Keepsakes, the moniker of British-Kiwi producer and DJ James Barrett, has been going from
strength to strength in the murky world of techno in the past few years. With EPs pressed to wax
on Ansome and Ossian’s South London Analogue Material and Germany’s Mindcut,
appearances on the last two instalments of Mord’s Herdersmat compilations, plus European
tours in 2016 and 2017, Keepsakes has been working hard to push his crunchy sound and
diverse DJ sets internationally.
Furthermore, Barrett co-founded the Haven club night alongside Jaded Nineties Raver in 2015
in Auckland, New Zealand – aiming to introduce a new generation of Kiwis to the weirder and
harder side of house and techno. At the beginning of 2018 this also expanded into a vinyl-
focused record label, launching with an EP of screechy bangers from the Haven co-founder.
Now residing in Berlin, Keepsakes is now focused full time on bringing a tough and eclectic vibe
to dance floors worldwide – utilising his productions, DJ sets, and label to push a techno focused
sound with flickers of house, electro, bass music and breaks while still maintaining a distinct
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