Jon Hopkins at Printworks, London
A man of integral importance within the UK’s underground electronic music, Jon Hopkins’ music transcends a space between techno, electronica and atmospheric ambient. This unique blend has seen the forty-year-old go on an ambitious and successful career. Twice a Mercury Prize and once a Grammy Award nominee, Hopkins has produced five succinct records, the first of which, ‘Opalescent’, was released almost twenty years ago in 2001.
Canada Water’s Printworks might be the perfect venue in which to embellish in the sounds of a producer such as Hopkins. The ex-printing factory is a true industrious venue merging modern production techniques with the immense feel of concrete walls and steel girders. Printworks’ complex array of vertical and horizontal lights and lasers project out into the space highlighting each gripping track with a symphony of psychedelic colours.
Hopkins confidently rode through his set in front of a packed out room. As well as a selection of tracks from his own back catalogue, the DJ spun a number of other artists’ songs. Jon Hopkins even included his popular remix of Wild Beasts’ ‘Two Dancers’. His impeccable mixing skills never fail to impress, something truly evident of a talented, well experienced disc jokey.
The whole night was curated by Hopkins himself; a number of DJs played alongside his headline set. Daniel Avery, Seefeel and Kelly Lee Owens joined Jon Hopkins in the main room with Kiasmos, Lone, Nathan Fake, Khotin and LNS making up the second room’s bill for the evening.
Big thanks to Jake Davis (@HungryVisuals) for the photos.