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Born in Southampton, England, U.K. techno star Alan Fitzpatrick grew up on a diet of funk and soul thanks to his Motown-loving father, before getting into pop music in the '80s and finally dance music culture through the rave and acid house scene. Becoming a dedicated clubber, he discovered techno and set about learning to make his own. A steep learning curve followed throughout the whole of the noughties, as over the course of the whole decade he honed his craft as a DJ and producer. Eventually, in 2008, he launched his own career with his debut single, "Nine Hours Later," on his own Eight-Sided Dice label, which he swiftly followed up with a number of other records. His real breakthrough came the following year, however, with the release of the singles "Weed Killer" on Len Faki's Figure label, "Reflections" on John Digweed's Bedrock, and "Static" on Adam Beyer's Drumcode. His tough, high-energy, relentlessly funky sound -- so different from the stark, monochromatic Berlin style so popular at the time -- was an instant hit with the techno cognoscenti. Relentlessly championed by the above-named high-profile figures, who repeatedly dropped his tracks in their own sets, Fitzpatrick soon became a major face on the world techno scene, aided by his prolific work rate. Over the next half decade he released dozens of singles on a variety of respected labels, including Cocoon and Hotflush, but mostly on Drumcode, which also put out his debut artist album, Shadows in the Dark, in 2010. Much in demand as a remixer for the likes of Róisín Murphy and Leftfield, he also became an acclaimed DJ, playing all over the world, known for the party atmosphere of his groove-laden sets. Bald, burly, and tattooed, he was an intimidating presence behind the decks, but was loved by clubbers for his cheeky, playful mien. He became a resident at Fabric, the influential London nightclub where he had spent many a night on the dancefloor, and in 2016 released his first mix album, Fabric 87, an installment of the club's long-running series. ~ John D. Buchanan