Join Antiself every 3rd Thursday 7-8pm for an hour of the best in liquid drum and bass.
Blair Thomson aka Antiself is a DJ and Producer from Devon, UK. Having an older brother that was into the dance music of the mid to late nineties and parents that saw through the establishment of disco across the world (Singapore, Mallorca, UK in the 70’s) had a huge musical influence on Blair as a teenager. Many mix tapes passed through his hands at a time when recording mixes direct from the radio, CDs or even minidiscs was popular.
Like most other teenagers, that found their way into the dance music scene, he worked a part time job as a pot washer in a seaside hotel restaurant in his hometown of Poole. This gave him the cash to buy his first set of decks and soon after attended a handful of free DJ workshops offered by the council with local DJ's Garphie and Meri Keatley.
At the time Destiny records in Bournemouth and associated nightclub was thriving and he found himself a regular customer, sifting through everything from Deep House to Jungle, eventually settling on the high energy fast paced and warping other worldly sounds of Drum & Bass as a firm favourite.
In 2005 he moved further south to Plymouth in Devon to study at the university. He gradually worked his way into the local dance music scene and played numerous multi room student house parties, the university student union and then landing a weekly residency at the hugely popular Wonkeylegs night run by none other than Norman Cook’s right hand man Kevin Kelly aka Aldo Vanucci. This was where he really learned to read a crowd, albeit an incredibly sweaty drunken raucous one. Towards the end of his university career he formed a club night called dance!dance!dance! that would go on to run for a decade. dance!dance!dance! was a truly underground night filling a gap in the market for house and techno which occasionally brought headliners to the city but mainly focussed creating a platform for local talent and which had a huge emphasis on quality sound and carefully curated line-ups. In 2012 Blair moved to Birmingham. A move that was initially viewed with hesitancy but eventually embraced and became a new source of inspiration. He became a regular customer at nights such as TRMNL, Cloak & Dagger, Coloré and House of God amongst others and was exposed to a huge range of quality international DJ’s. It was here that the harder edged sound that is so synonymous with the industrial city of Birmingham was brought to the forefront of his mind. When his wife graduated in 2016 they made the decision to move back to the Westcountry and now reside in a small village on the outskirts of Torquay. Connections made when he was at university have now flourished and he has now become once again a part of the Southwest scene.
In 2017 Loukas Pour-Hashemi aka Louk, a local techno enthusiast, sound engineer and DJ teamed up with Blair under the alias Boglin. The pair had initial success releasing on Lenny Dee’s Hard Electronic label, a sub-label of industrial strength and support from the likes of Carl Cox, Dax J and I Hate Models. They also released on Amsterdam based X-trax, Vinyl releases on Louk's own label Syntax Error and have a couple of tracks and remixes soon to be released on Dave the Drummer’s Hydraulix label.
Blair’s solo career has also gone from strength to strength with a handful of releases on X-trax sub-label Horizon Road under his Audios guise and a number of releases as Audios and Antiself on Filth Infatuated Digital.
In June 2020 he started a radio show on Fnoob Techno Radio called Polyrhythm that has a focus on fresh music and live techno performances which he now hopes to project into a small event when the authorities allow.
After a twelve year hiatus of mixing Drum & Bass, Blair was offered a monthly slot on Safehouse Radio which was the perfect outlet to air the Drum & Bass records Blair has been collecting as a sideline to Techno.