Vacuum, Studio Warehouse, Glasgow, Fri 30 Nov
The man they call Q-Burns Abstract Message (aka Q-BAM aka Michael Donaldson) is no stranger to Glasgow’s Studio Warehouse. This is the fourth time he’s bringing his unique brand of infectiously funky deep house and quirky breakbeat to the venue. ‘I think the concept behind the Warehouse is brilliant and it’s something I’d love to see more cities adopting,’ he explains. Describing the Warehouse’s unique vibe as ‘quite special’ Q-Burns likens the atmosphere to that of the warehouse parties of San Francisco.
Beginning his DJing career on college radio in Orlando before releasing his first track, ‘141 Revenge Street’ back in 1995, he’s now an endlessly touring DJ (‘pretty much non-stop since 1996’) and among the US’ top dance producers. He also has a slew of remixes due for release on esoteric labels Hector Works, Prismatic Tracks, Mettle Music and Dotbleep as well as for his own vinyl only label EIGHT-TRACKS.
Internationally renowned for his playful, dancefloor-flattening DJ performances, he describes his DJ style as ‘a bit like vodka, because it looks innocent like a glass of water, but it actually delivers a funky good time – and maybe a bit of a headache the next day if you’re not careful.’ For deep house fans, followers of Mr Scruff, Mylo, Kerri Chandler or anyone who likes a bit of fun in their house, Q-Burns is a cult must-see.