Charles Webster – The extraordinary house music producer

Born in Matlock, Derbyshire, Charles Webster experienced childhood in the Peak District. His dad was an artist and his mom (as would be natural for him) “just worked at whatever she felt like at that point”, and his parents’ record assortment was an early impact, Webster expressing that “it was the point at which they got into Kraftwerk that I chose to turn into a musician”. He got his first instruments at age 13 (guitar, synthesizer, and drum machine). He considered taking up art in Derby prior to moving to Nottingham, where he started playing in electronic groups (counting Mile High Club) and began working in a café – the proprietor of which additionally coincidentally owned the city’s ‘Carport Club’, where he started performing.

Webster worked with US artists, for example, Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson through his work as a recording engineer at Square Dance studios in Derby, and moved to San Francisco in 1992 where he began the Love From San Francisco label. This prompted his music being delivered on other US labels.

Back in the UK in 1996, Webster began the Remote label. The All Systems Gone collection, delivered in 1999 and credited to the group Presence, which highlighted vocalists Shara Nelson, Sara Jay, and Steve Edwards, was portrayed by Webster as “an assortment of melodies for the clubs and the home”, and incorporated the singles “Feeling of Danger” (including Nelson), “Future Love”, and “Better Day”. The collection was generally welcomed by pundits, earning a 11/10 rating from DJ magazine, and depicted by All music as “Likely the primary exemplary record of the 21st century

Born on the 24th of July (Peacefrog Records) was recorded over an 18-month time frame somewhere in the range of 1999 and 2000, and delivered in 2001, including commitments from Terra Deva, and Massive Attack entertainer Sara Jay. A remixed adaptation of Born on the 24th of July was delivered in late 2003, highlighting blends by a few Peacefrog label artists. After five years of visiting and creation, 2007 saw the arrival of a complete three-circle Webster gathering project on Defected Records, continued in 2008 by a Coast 2 Coast aggregation for NRK Records and Strictly Rhythms Vol. 4.

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