Common Factor plays a DJ set on http://www.betalounge.com/ at 4pm NZ time today, a sneak preview of what is to come, as part of the Planet E tour, and The Wellington International Jazz Festival!!
Nick Callingaert Common Factor Born in Japan, Nick Calingaert spent his youth living in several countries such as, Italy, England and Belgium before finally settling in Chicago in 1996. as he was growing up nick studied violin and music theory, before teaching himself to play the guitar. he became an avid record collector as he grew up and when the chance came for him to make his own record he leapt at the chance. the record was a collaboration between himself and Spencer kinky (a.k.a. Gemini). the track was called Œ7.15pm¹ and featured on Gemini¹s moments of euphoria¹ EP which was released on the Belgium SSR label. nick then got into making tracks by himself. he began recording under the guise of common factor and his first two EPs Œthe 1000¹ and Œmotion / transit¹ were both released on the label that he made his recording debut on SSR.
The two common factor EPs generated a lot of interest both from the press and DJs but also from other labels and soon he was signed to Carl Craig's' Planet E label. his first two EPs on planet e Œhorizons¹ and Œget down¹ were very highly rated and both were single of the month in Mixmag. in 1998 nick set up a collaborative project between himself and Chris Nazukaka (who is best known and respected for his extensive production and remix work with the legendary Derrick Carter) called retroflex. they had two EPs out on soma at the end of 1998 and are soon to have a new EP out within the next few months on soma.
common factor won the respect of the American dance music magazines when Urb magazine named common factor as one of the 100 artists to watch for 1999. his following releases for planet e that year included a CD called Œdreams of elsewhere¹ which contained his vinyl-only recordings and extra bonus tracks, and the ŒPisces groove¹ EP this all preceded a tour of America with the rest of the planet e artists. this year nick began with a mini tour of Australia, and then began to work on his next releases for the year. As well as his retroflex single for soma and this project for paper (which is his first release of the year) he has been working on new common factor tracks with john Redmond on vocals who is better known for his Œpeople everyday¹ track on Cajual records.
"Somewhere between the unmistakable sounds of both Chicago House and Detroit Techno, the latest Common Factor offering lends a sneak peak into the direction of this artist's proper debut album. influenced by classic 70s disco and NY-style vocal garage house tracks, Nick Callingaert teams up with veteran house vocalist John Redmond (of Braxton Holmes' 'People Everyday' fame) and the result is two fierce tracks that will send dancefloors off the hook." Forcedexpsoure.com
Common Factor and Recloose play 28th October at Old St Johns/Club WGTN
Track Suite - A live interactive dance music experience Midday, Saturday October 28th Free entry - Zeal - Wellington