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Sasha and Digweed present 'Delta Heavy' a DVD documentary

Thursday, December 15, 2005
On February 7, System Recordings will release 'Sasha & John Digweed Present Delta Heavy', a DVD documentation of the most important DJ tour to ever hit America. Delta Heavy was the groundbreaking electronic music tour featuring the extraordinary DJ talents of Sasha, John Digweed, and Jimmy Van M. Visiting all corners of the States in 2002, the tour - promoted by Clear Channel - was attended by more than 85,000 people in six weeks and was voted by the American public as Best Event at DanceStar USA 2003.

Along with touring acts The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy and Underworld, Sasha & John Digweed are responsible for America's mid-90's dance music explosion. As a launching pad, their monthly residency at New York City's famed club Twilo was a larger than life event that drew fans from all over the world. This was a cultural phenomenon that lifted the DJs to an almost mythical status across the country and opened the doors for a wave of other top international DJs. Despite releasing several popular mix CDs and playing to crowds in other cities, Sasha & John Digweed couldn't possibly reach all their fans in a vast land like America. As a result, Sasha & John Digweed's protege Jimmy Van M. conceived a massive first-of-its-kind touring electronic music event. The revolutionary event was called Delta Heavy.

Kicking off spring 2002, Sasha & John Digweed's Delta Heavy Tour was the most important DJ tour to ever hit America. Produced by Warped Tour creator, Kevin Lyman, the 31 live dates forever raised the bar for large-scale electronic music events. Technically produced like a rock concert, complete with touring sound, lighting, staging, laser and video production courtesy of award winning designers Imaginary Forces, Delta Heavy catapulted Sasha & John Digweed into arena headlining status.

Produced and directed by Ben Turner, who has championed electronic music worldwide for 15 years, and executive produced by Sasha & John Digweed themselves, Delta Heavy is a compelling and intimate documentary film that takes the viewer behind the scenes of the largest DJ tour ever mounted in America. Featuring over an hour of exclusive live footage and interviews plus bonus materials with Sasha, John Digweed and co-creator/opening DJ Jimmy Van M, Delta Heavy is a must-have remembrance for those who were there and an essential purchase for all Sasha & John Digweed fans everywhere.

"This DVD takes you from the middle of the dancefloor to backstage and into the world of Sasha and myself on a 9 week DJ tour across America on a scale that had not been done before and has not been recreated since - this really captures every aspect of a DJs life and then some!" - John Digweed

"The Delta Heavy tour was a landmark moment for electronic music, and it was my ambition to simply shine a light on the creativity that was going on in that period. To work so closely with Sasha and John, two artists not renowned for letting the cameras in close, was a personal career highlight. It's important the genre's best moments are documented." - Ben Turner

Reewind! 2002:
Digweed has recently completed an extensive tour of the USA which has brought hope to many Australian fans that we may be next in line. Digweed's experience as an interviewee shines through as he non-committaly replies "I'm hoping to come back and do a series of dates around the various states including playing in Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. I can't give a timeframe though because I've just finished the Delta Heavy tour of the States. So as soon as I let the dust settle from there I can start thinking of future stuff. The Delta Heavy tour was a learning curve for all of us in terms of setting up a tour of that scale and that many dates. I think it certainly could tour worldwide but it is not something that will happen overnight. It was a successful tour. We did 35 dat