Monday, Mar 02 2009 | 15:35

4006Burnley based producer, DJ and band leader Jonathan Radford, aka Diesler, is a one-man bandito who grew up out in the sticks near Burnley and still resides in the surrounding valley. Early musical influences included a varied selection of artists including David Holmes, To Rococo Rot, Can, Andy Votel, Cherrystones, and The Remote Viewer to name a few. Film is also is a big influence, with the combination of score, sound effects and images paralleling the densely-produced collage of instrumentalism and beats in Jonathan’s music. He is also a Bolton Wanderers season ticket holder. Diesler’s first release was “Cotton Wool”, part of Tru Thoughts “Shapes One” compilation, despite being written when he was only 20, the song still found its way onto Radio 1, a massive achievement for a debut track. This success was followed with the “Ladies And Gentlemen Get Your Engines Ready EP” in June 2004; a mixture of smooth, laid-back vibes and up tempo beats, from jazz and funk to Latin rhythms. It showcased Dieslers globe-trotting sound, and magpie-like ear for the best samples, to devastating effect.

He followed that up with his debut album and double vinyl EP releases “Diggin It Somethin Rotten” in April 2005 and a calendar year later with “Keepie Uppies”, both of which are on the Tru Thoughts label. His third album, “The Rhythm Station”, was released in October 2007 on Freestyle Records and a remixes compilation, “Tracks On The Rocks” is due out in March 2009.

Aside from his own work Diesler has been remixing all over the place for labels including Ninja Tune (UK), Jugglin/Raw Fusion (Sweden), Hi Top (Spain), Schema (Italy), Tru Thoughts (UK), Catskills (UK), Freestyle (UK) Sunday Best (UK), Soultage (Japan), or Record Kicks (Italy).

Away from the studio Diesler has been putting the miles of late making DJ appearances at Festivals both in the UK, Europe and Japan, from UK super clubs Chibuku Shake Shake (Liverpool) and The End (London) to many respected club nights across the world. Also this year he puts the 9 piece band, “Diesler Live Experience”, on the road performing tunes from the Diesler catalogue.

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