Protagonist status in one city is high praise indeed, holding key stakes in several is something else entirely. Something that Spanish born and Scottish bred Dave Tarrida can boldly claim.
His timeline begins in 1991 in Edinburgh as founder and resident of the legendary Sativa club. Here he met Neil Landstrumm, Tobias Schmidt and Cristian Vogel, becoming a foursome that would shape their careers to come with all four appearing on the labels Tresor, Scandinavia, Mosquito and Sativae for the first half of their respective careers. In 1994 Sativa bore Sativae Recordings which Dave ran with Steve Glencross, spawning Drought Records two years later. Around this time Dave took to the studio, though it took a few more years before any records would materialise.
1999 was a turning point when Dave returned to his native Barcelona where he spent the following 11 years honing his production and exceptional deck-side manner with local residences at Moog and Nitza, as well as Stardust in Madrid. The same year Tresor released his 1st solo record ‘Postmortem Pop’ EP. He produced two albums during this period: ‘Paranoid’ in 2001 for Tresor, and ‘Life’s a Glitch’ three years later which was Sativae’s final record.
In 2010 Dave relocated to Vienna where he’s currently based. After two decades of happily playing the role of DJ and promoter, 2013 seen Dave shift focus back to his own productions with the unveiling of a brand new label Autofake. Upcoming he has releases appearing on Housemeister’s soon-to-be re-launched All You Can Beat stable and Funk D’Void’s Outpost Records. Saying that, he hasn’t quite hung up his cans just yet. A Tarrida DJ set is something special so I’m personally glad he’s still bangin’ on the wheels of steel.