to trance, keeping people guessing but all the while managing to hold his trademark sound.

It’s safe to say Ejeca has got his hands full as he maintains a worldwide DJ tour schedule, record label and future release on Last Night On Earth to coincide with his debut live show, this will be his most hands on and forward thinking year to date.

You can catch him at XE54 on Saturday February 24. But until then, you can listen to his Boiler Room x AVA Festival set here.

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