Flash Atkins Fanzine #1


Flash Atkins was once a superhero but is now a drug addicted, alcoholic loser living in a camper van in a field in West Yorkshire. How did it happen? His story will be told in the next 11 weeks; from being dumped in a netto bag on the doorstep of an orphanage to inventing house music in the Hacienda and building a drug empire before it all came crashing down.

Flash is the invention of Paper Recordings producer and DJ Ben Davis who was bored of seeing Thatcher-lite Ibiza jocks gurning out of magazine pages with bad tats and worse sunglasses.  So he decided to create an alias that was one part Les Dawson, one part Vic & Bob and one part a bit shit with a bit of music hall thrown in and proceeded to make music and films.

His latest album “The Life and Times” had Lord Sabre himself featuring two tracks on his Resident Advisor mix and types like FK, Gilles Peterson and Laurent Garner getting hot under the collar.  The titles, chapters and feel of all the tracks correspond in what our older readers would call a concept album.  Think Rick Wakeman’s King Arthur on Ice but with a budget of £250 and no ice (there is however a cape in common).

There are 100 numbered fanzines designed by Clandestino’s Nick Smith and if you want one they can be found in certain record shops along with Flash’s latest 12” with mixes from The Emperor Machine, Steve Cobby and B.G.Baarregaard.

His latest EP Acid House Creator is out now with mixes from Ralph Myerz, Tal M.Klein & 2 Billion Beats.

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